Tuesday, August 21, 2007

time travel tuesday ~ 21 years old edition!

You're 21.
What's going on in your life?
Who are you spending most of your time with?
What's favorite things to do? eat? hobby?

(for those of you lauren not yet 21, you could tell us what you plan to be doing at 21!)



I don't know why I chose 21. I have been trying to remember something really interesting about that year and well, there wasn't much but I'll try to remember what I can...

Matt and I celebrated our first anniversary and also Amanda was born about a week before I turned 21. I was nursing her. This wasn't really popular in 1990. Not in Oklahoma anyway. So, the nurse suggested I put this lanolin cream on my *nip* (don't want google searches to bring people here for that word ;o) Anyway, I did as told and Amanda nursed. After a few days of this I noticed one was very very sore. So sore in fact I would go into another room to nurse because I cried out loud while she latched on. It was bad. A few more days passed and I looked down and my 'n' was split in half. Yep, in half. I had red streaks going up and down my trunk and couldn't move my left arm well. I had a high fever and very hot chest. Matt was young. I was young. This is probably around the date of my birthday. Mom keeps Amanda while Matt drives me to the doctor. I am sitting in the exam room. Alone. No shirt on. Dripping. The dr. comes in and looks, gasps, leaves. Comes back with a band of doctors and nurses, they all look, gasp, leave. The doctor comes back and writes a Rx telling me it looks worse than any breast infection he has ever seen. I have tears coming out of my eyes constantly, not crying. Just tears. I was sick. The most memorable thing about that day was Matt insisting we stop to test drive a car. I had a pontiac firebird with t-tops. We decided it wasn't practical for baby. But I somehow didn't think this was the day to shop. We did. I was mad for a month about it. That and him wanting me to cook breakfast the next morning! I did. We've come a long way, thank you Jesus.

I was spending most of my time with my family, Matt and Amanda... Mom and Dad.... my friends were Melody, Mendy and Rachael. Melody had just had Megan a few months before so we did zoo trips and stuff with the girls. I remember driving home from meeting Melody and Megan at the mall, we had eaten at El chicos and bought the girls suckers. On the way home Amanda got that sucker broken off and stuck in her throat. She was turning purple. I pulled off the road (kept my foot on the brake Julie/she gets annoyed that I rarely switch to park) and then whipped her out of her carseat, threw her head out of my car door, did a few professional pounds on her back, the sucker flew on the highway, I flipped her back in her carseat and off we went. My foot remained on the brake the entire time.

My favorite foods were meatless spaghetti which I made often, I would saute garlic and onions in olive oil, add tons of fresh sliced mushrooms, then prego spaghetti sauce and my "spaghetti seasonings" served over angel hair pasta. It was always yummy! Matt tried to make it for me once right after Amanda was born. He did a good job but I couldn't figure out why it was gritty. Turns out he didn't know to clean the mushrooms... ick. He pretty much hasn't cooked since then... pretty much. My favorite hobbies at that time were reading and cross-stitching. I read those silly romance novels and also books on the best seller list... and cross stitched for fun.

37 comments:

Leni said...

Woohoo, I never get to be first! lol

We're going to be out of town tomorrow, so I decided to post early!

Barbara H. said...

Had to think about this one! That was a while back for me.

sheryl said...

I'm posting early because Tuesdays are always busy days. I'll be back Wed. to read all the posts :)

kim said...

I will not get a chance to post until tomorrow night. This looks fun--as usual! I just caught up reading your blog--sorry about your rough day a few days ago-it seems things have settled back down for you. I love your bracelets--I must admit, Izzy's beads do look cheerful! I can imagine getting fun mail like you do is a blast!
Happy Tuesday-- I will check back in tomorrow night--
*smiles*

Lorie said...

I think this one was hard. lol! I got a tag for you on my blog.

Carrie! :o) said...

Great topic this week! Mine's up!

Emily Henderson said...

I like this topic- 21 was only last year and REALLY good for me! Thanks for hosting.

Raising Joey said...

Great topic this week! I actually remember this time of my life, lol!

Nancy Face said...

Good grief, Annie! That was scary/horrible about the breast infection! And the car shopping was the worst timing ever! :(

I'm completely amazed about Amanda's choking-on-the-sucker adventure! How in the world did you keep your foot on the brake? What a woman! :O

I forgot to put this on my post, but I enjoyed the same hobbies! I loved reading romance novels (the clean kind, haha!) and I loved cross stitching! That's what everyone got for Christmas from us...a cross stitched pillow or wall hanging! I wonder if they actually liked them, haha! :)

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

I can so relate with the br** feeding thing. I finally gave it up after two weeks. My baby was born mid-December and I really started having issues about a week after his birth and all the Dr's offices were closed for the holiday. I know br**feeding is a wonderful thing, but it was a glorious day when I threw in the towel.

Tashasc30 said...

i really had to think hard abt this one, this was along ago it seems like. lol have a good day

Jodi said...

Oh, OUCH Annie!! And car shopping to boot... I think I would have been mad alot longer!

How in the world did you keep your foot on the brake??? Me I would have been in big time panic mode and would never been able to concentrate on helping my baby and keeping my foot on the brake!

Have a great Tuesday!

Jodi

Barbara H. said...

Oh -- makes me cringe to think of that infection!! And going car shopping when that sick...you must've felt awful.

Can't imagine dealing with a choking baby with one foot on the brake!

HomeSchool Mommy said...

Wow. Sounds like a fun birthday. My 21st was "fun", too. Maybe I'll get this TTT done today.

KC said...

OH MY GOODNESS Annie that infection.. OUCH OUCH OUCH.. I would have to kill DH if he wanted to car shop after that.

and your food on the break while Amanda was chocking.. Goodness women just put the car in park..

Great TTT.

Corey~living and loving said...

oh my....I would have killed anyone trying to make me go car shopping when I had just been in the ER....what on earth was he thinking??????
Men are Crazy and can't relate to having boobs I guess, but you can bet that if he even had the flu he wouldn't have gone car shopping.

This is my first time playing along. thanks! it was fun!

Kari said...

You mentioned El Chico's - I remember I used to eat there all the time when my oldest son was a baby. Do you remember back in the day, they used to bring salsa, chips and a little bowl of sliced carrots, onions, etc.? Well, I didn't know what that stuff was - I just knew I didn't eat it. My son was kind of fussy one day at lunch so I gave him one of the carrots. I didn't KNOW they had been soaked in jalepenos! Boy, I felt sooooo bad.
Oh and your breast feeding story - OUCH! That's scary! I breast fed all four of mine, but I didn't really get the hang of it until after the 1st two. It's a wonder those 2 didn't starve to death. lol But no infections, THANK GOODNESS! Whew!

oh amanda said...

Fun! Did you keep nursing after that? I've had mastitis, but never that bad!

I was 21 when I got married. Seems like an eternity ago!

LoveMyStarr said...

I'm loving sharing the stories. You had some horrendous things happen! And, oh, how our lives have changed since then.

tonsofsons said...

Ouch!!!!!!

It kills me in the beginning, but the pain(no infection)from just nursing goes away.

Happy 21 flashback!

Marcia said...

OUCH!!!! That sounds so sore.

Guess what I'm doing? Watching Paula Deen on Oprah. This is the first time I have ever seen this lady (except for blogs of course). Well, she is a DOLL!

Anyway, I phoned our ISP and the young guy (probably a 21-year-old) said that you have to whitelist my domain name so that my emails come through to you. Do you want to try?

Penless Thoughts said...

Boy that was an exciting year for you. Not the best of things either.
Susan

Shannon **Gabi's Mom** said...

Annie,

I have always loved reading everyone's entry for this, but this is my first time participating. It was a lot of fun looking back! I think I'll be doing it more often! Love your music by the way!

Donetta said...

Hello, Thank you for hosting. I am new here and am looking forward to reading all of your posts. Enjoy your afternoon all.

Stephanie said...

Hi! This is my first time doing this. I'm a livejournal user and found your site through my sister-in-law Jessica (Raising Joey). I noticed most of the people hear are on blogspot and no livejournal, so I hope it's okay that I participated.

Tammy and Parker said...

Sounds like you two kind of grew up together. :)

sheryl said...

Oh! It hurt to read this...ow,ow,ow!!
I've always loved reading and cross stitch. Do you still enjoy both of those things?

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

Oh, no! That sounds like a trying time. It is wonderful how we mature though, isn't it!

gail@more than a song said...

You went through a lot at the tender age of 21!

I've been having trouble leaving comments today on blogger blogs, keeps booting me off or eating my comment! So am trying one more time to see if it will take.

kim said...

Oh my Annie--you were one sick little mommy. I can't believe you were even able to hold your head up, let alone car shop! It is amazing what we have all gone through over the years and how those experiences have shaped who we are now!
*smiles*
Kim

Debi said...

If you ask me, Matt's pretty lucky you only stayed mad for a month! You poor, sweet gal...it's painful just reading that! And wow...good for you for not giving up!

Corrie said...

Hey Annie,
You are so funny. I can't believe you guys test drove a car that day!
Your meatless spaghetti sounds yummy! I may have to try that sometime!

Coach J said...

I had just had my son, too, at the tender age of 21. :) What a hard year, learning that I WAS NOT THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE. Although, I never had a breast infection, thank the Lord. Mandalyn did, twice, and I'm grateful I didn't have to go through that EVER!!

Tori :) said...

Oh bless your heart. Your poor boob!!

Love the sucker saving story! How rad are you?!?

Carrie! :o) said...

You must have updated since I was here yesterday. I didn't see your TTT up and I was wondering why, LOL.

Ouch, your *girls* really were infected, huh?! I can't even begin to imagine that pain. Whew!

LOL at your little Matt stories. The things we put up with when we're young. It's nice to be able to look back and laugh, though. I'm sure he has stories on you, too, huh?!

Mandalyn said...

I was reading your nursing story while cringing the whole time. I nursed my oldest for 4 months. I got mastitis twice during that time. I could also never get her latched on with screaming in pain! It was truly the worst 4 months I've had with her and I wish it hadn't been that way! My OBGYN sent me to a lactation specialist but it really didn't get any better. After that, I kicked nursing to the curb. My second didn't get a drop of breast milk. It just wasn't easy for me! I wanted to enjoy the early months with my second! I so related to that story! I had the red marks, fever, etc!!

Michelle said...

Oh Annie how horrible to have such a bad infection while you were nursing! Ouch! I would have been pissed about the test driving too! Do you think the lanolin lead to the infection? I always thought that was supposed to help?

I tried to think of something to write about for my 21st year and came up with nothing! Isn't that sad?! LOL