Archive for December, 2009

Saying goodbye to Meeny & Miney

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 by by

I can barely type because of this God-awful rash on my hand.  It doesn’t look bad but it is making me miserable.  I think it is stress induced and is an irritating distraction to my day.

I have been taking tests since I did my trigger shot a couple weeks ago.  You can see all my pictures here. I have known for the last few days that things were not looking good.  I haven’t seen even the hint of a second line on any of my tests in several days.  I took 4 tests this morning before I went to go get my blood drawn.  I took the digital just to be sure.  I knew (more…)

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A Boy and his Gorilla

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 by by

Since birth, Jonah has gone through a number of different comfort items. You could call them lovies, snoodles, binkies, security blankets, or babies. Every child has some strange item that he or she has attached themselves to. At the preschool I taught at, there was a toddler who was attached to the very edge of his old recieving blanket. The blanket had frayed and worn away, until just one little patch of the silk lining was left, and Little D carried that patch around, rubbing it against his cheek. He called it his “mimi.” And if he decided at any moment that he needed his “mimi” you’d better have it, or watch out!!!

For Jonah, his first “lovie” was my boob. No joke. He would (more…)

Becoming a "Big Boy"

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 by by

Jonah is definitely moving out of his baby stage and into the toddler stage. I realized this more than ever last week, as I cleaned out his toy area in anticipation of our holiday guests. While I’ve been pretty good about switching out his clothes and diapers as he outgrows them, I have never packed away any of his toys. Still in his toy bin were rattles, and colorful “manipulative” toys. Things he hasn’t played with for probably about a year or so. The day after Christmas came the big day for organizing. All of his rattles were replaced with puzzles, and his security blankets have been replaced by a basket full of board books. The more I look at his play area, the more I see toddler playthings rather than baby items. His bouncy seat was put into storage, as was the bumbo, and a series of stuffed animals that he won’t even look at anymore.The rainforest toy that hung on the side of his crib, that he loved to look at before naps, is now the Twilight Seaturtle that projects constellations and pictures of animals around his room. My baby is becoming a big boy.

It’s not just the toys that are changing. We are also (more…)

Boxes are the best!

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 by by

Screw all the new toys! Boxes are so much fun. They can be anything. At one point, Tio was flying a plane & then we decided to make it a car. The kids LOVED being in the box w/ him.

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One Word

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 by by

Well, just like laundry and dinnertime, a New Year is already so quickly upon me and I feel equally unprepared by its prospect.  Here I am still trying to process the events of 2009 and 2010 is already tugging at my shirt-tail and pestering me with questions: “What are we gonna do now?  Where are we going?  Huh? Huh?”

Somehow this scenario feels hauntingly familiar ;)

As I was perusing a couple of my favorite blogs (more…)

Cloth Diapers Made in the US and Canada

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 by by

One of my favorite things about Cloth Diapers is that they are part of a close knit, cottage industry.  So many cloth diaper companies started off as mom run businesses.  The diapers were sewn with love, by hand, and sold directly to the consumer.  In fact, there are hundreds of diaper brands who still do this today.  Hyenacart, etsy, and Artfire have many cloth diaper makers.  I’d say virtually all of the diapers sold on those sites are made in the US or Canada.

I have compiled a list of as many cloth diaper companies as I could who manufacture their diapers in the US or Canada.  This does not mean that the materials were grown in North America.  Plenty of these companies (more…)

Bummis Organic Cotton Prefold Kit Review

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 by by

bummisBummis cloth diapers have been around for a long time.  I bought many used ones when I was pregnant, but this was when I was ignorant about cloth diapers.  I didn’t realize that they were more than used, they were abused.  While I could have been ok using them, I bought some other covers instead and gave those away.  I only used them a few times and didn’t have any problems with them, the laundry tabs were just shot.

I was excited to get another opportunity to try Bummis, and this time I was going to (more…)

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 by by

It’s been snowing and blowing and freezing and flurry-ing around here.  Miserable, really.  The bitter winds have been wreaking havok with our front porch decorations as well.

I was walking past my front door yesterday and encountered this guy.  Apparently he wants back in.

“Pardon me, could I trouble you for some warm milk and another cookie or two?”

Happy Birthday Daddy

Sunday, December 27th, 2009 by by

My dad would have been 61 today. He passed away 5 years ago on April 14th, 2004. He had a massive heart attack while walking our dog that morning. He wasn’t sick, he was just taken from us too soon.

I dreamt about my dad for the first time last night, the first time in just about 3 years. I don’t really dream much, or have dreams I remember I guess I should say, but this dream was so clear. I could Feel my dad there, I woke up feeling like I literally just saw him. I didn’t just dream of his image, I felt like I was actually dealing with him, interacting with him. (more…)

Christmas 2009.. over & done!

Sunday, December 27th, 2009 by by

We had a fabulous Christmas Day!!  I woke up on and off from 5am, but I woke at 6.15am, and Gaby woke up too – so I figured that was a decent enough time to start Christmas Day.  Gaby seemed to have forgotten about Santa, as it wasn’t until she came back to the bedroom & her Santa sack was on the bed, that she seemed to get excited.  Mum came into the bedroom – I guess she’d been awake early too, and sat on the bed with us, while Gaby opened her presents.  It was so cute seeing her getting excited about the various presents, I think she was very happy with her little Santa haul!

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