Archive for June, 2009

Happy Heiney’s One Size Cloth Diaper Review

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 by by

This video is a review of the Happy Heiney’s One Size Diaper with velcro.  My overall thoughts on this diaper:  It will fit (more…)


A belated thank you to my employer, seriously!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 by by

I’ve mentioned my first miscarriage before, I know. But what I realized today is that I didn’t mention how fantastic my employer was at the time. And, technically, I’m not even employed by them.

You see, I’m a full-time contractor to my biggest, and currently only, client. That means that while on the surface of things I act like an employee in my day-to-day operations, I reap the benefits of being self-employed. And there are lots when it comes to tax.

What I don’t get, though, is sick leave. Or holiday pay. Or maternity leave.

So, when I found out I was pregnant last December David and I quickly went into ‘maternity leave’ financial mode. All money was headed to savings and we were gearing up for a 3 month leave for me. And then the pregnancy went quickly downhill.

In those first few weeks, I was also meant to attend an industry conference that was key for our organisation and the main calendar
event of the year. And when I called our company owner to ask if I could miss the event, do you know what he said?

He said that he would fire me if I attended. That the most important (more…)

4th of July Photo Shoot

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 by by

So, I have been playing “photographer” lately. Like I really need another hat to put on, right? The camera is Sheila’s step-daughter’s Rebel and I love it. I told everyone to save all their presents for me and pitch in to buy me either the Rebel or Nikon’s version which is called D40 or D60. I really want a decent camera seeing that I will be taking lots and lots of pictures for the rest of our lives. I know it isn’t a permanent thing because it will eventually outdate and I’ll need a new one but for now, it will do.

Gabi (Sheila took these pics because she wanted to play with the camera as well.)


The Artistic Mind of a Three Year Old!

Monday, June 29th, 2009 by by

Not long ago I spoke about the dead silence that most mothers know – the silence that alerts you to the antics of your 2-3 year old child, sending you leaping from your task to see what sorts of shenanigans your child is up to.   I can’t remember exactly what I was doing at the time but last Friday I recall doing something with Violet (my best guess is feeding her) and after a few moments I realized that all sounds were gone from Jacob’s room – I shook the fear from my face, nestled Violet into her pack and play and hurried upstairs to find my son sitting cross legged on my bed with two books he had received for his birthday.  I’m sure you’ve seen these books before, the ones that come with markers – yeah, brilliant idea for toddlers – whoever came up with this oh so brilliant idea…you suck.  I had placed the books on my tall dresser, the one that I thought Jacob could not reach and the one we had previously used to keep items out of reach from Jacob – darn those growth spurts.

Ever since we started potty training weeks ago my son has developed an interest in being nude all the time ….I guess it takes too much effort to unbutton your shorts, yank down your drawers and plant your rear on the toilet seat so (more…)


And so it begins

Monday, June 29th, 2009 by by

I finished reading Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child this morning and decided to jump right into a plan to help my son’s sleep issues. I actually tried to let him CIO (cry it out) a few times last night, but I was home alone and did not succeed. The maximum amount of time I allowed him to cry last night was 20 minutes before I hit my breaking point. It was not a good night and he ended up being up extra late because he got so worked up.

Tonight, we did our bedtime routine and he was in bed by 6:01 pm. As expected, he protested and I jumped on the computer to keep my mind occupied while my baby cried in the next room. To my surprise, the crying ceased exactly 10 minutes after it started. Ahh, silence. Of course, that was the easy part. He woke up about 8:45 pm for his usual hang out with mama time and we have not gone in to see him. It has been almost 2 agonizing hours of crying so far. I know we are doing this for his own good and putting himself back to sleep on a proper schedule is a skill he needs to learn sooner rather than later but dang it’s hard to refrain myself from going into his room and scooping him up in my arms and holding him tightly. I know we need to do this now. The longer we wait for him to grow out of it (more…)

Of course it had to happen eventually

Monday, June 29th, 2009 by by

Consider this post a departure from the normal flow of my life. I’ll get to telling you about VBS in the next one, I just want to share this now. So as I said excuse the randomness of it.

No movie in my 22 year existence has ever made me cry or choke up. It’s not that I’m not moved by sad or touching movies, it’s just not the kind of person I am. And, before you ask, no, books don’t make me cry either. I never understood people who cry during a movie, matter of fact; I always found them kind of funny in an embarrassing sort of way. I mean if you’re enjoying it, why cry? Yeah, it’s sad, but it’s not actually affecting your life in any way shape or form really, it’s just a 1 1/2 – 2 hour diversion from the reality that is your life. Enjoy it, hate it, or just be amused, but please please don’t cry. Not only is it an embarrassing situation to you the crier, but if I’m there with you I’ll be mortally embarrassed too not to mention uncomfortable since I don’t do tears well from anyone other than my children.

I went to the movie store tonight to  drop off some movies and rent some (bought three too but that’s beside the point…). Apparently I did poorly since I didn’t get a single one John likes or wants to see. Since none of them were ones he wanted to see I went ahead and watched one of them tonight after he went to bed. It was a movie I wanted to see when it came out, but I didn’t want to (more…)

Ithaca- Where crunchiness roams

Monday, June 29th, 2009 by by

Today was yet another trip to Ithaca, NY.  Yes, Ithaca is “gorges”  hah hah.  Now that that is out of your system I will continue. If you aren’t aware, Ithaca is a very “green” city.  I love the fact that when I go there I am almost soggy compared to the general public.  It gives me something to strive for!

My mission today was to pick up my Ergo backpack attachment for my Ergo Carrier.  Since I am flying to Charlotte next week alone I am determined to lighten my load.  Instead of carrying my son in the ergo and having to carry a diaper bag I just solved my problem!

Somehow I timed it perfectly.  There was a nasty thunderstorm this morning, so we waited for it to pass.  I picked up my friend and her daughter and by the time we made it to Ithaca it was drizzly.  We both wore our babies, she used a backpack carrier and I put Fletcher in the Didy wrap I am borrowing from Woowoomama.  I used the front facing carry and it was great.  I am getting the hang of using a wrap and starting to enjoy it.

Our first stop was Mama Goose.  This is a consignment store, but it also sells (more…)


Rainy weekends, red wine and laundry

Monday, June 29th, 2009 by by

It’s a typical rainy winter weekend down here in the south pacific. Not particularly cold, but very very wet. Which, if you have someone great to spend it with, a good bottle of wine and some interesting reading material, is a very nice recipe to end a chaotic week with. (No, we haven’t had conversation yet. You’ll know when it happens, trust me.)

However, the rain only becomes a problem when you have loads of laundry to do, need to pack for a work trip, and have no dryer:


No dryer? Don’t say it’s so! But it is. Alas, New Zealand is not known for the workhorse of a dryer that I grew up with in Canada and all of my North American readers enjoy. It’s not pretty, but it still makes my heart beat just a littler faster.

Sure, you can buy a dryer in New Zealand. But, it’s an electric one. Which basically means there’s one little gremlin churning your clothes in a circle and randomly thinking about blowing in the direction of the clothes. It’s hours days before your clothes (more…)

OT: When it’s OK to Play With your Food

Sunday, June 28th, 2009 by by

Another week, another set of appointments. I sometimes think I tell time not by the date but by the events. Is this a PT week or an OT week? Is Claire at home or daycare this week? The passing of months is marked not by the first of the month and change of the calendar, but by the audiology appointment. A good week has only 1 appointment in it, and those are about to become even more rare. In fact, for the next few weeks, they’ll be non-existent.

We had our first official Occupational Therapy appointment this week. Eric would have loved it; the majority of it was spent making a huge mess. We’re playing with our food, now, and calling it homework.

There was no real answer to why he’s taking so long to move to table food, only (more…)

Mom, do you know about the bird?

Sunday, June 28th, 2009 by by

“Well do you?”

Conversations with my son Brandon – some funny and some not so funny.

This was a recent conversation with my son Brandon.  Brandon came into my office and said, “Mom do you know about the bird?”  Then I hear, “Well Brandon’s gonna tell you about the bird.  The bird, the bird, the bird is the word”… and it continues… and continues… and continues.

I have to admit it was one of the funniest conversations I have had with him but he is always doing stuff like this.  Brandon is autistic so he tends to repeat things he hears on television or YouTube.  He loves YouTube.  Unfortunately, not everything on YouTube is good.  He also likes to watch the Family Guy, another show that is probably not good.  His version of the bird comes from the Family Guy as does his version of Can’t Touch This.  He sings them both A LOT!

When he goes out in public with me I always worry about what he will say.  He can be quite the entertainer but he also can sometimes repeat things he shouldn’t or (more…)