It could only happen to my kid…

Remember how I told you when I first started writing this blog that if it can happen… it will happen to my kids?

As you know, we have a puppy. She has become a very important part of our family. We actually have become one of those crazy families who talks to their pet all the time, cuddles with her and talks about her to their friends and co-workers. We have become the family I used to laugh at and not understand at all.

Scout has a nipping problem though. Usually it’s just puppy bites but sometimes she breaks the skin and causes blood. NEVER wear fluffy slippers or it is guaranteed that she will attack your feet and not let go. She has gotten too excited a few times and gone for the face. In fact, she has bitten me in the chin twice and made me bleed. My son hasn’t been able to enjoy her as much as he had hope because she really likes to nip at him. I honestly think this is because he is so timid with her. It takes him every bit of 5 minutes to get her leash on her. Anyway, I knew this was an issue so I had signed up us for “Puppy Kindergarten.” Every time she nipped at one of the kids I would remind that we were going to learn to train her. Classes started this past Saturday and I’m hopeful.

However, before we could get to training, the craziest thing happened. I’m driving home from work on Thursday – I have a few stops to make so I’m running late – when the kids call me for probably the fifth time in 40 minutes. I’m irritated at this point so I answer the phone “what?” I hear J’s panicked voice. “The dog jumped up and pulled A’s braces off.” I respond with “WHAT?” He says it again but I’m thinking there is no way I understand him correctly. I repeat what he said and he confirms. My response “Did she put her head in Scout’s mouth?” He screams no.  A gets on the phone crying and tells me the same thing. I ask her if she put her head in the dog’s mouth and she responds with “NO!”

I can’t even imagine how this could possibly happen and I’m so frustrated at this point by the amount of whiny and ridiculous phone calls that I have received in this short period of time that I can’t say I was the best mom I could be at this point but I think it turned out well in the end. I insisted that she call the orthodontist herself since I was driving and couldn’t look up the number. My incredibly shy 12-1/2-year-old called the orthodontist, which was closed. She then called the emergency line and explained what happened. They told her how to clip the bar with nail clippers so that it was no longer cutting her. She did this herself before I even got home. I called the next day and made her an appointment to get it fixed. The braces had only been on three days when this happened!

Once I was home I investigated the situation. The kids said A was playing on the couch with Scout who got a little too excited, and got her tiny point teeth caught on the bar at just the right time. It still sounds crazy to me. And I know it sounded crazy to all of the techs at the orthodontist office today when she got it fixed.

You might also remember me telling you when I started this blog…. That wine is my friend. Tonight, after a brisk walk with a neighbor, I will enjoy a glass of wine. If it can happen… it will. What is the craziest thing your kids have done or that has happened to your kids?

Giving Them Freedom is Giving Me Chest Pains

A, my 12-year-old daughter, has been going to the football games with her friends for a couple years now. In fifth grade I knew all the girls stayed together and I lived across the street so I could be there quickly if needed. Sixth grade came and went without too much worry.

Now seventh grade… A’s friend, P, arrived to our house an hour before the game Friday night. They spent the entire time primping. As they come down the stairs I notice that their hair is no longer in ponytails. Instead it’s straightened and styled. A was wearing mascara while P fashioned full eye makeup, a little too much if you ask me. They both wore their tall brown stylish boots and had selected their outfits very carefully.

I was driving A and P to the game when P got a phone call. It was obviously a boy. She was giddy and even blushing.  They were deciding where to meet at the game. I suddenly realized my daughter wasn’t going to the game with just P. There would be boys there. Boys who want to hang out with them. Boys who might like them. Boys who obviously like P. I’ve known P since she was 7 and her mom and I are good friends. I wanted to turn the car around. I didn’t.  Instead, I blurted out… No kissing boys at the game! I immediately heard “mommmmmmmm!” in a high pitch squeaky voice from my daughter and “I didn’t plan on it” in a very calm voice from P. I don’t think I believed P at that point.

I pull up to the school (which I no longer live across the street from) and remind them to stay together, not to talk to strangers, keep their cell phones on and to meet me promptly at 9:15. I see their eyes roll because they have heard this spiel from me at least 100 times.

I realize they were at a school function but do you remember middle school? Do you remember how high school kids treated middle school kids? Do you remember how mean girls can be and how ‘smooth’ boys can be? I let them out of the car and just hope I have given them the right tools to make the right decisions.

I wish they just wanted to stay home with mom and watch a movie or play a board game. Ah, those were the days!

Getting Started

First day of 7th and 4th grade

My 12-year-old daughter A is probably going to be upset when she finds out about this blog so let me start by apologizing to her. Sorry hon. Now that we got that over with, I’ll get started by telling you a little about me.

My name is Gina Holt. I have two children who we will call A, my 12-year-old daughter, and J, my almost 10-year-old son. I’ve been a single mom for 8 years now, which does make raising two tweens a little more challenging I think. Thank goodness their dad is just a phone call and 30 miles away.

I wrote for several local publications for 10 years. I have covered topics like 9-11, the Erpenbeck Scandal, the deer hunting issue in Fort Thomas, politics and much more for the Community Press, The Enquirer and The Kentucky Post. I have written about the restaurant industry for Prep Magazine, Northern Kentucky festivals for Kentucky Monthly and my favorite… family and kid issues for Cincinnati Family Magazine.

I am now the public relations coordinator for the Kenton County Public Library. I love my job but I miss writing about family events, medical issues, my kids, etc… So here we go.

My plan is to write about the funny stuff my kids do as well as some of the issues we take on socially, medically, etc. You will quickly discover that my children have had a lot of health issues over the years, that my life revolves around my daughter’s soccer schedule and that my son is a genius who can’t find his shoes as he trips over them. You will also find out that I love my children more than anything but wine and good food is how I stay sane.

Feel free to comment, tell stories about your own kids, ask questions, etc… I hope you enjoy!