Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Dealing with Fear Mongering

If there is one thing I've learned from being pregnant it's this - everything is trying to kill your baby.  I swear, if I paid attention to every warning label and every advisory, I would have never left the house for my whole pregnancy.  It only gets worse once the kid is here too, there's constantly some new hazard, some new toy that's toxic, some new food you shouldn't eat.

For some reason, people love to scare pregnant women.  It was bad when I was engaged and planning a wedding, there was constantly someone who would throw a "oh, you'll see!" into every conversation as though I had no idea what I was getting into.  With pregnancy, it's even worse because not only do you have the people who want to tell you what you should and should not be doing, they also love to tell their own horror stories filled with blood and gore.  Why people think this is helpful is beyond me.  I don't think anyone ever once told me a nice birth story.

Offbeat Mama is a great site and has written wonderful articles about this (like this one and this one) and how to keep your head above water during the whole thing.  The most important thing is to keep a level head about things and keep things in perspective. 

In the interest of full disclosure and to help any other first time moms to be out there, here's a list of all the ways that I went wrong and obviously could have damaged my child horribly.
  • I drank caffeine.  I started with the best intentions, having lost my taste for coffee early in the pregnancy.  I would indulge in the occasional Dr. Pepper (my new fave since becoming pregnant), but by the time I hit the third trimester, I figured to hell with it.  If I want to drink a can of pop a day, then I'm going to.  I'm still not up to one a day, but I don't beat myself up for having some caffeine.  And you know what?  I actually sleep better when I've had some caffeine.
  • I painted things.  I wasn't allowed to paint the walls in the baby's room, but I sure painted a lot of furniture.  I painted in well ventilated areas with low VOC paint while wearing gloves and a mask.  I think the kid and I will be fine.
  • I moved heavy furniture.  It turns out that I was pregnant for our entire move to the new house and didn't realize it, so I've definitely done some heavy lifting.  I also moved lots of furniture around after I found out I was pregnant (including trying to drag a desk up the stairs from the basement by myself, which resulted in nearly breaking my foot).  I feel better when I'm doing physical activities though.
  • I ate feta cheese.  I tried really hard to stay away from it for a while, but there's just no sense in ordering a greek salad without feta cheese.  I figure it's better to have a salad with feta cheese than no salad at all.
  • I ate lunch meat/raw hot dogs/raw batter.  Okay, one raw hot dog.  And it was delicious.  The raw batter was an accident, I was baking brownies and liked the spoon before realizing that it has raw eggs in it and I'm not supposed to eat raw eggs.  As for the lunch meat, I started out doing really well not eating lunch meat, then it was all I could think about.  I figure that the lunch meat being heated up in the toaster at Quiznos is good enough.
  • I cleaned a litter box.  Only twice while Jagger was away and someone had to do it.  Again, it was while I was wearing a mask and gloves. 
  • I went to a concert.  My sister gave me a hard time about exposing the baby to too much loud music.  Guess what, I spend about 2 hours a day in the car and the radio is cranked for most of that.  The kid will get used to it.
  • I slept on my back.  Because my belly hasn't been terribly sticky-outie, it's been comfortable for my to sleep on my back still.  It's a huge relief for me to be able to switch from my sides to my back.
  • I plan on using a cuddle bag.  Apparently Transport Canada thinks that cuddle bags are death traps and that your kid can go flying out of the car seat in the event of an accident.  I choose to believe that if the kid is properly restrained in the car seat, then it's not going to make a difference if there's fabric between them and the seat or not.  That's just me though, I'm sure there are lots of people who won't use cuddle bags because they could be dangerous.  To each their own.
Bottom line for me, there's a million ways that you can get sick/get hurt in this world.  It's not all bad.  Kids should get sick, they should skin their knees and bump their heads, it's not the end of the world.  I hope I can keep that in mind once the kid is actually here.

Monday, 29 November 2010

All-Time Favourite Episodes

Everyone has them.  Those episodes of those favourite shows that are just a little closer to your heart than other episodes.  Here's some of my all-time favourite episodes of some great shows.

Friends - "The One Where No One Is Ready"

You remember this one.  Ross has a big thing going on at the museum and no one is ready.  He and Rachel get into a big fight and she almost doesn't go.  Monica is freaking out over a message she left on Richard's answering machine and Joey is doing lunges in all of Chandler's clothes while "going commando".  I love this episode so much, it's like a little play.  I love how they're all in the same room for the entire episode, just running in and out of the scene.  Never mind the fact that Rachel has that amazing green dress in her closet, but apparently doesn't think to wear it first.  Weird.

A close second place is "The One With the Embryos" where Rachel and Monica lose their apartment to Joey and Chandler in a trivia game.  Monica's line, "That's not even a word!"  is funny every single time.

The Simpsons - "Homer's Enemy"

I know I'm not the only one who loves this episode. This also happens to be Jagger's favourite Simpsons episode. This is the episode with Frank Grimes, the only character to come in and acknowledge how ridiculous Homer's life is. Best line? Frank Grimes - "Is this you in outer space?" Homer - "Of course, you've never been?" Classic.

Frasier - "Ham Radio"

I'm constantly reminded of just how great a show Frasier was. It was one of those few consistently funny shows. I love this episode - Frasier tries to put on a classic radio play, but of course is just a little too heavy handed in his direction. It all culminates in everyone killing themselves off in the play, to hilarious ends.

Sex and the City - "The Good Fight"

I love, love this episode of Sex and the City. Aidan moves in with Carrie with the intention of taking over the apartment next door, but things don't go as planned and they are a little short on space. I love the fight they have where she challenges him on his "dried up old Speed Stick - what are you, a crazy bag man?" My favourite line? "You can't buy it, it's circa 1996!" I also love the look she gives him when she comes home ready to make up, but he won't acknowledge her. Who hasn't been there? This episode also has the classic Charlotte line, "Don't you bring that flat baby in here, I will kill you!"

I'm sure there's more, but none that I can think of at the moment. What about you, any favourite episodes floating around out there?

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Are You Ready?

Today is my actual due date.  I take it with a grain of salt though, since my due date used to be December 2nd, but apparently the hospital and my doctor's office count things a little differently.

All I keep getting asked is, "Are you ready?"  Uh, no.  No, I'm not ready.

Do I feel prepared?  Yes.  Do I have the stuff necessary to bring the kid home?  Yes.  But still, I don't think we're ready.

I don't think you're supposed to actually feel ready for this. 

I have no idea what kind of labour and delivery it's going to be, or how I'll react to the situation.  I have no idea how I'll deal with the exhaustion and the complete change in our lifestyle.

I figure it's easier to think "Nope, not ready for this, not ever going to be ready." than to sit there thinking, "Ah, I'm totally ready for this!"  I think I'd just be setting myself up for failure that way.

It still feels pretty surreal to me, and I don't think anything is actually going to happen for some time yet.  Jagger's more concerned than I am right now, he worries when he leaves me and overreacts to every little groan and complaint I have.

I've been pretty calm and relaxed the whole time, so hopefully that keeps up for me in the home stretch!

Friday, 26 November 2010


I don't think I've mentioned it, but Jagger's been participating in Movember.  This picture was actually from a week or so ago, so the mo has gotten more mustachey since then.  I can't say I'm going to miss it when it's gone, but I appreciate that he's supporting cancer research.

Click here to donate!

Nesting Instincts

I did a bit of cleaning the other day - I suppose you would call it nesting.  I haven't had a whole lot of drive for major nesting, it's been more little things so far.  Here was what I started with in my office.

It had become a dangerous dumping ground.  As more and more baby stuff came into the house, more and more regular stuff got shoved into the office.  It's a handy place to hide things because it's on the main floor (no dragging of things down to the basement) and it's a room we don't use too often.  In fact, I'm really the only one who uses it, Jagger just goes in to get the laptop and that's about it.
We had to move that table out of the living room to make room for the playpen, and we also aquired a bunch of new (to us) comic books which are hiding in those boxes under the mirrors there.
Boxes of posters waiting for frames and a basket of junk that had to be moved out of the dresser now occupying the baby's room.
The desk surface seems to be clean, but the tray on the shelf is full of junk and there's a bunch of stuff sitting on the printer that shouldn't be there.  The printer is also flashing an angry red light at me because it wants more toner, but I've been ignoring it for a few weeks.
Oh, closet.  I've been considering taking down the bifold door on this closet and just hanging a shower curtain type deal to close it off, but I'm trying to resist the urge.
The rest of the closet was filled with crafting stuff and gift bags that I inexplicably save, even though I will never need that many gift bags.
Knitting stuff hiding in the corner of the closet.

So, after a frantic hour or so, I ended up with a much tidier office.  I'm still not satsified with the way things are, I would love to have more shelving in here, like along this whole wall, but for now it is definitely an improvement.
Ooh, look!  You can see the floor!
The desk area seems to be unchanged, but it really is much tidier.
I got rid of a bunch of old magazines I had hanging around for no good reason.
Comic book tower seems much better.  I still have to cover that gossip bench one day - it might be a "I'm home with a baby" project.

I didn't take many pictures of the inside of the closet, but trust me, it's much improved.  I bit the bullet and thew out all the gift bags I had amassed.  If they had been more generic, I would have kept them, but they were all from the wedding and the baby shower.  I really don't think I'll be needing that many specific gift bags in the near future. 

I'm still not happy with the closet either - I would love to put shelving all the way down the ground in there and turn it into more of a storage area, but I know that one day this room will end up being another bedroom, so I don't want to rob us of that closet and its hanging capabilities.

It's a start - there's definitely a lot more stuff around our house that needs to be organized that I'm hoping nesting will take care of before it's all said and done.  I did start organizing my recipes, so we'll see where it goes from here.

What do you think?  Should I ditch the bifold doors?  The cats know how to open them anyway, so it's not like they keep them out or anything.

Full disclosure - I wrote all of that like 2 weeks ago.  Today the nesting continued with rearranging the living room, so I thought I would tack it onto this post.

Here was the living room before...

 I've rearranged the living room so, so many times since we've moved in.  I liked this set up, because Jagger's couch (the brown one) was finally in the spot he wanted it - so that he could lay down with his feet pointing at the TV with the remote in his right hand.

The problem with the living room this way was that it was really closed off.  It didn't bother us, but we really noticed it as soon as someone else came over.

So, here's my solution.

Having the couches in an L-shape really helped to open things up, even with so much stuff in the living room.  We can't help it, we're couch people, so we need to have two big couches.

So, there you go.  Two days off on maternity leave and I'm rearranging the house.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Mat Leave

So today marks the first day of my mat leave.  I managed to save enough vacation time that I will be off until January 2012, which seems so far away!  I'm sure I'll be fine once the kid gets here, but I'm concerned about things in the meantime.  I don't do well with unstructured time!  So, here's a quick rundown of what I'm hoping to accomplish while I'm off, both in the short-term and the long-term.  Consider this also a list of what to expect on the blog in the future.

  • Today I'm getting a pedicure, super exciting!
  • Tomorrow I have to bake 8 dozen cookies for a cookie exchange, and maybe rearrange the living room.
  • I'm also hoping to organize my paperwork from typing transcripts (a chore I've long avoided)
  • Finish painting the two tables that have had one coat of paint on them since July
  • TV watching.  I've got a full DVR, Season 4 of Dexter, Season 6 of LOST, the complete Twin Peaks and Season 1 of Six Feet Under sitting here just waiting for me.
  • Video games.  Hello Arkham Asylum and Super Mario Galaxy 2.  I believe we have some unfinished business.
Thinking more long term, here's what I'm hoping to get done.  Besides, you know, taking care of the kid and all.
  • Cooking.  I'm excited to be at home during the day and having some time to cook meals that I haven't tried before.  When I don't get home from work until 5:00, it makes it really difficult to throw things together sometimes.
  • Sewing.  I've had so many ideas of things to sew, but just have never had the time.  Hopefully I'll be able to find some time to learn how to use my machine and put together some awesome things.
  • Knitting.  My knitting has definitely fallen by the wayside.  I'd also love to learn to crochet.  (Lord, this list is sounding really domestic!)
  • Vegetable garden.  This is my big summer project.  I'm hoping to build some raised planters for the yard and start a lovely little vegetable garden.
  • Working out.  Not always the easiest task with a newborn, but I can't wait to start working on getting back to some form of normal.  I can't wait to run again.
  • Doing the mommy thing at the Early Years Centre.  I'm excited to take part in the programs and things they have available.
  • Spending time with my niece.  Not working will surely mean lots of time spent with my sister and Blair.
  • Painting the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.  
  • Watching daytime TV.  Not the most noble of aspirations to be sure, but I'm excited about it!
I'm sure a lot of these things will get done, a lot won't and a lot of things I never even thought of will get done as well.  Any suggestions to keep myself from going stir crazy until the kid gets here?

Wednesday, 24 November 2010


Sorry the posts have been pretty baby-heavy this week, but I'm pretty baby-heavy this week.

I've been pretty good so far at not spoiling the kid before it even gets here.  Most of what I've bought for the kid has been used, gifted, borrowed or on sale.  I've been pretty proud of myself for doing so well and resisting the urge to splurge.  (This is always easier to do when you don't have any money in the first place)

This is why I managed to rationalize one good splurge.

This is the Westcoast Baby Bamboo Kimono.  It's the cutest thing ever.

 Allow me to explain why this is a practical piece of clothing.  When I first saw it, I didn't think it was that great either.  Sure it's super-duper soft (I love bamboo) but beyond that, it seemed a little unecessary.

What makes it so special is that not only is it open at the bottom (for super quick and easy diaper changes when they're teeny-tiny) and super soft and cozy (bamboo naturally wicks moisture away to keep baby dry and comfortable) but the easy open tie front allows you to have that oh so important skin to skin contact with the baby while they're still clothed, making nursing a snap.
 Oh, and there's an ultra-cute matching hat...
...and booties, which were impossible to resist.

It's also a great idea for preemies because it's easy for cords and monitors to have access while the baby is still toasty warm and comfortable. 

The company bills it as being "the perfect going-home from the hospital" outfit, but I don't know how well it would work in a car seat.

It comes in lots of adorable colours, but I went with the cream with grey, nice and neutral without being yellow.

Here's my actual set...

For even more cuteness, just add baby!

It took a few weeks of obsessively thinking about it, but I finally took the plunge and bought the outfit.  Even though it cost about what I would spend on myself for an outfit, I've convinced myself that it's worth it.  What's life without a little splurging every now and then?  It'll probably end up being the last time I splurge on anything for a very, very long time, so I'd better enjoy it!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Baby's Room

I think I'm at about the point where the baby's room is as good as it's going to get.  I'm not big on things being "done" because things always change.  But, all in all I think the room is pretty well ready to go.

Here's where we started when we first moved in, just to refresh your memory a little.

And here's where I started the other day when I set about putting the room back together.

It had been in better shape at one point, but repainting the desk meant taking everything out of the dresser and throwing it on the bed, and cleaning up the office meant throwing things in here that I thought I would use.

And here's what I ended up with after...

I've decided I like having that little chair in the corner as a place to throw things, etc.
The Cinderella plates I had hanging in my room when I was a kid have found a new home!

This frame was Jagger's when he was a kid - well, the glass was at least.  I put it in a new frame since the old one was kind of sad looking.  Can't wait to add our kid's picture to it!

And there you go - the room in all it's colourful glory!  The walls don't like quite as grey as they actually are, but it was pretty poor lighting out when I took this picture.

One of the posters in the room - Super Mario Bros World 1-1.  This was a freebie from Nintendo Power magazine and I got the frame on sale at Michaels for like $9.

The superhero prints I got at Fan Expo back in September.  I got the prints for $10 for all three and the frames are literally the cheapest ones I could find - $3 each at Walmart.

The freshly painted dresser complete with action figures and my Medusa lamp. 

Every baby's bedroom needs a little George Perez!  Jagger got this at LA Mood for like $3 I think, and the frame was like $17 - I make good use of my Michaels coupons!

This empty little corner is where the crib will go once it gets here.  We have one on order, and I'm really excited about it.  Should be here sometime this week, then it's just a matter of getting it put together (and hoping it fits!)

Here's the crib we ordered in case you were curious though.

I thought I wanted a white crib, but because this is one of those cribs that turns into a double bed later on, we thought the white would be a little limiting and might not suit an older kid/teenager's room quite so well, so we went with this one.
I don't want anything hanging on the wall above it because of my laziness in finding studs, but I would still like to get these wall clings to go over the crib there.

These mirrors were a wedding gift, but I never could find a good place to hang them.  I finally decided they would be nice in the baby's room to help bounce some light around and give the kid something to look at.

My grandma got us this switchplate cover for the baby's room, and I knew right away that it would drive Jagger crazy.  I don't know why Noah's Ark became such a big thing for baby's rooms - I don't know if a story about God flooding the Earth and killing everyone but one family and enough animals so He wouldn't have to start all over again is the best story for a kid, but what do I know.  It's up there for Grandma, even though I find it really hard to find the light switch now.

I know this little table will have to move out once the kid starts moving around since it's just a glass table top on boxes, but I love the way it looks with the little blocks and books!  It also might have to be rearranged once we have to fit the crib in there as well, we'll see how it goes!

So there you go, the kid's room has come a long, long way and we did it without spending much money.  Most things in there were things we already had around that just needed a coat of paint or a little re-tooling to make them work in the kid's room.  Hope you like it!

Monday, 22 November 2010

Packing it in

I'm 39 weeks and change now, but I've been dragging my heels on packing up that hospital bag.  I don't know why it's been such a source of procrastination for me, but for some reason I just have no desire to have that bag ready.  At first I wasn't planning on packing a bag, assuming that I would just pack things up once labour started.  We only live 3 kms away from the hospital, so I'm planning on staying at home for as long as possible once things start happening.  But then I thought better, and realized that it will be much easier on myself if I just suck it up and start packing that bag ahead of time like a normal person.  Otherwise, Jagger will just have to deal with my whining and complaining in the hospital because I've forgotten something vital.

There's no shortage of lists and websites to give you an idea of what you should pack in a hospital bag, but I tried not to get too hung up on them.  Because we're so close to the hospital, I'm not anticipating being in there long.  Same goes for Jagger's bag (the Jag Bag).  Because we're so close to home, it won't be a big deal for him to run home to grab a shower if he wants.

That being said, here's what I've come up with...

Yes, my suitcase is covered in cat hair, as are most things that I own.
  • Comfy jammies.  Really, they're just Jagger's old T-shirts and a couple of pairs of jogging pants, but it should be fine.  I may pick up a pair of nursing pajamas this week still though.
  • Slippers.  But not my good slippers, my back-up pair of slippers (what, you don't have a back-up pair?)  I'm really attached to my slippers, and I would hate for them to get all icky from anything that may happen.
  • Toiletries.  The usual stuff, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, mini shampoo, etc.  I just bought one of those little travel bags from Walmart that has everything in it already.  I also threw in a bunch of good heavy-duty hair elastics to keep my hair out of my face.
  • Lots of socks and underwear
  • Stuff for the baby.  I don't like the little robe things they give babies to wear in the hospital.  Blair hated hers, it was too scratchy.  So, I've packed a couple of sleeping gowns as well as a coming home from the hospital outfit.  I also picked up this super adorable kimono thing that I'll be posting about a bit later.  Also, baby socks, mitts, hats and blankets.  And the car seat, of course.
  • Nursing pillow.  The hospital recommended that I bring my own, because they only have one and it would suck if I had to wait around for my turn.
  • All sorts of fun absorbant things.  You know, breast pads, regular pads, all that fun stuff that you don't want to hear about.
  • A hoodie, just in case it's cold in the hospital/for leaving the hospital.
  • Soft sport bra-y type things.
  • Jolly Ranchers.  The prenatal class recommended we pack some hard candies to suck on, and I loves me some Jolly Ranchers.
  • Camera and charger for the camera.
  • The handbook from the prenatal class, more for Jagger's sake if he wants to look up some of the things he's "supposed" to be doing.
I will pack...
  • An iPod (hopefully).  I have the speakers packed, but my iPod decided that now was a wonderful time to die.  If I can, I might try to pick up a shuffle or something, we'll see.
Hopefully I will not be packing Jagger's bag for him.  I think he can handle the task on his own.

I've decided against bringing a blow dryer, because I don't blow dry my hair on the best of days, so I doubt I will in the hospital. 

I'm sure I'm overthinking things and once things get going, I really won't care what I do and don't have in my suitcase, but it's a nice task to have right now to keep me occupied as my days at work wind down.

What do you think?  Anything major I'm forgetting?

Friday, 19 November 2010

The Tape

It's hard to believe that our kid will grow up in a world without the Walkman and mixed tapes.  Somehow I feel like there won't be a resurgence of interest in cassette tapes the way there is currently for vinyl.  Nope, I think our kid will never know the feeling of jamming your pinky finger into a cassette to help wind up the  tape.

When I was a kid, we had the greatest mixed tape ever.  Remember mixed tapes?  They were a work of art.   Somehow, we had the best mixed tape.  A friend of my parents had made it and we "borrowed it" for several years.  To this day, every time someone in my family hears one of the songs from "The Tape" we have to say, "This was on The Tape" (yes, you have to refer to it as though it has capital letters).

I've considered many times making a CD version of The Tape as a gift for my mom, but somehow it's just not the same.  There was something extra-special about mixed tapes, something about waiting for the tape to flip over so you could hear that song you just knew was coming on side B.  You just don't get that same effect with a CD.

A few years ago, I did start keeping track of what songs I remember being on The Tape in case I ever did want to recreate it.  Here's the list as best as I can remember it, but it's just not the same because I can't nail down the accurate order, which is half the fun of a mixed tape.

I loved the line "the bases are loaded and Casey's at bat" because I felt like I was in on some major reference.
You know, honestly before compiling this list, I never realized how many  Steve Miller Band songs were on the tape.  Usually, I prefer for mixed tapes/CDs not to repeat artists, but it works here.
This song still reminds me of my brother, and I insisted on dancing with him to it at my wedding, although he may or may not remember doing so.
This was always my least favourite song on The Tape, and still would be my least favourite.  I'm not a huge Nirvana fan.
I actually can't remember if this was on The Tape or another mixed tape.  Regardless, it should be because it's awesome.  I love this song.  I also just figured out in the last year or so what it's actually about.  It's funny how you can hear a song over and over again without really listening to the lyrics.
"Some people call me Maurice - woo woo..."
True story - I took a Post World War II Popular Music course in university and we studied this song, but the Joni Mitchell version.  I had no idea that there was any version other than Nazareth.
I always loved singing along with this song because it was like a licence to swear, even if it was only "hell".
This is probably the song I hear the most that takes me right back to The Tape.  I don't hear it very often, so maybe that's why - it lives almost exclusively on The Tape for me.  "It's half past four and I'm shifting gears..."
Again with the Steve Miller Band! 
I was never totally sure of the lyrics on this song when I was younger.  Now of course it makes much more sense.
I always liked the line about "There ain't a shovel big enough in the world that can move it".
Ah yes, a classic.
Songs don't get much better than this for driving along on a summer day.
I'm not totally sure that this was on The Tape either, but I think it might have been.  Maybe it was on another tape though, I'm not sure. 

So there you go, there's my childhood in a playlist.  Sure, we had other tapes (I clearly remember listening to a lot of Queen, Sass Jordan, INXS, Robert Plant, Bryan Adams and Bon Jovi in the car as well) but there was only one The Tape.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Dresser - Updated!

I got some work done last week on the baby's room, and it's almost as good as it's going to get.  I wasn't going to go crazy getting things perfect because honestly, the kid has no idea and they're not even going to be sleeping in there for a while (we don't have a crib yet, we're going to be using a basinette).

I did manage to get the dresser repainted though, and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  My friend Sarah-Rae hooked me up with some paint (Racing Orange by Benjamin Moore) and I went to town.

Remember my old dresser?

Nothing really wrong with it, it just needed something a bit brighter for the kid's room.

Here it is now...

I'm really happy with the orange, it's very unexpected and it looks great.  I'll be posting some more pictures of the room and dresser later with it all dressed up.  As you can tell from this picture, things aren't quite done in there yet seeing as how my stud finder and hammer are still on the dresser.

Another little touch to the dresser is that I tried to line the drawers.  I saw that they did it with a dresser on Young House Love and since I love pretty much everything that they do, I thought I would try my hand at it.  Here's their post on the how-to...

So I thought I would give it a shot.  I already had some wrapping paper around from IKEA (I love their wrapping paper!) that had orange in it, so I went to town with some Mod Podge and voila!

Lovely lined drawers!  It's not the greatest picture, but I didn't do the greatest job.  I was too lazy to actually take apart the drawers to wrap the bottom with paper (and I knew I wouldn't have enough) so I did a "Meh, it's good enough" job of cutting the paper to size.  I also found I was a little heavy-handed with the Mod Podge, so I have some wrinkles in the paper.  I'm not stressed about it though, it does the job and looks pretty doing it!

Like I said, I'll post some pictures soon of the baby's room in it's basically finished state.  I just have to pick up a couple of things first!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010


Apparently, my favourite little neice has requested another blog post about her.  Strange how at only five months old she has mastered the art of the guilt trip.  Her mother and grandmother have taught her well. 

I actually don't have a whole lot of pictures of her, because whenever I see her, I'm too busy holding onto her.  I'm really looking forward to being done work and being able to spend lots of time with the little Miss Blair Cub and her cousin whenever he/she decides to make their arrival.

Here's the Blaircat and her pretty mommy on Halloween as, what else, but a kitty.

I love how skinny her little legs look in her great big costume.  She wasn't a huge fan of it though.

Here's the picture of her that I keep on my computer at work - everyone here loves seeing new pictures of Blair!

She's such a sweetheart.  She's so happy and getting so big!  She's sitting up on her own...

...and is desperate to start crawling already. 

She's still so tiny that it doesn't take much to get her sliding across the floor.  I mean, look at that adorable little bum - who could resist her??

I can't wait until she's big enough to start dancing to her theme song...