Thursday, July 25, 2013

Quebec City Aquarium


This past weekend we visited my Sister-in-Law, her fiancĂ© and my nephew. They live about 45 minutes south-east of Quebec City. On Saturday we were looking for something to do and ended up at the Quebec City Aquarium. My nephew apparently has been there about 15 times and absolutely loves it there. We bought a family pass (as Quentin got in free) and it cost about 58$ with taxes. That’s not bad at all.


My fave thing at the aquarium was this cutie. I’m not even sure what it was but he was pressed up against the glass window of the tank and had the cutest little face!


Quentin was super excited to see “finding nemo” as he called them (above left) and I love the jellyfish – don’t they look like buttons?!


The shade of this green is one of my fave shades of green (above left). Whatever that was too, it was stunning to look at. The kids called this (above right) a sea mushroom. I thought it was cool to look at as well.


The polar bear we saw was doing laps in his pool and the seals were lounging by their pool.


There was awesome sand castles.


And awesome se creatures as well. How neat are these?



I tried to get a picture of all 3 boys. Mackenzie had no interest in smiling. It’s so difficult these days to get a picture of all 3 of them. I hope it’s just a phase and hopefully we’ll get to a point where I can take a nice picture of all 3 of them smiling at the same time. Maybe one day soon….

Wednesday, July 24, 2013



Recently I got a good deal on a Gazillion Bubble Machine from Walmart. Quentin absolutely loves bubbles, so I thought it would be fun – and it is! The only downfall is that it takes 6 AA batteries.


Another downfall is that I found that it worked better with the small thing of bubbles it came with. I’m hoping I won’t have to spend on the refill package. I tried using these bubbles after, and it wasn’t so great. The bubbles weren’t going as strong and as high out of the machine with the 2nd type of bubbles I used. I want to try my own soap concoction the next time and see what that does.


Regardless, it was a lot of fun, and we’ll for sure use this machine again. The kids had fun chasing and popping bubbles.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

First Lost Tooth


Sean lost his very first baby tooth this evening. It’s been wiggly for a few days now (and he’s been playing with it), and I wasn’t expecting it to come out tonight. While it was wiggly, it wasn’t moving all the way back & forth, which is why I wasn’t expecting it to come out. I had given it a few more days. I’ve seen teeth hang on by less and not come out, but it came right out while he was brushing his teeth before bed tonight. The tooth fairy will visit him tonight, his tooth is in a small bead bag (from my craft supply stash) inside a tooth fairy pillow (that a friend of mine got Sean when he was just a baby). I wonder what the going rate is for the 1st lost tooth? He was so worried it was going to hurt coming out – but he was a brave boy, didn’t panic (even thought there was blood) and I think the fear of the unknown has gone away – phew!

Monday, July 22, 2013

I Just Want to Pee Alone

Peeing alone? What's that mean? As a mom of 3 boys (ages 2.5, 5 and 6.5 for those of you whom are new stopping by my blog), I am not sure what going to the bathroom alone means. I never get to go to the bathroom alone these days, unless I am actually home alone. There is usually a kid or two in the bathroom with me, because they cannot fathom the idea allowing their mother to actually go to the bathroom in peace. I don't understand why fixing their toy with dead batteries or showing me a level they passed in a game on their iPod can't wait two minutes. It's apparently the end of the world if I don't see it or do it now.

I received a copy of I Just Want to Pee Alone courtesy of Jen of People I Want To Punch in the Throat to read & review.

This hysterical compilation of mom blogger stories was great. I laughed my way through almost every one! A few of the stories I was able to relate to, being a mother of 3 myself. The title is definitely fitting - I can't remember the last time I got to pee alone as a mother of 3 young boys.

There were a few stories that were obviously funnier than others, but they all were entertaining. Some of the stories I found myself saying "been there" or "done that!" I think my fave story out of them all - that has stuck in my head, was the story about the furry underwear. I don't have any daughters myself, but I think I might be glad I don't now after reading that story.

I like that this compilation of stories made me feel like I wasn't alone out there and that other mothers are going through the same things that I am. It's just nice to know that.

If you're a mom, becoming a mother, or not a mother yet, you can still enjoy these stories. You can snag your own e-copy of this book on Kobo here or on Amazon here. If you're not up to date with e-reading just yet, you can find a paperback copy on Amazon here.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Another ER Visit

Quentin and I had a bit of a long week this past week. Here’s what went down. Monday a.m. I took Quentin with a swollen ear to our new paediatrician's office and a doctor (not our new one but one of the owners or co-owners of our clinic) told me that it was just a bug bite and told me it will go away on its own (that there was nothing to do for it) and sent us on our way. She told me I could give him Benadryl but it is drowsy, so maybe wait to see if he needs it to help him sleep at bedtime. After the appointment, I dropped him off at daycare. When I picked him up later that afternoon, his ear was mildly oozing clear liquid and looked even bigger (swollen). I took all the kids home, made dinner and after eating, Jamie took Sean and Mack to Sean's baseball game and I packed Quentin up and brought him to the Montreal Children's Hospital.


One of his ears (his right ear) by evening was swollen double (maybe even triple!) it’s normal size. I have never seen anything like this before.


At first they were going to have ENT (ears nose throat) look at it, give us antibiotics and send us on our way. But ENT didn't like the look of it and wanted to observe him overnight and see how it looked in the morning (Tuesday morning). So they admitted Quentin and gave us a crib for him on the 6th floor in the short stay unit. He got doses of IV antibiotic every 6 hrs. We saw ENT at lunch Tues and they wanted him on IV antibiotics for 48 hrs total. That meant another night’s stay at the children’s.

ENT came up at 7 am Wednesday to see him again and because he slept on his ear they want to see how it looked by 3 pm. I was pissed at this resident. Quentin was still asleep when he came to the crib during rounds. On top of it he was switched Tuesday night to oral antibiotics because his IV started to bubble so they had to take it out at his 9 pm dose. They tried to get it back in but after 6 or 7 attempts and him screaming bloody murder even with extra hands holding him down, they couldn't get it back in and after fighting with ENT to let him switch to oral antibiotics instead of through IV and because Quentin fell asleep at this point (it was almost 11 pm Tuesday night) ENT gave in and I fed him his meds by mouth while he was pretty much asleep. So because he was asleep on it the resident that came up they didn't think the oral meds were working which is why he said 3 pm, but an hour after he woke up his ear was better than the day before and I convinced the paediatric team to let us go home with a script for oral antibiotics and not have to wait for ENTs rounds later that day in the afternoon.

They think it is a bacterial infection in the cartilage of his ear, which needed to be treated or it's damaging to the ear. They said its rare but treatable. I also think they have never seen this before, not those doctors anyhow. They don't know why his ear became this way. It could have been either a bug bite that was a open or it possibly could have been a cut on his ear and he could have caught the infection one of those 2 ways. It's really unknown and we will never know. He is on antibiotics now, and is almost done them completely and his ear is completely back to normal pretty much. We have a follow up this week with ENT and we have an appointment with our paediatrician in his office next week. Our new paediatrician is so awesome that when he heard that Quentin was in the short stay unit, while he was on rounds on another floor, he took the time to come see us. That to me, is an awesome doctor.


Quentin and I discovered parts of the hospital that we had never seen before. On the 8th floor there is an outdoor indoor terrace. Basically it’s an indoor terrace with air that comes in, for patients to get the sense that they are outdoors. It’s really quite nice, and I wish I had discovered this one day earlier, when Quentin was restless. They had a slide, some cars, and some jungle gym type equipment for the little ones. 3 days in the hospital is long! (And as you can see in the right hand picture of Quentin & I, his ear went back to normal size once the antibiotics kicked in).


On Wednesday morning, Quentin got to do pet therapy for 30 minutes. He got to meet a dog named Gaia and Gaia even gave Quentin a pet dog to take home (above in the right picture). Quentin’s been walking his new dog everywhere, since it came with it’s very own leash. You press it’s back and it actually walks! Not only did Quentin get a pet dog to bring home, he got a book off a cart as well. A lady who volunteers at the hospital was going around with a cart full of brand new scholastic books. Quentin picked out a train book as his latest obsession is Choo Choo Trains.


By Wednesday Quentin was restless and just wanted to be home where he could run around freely. I knew how he was feeling – I wanted to be back in my own space too.

Sunday, July 07, 2013



Sean has decided that he wants to be a goalie. (Just like his Uncle (my brother), just like his cousin (Jamie’s sister’s kid), and like a few other relatives in the family). Goalies seem to be extremely in demand. He’s been playing some games this summer, as call-ups to leagues in the area. Friday I took him mid-afternoon to goaltend for a game that was being played by a hockey camp near our house. They were missing a goalie for the game. It was my first time getting Sean into his equipment myself, and I think I did a good job!


Sean made some amazing saves, and I was quite impressed. The kids has talent. Above, I caught one of the saves he made on my iPhone camera.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

No-One Ever Has Sex On A Tuesday

I enjoyed reading No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday. Tracy Bloom had me entertained with wit and humor. This took me longer to read than normal as I had some stuff going on that came up but it was a fast paced story nonetheless. This is the story of Katy Chapman who didn’t expect to walk into a pre-natal class at 8 months pregnant to find her ex-boyfriend there with his extremely pregnant wife. She hadn't seen him since they slept together about 8 months prior after a school reunion. She then realizes that it's possible that her ex-boyfriend Matthew could be the father of her child.
Katy, 36, hadn’t planned on getting pregnant - in fact it was the very last thing in her plan. Her boyfriend Ben is a number of years younger than her. He is a gym teacher who makes inappropriate jokes at every opportunity that he gets. He’s not really the person she had pictured spending her life with, but then again, she hasn’t pictured spending her life with anyone since things ended with Matthew, her childhood sweetheart. He broke her heart when they both started university. 

I liked Katy, and felt that she was someone I could easily be friends with if she were a real person. She has some weaknesses as a person with her decision making, but who doesn't, and that made her real & likeable. Ben, Katy's boyfriend and possible father of her child, I didn't like at first, but in the end, he grew on me with the way he twisted everything around to try to make things right to Katy. I won't give away the details, or it'll ruin the book for you, but Ben, even though he was younger than Katy, proved that younger men can be suitable boyfriends/lovers/fathers. I myself have never enjoyed dating younger men, I have a thing for older men (my husband is 5 1/2 years older than me), but this story proves that younger man could live up to being a suitable partner.

The mannerisms of both Daniel and Braindead had me laughing hysterically. Some of the British humor I understood and some of it I wasn't too sure about. I couldn't decide if I liked or hated Matthew throughout the book. I won't tell you all the details for this either as to why I couldn't decide, as it'll ruin the story for you, I hope you'll pick up a copy and read it (and for 2.87$ on amazon it's a great deal!) I also like that besides the funny moments, there were some sincere moments between the main characters as well. It was a nice balance of both in this story.

I can't wait to read the sequel to this book, No-One Ever Has Sex After A Baby. I also caught a glimpse at the end of this book of  the first 4 chapters of Tracy's next novel, Single Woman Seeks Revenge, which comes out July 19th. I can't wait to pick it up to read.