Friday, December 11, 2009

Throwing in the Towel

Today I made a little trip to Washington Urology in Arlington to get "fixed" so Rebecca remains our youngest child for life. I'd heard from others I work with and some friends that getting a vasectomy was the way to go. Despite the occasional discomfort and swelling after the procedure, I was told that it was all very routine. This didn't stop me from worrying about it constantly after going for my consultation. We had to get it done before the end of the year for insurance reasons. I guess it's sort of am early Christmas present for my family in a way.

The doc (a relatively young guy who seemed hip and used the term "shooting blanks" several times) did a great job today and the whole procedure only took about 15 minutes. I was awake for the whole thing and was numbed locally down below by two doses of Lidocane. I made a point of not looking at what he and the nurse were doing and the only pain I felt was the needle from the Lidocane treatments.

I've been told by others that the real swelling and discomfort happens tomorrow. Today has been relatively painless all around. I don't feel anything odd right now other than the occasional faint feeling of being kicked in the nuts slightly (my male readers will understand this type of pain). But so far, nothing significant at all (I did get Lori to fill my prescription for 40 Vicodin pills just in case I want to drug-out tomorrow). It's amazing how they can get that surgery done in such a short time frame and fix it all up as if almost nothing happened.

I plan on trying to avoid the kids as much as possible tomorrow as Alex and Josh especially are apt to leaping on my lap from time to time. The last thing I need is a flying elbow to my crotch. The doc said I should be good to go to return to work on Monday. (SIDE NOTE: My friend Doe starts work at my company that day. It will be good to work with him again.)

So barring some future tests to confirm the procedure worked, it looks like my baby-making career has come to an end. I think my work in that category is done and I've VERY pleased with the results. If you told me 10 years ago that in 2009 I would have three healthy, pleasant (hey Alex has his good days) beautiful kids I would have asked to have what you were smoking. The past decade has truly been a life changer for me (and for the best). Three is a perfect number and there's no way in hell we could deal with a 4th on any level.

For any future babies in the family I'll have to differ to my brother in hopes that some day I'll be an uncle.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Holiday Wackiness - Jib Jab Style

Lori posted a very funny/cute video on Facebook yesterday of the kids dancing like elves (click here to watch it). The folks at Jib Jab have put together a very intuitive and dynamic way to embed photos into their crazy talking-head videos. The Flash-based system allows you to upload images or link to Facebook photos to paste your family and friends' heads into a pre-made video skit. I've seen these types of integrated Flash photo apps before but this is probably the most well developed one I've come across.

I decided to make my own using the Snow Fight video template. After fiddling with the heads a bit I think it came out pretty good (except for Rebecca's giant head). Enjoy my quick and dirty production below. My sister-in-law's boyfriend Ross makes a guest appearance here, teaming up with Alex.

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