Oh, to be Mom! A Geeklist Journey
Laura Meyer
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This is the story of a lonely woman, who wanted nothing more then to be a mother for ten long years. The day came when that blessing was bestowed, and four years later I look back on the journey and smile at how far we have come. We still have a long way to go, but it has been a heck of a good time through it all.
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1. Board Game: Lucky Seven [Average Rating:2.63 Unranked]
Laura Meyer
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Seven Little Embryos swimming in a dish. Lots of potential!

Two years later....2 little embryos cryopreserved...I am just DONE. I don't want to go through this anymore. They have been frozen for two years and they were the least viable of the seven....
Well, heck. I can't throw them away. One More time!
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2. Board Game: Operation [Average Rating:4.07 Overall Rank:16018]
Laura Meyer
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Congratulations! It's a Boy!

The pregnancy almost killed me, and I needed to have an emergency C-section, but hey! I have a kid!

The absolute BEST day of my life.
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3. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2652]
Laura Meyer
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Mike is an odd baby. For one, he doesn't look like a baby. He looks like a little man. He REALLY likes TV--at 2 days old he is watching it. He is kind of creeping me out.
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4. Board Game: Namesake [Average Rating:5.97 Unranked]
Laura Meyer
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I named Mike after my brother. It was pretty straightforward. What I didn't know (because I am not a huge baseball fan), is that there is already a MIKE MATHENY, and no sooner did we sign the birth certificate--literally less then a minute, the sportsguy on the game my husband was watching says "Mike Matheny goes after the ball!".....hmmmm. I was FREAKING OUT. Especially when I realized that my husband knew this all along and NEVER told me! Of course I had to Google the guy and he seems nice enough I guess....
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5. Board Game: Build A Sentence [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Laura Meyer
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The kid is getting weirder. He talks in sentences. "Go to the door", "are you leaving?", "what's that over there?"....he is five months old....I am very scared.
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6. Board Game: Walkabout [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Laura Meyer
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...But he won't walk. He scoots. He won't crawl either. So at one year he starts physical therapy, once per week for a year. He starts walking right after his second birthday.

I guess he was too busy with the language thing!
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7. Board Game: Crocodile Dentist [Average Rating:4.87 Overall Rank:15762]
Laura Meyer
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Oh look! His teeth are coming in!

Oh.....look....they're rotten....grreeeaaaatttt.....

At one he gets his front teeth capped. Cha-Ching!!! At 3 1/2 he gets crowns on every tooth in his mouth. Cha-cha-cha-Ching!!!! Total cost: $6,070.00
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8. Board Game: Trouble School [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Laura Meyer
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The Great School Debate.

"Let's Homeschool him!" My husband and I say.


"AAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!," say's our families!
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9. Board Game: Bath Endeavour [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Laura Meyer
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At around 2 he decided he no longer wanted a bath. How did he manage to win that argument? Could a parent possibly go 10 days without bathing their child?

Yes.

Criticize me all you want, but I would put the kid in the tub and he would throw up. Literally VOMIT in the tub. That got old real fast.

Luckily, we are out of that phase!
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10. Board Game: Shit! [Average Rating:5.43 Overall Rank:13478]
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This get's two entries:
1. So I am taking a bath one day, he is 2 1/2. He wants to get in the tub with me.
"Nope!"
"Puuuuuuleeeeaaasssee!!!"
"No Mike! It is mommies bath time. You can take a bath after mommy." I firmly tell him.
"Okaaaay" he sighs and stops out of the bathroom.

About 3 minutes later he runs into the bathroom buck naked and "PLOP" throw "something" in the tub with me. I find the something. It is a Turd!
"MICHAEL" I say exasperatedly
"Now it's MY bathtime!!!" he says.

Yeah......


2. Mike is almost four!

He won't use the potty.

He emphatically REFUSES to use the potty. Since Mr. Drama screams bloody murder until he throws up when he doesn't want to do something he of course, is still wearing a pullup. sigh....
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11. Board Game: Toy Story Toys Away [Average Rating:2.67 Unranked]
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How is it possible that one 35 pound person could be so destructive? In less then 5 hours he will destroy a completely spotless room to the point that it looks like it has not been cleaned in a month. This absolutely amazes me!
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12. Board Game: Greed Quest [Average Rating:4.64 Overall Rank:15804]
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My sweet little Michael! Just yesterday he told his father and me, "When I grow up I want to be rich and selfish!"

We were BURSTING with pride!!!
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13. Board Game: Stellar Speller [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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What a treat! This week Michael asked me how to spell "Dorothy". After I spelled it for him he brought me a piece of paper. Look mom! Michael wrote his first word!!! "HO"

I was amazed!!!
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14. Board Game: Start Your Own Riot! [Average Rating:4.75 Overall Rank:14524]
Laura Meyer
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This pretty much sums up being a mom. It has been a Riot! The good, the bad and the ugly. I have loved every second of it and have NO regrets!

My kid ROCKS!!!
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15. Board Game: Therapy [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:15562]
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I've heard this has helped alot of people! ;P
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I forgot to add this right after the potty stuff as I think it is related. Michael is totally grossed out by boogers. He has NEVER picked his nose. He has also never drooled or put a toy in his mouth. If he feels a Booger in his nose he starts to gag thinking about it.

That brings us back to the potty. Mike thinks his poop is nasty. He doesn't want to TOUCH his diaper, and if I ask him to throw it in the garbage he carries his diaper across the room gagging.

Several weeks ago I was changing his diaper and when I picked it up a turd rolled out the side and landed on his stomache. He was horrified! Starts gagging and throws up.

I have learned that this was MY MOTHER when she was a kid.

And he WON'T play this game. Yes he refuses to even PRETEND to pick a nose!
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