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September 30, 2003

I did it again!!

To take part of a quote from a popular blond singer "I did it again!" Add an "Oops" at the beginning of the quote and you may know who I am talking about. If you don't know and want to find out, check in tomorrow.

This is just to let you know that I was able to log on to the site in less than 5 minutes!!
Yes, it is another good day!!
Have a great day!

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Did You Know?

The lungs of an average adult, unfolded and flattened out, would cover an area the size of a tennis court.

Source: coolquiz.com

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September 29, 2003

How are you today??

Well, I have finally managed to log back onto the posting site. My idea for today's blog was to ask all the parents and even if you're not a parent, all you people out there how your day went. I wanted to encourage you if you had had a tough day and congratulate you if you had had a good day. I wanted to tell you that although I was a little tired and weary this morning, the great weather and company turned the day into something quite enjoyable.

I wanted to tell you how pleased I was that my son ate all his breakfast today (okay, so I fed him breakfast at 1 pm, details...details...) I wanted to tell you that I stepped out into the morning a little worried that I was only wearing a short-sleeved t-shirt only to be pleasantly surprised by the last gasp of summer heat. I wanted to tell you that Penny and I had found a serene park in which to talk and listen to the water flow. I wanted to tell you how excited I was that my husband and I had booked a vacation for next month in order to make good use of my maternity leave.

I wanted to tell you that I was finally able to fold my son's laundry, which had been sitting in the dryer for the past 2 days (thank goodness he doesn't wear linen).

I wanted to tell you about all these small glories that made my day into something quite pleasant...


It took me over 45 minutes to remember my password. "Use the secret hint" you may say...oh, so I did. I do know my mother's maiden name. I swear I do...I must have typed my email address and mother's name over 20 times. I started to question everything...Was my username correct? ...Did I type the name in incorrectly the first time?...Is my name Grace?? The only thing I knew for sure was that I was developing a great strain in my left shoulder. After 45 minutes, I finally unlocked the mystery...I did not use the correct upper and lower case letters!!!!ARGGGGHHHHH!!!!! Who made this program so picky????

I hope someone does read this post as I went to great pains to write it.

P.S. IF you find any typos in this post...DO NOT TELL ME!! I can't handle it today.

Now, how was your day today????

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September 28, 2003

Where art thou, Tomi?

Oh how we miss thee...let us count the ways...

10. Tea & Chocolate visits
9. Ella
8. go-Daddy-oh!
7. Ella
6. "walking"
5. the occasional phone call
4. Mrs. Cow
3. Ella
2. "Aaahhhh, aaahhhh, aahh!"

and the number one reason we miss you is...

Your blog entries of course!

[only 5 more days until T.K.E. come home!]

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September 27, 2003


"Babies are such a nice way to start people"

Author unknown

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September 26, 2003


Having just turned 6 months, Oliver is due for his next set of immunizations. Today was the day and he was a star! This being the third time around, I think Ken and I have mastered this process.

We have always found Oliver to be the happiest early in the morning, therefore we only ever take him for his check-ups in the morning. When making the appointment, I always insist on the first appointment so that he doesn't have to wait any longer than necessary.

He is always dressed in his most comfortable and easiest to remove clothing. And we make sure that his tummy is nice and full. A dose of Children's Tylenol or Tempra (a less expensive version of Tylenol) half an hour before the appointment seems to help take the edge off and help him to sleep post shot. He's not a very good day sleeper so he needs all the help he can get!

Not all Dads have the flexibility to go to every appointment, but if they can it does seem to be less traumatic for both Baby and Mommy. Oliver is less emotional if Ken holds him during the shots. However, if you are still breastfeeding, many have found that their little ones barely respond if feeding during the shot.

Generally, if your child has little or no reaction to the first and second set of shots, there is not likely to be a reaction to the ones that follow in the later months.

Knowing which immunizations, when and why can be a little overwhelming. The Canadian Paediatric Society has an extensive immunization reference on their website.

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September 25, 2003

Remember When?

Congratulations to Sonny & Jag...proud new parents of 7 lb. 1 oz. Kiran. She is PERFECT (except that she may have inherited her father's nose!). A wonderfully, quiet baby that loves to sleep.

Of course, as a new parent, and this being the first time I've held a newborn since Oliver was born, I couldn't help but flashback to that day. The day Oliver was born was the most painful and magical day of Ken's and my life. But guess what! The pain is LONG gone and really, the magic had only just begun.

Everyday, Oliver does something new that brings us both to tears of love - proud parents we are! His newest thing is the smile. It has simply changed overnight. He now smiles with his entire facing, including scrunching up his nose. Hilarious!

It's been fun looking back through the hundreds of photos from those first few days...and seeing how he changes day to day.

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September 24, 2003

Safety First!!

My son is now 8 months old and crawling...hence the need for childproofing our place has begun. Like stroller shopping, I found the whole issue of childproofing our apartment rather overwhelming. When I am faced with overwhelming situations, I tend to shut down and just try to avoid them. This is not a solution when talking about safety for our child. Luckily, I have a husband who doesn't shut down and he took the initiative to do some research.

For all of you who also shut down, here is what he found:

If you live in the Vancouver area, go to the Safety Station at B.C. Children's Hospital. The staff there are very patient and knowledgeable. The shop is small, but you can rest assured that everything they sell is with your baby's safety in mind (not profit). Sales from the store go towards the "Safe Start" program.

If you don't live in the Vancouver area, check out the sites anyway, they are very informative. The Safe Start program has produced a very readable booklet that includes a home safety checklist.

On another note, I would also like to plug the gift shop at B.C.Children's Hospital. All the profits from the shop go back to the hospital. Like the Safety Station, the shop is not big, but it has a little bit of everything - books, clothes, gifts for parents, toys... The greatest deal they have going is their price for Robeez shoes. They sell them for $21.50 as opposed to $25.00. It may not seem like a huge saving to you, but coupled with the fact that the hospital profits, I think it makes a lot of sense. If you want to buy a gift for someone in the hospital, why not make your life easier and shop at the gift shop.

Anyway, it's time to tuck the little one into bed, so till next time...moo...moo

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September 23, 2003

The Hunt Is On

Like most young couples with a new addition to the family, we are considering taking the plunge and making the BIG purchase...a house. Yup, "bye-bye" beautiful, cozy (800 sq. ft.), living-in-the-lap-of-luxury, Yaletown condo, "hello" spacious, make-your-own-rules, house with a yard of your own.

This past Sunday we started in Fraserview and worked our way west, looking at about a dozen houses. Oliver was great while viewing a property but the in-and-out-of-the-car-seat game really started to bug him after a while. Or maybe it was the realization that his parents are seriously considering moving him away from his beloved Ella! Not to worry Oliver! After some of the dives we've seen and the competition for the nice properties, we won't be moving anytime soon!

It is so frustrating to look at a property in a really nice neighborhood with an asking price of $600,000 and see the need to put in another $100,000 worth of renovations. It's amazing what some people consider "new" or "nice". Then when you do find one in your price range, it has sold for more than asking before you can even make an appointment to view.

Good luck to all of the other couples in our shoes (Grace & Rod!)! The housing market is out of control!

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September 22, 2003

Got Milk?

It has always been said that breast is best when it comes to feeding your infant. I agree. Unfortunately, I am one of those mothers that was not able to produce enough milk for my son to survive solely on breast milk. Within the first few days of returning home from the hospital, Oliver was fed formula. He reacted very strongly (severe gas and abdominal pain) to Enfalac, Similac and President's Choice formulas. Since I was fed soy formula as a result of a severe cow's milk allergy, Oliver's doctor and the community health nurses felt he was having trouble digesting the proteins but was not necessarily "allergic" to cow's milk. It was suggested that we try Nestle Good Start before trying soy. Night and day! Oliver has been on Good Start for 5 months and is a very strong and healthy little boy.

What some moms don't know is that those that do breastfeed may still have similiar problems when it comes to introducing infant cereals and later on, cow's milk. Almost all infant cereals contain cow's milk in powder format. Because of this it is very important to make sure that you try the cereals alone for 3 to 5 days BEFORE introducing any other solids. One of the only cereals that can be found (at Choices, Capers and Urban Fare - when it's in stock!) without cow's milk and soy is Healthy Times. Stock up when you do find it!

Tomi and I attended a baby food chat at Hip Baby last week. They handed out an article from Today's Parent Magazine on formula. Milk allergies are a big concern amongst most new parents. I should add that I eventually outgrew my allergy to cow's milk. There are many views on what you should and shouldn't feed your children, as well as many different brands and varieties of food (probably too many choices!)...you have the choice to decide what's best for you and your child.

Just remember that every situation is different and you should ALWAYS consult your physician if you have any concerns.

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