Thursday, 29 November 2007

Almost there

Our Florida flights are booked!!! We leave February 12th and return February 26th.

Mark and the girls are coming and my Mom is too! It will be nice to be together at the “most magical place on earth”! I can even do princessy things with my nieces! YIPPEE!!!

Now, I have to book TWO houses…a big one for the first week, because Mom and Mark and the girls are only staying for one week and a smaller one for Hubster, the boys and I for the second week.

I’m SO excited. Pin It

Another great day with friends

Julie, Wendy and I went to the Vaughan Baby Show yesterday. It SUCKED. It was nothing more than local businesses showing off their stuff at various tables throughout the new Toys R Us store at Vaughan Mills. There were free Santa photos with a guy that looked NOTHING like Santa. The line up was all around the store, and after waiting for half an hour, we decided to bail. The “gift bags” were full of pretty much useless coupons and a free diaper from Huggies…size one. ‘Ev.

BUT

The company ROCKED. Wendy brought Lauren and Rachel and Julie brought Katelyn and Tyler. We also met up with a new friend, Nordene, and her sweet little 12 week old Jaiden. We had a coffee, shopped a little and just kinda hung out. I, of course, gushed over Ty-Guy…man I love that kid…he is just adorable. I haven’t seen him in FOREVER and he gave me the BEST hug ever when we left.

Good friends, good times. I’m looking forward to these little people growing up together. How fun. Pin It

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Threepeat and I are going to University

We are in a study.

The Infancy Centre at York University’s Psychology Department contacted me about a month ago, asking if I would be interested in putting Threepeat in a study of 6 month old babies. The aim of the study was to see if he was a social being yet. They also want to see whether he has preferences when it comes to playthings and people.

We had our first session last month. First, I played with him alone for 5 minutes, then the students played with him. Then, they attempted to see whether he was interested in a teddy bear that didn’t move or one that did move. The whole session was about 20 minutes.

Today, we are attending with two other boys that are approximately the same age as Threepeat. This time, they want to see if he will interact with the other boys (THAT I can guarantee) and whether he will choose one over the other.

The whole thing is so interesting. We assume that because he can’t talk, he can’t think. Nothing could be further from the truth. I can’t wait to see how he acts (and reacts) today.

Stay tuned. Pin It

Monday, 26 November 2007

Wow

Since Wednesday, August 9th, 2006, I’ve been smoke free for:

1 year, 109 days, 9 hours, 46 minutes, 49 seconds.

I have saved $1,897.50 by not smoking 4,744 cigarettes.

By not smoking, I have added

40 days, 8 hours, 48 minutes, 25 seconds to my life expectancy.

YAY me! Pin It

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Threepeat

My little schmoopy boy is still growing like a weed. He weighs 22.5 lbs and is wearing 12-18 month old clothes. He is *almost* getting into a crawl position from sitting and he sits forever without falling over.

His favourite toy is Hubster’s poker chips…I hope that’s not a sign of the future!! He adores Boy Oneder and Middleman and they adore him right back.

He still HATES veggies, LOVES cereal and tolerates fruits. He nurses through the night (at least twice), but I have to pump during the day because he is too busy to relax long enough to nurse.

He is the most amazing blessing for our family and I can’t imagine life without him! Pin It

I hate her I hate her I hate her...

But LISTEN to this song:



And she's still ugly. Pin It

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Middleman

I’m sure I’ve written this exact post for Boy Oneder, but this time, it’s about my middle child. Middleman tested for his second stripe on his red belt at karate last night. He failed. Miserably. He just can’t seem to get this kata right no matter how much he practices. It was the same for Frankie.

My heart broke for him last night. He worked with Sempai Lori for 45 minnutes before testing and still didn’t get it. He was so, so disappointed. This week, we are going to karate EVERY night so that he can test and catch up to Frankie for the belt ceremony on December 14th. He needs to get this stripe and one more before December 14th. Can he do it? Time will tell. Pin It

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Boy Oneder

I thought I’d post a little update on my biggest boy, Boy Oneder. He is 11 and a half…don’t forget the half, whatever you do.

I took him to the doctor yesterday for his first check up since he was about two years old. He’s been to the doctor ALOT since he was two, but never for a “well-kid” check up, so we booked him a physical for last night.

He weighs 97 lbs…56th percentile and he is 146 cm tall…70th percentile. Perfect. He has had lots of aches and pains lately and the doctor explained that sometimes, bones grow faster than muscles by just a little bit and therefore, kids get what Grandmas call “growing pains”. His boosters are all up to date and he reluctantly took his flu shot. Little bugger told the doctor to put it in his right arm…so that if it hurt too badly today, his teacher wouldn’t make him write too much. LMAO!

We had nice conversations both on the way to and from the office as well as during the half hour wait at the doctor’s. He is a lovely boy, so mature and so fun to chat with now. We can talk about stuff like adults now and I can say certain things that I couldn’t say before. He understands slang and sarcasm and even has a bit of a comedian in him….hmmm…wonder where he got THAT from.

He is on the boys’ volleyball team and he is doing fairly well in school…we will know for sure next week when report cards come home. He is such a good big brother, helping with Threepeat every chance he gets and playing mini sticks with Middleman every afternoon, even though I know he’d rather be watching TV.

God blessed me abundantly with that boy. THAT’s for certain Pin It

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Moms in the City Bruncheon

Wendy and I had a great time today! We went to Adventure Valley in Markham for the “Moms in the City” Bruncheon. We got to meet the famous Sleep Doula and we got lots of tips from one of the editors of Today’s Parent magazine. The event was well planned and extremely well-organized. Well worth our time and money.

Wendy’s little Lauren is growing like a weed and is just such a sweetie. She and Threepeat were interacting so much today, playing patty-cake and giggling together…no worries Julie, Threepeat is still smitten with Katelyn! ;o)

We met a wonderful lady named Nordene and her little heartbreaker, 11 week old Jayden. We have exchanged email addresses and plan to get together again soon.

Educational AND fun. That’s my kind of day! Pin It

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Mommy time...kinda.

Tomorrow, Wendy and I are attending a Moms in the City Bruncheon.

The bruncheon offers seminars on different aspects of motherhood. There were 6 seminars to choose from and we chose the one on sleep (go figure) and organization. We get a lunch and there is a childcare right there at the event, so Wendy and I will have some mommy time to learn about all things mommy! LOL!

I’m looking forward to learning and having fun!! Pin It

Karate updates

The boys are still going strong on their karate “career”. They had classes tonight and after looking at their cards, it looks like Boy Oneder is one class away from his first degree BROWN belt!!! That’s one belt (three degrees) from a BLACK belt!!! I am still in shock. He has been a blue belt for a long time and finally, all his hard work is going to pay off! The last class he needs is Kata and he will do that next week. He will get his brown belt in December! What a MERRY CHRISTMAS it will be for him!

Middleman is going strong on his red belt. He is ready to test for his second (of three) stripe and he will do that this Friday night. At this rate, he will be a green belt for the new year!

My boys are doing SO well. I am extremely proud of their progress over the years. YAY Boy Oneder and Middleman!!! Pin It

Monday, 19 November 2007

Do you miss your sister?

Five words. One question. One heavy, emotional question.

Hubster asked me that tonight when we dropped my Mom off at home. Avril Lavigne’s “I Miss You” was playing on the radio and out of nowhere, Hubster asked, “Do you miss your sister?” My response was to nod and say, “Yeah…this song reminds me of her.” He nodded and said, “Really?” I nodded and we drove off towards home.

I felt a little saddened by his question, so once Avril was done singing, I changed the radio station to Sirius 103, Blue Collar Comedy. We laughed at some of the stupid, yet funny jokes and that was that.

But, that was over an hour ago and I am still thinking about that question. I DO miss her. I have been thinking about her alot this past few days. No particular reason, but she has been on my mind. I talk to her every night when I say my prayers. I hope she hears me. I wonder if she misses me. Can dead people miss alive people?

I hope she sees me. I hope she sees her girls and my boys growing up. I hope she is happy.

I miss her most when it comes to the boys’ hockey. I know she’d be cheering them on with me if she were still here. I miss her when I see Franca holding Threepeat. I know Joanne would love on Julian SO much. In my mind’s eye, I can see her squishing him and playing with him the way she played with Boy Oneder and Middleman. Those thoughts are the ones that make me cry. When I think of what could have been…

But there’s no sense getting all upset about it, right? Nothing will bring her back. I will just hold onto the hope that she DOES see us, that she IS here with us and that she KNOWS how much we miss her.

The calendar tells me she’s been gone nearly two years. TWO YEARS??? It seems like yesterday, she was singing some 80′s song to me on her cell phone as she drove home from work. She drove me nuts with that…every time she’d hear a song from our highschool days, she’d call and karaoke for me. Crazy girl. What I wouldn’t give to hear her blast out “Oh Mickey you’re so fine!” just one more time.

So yes…I miss my sister. I miss her very, very, VERY much. Pin It

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Seven months today

My little man entered the world. Where have those months GONE?

Happy 7th Monthday little Threepeat. I love you. Pin It

Friday, 16 November 2007

Itchy, itcy, scratchy, scratchy

I am covered in hives.

UGH.

I woke up on Wednesday night (well, Thursday morning) at 12:15 feeling all itchy. I looked in the mirror and my back and ribs were covered in welts. I went to the 24 hour pharmacy and got some Benadryl, which took some of the itch away, but not all.

After noon yesterday, they seemed to subside, but then I woke up at 7:30 this morning, worse than the day before! I popped some more Benadryl and have an appointment with the doctor at 1:00 this afternoon.

Hives are SOOO itchy. It’s like being covered in mosquito bites, but they are hot.

UGH. Pin It

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Veggie Tales

Threepeat hates vegetables. Plain and simple. Somehow, yesterday, Julie was able to get two cubes of squash/apple into him, but that is as far as it goes.

I tried squash and sweet potatoes today. No go. I then opened a jar of peas and carrots. No go. He also cannot stand pastina. He will tolerate fruits, but doesn’t lap them up.

Now…cereal…man oh MAN can he eat cereal. He is gonna be a carb-o-holic like his Dad.

Thank goodness for “Deceptively Delicious” by Jessica Seinfeld. I ordered it from amazon last night. I will trick him into eating his veggies damn it! Pin It

Sunday, 11 November 2007

I wish time would slow down

My baby is growing too quickly.

He is so heavy that he hurts my shoulder, back and arm. He is on solids. He is too busy to nurse most of the time. He is as smart as a whip, dancing, clapping and jumping on demand.

Why oh why can’t they stay little for a while longer? Why can’t they remain dependent on their Mommies for longer? Why can’t they stay content in our arms for longer?

Sigh.

I think it’s time for Hubster to get “fixed”. I feel the urge for baby number 4. Pin It

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Back massager(less)

I treated myself today.

Hubster and I took the boys to Canadian Tire after their hockey practices to get new mouthguards. While we were there, Hubster got some winterizing stuff for his girlfriend motorcycle. Being that I am not interested in the umpteen different brands of motor oil available for bikes and cars, Threepeat and I walked around a little bit.

I came across an entire aisle of masaging seats for the car. One of them jumped off the shelf and into my cart, so I had to take it home. It has heat, cool, 6 massagers, an AC cord and a car adapter. The regular price was $99.99 and, being my LUCKY day, it was on sale for $49.99! That is a bargooooon! I was SO excited to get it into the van and try it out.

Boy Oneder helped me set it all up…he snapped the buckles around my seat, plugged me in and told me to go ahead and turn her on. I flipped the switch. Nothing. I flipped the other three switches. Nothing. I flipped them all again. Nothing. I rechecked the plug. Switched again. Nothing. I was fuming.

But, I still held out hope. Maybe it was just the car adapter. The AC cord will work at home. I was already feeling the massage that I so desperately need in order to take away some of the pain that Liza, my new massage therapist, gave me.

We got home and I plugged her in. I flipped those switches ten times. NOTHING. At this point, I was SO angry. You build up to something in your mind, and then to be let down like that is just…just….HORRIBLE.

I WAS going to go back to Canadian Tire right away, but I don’t want to rip the head off of some innocent teenager. Therefore, I will wait until I am less angry and return it then.

GRRRR!!!!!!! Pin It

Friday, 9 November 2007

Prayers for a friend

I would like to ask those of you who pray to keep a friend and her baby in your thoughts today. Jael, a little boy on my April Babies message board is very, very sick. The doctors think he has dengue…hemorrhaging and very high fever.

This little boy is Threepeat’s age and his Mom posted a photo of him this morning in his hospital crib. My heart is breaking for him, but especially for his mommy, who must be beside herself with worry.

May God make him better…fast. Pin It

Disney or bust!

Well, it looks like our longtime dream of going to Walt Disney World in Florida are finally coming to fruition!!!

I have been doing ALOT of legwork today, getting prices on flights, houses, vans and park passes and it looks like it’s doable! WOOHOO!!!

My Mom and Mark and the girls are probably going to join us, so we have chosen a nice big house in a beautiful subdivision in Orlando, which is “minutes from Disney”. It has a heated pool, a games room and kid-themed bedrooms. The kids are gonna LOVE it!!!

Once Mark and Mom confirm that they are good to go, I will be booking…hopefully Monday or Tuesday of next week. We will be leaving February 14th and returning February 24th.

SOOOO pumped. Can you tell??? LOL! Pin It

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Welcome back to the world of massage!

Today was the first time I have had a massage in about 6 months. I had to try a new place because Christine, my previous massage therapist, moved to Midland. I miss her dearly. I have been looking around for a new therapist, but no one jumped out at me. Christine was SO good, that it was hard to replace her.

Tonight, I met my new Godsend. Her name is Liza and she is wonderful. I had no idea how bad my shoulders were until I was on the table. She, like Christine was when we first met, shocked at how many knots I have had in my back muscles.

But tonight, I am a new woman, with no knots! As I was leaving, Liza said, “Welcome back to the world of massage!” My response was, “Thank you…and what a wonderful world it is!!” Pin It

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Dawn 3, Mastitis 0

I will NOT let mastitis cut my breastfeeding time with Threepeat short. I am currently dealing with mastitis for the third time in my life…the second time with Threepeat.

It sucks.

BIG time.

But, I will not let it win.

I am going to nurse him until he is 12 months if it kills me.

So there. Pin It

ZAP!

I have ALOT of online friends. In fact, I have many more online friends than real life friends.

Some of my online friends live close by and others live across the world in places like Australia, England and even Japan. The amazing part of my online friendships is that they have become such a HUGE part of my life. There are women like Tracy, who came from her home in Montreal to be with me when my Dad died and women like Pam, who we arranged to meet in Las Vegas one year. These are people who I met online and who have meant so much to me over the years.

The sad part about online friends is that in the blink of an eye, ZAP! and you are out of their lives. One block, one deletion, one ban and that’s it…friendship over. In real life, it’s not as easy to just delete someone from your life, but online, it’s quick, relatively painless and I guess, for the most part, guilt free. You aren’t deleting a PERSON afterall, you are deleting a member or a username. The person lives, but the user dies.

Most of my online friendships have lasted over ten years. I am still meeting new people in my internet travels, and I love reading other peoples’ views on life. It’s like people watching, but from a safe distance. Some of these people will be lifelong friends and others will be acquaintances. Still others will move on much more quickly. And that’s OK. I have some online friends who I know will ALWAYS be here on my screen for me…no matter what.

So to all of my longtime online friends…I love you dearly. Some of you have been more like sisters to me than online names. I am so very thankful for our friendships. I know I’ve told you umpteen times, but I will continue to gush about you. You all ROCK! Pin It

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

I am officially an embarrassment

I knew the day would come…I just wish it wasn’t so soon.

I went to the boys’ school today to help with the Halloween Dance-a-Thon raffles. Being Chair of the Council, I was there to represent the other Council members.

Middleman's class was in the first assembly and when he saw me, he was thrilled….waving madly and wearing a smile from ear to ear, he was proud of his Mom. He kept pointing me out to his classmates…they looked up and smiled…almost jealous that THEIR Mom wasn’t there. I remember feeling that way when my Mom was working and the other stay-at-home-moms were at the school helping out.

Boy Oneder's class was in the third assembly. I didn’t see him come into the gym, so I scanned all the kids, trying to locate him so I could give him a subtle wave…knowing full well that in grade 6, your Mom isn’t as cool as she was when you were in grade 3.

I spotted him and waited for eye contact, when I very discreetly lifted my hand to my chest and gave an ever-so-slight movement resembling a wave. I know he saw me. He darted his eyes away and averted all other opportunities for eye contact. His friends were all waving and saying hi, but Boy Oneder completely dissed me.

My heart physically hurt. I didn’t think it would, because I knew the day would come, but it hurts when your kid won’t even acknowledge you. If I was dressed like a nerd or if I yelled or did something embarrassing, I can understand it, but I just waved! If you would even CALL it a wave. I guess in my heart of hearts, I do “get it”. He’s 11. He’s just now starting to see girls as girls and not boys with long hair and pink clothing. So, it only makes sense that at this time in his life, his mother is not the source of pride that she once was. The only problem is that he is still my pride and joy and always will be, so I have to get my brain, to advise my heart, that this is normal behaviour. Obviously, my heart didn’t get the memo.

Gone are the days of public kisses and hugs. Gone are the days of missing me when I am not around. Gone are the days of having a “little boy”. He’s now a preteen. God…a PRETEEN. When the hell did THAT happen?

So, I am now an embarrassment to my son. Another threshold I hoped I’d never cross.

Why must they grow up? Pin It

Monday, 5 November 2007

Celine Dion

I can’t STAND Celine Dion.

Her accent is enough to drive me to pull each and every one of my fingernails off, one by one. I think she is absolutely hideous in the looks department and she is so full of herself it’s sickening. I have never been able to stand her music…so nasal and so freakin’ BORING.

But…

When I had my 3D ultrasound with Threepeat, the technician put on her CD, “Miracle” while she recorded my little schmoopy swimming around in my womb. One week after the ultrasound, I went out and bought the CD.

Every day, when Threepeat goes down for his naps, I play the CD. I cry through most of the songs and if I am not actually crying tears, I am choked up. I know all the words to all of the songs and at night, when I am rocking him to sleep, I sing them to him. The lyrics are absolutely beautiful and SO perfect for a mother to sing to her baby.

I still think she’s ugly though. Pin It

Bah HUMBUG!

Bah Hum Bug!

Christmas is still 7.5 weeks away. Why on EARTH would our local Tim Horton’s have their Christmas tree up already?! For the love of Pete people…I love Christmas as much as the next guy, but this tree was up on November 1st…less than 12 hours after Halloween!!! Come ON!

I think I need a little time to enjoy what’s left of fall my maternity leave before I start thinking about Christmas. Even the coffee cups from Tim’s are all wintery and stuff.

Gimme a break. Now I have to start shopping because Christmas is literally “just around the corner” (at my local Tim Hortons)…I’m rolling my eyes too…sorry ’bout that…I couldn’t resist. Pin It

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Hockey Moms

There comes a time in most Canadian mothers’ lives when they become a Hockey Mom.

The pre-requisites are quite simple, but let me begin with some of the things you DON’T need in order to be a Hockey Mom…

1. You don’t have to have sons to be a Hockey Mom because girls can play too;
2. You don’t have to have children of a specific age to be a Hockey Mom…some start at 3 years old, some don’t start until they are 12 or even older;
3. You don’t have to be from a hockey family…there are LOTS of first generation players in our league.

Here are the things you need in order to be a Canadian Hockey Mom:

1. You must be breathing;
2. You must have a pulse;
3. You must be able to tie your kid’s skates in the absence of Dad. Blisters and callouses are minor sacrifices for tight skate laces;
4. You must bring the best snacks ever sold when it is your turn. Nothing says “Cool” like a Hockey Mom who brings sugar and spice to the dressing room;
5. You must be willing to scream and cheer at the top of your lungs when your child has the puck. Embarrassment does not EXIST in the hockey arena if you are a TRUE Hockey Mom;
6. You must be so damned proud of your kids that you show up to EVERY game…this includes when you are sick, exhausted or have a “prior committment”. NOTHING comes before your kid’s hockey game;
7. You must be there to lick the psychological wounds of your child when they lose the game; and
8. You must teach your children that winning isn’t everything. Teach them to enjoy the game, not just the win.

I was THE Hockey Mom of the Year this weekend. I did all of the above and more.

Boy Oneder's team has not won a game yet, but Boy Oneder still feels like a million bucks…because I make him feel that way. He plays houseleague hockey. He will never be an NHL Star. Hell, he will never play anything more than houseleague level hockey. He just doesn’t have the talent. But he LOVES to play. Winning in houseleague hockey is almost irrelevant. At the end of the year, everyone will get a trophy. The old saying, “It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game” is such a motto for us. Most of the other kids are getting upset because they continue to lose, but some of the kids, like Boy Oneder, are out there on the ice each week enjoying themselves and doing their personal best. Sure, it would be nice to win once in a while, and I am sure that once the team gets closer and more comfortable with each other, we will start winning our games.

I wish the other Moms who consider themselves Hockey Moms would teach their children the same thing.

Have fun, do your best. If you do both of these things, then you are a winner regardless of the numbers on the scoreboard! Pin It

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Hockey, hockey and more hockey

When I signed the boys up for hockey, I knew that it was a time-consuming decision. It’s actually only 4 hours of ice time and about 2 hours of prep time each week, but on days like today, it’s a pain in the butt.

Middleman has practice at 10:00 at one end of the City and Boy Oneder has a practice at 10:15 at the other end of the City. That means Hubster has to take Middleman because Middleman is the goalie and I can’t put all his equipment on, especially with Threepeat in tow. I have to take Boy Oneder and help him with his skates (read as “tear the skin off my hands while tying his skates”).

Don’t get me wrong…I love being a Hockey Mom…just not so much on days like today. Pin It

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Newspaper route = Family Time

I have posted before that my two older boys are “Independent Business People”. They have a paper route and so therefore, they are working boys…kinda.

The paper route is more mine, Hubster’s and my mother-in-law’s. Sure, the kids help, but the work mainly falls on the adults. Hubster and I deliver the papers with the boys and MIL and I put them all together. Thursdays are the hardest because they are the big paper. We had 12 flyers to insert today, most of which were already bundled. The papers were huge and heavy and a pain in the butt to bag. We all (MIL exlcuded) headed out in the dark to get those suckers delivered by the deadline, 7:00 pm. Threepeat fussed in the stroller the whole time and Rosie kept getting her leash caught up in the wheels of the wagon (dumb dog).

Anyway, Hubster and I were discussing how much we were enjoying the paper route. Hubster commented that this was a great part time job and that he could do it when he retired. I *think* he was joking, but it got us to talking about how the paper route was great for the whole family. We were spending quality time together, getting exercise and fresh air AND we were away from the couch and the TV for a while. We have a few giggles at things that the boys do (like throw the paper and completely miss the porch, or throw the paper SO perfectly that it lands facing the right way, right on the door stoop) and we all share the responsibility for our route.

So, the boys are learning responsibility and committment, they are learning about making money AND they are spending quality time with the family. Who could ask for anything more? Pin It
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