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08-02-2013, 12:05 PM
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You forgot time, personal life, privacy, and sanity

And I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Congrats Sharppi! It's a blast.
If you think being a parent is a special feeling wait until the grand kids come along. I had no idea I could ever feel the way I do as when I am with those kids.

It is so different and I think it has to do with the level of maturity and lessons learned in life over the years of raising your own children.

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08-02-2013, 12:11 PM
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I could see that. You get more of a chance to re-live it rather than being caught up in the moment and being in awe.

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08-02-2013, 12:40 PM
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Except if your kid is an utter deadbeat human piece of garbage like my sister in law and you are one of the growing numbers of grandparents that are literally raising, feeding, housing their grandchildren while that piece of **** is collecting money from three babydaddies and the state with no intention of giving any of it to the children or getting a job herself. One of the kids' dads even petitioned the state to have his check withdrawals go directly to the grandparents after he was brought in for not paying (the mother) child support but giving it to the grandparents. Refused. ****ed up world we live in.

Damn Debbie downer.

Edit: on a positive note I'm almost sickeningly proud of my toddler. I've become one of those people I used to find annoying. Nothing quite like being greeted in the morning with a "hi kitty!" and little arms hugging you around the knees.


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08-02-2013, 01:13 PM
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It is pretty awesome.

My situation is that where my son is actually my stepson. My wife and I started dating when he was 5 months old and his real dad quickly dropped out of the picture once he realized that helping to raise a child was actually work. The guy has seriously made no effort over the last year which is why I applaud guys like Jarick who still make their child a priority even though they're not with the mother anymore.

So, our son has basically never known his real dad and I'm lucky enough to be the guy he calls "Daddy". And yes, I do get the little hugs in the morning and when I get home from work that pretty much make my day.

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08-02-2013, 01:32 PM
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That's awesome! My kid's still with his mom half the time so he just calls my fiancee by her first name. I do wish there was some kind of term of endearment he could use for her as it would mean a lot to her, but I don't want to be an a-hole and try and push his mom out of the picture.

On the flip side, my friend who has four kids got kicked out of the house by his wife, who's asking for a divorce. He works 60+ hours a week to support them and pay for the house while she doesn't have a job. Then he gets to watch the kids on the weekend while she goes out. And of course he's going to be so financially strapped during/after the divorce and with child support I have no idea how he could ever get back on his feet.

I just calculated it, and ballparking he's at at least $1,000 a month in child support BEFORE spousal maintenance. And that's after tax if he's making about $50k per year. That leaves about $1,500 a month to pay for rent, groceries, car, insurance, cell phone, and all other expenses.

The system is completely broken.

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08-02-2013, 01:55 PM
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08-02-2013, 01:57 PM
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That's awesome! My kid's still with his mom half the time so he just calls my fiancee by her first name. I do wish there was some kind of term of endearment he could use for her as it would mean a lot to her, but I don't want to be an a-hole and try and push his mom out of the picture.
My brother-in-law is in a similar situation. He just got married and his wife has known and been around his son for the last several years. He calls her by her name, but you can tell he looks up to her as a mother, even though he sees his own regularly. I'm sure your fiancée will get the same treatment from your little dude.

That really sucks about your friend and I agree, the system isn't set up to always benefit the people who play by the rules. Some things definitely need to change to prevent those situations from happening.

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08-02-2013, 02:01 PM
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That's awesome! My kid's still with his mom half the time so he just calls my fiancee by her first name. I do wish there was some kind of term of endearment he could use for her as it would mean a lot to her, but I don't want to be an a-hole and try and push his mom out of the picture.

On the flip side, my friend who has four kids got kicked out of the house by his wife, who's asking for a divorce. He works 60+ hours a week to support them and pay for the house while she doesn't have a job. Then he gets to watch the kids on the weekend while she goes out. And of course he's going to be so financially strapped during/after the divorce and with child support I have no idea how he could ever get back on his feet.

I just calculated it, and ballparking he's at at least $1,000 a month in child support BEFORE spousal maintenance. And that's after tax if he's making about $50k per year. That leaves about $1,500 a month to pay for rent, groceries, car, insurance, cell phone, and all other expenses.

The system is completely broken.
you could try and suggest he calls her mom #2, thats what i call my step dad (dad #2)

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08-02-2013, 02:56 PM
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My friend's wife has the same name as my fiancee, and although they've been together for close to 10 years, we decided to call his wife "Jenny #2" because it drives her crazy

Also, thinking about trying some Hoptimum. Want some potent, hoppy, citrus-y beer but don't have any Hopslam left.

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08-02-2013, 03:24 PM
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I love my son to death, but he's at that age (almost 4) where he's a handful and a half. Doesn't sit still for a minute, always wants to be outside playing ball, hockey, or biking to the park. Grandparents or our siblings with kids themselves tend to have him one night a week or two so it gives us some relief...

Think he's going to be a pretty good athlete, though. Coordination, hand-eye, and general athleticism is very advanced for his age.

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08-02-2013, 04:09 PM
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My kid's the same way, although trade some of the athleticism for insane ability to focus. He'll alternate between being amazing good at something then just be normal little kid bad at it. Either way, he's still ahead of where I was at that age.

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should be a dad brag thread

my kid is only a year and a halfish so he doesn't really do a whole lot but climb things, speak gibberish, give hugs, blow kisses, etc...

He's super tall for his age (99th percentile) so people sort of look at him like he's a moron when he doesn't answer them with anything but gibberish. Sort of looking forward to him being able to speak more than a dozen words of human.

Sports...loves to watch me tool around on a skateboard but obviously that's a bad idea. too young for skates. a guy i know had his two year old out snowboarding almost every day. Seems relatively harmless (with a helmet). Anyone do this with their kid?

and how do you get the ball rolling on the potty training thing?

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08-02-2013, 06:29 PM
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Potty training... we're tackling that right now. He's 2 and a half and we just got him used to sitting on a potty chair and one morning he woke up and said he had to go. He's slowly working his way out of diapers, which is financially awesome.

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08-02-2013, 06:41 PM
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aw crap...another year.

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08-02-2013, 06:42 PM
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Days like today make me hate my life.

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08-02-2013, 06:50 PM
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run until you puke. seriously.

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I doubt it will help.

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08-02-2013, 07:48 PM
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aw crap...another year.
Ha! Don't worry though, not all kids start at the same time. It's mostly whenever they decide they're ready, kind of like when they start walking.

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So, had to call an ambulance yesterday, after I collapsed to the floor. Left leg just refused to co-operate, and I couldn't turn around or anything. Took me good part of an hour just to somehow grab my phone using my legs. I have never, ever in my adult life felt so much pain. I was alone, screaming in ****ing agony and I think I even shed some tears. Finally managed to turn around, first to my back which hurt still and then to my knees and to my right (good) side. Took some rest, gathered strength and got back to my knees and up, wobbling but up. I actually went downstairs, using only hands and my right leg in agony, smoked a cig and waited for the ambulance for an hour. I understand that I wasn't a priority or in mortal peril, so no prob with that.

Anyway, they helped me lay down and immediately said "yeah, probably a fractured hip". They took me to the hospital, and I rolled from the stretcher to the bed myself because it was easier that way (I'm not lightweight exactly). Three medical personnel came to me and asked for my basic info and such, did some tests and then hooked me up on painkillers and relaxants. They helped a bit, not much though. It was 1am at that point. Then the so-called specialist doctor arrived, did some tests again, and simply didn't have any idea what could be wrong with my hip/back. He diagnosed it as "pain scoliosis", because my upper body is twisted from hip upwards, and I have to walk leaning back and aligned to the right. I spent the night there, they gave me quite a lot of diazepam and I slept for 3 hours. Woke up at 6 AM, the same doctor asked some more questions, did some more tests - AND REFUSED TO HAVE A ****ING X-RAY TAKEN FROM MY BACK. I couldn't believe it. The ambulance crew didn't believe their eyes when they saw that I had managed to walk down the stairs to the front door, seeing how much pain I was in and how twisted I was from hip upward.

So, they handed me a stick (yeah, not a plural, just one stick), gave me some more painkillers and relaxants and wrote me a recipe in case I need more. Then they said that they'd recommend that I'd take a taxi home. **** that, too expensive, so I went with a bus. It hurt like ****, but I saved a lot of money also.

Now I'm home, I have to rest on my right side so I can't sit up at all. If I sit, there's a risk that my hip locks itself to the left again and I get horrible cramps like I did last evening, ending up with me screaming in agony again.

I took two painkillers, no use. I think I need two more.

At least I can lay on my right side in the bed and play NHL 13. Made myself some coffee, too, but making any food is no use because walking is a real effort, and I can't bend forward at all.

But sure, no x-rays required. Just keep suffering, why don't you?

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That sucks. The public health care is pure ******** here.

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I'm bored.. Not sure if I want a relaxing day it not.

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So, had to call an ambulance yesterday, after I collapsed to the floor. Left leg just refused to co-operate, and I couldn't turn around or anything. Took me good part of an hour just to somehow grab my phone using my legs. I have never, ever in my adult life felt so much pain. I was alone, screaming in ****ing agony and I think I even shed some tears. Finally managed to turn around, first to my back which hurt still and then to my knees and to my right (good) side. Took some rest, gathered strength and got back to my knees and up, wobbling but up. I actually went downstairs, using only hands and my right leg in agony, smoked a cig and waited for the ambulance for an hour. I understand that I wasn't a priority or in mortal peril, so no prob with that.

Anyway, they helped me lay down and immediately said "yeah, probably a fractured hip". They took me to the hospital, and I rolled from the stretcher to the bed myself because it was easier that way (I'm not lightweight exactly). Three medical personnel came to me and asked for my basic info and such, did some tests and then hooked me up on painkillers and relaxants. They helped a bit, not much though. It was 1am at that point. Then the so-called specialist doctor arrived, did some tests again, and simply didn't have any idea what could be wrong with my hip/back. He diagnosed it as "pain scoliosis", because my upper body is twisted from hip upwards, and I have to walk leaning back and aligned to the right. I spent the night there, they gave me quite a lot of diazepam and I slept for 3 hours. Woke up at 6 AM, the same doctor asked some more questions, did some more tests - AND REFUSED TO HAVE A ****ING X-RAY TAKEN FROM MY BACK. I couldn't believe it. The ambulance crew didn't believe their eyes when they saw that I had managed to walk down the stairs to the front door, seeing how much pain I was in and how twisted I was from hip upward.

So, they handed me a stick (yeah, not a plural, just one stick), gave me some more painkillers and relaxants and wrote me a recipe in case I need more. Then they said that they'd recommend that I'd take a taxi home. **** that, too expensive, so I went with a bus. It hurt like ****, but I saved a lot of money also.

Now I'm home, I have to rest on my right side so I can't sit up at all. If I sit, there's a risk that my hip locks itself to the left again and I get horrible cramps like I did last evening, ending up with me screaming in agony again.

I took two painkillers, no use. I think I need two more.

At least I can lay on my right side in the bed and play NHL 13. Made myself some coffee, too, but making any food is no use because walking is a real effort, and I can't bend forward at all.

But sure, no x-rays required. Just keep suffering, why don't you?
Geez. I have similar experiences from what is probably the same hospital based on your location. They don't want to do ultrasounds or take x-rays or anything that would require the use of any kind of possibly expensive equipment. They rather keep you waiting, saying they may be able to detect what's wrong without any imaging equipment in a "few" hours (usually the "few" has been 6-12 hours). Well, unless you're almost dead. Did they at least give you something stronger for the pain than just 1000 mg paracetamol? Because I've had that happen to me.


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I hate these hospital horror stories...

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I bet you're glad all I have are health horror stories then, right?

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