Tuesday, March 22, 2011

1st emergency call from daycare

Right away, let me lay all concerns to rest by saying it was a false alarm. At 7:45 a.m., Oli's daycare called me and the lady says, "Oliver is sleeping right now but he had somewhat of a pink eye." I stated, "I just spoke to his pediatrician yesterday and he has allergies." The lady from the daycare, "Well, we're going to need a note from the doctor." So, I traipsed over to the daycare (thankfully they're only 5 minutes from my desk), wake up Oli, and guess what? Clear eyes. No pinkness, no redness, no swelling, no puffiness ... I still took him to his pediatrician, who was irritated that the daycare sent him 'home.' I am hoping to get some clarity from the daycare on what to do if this happens again. If he has no symptoms, do I really have to spend upwards of 45 minutes and $25 to take him to his pediatrician? I know they have to be careful but really, if there are ABSOLUTELY no symptoms, should I be expected to take him to the doctor?

In other news, check out the cuteness. I put him in a basket while I was getting ready this morning and he enjoyed himself:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A year to the day

today, I peed on a stick and found out I was pregnant. And now 365 days later, we have Oli. Our little man, our perfect little boy.

Where did the year go? I was just there sitting shocked in a restaurant bathroom wondering if a faint pink line meant the same as a strong pink line. I remember calling Jeff from work, whispering into the phone, wanting to laugh and cry at the same time, wondering what was going to happen to our life now.

I know people say they forget what life was before baby. I think they lie. I remember the nights I would sleep through. I remember the happy hours I attended without any thoughts of finding a babysitter. I remember throwing parties at our house without needing to take a break at 8 to put somebody to sleep. I remember hips that weren't as wide as Canada ;-). I remember showers that weren't 5 minutes long with an ear always turned to the nursery to listen for the softest sound. I remember errands that took me a quarter of the time it takes me now. I remember going out to eat without wondering if other patrons would be upset if the baby got fussy.

I am sure I could list more things here but my point is I very vividly remember life before Oliver. But, nothing that's changed makes me feel any differently about him. Look at that face. That curiosity, that wide eyed look that seems to say "mom, can I do this? think I can roll over? I'm going to try, 'k? Don't you worry about me." I can see that same look when he starts running around, when he glues something to the puppy's fur, when he rides his bike for the first time, when he wants that skateboard, oh my god, when he wants a tattoo like his dad ... I think I just sprouted some more gray hairs!

And I can see myself saying in another 20 years - how time flies!

Though this song on our shower CD is from the perspective of a dad, it goes without saying that the words are from my heart too:
Little Guy by Gord Bamford

You came into this world, in a blink of an eye.Well man how time really flies.You made me smile, and as a tear fell from my eye.You lit that room up little guy.It was the best day of my life.Now I'm a laugh with you, cry with you, let my love surround youAnd I'm dance with you pray for you and wrap my arms around you when you cryLittle guy
Cause I'm gonna be the best dad that I can,
I'll take you by those little hands.And when you stumbled, I'll pick you right up.I'll be your number one fan.And watch you grow into a man.Now I'm a laugh with you, cry with you, and let my love surround you.And I'm a dance with you pray for you and wrap my arms around you when you cry,Little guy Your gonna grow older and wiser.And your gonna chase your dreams.And one day raise a family.And you'll know just what I mean.Son you mean the world to me.Now I'm a laugh with you, cry with you, let my love surround you.And I'm a dance with you pray for you and wrap my arms around you when you cry,Little guyI'm so glad your mine,Little guy

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

4 months old!!!

Where oh where is the time going? Oli turned 4 months old yesterday. Which brought with it the 4 month wellness visit to his pediatrician and a couple of shots. I was hoping they wouldn't be a big deal just like his 2 month shots and I was right. He was shocked with the first injection, cried out for a second, was really shocked by the second one and screamed for a couple of minutes with big tears rolling down his cheeks. And, what did his loving mommy do while he cried? Took photos. I know, I know, I am such a heartless mother. But, he was quiet by the time we made it from the examination room to the car. Here's the progression from oblivious to whatthehelldidyoudotome?

In other news, we got the official go ahead to give him fruits and vegetables. His pediatrician mentioned that AAP is now sugegsting that babies not be given rice cereal and instead start with oatmeal. When I said that we really wanted to give him fruits and vegetables, his pediatrician very happily handed us a sheet of information on different ones to begin with and which ones we shouldn't try to make at home becuase of nitrate issues. So, it was avocado for dinner last night.

The verdict? Methinks he loved it!

Before I forget, healthwise, he's doing awesome. Still gaining weight on his own schedule but he jumped up in the height percentile. So, I am pretty sure he's going to take after his daddy and a few of his uncles and turn out to be a tall, lanky young man.

Friday, March 04, 2011

This sh** is bananas ... & the 2nd installment of baby shower songs

 So, see the photo on the right? Yeah, we gave him a bit of a banana. Obviously, I did not stick the whole banana into his mouth (I feel like I have to make some things clear so people don't call child protective services on me). I mushed up minute pieces with my fingers and fed them to him. I have photos where he's enjoying it. This photo just makes me laugh ebcause it looks like he's saying, "mom, what the heck do you think you are thinking of doing? I ain't eating no banana!" But, he ate it and he liked it. That was 4 days ago. Today, I will be buying an avocado. I am so excited. Will update my 2 loyal readers with photos once we attempt it.

Another song on my baby shower CD was Haven't Met You Yet by Michael Buble

I'm not surprised, not everything lasts
I've broken my heart so many times, I stopped keeping track
Talk myself in, I talk myself out
I get all worked up, then I let myself down

I tried so very hard not to lose it
I came up with a million excuses
I thought, I thought of every possibility

And I know someday that it'll all turn out
You'll make me work, so we can work to work it out
And I promise you, kid, that I give so much more than I get
I just haven't met you yet

I might have to wait, I'll never give up
I guess it's half timing, and the other half's luck
Wherever you are, whenever it's right
You'll come out of nowhere and into my life

And I know that we can be so amazing
And, baby, your love is gonna change me
And now I can see every possibility

And somehow I know that it'll all turn out
You'll make me work, so we can work to work it out
And I promise you, kid, I give so much more than I get
I just haven't met you yet

They say all's fair
In love and war
But I won't need to fight it
We'll get it right and we'll be united

And I know that we can be so amazing
And being in your life is gonna change me
And now I can see every single possibility

And someday I know it'll all turn out
And I'll work to work it out
Promise you, kid, I'll give more than I get
Than I get, than I get, than I get

Oh, you know it'll all turn out
And you'll make me work so we can work to work it out
And I promise you kid to give so much more than I get
Yeah, I just haven't met you yet

I just haven't met you yet
Oh, promise you, kid
To give so much more than I get

I said love, love, love, love
Love, love, love, love
(I just haven't met you yet)
Love, love, love, love
Love, love
I just haven't met you yet

And, trust me, now that I have met him, it's so easy to keep that promise. I mean, look at that face, that smile, those folds on his belly you just want to nuzzle. How can I not promise him anything and everything?

Well, except for unlimited tv viewing or video game playing or a motorcycle at the age of 16 ... and more

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Banned from the cafeteria

Not yet but I ought to be. Our work cafeteria has these toasters. I brought my own bagel in yesterday and went downstairs to toast it. It was a yummy cheese bagel with loads of cheese on the top and in the middle. I put it on the top conveyer belt.

Guess what? Some of the cheese dripped down and started a fire in the toaster. The guys working there didn't seem too concerned and said it'll put itself out. It was still a little blush worthy for me.

Today, I decided to toast my bagel downstairs again. But, I adjusted the speed of the conveyer belt to the fastest possible. Put my bagel in; crossed my fingers. Even joked with the cafeteria guys about the fire yesterday. And waited for my bagel. The top came out. The bottom didn't.

And it didn't. The toaster started spewing smoke.

The guy had to use tongs to try and get it from where it got stuck in the back.

I might never go back to the cafeteria again.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Mmmm I love peanut butter ...

... especially this roasted honey nut super chunky one from Skippy. But, that's not what this post is about. This is about Amazon and the cool things they do. I got this peanut butter - 6 jars of it, for $9 shipped within 2 days to my house because of the following things you can do in Amazon right now:
  1. Amazon Prime: You can get an Amazon Prime for Moms/Parents or an Amazon Prime for Students memberships that give you free 2 days shipping on a number of items.
  2. Subscribe & Save: if you sign up to subscribe to shipments of items, you save 5%. You can save an additional 15% on these items for being a Prime member. That's 30% off already low prices and you can cancel the subscription and reactivate it as you want. I get wipes for Oli from them and I just reactivate when I need a new shipment, and pay the ridiculously low price.
But for now, I am enjoying my very yummy peanut butter for lunch with some granny smith apples. mmmm yummay!