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Monday, January 24, 2011

Nathan is already outgrowing some of his clothes.  I don't know if I'm ready for that yet!

I've folded up all of his preemie and 5 lbs clothes and put them aside.  So now I'm faced with a dilemma: do I donate the clothes, try to sell them (since they were only worn for a couple of weeks), keep them in case of a miracle (we will not be doing IVF again so any future child will be a miracle), or keep my favourites and have them made into a quilt?

I like the idea of the quilt but I hate the idea of cutting up practically brand new clothing.  I guess I was raised in a "waste not, want not" kind of way.  How cool would it be to have a crib quilt made out of his clothes for when Nathan has a child of his own?  But children's clothing can be expensive so I feel guilty for thinking about it.


So what should I do?  I'm really asking (although I may not listen to your advice).  Should I:

  • Pack up the clothes and keep them, just in case?
  • Donate his clothes to charity?
  • Sell the clothes?
  • Keep my favourites and have a quilt made?


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Interesting...

Yesterday I came across a post on my private blog that I wrote about a year ago.  Hubby & I had been invited out to celebrate Chinese New Year.  We were saying goodbye to the year of the Ox and welcoming the year of the Tiger.  

I had posted this tidbit about Tiger years:

Tiger years tend to bring lots of world conflicts and disasters

2010 did not disappoint: Haiti earthquake & cholera outbreak, BP oil spill, trapped Chilean miners, floods, droughts, and even Tiger Woods' divorce.  What a year!

Nathan was born in a Tiger year.  So what does that mean for him?


Courageous, active, and self-assured.  Optimistic, passionate and independent. Rebellious, dynamic, and unpredictable. Quick tempered but considerate.  Affectionate but careless.  The Tiger is a natural born leader and symbolizes power, passion and daring.
People born in the Year of the Tiger are generally well liked because of their charming personalities.



With only a few weeks left of the Tiger year, let's hope that there will not be any more disasters!  The year of the Rabbit begins on Feb. 3, 2011.  It is said to bring a year where you can catch your breath and calm your nerves.  Sounds like a perfect year for a BFP to everyone who is TTC!


Friday, January 14, 2011

Not Normally a Risk Taker

Nathan is a pretty good baby (and he's cute too).  He really only fusses when he's hungry or wants to be changed.  He really only cries when he is being changed (he hates to be exposed). He's been sleeping in his crib from the first day that we came home without problems.  Sure, some days he has some gas issues and/or spits up, but that's to be expected of any baby.

A couple of weeks ago he even started to sleep through the night - and that is where my problems begin.

You see, I had to tell everyone how awesome my newborn is.  I wanted to shout from the rooftops (in 2011 terms the "rooftops" equals Twitter and Facebook) that he was consistently sleeping between 5 - 6 hours each night.  Oh sure I thought I heard a voice that said "don't brag, you'll be sorry", but who can be sure?  I'm sleep deprived, I'm hearing voices all the time.

Sure enough, I have jinxed it.  Nathan has gone from sleeping 5 - 6 hours at night to sleeping 2 hours.  And he's not sleeping much longer during the day to compensate either.

If you've been following my tweets you'll notice that most are posted in the middle of the night. This is why.

I think I've completely lost my train of thought now.  Oops.  I guess I shouldn't try to blog until I've had more than a couple of hours of sleep!  Maybe for a while I should stick to uploading photos instead.





Friday, January 7, 2011

"Those Parents"

I hate admitting it, I really do.  It seems that I've become one of "those parents".

Remember the days before having kids when you would watch other parents and silently say to yourself "I'm never going to let my kid to that".  Trust me, you will.

It started shortly after arriving home from the hospital.  Nathan is a champion pooper but he hates to have his diaper changed.  He hates it so much that we would change his diaper as a way to fully wake him up before he eats.  So even though we know that he has a dirty diaper, if he's sleeping we don't change him.  I said to my mom when she was here "I never thought that I would be one of those parents who let their kid stay in a dirty diaper".  To her credit, Mom didn't say anything but gave me a sly smile.

So what other things have I done (or not done)?  Let see:

  • Baths.  Nathan hates them.  It takes 2 of us to do it quickly so he's only had 2 since coming home.  (Before you think that we're really horrible parents, he does get sponge baths).
  • Clean.  Thankfully we have people who come to our house on a weekly basis to dust, vacuum, and scrub toilets.  If not for them the house would look disgusting.  As it is I haven't yet de-Christmassed the house (a task that is normally done on January 1st).
  • Get dressed.  Referring to me.  Nathan usually goes through a few outfits a day.  For me it's a big step if I take of my PJ pants and put on sweat pants.  I hardly leave the house anymore - why bother getting dressed.
So far the list is small, but I have a feeling that it will be growing as Nathan grows.  Will I be that mom in a restaurant whose kid has a dirty face?  Will I develop selective hearing and not hear my kid as he throws a tantrum in the mall?

Oh the changes that we go through!




Monday, January 3, 2011

My Boy is a Genius!

Check this out!  Nathan isn't even 4 weeks old and he is smiling already.  I elicited this smile by tickling his cheek and chin.





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