Monday, June 1, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
What is your salad dressing of choice? Balsamic
What is your favorite sit-down restaurant? Casa Tapas
What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of? Tapas
What are your pizza toppings of choice? Vegetarian + Anchovies
What do you like to put on your toast? I no longer eat toast
How many televisions are in your house? Three, but if it were up to me we would only have one.
What color cell phone do you have? White and silver with some orange accents
Do you have an Ipod? No, but I have an MP3 player
Are you right-handed or left-handed? Right
Have you ever had anything removed from your body? Two babies, a fetus (I hate calling it that), two cysts, four wisdom teeth
What is the last heavy item you lifted? My babies
Have you ever been knocked unconscious? No
If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? No, I don't think so.
If you could change your name, what would you change it to? I love my name.
Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000? Maybe - depends on my state of mind at the time.
How many pairs of flip flops do you own? Just one pair.
Last time you had a run-in with the cops? Just under a year ago. I was pulled over for wearing my seatbelt incorrectly (tucked beneath my arm because it was bothering me - I was VERY pregnant at the time)
Last person you talked to? BabyF, but she's only seven months old so it was a one-way conversation.
Last person you hugged? BabyF.
Holiday? Christmas, but I wish I could get away from the commercialism of it.
Day of the week? Hmmm, while on maternity leave every day seems the same. When I was working my favourite day was Thursday.
Missing someone? Oh god, yes! Like you wouldn't believe!
What are you listening to? The tv in the other room serving as background noise to keep BabyB asleep.
Watching? The computer screen
Worrying about? Chris, Jim, making the right choices at the right times
First place you went this morning? I haven't left the house. I went to the bathroom first.
What's the last movie you saw? I re-watched The Secretary two days ago
Do you smile often? Yes, most of the time
Sleeping Alone Tonight? No
Do you always answer your phone? If I'm not busy or if it's someone I feel like speaking with at that moment.
Its four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it? It had better be a wrong number or an emergency. Otherwise it's Joe (an ex-boyfriend) and he's drunk and missing me.
If you could change your eye color what would it be? Any colour works for me.
What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? Don't have a Sonic here.
Do you own a digital camera? Yes
Have you ever had a pet fish? No
Favorite Christmas song(s) - Too many to list. I like most Christmas songs.
What's on your wish list for your birthday? A really intense scene involving delicious pain, lots of torturous orgasm denial, and some worship (me doing the worshipping)
Can you do push ups? Yes, but very few
Can you do a chin up? I doubt it
Does the future make you more nervous or excited? Both!
Do you have any saved texts? Yes, a few
Ever been in a car wreck? No, just some minor accidents
Do you have an accent? I don't think so, but some say I do
What is the last song to make you cry? I don't remember
Plans tonight? No plans
Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom? Once.
Name 3 things you bought yesterday. Baby formula, groceries, and a Ritter Sport chocolate bar
Have you ever been given roses? Yes
Current worry? Didn't we already cover this? Chris, Jim, and making the right choices at the right times.
Current hate right now? No hate at the moment
Met someone who changed your life? Yes
How will you bring in the New Year? I don't know yet
What song represents you? U2's Stuck In A Moment comes to mind right now
Name three people who might complete this? Can't think of one
Would you go back in time if you were given the chance? No... well, maybe.
Have you ever dated someone longer than a year? Yes
Do you have any tattoos/piercings? Single hole in each earlobe
Will you be in a relationship 4 months from now? I think so
Does anyone love you? I think so
Would you be a pirate? No, but I might be a wench
What songs do you sing in the shower? It varies from day to day
Ever had someone sing to you? Yes
When did you last cry? Yesterday
Do you like to cuddle? Yes
Have you held hands with anyone today? No
Who was the last person you took a picture of? BabyF and BabyB
What kind of music did you listen to in elementary school? Some Disco and whatever my older brothers were listening to at the time
Do you believe in staying close with your ex's/prospects? Yes. So much so that a friend once told me, "you have too much cock around you".
Are most of the friends in your life new or old? A balanced mix of both
Do you like pulpy orange juice? Yes
What is something your friends make fun of you for? My clumsiness and my over-friendliness with strangers.
Friday, May 22, 2009
You turned seven months today. Having passed the six-month mark makes me so much more aware of how close you are to being a year old already. I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again... time is passing by so very quickly. I often don't realize it on a day-to-day basis, but it really hits me when some strangers asks me your age and I reply "seven months".
There was no letter written at six months and I apologize for that. Six months seems to be such a milestone and I feel horribly for skipping that month because I was drowning in my own struggles. I'll try to do a brief recap here and I hope you'll forgive me for not providing more details.
Month six included your first fever/cold. You both got sick at the same time, thanks to your father bringing home some horrible cold/flu from work. The entire world had been talking about the swine flu (which claimed lives), but, thankfully, that isn't what you had. You both had fever, a cough, and were vomiting for about a day and a half. You had also started teething at this time and the combination of teething and fever gave you both the worst diaper rash to date. Corn starch is our friend. Temperament-wise, BabyB was especially clingy through all this, but you both maintained your good humour and smiled and played whenever anyone attempted to entertain you. So, thanks to your good-natured ways, we managed to get through your first cold/flu together.
Also in month six, you both started eating "solids". Quite honestly there's nothing solid about mush, but everyone seems to call it "solids" so we'll stick with that label. BabyF started three weeks earlier than BabyB because we're extra cautious with BabyB's kidney condition and we didn't want to overload it with minerals it may not be able to handle. BabyF was a pro at gobbling up cereal mush almost from the very get-go. BabyB took a little longer to figure things out, but once that happened BabyB mastered it.
At your six-month check-up, your pediatrician told us you were both the size of a nine-month old baby. So you're both growing very well and developing nicely. You both learned how to roll from your back onto your sides and you both do very well during tummy-time. The giggles have come out more often too and there are always smiles to be seen. You also seem to enjoy going out for long walks in your stroller (which we do every day that isn't too cold or windy or raining) and you both end up taking a nap while mommy gets some exercise... a win-win situation!
Now onto month seven!
This past month has been filled with so many joys and so many challenges. Let's see if I can do this in point form before one of you wails for my attention.
- you've had lots of different mush food: rice cereal, barley cereal, oatmeal cereal, butternut squash, carrot, zucchini, sweet potato, green beans (BabyB isn't too fond of this so I often mix it with the sweet potato), peas, apple, and pear. The next month will include meat and legumes. I've been making the fruits and vegetables myself and it's a lengthy process - wash, peel, steam/boil/bake, let cool, and mush (sometimes blender first and then food mill... other times just food mill).
- BabyB, you've learned to roll from your back to your front. BabyF, you still only make it onto your side
- BabyB, you've very recently taken to sleeping on your side some nights
- you both have started to sit up and can manage to stay upright unassisted for a few seconds at a time
- you both enjoy watching your Baby Einstein dvd's
- BabyB, you absolutely LOVE watching Sid the Science Kid on PBS
- BabyB, you love being tossed around and being very physical. BabyF, you prefer much less physical play
- BabyB, you like to be SuperGirl when I hold you up in the air with your body horizontal. You always put your arms straight out by your sides and behind you like you're ready to take off. This is what earned you the name SuperGirl
- BabyF, you love to have your belly and thighs tickled and you giggle almost uncontrollably
- you both look at each other and laugh sometimes - it's the most adorable thing in the world and melts my heart every time.
- BabyF, you have a habit of farting whenever you cough or sneeze. It's cute and quite funny for now, but I hope that goes away by the time you're a teenager... for your sake.
- BabyB, sometimes when people talk to you, you smile and tuck in your chin and turn away from them like you're shy
BabyF, if I allowed it you would spend hours just staring at your fingers and "counting".
There's so much going on and I'm sure I'm forgetting some things. It's just such a joy to see more and more of your personalities shining through. And we have so much fun playing together. I just wish there were more hours in the day so that I could spend more time with you... and so I can get more sleep to restore some energy to spend more time playing with you.
All my love,
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Quite honestly I've never tried them. Pork rind doesn't sound especially appetizing to me. He, on the other hand, thinks they are a delicious, salty, crispy treat. Umm, no thanks - I'll pass.
However, I have found my newest little food addiction of the week (maybe of the month). Whole grain snacking goodness. He can have his Christ's ears. I'll stick with my crackers.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Dear BabyF and BabyB,
This past month has been so much fun. We're all really getting the hang of being alone together throughout the days and you've both been so cooperative. You both eat really well and sleep well too. Actually, BabyF sleeps very well through the days with long naps and BabyB likes to stay awake and hang out with mommy all day. You both USUALLY sleep through the nights (often lasting 12 hours!). I am a very very lucky mommy!
BabyF, you've been sucking on your hands more and more and I don't know if it's because I'm not feeding you enough or if it's because you just like sucking on your chubby little fingers. You're growing very well, so I'm guessing you aren't undernourished. You're also beginning to show a more independent side. You don't seem to want to be held all that often. You're perfectly content playing on your little gym, doing tummy time with your sister on my bed, or even just watching your Baby Einstein dvd. Sometimes I wish you were more clingy and affectionate (doesn't really make much of a difference because I hug and kiss you a thousand times a day anyway), but I think I'll be grateful for your independence when you're a little older.
BabyB, you have become much more clingy. Whenever I pick you up, you mold your body to mine and this makes me want to hold you all the time. I love your love-doveyness because I'm a big mush ball of affection just like you. Sometimes you take it a little too far, though... like the time we left you with your Nonna for a few hours and you fussed almost the entire time until your momma came back and held you - then you were suddenly happy as can be. I'm wondering if I should leave you with Nonna more often so you can get used to being in the care of others. I'm only considering this because I suspect I'll have to go back to work soon and then you'll HAVE to be in the care of another and my guilt would be a hundred times worse if I knew you were unhappy.
You both now babble a lot and even giggle from time to time. I haven't quite figured out a sure-fire way of making you giggle. It's been hit and miss so far, but I'm working on it. And when I do finally figure it out, well then that's all we're going to do... because, truly, your giggles are the most beautiful sounds I have ever heard.
Now that the warm-ish weather is upon us, we've been spending more time outdoors. I have finally gained the confidence I need to pack you both up by myself and take you out - whether it be to drive you to Nonna's or to take you for a walk in your enormous double stroller. Things will only get better as the weather gets nicer. I can hardly wait for the weather to be mild and clear enough for us to take walks together every single day. Soon you'll be hanging out with your friend Annalisa - my dear friend M (and his wife N)'s daughter, who was born about six weeks before you were. Oh what fun we'll have going to the park together and shopping and just enjoying our days. It'll be just the girls - all five of us - and I'm confident that we'll all have a wonderful time together.
For now, we continue to take things one step at a time and I will continue to cherish every moment we all have together.
With all the love in the world,