Day 8 – Work from Home With Kids At Home, Oral Surgery of Mesiodens

Family, Lifestyle, Money

(Reader’s note: I count by business days & don’t count my weekends, so Day 8 is Wednesday March 25, 2020. I’ve been WFH since Monday 3/16/2020)

Before going to bed yesterday night:

“Mom? What are burdens?”

“Burdens are problems you carry on your shoulders”

Yesterday morning after feeding my girls their breakfast, I went to my bedroom, closed the door and called my mom to vent and cry for 5-10 minutes. I was in fear in how this illness is serious enough to shut everything down, including school. I hadn’t taken the girls to daycare since the 16th but yesterday, the daycare announced they would be closing this Friday, March 27th. I was still getting over the shock that school would be closed until May 1st. Talking to my mom helped.

Vivian had an oral surgery scheduled for today that we made in January 2020. She had a mesiodens that needed to be extracted because it was impacting her permanent front tooth from growing in. No idea back then how COVID-19 could possibly affect her procedure. A week out from surgery, it was just waiting to see what changed day to day until Monday. Would the office would be shut down?

The office called me on Monday; I could proceed as scheduled; they would submit an appeal to the surgical board explaining the extraction must be done Wednesday given her age & possible problems if it got delayed…or I could move it to end of May. May??? I’m working, yet I have no idea where I’d be with my job by then. The amount of layoffs across all industries has been insane and heartbreaking. Get this extra tooth out while we still have dental insurance! The procedure was $375. Without insurance it would have been $1600.

One of the reasons for the long wait between January consult and March procedure is that the oral surgeon works in conjunction with a pediatric anesthesiologist when they are dealing with very young patients for extractions. The pediatric anesthesiologists go to several oral surgery offices in the area so the soonest the anesthesiologist could come to this office was today. It required removal of her front baby tooth, then extracting the mesiodens. Vivi also had a wiggly bottom tooth and to my surprise she wanted it removed too.

The procedure went well, thank goodness. For a bit she thought she was ugly not because she had no front teeth but because she could see the stitches and her gums were a bit purple. The rest of day we let her have it easy and let her watch iPad non-stop. Super adorable with her toothless grin. She’s very excited to turn in 3 teeth to the Tooth Fairy.

Day 4 – PTO & Pickup School Assignments during COVID-19

Career, Lifestyle, Productivity

Day 4: Thursday 3/19/2020

The original plan was to go to school on Wednesday to pick up Vivi’s school assignments & her Chromebook but it got postponed due to the earthquake Wednesday morning. https://daveishome.com/2020/03/18/day-3-work-from-home-earthquake/

I had originally scheduled PTO Thursday & Friday to visit my parents in St. George UT for spring break. However on Sunday, we decided to postpone the visit because of COVID-19 and my parents are over 60, we don’t want to risk getting them sick.

Even though I wasn’t going anywhere at the last minute, I still decided to take my planned PTO, it was much needed after what happened Wednesday. I’m very adamant about planning for my PTO and make sure to take all of it before the year is over. My husband & I are gone a lot, not home as often as we like and our kids are growing up too fast.

All you working parents out there: it is very important not to postpone or reschedule PTO if at all possible. Think about it, if you never took PTO to demonstrate your “commitment” and all of a sudden you died, your work will just post another job requisition and move on. Puts things into perspective. Make plans ahead of time to take PTO and take it when it comes.

A lot of us are not able to go anywhere for our Spring Breaks because of COVID-19. Should you go work from home since you’ll be home anyway? I say don’t do it. Take the scheduled PTO and don’t login from home! These opportunities don’t come often and may never come again. Staycation, sleep in a little longer and use this time to be with the kids, especially with learning more of what they have to do for school while being home. You want to take extra time to get familiar with what they gotta do, you might be stuck at home longer than you think.

When I’m not on PTO, I get up at 6am. No later than 6:30am. Weekends and PTO days I lay in bed a bit longer but I don’t generally go past 8am in bed. There’s so much that needs to get done, and you can get a lot more done when you’re well rested and wake up early.

A little before 8:30am we went to the school to pick up breakfast. I thought by chance I could also pick up my kids school materials even though my designated pick up time was at 1pm. Noticed only one family was there and no one else before the main entrance of the school opened. We stood in line, separated by hula hoops before 9am. Was able to grab breakfast, Chromebook, and bagged lunch all in one trip before 9:30am instead of 3 separate trips.

Trying to get as much school work out of the way when I’m on PTO, especially since next week will be quite busy at work!

Welcome to My Blog-I’m Alina Smith

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Currently live in Salt Lake City, Utah and love it.

Born in the United States. Daughter of Argentine immigrants. I’m a triplet. Happily married to my Asian sensation, mother of two lovely children—they do have amazing hair. The prettiest and sweetest little girls.

As a child, I lived in Culver City, California and lived in Austin, Texas as a teenager. I lived in Brazil for 18 months as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I speak English (native), Spanish and Portuguese.

I originally wrote about weddings, pregnancy, and babies because it was what happened. Then it evolved. I was on Quora for quite a long time discussing about nannies, career as mom, Airbnb hosting, and that there are Latinas who date & marry Asian guys and create cute babies together. It’s still evolving.

I also like to write reviews on Yelp on restaurants and services I use. Huge Yelp fan, everyone should know what to expect in service before paying for it.


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