Archives for 2011

Pains during Pregnancy – The Spirit is Willing….

I’m no stranger to aches and pains during pregnancy.  Migraines.  Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction.  Sciatica.  Heartburn.  Pains during pregnancy happen, and it’s part of why I loathe being pregnant.  (I want the baby, not the pregnant stuff.  Being pregnant is a means to an end.)  But there’s one thing that I hate more than anything about the various pains during pregnancy: the physical limitations from it.

I am a morning person.  I have always been a morning person.  I wake up in the morning and am thrilled to start the new day.  I have all of these ideas of things that I’ll accomplish.  I’ll be a better mom today than I was yesterday.  I’ll spend some time cleaning in order to get my organized mom groove on.  I’ll cook a beautiful dinner.  Everything will be right with the universe.

Then, of course, there’s the reality.

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Toddler Teeth and Raising a Mutant

Image by ideas4eyes @sxc.hu

I have spent more time than I should worrying about Norton and his developing toddler teeth.  Fortunately, I have a few tools in my arsenal to help peel me off the ceiling when new toddler teeth concerns come up: a friend from high school who was a dental hygienist and now makes complicated dentures (thank you, beautiful!), a fellow high school band geek who is now a dentist, and a good dentist of our own when Norton’s toddler teeth need examination in the flesh.

My first worry that Norton might need braces came up because he had a lateral incisor (not the very center tooth, but one that should be beside it) grow in where a canine should be.  There was a huge gap, and it took a while for us to get used to it.  And I worried that we’d need to put Norton in braces.  Fortunately, my friend convinced me that what was happening with his toddler teeth had little to no bearing on what happened when his adult teeth came in.

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Being a Better Mom in the New Year

I suspect I’m on an eternal quest to be a better mom.  There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, providing that I don’t think that my desire to be a better mom is because I suck or something.  I don’t think I suck.  (At least, I don’t think I suck right now.  Later could be a whole different story.)  I just figure that there are always things that we can be doing better.  After all, no one is perfect, right?

So, yeah.  I don’t do New Years Resolutions, but we’ve been fortunate enough to have something come up that will help make life easier.  My husband is getting a company vehicle in the next while (sometime in the new year), which means we will no longer be a strictly one car family.  A large part of the reason that I don’t get out of the house with Norton as much as I should is because, quite frankly, it’s a complete and utter pain in the rear to arrange having the van.  I have it a couple of days a week because the husband is car pooling, but I don’t always keep it because it’s easier for him to drive on days he doesn’t have to so he can stay late.  Whatever.  Either way, it means that I have to put effort into making arrangements to go places with Norton.  Spur of the moment things just don’t happen.  And that sucks, because I am totally a spur of the moment kind of person.  Making big plans just doesn’t seem to work out.  Ever. [Read more…]

Toddler Talking and Feeling the Love

I have been increasingly frustrated with our lack of progress in the toddler talking department.  I’ve been practicing our five words that the speech pathologist gave us, and have been getting nowhere.  At least, nowhere with toddler talking.

There have been other toddler communication improvements… just of the non-verbal variety.

1.) Norton has stopped throwing his sippy cup at me when he wants more milk.  He hands it to me now.  While the non-verbal communication is nice, it’s come at a price: he no longer (or at least, very rarely) says or signs “milk.” [Read more…]

Rice Krispy Trees!

I am not an artsy craftsy person.  It’s actually been something that I’ve always wanted to be able to do.  But sometimes I get a little bit experimental in the kitchen, and it can be fun.  When we made the Rice Krispy Pumpkins for Halloween, I knew that I wanted to make some Rice Krispy trees for Christmas.  But sculpting a Christmas tree freehand with sticky warm crispy rice goo didn’t seem like something that I’d be able to pull off.

Then I got an idea.

And it gave me these.

Rice Krispy Trees!

Rice Krispy Trees

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The Lazy Blogger Award – Is there One?

So, yeah.  I’ve  been MIA for about a week.  Ridiculous.  And it’s not like I haven’t had anything to blog about.  I’ve had plenty to blog about, but life has been just busy.  Ultrasounds, normal parenting stuff, holiday stuff, and insomnia are all contributing to the problem, along with the depression that I’ve been dealing with.  But today? It’s going to be a better day.  I’m going to get stuff done.  And I’ll stop being a lazy blogger and get back to chronicling my adventures with Norton.

Or maybe I’ll just go back to bed.  *yawn*

A Change in Christmas Traditions

When I moved to British Columbia, I left my family behind and started a new one with my husband.  Part of what I also left behind was my family’s Christmas traditions.  Since being here, my husband’s side has accepted me into the family and integrated me into their Christmas traditions.  One of those traditions has been that we always go to the in-laws’ house dark and early on Christmas morning for the gift exchange.

Since Norton has been born, though, I’ve wanted Christmas to be a little different.  I’ve wanted it to be like the amazing Christmases that I grew up with.  Still, though, last year we ended up going to my mother-in-law’s house super early.  This year, though, I’ve decided that it’s not going to work that way anymore.  After all, there’s no way I’m going to want to schlep two kids to Grandma’s house at dark-thirty in the morning.  So, better to start making it the way we want it now. [Read more…]

Facing Parenting Fears – We Went to Toddler Time

A couple of weeks ago, I meant to go to toddler time at the library, in spite of the parenting fears associated with it.  The last and only time we went before?  Yeah, I spent hours at the hospital due to a toddler injury.  I felt like a bad parent and didn’t want to ever, ever experience that again.  But still, I got us ready and was determined to suck it up… only to have the husband not show up to drag us out the door.

But on Wednesday, I got brave.  I was determined to face my parenting fears and face down toddler time at the library once more.

It would only be thirty minutes.  We would not stay a second past story time.  I would bring Norton’s toddler leash with us to prevent any form of trying to run through the library like a little screaming savage.  We could handle it.  Right? [Read more…]

Toddler Toys – What’s Under the Tree for Norton? (Sesame Street Edition)

Now that I’ve discovered that Norton has a deep and abiding love for Elmo, toddler toys for Christmas became significantly easier.  In fact, it’s safe to say that I am currently done shopping.  Or at least, the husband has decided that I’ve bought enough toddler toys for Norton’s Christmas and it’s time to stop shopping now.  Boo.  I haven’t even put up a Christmas tree, and he’s already telling me to stop shopping.

Because Norton finally likes something and I can identify it without watching him for a reaction, Norton is getting a Christmas that’s a bit Sesame Street influenced.

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Hot Topic Tuesday – Are Locked Doors Safer or Hazardous?

I never thought that whether one did or didn’t lock a toddler in their bedrooms would be a hot topic.  Whether a parent is for or against door locks, there is one thing that they all agree on: it’s a safety issue.  Fire safety comes up a lot in this topic: pro-locked door parents prefer it because they know where their kid will be in the event of an emergency and can get to the child in a hurry.  Opponents of door locks denounce it because the kid doesn’t have a fighting chance at getting out on his or her own.

Me?  I fall under the category of “YAY for locks!” [Read more…]