Wednesday, April 30, 2008

april thirty

*** Warning - Scout Swag Spoiler in this post - Read at your own risk if you're waiting for this in the mail. Warning over. ***

Last night Sean got up just as I was going to bed. So I changed his diaper, brought him into our bed, and then after 20 minutes of thinking he was fast asleep (I'm pretty sure he was), I brought him and placed him in his crib. He woke up right away. (GRR!) So I put on his Baby Einstein Classic Lullabies, and kissed him on the forehead, told him I loved him and that it was time to go back to sleep. He screamed for only about 5 minutes and then fell asleep. Woke up about 20-25 minutes later, screamed for a few (The lullabies were still playing) and then fell back asleep. He woke up sometime after 6:30 am this morning, which at that point, I took him out of his crib, that was an acceptable time for me to go into his room. I'm really going to do this ignoring thing. I have to. For my sanity.

Spring has sprung! There are some beautiful flowers (the only ones that have come out already) in my backyard. I'm going to take a wild guess and say it's a daffodil - does anyone beg to differ? Am I wrong? If so, what is it? According to Wikipedia, the real name is a Narcissus.

I received my first installment of the Scouts Swag 2008 Sock Club today in the mail. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. I will wait to see how it knits up once people start using it on Ravelry, before making a decision whether I will keep it or not. We'll see if it goes up for DeStash or not. I'm not sure. I have to sleep on it. It's colorway is called Rowing Home, and it's 100% Superwash Merino.

Speaking of DeStash.... I have some sets of bamboo circulars that I'm destashing.

40 cm/16 inch circulars - SOLD
11 pairs
2.0mm/US0, 2.5mm/US1, 3.0mm/US2, 3.5mm/US4 , 4.0mm/US6 , 4.5mm/US7 ,
5.0mm/US8 , 5.5mm/US9 , 6.0mm/US10 , 6.5mm/US10.5 , 7.0mm/US?


60 cm / 24 inches - SOLD
15 pairs
2.0mm/US0, 2.5mm/US1, 3.0mm/US2, 3.5mm/US4 , 4.0mm/US6 , 4.5mm/US7 ,
5.0mm/US8 , 5.5mm/US9 , 6.0mm/US10 , 6.5mm/US10.5 , 7.0mm/US?,
8.0mm/US11, 9.0mm/US13, 10.0mm/US15, 12.0mm/US17


80 cm / 32 inches - SOLD
15 pairs
2.0mm/US0, 2.5mm/US1, 3.0mm/US2, 3.5mm/US4, 4.0mm/US6, 4.5mm/US7,
5.0mm/US8, 5.5mm/US9, 6.0mm/US10, 6.5mm/US10.5, 7.0mm/US?,
8.0mm/US11, 9.0mm/US13, 10.0mm/US15, 12.0mm/US17

SOLD
100 cm / 40 inches
9 pairs
2.5mm/US1, 3.5mm/US4 , 4.5mm/US7, 5.5mm/US9, 6.5mm/US10.5 ,
8.0mm/US11, 9.0mm/US13, 10.0mm/US15, 12.0mm/US17




.....First come first serve!

Today my mom took Sean to his music class as I had a slip from UPS from yesterday, that they were going to re-attempt delivery today between 10:30 am and 2pm. So I stayed home to be here for them, UPS is a nuisance if you miss their delivery. Anyhow, it's 10:27pm right now, and they still have not shown up and I'm furious. I'm beyond furious. I stayed home all fucking day waiting for them, and nothing. The guy who shows up tomorrow, if I'm here (I have swimming in the morning for Sean), will be getting a mouthful. I called the 1-800 number on the slip at around 4:30pm and they told me that it was out for delivery and that the trucks deliver until 8pm. I just don't understand why they didn't show up today. An adult signature (above the age of 19) is required on the package (I'm not sure what the parcel is, I haven't the slightest clue), but I will leave the slip with my signature on it (I might be allowed to do it that way) with my cleaning lady tomorrow and tell her to accept the package with the slip with my signature if it should arrive while I'm out tomorrow morning at Sean's swimming class.Or to sign for it, since she's over 19 years of age. I wish I knew what the parcel was. I will call first thing in the morning to UPS to see what happened, before I leave for swimming. Swimming is at 9 am, I'm assuming that I can call as of 8 am. That seems like a reasonable time. I'll try anyhow. But I'm mad. Who do they think they are??

Today I did finally reach the fence guy, and he doesn't service my area anymore (as of 2 years ago. My parents used him 10 years ago in 1998 that's where I got his number from). Ok, onto the next plan. Lunch time I'm in the kitchen with Sean and I see my snow removal guy working in the garden next door. I run out my front door (barefoot too!) and hunt him down! He was like "Ya, ya, I was planning to call you back next..." (Yeah, right!) Anyhow, with me there he called his railing guy, who is going to come on Friday to give me a quote for a railing out front, and he called his fence guy who is coming tomorrow at 11 am to give me a quote for my backyard, and he had to leave, but said he'll be back to check out the tree/bush thing in my backyard that I want removed. (It's in the way). Also to talk to me about vegetable garden placement and all that jazz. I've got a million questions in regards to what to do to even start the ground, etc. And how to maintain it, will I have problems with animals in this area of town, do I need to cage it in? Lots of questions brewing...!

I got a lot accomplished around the house today, including laundry and business stuff/work as well. This evening Jamie made some hamburgers on the BBQ (homemade hamburgers from some leftover ground beef that we had extra from dinner on Monday night - I had unfroze too much). I heart BBQ!

This evening we watched the nasty Habs game. I really don't understand what the heck is going on, because we're getting more Shots on Goal than the other team, and we're not able to get it in the net.... It's still not over. The boys have 2 full days off, and they better get back into gear and get some rest, so that we can take them down in 7 games. We can still do this. I have some hope still! GO HABS GO!

I got a bit of knitting done tonight, and shortly I'll have more progress photos for you. I'm working on Judy's Grandmother's Baby Sweater right now, just loving the color! I promise some pictures shortly. I'm not really sure, but somehow I managed to get 146 projects in my queue on Ravelry. Wow.... I think I'll be knitting for the next 50 + years to get them all done! That's just insane! So many beautiful projects that I want to work on, and I still have way too many projects on the needles.... (working through those first of course).... and there are always great patterns coming out that I totally want to make as well.

Tonight is your LAST CHANCE to order a May Sock Club Kit. I'm taking the listing down tomorrow at some point after I return home from swimming class, so get it while you still can if you haven't yet!! It's going to be an awesome kit! Handpainted yarn from Vancalcar Farms & A pattern from Adrienne. Stitch markers made by Robyn's Nest and a bunch of surprises as well!

Sean fell asleep on me again tonight on the couch. Jamie picked him off of me, and as he was leaving the den to bring him to his crib, Sean woke up. SCREAMING. He didn't want to go upstairs, he wanted to be with me. (He's been rather clingy lately - past 2 days). Anyhow, I told Jamie to take him upstairs, put him in his crib, and put on the lullaby music. Jamie wasn't too happy about this, telling me I don't make any sense, that the kid is just going to scream his lungs off. I told him to go put Sean in his crib. I was hot and sticky and didn't want a sweating kid on me anymore, as much as I love him. And what do you know it? I was right. Not even within 3 minutes, Sean was fast asleep (the lullaby music is still going as I type now). Maybe I don't make any sense for the reasoning behind why I do things the way I do - but I know my son better than anyone else in this world (including Sean's own father). I spend the most time with him, and I just know him the most/best. That's just the way it is. I knew that if Jamie were to put him in his crib, with the music, that he'd fall asleep. Plain & simple. And it worked out that way. Thank goodness! Who knows what time he'll wake up at though.

I'm going to go knit a few more rows on the sweater so that I can get to 3 inches on the part I'm on (so tomorrow I can start the neck shaping) and then go into bed and read a bit more in the book I'm currently reading.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

april twenty-nine :: 30 weeks pregnant (yesterday)

I started reading Wiped last night. So far, it's cute! Written very differently from Toddlers Gone Wild. (Different style). I was able to read about 20 pages before falling asleep (eyes getting droopy).

Sean woke up sometime after 3:30 am last night/this morning. I decided enough was enough, and I let him cry it out. He did fall back asleep. I'm going to say that maybe it took about half an hour or so of off and on crying. I had closed our bedroom door almost all the way (I can't close it all the way because of the darn cats. If it's shut, they scratch from whatever side they are on). (Which is funny. I say this because if the door is left open all night, they'll mind their own business in whatever room they are in, or on whatever pile of clothing they are sleeping on in the corner of the bedroom, etc. But once the door is shut, it's like a magnet. They're at the door pawing/scratching at it). (DRIVES ME NUTS!) (So for this reason, I cannot close the bedroom door all the way to let Sean scream/cry it out). And I did put on Little Teethers on his gums before bed again as I have been all week due to the molars cutting through.

This morning I threw ingredients for my "usual" slow cooker recipe into the crock pot. I always use the same base, and just add whatever vegetables I have on hand, that sort of thing. Sometimes we have it on pasta, sometimes we have it with potatoes, and sometimes, plain. (Tonight it was plain, Jamie was too hungry to wait for noodles to cook). After throwing in the stew, (Hungarian Beef Stew), Sean & I headed off to his class at the Y. We arrived a few minutes late because I really wanted a multi-grain bagel with cream cheese and a hot chocolate from Tim Horton's up the street from my house. The paints are usually out on Tuesday morning's class, and today there was no paint. This disappointed me because I had prepared Sean in his "painting" clothes and we had a list of Mother's Day paintings to do (that I plan on framing) as gifts from Sean for Mother's Day for his 3 grandmothers. Here's to hoping they get to paint next week, or he'll be painting in our house (ugh!)

After class, we ran over to the pool, and had my swimming class. Today's class was quiet (a bunch of the new faces from last week) weren't there. Swimming completely wiped me out. I love my Aqua-Strollers class, it's just very tiring at 30 weeks pregnant! Especially since it's not a pre-natal aqua class.

After swimming I went to city hall (attached to the pool) to inquire about getting a copy of the plot of our land (so I can properly get a fence installed in our backyard) and got a phone number to call, since they were closed for lunch and I wasn't hanging around for almost an hour until they re-opened. Then returned a bunch of books that are due this week to the library (in the same building as the pool/city hall). I renewed my Vegetable Gardening for Dummies book, as I'm still lost with all this gardening stuff, and I plan on gardening in 3 weekends.

Speaking of Gardening, I can't believe that all the seeds that I planted on Saturday have already sprouted. Most of them anyhow! That's lightening speed compared to the tomatoes/peppers that I planted a few weeks ago. Those took forever to sprout! I'm hoping that these plants don't get too big before they are transplanted into my garden in 3 weekends, otherwise I'm not sure what I'm going to do.

Today I chased the guy for my gardening again, and then also tried to chase down the guy for a fence for my backyard. I'm hoping to figure things out soon, as the fence needs to go in before the garden does. Jamie said that if I don't hear from the gardener guy by the weekend, he'll clean up the backyard this weekend (like he did the front this past weekend). Anyhow, I'll be trying them again tomorrow. Hoping for some results.

After the library, I packed Sean up in the car, and I headed over to Walmart. He fell asleep in the car on the way there, and I was able to successfully transfer him into his stroller without any issues. He slept through almost my entire time at Walmart. (First I did a return). I needed to pick up a plant light bulb and a BBQ cover for outside. While there, since Sean was sleeping, I decided to browse around. First I went to check to see if they by chance had a pair of shoes that Angela got on liquidation for 5$ that I absolutely loved. They had only 1 pair left period, when we were in another Walmart, in size 8. Angela spotted them first, so she bought them. I hearted them too. Then when I was out with my mom last week, I decided to see if they had them at a Walmart that we were near. They did, but only 1 pair left, in a size 6. No good for me, I'm a size 8. Today, at my local Walmart, I tried again. Found the shoe! And I mean shoe! I found 1 shoe, size 8 on the rack. Hmmm, 1 shoe? Weird!!! With the help of an associate who works there, we searched, but couldn't find the 2nd shoe. Weird. She had to go on her lunch break, but I wasn't giving up. I kept looking. I searched the entire shoe department. And yes ladies & gentlemen, I found the 2nd shoe!!

Aren't they lovely? I just adore them. Especially for 5$. I'm so super happy that I found them.

Now I just need somewhere to wear them to. These are the type of shoes that I would have worn to work, back in the day when I worked in a photo lab, or that style job. (Camera store/photo lab). (I've only ever worked for a photo lab/camera store - 2 different companies) for work, other than the family business, and now, my own store. Hmmm.... where to wear them to?

While at Walmart, and Sean still sleeping in his stroller, I made my way to the baby department and looked over the solutions for home safety. Sean's been getting into all the cabinets, etc, and I needed to figure something out for the wall unit in the dinning room where my ceramic/breakables (dishes and other) are kept, as well as my fine china. I picked up a bunch of Cabinet Slide Locks by Safety 1st, but unfortunately upon bringing them home, they won't work with the type of knobs, etc, so we need to come up with another solution. And quick. The kid tries daily to open up all the doors to the cabinets in there.

This afternoon my mother came by to play with Sean so I could get a few things done, and that was a big help. My dad stopped by on his way home from work, to help me out with something, and then by the time they were leaving, Jamie got home from work. Dinner was fabulous, as usual from the crock pot (gotta start using it more!) and this evening Jamie let me do some work while he hung out with Sean for a bit, and then we watched some hockey on TV. Though, Sean was being not himself this evening, and was ubber cranky. I'm not really sure why. It's possible he's cutting that last molar. I'm just praying he sleeps through the night tonight, I'll accept anything past 6 am tomorrow morning. I'm not going into his room before that.

Carried away with Sean's 16 month post yesterday I forgot (but knew) that I was 30 weeks pregnant as of yesterday. So, here's my 30 week shot. Full fledged basketball belly! That's what it feels and looks like! I'm hoping to only go to 38 weeks, so here's to hoping for only 8 more weeks! Can you tell I'm done? Really, I am tired.

Speaking of the little guy, he's been moving around the entire time I've been posting this. I've never felt him THIS active before. Maybe he doesn't like the way I'm sitting on the couch using my laptop, I don't know. But he's definitely having a party in my belly.

I'm torn whether to do a 3d Ultrasound or not. If I do one, it would have to be now... before it's too cramped in there for a successful session.

Tomorrow is your last chance to order a May Sock Club kit. They go off sale at the end of the day, April 30th, 2008. It's going to be a great kit - so don't miss out your chance.

Monday, April 28, 2008

april twenty-eight :: 16 months

Today I heart this Victory Garden Orbit Lounge with Side Table & Umbrella. I was surfing the web again looking for my Dish Chair, (still have my heart set on finding one!) and saw this set above. I know I don't need it or have room for it out in the backyard (not with the patio set we already have, BBQ, kiddie pool, kiddie sand box, kiddie slide, and we want to first fence in our backyard (hopefully soon) and get a Cabana (to store lawn mower and that sort of thing inside), as well as plant my vegetable garden, and get a swing set for Sean..... so, yeah..... room for this would be negative. But I can still heart it! Right now I'm in the middle of chasing down the guy for our fence, as well as someone else for a railing for out front of the house (it was brutal this winter and we couldn't install a railing with snow covering), and I'm chasing down the guy for the gardening (who did our snow removal). We need to remove a bush/tree in our backyard, and he's the guy to do it. He's just impossible to reach. Doesn't return calls. I finally found his cell number, so I'll be trying that tomorrow.

On Friday Jamie gave my my early birthday present. YEY! (My birthday is not for another 49 days). I had given Jamie my wish list of what I wanted for my birthday:

Wishlist:
1. Ipod Touch
2. Ipod Touch
3. Ipod Touch

And got an IPOD TOUCH! I found a pattern on Ravelry to make a quick cozy for it, I'm actually thinking of adding a pattern to it, maybe some cables. I know I shouldn't cast on something new, as I've got so many WIPs (must sort through my WIP stash and see what's going on with that in the next few days), though, I totally need something to product my new toy. A new toy which I absolutely LOVE by the way. It's just the coolest thing ever. I'm in the middle of transferring all my Podcasts that I have downloaded (knitting ones of course) to my iTunes so that I can dump them on my Ipod Touch. Now I just need to figure out how to read my PDFs on my Ipod, so I can dump all my knitting patterns onto my Ipod so that I can knit from there. (Like with my Palm Pilot). I'm also trying to figure out if there is a common file export/import extention where I can transfer all my contacts (address book) from my Palm Pilot to my Ipod Touch. If I have to sit down and re-type everything out, I'm going to scream, most probably! That is the one sucky thing about getting a new device. Entering in all your "stuff"/ transferring files & information.

So I've been playing with my new toy this afternoon. I love it. It's so much fun. Especially on a rainy day like today.
Today, Sean is 16 months old. 16 months! I like the number 16. It's my lucky number. It's the date I was born on. (Hence why it's probably my fave/lucky number). Hopefully 16 months will be a good month. Sean's rambling all the time now. Sometimes so much so that I just want him to be quiet at times. And I wish that I understood what the heck he was rambling about. I wish I knew how to decipher toddler ramblings. It's quite the mouthful!

By the end of the sixteenth month your toddler

....should be able to:
- imitate activities (He copies you when you bring your hand to your mouth and do "shhh". He does copy a few other things you do, I just can't think of them now).
- scribble (by 16 and a half months). (He's been scribbling for months now, in his classes, painting too!)

....will probably be able to:
- use up to 3 words (He can certainly use more than 3. Hockey, Up, Down, No, Teeth, Cheese, Cheers, Hot, Mama, Dada, Nana, Bub (for grandmother), just to name a few).
- dump an object in imitation (he can toss a ball just like you do, does that count?)

... may possibly be able to:
- use up to 6 words (Yes, see above).
- run (oh yes.... he's fast).

... may even be able to:
- kick a ball forward (we haven't tried, but I certainly will test it out!)
- brush teeth, with help (he doesn't like your help, he does it on his own, though, I go over his job that he's done afterwards).

Speaking of teeth - Sean woke up from his nap today with some blood in his mouth. His bottom left molar cut through the gums while he napped for 3 hours. Ouch. Poor kid. I really can't imagine what it must feel like. I know his lack of sleeping through the night is due to his teeth cutting, but I'm hoping it cools off soon, and he starts sleeping thought the night. I miss uninterrupted sleep. And I miss sharing my bed with just Jamie. It really just isn't big enough for the three of us. His right bottom molar will probably cut any day now... and then, I'm hoping there is a break before his next set of teeth cut through. (What comes after the molars? He'll have 12 teeth after the molars cut (4 top, 4 bottom front, plus all 4 1st set of molars). Is it the I-tooth next? Is that what they are called? No. Yes, the Incisors are a tooth name, but only the four front teeth are incisors. The next ones after he gets his molars will be the Canines.

UPPER TEETH

TOOTH DENTAL NAME ERUPTION AGE ROOT FULLY FORMED
A CENTRAL INCISOR 7-9 MONTHS 20-22 MONTHS
B LATERAL INCISOR 7-9 MONTHS 20-22 MONTHS
C CANINE 17-22 MONTHS 30-35 MONTHS
D FIRST MOLAR 12-17 MONTHS 27-32 MONTHS
E SECOND MOLAR 24-33 MONTHS 38-48 MONTHS


LOWER TEETH

TOOTH DENTAL NAME ERUPTION AGE ROOT FULLY FORMED
A CENTRAL INCISOR 6-8 MONTHS 18-20 MONTHS
B LATERAL INCISOR 7-9 MONTHS 20-22 MONTHS
C CANINE 17-22 MONTHS 30-35 MONTHS
D FIRST MOLAR 12-17 MONTHS 27-32 MONTHS
E SECOND MOLAR 24-36 MONTHS 38-48 MONTHS

I just learned something new. The names of the teeth. Good to know. I am really hoping that the Canines come and then we have a break before the Second molars. OR..... We have a break before the Canines, and then second molars. This not-sleeping-through-the-night business is killing me. It won't make a difference to me when Mack is born, because I won't be sleeping through the night anyhow, but until then..... I want sleep! Especially since Sean fights his naps and then by the time he does go down for a nap, I have way tooo much to do to even nap myself. Like today, I tried to get him down for a nap around 1pm, when he was pretty much falling asleep in his high chair at lunch. Rubbing his eyes to the max, etc. However, when I took him in my bed, with a bottle, he got this new found energy and terrorized my bedroom for about 2 hours. While he watched some TV (Nickelodeon Jr) and read books, and played with his toys. So, while he terrorized my bedroom, I finished my book. I was hoping to nap though, but by the time he finally fell asleep at 4pm, I had way to much to do around the house/for work. He oddly slept until 7pm.

Speaking of my book, I finally finished reading Toddlers Gone Wild by Rebecca Eckler. It was fabulous. I read a chapter here and there whenever I had free time. Didn't take me too long to read it actually, which I'm really happy about. I want to read a lot more books in 2008, as I've been really bad at making time to read lately. I try to read every night before bed, when I'm able to keep my eyes open that is. Anyhow, I definitely recommend this book. There are a lot of great tips for moms of toddlers, as well as great stories about Rebecca's toddler as well as her friends kids too. I had moments where I just wanted to laugh out loud, and couldn't, because Jamie was asleep next to me in bed. So I giggled silently. I plan on starting her 2nd book (the one that came before Toddlers Gone Wild) tonight upon going to bed. I cannot wait to read the first one to this series, which Rebecca is sending me shortly. (Which I can't thank her enough!)

It's official. My ING Flowers never sprouted. So I chucked the earth, and I planted something new in the two pots that I had them in. It figures. It was just a advertising ploy. What a waste of time.

I forgot to mention yesterday, we'd gone to Harvey's for lunch before Superdogs. I had some Coupons left, I'd over-printed them. Anyhow, we had our free Angus burgers, which were delicious, and then on our way out, two window washer street kids came into the restaurant. So, being nice, I handed them my leftover coupons. It's only 1 per customer per visit, but I gave them the four or so coupons I had left. I knew I wasn't going to go back to Harvey's before the coupon expired (which was last night) and thought I was doing a nice deed. I got the DIRTIEST look from the guy behind the counter at Harvey's - because he knew what I'd done. I honestly didn't think there was anything wrong with giving those kids the coupons. The original email that I'd gotten for this promotion, was like "email this to all your friends" type of coupon. Introducing the new Angus burger. "Tell everyone"... Anyhow, I didn't let it bother me, and I hope that the street kids enjoyed their Angus burger for the price of just a coke or French fry off the menu. And what difference did it make if I'd have given them the coupons outside of the Harvey's or inside. They would have still used them, right?! I don't see why the minimum wage employee behind the counter at Harvey's really cared anyhow? It wasn't money coming out of his pocket. Plus, if Harvey's didn't want people coming in with the coupon, they shouldn't have of emailed it off to people in the first place, and not make it "printable as many times as you want" type of coupon! Maybe they should have thought about that first!

Alright, off to read a few chapters in Wiped: Life With A Pint-sized Dictator. I'm hoping for some good laughs, just as I had with Toddlers Gone Wild.

ps- I don't even want to talk about the Habs 3-2 loss tonight against the Flyers. It's not over yet, and I'm hoping that Carbonneau kicks their asses back into shape.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

april twenty-seven


Today, we took Sean to see the Superdogs at the Bell Center. I went with my mom, sister & grandmother. I could not believe that Sean sat through the entire show and didn't fuss or anything! It was crazy. I'm still shocked. Shocked with a capital S! And he didn't want to sit on anyone else, just me. He wouldn't go to my sister, mom, or grandmother. (To whom he usually does go to). It was really hard to sit with him, with my 7 and a half month pregnant belly in the way. Mackenzie was really not happy to have Sean sitting on him. I was getting kicked up and down, left & right by Mackenzie for almost the entire show. It really wasn't fun. Though, I still enjoyed the show.

But now, being almost 30 weeks pregnant (tomorrow!), I'm curious, if Mackenzie is head down. I know that somewhere around 30 weeks last pregnancy, that my doctor was able to tell me if he was head down or not, which Sean was. And then the 3d Ultrasound that I did, confirmed that Sean was indeed head down at 32 weeks. (I'm still debating doing the 3d U/S this time around, and if I am going to, I should do it now, this week, before it's too cramped in my belly for Mackenzie to move around, and have a successful 3d U/S. (I waited a little too long with Sean's). Anyhow, I'm definitely curious if Mack is head down. I have no way of knowing myself, and my next OB appointment is at 34 weeks, since the Monday I was supposed to go was Victoria Day Monday, but his offices are closed, so I'm going the following Monday. That is just so scarily close to the end of my pregnancy - as I only went to 38 weeks with Sean. My doctor is also confident that I won't go to 40 weeks with this pregnancy either, so I'm hoping that Mack isn't breach.

This evening we went to dinner with Jamie's dad & step-mom and his step-mom's family. We had a great time being out and I got my fix of Chinese Food! Was totally craving it! Afterwards we came home and watched some TV, and I got to knit a bit. Now I'm going to crash in bed with Toddlers Gone Wild, and hope to finish it. I have less than 50 pages left. I don't know if I will be able to keep my eyes open upon reading, but we'll see. I definitely know that I'll be able to read a little bit, at least! I'm just dying to finish it already, I want to start her other book.

Don't forget that you only have 3 more days to purchase your May Sock Club Kits at Robyn's Nest they're on sale until Wednesday night, April 30th, 2008. Just a reminder!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

april twenty-six

This morning Jamie & I both slept in a little while Sean terrorized our bedroom. We closed the closet door and the bathroom door, as well as the bedroom door, and moved anything that he could reach that we didn't want him to touch, gave him some toys, and his bottle of milk, and Nickelodeon Jr on TV and he was set. Once the bottle was done though, he was up to mischief. Pulled things out of drawers, dumped the laundry basket... oh, you name it. But the clean-up afterwards was well worth the sleep-in! Even though I slept in only with 1 eye closed.

We got up and headed over to Costco. Had a bunch of things we needed to re-stock for the house. We were lucky and got a parking spot right away, however the parking lot was a zoo. Inside Costco was even worse. It was a madhouse. We got what we needed and luckily zipped through the check-out. We luckily stood in the right line. We had lunch at Costco, and sat around for a bit people watching. (Something Jamie & I love to do). Sean fell asleep on the way home a block away from the house - typical!) We unloaded the car, and Jamie decided that I should transfer Sean to his crib, instead of leaving him to sleep in the car seat in the car. So I tried to transfer him. Yeah right. He woke up. And of course wasn't interested in coming inside and helping me do a few things that I had to do around the house. He wanted to go outside and help daddy. That required me to go outside as well, seeing as though Jamie was busy working in the front yard and couldn't watch Sean from running into the street or getting into trouble. Sean stood by the door and pointed to it, and cried until I put his shoes on and took him outside.

So he helped his daddy clean up the front yard. (It looks four hundred times better now out in front!)

And I got to knit a few rows this afternoon on Judy's Grandmother's Baby Sweater which I'm making for Mackenzie, while my boys cleaned up the yard. Jamie raked, Sean swept. It was cute.

Once we came inside I planted my seeds for my garden that needed to be done 4-5 weeks before planting. I plan on gardening the long weekend in May (Victoria Day Weekend), which looks to be the weekend May 17-18th. Victoria Day this year is May 19th. So today, I planted 2 types of lettuce, broccoli, cucumber, zucchini, cantaloupe, watermelon, pumpkins for Sean & Mackenzie for Halloween (this is just an experiment!), sunflowers in 2 sizes for my flower garden, onions, shallots, carrots, and I'm sure I'm missing something, but I can't recall this moment. I also planted in larger pots my tomatoes and green peppers that were already sprouted and growing into larger pots with some more soil, etc... hoping that I can salvage those almost dead ones, (oops!) but I still have some strong ones growing, so I'm hoping to of learned my first gardening lesson. I really hope my garden works out this summer, it would be fantastic to not have to buy a single vegetable the entire summer! We'll see if I can make that happen!

Jamie showed me this song online on MySpace. It's done by a singer whom he went to high school with. If you click on the picture above, it links you to the video someone made on Youtube for that song, or if you click here, you can view the MySpace page for the singer. Yes, the Habs lost this evening to the Flyers, but that doesn't mean anything. It's only game 2, and we won game 1!

Tomorrow I'm going with the ladies in my family to take Sean to the Superdogs show tomorrow at the Bell Center. I am not so sure Sean will be able to sit through the entire show, but we'll see what will happen.

Friday, April 25, 2008

april twenty-five :: 69 weeks

*** Warning. Woolgirl First Installment Spoiler at end of post. Though, I'm probably the last to get it, being "foreign" and all.... but just thought I'd give you a spoiler warning... in case you are still waiting on your kit. End of Warning. ***

Sean is 69 weeks old today. 69. Yeah, I think only I get a kick out of that number. LOL. Monday, he turns 16 months old, so I will prepare the list of words he now says, and all that jazz from "What to Expect The Toddler Years" for Monday when he turns 16 months old. My baby is almost 16 months old. How did that happen? The next "big" point is 18 months, which he will get to soon enough (just around the time his brother will be born actually!) He turns 18 months old on June 28th, his brother's due date is technically just over a week later on July 7th, but my doc doesn't think I'll go to 40 weeks so, he'll be just about 18 months when his brother is born. Wow... 18 months exactly apart, exactly what we planned. I'm going to have my hands full, I know it. But I'm prepared for my life to change. Taking advantage of every moment alone right now, and every moment just with "mommy & Sean" time. I still don't think Sean realizes that he has a brother coming in about 2 months.


I received a lovely parcel in the mail today, from the Woolgirl Sock Club. I think I'm one of the last to receive it - being an International member. I got this beautiful skein of Mama Llama yarn (which was on my list of yarns I've wanted to try/acquire for my stash!) I love the skein and the note cards and the Woolgirl Pen, and all the goodies that came in my package! I can't wait to see what's in the next installment!

It took me over 2 hours to try and convince Sean to take a nap today. He just wasn't having it. He finally fell asleep around 3:30pm, though I wish he'd gone to nap around 1:30pm, when I wanted to take a nap. So I let him terrorize my bedroom, while I closed my eyes. Yeah, I only napped with one eye shut, the kid is a menace! Pulled things out of drawers, off of shelves, etc. He had no interest in napping with me, (though I tried) and no interested in Nickelodeon Jr. or the Disney Channel. There was lots of shows he likes on, and he didn't care less. It was one of those days.

So, now, I'm zonked. Beat. Totally out of it. So much, that since Sean is rubbing his eyes, I think I'm going to go hit the sack, and join him. I made a ton of cute stitch markers for the shop today and yesterday, I think I'm going to put them in the shop over the weekend if I get the chance. Little braided balls - they're so cute! Trust me.

A reminder that the May Sock Club is only on sale until Wednesday. Yarn by Jennifer of Vancalcar Acres Sheep Farm & pattern by Adrienne. Get it while it's available!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

april twenty-four

Today was just one of those days. I had a lot of things that I wanted to do, and didn't feel like I accomplished too much of it, due to a little monkey who kept me chasing after him all day. His face is looking a lot better, from his little booboo yesterday. I'm thinking by some point over the weekend his face will be booboo free. I think the whole thing with his wipe out affected me more than it affected him.

This afternoon we ran out to get some groceries, and Sean flirted with everyone in the store. Of course. This kid is a real charmer. He's so cute, maybe that's the reason I can't get him down for his naps. He fights them as he rubs his eyes. The other thing going on in this household that is running me down, is he lack of sleeping through the night in his own crib. We get a day here and there where he will sleep through the night, but it's rare. Co-sleeping, don't get me wrong, I love it. I love having him in our bed. However, there simply is not enough room anymore for the three of us in our Queen Size Bed. (Maybe if we had a King Size bed, it would be an entire other story). I'm just hoping this is a phase that will pass.

For all of you whom asked - All Dressed Chips - another Canadian product (like Ketchup chips - my fave!) consists of: Ketchup, BBQ and Salt & Vinegar dressing. If you'd like to sign a petition to make All Dressed Chips available in the USA, click here.

This evening I went knitting with West Island Knits. It was good to get out of the house, much needed. We were 6 of us, including Madeleine, Marie-Lynn, Eugenie, a new girl named Kadie as well as my sister (who arrived late) and myself. I got a bit done working on the Sweet Baby Cap, however, I find the pattern to not be very good to knit in public. I'm now past the increase & decrease rounds, and I need to write out what to do next (I like to pen out what I'm knitting, so that I can cross off as I'm doing, make things so much easier, especially with pregnancy brain. I do have to tell you that I'm loving knitting this on my Addi Turbos.... (with Magic Loop). I heart Addi's! They are just fantastic!

This evening the Habs beat the Flyers 4-3 in Overtime. GO HABS GO! I didn't see the game, but while at knitting we got text message updates with the score between a few of us, I was always updated. Kovalev seems to be the star of the Habs right now, scoring 2 of tonight's goals. Sorry Lauren, your boys are going to get eliminated! We're leading the series 1-0.

Came home tonight, and there was a nice email from Rebecca Eckler waiting for me. I'd left her a comment on her blog, asking where on earth to find a copy of her first book. I just couldn't believe that a book published in 2005 was already unavailable! She's Canadian like me, though living in Toronto. I'm absolutely loving her third book, Toddlers Gone Wild, which I've been reading every night (a few chapters each night before bed - the only real reading time I get during the day for personal reading) and I've just received in the mail from Chapters her 2nd book, Wiped: Life With A Pint-sized Dictator. I plan on reading that next as soon as I'm done Toddlers Gone Wild, which I'm nearing less than 100 pages left. I didn't even realize that the book has only been out for just over 2 weeks. I picked it up probably just around then, at Walmart. I was putzing around the baby section, as usual - and the title of the book caught my eye. It was one of those days where Sean was just being ... a Toddler. I felt as though the title of the book spoke out to me. Anyhow, Rebecca is sending me a copy of her first book, and I really appreciate her for doing that for me! I cannot wait to read it! Thank you Rebecca! (If you ever read this!)

As of today, my son officially gives kisses. It started out of no where after working on it for weeks. At first, for a while, what I thought may have been a kiss, he was "coming at my face" with an opened mouth. But as of today, something just 'clicked' and he now gets it. Kissing, is with puckered lips. So he puckers them, and comes at your mouth. And you can even ask for a kiss, he'll come up now and give you one, or three. I just love it. I love being a mommy. Especially during moments like this.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

april twenty-three

This morning I was woken up by my mother who wanted to go out and run some errands. So Sean & I decided to go with her. We packed up and my mom picked us up. Spent the day out in Valleyfield/Vaudreuil. Best deal of the day? Two pairs of maternity pants for 4$ each. They were on sale from 24.98$. I'd seen them at another store near me, however they didn't have it in my size. However, where I'd seen it - they weren't on sale. I couldn't figure out why they were so cheap. Nothing was wrong with them. They're lightweight and have the large Belly Bands that cover your entire belly. (Exactly what I need). I've been living in my fave pair of pants and they're staring to wear a little thin. I don't want them to have to be thrown out, so I was desperate for something else.

Upon getting home this afternoon we were playing outside, and Sean tripped and scrapped his face. Poor guy. It looks a lot worse than it actually is, and I think I was more freaked out than he was. I do have to say, Sean is a clutz. (Just like me). There is a scrape above his lip, on his nose and above his nose. I cleaned it up, he didn't even really cry when it happened, was just a little clingy to me, and I put polysporin on it. I'm just hoping it does not bruise.
While out today, I picked up a Habs flag (so that I didn't have to put out our Habs blanket - which I originally was going to - but was afraid of rain, etc). So, I used zip ties (was trying to figure out how to hang it) and got it to stay. It's supposed to rain tonight, so we'll see how the flag holds up tomorrow morning. I've already gotten an email from a friend of mine who lives around the corner, she walked by and saw the flag! I love that my house sits on a T of an intersection, so everyone driving by coming up to the top part of the T sees it! That was the point! GO HABS GO! My friend Lauren is a huge Flyers fan apparently, and we've been emailing back and forth, but she's going to be disappointed when Montreal knocks them out of the running for the Stanley Cup, starting tomorrow night.

To show you another Habs obsessed building - This is the local fire station near my old place - the hand painted sign says LES POMPIERS SONT HOCKEY (English: The firemen are hockey!) They also removed their Canada Flag and replaced it with the Habs flag.

It's starting to look a little green around here.... So happy that the snow is melted and it's spring! I have no idea what is sprouting outside my house (front or back) as we only saw this house as early as mid-October when we spend 1 day house hunting before making an offer. So, we'll see what sprouts! Jamie thinks there is a rose bush in the backyard.

The little angel got into the chip bag this evening. I didn't realize Jamie had left it on the couch. Two seconds after this picture there was chip crumbs (the bag was technically finished) ALL over the couch/floor. I had Jamie dust bust it up, as I canceled the cleaning lady for tomorrow. We weren't really home over the weekend/this week, so the house doesn't really need a cleaning, so I canceled her for this week.

Tomorrow we have swimming and maybe a stroller walking date. We'll see how the weather is. It's like 70% chance of showers tonight, but it hasn't rained yet, and they were calling for 60% chance of rain all day. I plan to take it easy tomorrow afternoon and then tomorrow evening is the West Island Knit night.


Robyn's Nest received Quickie Cutters into stock today! That was my missed package from the post office yesterday! We have 5 great designs: Breast Cancer, Knitting, Ladybug, Lamb, and Yarn.

Off to go and read some more in Toddlers Gone Wild by Rebecca Eckler. It's super funny, I cannot put it down. I've ordered her 2nd book, Wiped, but cannot for the life of me acquire a copy of her first book, Knocked Up. It was released in 2005, yet unavailable! Hmmm!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

april twenty-two :: earth day


Happy Earth day everyone.

Today was a long day.

At 9:30 am we went for a walk with a stroller walking group in my area (which I'm in charge of), around a local park in my area. We were 3 of us, one girl with her 6 month old daughter and another with her son who was born the same day as Sean. It was a nice 1 hour walk, but by the end, I was sweating and pooped!

Then we ran off to my aqua class at the pool. We had a ton of newcomers, which is great, because we went from a class with just me in it - to a FULL class! I think we were about 8 moms and 8 babies today. (Something around that).

After aqua, we ran home, (since it's around the corner from the pool) and I picked up the mail. I can't figure out why on earth my postman left my amazon order outside my door, but yet left me a missed slip for another parcel. He couldn't have left them both? I don't owe customs on it (or the slip would have been marked), so I can't figure out the logic for making me run after 1 parcel. I'll find out tomorrow what on earth it is.... I'm expecting a ton of stuff in the mail (swaps and business orders) so we'll see what it is!

I didn't even go in the house, just got the mail and headed on out. We went and did some drive thru for lunch, and after eating 1 and a half nuggets, Sean fell asleep in the car. I got gas, on my way into the city (I'd been driving around for a little bit now with my gas light on - OOPS), and could NOT belive that it cost me 60$ to fill up my car. Never has it ever before cost me more than 30-35$. Really. SIXTY DOLLARS. For a 4 cylendar 4 door Acura EL. WHAT THE FUCK!!! It was over 1.30$ a liter. (For you America friends of mine, 1 gallon of gas, is equal to 3.785 liters. So, 1.30$ (average) x 3.785 = 4.92$ per gallon of gas. (Just to show you that you guys are complaining about 3.50$ a gallon.... we have it more expensive than you guys do!) 60$ to fill up a car. I can't imagine what prices for any car larger than mine.

After getting gas, I met up with Angela. We went to Sean's 15 month (belated) check-up. That was the next item on our list.

Sean's check up went well. He got his chicken pox vaccine, and didn't even cry. He did flinch when it went into his arm, but nothing more than that. I'm very proud of him.

He now weighs 24 lbs 8 oz (24 and a half pounds exactly) which puts him just below the 50th percentile. (I have a skinny kid, nothing wrong with that). For his height, I was shocked to learn that he's just above the 50th percentile, and not more than that. I totally thought he was tall for his age. I spoke to his doctor about taking on Mackenzie as well, which she will, and I mentioned that I would like to stay with her as patients. Sean's original doctor will be coming back from maternity leave come January 2009, but I dont think that I want to go back to her. We'll discuss it further when we go back (on my birthday) for Sean's 18 month check up. Everything else looks great, and Sean's doing very well, as well as advancing well for his age as well.

We ran some errands on the way home, and then came back here and plopped on the couch. I really had no energy come late afternoon, and it was too hot to do anything. I just wanted to hop into a cold pool - seriously!

This evening I gave Angela a ride to where she had to go, and stopped off and got slushies on the way home for Jamie & I. I love slushies. They are great on hot summer days.

I'm zonked. I want to go read a few pages in my book, which is hysterical and I don't want to put down, and at least tomorrow I don't have to be up so early. We don't have our class at the Y since it's Passover, so we're going to go out with my mother tomorrow.

Just a reminder that you have just a few last days to purchase the May Sock Club kit. Don't miss out on the exclusive pattern & colorway! April 30th (next week) is the last day to purchase the kit.

ps- It was too hot in my house today to knit. I can't convince Jamie to put the central air on yet. Doesn't he realize his wife is very pregnant???

pps- I did NOT yet put up my Habs flag off my balcony. I was trying to figure out today how to get it to stay. And then realized that they are calling for 60% rain tomorrow. So I'll skip tomorrow, and get the flag out for Thursday. Providing that the weather clears up. I really don't want the thing I'm putting outside to get ruined (as it's not meant for outside). Just need to figure out how to get it to stay as well... But as soon as I do put it out - I'll take a picture of it - so don't worry! You'll get to see.

Monday, April 21, 2008

april twenty-one :: 29 weeks pregnant


Today I'm 29 weeks pregnant. This morning my mother took me to my OB appointment, so she could watch Sean while I went in for my appointment. So my doctor did some measurements and calculations and feels that it's possible that July 7th does make sense, but that I will go early, so it'll be end of June for Mackenzie's arrival. He figure about a week to two weeks early. He says that when your water breaks with a first pregnancy, chances are my water will break again (early) with the second. Sorry, chances are is not the right words. Most definitely likely. Anyhow, we'll see what happens. I also had no problems with my glucose test (PHEW!) and everything is looking great. Thanks goodness. He also said that pains that I've been feeling, are contractions. Uhm - ok! I didn't realize! Cool, I guess? Thank goodness they don't hurt! (For now anyhow). The only thing that sucks is that I'm swollen. And the swelling is adding on weight. I feel gross in that regard. Especially with the heat outside. I'm happy we have central air - but still. I'm still feeling hot these days, but it's cool outside, so we don't have the AC on yet.

I ran a bunch of errands with my mother before heading back home. Checked out a bunch more stores for a Dish Chair. (Or Saucer chair as some places call it). Anyhow, Pier 1 also doesn't have it - only the Papasan chair, which is like 120$ and not in my price range and not what I wanted. Anyhow, I'm just going to keep my eye open..... we'll see what I find. Hopefully something soon, because I really want to be able to sit comfortably on the patio off my master bedroom and enjoy a book.

Upon getting home this afternoon I took Sean to the park up the street from our house (not the one in front of our house in the circle) and tested out our new wagon. The wagon, my parents purchased with Airmiles last year for Sean. We actually have had it since we lived in the duplex. So it actually moved with us. But with airmiles, you never know what they'll still have in stock when you go ahead and order, so we ordered the wagon right away when seeing it in the catalogue.

Sean had a FANTASTIC time at the park. He played a bit with 17 month old Joshua (whom I assume lives near by - maybe we'll see him and his older sister again) but it's cute because Sean is not even 16 months yet, and he towered over the 17 month old. (Tomorrow, Sean has his belated 15 month check-up, so I'll be finding out what percentile he's in).

I definitely plan on taking Sean back to this park up the street as often as possible. He really enjoyed being at this park, and he just absolutely LOVES being outside. I cannot wait to fence in our backyard so that I can sit outside, and let Sean run around the backyard. However, with no fence, I can't do that, because Sean doesn't stop moving, and he's fast.

This evening we watched the Habs game on TV. GO HABS GO! I cannot believe that we played such a FANTASTIC GAME! A shutout none the less! We won 5-0!! The PRICE is right!! The Kostitsyn brothers scored goals this evening, one of the goals with only 7.3 seconds left in the last period. Andrei Kostitsyn scored 2 of the goals tonight, actually. The last 2 goals were Komisarek and Streit. Very damn proud of my boys tonight. Jamie said that if they won tonight, we'd get a huge Habs flag and drape it on the outside of the house. Until I find the flag, I'm putting a Habs blanket that we got outside. (First thing tomorrow morning!) Draping it right off my bedroom - on the patio!

GO HABS GO! What a fucking great game. Sorry to those Boston fans..... but a last few words for you.... "Na na na na, hey, hey hey.... Goodbye....."

Sunday, April 20, 2008

april twenty

Today I spent the day at Ariadne taking a Toe Up/2 Socks on 1 Circular Sock Class with none other than Kate Gilbert. Kate will probably shoot me for posting this picture of her on my blog - but that's okay, she's aware I took it. She had me sitting right next to her, she saved me a comfy seat for my very pregnant self. I had brought a pillow as well, so it wasn't so bad at all. We were a small group of I think 7 or 8 of us. It was really a great group, and I really enjoyed taking the class with the girls that were in the group.


Even lunch was fantastic and very 'gourmet' looking. For example for dessert we had the above plate. Doesn't it look very pretty?


Kate used these massive needles to show us examples of stuff, as well as this i-cord type knitted yarn. It was fabulous. At one point it was on the floor looking very artsy, so I had to take a picture.

The class was a lot of fun, and while all the techniques we learned today wasn't new to me, (some were, some weren't), but I learned a lot, and I hope I'm able to retain what I've learned.

This evening I went to my parents house for Passover, with my mom's side of the family (as well as Jamie's dad & step-mom too!). It was a long/late evening (Sean didn't want to stay confined in his high chair - what a little bugger - but I don't blame him). I wasn't feeling 100% this evening, so I went to lie down for a but in the spare bedroom, wasn't really feeling too good, so it was not that great.

Don't forget that there is only 10 days left to purchase a May Sock Club kit. Get it while it's still available! It's going to be a great kit!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

april nineteen

Today we went to Ottawa for the afternoon/early evening for Pesach. We went to visit Jamie's dad's side, and it was really nice. We left a little later than usual, stopping at Harvey's for lunch with that free Angus burger coupon. Jamie, Sean & I ate each a full meal for 9.76$ between the three of us. WOW! Even Sean ate the meat of the Angus burger and had some fries of his own. What a great deal. Jamie's dad and step-mom each had their own burger and shared a drink and fry for 3.26$. We couldn't believe how cheap lunch was! Thanks to the coupon of course! The Angus burger by far is my fave burger there, and Harvey's is my fave place to get burgers.

This afternoon I went up the road (yes, Jamie's cousin lives UP THE ROAD) from Michael's. They didn't have what I was originally looking for, but they did have a 40% off coupon sale, so I bought at one cash (1 per customer per day - LOL) a copy of Weekend Knitting with one coupon, and then at the other cash, I bought Craft Magazine with another coupon. Sneaky, I know! Craft Magazine is a little pricey, but with the 40% off it works out just great.

Gifts were given out (little ones) at Pesach this year, and my in-laws know me well:

I got HABS earrings!!!! Aren't they just awesome? It's unfortunate but the Habs lost tonight 5-4. They did play really sloppy though, I do have to say. It was a nasty game. The series is not over yet, we're just tied 3-3. The next team to win goes on to the next round of the playoffs. I still believe in my Habs, we'll see what happens. It's just not ever yet. Is all I have to say!!


In the spirit of the Habs, I never showed you guys Sean's sheets in his big boy room. He's still in a crib in there (which we borrowed), there is no way he'll be ready to go into a big boy bed until he's way past 2 years old. So for now, since Mackenzie could be here in as little as 8 weeks or as long as 12 weeks from now, (depends on when he decides to show up and depends on who is correct my doc or the U/S technician with my due date) and we've been getting him used to his big boy bedroom.

GO HABS GO!!! I want sheets like this for my bed!! Really!! Do they make them in adult queen size??

Thank you to all those who send me info on the Pier 1 chair - that's not what I'm looking for. That one is in wicker, and I want a folding one (so it can be stored). Also - the one at Urban Outfitters is waaaaaay out of my price range, I like the one at Target for only 29.99$. (Urban's was like 125$). OUCH! Anyhow, if I don't find one before my friend goes down to Target, I'm going to ask her to get it for me. The one I'd purchased for my first apartment, (that I don't have anymore, the apartment nor the chair, LOL) was somewhere between 29.99-39.99$ and that's the price range I'm willing to pay for it this time.

Alright, I'm zonked. Between knitting on the way to Ottawa and reading on the way home (with my night light - LOL) and eating food fit for a queen (I love Jewish food) I'm beat!

Friday, April 18, 2008

april eighteen :: 68 weeks

Sean is now 68 weeks old. His hair is growing back in, and the curls are coming back! Phew!

This morning we made it to Sean's music class EARLY! The first time! Woohoo! It's been tough getting there on time - I'm so very happy that I made it there not only time but early. I'll try that again next week! Afterwards, I ran a bunch of errands, needed some business supplies, and ran a few others errands. I met my mother for lunch, where we ran into my brother, but I should have known, it was his fave place to eat. Then, my mother & I ran some more errands.

I've been looking everywhere for a "dish" chair. I want it for the patio off my bedroom for some summer reading outside. Or, that I can use it in my bedroom.

However, I've ONLY been able to find it in toddler size! Sean has one just like these above, with Spiderman on it. I just want one, similar (plain of course) in ADULT SIZE!!!
Like this one above. I used to own one like this, but it got distroyed when I was still living in my apartment, so I haven't had one since before owning my duplex. (Probably it's been now 3+ years since I've owned one).


Or even one like this above. I prefer the first style I showed you, but will take either, I won't be picky, I PROMISE!

I've searched a lot of places that I thought I'd find one, including the chain of stores where I bought my original one that I had in my apartment. I want a folding one, so that I can store it inside (due to Canadian weather). Anyone seen them in Montreal? If so, WHERE??? I have a car, I'll go anywhere in the city/just off the island to get one! Someone help me out! If you see one, please let me know via comment/email/call me! I know that Target carries these, but we do not have Target here in Canada. Even if Target shipped to Canada, I don't think I'd pay for shipping to Canada on a chair! If I don't find one by May 10th, a friend of mine is going down to Target for the day (the closest one to Montreal is somewhere in Vermont I think, a 3 hour drive from here, or was it in New York State, I can't remember what she said). So worse comes to worse, I'll ask her to pick up one for me, she has a van, so it wouldn't be a problem, I don't think. However, I'm totally hoping to find one before then. Somewhere in some store in Montreal has got to carry them....! Right?

I'm starting to be okay with the fact that we're having another boy. I'm not sure I'll be able to go through pregnancy again (for personal reasons), I just don't know if I have it in me. Anyhow, not having a girl means that I won't have someone playing with my makeup, going through my jewelry, wanting my clothes, my purses, etc... I kind of am starting to like the idea that I'm the only girl in the house, the princess among my princes. Maybe it's not so bad, after all.

This evening Jamie and I watched some TV, and once Sean went to sleep, Jamie played some video games and I cleaned up my desk. It was horrible how disgustingly messy it was. I was embarrassed. I'm kind of relieved that I can now see wood of the desk.

I'm a little stressed with the disorganization of my office. I had promised myself that once I moved into the new house, it would be a new start with keeping my office tidy, and things clean, and not cluttered. 5 months + into living in the new house, and where do I find myself? Living with 2 messy desks (I have 2 desks in my office) and amongst clutter. I'm trying to eliminate it - but it's SUPER hard. I feel like I need to dump everything out of my office and put things back in organized, but we all know that is not going to happen. Or maybe it will - when I'm nesting! LOL

Jamie and I started talking about these issues with baby bottles and Bisphenol A (BPA). From what I've been reading, the chemical in the bottle itself is not harmful until the bottle is heated in the microwave. As most people know that you shouldn't heat plastics in the microwave anyways, if you are avoiding that then it may still be okay to use these bottles with your baby. Plastic bottles, or plastic products in general are not the problem, it's the misuse by people that cause them to become health concerns. If you are careful with your plastics, not heating in microwave, not washing with abrasive cleansers and discontinuing use after a few months of wear, they can be very useful products. Also, doctors and researches have said that you child would have to consume 7,000 times more formula in a day that they normally do for it to cause any harm. So, when my child startes drinking 140,000 ounces a day, I'll guess I'll worry then. This is what I've gathered. Does anyone have any more information for me, or to share? Am I missing out on something here? Am I really harming my child? I own a range of Avent bottles, as well as the whole range of nipples for them, that I was planning on using for Mackenzie as well. (Sean's being slowly weaned off bottles period). However, I have the whole kit and caboodle, I didn't want to start forking out more money when I have a perfectly good product. I never microwave the bottles, so that's a start. If I need to heat milk, I put it in a glass (ones that I drink out of) and heat it in the microwave that way, and then pour it into the Avent bottle.

The bottom line is - do I really need to be more worried than this? I know major department stores here are taking products off their shelves, but I'm not even sure which ones.

Tomorrow we're having dinner for the first night of Passover with Jamie's dad's family. I haven't seen them in a while, and it will be great to see them. Jamie's cousin is finally pregnant after 7 years of trying (and a 120 + weight loss - she looks great by the way!) and I'm so excited for her. It was her birthday just last week, so I got her a bunch of "Mommy" books/pregnancy books, so I can't wait to give it to her. She's almost 10 weeks pregnant, and due in mid-fall. I am so very excited for her. REALLY!

Alright, I better get some rest. The hundred loads of laundry I did this afternoon/evening really pooped me out! (Okay, it wasn't a hundred, but sure darn close to it!)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

april seventeen


This guy makes me smile. We had a nice day together today, he wasn't that bad today. LOL. Yesterday he was a devil. Today, he was a sweet kid. I think it's because our cleaning lady was here and he follows her around like a puppy dog. He loves to watch her clean/use the broom/ and the vacuum cleaner. Oh, he loves the vacuum cleaner.

Though, last night, he didn't make me smile. I went to bed early last night (around 11:30pm), read a bit in my book, and then couldn't keep my eyes open. Though, even though I couldn't keep my eyes open, it took me a good 20-25 minutes to completely doze off. Just as I was dozing off... guess who woke up? Yes, you guessed it. Master Sean. Grrrr! He slept in our bed for a little bit before I transferred him back to his crib. The good news is - that he slept in until about 9:45 am, allowing me to sleep in this morning. Thank heavens Sean's swim class was on "spring break" this week, I so needed this catch up on sleep. I cannot recall the last time I have slept through the night. He's been waking a lot lately.

I spent most of the day doing work. Ah, the work that doesn't end. Today, in Robyn's Nest news, I've received and listed 22 sets of Ceramic Buttons. They're absolutely stunning! There are sheep ones and lady bug ones as well as stars and children buttons. They are just adorable and nice!

This evening I headed over to Ariadne. They have a lovely Stitch 'n Bitch every other Thursday. I have been before to their Stitch 'n Bitch, but not in a long time. Not only did I want to go to buy some Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky (for Juliet), but I had some stuff to give people who were going to be there. Ariadne is pretty much the only yarn shop I'll go into these days here in Montreal. I love both MollyAnn and Mary, and well, frankly, they are very welcoming into their shop. Also, owning my own yarn shop doesn't really make me want to go to other yarn shops, since I can just pick out stuff from my shop when I need yarn for projects, or notions, and whatnot, but, I don't carry everything, and frankly, it's also fun to support my friends. I consider them my friends! I've known them since before they opened up a yarn shop, so I definitely want to support them. Anyhow, for those of you whom are out of towners who read my blog, you definitely should check out Ariadne (as top priority) when visiting Montreal. They have some pretty delicious stuff! Sean went to my parents house and I believe that the Habs lost tonight because Sean was NOT wearing his Habs jersey, even though he went there with it. I'm kinda upset they didn't put him in it!! I'm blaming it on that. BUT - the series is NOT over, and we will still kick out the Bruins out of the playoffs. I didn't watch the game tonight, but I know that we lost 5-1. It was probably for the best that I didn't watch it. Next game is on Saturday night, not sure if I will be able to get to hear it even on the radio, we'll be in Ottawa for dinner for Passover. We're going in with Jamie's dad and step-mom just for the afternoon/early evening.


The lovely ladies over at Ariadne let me swatch up some Lamb's Pride Bulky before purchasing. They needed a swatch anyhow, so it was great. I swatched twice, the first time on US 10.5, which was no good, I got a stiff 4 stitches per inch. I re-swatched and got 3.5 stitches per inch on US 11. YEY! The pattern calls for 3.5 stitches per inch. I'll be casting on Juliet as soon as I'm done the sweet baby cap (Which I'm in the middle of) and Judy's Grandmother's Baby Sweater, as well as Sean's Cabled Pullover - must finish knitting that. (So happy I have knitting time on the car drive this weekend!) This evening while at the yarn shop, I worked on the Sweet Baby Cap, after I was done swatching. I purchased a bunch of gorgeous M77 Blue Magic. I'll take a photograph tomorrow in daylight.

For my Canadian friends, you can print this above coupon, cut it out, and use it at any Harveys. All you have to do is purchase ANY (it does say any) Menu Item and you get a Free Angus until April 27th. The Angus is my FAVE Harvery's burger. I think I'll be getting one tomorrow for lunch, mmmm pregnancy craving!

Speaking of cravings, I've been craving (and filling that craving) Blue Slushies. Yes, odd, I know. I picked up one last night on my way home from the Montreal Knits Meeting. Last night, I bought a medium sized one, which had a "roll up the rim to win" type thing (like Tim Horton's is having right now). Anyhow, I won a free small sized slushie! So tonight, on my way home, I picked up another blue slushie! Oh, was it good. That's another reason why I love this time of the year... slushies! (You can't buy them in winter - it's too cold apparently).

I put Little Teethers on Sean's bottom gums tonight before he went to bed. His top molars have cut the gums already, and are growing out. His bottom gums where the molars are - are completely swollen. I'm hoping that with the Little Teethers and the bit of Tempra I gave him for the pain, he'll possibly sleep through the night tonight? That would be wonderful. Tomorrow morning we have music and then a few errands to do. I plan on taking Sean for a walk tomorrow in the wagon -as it's supposed to be 21°C tomorrow afternoon according to the Weather Network. I think he'll really enjoy the wagon. I just hope that I can pull him in it - being this pregnant. We'll see. I'll test it around our circle, and if that doesn't work out, then I'll change him over to the stroller for a walk. Wow, 21°C - that's great! I'm LOVING this weather. I love this time of the year. Capri pants, sneakers with no socks, and a t-shirt and sometimes a light sweater. I love spring & fall. I'm not a winter or summer person at all. Give me mild weather, and I'm happy!

Alright, off to go read some of my book and then crash. I'm good for a few Chapters before I will most definitely get heavy eyes. I also must make sure I leave EXTRA early tomorrow, I do not want to be late again for Sean's music class. No way! I have yet to show up on time. It's pathetic. Even last week when I left early, I was still late. Damn traffic. Tomorrow, I'm leaving an EXTRA 10 minutes earlier. That's the plan. So I must go hit the hay. It's late already.....

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

april sixteen

I am so sick of Goldfish. They're Sean's fave snack. I am sick of their smell (maybe it's the pregnancy). I'm sick of the crumbs all over my house, car....

Was scared this morning while sitting in my den, to a man walking in my backyard. Turns out Videotron came early to switch over our telephone line. We switched from Bell to Videotron for HALF the price! Anyhow, they'd told me that they were coming between 12-5pm (which sucks) but showed up at around 11:20 am - so they were super early, and it took over an hour, which was fine, but it's now done, and I'm on a new service, and I'm hoping we have no issues!

Some new stitch markers have been added to the shop. Get these cute Clear Ball Stitch Markers here. They are only 4$ per set of 6, and they are good up to US13/9mm needles.

Tonight I went out with Montreal Knits in the city, for our bi-weekly Stitch 'n Bitch. Upon walking into the cafe, they had this bilingual sign on their door. I had to grab a shot. Really - this city is Habs OBSESSED! Everywhere you turn, there are Habs logos everywhere. Honestly, I LOVE IT. GO HABS GO! Tomorrow night, we eliminate the Boston Bruins from the playoffs. Mona came knitting with 2 huge boxes of Destash and I got some 100% Wool as well as some Alpaca/Wool mix yarn,

So I started reading Toddlers Gone Wild and it's great. The author is Canadian, and truly funny. I don't think I have to read the two books she wrote before this one, but I definitely want to.

Nothing else too exciting going on around here today. I ran some errands with my mother this afternoon, and I ended up getting some great deals on some boys sized 2 and 3 year old stuff at Zellers. Talk about scoring good deals. There was a bunch of stuff on liquidation and the guy at the cash was pretty much flirting, and gave me an additional 30% off on all the items. I won't complain! No sir! I even got a beautiful sweater for my nephew in size 6 - which will be for his birthday. (November). He'll be 6 in November, and is currently in size 5. But I definitely have to tell you that Sean has one really nice wardrobe, I'm not complaining. I just wish that I could find some great deals like that on clothing items for me!