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3am and I’m Wide Awake…

And the baby is sound asleep. He has been since about 10 last night. This is ridiculous!  I should be taking advantage of every second of sleep I can get, because nighttime sleep is rare these days. But Insomnia doesn’t care. Having a new baby means nothing to Insomnia. So I will be dead tired during the day, as usual, and wishing for a few moments of rest. Why is it so much easier for me to sleep  during the day???

Anyway, I thought I would take this opportunity to write a little bit and share this very adorable picture of Addy and Baby EC…

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Please excuse the mess in the background.  It’s mostly just baby stuff, which has completely taken over the whole house. Who knew one tiny little being could take up so much space?!

Addy loves the baby. She seems very protective of him. If Baby EC is crying, Addy will follow me around and constantly meow until EC calms down. She also likes to sit on my lap with him. I was worried about how she would adjust, but it just seemed natural for her.

I should try to get some rest again. My alarm will go off in 2 hours and my day will begin. It feels good to be writing, and thank you for reading even though this post has been a boring one. I have plenty of exciting and interesting things to share, but my brain isn’t functioning well enough at the moment for any of that!

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My sleeping burrito 😀

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Baby EC

Baby EC arrived on September 22, 2015 at 3:21 pm via emergency cesarean section. He was very small… 5 pounds 8 ounces and 18 inches long. By the time we left the NICU, he was down to about 4 1/2 pounds.

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He was so tiny and it was scary seeing so many tubes, wires and monitors on him. I couldn’t see him for 24 hours after he  was born and a whole day aftet that before I held him for the first time.

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He is now 10 weeks old. He weighs 9 pounds 5 ounces, and is 21 inches long. He is in the 1st percentile in both weight and height for baby boys his age… so he is still extremely small. He looks like a 2 week old instead of a 2 1/2 month old.
BUT. He is so alert and meeting his milestones on time so far. He is growing well from where he started, according to his pediatrician.

My whole pregnancy was very difficult, as was the birth.

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We don’t know why he is so small.  He had problems at birth that landed him immediately into the NICU. He did have an unknown true knot in the umbilical cord that could have been life-threatening if i hadnt needed a csection for other reasons. I freak out every time I think of how it could have gone down… I can’t imagine leaving that hospital without my precious little man.

Those were the longest and most difficult days in the NICU. My poor boy went through so much in the first days of his little life.

We are in a good place now. Baby EC seems to be healthy, although it will be some time before we are certain that there are no lasting effects of him breathing in fluid at birth and the lack of oxygen to his brain.

We will be going to a geneticist in a few months to test him for the connective tissue disorder I have. EC has a 50% chance of having Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I pray that he doesn’t have that, or Chiari Malformation,  the condition I have had 2 brain surgeries for. Both are genetic.

Despite the difficulties and stressful times we’ve been through in the past year, life with baby EC couldn’t be more perfect. He is absolutely amazing and stole my heart from the second I met him.

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Caturday Night

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Happy Caturday Night evfurryone!

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I was bored, so I decided to do a little grooming…

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Grooming is a lot of work!

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It makes me furry sleepy…

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Nite nite furiends!

Sandpaper kissies, Addycat


Toebean Toesday

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Today is Toesday, the day of the week when us kitties get to post cute pictures of our toebeans!

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It’s hard for Meowmie to get good pictures of me sometimes because I don’t like the camera flash.

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It’s easiest for her to get good pictures when I am sleeping,  like this!

Happy Toebean Toesday evfurryone!!!

Purrs, Addycat


A Trip to the Drugstore

So. Last Thursday, after dropping off Teenage Son at school, I decided to run to the post office to mail an item that had sold on eBay. On my way there I noticed I needed to stop at a gas station.

It was cold and rainy and just blah outside. I filled my  car up with gas and continued with my errand. As I was driving home, I realized it had just turned 8:00. Walgreens had just opened. I was interested in looking for a new foundation (because the Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo foundation I just bought is making my skin ridiculously dry- which I’m really sad about because I love it otherwise) and I was also needing a good hand lotion.

I entered the store and was immediately greeted excessively by three employees. I suspected one was the District Manager. Ok, so… is this just me or do you ever do this too? I can’t just like go to the makeup section and grab whatever I need. I have to look at each brand and type of whatever thing I’m needing (in this case, foundation) and compare them. This means I put each item I want to compare in my basket.

THEN other things begin to catch my eye. New lipsticks. Pretty nail polishes. Face transforming mascara… and so on. It never fails. EVERY time I enter the beauty section of ANY store, I end up being in that section for at least an hour, usually longer.

Anyway… one of the employees started like following me around. She was quite obviously pretending to “straighten items” not far from where I would be looking at whatever. When I would walk to a different part, she would move with me.

Maybe I should go into more detail about my makeup shopping habits… I usually compare items within groups. If I am looking at lipstick, for example, I will pick out whichever lipsticks I like from whatever brand I come to first, then move on to the other lipstick brands. This means I am moving around a LOT in the makeup department, retracing my own steps many times. It’s just the method that makes sense to me. Yes, I do have OCD.

So it was very apparent that she was following and watching me. I guess she realized, after like 20 minutes, that I was just being compulsive about comparing products. She went back to the front where the “district manager” employee was. I overheard him say “So is everything okay in cosmetics?” Her reply was “Everything is just fine, nothing to worry about”.

I was really offended! The guy was clearly an asshole and the poor girl employee sort of smiled at me apologetically. I give that particular Walgreens ALL my business regarding medication, which is a substantial amount of money each month, plus I always buy other items there because of convenience as I am waiting for my prescriptions to be filled. I still can’t figure out what caused the guy to be suspicious of me. Was it because I kept meandering around the aisles comparing the products, oblivious to the world around me? Was it the way I look? Because I dress differently and wear weird accessories?

I don’t know what prompted me to write about this suddenly. I glanced at an EOS hand lotion that I purchased and I guess it reminded me of this situation. I think I’m more bothered about it right now than I was when it happened. At the time I was too much “in the zone” to really care. Has anything like that ever happened to you? Do you have any weird habits when you shop for makeup? Am I the only one who can spend 2 hours in the cosmetics section? Kat


Revlon’s Nearly Naked: Kat’s First Impression

So. I just did a YouTube video of my first impression: Revlon’s Nearly Naked foundation! However, I can not get it to upload onto my Asus tablet 😦 All the photos from my camera downloaded, but I guess the videos aren’t compatible or something. I was really disappointed because one of the reasons I bought this specific tablet was to download photos and videos. Maybe there is an app I can download or something for the videos. Sigh.
Anyway, the foundation! I got it in the shade “Nude” #030. My first impression was pretty good! I think I’m going to really like it a lot. I usually don’t do well when picking out drug store foundation and have to return them most of the time to try a different color. I think I got it right on the money this time! And speaking of money, this foundation doesn’t take much of it which is always a plus. It was $9.99 at my local Walgreens and there was also a BOGO 50% off sale for Revlon products!

Have you tried this foundation yet? Have you used the Urban Decay Naked foundation? I haven’t but I would like to know how they compare with each other. Kat

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Cat’s Outta the Bag…

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This is Addy. She’s obsessed with purses!

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Look What I Got!!!

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I just got home from a Dr. Appointment and Walgreens. While picking up my scripts, I noticed the Nearly Naked display. I chose the color “Nude”.
It cost $9.99 but I was able to use my rewards points on it! Also, all Revlon products were BOGO half off!!! I am going to do a first impression review on my YouTube channel. My YouTube user name is also Addercatter. Have you tried this yet? What do you think? Kat


Time to Talk about Health.

So. I have some followers now and I’ve posted on various topics. I recently started vlogging. I keep waiting for the right time to write about my health conditions, but that moment never seems to arrive. I’m just going to start on it now because I feel like if I don’t, I’m not ever going to do it.
I don’t know why this is so difficult for me, writing about  my health. Maybe because WordPress is a place I enjoy and go to get my mind off of my health problems? Probably so. But I really think it’s a necessary evil to do this because I want to find other people who have the same conditions. In this post I will talk about the worst (in my opinion) first.

I have Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia. Technically these are two separate conditions, but one caused the other so I generally group them together.
Chiari Malformation is a condition that I have had since birth. (It’s like this for anyone. Either you are born with it or you’re not. This is not something that can just happen to someone randomly). Only, I didn’t know I had it until 2009. I was 29 when an MRI found the syrinx in my spinal cord, hence how I found out I have Chiari Malformation.

What are these two strange and hard to pronounce conditions, you are wondering. (Unless you suffer from one or both, or know someone else who does).

Chiari Malformation is a condition where the brain does not have enough room in the bottom part of the skull, so it is pushed downward through the opening that allows the spinal cord/spine to connect to the brain/cranium. (I’m trying not to use too many medical terms because you will probably be even more confused). Another reason I hate talking about this is because it’s so hard for me to describe.
Anyway, in my case, my brain was being forced down so much that it was putting pressure on my spinal cord, which caused the syrinx. A syrinx is a hole in the spinal cord that becomes filled with spinal fluid. The spinal fluid is supposed to surround the spinal cord to act as a sort of cushion to protect it. So my brain caused my spinal cord to start taking in fluid because the fluid had no where else to go since it couldn’t flow freely due to the bottom part of my brain being in the way.

There’s more to it, obviously but you get the idea. Three weeks after I found out about the Syrinx, I was having brain surgery. The surgery I had is called Posterior Fossa Decompression with Duraplasty and Laminectomy. More strange words that are confusing.

Basically, the neurosurgeon and his team opened the back of my neck all the way up to the crown of my head, took a piece of my skull away, cut part of C-1 and C-2 sections of my spine (neck), opened the Dura (protective sac that surrounds the brain), patched a piece of synthetic dura in to enlarge it, left the section of my skull out and stapled my head back together. I made this sound much simpler than it was also, but you get the idea.

I was in ICU for 3 days, in the hospital for around a week. The time after the surgery in ICU was the most horrible thing I have ever experienced. The pain was 10 times worse than the word excruciating can even come close to describing.

After I had been home recovering for about 6 weeks, I began having horrible headaches. I will give details if anyone wants them in a different post, just comment, but I ended up having Chemical Meningitis and THEN another brain surgery. That time I was stuck in the hospital for about a month.

I think that’s all I’m going to reveal for now, but please let me know if you want me to elaborate on anything. If you have or know of these conditions, please comment. Nobody understands what I have gone/am going through because I don’t know anyone else who has.

If you would like to know more of my story or have questions please feel free to ask. I don’t mind telling in detail, I just don’t want to get too specific if no one is going to read or get anything out of it.

Hope you are all well. Kat


The Vlogging Has Begun

So. I have pushed aside my anxiety and posted my first vlog on YouTube. It’s really only a partial blog because my son interrupted me and I couldn’t figure out how to like pause the recording or whatever. Plus I’m recording from my tablet and it’s case makes a lovely circle-ish thing in front of the lens. Plus I have bad lighting. Future videos will be filmed in a different room and will hopefully turn out better. Anyway, I’m still considering a camcorder. Probably a good idea if I’m seriously going to vlog. Right?
So, if you wanna go check it out, just search Addercatter on youtube. Please don’t laugh at me, remember I just started! Lol! Kat