Oh boy! A baby sprinkle for Michelle

When we remodeled our new home, the dining room was designed to be the room where big, giant groups of loved ones gathered to celebrate and share heartfelt meals. The act of sitting together and talking and eating amazing food (especially hours and hours long dinners over candlelight, but I digress) is one of my very favorite indulgences. To be honest, if I could have a dinner party (or afternoon tea or brunch for that matter) every day of the week I would. When I found out that Michelle was pregnant and that Tara was interested in helping me host a shower for her, I jumped at the chance.

Michelle is an avid pinterest user and once I caught a glance of what she had going on in her for the boy board I knew we had to do something with blues and whites with a hint of beach and just a splash of yellow. I’ve been on a hand drawing and lettering kick so I drew up the invitations to reflect all those elements. I also knew I wanted to make tea towels as favors (because who doesn’t love a good tea towel?!) and once I found the light blue ticking fabric everything else just sort of fell into place.

It makes me so ridiculously happy to see our new dining room put to good use, stuffed to the gills with family and friends, and the gorgeous light and flowers (thanks to Tara!) were all just icing on the cake. I have been short on time with all of our moving and unpacking, and we were in Los Angeles for my niece’s birthday the day before the shower, so as much as I love to cook we knew it just wasn’t going to happen for this party. My mom had the perfect solution, calling in the professionals and having the proprietress of Michelle’s favorite creperies make the food. Easy and delicious, I couldn’t have asked for a better meal!

Happy baby sprinkle, Michelle! I cannot wait to meet your little one!

Oh boy! A baby sprinkle for Michelle

Welcome home (we’re in the new house!)

We did it! We moved! Our old house is sold and we now officially live in my childhood home. We seem to be all in one piece and we think we have most if not all of our belongings here with us. I’d call that a success! The first round of renovations are all finished up but we are realizing how many little projects there are that we’d still love to do. Realistically a whole lifetime’s worth. So as much as I would love to have a big TA-DA post where I show the entire house totally finished in all its glory, that’s not about to happen anytime soon. We still have art to hang and rugs to acquire. Tiling work that I want to tackle myself and lots and lots of painting. The house is definitely a work in progress and will stay that way for quite a while I’m sure, but even with all the items still on the to-do list it feels SO much different than where we started, so I thought now would be as good of a time as any to share some shots of the downstairs.

The kitchen probably underwent the most change. New flooring, appliances, lighting and countertops were installed by the contractor plus the cabinets got a new coat of paint and new hardware that Ben and I did ourselves. It’s so much lighter and airier and it’s amazing what an extra foot of perceived head room (thanks to the removed fluorescent fixture) will do for the feel of the room. It seems so much taller!

Home renovation before photos - Permanent RiotHome renovation photos - Permanent RiotThere are a couple of places where the changes didn’t go exactly as planned – we were hoping to get out as much of this small wall with the arched opening as possible, but it turned out that between the framing and electrical there really was only a tiny bit that could go. In the end it didn’t end up being that big of a deal, plus the view is totally transformed by the windows anyway… so who’s looking at that little sliver of wall? Not me, that’s for sure. Up in the top right corner of the frame you can see a sneak peek of one of our future projects – removing the giant 1980’s (90’s?) surround sound speakers.

Home renovation before photos - Permanent RiotHome renovation photos - Permanent RiotSecond to the kitchen, the dining room had the most work done on it, and it also feels the most changed to me. Everyone who has seen the new windows has commented that they can’t believe they weren’t always in the house. It just seems like they were meant to be, right? And since it really doesn’t get very hot at this house (save for the mega September heat wave we just went through, yikes!) we decided that a big pendant light would be an improvement over the old brass fan. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love it. Turning this room into a dining room was something I wanted to do from the moment we decided to move, and I’m so completely in love with how it turned out. We are on the hunt for a giant (and hopefully brightly colored) rug for under the table since the one currently in the room is both totally destroyed by kids and a few feet too small (did I mention the buyers for our old house also bought our dining table and the new dining table we got for this house is HUGE?!)

Home renovation before photos - Permanent RiotHome renovation photos - Permanent RiotI’m completely in love with the widened opening between the kitchen and playroom, but I have to admit that this before/after is a little weird. When I took the before shot we hadn’t decided on a furniture layout and I thought it would give a good view of the living room. Instead it’s all couch. But hindsight is 20/20, right? Since we can’t go back and re-take the before you can just focus on how awesome the kitchen and dining room look through this big new opening. Ahhhhhh. I just sigh a happy sigh every time I see through into the rest of the house. And I love that we have reclaimed this formerly vacant space (a formal living and dining room really only used at Christmas) as our daily hub of family activity. So much of our time is spent in the playroom and I can also keep an eye on what’s going on in there while I’m cooking dinner. It’s perfect!

Home renovation before photos - Permanent RiotHome renovation photos - Permanent RiotAnd if we’re talking about hindsight and before shots that should have been, I really wish I had a before shot from this angle. It’s one of the most changed in the whole house – new kitchen, new opening to the playroom and lots of beautiful new light brightening the whole space thanks to the big windows behind me. It makes me so ridiculously happy to see this every day.

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So there you have it – the downstairs tour of our newly renovated (but still very much in progress) home. I really can’t believe we get to live here… I’m still pinching myself and wondering when I’m going to wake up and realize it’s all a dream. The house still has so much of that nostalgic childhood home feeling that I love about it, but it’s also feeling decidedly more US as well. It’s going to be so much fun to keep putting our time, energy and ideas into this house and see it change. Home, sweet home!

Welcome home (we’re in the new house!)

Coming right along… house in progress

The house is just a few short weeks from being completed enough to move in. I cannot believe it! There are a few small projects (and a few big ones too) that we are going to tackle ourselves after the contractors finish up their work and move on out, but all of the big impressive changes are mostly finished already. Our goal was always to do the biggest and messiest projects first – the floors, adding the windows, opening walls. That way we would be able to move in and live mostly dust-free while we tinkered with smaller projects like painting and changing out light fixtures. Even with so many small things left to be done, the house has already been completely transformed. It hardly looks like the same space.

Check out the former family room, future home of our dining table. I am in LOVE

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And the view from the living room to the kitchen isn’t half bad either. I love how much light there is in the house now with the new windows, and that you can see them all the way from the living room. Just taking out a few feet of wall and the pocket door opened the flow to the kitchen so much!

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As for what’s left to do, there are just a few more spaces that need flooring (the entryway and downstairs hallway) and there are some baseboards to go in. The kitchen is missing countertops and appliances (and cabinet doors obviously) but other than that it’s mostly finishing touches. In a few short weeks it will be moving day and I couldn’t be happier! I am so excited to start trying out furniture layouts and figuring out how we’ll use each space. I’m also extremely excited to organize the kitchen cupboards (nerdy much?) to make everything within arm’s reach of that cozy little corner with a view of the new dining room.

If you missed the before pictures, or want to read more about what else we’ve got planned you can go back here to read all about it.

Coming right along… house in progress

My favorite dairy-free blueberry pancake recipe

Dairy free pancake recipe - Permanent RiotA weekend morning in our house is not complete without a homemade breakfast. A lot of the time it’s waffles but almost as often we end up making pancakes. I have always been a huge fan of pancakes (and pumpkin pancakes in the fall!) and never make any recipe for classic blueberry pancakes other than the one I got from my mom, who got it from my grandma. I’m not sure where this recipe originated, but it’s the one we’ve been cooking up since I was a little girl and to me there’s nothing tastier. There have been many a drop of pancake batter spilled on this old recipe card, but by now I’ve cooked it so many times I know the whole thing by heart.

Dairy free pancake recipe - Permanent RiotWhen my youngest daughter Edith was born and we realized that she had a dairy allergy, the classic family pancake recipe was suddenly out of the question. The version I created to replace it uses just a few little tweaks and has become something just as tasty that our whole family (Edith included) can enjoy. If you aren’t dealing with anyone who avoids dairy you could certainly go back to the original recipe ingredients (whole milk and real butter) but I actually sort of prefer the taste and texture of the non-dairy version.

Dairy free pancake recipe - Permanent RiotMy grandma’s recipe called for blueberries (and I LOVE blueberry pancakes) but sometimes the kids would rather have heart shaped pancakes instead of blueberry ones. Most days we do a few of each. These are just as good without the berries (thanks to a healthy dose of cinnamon) so whether you add blueberries or not they’re sure to be delicious.

Dairy free pancake recipe - Permanent RiotThe key to a perfectly cooked pancake is to not rush it – patience is a virtue when it comes to your griddle. If it’s too hot you’ll have burnt outsides and gooey insides. Aim for a low to medium heat and get a cup of coffee to sip while they cook nice and slowly. When bubbles start to cover the top side you’ll know it’s time to flip them over.

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In our house we like to keep things simple and with as short of an ingredient list as possible, so I love that I can substitute coconut oil into most of my baking in lieu of butter. It is just one simple ingredient that’s easy to have on hand and better for you than manufactured products like vegan butter. It does, however, leave a bit of a subtle coconutty tropical taste (and smell, mmmm) so if coconut isn’t your thing, feel free to use your preferred dairy free butter substitute. My older kids have never commented on the switch from butter to coconut oil and I love the taste!

Grandma’s (newly dairy-free) blueberry pancakes

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 well beaten egg
  • 1/8 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • a good hefty dash of cinnamon
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup blueberries

Directions

In a large bowl, beat egg together with almond milk and melted coconut oil until thoroughly combined. Add sugar, salt, baking powder and cinnamon and stir well again. Once all ingredients are well mixed, add in flour and stir until just combined, being careful not to overmix. Add in blueberries if desired. Heat griddle over low to medium heat. Spoon batter onto griddle and allow to cook until bubbles form on the top side. Flip and cook until lightly browned on both sides. Enjoy!

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My favorite dairy-free blueberry pancake recipe

The big and exciting plans

I can’t believe it when I look at these – the renovations are already in progress as I type and there aren’t any rooms that still look the way that they did when I took the photos. Even though there are big chunks of drywall missing and no flooring (it’s just concrete slab at the moment) I can already feel the new space coming together. And it’s just every bit as amazing as I’ve been picturing it! So different from these before photos, but somehow still recognizable as the same beautiful house.

When we first started dreaming up our ultimate wishlist of every change we’d like to make in the house we quickly realized that we weren’t going to have the timeline or budget to do every single thing right now. This looks like a big list of projects that we’re undertaking (and it is!) but each one of them was carefully chosen from an even bigger list of maybe items. Almost every single one of these projects was selected because of its high impact to the final room on a relatively quick schedule for a not insane pricetag. There are a few big splurges obviously – the new picture windows weren’t strictly necessary but just irresistible for their added light. Re-flooring the entire house isn’t cheap either, but the tile was not in very great shape and to be honest it was one thing we just really wanted to update in a style that was more “us”. Flooring is also a task that is much easier to do before you move your furniture in, so we decided it was better to do now than wait and wish we’d done it later on. The process of choosing what to do and not do was a big balancing act between being sensible and letting our imaginations run wild, but I think we’re both pretty happy with where we’ve landed.

So without further ado, let’s walk through and I’ll show you everything we have planned. I cannot wait!

FORMER DINING ROOM/FUTURE PLAYROOM AND LIVING ROOM

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The space that used to be the formal dining room was never really in scale with the size of the house or our family. We are dreaming of huge dinners with lots of friends and family, and with the level change to the living room there was never enough room for a truly giant table. Either you had it sideways and people had to scooch past the windows, or it was lengthwise and there were people perched at the very edge threatening to topple over. We decided to turn it instead into a playroom for the kids – right next to the kitchen and living room and in the middle of all the action. Opening the wall to the kitchen will help make the two spaces flow into each other and stop the awkward traffic jams in the doorway during parties. The patio door that we are replacing is in bad shape and hard to open, and one of our goals is to boost the indoor/outdoor flow of the house, so having single large panes of glass is really going to open things up (literally!)

FORMER FAMILY ROOM/FUTURE DINING ROOM

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Ever since the idea of moving first popped into our heads I just knew that this had to be our dining room. It’s right next to the kitchen (on the other side from where the previous dining room was) and has big sliders out to the backyard, right next to the grill. Unfortunately the existing wooden sliders had warped over time, to the extent that if you stood in front of them you could literally feel the draft blowing in. We decided to take the opportunity to replace them with more modern sliders with larger panes of glass to let more light in. This room has gorgeous high ceilings and I just had this picture in my head of an amazing open and airy space with more than enough room for friends and family to gather. Eating meals as a family is a huge part of our lives (sometimes I feel like all I do all day is cook, clean, and get ready to cook again, and I love it that way!) and I really wanted one big and beautiful space to share those meals in. We also aren’t the kind of family who needs a formal living room and family room, we would rather be comfy cozy all the time, so we knew having both would be a waste. We’d much rather put those vaulted ceilings to work than have them full of formal furniture collecting dust. The new picture windows are a huge part of my vision for the room and one we went back and forth on – they’ll bring in massive amounts of natural light (something lacking in this side of the house) and also bring in gorgeous views of the landscaping outside, but strictly speaking they’re weren’t a “need to have” item. We ended up deciding to go for it in the end because we know how much they’ll transform the space – I cannot wait to eat our first meal in here!

KITCHEN (looking back towards the stairs)

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The kitchen was easily the darkest room in the house when we started, and we wanted to do everything possible to brighten it up. First and most obvious on the list was re-finishing the cabinetry. The original wood is all in fantastic shape and while we wouldn’t have picked the arch-top paneling on the doors, they’ve held up so well (30 years and counting!) that it really just seemed wasteful to rip them out and replace them when a fresh coat of paint would do. That’s one of the projects we are doing on our own (rather than hiring it out to our GC) and it made a huge impact right from the start. The rest of the kitchen changes are very much cosmetic – new countertops (white quartz), new appliances (we are installing a gas cooktop to replace the old electric one) and some new light fixtures. I am so excited to have a new white and bright space to cook in!

KITCHEN (looking into new dining room)

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Most of the big kitchen updates were more visible in the other shot, but we’re also removing this small arch into the dining room. It blocks the view to the dining room and we really just wanted to do everything we could to open up the flow of the house, both physically and visually. This is another of the “should we, shouldn’t we” items on our list but in the end it wasn’t much of an added expense and it’s going to have a big impact.

So there you have it – all of the big (and SO exciting) renovation plans. A lot of this work has already started or been completed but I haven’t gotten all of the photos together yet. We have a few more weeks left on the project and I’ll be sharing more as we go along. It’s going to be such an incredible space, I cannot believe we are actually going to be able to live in it. It’s a pretty amazing dream come true!

The big and exciting plans

We’re moving (and there’s a lot going on)

It’s a crazy idea, moving when you already love the house that you’re currently living in (and I LOVE our house) but the circumstances that led us to this decision are pretty once in a lifetime, so we had to go for it.

You see, my parents decided to move out of the house I grew up in. It’s a beautiful house on an amazing street – perfectly located near friends and family and sitting in the midst of a gorgeous back yard. I lived in the house from the time I was three years old until I moved out for college, and we even moved back into the house when I was pregnant with Edith. We had just come home from our Boston adventure and were house hunting and there was more than enough room for my parents and our then family of four. It’s a house that just invites gathering, lingering, enjoying of life. When we were growing up all of our friends would wander unannounced through the kitchen door. The front door and doorbell were hardly used.

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When my parents decided to move I was heartbroken. I couldn’t imagine the house going to anyone else. I LOVE THIS HOUSE. But we had a house and we weren’t looking to move… so it just didn’t seem like there was any way we would end up there. It’s also a big house (much, much bigger than our current place) and we weren’t sure we wanted to take on the extra responsibility of maintaining so much home (and property).

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There was also the issue of aesthetics and deferred maintenance. While fluorescent illuminated ceilings and oak cabinetry were all the rage in the 80’s when the house was built, they aren’t exactly the style that Ben and I would have chosen ourselves. There are also a few weird floorplan quirks and the kitchen is quite dark. The walls that form the galley portion are shear walls so they can’t be moved without engaging a structural engineer (at a very high expense). Those two walls prevent the nice light from the living room from entering the kitchen. One of the things that I love very most about our current house is the abundance of natural light in the kitchen (I spend a LOT of time in my kitchen) and we knew we’d need to brighten it up.

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But despite everything that needed to be worked on with the house, I just kept coming back to the feeling deep in my gut – the one that said no matter how much work the house might be, it would be worth it. I just couldn’t turn it down. So over the last few months my mom and I have packed up the whole house. All of the knick-knacks and tchotchkes. All of the paintings we made in elementary school and framed family photos. It was surreal to watch the house slowly get stripped down. It felt like we were draining my childhood out of the rooms and I had the urge to stop and document. To capture one last time the way that the house was when we were growing up. When it was my parents’ house. Because as strange as it still is to say it, this is about to become our house.

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This house has always been every inch a home, loved and cherished and lived in (really lived in) by everyone in the family. It seemed wrong to empty the house without first taking a minute to remember it as it was. Looking at these photos makes me so fiercely nostalgic that it almost makes me wish we were just leaving the entire house as it was. I can’t bear to think that my childhood home isn’t going to exist in the form that it takes on in my memory.

But at the same time I don’t want to live in someone else’s house, even if that someone else happens to be my parents. I want to surround ourselves with the things that make my own family feel at home. I want to give this house the same loving care and attention that my parents showed it for all these years, and for us that means that it’s going to see a few updates and changes. It’s not that we don’t love the house now. It’s that we do love the house. And we want it to feel like our home.

I was going to include some photos and sketches at the end of this post of the work we are planning on doing to the house, but as usual I got carried away and rambled on maybe a bit too long. I’m going to save the plans for another day, but we are so excited that you can bet there are going to be a lot more posts about the house. I’m also sharing some snapshots on instagram along the way (because I can’t resist the instant gratification of instagram) so you can look for those in my feed with the tag #thehouseprojectshavebegun. I can’t wait to share more of our plans!

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days 149-181 {the whirlwind we’ll call June}

July already?! We are completely and undeniably in the middle of summer. The crazy thing is that the last month was so hectic that it is almost like it never happened, or that I blinked and we hopped straight from mid May to the beginning of July. A few big things happened in June. The kids graduated preschool, one of my best friends had a brand new baby … and we officially 100% decided that we were going to move – and with that we embarked on a crazy break-neck pace plan to re-floor the new house before the move. Between all the moving plans and packing plans and cabinet painting we’ve been doing (more on that soon!) and the interviewing and hiring of contractors, we’re flat out exhausted. But the 365 must go on! I am absolutely determined not to fall behind this year and I haven’t skipped a day of photo-taking yet. June was a fairly iphone-heavy month but hopefully I’ll turn that around in the next few weeks.

So here’s to June… the month so crazy I can’t even remember it. And here’s hoping that July is just a little more subdued.

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days 149-181 {the whirlwind we’ll call June}

May skies – an instagram project 365

If you have been checking in on the blog you might have noticed it collecting cobwebs. I’m still here, alive and (mostly) well – my broken nose seems to be healing and hopefully I’ll get the all-clear that I don’t need any further interventions in the future when I visit my doctor again on Monday. I know that it’s already mid-June and I am a bit behind on the project 365 weekly posts AND this sky series, but don’t worry… I haven’t been slacking on taking the pictures, just caught up in the hubub of the end of the school year (how can the end of the preschool school year be so hectic? but it is!) and distracted from blogging.

Summer is starting and the June gloom (aka marine layer aka nonstop fog) is rolling into southern California, but it’s nice to look back on how many beautiful sunny days we had in May. Here’s hoping that there are many more to come in the next few weeks!

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This post is a part of a series of daily sky images. One image a day for the entire year. If you missed the other posts you can find them right here – January, February, March and April.

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Nasal gazing (or how my nose was broken by my son and then my doctor)

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I know that my broken nose doesn’t need it’s very own blog post. From what I’ve read it’s the most common facial injury. But just because it happens to people worldwide on a daily basis does not make it any less disruptive to me and my nose. What I should be doing at the moment is sleeping, but the splint on my nose prevents me from breathing through said nose, so instead I am breathing through my mouth. And all this breathing through my mouth is leaving it dry, chapped and icky feeling. So much so that I find myself waking every hour. So instead of going right back to sleep, I’m going to take the ill advised route and write a middle of the night blog post – and tell you how I came to have a twice broken nose.

It all started with an overly excitable almost 5 year old and his dislike for going to sleep. We had just gotten home from a week-long trip away from our house and it was our first night back in our own beds. Paul has a track record of injuring people with his bedtime squirrely behavior and hard head; both Ben and I have suffered many a split lip from his wild head bobbing, so it’s really a wonder that we weren’t more on the lookout for this sort of situation.

Everyone was ready for bed – teeth brushed, jammies on, stories read and songs sung. The only thing left was a tuck under the covers and kiss goodnight, but Paul was hiding under his bed and giggling about how he wasn’t going to get into it. He thinks these kind of situations are games – the scowls of disapproval don’t make it any less fun for him and what he’d like more than anything would be for someone to crawl under after him and drag him out. So instead we told him that he was welcome to sleep under his bed and started to shut the door. Which (predictably) led to a shriek of NO and immediate jumping into the bed. He was lying face down (and I’m sure you can see where this is going) when I walked over to give him a kiss. Right as I bent down he decided to whip his head up and – CRACK.

My hands flew to my face and I’m sure I screamed involuntarily (rocking on the floor and clutching my nose) for a solid five minutes. I remember thinking “all of this screaming surely isn’t a good idea. I must be scaring the kids” but I was totally incapable of stopping the screaming even though I knew that I should. It just hurt too much. Once I was calmed down enough to get a few words out (at this point Ben still wasn’t sure what had happened) I told him “I think he broke my nose”. The snapping noise was so loud and sharp that apparently to him it had sounded like Paul had slapped me in the face. Once he realized that it was actually the sound of a breaking bone he turned a bit green and had to lie down for a minute. All the while Paul actually seemed to be the least fazed of anyone, and Amelia was quite distressed with all the yelling.

Once he had collected himself a bit, Ben realized that I needed to go to the doctor and that taking three kids to an ER at 9pm was probably a recipe for disaster- so he called my mom, who rushed right over. Reason #3,452 that we are so lucky to live near my parents! The urgent care facility we went to was predictably crowded and slow, but every employee we met was inexplicably polite and helpful with a dash of cheer thrown in for good measure. We took a seat and had a chat and if it weren’t for the throbbing pain and bag of ice on my face it could almost have passed for a date.

When the doctor finally arrived, he confirmed that my nose was broken and told us that there wasn’t much he could do to help – I would have a follow up with an ENT in a week and was sent home with a prescription for pain medicine and a list of symptoms to be on the lookout for. He also warned me that much of my face and the area under my eyes might become more bruised and swollen over the next week, something I was not looking forward to. The funny thing was that the next day the area under my eyes was not bruised or swollen, and neither was any other part of my face, save for a small bruised area on the bridge of my nose. As the days went by the bruising went down even more and by the time my ENT follow up visit rolled around, both Ben and I had convinced ourselves that it looked almost entirely back to normal. There seemed to be a bump lingering on the bridge of the nose but we figured that must be a bit of residual swelling and that the doctor would almost certainly just give us the all clear for me to go home and carry on as usual.

In reality he took one glance and told me that my nose was crooked. He could even tell by looking (despite the fact that the red marks and bruising had gone) exactly from which direction I’d been hit. Once he checked out the inside of my nose he confirmed that the break had left one side of my nasal airway obstructed and that the best way to fix it was to reset it. Reset. Such a harmless term for what they actually do, which is to break your nose again and shove it back into place using pliers. They gave me two options for the resetting – either to do it in office that same day with only local anesthesia, or to schedule it for several days later in the hospital under general anesthesia. Now I am a complete and total wimp when it comes to anything remotely surgery related – which is why I fought tooth and nail to avoid a cesarean section with the twins. So telling me that I could have the procedure done under general anesthesia was not a bonus for me, but terrifying. I opted for the in-office procedure and went back to the lobby to wait for them to get ready. Both the doctor and nurse assured me that the worst part would be the injections of numbing medication (one above my nose, one in each cheek, one below the nose and then inside each nostril) and I have to agree with them. Having long needles shoved into your face is pretty darn terrible as it turns out. But the only real sensation during the resetting itself was a lot of pressure and a few unpleasant cracking nose (there goes my nose again).

So here I sit, wearing a nose splint and wishing that I could carry a sign that says “it’s not a nose job”. I can’t tell you the number of sideways looks I’ve gotten in the last day and a half. I made it over 30 years without breaking a bone in my body and what finally did it was my son’s hard head. I find that kind of funny. I get to remove the splint after a week and go back for yet another follow up with the ENT in two weeks. Just in time for the end of preschool, start of summer and the preparations for our upcoming move. Here’s hoping that the next follow up goes more smoothly than the last one… and that this is my very last broken nose.

Nasal gazing (or how my nose was broken by my son and then my doctor)

days 142-148 {the week in which I broke my nose}

This week’s photo post is a few days late, but with good reason. On Tuesday evening while we were getting the kids ready for bed, Paul managed to break my nose. I’ve not broken a single bone in my body my entire life up until this point, so it came as a bit of a surprise. Needless to say bedtime was interrupted. It was one of the moments when I’m most glad that family lives nearby, my mom came to watch the kids while Ben brought me to urgent care. I’ve been a bit tired and sore and out of it ever since, but the swelling and bruising have gone down considerably.

In other news, summer appears to be officially sneaking up on us – the weather is warmed up enough to start turning the bedroom ceiling fans on and the kids have only a few short weeks left of preschool before they “graduate” and are off for the summer. It still hasn’t fully sunk in that in just a few short months they will be in Kindergarten. How fast time flies.

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days 142-148 {the week in which I broke my nose}