Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
i don't get it, the milk inside the bottle is the same stuff from my boob but he just won't have any of it and it makes me so sad. we tried using a couple of different nipples and "transitional" cup which is a basically a sippy cup but with a soft nipple like mouth piece. horchie had to resort to using an eyedropper to feed once while i was away. we bought another more traditional sippy cup but we haven't tried it yet so wish us luck. so all you new moms out there, introduce your little one the bottle once you've established breastfeeding. one of the new mom's i've met used the bottle every three days and now her little girl lets anyone feed her by the bottle. sigh. if anyone has anymore advice for me about introducing the bottle to the little monster, please, please send it my way! i need all the help i can get.
here's an arty one for you folks!
Friday, November 30, 2007
conrad's newest fascination is with his fist as seen here. thank goodness for cheap entertainment.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
all i could talk about while being pregnant was hotdogs so of course conrad was going to be a hotdog! and what a cute little hotdog he was! we went to the parent tot drop in session and almost all the other babies were dressed up too but to our dismay there were 2 other hotdogs there already! it was like going to the prom in your best ballgown only to find that there are 2 other girls with the same ballgown. there were pumpkins, turtles bugs and bears. conrad wasn't a very happy wiener during this photo op, he cried the whole way through. oh, conrad!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
i also took my first real break from motherhood. i pumped and pumped. i was ready, but i was also very anxious. i was outside of the the 5 kilometer radius that i was comfortable with, plus i didn't want to be that schmuck who leaves their cell phone on during the performance. so not only was i going to be all the way downtown but also out of celluar range. me and my ballet buddy, bronnie, attended the ballet BC's season opener at the ford centre for performing arts with the national ballet's giselle. my first real classic. it was beautifully performed with the goh academy's chan hon goh as giselle. there was also a performance before giselle, polyphonia, which i was equally impressed with. i did really enjoy this time for myself but i also called home at every intermission. i'm a mom now, i'm allowed.
there has also been an improvement with the television sitch. still no cable but we signed up with zip.ca. movies sent to your doorstep...now we really don't need to leave the house! we did the 2 week free trial and the DVDs were flying into our mailbox but now since the trial period is over the service has slowed down considerably. i guess that's how they reel (heh heh) you in but i'm not complaining, we can hardly sit down to watch a movie in its entirety and the no due dates works for us just perfectly.
bored on a sunday night? i highly recommend cbc's new reality TV show, triple sensation. i had some harsh words about reality television in one of my earlier entries but this one is good. it's not a slag-fest (horchie's words) like the others, we don't need another clay aiken. if you like broadway you'll like this. so, to be a triple sensation you need to able to sing, dance and act and these contestants all have chops. i'll say no more, you can tune in at 8pm.
conrad is now a whopping 11.5 pounds! his flakey face is almost all better but his cradle cap has migrated to where it's supposed to be, the top of his head...the whole area! my poor little buddy! he's been having lots of fun though. we've started going to a parent/infant drop in at eileen daily pool. it's nice to get out and meet other moms and babies and guess who i ran into there...teresa and little olivia chang! it's been so nice to have other new moms to share this experience with and i CANNOT wait until to meet all the november monsters. congrats to teresa and jason, olivia is too cute!
last night the 3 of us also went to the ricky, titans, george wrap party. it was conrad's first time in a pub, he's such a bad-ass. no drinks this time, little buddy! it was a whirlwind visiting session. conrad and i didn't make it too far past the entrance but it was great those we did and sorry to those who we missed. we'll see you all very soon!
we've been reading lots and conrad's faves that make him smile the most are two old school classics: where the wild things are and the very hungry caterpillar (thanks anita!) and how to catch a star by oliver jeffers. a big thanks to ty, terilynn and the girls for sending this great little book. check out oliver's website, he's a super talented artist.
take a look at how the monster's growing (sigh): don't you just love the conrad sized carrot and the invisible cell phone?
holy, baby model! work it, conrad.
aww, what a great dad.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
he looks way bigger in his car seat. did you know that a baby's head is roughly 2/3's their body weight? fun fact, huh?
everyday i find new things about little conrad. for example, i was smelling his wee little hands and was surprised that instead of sweet smelling baby hands they were kinda stinky sour hands. i was shattered! our angel (really he is!) has stinky sour hands! even so we still have him wear his silly mitts to prevent him from gauging his precious little eyeballs out which probably contributes to his stinky hands as well as the fact that he has his fists clenched all day.
a crying baby beckons...until next time. happy one month birthday, monster.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
2. gone to bed. jay's working on his board. contractions start at 2am, august 27. jay: still working on board. got no sleep. contractions continue and are really starting to hurt. (REALLY hurt.)
3. go to the hospital at 1pm. get assessed. 4-5cm dialated. contractions ongoing. moaning starts.
4. moaning continues.
5. tried laughing gas to take the edge off the pain. contrary to the name, this gas does not make you laugh.
6. 8cm dialated, water not broken. must manually break water.
7. doctor breaks the water. i dialate to 10cm in no time flat - "OK! push!"
8. 15 minutes of pushing and baby comes sliding down the birth canal as if it was a water slide. (OK, maybe not that easy or painless.) i'm also the new golden girl in the delivery ward. (OK, maybe not the entire delivery ward and maybe just in Delivery Room 5. i'm not known to brag but...eat your heart out girls.)
i guess many, if not all, of my posts will be about Baby so i'm sure a few of you folks out there reading this will get a little squirmy about poops, breasts and placentas and all the many things that the Chinese like to do with them...kidding. i'll be in my own little bubble for awhile but please don't forget to leave comments for me as this will probably be my only link to the outside world.
this has been a truly amazing experience for me, from the entire duration of the pregnancy to labour and delivery, and now i get to start a new life with my new little family. i couldn't have asked for anything more, except for a japadog around week 25. thank you, from the very bottom of my heart, to all our family and friends for all the gifts, love and support.
and now, what everyone's been waiting for...introducing our newest, littlest family member, Conrad Hudson, born on august 27th at 20:35, weighing in at 6.6lbs:
conrad says, "thanks, nicola for the super, cool, awesome, wicked toque!"
we did end up finding my pants. they were in the laptop bag. (and no, they didn't leave a second baby in my belly.)
Monday, August 20, 2007
monday was a very productive day. my sister offered to do the baby announcements for horchie and i so i went over to my M&D's to help her out, but not before lunch, so nurse amy came out with us and also helped out with the announcements, it was a typical first day of school. i want to post a photo of the final product but i'll keep it a surprise, just like baby. thanks, rita, they look fabulous.
and the nesting begins, i've been organizing around the house and made this shelf for a shelf, it was starting to get a bit unruly. much better!
i know it's going to be awhile until baby goes to school but the illustration on the cover of this keepsake book was too irresistable. i can actually collect baby's school artifacts from kindergarten to grade twelve! i think grade twelve is pushing it just a little but you never know! i've been in a bird phase as of late so i also picked up a few vintage postcards of birds to decorate baby's room. i love the baby blocks. there weren't too many letters left, lucky for baby! i don't think you'd find very many baby blocks nowadays with swiss army knives on them.
and aside from buying fun things for baby we've finally got some of the big things out of the way. we finally put the crib together and moved both the that and the change table into our bedroom. it was a bit peculiar to actually do this, but we are having a baby afterall. sometimes it is still very surreal that all i'm doing now is waiting for a baby to be born...and it's inside of me. i don't feel anything too different yet, there have been a few people who have said i've dropped but i don't feel like baby's dropped. i thought i might have been having braxton-hicks contractions, which are basically fake contractions but both my doc and i agree that it's most likely gas. pffft!! and we got the car seat. it's temporarily in hondaleeza right now but we'll move it out once we get our hands on andelica.
and the weekend wouldn't be a weekend if we didn't drop by the garden. we've eaten all the spinach and lettuce now so all that's left is swiss chard, beets, carrots, beans, broccoli and potatoes. we're kind of disappointed that the beets aren't doing that great. they are on the small side, very small side, but on the upside we have gotten some really big carrots. And the beans are going off the hizzle! we'll need to go back soon and start harvesting them perhaps for pickling purposes. the aphids are really annoying, first it was the chard, now it's the broccoli. i'll need to spray them down with soapy water next time were there.
and burnaby blackberries rock! we finally made jam with last year's harvest. horchie and i have gone out a couple of times already and the haul was very fruitful indeed. the official running total is 2lbs 15oz. living off the fat of the land, that's what i like.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Here's some more good times had by all: davie-cakes down the straightaway.
the duchess of lindsor caught in the moment of contemplation at grizzley flats.
aside from all the frisbee fun there was much fun had on the lake, check me out in this gratuitous swimsuit photo, look out for in me the next sports illustrated.
we also got a chance to drive up to timothy lake and check out scott and colleen's pad...DUH!! why didn't we bring swim suits??? this is what we missed out on:
it kicked ass that davie-cakes, the duchess of lindsor, horchie and i were able to take the tuesday off. the day slowly clouded over but it's always sad to leave grizzley. the ride home as slow as usual (not in a bad way, penelope!) but was extra nice since we didn't need to deal with the long weekend traffic jam. so long for now, grizzley, i don't think we'll make it back for labour day weekend, heh heh. until next summer.