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Sold my car to a lovely musician-artsy type today. He managed to get us to agree (mostly because I thought it was fair enough, and didn't expect anything to go wrong) to revisit the sale if he drove it and it blew up, but he drove away this afternoon and didn't come back so I guess it's working well for him. I really hope nothing goes horribly wrong, now that he's bought it, but I'm sure he's gotten his money's worth. I also hope he's not expecting a $1500 car, having paid $750 :)
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..you get the hospital ride.

Part of the reason why I'm willing to 'risk' a home birth after a c-section. Also, some excellent thoughts on birth plans, and why they don't really help that much.
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...if I keep posting so much today, I'm going to have to start twatting with the rest of you crazy desk jockeys. Who knew that avoiding the necessary but unpleasant task of waking a toddler from his always-epic (and thus bedtime-disrupting) nap would make me so 'productive'?!

Also, I read far too much of THIS, and laughed far more than I can possibly explain to non-parents. It makes me a little punchy.
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Just buy my car.

(Honestly, it's a pretty good deal.)
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Kids are people too. Really.

(pokes self) REMEMBER. Especially on days that Josh has been up Every Hour since 3am. He was hungry. I chose not to get us both up to feed him some actual food instead of the convenient (but scant) boob-food. Developmentally appropriate, not grounds for strangling. Really.

Axe Cop

Mar. 20th, 2010 09:42 am
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Oh, the wackiness of five-year-old boys. How I love it!
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I keep coming into contact with mothers of two that simply canNOT leave their kids alone with their partners in the evening. "What's the big deal?!", I think, "I'll be doing it all day, so why can't they do it in the evening for a little while?".

Perhaps I'll find out when I have two kids.. or perhaps I'm assuming that J is more amazing than all of their husbands. Having two kids is hard on everyone - I get that, but I hope I can start doing an evening class again in in the fall after next.
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I'z a little tiny fish,
I'z a little tiny fish,
I'z a little tiny fish,
Doo doo doot, doo
Doo doo doot, doo
Ntz ntz ntz ntz ntz (techno electronica beat noise, ie, what you hear from someone on the bus that's listening to techno on their earbuds)

(continue, with random changes from line to line)
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Interesting documentary on helicopter-parenting. If you don't want to watch the whole 45 minutes, here's an overview. And a nice reactionary sort of blog that I follow.

Read more... )
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I read a lot of birth stories. They help me to gather myself together for what's coming, and help me to picture normal birth as opposed to the experience I've had so far. I've read some magnificent ones, and some terrifying ones. Mostly the ones I choose to spend time on are nice, but not really memorable.

This is by far the most awe-inspiring one I've ever read. (though the favors and decorated glasses are a little much, I think.)
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Babies who are breastfed for at least 6 months are generally less depressed throughout the rest of their lives. And their mothers are less likely to die of cardiovascular disease.

Perhaps this explains why I feel a lot less anxious about stuff in general since I became a mother. Breastfeeding is supposed to downregulate stress in both mother and baby. Hopefully Josh will be able to avoid the depressive tendencies in my family - he'll need all the help he can get!
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"I'm coughing on my arm so my brain doesn't fall out when I splash in the sink with the tadpoles."

Umm, yeah. Good idea. Keep it up


(and WOW, what a change from entire sentences composed of the word, "THIS!". Wow. It really hasn't been that long.)

Baby Cthulu

Dec. 4th, 2009 11:03 am
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It's a little disturbing when one's child wanders around the house saying, "Wake up, Baby Cfooloo! It's time to play!". Though it makes a little more sense knowing that we just watched this.

Scary Thing

Dec. 1st, 2009 06:15 pm
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Yesterday morning, Josh came rushing into my office and told me that there was a Scary Thing upstairs. He was really frightened, and so I held him and said, out the office door in my sternest voice, "Scary Thing, go AWAY!". Josh was still frightened, because it was upstairs, not in the kitchen. I wanted him to come and tell Scary Thing to go away with me, but he would have none of it, so he hid in my office while I bravely went upstairs to face it. "Scary Thing, go AWAY!", I said in my sternest most no-nonsense mom-voice.

Apparently it worked, but now he wants to re-enact my moment of glory almost hourly. "Mom said Scary Thing go AWAY!!", he says, with serious intensity.

If only all his problems were solved this easily :)
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Over the past year I've thought and thought and thought about nightweaning, but being pregnant has really brought matters to a head. In this last week, with Josh in his Big Boy Bed (BBB) for part of the night, my sleep gets really disturbed, not when he crawls in with us, but when he then nurses for EVER and then wakes up more often to nurse than he did pre-BBB. I think that sleeping in two places makes him a more restless sleeper, but he's been taking longer naps in the past little while, so it all evens out.

I was worried that Josh would cry for hours, and that he wouldn't get the idea for weeks. I was worried that I'd have to stop cosleeping, or stop nursing to sleep, two things that I enjoy and work well for us all. I was worried that I'd have to do it over again if I started before he had all his teeth.

I talked to a bunch of people that have successfully nightweaned, and they all agreed that it was great, and relatively easy after two nights. Two of them still nurse to sleep and cosleep, and the others have older kids. Everyone started earlier than I did with Josh, though not earlier than 18 or 20 months. During nightweaning they held their toddlers, sang, and were there for them them as they cried, and everyone got terrible sleep but it was only for a few days before things settled out.

I was prepared for that. What I wasn't really prepared for was, after spending the day reminding him every so often what was happening, for him to basically just accept it the first night, roll over, and go back to sleep. No crying. No stress. I told him, "'Nei-neis' are sleeping, you can have 'nei-nei' when the sun comes up or when Turtle Light" (on a timer) "comes on." He woke up a few times that first night, and a few times last night, and I expect it will be a few times tonight, but it really wasn't a big deal.

It might have been easy because I'm pregnant, and there hasn't been much there for him anyway, or maybe because I nursed him (almost) whenever he wanted for 2.5 years so now he's willing to move on. Or maybe he's just an easygoing guy. Whatever the reason, I'm pretty happy with the results!

Date!

Nov. 6th, 2009 10:44 am
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My mother-in-law called on Wednesday to see if we'd like it if she took Josh Thursday evening and we went to see a movie. YAY!!! J and I got to be silly sans-kid people - we bought some junk food, smuggled it (though I openly carried a big glass bottle of fizzy water that looked like wine, no one stopped me!) into the theatre, and watched the Most Ridiculous "Zombieland". It was exactly the speed we needed. It was a little difficult driving back from the movie theatre because we kept seeing pedestrian zombies that needed to have car doors opened into them at high speed. Thankfully, we were able to restrain ourselves.

Fun. I'm so happy I married such a fun, silly man.
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I bought a marvelous book about live-culture foods called "Wild Fermentation", and was inspired to bubble and brew all kinds of things. Check it out, it's wonderful and empowering. My favourite part of the book is when Sandor Katz states that one's own tastebuds are the best judge if something is bad for you or not - if it tastes bad, don't eat it. Botulism is avoided through fermentation - only very specific things can live in a ferment and have the fermented item still taste good. He's got chapters on bread, alcohol, vegetables, beans, dairy, and vinegar. All seem doable, though perhaps I'll give the Andean Chewed Corn Beer (uses saliva to break down the corn and start the process) a miss.

My first experiment was lacto-fermented pickles, which I have not yet decided what to do with. I didn't pack them quite tightly enough for everything to stay below the liquid level. Consequently, the tips of my pickles are covered in a multicoloured gently fuzzy mold. According to all the non-alarmist non-FoodSafe non-bleach-everything-six-times-before-you-eat-it sources that I've read, the stuff below the waterline should be fine as long as I cut the moldy parts off, but I haven't been able to bring myself to do it yet. If anyone wants to come over and try some with me, you're welcome.. perhaps together we'll be able to screw up our courage!

My second experiment is sauerkraut. I love, love, love sauerkraut, but I rarely eat it because I mostly love it on reuben sandwiches and smokies, neither of which I've been able to bring myself to eat for years (due to both processed meat=ew and the ethics of meat). I have a lonely jar of sauerkraut languishing in the back of my fridge that is slowly drying out - I'm hesitant to eat it because it's so old, but I can't bring myself to buy more because I eat it so rarely. After reading the book, though, which waxes rhapsodic about the joys of sauerkraut, I resolved to make myself some REAL sauerkraut and eat it with gusto and frequency. I've cut up some cabbage, apples, and carrots, and salted them, and am currently waiting for my rock to boil so I can use it to fit in the top of my Traditional Kimchi Pot (purchased today at Large Korean Grocery, to the delight of the staff) and squish down the veggies in the self-created salty brine. I borrowed a grubby rubbermaid tub from my parents so that I can sequester the resulting brew far, far away from the house (I learned in "100 Mile Diet" that fermenting sauerkraut produces a reek like none other), and I have high hopes that deliciousness will result in a few weeks.

I hope to try my brother's Caribbean-style fermented ginger beer - another recipe from the same book. He's currently waiting for his "ginger-bug" (water, sugar, grated ginger) to actively ferment. After that, you add it to a larger amount of water/ginger/sugar, add some stuff (lemon juice), and bottle it in those rubber-gasket beer bottles that some companies use. After it ferments for a few weeks, it'll be carbonated but not alcoholic.

Have you ever done a crazy food experiment? How did it turn out?
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"Chair, chair, chair, what you doing, chair? You drinking some chair-beer?"
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Want to come to a Coquitlam backyard chicken workshop? No idea when yet, and where depends on how many people come. Just looking for interest, folks. It'll be sometime this month. We're hoping to cover costs by donation.

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