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Yes No Maybe So

(Written yesterday)
Andrew has got the words ‘No’ and ‘Yeah’ down pat.

When my mom was over looking after my brother and s-i-l’s cats, I’d say to him, ‘Andrew, do you want to go visit Gramma?’ He’d reply, ‘Yeah!’

Or, ‘Andrew, did you have fun at swimming today?’


When he started getting fussy on the way to play group I asked him ‘Andrew, do you think your girlfriend might be there today?’

He calmed right down and replied, ‘Yeah!’

This morning I was feeding him some banana bread, when a bag of Cheesies caught his eye. I said, ‘If you eat your banana bread, maybe you can have a Cheesie.’

He looked at the banana bread, back at the Cheesie bag, and got this look on his face and I said, ‘You’re not going to eat your banana bread, are you?’

He replied, ‘Nooo!’ and proceeded to hand it back to me.


I liked it when my mom asked him today, ‘You love your Momma, don’t you Andrew?’ and he got a big grin on his face, looked over at me and said, ‘Yeah!’ =)

Another fun thing lately is how much he …

I need a f*cking holiday

While of course my situation could be far worse than it is, I feel like I have enough on my plate without my m-i-l making me feel like banging my head against a wall.

It doesn’t help matters that Andrew decided not to nap AT ALL today, not even for 5 minutes, so I haven’t had a single break since getting up at 8am. I even took him swimming in the hopes it would tucker him out in the early afternoon, but it’s nearly 6pm and nadda. It’s really tough because he’s go go go to such a degree, I literally CAN’T keep up over an extended period of time. I am able to put it into perspective because I know it’s because I’m so tired but I actually started thinking I wish I would just die and then I could sleep forever. And I HATE it when it gets that bad. That’s when I start crying because I feel bad for even thinking such a thing, even if just for a fleeting moment. I can’t help it though. Sometimes, there are just days like that.

It’s hard because I have enough with just Andrew to deal wit…

Hugs and Quiches

For a while now I’ve been meaning to post some recipes for quick and easy meal options. I don’t generally have a whole lot of time for cooking (what with Andrew pulling at my pant leg wanting all the attention on him), so I like things that are fast in prep time. I also like things that I can prepare well in advance of supper time. Like just now, while Andrew is napping, I got a quiche prepared and put in the oven for tonight’s supper. It will be easy to reheat a few minutes before James gets home, and I like it because it’s something Andrew will enjoy too. So I’ll start my recipe posting with a basic quiche recipe. (Followed by some comments about adjustments I’ve made).

Basic Quiche
(Preheat oven to 350 degrees)

3 eggs
1 ½ - 2 cups cream or Half and Half
½ tsp salt
pinch of pepper
pinch of nutmeg
Gruyere cheese – about ¼ cup grated

Beat eggs, cream, and seasonings in a mixing bowl till well blended. If making vegetable quiche, seasonings can be adjusted. Thyme is excellent with veg…

A place to call home

I’m not only disheartened but starting to get downright worried about finding a new place to live.

Not that we’re planning on moving within the next few months or anything, but I like to look at rental listings on a fairly regular basis just to keep on top of what’s out there. If something super fantabulous space- and price-wise suddenly appeared, we might consider moving sooner than later.

The thing is, we’re kind of spoiled with what we have and our location right now.

But let’s start from the beginning.

The beginning of James and me living together OFF university campus, that is. While Shell House at SFU was a great place to live when we were there (1998/99), it was pretty run down even then, and I can’t say as I’d have chosen to live there under any other circumstances! Let’s just put it this way: it wasn’t THAT long ago that we lived there…well it has since been demolished and I’d imagine there’s some sort of highrise in its place now. Which is kinda weird to think of, the place …

Spoiler Alert! Thoughts on LOST and Celebrity Apprentice finales

Last night was the finale episode of the series LOST.

It also happened to be this season’s finale of Celebrity Apprentice.

Both shows we happen to watch (of the 4 shows we watch in total) and wouldn’t you know their finales would both be airing at the same exact time.

We (mostly me) were fiends about it – had to see both shows because otherwise we’d risk finding out information we might not want to know in advance. Being that we’re old school and don’t have a DVR or any such thing, we had to record Celebrity Apprentice on my brother’s VCR (yes, VCR!!) and we watched LOST at home. Then I ran over at 11:30pm when LOST was over and picked up the tape (thank gawd they only live 2 blocks from us!) and we stayed up and watched CA. So it was a TV marathon because LOST was on from 7-11:30, then CA from midnight-2am.

By the end of it all, I felt so exhausted just from having sat and watched TV for so long. It was ridiculous and now James and I feel like we need a total break from television. …

Girls gone totally overboard

Last night, quite late, I heard quite a bit of yelling going on outside. I didn’t think too much of it at first. Although it’s fairly rare to hear people talking or yelling outside our building, after living where we did in the west end for a few years I’ve becoming kind of desensitized to that sort of noise.

But it went on for quite some time, and when I started feeling it grating my nerves a bit (it was after midnight and I have a low tolerance for people who aren’t courteous about noise level, especially late at night!!) I took a look out the window.

There were 3 girls and one guy out on the sidewalk. The ‘girls’ were young women, but I say ‘girls’ to emphasize how young they were. They couldn’t have been twenty, my guess would be more around 17-18, although of course it’s impossible to know for sure. Two of them were laying sprawled out partly on the grass, partly on the sidewalk. The other girl was pacing back and forth and the guy was yelling at the two who appeared comato…

Best backyard ever

Who says we don't have an amazing backyard? So what if we have to go down an elevator and walk a few blocks to get to it?!

Andrew had an unusally long nap yesterday, which made me concerned that he might not want to go to bed at his usual bed time in the evening. So to get some of his energies out, we took him on a walk and got him kicking his soccer ball around for a while. It was a perfect night to be out.
This scenery looks like it's out of Alice in Wonderland or something. It's absolutely stunning!
The water looked amazing, and I told James I want to try rowing sometime. I should look into that.
Always with the intense need to CLIMB!
A dad and boy moment =)
Andrew's look here is strangely similar to his 'poo face' but he wasn't doing any business - he just wanted to be out of Momma's arms and on the ground running!
Haha - best family shot I was able to capture.
I love the funky flowers that are starting to pop up everywhere.
I'm so e…


Blah blah blah.

I feel soooooo blah today.

I’m guessing it’s primarily due to lack of sleep. Last night was HORRIBLE. Andrew woke up right before I was going to go to bed, which is unusual for him, so rather than sit there listening to him cry I cuddled him for a while.

It was actually one of those precious moments and even though I was tired and wanting to go to bed, I sat for that little bit of extra time just holding him and watching him sleep in my arms. There really is nothing sweeter than that.

But when I finally got to sleep it was nearly 1am, and Andrew woke at 4 and seemed to want to get up already. I was so tired so I wasn’t going to give in and go get him, but it meant pressing the snooze button on the monitor every couple of minutes. This went on for nearly an hour. And the ridiculous thing is, after a while of crying he started playing instead! But the monitor still went off, because he was being vocal. And every few minutes I’d wake up once again to the sound of hi…

Jumping off the deep end

Who am I?

Gawd, I have no freaking idea.

Really. The question haunts me.

I now have a little boy who, as his curiosity grows and his understanding of the world around him further develops, will start to ask me questions. Obviously most of those questions won’t really be about me at all, but rather the world around us. But still, he’s going to get more and more of a sense of who ‘mom’ is and it freaks me out a little that I don’t quite know what that image will be for him.

I thought I’d have that all figured out by now, but clearly I do not.

Will I ever?

It’s not like I jumped into having a child before I felt ready. I mean, it feels as though it would be more justifiable, me feeling this way, had I had Andrew when I was, say, 18 or 20. I wouldn’t have had the chance to figure myself out at all because I’d have still been so young.

I am not old, but at 30 I am no spring chicken either. You’d think I’d know a thing or two about myself by now.

And maybe I’m just not giving myself enough…


I am terrified of spiders.

Little spiders, big spiders, doesn’t matter. Obviously I’d choose a small one over a large one if I had to choose, but PLEASE DON’T MAKE ME CHOOSE because in all honestly, just thinking about it makes me feel uneasy.

I have had this fear of spiders ever since I can remember. I would say my first real ‘spider experience’ was back when I was seven years old. It was a hot day and I remember the whole family (me, my brother, parents, and 2 springer spaniels (the two we had before the two my parents have now!)) were all out spending time together in the backyard. We had a huge backyard when I was a kid! I was about to go run on the grass when I saw something out of the corner of my eye. On my arm.
Picture taken from internet
It was a small black spider with red on its back, which I later discovered is a member of the black widow family. Wouldn’t you know that my first real encounter with a spider and it’s a poisonous one!

Thank gawd it didn’t bite me, but it te…

The fussies

It’s cloudy, rainy, and looks generally miserable outside. I realize now that we’ve already become so spoiled by spring sunshine and warmth. I don’t know what to do with this RAIN business!

Andrew was up at 5:45 this morning and not interested in going back to sleep, so it’s no wonder he’s down for his nap ‘already’ at 10:15! It’s going to be a long day if he doesn’t nap again later. I already feel tired but I don’t particularly feel like napping, although I have a feeling I’ll regret it later that I didn’t catch the zzz’s I could have…

Swimming was a bust yesterday. I’m thinking Andrew had an ‘out of sorts’ day. In the pool he just fussed and fussed, wanted to play with the toys instead of participating with the actual class but then when he had a toy he just wanted to go on to the next thing. He’s not usually like that. He was having little tantrums and I was ready to leave about 10 minutes into the class! We stuck it out, but it wasn’t fun. Then he napped but when he woke u…


Andrew went down for his nap, and our neighbours are coming over in less than 15 minutes. Timing sucks sometimes, but it’s so hard (read: impossible) to predict when Andrew will take his once-daily nap.

Once and for all we’re having the neighbours over! It makes sense given their daughter is just 3 months older than Andrew. Their baby is about 5 months now and I haven’t seen him since he was 2! Apartment living is weird like that, it’s crazy how infrequently we actually run into our neighbours. There are people living on our floor that I’ve never even seen before! Gone are the days of taking a freshly baked pie next door when someone new moves in.

Which reminds me, our other neighbours are moving out and I’m just hoping and praying that we get another quiet couple in there…If they’re smokers I’m going to flip out!!! And as silly as this’ll sound, it’d be nice if they didn’t have any kids. I say this because we hear the neighbours babies crying every day, I hear Andrew enough a…

In the blink of an eye

OK so I’ve got the summer clothes out and washed, I did a LOT of ironing (some shirts left but I just couldn’t do any more, there was that much!), changed the sheets on our bed (will do Andrew’s tonight), and I got most of the winter stuff put away under the bed and cleared a space so I can easily get the rest under there once I’ve got them sorted. Still (always) more to do, but definitely getting there with my list!

This morning I took Andrew to the playground. It’s SO CUTE watching him run around and play and climb and smile excitedly because being out like that is one of his very favourite things. It’ll be great once he can go on everything on his own and I can just sit and watch, because right now I have to trail after him so I’m climbing all over the playground as if I’m one of the kids. It might sound fun but…it’s kinda not!!

At one point I let Andrew go down the big slide all on his own, but then instead of going down after him, I went to the stairs on the playground and th…


I’m SO tired.

I’m sipping coffee and enjoying that the only sounds are that of a) the air conditioner and b) the traffic outside. As in – no baby noises! I love the little tyke, but my gawd. This afternoon he just went bonkers and I could barely keep up with him. His new thing is climbing the stools for our dining room table. NOT GOOD. It drives me nuts pulling him off and him running back, thinking it’s a game. I put him in his crib and told him he’d have to go back there but he didn’t even care. So exhausting.

Tomorrow night James is going to a movie with his brother. All I can say is, thank gawd my mom is in town. She’s staying at my bro and s-i-l’s while they’re in Russia (yes, Russia!) for a vacation. She’ll no doubt come over tomorrow night and it will help oh so much not to be on my own entirely. 8am-10 or 11pm on your own with a toddler? Obviously doable, but equally as obviously beyond exhausting!

There is so much I need to get done and I suppose I should be doing t…

A play date

This morning I took Andrew on a play date with a little girl who I call his girlfriend because he kissed her at playtime last week!

Her mom and I decided to take them to a different kids playtime at a place we’d never been to before. Andrew loved it, and I plan on taking him there on a semi-regular basis. They have bouncy castles and a toddler’s only play area and also time slots where the entire gym is for toddlers only. I think it could get chaotic once the bigger kids get to be there so for now we’ll stick to toddler only drop-ins!

Andrew busted down the little fence in the toddler area less than 5 minutes after we got there, but beyond that didn’t do much damage!! He had fun playing with the little toy kitchen, he even took a slice of plastic pizza and put it into the microwave – classic!

It was fun to watch him play. The kids in that age group don’t really play together but I am happy to report that Andy didn’t bully ANYONE! And I think he’s used to C, his ‘girlfriend’ – alt…

Let's make a deal

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I am actually PLEASED with Shaw at the moment!

I KNOW, right?!!!!!

James forwarded me our bill FOR THIS MONTH ALONE and it was $167. INSANE when you think about how much that is per year. He said enough is enough, we have to do something about this, and I agreed. So I took Andrew’s nap time as an opportunity to call Shaw. Not something I was entirely thrilled about (my ‘me time’ is sacred, after all, and calling a service provider to let them know you need to save money isn’t exactly how one would generally choose to spend their time!) Anyway, I must have picked a good time to call because I got through IMMEDIATELY and the guy I talked to was super friendly.

We have phone, internet, AND TV with Shaw, so we’re good customers. We’ve also been with them for a while (although we did go around 7 years without cable till shortly after Andrew was born). We have the most basic phone plan already so there wasn’t much we could do there. Although we’re p…

My cheeky monkey boy

I love how huggy and kissy Andrew is these days. He even likes to cuddle more than he used to. Sometimes I’ll go to put him down and he holds on for dear life and plops his head down on my shoulder in full cuddle mode. It’s the best!

He’s really got the kissing ‘mwaaa’ sound down pat! Often if he bites me and I tell him it hurts and it’s not nice to do that, he’ll lean in and kiss the spot he just bit. I’d prefer no bites at all, but I like that he at least tries to kiss it better!

He’s such a little monkey, and practically literally. I tell him sometimes that I think he was a monkey in a past life. He likes to pick at my hair as if looking for gnats (or whatever it is that monkeys pick out of each other’s hair to eat!), and his favourite thing is to climb anything and everything.

I try to be trusting a lot of the time and let him climb – such as the couch, chairs, bed – there really isn’t anything I can do. And if he’s climbing a soft surface that’s fairly low to the ground and …

A bit of a rift

I know that not all people want to have children. I totally get that, and I can completely respect it. To each his or her own. If I didn’t want to have children, I wouldn’t take too nicely to people telling me I should want them. But, likewise, I don’t think it’s necessary for people who don’t want children to put it in your face why you shouldn’t have them. Especially when you’ve fairly recently HAD ONE!

My brother and sister in law will never have children. I can say that with confidence. I don’t think my brother ever felt inclined to be a father because he’s never felt entirely comfortable around children. He’s also a MAJOR worry wart about EVERYTHING and just based on the amount he worried/(worries) about me, his little sister, from the moment I was born, well, it probably wouldn’t be in his best interest to have offspring of his own. Parents worry, they manage that worry but it really can’t be helped, and I think for him it would be waaay overwhelming.

That being said, I t…

A perfect day

My Mother’s Day was AMAZING, better than I could have wished for!
James, Andrew and I met up with my mom in the early afternoon. We took some pictures outside, just as we did last year. Then my mom and I went and had a drink at the lounge before heading to our spa appointments.
We were finally using the gift certificates we got at Christmas. I got a Classic Swedish massage and my mom got another one that I can’t pronounce the name of. Both of them were incredibly relaxing. Afterwards we were relaxing in the little lounge area of the spa, chatting and drinking herbal tea, when two spa employees came up to us. They said Surprise! We were also booked for manicures. We hadn’t booked them so it really was a surprise, and we had no idea who had booked them for us (but we weren’t about to complain!) It felt surreal, being led to another room to have our hands taken care of. Funny, too, since we’d just been talking about how we both needed some nail-attention!

It was glorious. Neither…

Happy Mother's Day

(This post was written yesterday but I wasn't able to get the pics uploaded till this morning, so here it all is...)

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day.Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there =)I can’t believe I’ve been a mother for 2 mother’s days.I remember last year’s so vividly.It was a beautiful sunny day, just as it’s going to be tomorrow.Andrew was just 5 months old and as cute as a button.He’s now 16 months and even cuter!

My mom and I are celebrating by going to the spa (finally using our gift certificates from Christmas!) and having some girl time.I’m looking forward to it!In the meantime…Today was SO beautiful.It was a spring day on the brink of summer.It felt so warm compared to how its been this spring so far.We took full advantage, and took Andrew on the aquabus to VanierPark.We walked around and checked out the sculptures there, then headed along to Kits Beach.Andrew had his very first Ice Cream Truck popsicle (he was hesitant at first but I swear he ate more of it than…