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wow, next week my son will be 6 months old. the time has gone fast but not too fast that I feel i've missed anything. each day i love him more than the day before. my heart swells when i see him smile and hear his laugh. he's a great little boy and we are so lucky.

i still get choked up. tears well in my eyes when i think about how special he is and everything little thing he does. last night during a midnight nurse, i started to cry looking down at how perfect he was, how sweet he was all sleepy and warm in my arms as he ate then......he let out the biggest, loudest fart i've every heard. he even woke himself up. he really ruined that moment and my tears turned into stifled laughter.....and no breathing or lest I get a wiff.

other than that, it's a busy summer so far. some sunshine and warm weather would be nice?! garden are great, but the veggies could use some warmth. the tomatoes are slow coming. I hope this weather turns around abit.

well time to get some chores done. wishing lj'ers a good summer!

Update N' Stuff

Morning Interwebz Peoplz

It's been awhile since I've posted but "here I am!".

Hope everyone is well and getting pumped about Spring. I sure am.

News: I'm a Mom, I have a son. He was born January 15 and is perfect. Everything went great (and quick, yay!) and we're settling into life at home quite well. I am excitedly waiting for Spring so we can get out this house and do some fun stuff. I still take him for walks but man, it's a pain to bundle him and me up. I look forward to just being able to toss him in the car seat and go, ya know?

QUESTION to other parents: The little guy will only sleep in his swing, on Mom or Dad or in our bed at night. I really really want him to sleep in his crib but he won't. What I'm currently doing is trying little bits at a time. He cries bloody murder though and I'm not really into letting him cry it out too long at this age. If I put him in there asleep it's only a matter of time (less than 5 mins usually) before he wakes and realizes he's in there and cries. I've tried:
- rocking him etc and putting him in there asleep
- putting him in there awake and trying to soothe  him into sleep
- radio
- Ocean Wonders crib accessory
- heating pad in it before putting him down and taking it out before he goes in
- rolled blankets around him so the crib doesn't seem so big to him
- letting him cry it out for 10-15 minutes

I still keep trying. We've had a couple victories where he's slept for an hour or an hour and a half in there but that's it. Most people have told me to just keep trying. I've also set up the pack n play pen in our living to try that with about the same results.

Just wondering if anyone has any advice or what worked for them? I am expecting too much?

It's a nice crib! Seriously, I'd sleep in it if I fit!

Writer's Block: Table for One

Absolutely! It was weird at first, but once you do get over the somewhat "what people think" thing, it's great. I also like to bring something to read or people watch or sit looking out a window.

some people are a-holes

Last night Hubs and I went on our hospital tour of the OB floor. Nearly 3 hours of "you're gonna put what? where? and what's that for?" information that in the end was very informative, helpful and reassuring. i am glad we went.

one thing rather upset me and still angers me. in the birthing room itself, the nurse was showing us all the equipment (right down to what light switch turns off which lights for max relaxation). she showed us the small cheap cd player they have in the room, which was up high on the shelf and she turned and told us "now it's chained to the wall, so don't even try to steal it". I thought she was kidding but she was not. What kind of an effen asshole would steal a cheap cd player out of a birthing room? She told us the player has been replaced so many times they finally had to chain it down! Really, it's sickening.

Then in the nursery, she warned us that the room was video monitored, ok i though, you don't want people stealing babies! But she then proceeded to explain that supplies such as diapers, formula etc disappeared en masse. That's just wrong.

Wow, some people.


"thank you moooood"

The above is said in my best Tim Gunn voice.

Thank you Project Runway for being on so late and making me so tired today. I am z-o-m-b-i-e.

I just like Project Runway way too much to miss Part 1 of the finale, even though I know who wins. This mama-to-be needs PVR BAD.

Maybe it's the extra 25lbs or so I"m carrying around these day but I can hardly function. Who went and made the human gestinational period 40 weeks?!


6 more weeks....

in my best Heidi Klum voice - "Auf Wiedersehen"

time for CHANGE

Get Up Stand Up

by Bob Marley

Get Up, Stand Up, stand up for your right
Get Up, Stand Up, don't give up the fight

Preacher man don't tell me heaven is under the earth
I know you don't know what life is really worth
Is not all that glitters in gold and
Half the story has never been told

So now you see the light, aay
Stand up for your right. Come on
Get Up, Stand Up, stand up for your right
Get Up, Stand Up, don't give up the fight

Most people think great God will come from the sky
Take away ev'rything, and make ev'rybody feel high
But if you know what life is worth
You would look for yours on earth
And now you see the light
You stand up for your right, yeah!

Get Up, Stand Up, stand up for your right
Get Up, Stand Up, don't give up the fight
Get Up, Stand Up. Life is your right
So we can't give up the fight
Stand up for your right, Lord, Lord
Get Up, Stand Up. Keep on struggling on
Don't give up the fight
We're sick and tired of your ism and skism game
Die and go to heaven in Jesus' name, Lord
We know when we understand
Almighty God is a living man
You can fool some people sometimes
But you can't fool all the people all the time
So now we see the light
We gonna stand up for our right
So you'd better get up, stand up, stand up for your right
Get Up, Stand Up, don't give up the fight
Get Up, Stand Up, stand up for your right
Get Up, Stand Up, don't give up the fight.

Come on People!

fabulous mr. fox

Sunday afternoon was a beautiful Fall day. I had a mountain of paperwork to catch up on and such was my plan however, we got a call from the local OSPCA Wildlife Division about taking a drive to drop off a fox. My husband is their numero uno volunteer driver so I was glad that this was a weekend call that I could shotgun along. So....sorry paperwork, bye-bye for another day. The fox calls, we answer. The sun was shining, the foliage was on fire with colour, who could stay in on a day like that?

So we headed out to pick up our soon to be released passenger, stopping of course at the local coffee shop to pick up a cappuchino and a hot chocolate for the ride.

When we got there, mr. fox was already in his dog carrier covered in a blanket and ready to ride. He had been brought in that morning. He was trapped near Horseshoe Valley (North of Barrie). His face was a little off and he had some abrasions. He was x-rayed and fully examined and nothing was broken or wrong with him and since the Wildlife Centre is already a full house, it was best he was released asap. I lifted the blanket to get a look at him, he was beautiful. He was red and fluffy and so cute. He had scrunched himself to the back of the carrier, he was obviously scared. He bared his teeth and gave me a "hhhhhhhhhh" sound so I put the blanket back down and let him be. What a morning he had already so I figured it was best to just let him chill.

We drove out to the country near Horseshoe Valley, parked the truck and got the carrier out of the back. We set the cage down in some tall grass, opened the door, took off the blanket and stepped back. Nothing. Then the cage rumbled a little and within seconds mr. fox was bouncing in the tall grass. I know he knew he was home. He had a direction about him that he knew where he was. We released him exactly where he was found so we do know his den is at least nearby and by the way he seemed to know where he was headed I felt confident he was where he belonged. He didn't look back or say thank you but the bounce in his step was enough.

Mission accomplished.

Friday Funny

ok - this is funny. ANTM/John McCain "Smile With Your Eyes" Spoof.


Happy Friday everyone. TGIF.

re: Sarah Palin VP debate

From CNN*  -

Republican strategist Amy Holmes said:

"She was polished, direct, folksy and on message. She stressed her personal experience both as a mom and as a governor, from the kitchen table to the executive branch, her record as a reformer and bipartisan deal maker..."
Cuz being a mom is the total step before VP of one of the world's biggest nations! ;-)
January 2009 - I have baby
January 2012 - we move to 24 Sussex! or Rockcliffe somewhere if I'm not #1.

I guess as a republican strategist you need to find something positive to say!

*not that this is my fave news source
** nor am a belittling in any way being a mom


is it just me or are the rules of ei maternity benefits beyond confusing!

does anyone know the short answer of "how much can i work or much income can i still take in without it affecting my ei benefits"??? for example, i'm also a small business owner on top of my job where i collect a small management fee - can i still collect this income, if so, how much? i'm also a glass artist and do plan later in the mat leave to do some art shows and am wondering how much income i can take in here before my benefits are affected.

if anyone has some coles notes or advice it would much appreciated. don't bother sending me the link to hrdc, i've looked there and tried to read it but either can't find it or have too much baby brain going on to understand it and need it in plain street talk.

have a great weekend!