Jul 11, 2011  •  In Claire, Gadgets, Motherhood, Personal

Nervously Waiting for #3

In the 24 hours that J has been away on his business trip…

1.  My laptop died.  😥  

Either that, or it’s tinkering on the edge. The symptoms seem to be similar to what this guy was experiencing, and there does not seem to be a solution. (I do not have Apple Care either.)

I have not been as diligent about backing up — my last was about 2 months ago — so at the moment I am thinking about all the pictures and files I have added since, waiting around and anxiously hoping that it will power back up again.

Luckily J still has his old MacBook lying around the house, so I am typing away on that at the moment. But it obviously does not have my files, apps, etc and it is not exactly mobile since it needs to be plugged in to a power source at all times. (#firstworldproblems)

We were actually thinking about buying a replacement MacBook Pro for me in late August, when J gets his bonus at work, so even if this laptop never starts back up again I will only be without my own personal computer for a month. Be that as it may, I am still quite attached to my 3.5-year-old MacBook Pro because J had given it to me as a wedding present. Yes, it had been acting up here and there for the past year, but I refused a new laptop due to sentimental reasons…and because I’m afraid Claire and/or BebeDeux might ruin a new $2,000 machine.

(I am sure some people are wondering why I need such a pricey laptop. It’s because I am always running power-intensive programs like CS5.)

How does this affect you, my readers? Well, I had been working on the massive spreadsheet which housed all the entries for my Amazon Gift Card Giveaway…and obviously I no longer have access to it. (A spreadsheet was necessary to delete all the multiple entries, and to keep track of all the Facebook entries as well.) So you will have to wait a few more days for me to re-do the spreadsheet, or for my laptop to come back to life. Sorry! (But I swear I will announce the winners by the end of this week. Promise!)

In addition, posts will probably be light until I get my technological issues squared away. (I don’t like writing posts from my phone because it’s falling apart and I’m not eligible for an upgrade until next month.) I know, it’s a travesty, but I’m sure you can all manage.  😉

Now, on to the second bad…

2.  Claire got her first bruise.

She was sitting on the floor, playing with her toys…then BAM! She suddenly fell face-down onto a hard plastic music-making contraption.

She immediately started crying, and I was able to calm her down in just 10 seconds. Because she stopped crying so easily, I thought that no harm had been done. But I was wrong.

Aren’t cheeks really difficult to bruise? I mean, a more bony area like the forehead or a knee gets bruised easily, but a cheek? That means that she must have hit her face pretty hard, right?

The worst part about this experience is that I was right there. I was sitting right next to her and I wasn’t distracted by anything either. I just watched her fall into the damn toy and I let it happen.

I know that Claire — as well as BebeDeux — are in for much more serious injuries in the future. But there’s just something about your baby’s first boo boo that breaks a mother’s heart. I wonder how bad I’ll feel when she gets her first cut/scrape. Or a broken bone (knock on wood).

The timing couldn’t have been better, because Claire is being baptized this Sunday. I thought to myself that if the bruise is still noticeable come Sunday, I could just put some makeup over it…but then again, I don’t want to be that mother.

They say that bad things come in threes. Hence, the title of this post.

I really miss my husband too.  🙁

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6 Responses to “Nervously Waiting for #3”

  1. Robin says:

    *patpat* There there. 😉 It is a hard thing to see our children get hurt and there’s little we can sometimes do to prevent it. It just gets harder, too. But we get better at it with continual daily practice as each years passes. …it just never gets easier

  2. Amanda says:

    Aw, I’m sorry! Claire’s bruise isn’t too bad – and I would imagine that babies bruise easier, so maybe she didn’t hit it that hard, she just has sensitive skin? And I hope your laptop starts working again soon!!

  3. Courtney says:

    Ugh. That is the worst.

    My daughter just got her first black eye last week. She was in bed with me in the morning, I was tickling her, she flung herself around and cracked her eye right on the corner of the nightstand.

    Just thinking back to the sound makes me sick to my stomach. She hit with enough force to pop open the door of the night stand and instantly started screaming.

    I scooped her up, looked at her face, and couldn’t tell what she had hit. My husband came running in and within a few seconds we could see a scratch on her eyelid extending to the side of her face.

    We turned on some cartoons and iced it with some frozen peas. She calmed down pretty quick. It’s mostly healed already, but I still feel terrible that it was me horsing around with her that caused it to happen.

    Here’s the shiner:

  4. Carol says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your Apple woes. My cousin went through something similar and it ended up in an Apple store tirade and a letter to their regional office. She got a free laptop out of it though 🙂

  5. Babies are pretty hardy. Sometimes I see my nephew trip and face plant, then get up and look like he’s okay.. so… 🙂

    I’m sorry she got one though!

    Also, Macs are worth it.

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