Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Just one of the gals.

Hanging out with Auntie Corrie, Auntie Pam and Mom.

Cue Alanis Morissette song.

Silly question

Just something I'm wondering about today:

Do vegan mothers breastfeed?

Monday, January 30, 2006


I could make a list of all the things I will miss about Abby's stint in babyhood. It would include things such as her gummy smile and the feeling of her falling asleep on my chest. The look of concentration she gives when trying to grasp a toy. Her cooing. Her tiny fingers wrapped around mine.

But there is one thing I can very confidently say:


I will not miss the smell of it. I will not miss the sight of it caked on to my shirts. Dried on to her outfits. I will not miss those frantic moments when J-L and I have to grab for her to turn her on her side so that it can come out and not go back in. I will not miss the fountain that (as my boy put it) looks like a sink backing up. I will not miss the dozens of receiving blankets we go through in a week. The need for Spot Shot to remove the stench from our couch.

Nope, I won't. And you can't persuade me otherwise.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Look, it's a post NOT about my darling daughter!

Apparently the neighbours are not too fond of my choice in music (neither is my husband but that's a whole other post). It seems every time I turn the stereo on shortly afterwards I hear some pounding music from next door. Harumph! It's like they don't even think about playing music until they hear mine. Thankfully, I don't hate their choice in music. Most of what I can make out has been fairly enjoyable. I just don't want to hear it at the same time as mine. Maybe I should go chat with them and we could set up some sort of schedule.

Ah, the joys of living in an apartment.

While I'm on the topic though, there is one definite plus to living in an apartment. You can't HELP but keep clutter down to a minimum. If we don't need it, it's gone. Limited space helps with the need vs. want decision. (Well, except for a few items that are stored elsewhere until we get a bit more space.)

Wednesday, January 25, 2006


Kids, they grow up so fast, don't they? :-)

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Happiness is...

Folks, she is discovering her laugh.

And every time she does the earth stops for this lady.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Straggly hair.
Frumpy clothes.
Blue spirit.
Blotchy, dry complexion.

Discouraged, lazy attitude.
But in those
Gleaming brown eyes
In that toothless smile
I am home.
To her
For now
I am

Thursday, January 12, 2006

A request from me to you.

Next time you're in a store and you see a woman with far too much stuff in her hands as well as a baby in a snugli drop something and note that the something is a 24-pack of hangers that are now scattered about the floor of the store can you stop and help her pick them up?


But, the good news is that I bought my husband 2 new shirts and myself a new pair of jeans. Yay!

Friday, January 06, 2006


I'm sure you've heard the old cliché "useless as teats on a bull". Well, I've got one to add to that one: "useless as pockets and belt loops on a pair of infant jeans".

I mean, seriously, what is Abby going to keep in those pockets?

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Doesn't quite seem fair

The thing is, when I decide that it's time to start eating better* and not just assume that breastfeeding will melt the pregnancy pounds away I feel as though my clothes should start feeling less tight IMMEDIATELY.

Shouldn't the decision alone be enough for the weight to run in fear?

* No, NOT a New Year's Resolution 'cause I don't do those.

Thursday Thirteen

This is only my second time doing this so I can’t say I’m a regular participant yet. But, just recently I realized that I’d learned some things about Abby and I need to record them before I forget. For the first few weeks I felt there was little I could tell anyone about my baby. When others said "I think she’s hungry" or "does she like this or that?" I had no idea. I felt a bit bummed. Perhaps I wasn’t clueing in enough. Perhaps I didn’t have some of the natural maternal instincts. But now I feel as though there are some things I may know that no-one else does. And this thrills me.

13 Things About Abby (some recent discoveries, some I’ve known all along)

1. She doesn’t always want the soother. At times she can practically shoot it across the room in disgust. But, when she wants it she’ll suck on it for dear life.

2. She likes to bathe with her mom. While in the tub she tries to sneak drinks of bath water. Not sure what that’s all about.

3. She turned 2 months old yesterday. Sigh. I’m trying to hold on to this time with all of my might but it’s STILL flying by too quickly.

4. She loves to smile. And every one of those smiles makes my skin tingle and my head ache with happiness.

5. She loves to be held.

6. But… sometimes she really doesn’t want to be held. She just wants to be put down in her bed to rest.

7. She’s currently fast asleep on my chest. When this is going on it’s hard for me to concentrate on anything else so I’ll be impressed if I can actually complete this list.

8. She is still sleeping through the night. I was in a bookstore 2 days ago and I noticed at least half a dozen books about the issue of sleeping and young children. Wow. We are so lucky. I know it’s nothing we’ve done and that it might change again one day (like when she’s teething) but for now I am counting my blessings.

9. When she’s cranky the traditional cradle hold is not her favorite.

10. She much prefers the shoulder hold.

11. Or facing out.

12. She’s never really enjoyed being swaddled.

13. I love her tiny feet, her dark head of hair, her smile, her fingers, her growing Buddha belly… But I would have to say my very favourite are her eyes. They’re deep brown. They are bright and when she smiles they shine. As a child I always wanted dark brown eyes. Instead I got a wishy-washy hazel colour. No real distinguishable colour at all. But my daughter has and that makes me happy.