So I am feeling the urge to reassess my blog.

And by reassess, I mean...start over and take a new direction.

Still ironing out the details and polishing up the edges...but it's coming...soon.

Stay tuned!!
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My boy doing what he loves to do most. Cruise and cause trouble :)
So we're 8 months in! And I find myself absolutely positively smitten with our little boy. He makes me laugh every single day and brightens the dreariest days with his kisses and his hugs.

If I could bottle up that look he gets in his eyes when he smiles at me, I would.





I still have not been able to properly articulate the range of emotions that I feel when I look at him. But I imagine that most mothers would understand exactly what I mean when I say that he has forever changed me in ways that I can't even begin to explain. 


 






Ok, emotional post over :) Happy Monday everyone!!



Chocolate? Trashy novels? Celeb gossip? Shoes?

Guilty pleasures! The delicious, indulgent treats that make our days sweet!

Here are a few of mine...

1) Online shopping: Probably my most favourite way to waste time. Paypal and I have been buddies for years now. If I told you how excited I get to receive packages in the mail you'd likely be embarrassed for me.

2) Cold Stone Creamery: The first time I tasted this was in L.A. It is quite possibly the finest thing that has ever stepped foot in my mouth.

3) Harry Potter: I know i'm too old to be watching. But I don't care. I also cried (sobbed) when Dumbledore was killed.

4) Sushi: Carbs, carbs and more carbs!!! I love sushi rolls :)

5) Disturbing horror movies: Saw, Hostel, that sorta stuff. Every time I watch a new Saw movie i'm disgusted with myself for enjoying such filth.

6) Chocolate milk: I could easily have this as my only beverage. Love the drink, hate the calories.

7) Taking a bath and a shower at the same time: I love laying in the tub (while it's filling up) and watching the shower fall down on me. When the tub fills up, I drain it and start over. Indulgent AND wasteful!

8) Dominoes Cracker Crust pizza: Feta cheese, chicken and green peppers. I could eat this daily.

9) Napping when DS naps: There are days when I climb back into bed and catch another 30 mins of sleep while DS is napping. I know I should be doing other things, but the lure of the bed is too strong for me.

10) Forums, blogs and all things cyber: I spend way too much time online. I'm like a junkie. Sometimes I even dream about surfing.

Ok, your turn!!!
"Motherhood: All love begins and ends there"
~Robert Browning

In honour of Mother's Day I thought i'd write a little something about my mom. 

This is one of my favourite pictures of me with my Mom and my Grandma (I could write a whole other post about my Grandma. She's just as remarkable as my Mom) 


I truly believe that my mom is one of those women who is (and always has been) absolutely positively cut out for motherhood. I think that her reason for being on this planet is to be a mother. 

In her 68 years she has endured many losses:

The loss of a brother in an automobile accident (he was 29);  the loss of her father to alcoholism (he was 58); and the loss of her husband after 40 years of marriage to cancer (he was 61). 

She has mothered a child (who is now a 48 year old adult) with Down Syndrome; adopted a son, and birthed two more kids for good measure (I was the last of the brood). 

But what's most remarkable is that she's done it all without complaints, without regrets and without resentment. And here I am whining about my son not sleeping through the night!

So without further adieu, here are 5 of the most important life lessons I have learned from my mom:

1) Patience: Quietly wait your turn. Everything that you want and need in life will come to you (eventually) if you are patient enough and strong enough to endure annoyance, misfortune and pain without complaint. 

2) Compassion: Each person in the world deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. There are no exceptions to this rule. Advocate for those who can't advocate for themselves. They are the ones who need us the most.

3) Forgiveness: Very little good can ever come from resentment, anger and confrontation. Holding on to those feelings only ends up ruining your day(s). Let it go. Whatever it is. 

4) Loyalty: When you love someone, be fiercely loyal to them. Defend them, listen to them, and put their needs before yours. 

5) Love Deeply: Don't hide your feelings and emotions. Don't wait for tomorrow to tell someone how much they mean to you. If you care for someone, don't just tell them...show them. Your actions will always be the proof of your words. 

Happy Mother's Day to all of the women of the world who are working hard to make memories for their children. What you are doing is of the utmost importance. All of the little things that you do that nobody remembers and that nobody sees are the very stuff that build children into strong, loving and courageous men and women. Thanks for all that you do!







I've mentioned before that DS is now into everything. He crawls, he cruises, he stands, he climbs, he pulls large things down on top of himself...you get the idea. Each day I witness at least 2-3 bumps and bruises. He's sporting a particularly nice bump and bruise under his eye today after falling and landing face first on his Baby Laptop.

Throw in the fact that our house is absolutely positively not child friendly. We've got pieces like the one below that are so heavy that I can barely lift them. You can well imagine what might happen if DS tried to climb up on it. Notice its precarious balance on the stand:



We've got this lovely booze cart with sharp metal angles to contend with (a personal favourite of D's to pull himself up on):




And this equally pointy glass shelf that is within our little guy's grasp...can't say I blame him...it's the perfect hight for standing! Pictures don't do those razor sharp corners justice. Notice how everything is pushed onto the higher shelves for safe keeping?


And the little guy's all-time favourite glass table that toppled over seconds after I took these photos:








Oh...I can't forget about these ever so stylish stainless steel stools in the kitchen that our boy is fixated on. Lots of sharp edges to have fun with there!





Ahem. And that's just one room.  Can you tell we built and furnished this place before we had a baby? Don't worry...we're moving in a few weeks and none of these death traps are coming with us.

So when you have a very busy and mobile little boy who doesn't really understand what they heck Mom is talking about when she keeps saying "NO!!" or "DON'T TOUCH!" or "GASP....OH MY GOD...NO!!" to everything he comes into contact with it makes for awfully long days for Mom and frustrating moments for Baby.

Until Thursday.

The sun was shining and the day was warm. So I laid out a blanket in the backyard and brought out some of DS's favourite toys. "I'll outsmart you, kid" ran through my mind. There isn't anything at all he can get himself into outside!! It's like his own personal, padded playground!! Without the swings or slides or any of that other dangerous stuff.

Little did I know just how right I was! The second I brought DS out and laid him on the blanket he flipped over and looked around, eager to see what kind of trouble he could get himself into. He lunged out onto the grass with his usual confident stride and stopped dead in his tracks when he realized he was on...the....grass!! Not the ceramic tiles, not the carpet...but the GRASS!!

And he promptly began to scream.

Apparently babies loathe the feel of grass on their hands and feet. Who knew?

He scampered back to his safe zone on the blanket. We spent the next glorious 45 minutes shamelessly sprawled out (ok, I was sprawled out, DS was playing) on the blanket. D played with his toys while nervously checking every few minutes to make sure that the grass wasn't going to 'come and get him' again.









Sigh.

Heaven.

Tomorrow I'm going to plant some grass seed in my living room.
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