Jennifer Pearce

Hi there! My name is Jennifer and I am one of the newest members to MomTalk and JustKiddin'. I am a 40-year-old mother who works outside the home. I live with my husband of eleven years and our two young daughters. After being a stay-at-home-mother for six years, I re-entered the workforce when my husband was briefly unemployed. When he returned to work, I chose to keep working due to economics and the age of my daughters at the time. I now work as the advertising manager of a community newspaper and appreciate how working has gotten me much more involved in my community. However, I often miss the opportunity to spend more time with my daughters, or to volunteer more time with their school and activities. My older daughter is a 10-year-old fourth grader, and my younger daughter is a 6-year-old kindergartener. Their many activities and my husband’s complicated work schedule make scheduling our number one family challenge. He works a rotating shift in a retail store that includes many nights and weekends. We struggle to preserve our time together as a family and make the most of it, while still finding time to accomplish our individual goals and pursue our favorite interests. My interests include reading, writing and photography. I love taking family photos and completed a Project 365 in 2010, taking a photo a day for the year. It was a wonderful experience to document our life for a year and appreciate all the little pieces of it. I am currently working to put the 365 pictures into a scrapbook…if I can just find the time. I look forward to sharing our journey with you here on JustKiddin'!


Annabel’s Broken Arm

Annabel posing with her cast!

My daughter Annabel broke her arm about two weeks ago while tumbling at the gym where she cheers.  It was a very scary situation and she did require surgery on her arm shortly after the break.  She was so brave and hardly cried during the whole situation and surprised everyone with how calm she remained when the actual accident happened. I have been so proud of her during this whole ordeal.

However, the broken arm has caused a major struggle in our house and it has become very frustrating for her and for me.  With a broken arm comes many aggravations and limitations.  She is used to being very active with gymnastics, dance, and cheerleading and just does not understand why I won’t let her tumble with a cast on. Homework has also become a daily issue now because writing with her left hand is difficult and tiresome and by the end of the day she is just done with it.

The biggest issues however are the dreaded itch associated with a cast, and shower time!  Her cast has begun itching and she has begged me to stick something in there to scratch it however, her doctor cautioned us against this and her incisions from surgery make it imperative that we do not do this.  This does not make her happy and I feel horrible because I can not do anything to help her. Bath time is also an ordeal each night because she is tired of having a plastic bag duct taped over her cast.  The first time she showered after getting the cast she actually asked me “Why are you throwing my arm away?”.  I’m not even sure how to answer that. :)

So here we are 2 weeks into the broken arm and I do not know how we are going to manage 4 more weeks of this! When this first happened I was so upset and worried about her that worrying about things like showering and doing homework never entered my mind.  I am going to remain optimistic however, she has been very thrilled over all the signatures on her bright pink cast from her friends and I it also helps to remind myself that this too shall pass.

Have you ever dealt with a broken bone with your child? How did you deal with some of the issues that arise because of a cast?


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