Showing posts from May, 2009

What I've Been Doing Lately

Hannah is still in her "don't put me down EVER" phase, which means I'm still doing a lot of things one-handed. One thing I can do really well with one hand is use a mouse, and I can nurse Hannah with the other. This works out well for playing games like Farm Town on facebook. I really only started playing because Mom and Dad and Shirley were doing it and wanted me to do it so I guess I have them to thank for the hours of contented nursing that I've been enjoying.Actually, doing something because everyone else is doing it ends up producing positive results for me most of the time. It's why I started playing Farm Town. And why I started watching Grey's. And it's why I wear clothes most of the time. So really, sometimes peer pressure is a good thing don't cha think?

(The picture is of me hanging out with some friends on Farm Town. Good times.)

(Hi John.)


If you want to have even a HOPE of convincing me to buy your product, answer your survey, or donate some money DO NOT use a computer to phone me up to five times a day. DO NOT think it's okay to leave me waiting for much longer than ten seconds (or more) for a human being to come on the line and tell me why you've been harassing me. DO NOT hang up on me when I ask you to speak up because I can't hear you over my screaming baby. And finally, after you've hung up on me, DO NOT try to tell me that there must have been another reason why the last one of your cronies hung up on me.

'Cause seriously. I'll go off on you. And I promise. The next time I won't even be this nice. This was just a warm up.

(I have no idea why any company or charity would think that computer phone calls would make them any money. They just piss me off times one hundred. And after I get about twenty of them with nothing but silence on the other side I am practically guaranteed to tell them…

Five Years Ago

I remember that at this time, five years ago today, I'd made it to around nine centimeters. Everything was moving so fast. We were all sure I'd have my baby boy within the next few hours... And around twelve endless and agonizing hours later...
(Actually, this picture was probably taken closer to fourteen hours later, since I didn't get to meet him till a few hours after he was born.) Look at all his hair! And look at how puffy my fingers are! All that fluid... No wonder they make you take off your rings.

In this picture I was still totally stoned and only mostly conscious. I don't even remember it being taken. All I can remember are brief flashes... Glen walking in with him, me being shocked by his thick dark hair, the weight of him in my arms FINALLY, and the nurse helping me to nurse him for the first time. It sucks to have missed so much of his first hours, but I'm glad that I can at least remember the first time I saw him. In my opinion, planned c-sections are d…

Itsy Bitsy

Oh man. Those two crack me up. (Plus, aren't they just the cutest?)


I'm not having a very good day today. I wish it was sunny. Somehow when things are sunny, everything seems a little easier to take. I'm cleaning the house to try to make things feel better, but it's not helping.

What's wrong? Oh, lots of dumb things contributing to make everything seem worse than it is.

First of all, I'm getting a little frustrated with my inability to remember things. These are the things I've forgotten in just the last week:
I forgot to go to the ladies' birthday dinner at my church. I was totally planning on it. I could have used a night out. I didn't remember it till the next day.
I forgot to bring a medium sized gift bag to Ben's preschool on Thursday.I forgot to bid on something I really wanted to buy off of ebay. Of course, I remembered the auction about a half an hour after it ended.
I forgot to pay my mom for Mother's Day presents for my Grammas.I forgot to bank Hannah's cord blood. (This didn't happen last week of c…

Mom Stuff

I don't usually do these things, but something I heard yesterday made it seem appropriate this time. My mom gave me this award over on her blog:
The rules for this award: Admit one thing you feel awful about involving being a mom. Get it off you shoulder. Once you have written it down, you are no longer allowed to feel bad. It is over with. It is in the past. Remember you are a good mom! After you have that off you chest, list seven things you love about your kids or that you love doing with them or that they love about you. These are the things to remind yourself everyday that you ROCK!

Yesterday at my old church in Martensville I got to hear, yet another, great Kevin message. One of the things he said especially resonated with me... A mom is supposed to make the world a safe place for her child. She's supposed to give her child the security of knowing that they are loved always and forever. That's the one thing I feel awful about. It's not that I never do that, but I w…

Happy Birthday Little Hannah Banana!

I can't believe it's already been a whole month! It feels like she just got here and it's already time for her one month photo shoot. You can see that she really enjoyed it and was very excited about the banana cream pie that she can't eat. (Actually, I got a few nicer shots, but only because I persevered through quite a few shots like these. Poor thing. And she has a whole lifetime of posing in front of her.)

Anyways, I have to say, I don't remember ever enjoying a newborn as much as I'm enjoying Hannah. I think it's all about placement. With Ben, everything was so new and overwhelming. It was hard to really enjoy him because everything seemed to be happening so fast and I really had no idea what I was doing. With Sam, suddenly I had to adjust to being the mommy of more than one child. It was hard to really enjoy him because, aside from the fact that he cried a LOT, I wasn't used to dividing my time and attention between both boys and frankly, most of m…

Sleeping Beauty

Here are some sleeping recommendations to reduce the risk of SIDS:

- Place infants to sleep on their backs.
- Place infants to sleep in a baby bed with a firm mattress. There should be nothing in the bed but the baby. No covers, no pillows, no bumper pads, no positioning devices and no toys.
- Do not place your baby to sleep in an adult bed.
- Do not sleep with your infant.

And here are some pictures of Hannah's favorite sleeping positions:
This is her number one favorite way to sleep... (Unless you count sleeping on a person.) On her tummy in her vibrating chair. It's how she's sleeping right now, and it's why I have time to post in the middle of the afternoon with no Glen around to pass her off to.
I'm pretty sure if your baby isn't even supposed to have a blanket in bed with them, that a blanket completely covering the her head is a total no-no. (She did this. Not me, and not the boys. And when I pulled it off she woke up and cried.) She is on her back here though,…

Sold (For Real This Time)

I'm fairly certain that if we'd felt like waiting we could have got a bit more money, but by golly... I'm so glad it's sold. Just the thought of having to keep two yards mowed and tidy, plus all the little things that really needed fixing at the old house to get a top price... GBlen and I have just completely run out of energy for that stuff. So, as of June first, we'll only own one house again. Phew.

Being Becky though, I have to confess to feeling a little sad to see it go. I really did like this house. I know it still needed lots (and LOTS) of work, but it was a nice house. Our first house. (I don't count rentals.)

It's where Ben took some of his first steps and learned to talk. It's where he said things like, "Gonna goin inna caw?" and where he played with his grampa in those carefree days before we knew Dad had cancer and we took having him around for granted. It's where we brought Sam home from the hospital and where he spent the firs…