Archive | December, 2006

Broken Gingerbread Man

28 Dec

We returned home last night from a lovely Christmas excursion to Palo Alto, CA. When we got home, we discovered that a neighbor had brought all of our newspapers to the front porch (I had forgotten to put a hold on deliveries), there was a broken gingerbread man on our doormat, and something that looks like ice cream had been spilled on our front step.

I had fun pondering the situation that lead to the spill and the gingerbread man… We’ll probably never know what really happened.

More on Christmas later.

Little Miss’s Grandparents Wouldn’t do THIS

20 Dec

This news article just made me shake my head… I’m proud to say that none of Little Miss’s grandparents would ever do something so stupid! 🙂 She put the baby in a BAG?! That is one confused grandmother…

Baby put through X-ray machine at LAX
1-month-old checked, cleared by hospital after grandmother’s mistake

LOS ANGELES – A one-month-old baby has been checked and cleared by a Los Angeles hospital after being put through an airport X-ray machine.

Authorities at Los Angeles International Airport say an inexperienced traveler mistakenly put her grandson through a carry-on luggage screener.

A startled security worker noticed the shape of a child and immediately pulled the baby out. A spokesman for LAX says the incident Saturday was an innocent mistake.

Source: MSNBC

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The Grandparents Wouldn’t do THIS

20 Dec

This news article just made me shake my head… I’m proud to say that none of Little Miss’s grandparents would ever do something so stupid! 🙂 She put the baby in a BAG?! That is one confused grandmother…

Baby put through X-ray machine at LAX
1-month-old checked, cleared by hospital after grandmother’s mistake

LOS ANGELES – A one-month-old baby has been checked and cleared by a Los Angeles hospital after being put through an airport X-ray machine.

Authorities at Los Angeles International Airport say an inexperienced traveler mistakenly put her grandson through a carry-on luggage screener.

A startled security worker noticed the shape of a child and immediately pulled the baby out. A spokesman for LAX says the incident Saturday was an innocent mistake.

Source: MSNBC

Mad Ramblings at the Crack of Dawn

17 Dec

We’re all sick in our household. I thought I heard Little Miss wheezing in between coughs yesterday, so I determined she needed to see a doctor. I decided that it would be easier for me to take her to Urgent Care on a Saturday instead of taking off work on Monday.

There is an Urgent Care about 1 mile from our house. I decided to walk there, as I haven’t been getting much exercise since I began hacking up my lungs again (I had bronchitis for 3 weeks, was well for 2 and am back at it again).

I walked into Urgent Care, and was told my insurance wasn’t covered there. I was then told I could go to the Urgent Care downtown, which I know from past experience receives A LOT of traffic. I determined I didn’t have enough time for that, so I paid the exorbant fee and waited.

We were the only people in the waiting room.

And we waited. And waited. You see, this Urgent Care is at the bottom of Mt. Rose Highway, a mere 15 minute drive from Mt. Rose Ski Resort. There were two ski injuries in there being treated with XRAYs, which meant we waited over about two hours in total.

So I paid too much money to mention, waited two hours to find out that my baby is fine, and no treatment is necessary.

I’m glad she is fine, but was so hoping for at least a prescription to help her feel better. Bah.

Anyway, last night was both of our company Christmas parties. I had luckily arranged for a sitter two months in advance (she had 10 other requests to babysit that night), and I was really looking forward to it. Too bad the night was really tainted by our illnesses. I had a headache sink in towards the beginning of the night, and by the time we were driving home, I was clutching my head in pain with each coughing fit. It is now 5:20 am, and I am wide awake. I think something in the cocktail of drugs I took when I got home in a desperate attempt to stop the coughing and headache was actually a stimulant, as I had very fitful sleep, and here on my one day to sleep in, I’m wide awake at 5:20 in the morning.

It snowed about two inches at our house overnight, and JB is planning on skiing today. I would love to ski if I didn’t think I would leave a lung or two on the slopes. So, I think I’ll be spending the day with my daughter inside with the fireplace cranking. Doesn’t sound too bad to me!

Song Dedication to my Daughter

15 Dec

I haven’t done a song dedication in a while. This upbeat song by KT Tunstall makes me smile and think about my daughter — the person who made me learn what life is all about, and how deeply I could love. Suddenly I do see, and it is truly a beautiful sight.

KT TUNSTALL LYRICS

“Suddenly I See”

Her face is a map of the world
Is a map of the world
You can see she’s a beautiful girl
She’s a beautiful girl
And everything around her is a silver pool of light
The people who surround her feel the benefit of it
It makes you calm
She holds you captivated in her palm

Suddenly I see (Suddenly I see)
This is what I wanna be
Suddenly I see (Suddenly I see)
Why the hell it means so much to me

I feel like walking the world
Like walking the world
You can hear she’s a beautiful girl
She’s a beautiful girl
She fills up every corner like she’s born in black and white
Makes you feel warmer when you’re trying to remember
What you heard
She likes to leave you hanging on her word

Suddenly I see (Suddenly I see)
This is what I wanna be
Suddenly I see (Suddenly I see)
Why the hell it means so much to me

And she’s taller than most
And she’s looking at me
I can see her eyes looking from a page in a magazine
Oh she makes me feel like I could be a tower
A big strong tower
She got the power to be
The power to give
The power to see

Suddenly I see (Suddenly I see)
This is what I wanna be
Suddenly I see (Suddenly I see)
Why the hell it means so much to me

Little Miss With The World’s Saddest Santa

14 Dec

They were doing free pictures with Santa at a store we went to this past weekend.

There was a reason it was free. This Santa sucked. You can tell by his very expression that he wished he had chosen another line of work.

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Little Miss With The World’s Saddest Santa

14 Dec

They were doing free pictures with Santa at a store we went to this past weekend.

There was a reason it was free. This Santa sucked. You can tell by his very expression that he wished he had chosen another line of work.

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Christmas Shopping Gone Wrong

14 Dec

I really hate going to the mall and shopping in general. The only thing I hate more than shopping and going to the mall is doing all of this during the Christmas season.

So this year, I thought I got wise. I sat down on Dec. 2 during one of Little Miss’s naps and did a lot of my Christmas shopping online. I was rather smug with myself, planning a wrapping bonanza this weekend.

But most of my orders didn’t show up. I just logged online to the place where I did most of my shopping, Target.com, and discovered that the delivery estimates for my packages were January 23! And they didn’t even notify me of the delay! I am livid! One of the packages was released to the post office on Dec. 8 and the tracking information shows the package getting delivered on January 23!

I canceled what I could of that order and replaced the order on Amazon, who has been much more reliable for me over the years.

I then checked the status of my orders on Amazon, and realized that most of my order there hadn’t gone through because for some reason, the items had been saved in my cart “for later”.

So, now I look at a week with no time to shop, and just paid expedite shipping fees despite my planning and shopping at the beginning of December.

Damn commercialism.

So if you’re expecting a gift from me this year, be forewarned that it may be late. I swear it’s not my fault!

Benefits of Parenthood

13 Dec

Who knew parenthood came with so much snot?! I’m home with my sick baby again today, and am fighting off the beginnings of her cold myself.

But the best part of working at home when I have a sick baby?

We’ll both be in our PJs for most of the day. Gotta love that.

“What A Cute Little Boy”

12 Dec

I have to wonder what it is like for Moms out there who are introverted. I don’t know about all of you out there, but taking my baby out in public is like an open invitation for strangers to approach me.

Most of the time, they have one of two comments for me:

“What a cute little boy!” (this has been said to me when she is dressed in almost all pink by the way)

and

“Your baby looks really tired.” She could have just awaken from a nap, and some stranger will tell me how tired she is.

People also come up and talk to her, tickle her, reach for her hands, ask me how old she is, etc. Every time I go to the grocery store, the deli workers offer her a cookie. One worker even spelled out the word cookie, because you know, she could be some genius that knows what the word cookie is at age 10 months. (That was a funny interaction… “Does she want a C-O-O…?” the woman asked me, and I looked at her blankly, asking, “a Coo?”)

Anyway, I just have to wonder is it like this for most parents, or is it because my baby is really outgoing? It must be torture for those parents who really prefer to stay to themselves if they have the same experience as me.

I don’t mind it. I find it entertaining. I like to take stock of exactly what Little Miss was wearing when she gets the little boy comments (one time she was wearing an outfit with purple and pink fairies on it, and another time her pink suede jacket. I love to wonder who out there is dressing their little boys like that). I feel more attached to my community now, though, as there is a heck of a lot more interaction with other people in my community than there ever was before.

But I have to wonder — when does this stop? Is it when baby-dom passes and they then become a toddler? Or does it never stop? Are children really a way of inviting the world to come talk to you and your child?

Breaking the Silence

11 Dec

I know I have been rather quiet around here lately. There just hasn’t been much to report.

This past weekend, I decided that I truly wasn’t boycotting Christmas decorations, and got my butt into gear and decorated the whole house — tree and all — within Little Miss’s morning nap. Amazing what a limited time frame will do for my motivation.

We had some dear friends over for dinner on Sunday night. It was the first time we had had someone over for dinner since becoming parents. I just find it daunting to have to get the house ready and plan a meal on my off time. I chose something “easy” for dinner last night, and still ended up spending the better part of Sunday getting ready. So if I haven’t invited you over for dinner lately, please know it isn’t because I don’t like you. It’s because I was raised by a woman who rivals Martha Stewart, and that shows every time I invite someone over. And it is completely exhausting.

Anyone want to go OUT to eat?!

Today, I got a call from daycare around noon telling me Little Miss was being kicked out due to a 100+ degree fever. I knew this was coming. She had been well for almost 2 months, so it was past due for her to get sick. In fact, I was on the phone with her father at the time telling him that I didn’t think she was sick even though she woke up EARLY and SCREAMING when daycare called on the other line telling me to come get her.

She has a cold. A slight cough, a bit of snot, and crazy mood swings. She wanted to be held a lot this afternoon, which was fine with me, because my crawling baby hardly ever slows down for cuddle time anymore.

So that’s what is going on… I got a new camera this weekend, so pics coming soon… As long this camera doesn’t get run over by a car in the mean time.

Man’s Diaper Bag

4 Dec

I went to a baby shower on Saturday, and besides getting food poisoning there (I assume you’d prefer to not have the details on that), I found one gift rather amusing.

A man’s diaper bag. That’s not how the manufacturer dubs it, but the Mom-to-be at the shower had registered for it with the intent of her husband having his own mini diaper bag.

It just made me chuckle. I can’t think of a bigger waste of money. First of all, not one of the Dads I know has ever packed his own diaper bag (to my knowledge). Nor, would he ever HAVE his own diaper bag. PLUS, this bag is very small, you know, for the “active Dad”, but realistically, can you fit diapers, wipes, bottles and toys in there?!

Here’s my tip for any new Moms-to-be. Get one diaper bag. Make it a gender neutral bag (mine is a black backpack), as you don’t want your hubby completely embarrassed when you ask him to carry it, but realize that the responsibility to pack and remember to bring it along will be all your own.

At least that is how it is in my little world…

We Start ‘Em Early In Our Family

3 Dec

Just had to share this with you… Little Miss’s first season ski pass.

Now if only she could master walking before the snow really starts to fly! That would help with her leg strength…

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