Adventures in a black maple box

Life has just gotten a little more interesting...

Friday, June 30, 2006

If you slept last night...I hate you.

Kim sleepy. Gord up lots last night. If you talk to me and I'm incomprehensible...please be gentle.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

A plea to all blog readers

I desperately need your help... ALL of you...for I am married to a procrastinator.

Do you not wonder why I blog so infrequently these days? Do you remember my complaining about how I have to use Steve's computer when he's not using it (which is not that often) until our laptop is fixed? Do you remember how Steve made that 101 list back in February and under Misc Task there was:#73. Bring my laptop in for repair – before the warranty expires (November 2006)? Well, he's encroaching on the deadline and I'm getting worried...and a little teeny weeny bit frustrated.

So this is what I ask of you: harassment. Send him a comment on his blog. Let him know this is absolutely unacceptable. I want him to feel as if he has a swarm of Northern Ontario mosquitoes (because they don't get worse than that) hovering around his head.

You know what the worst part is though? Whenever Steve decides to actually bring the computer in for fixing, it's going to be about 2 months (!!!!) before it gets fixed. Ho-hum. Yes, I coulddefinitelyy bring the stupid thing in myself, but it's all about the principle now. And of course he doesn't feel the urgency since he has a completely functional laptop all to himself. He's plain and simple just a procrastinator (a self-proclaimed one at that). I'm not exactly going to blow his mind by calling him one. If any of you out there feel like aiding me in my cause, I would soooooooo greatly appreciate it.

Thanks for the ear all!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Anything for a friend

Today Steve had to go to Windsor for work and I felt like helping a friend out. You see, Mel has recently made her 100th blog post where she made a bunch of top ten lists. Item #5 on list #8: Actually have some friends visit us in Windsor. Cross it off Mel, cause I finally did it!!!!

Unfortunately for me, (and you), I have no pictures to prove the event actually took place because I forgot that I had my camera in my diaper bag. We had a great time even though it was a short visit and the best part was that Gord slept the whole ride both ways. SCORE!

Anyway Mel, now that I've started you off, I expect you to finish it up!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Hey, he stole my thunder!

I would love to be posting right now about our amazing visit with our friends and their adorable daughter Celia, but why would you stay to read it when it's been done already? But I still feel the irresistable urge to post a picture of the cutest little girl who stole Gordie's heart (and ours too we must admit). It was truly amazing to see Gord interact with another monkey his own size (or nearly - she is 1 1/2 months his senior). Celia definately has her own personality which shone through on the visit, the excited panting, tongue curling, and the ever-so-sweet "aren't I cute?" pose with her head resting on the Jumperoo.

Not only was it great to finally meet Celia, but I really had a great time catching up with my friend, and sharing all kinds of baby stories and getting much-appreciated baby advice. I learned all about the "Happy Baby Food Grinder" and have since switched to a new brand of diapers which work just as well but are HALF THE PRICE as the ones we were using. Thanks Julie!

Today, I'm sitting with my morning meal of coffee and chocolate marble coffee cake. The reason for the cake is to see if the sugar will help to wake me up since my coffee's a decaf. And of course Gord is right nearby, entranced by the cartoons on T.V. He's definately going to be one of those Saturday morning cartoon kids. We have no real plans for the day other than to babysit our nephew tonight. It is a beautiful day though so I think we'll go out and do something at least. If it's exciting enough you might hear about it later.

Well, that's it for me right now folks. Have a good one.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Let's hear it for the boys

Well, it's 10:17 AT NIGHT and I'm still up and able to write a post, let's "hear it for me" first, yay! I've got a chilled beer beside me and am watching game six of the Stanley cup. I'm not a big hockey fan in the least (despite my being Canadian and all eh) but when it comes to the Stanley cup and there's a Canadian team in it, there's just no choice in the matter. Especially since Steve wouldn't miss it for the world.

So, in recent Gordon news...for a baby who hates to be on his belly, he sure wants to be on it a lot lately. Especially at sleep times. It started earlier this week when he started showing a strong interest in sleeping on his side. We would put him down on his back and tuck him in as usual, but then he would begin resisting and arching his back until we conceded and left him to sleep on his side. And he looked so cute. Then the other night after putting him to bed (soon after going on his side) he woke up an hour or two later crying and when we went to check on him, we found him on his belly holding his head up high. Roll over, try again. Some time later he awoke again on his belly crying. And now, it seems he will only sleep on his belly. But I think he's still kind of getting used to it because he wakes up now in the late evening (when he has been not doing that for a while) and we have to go in and give him his soother after which point he falls directly back into a deep sleep. Even though I had some reservations about the belly sleeping, I know he can roll back over or cry if he wants to be moved and man, he just looks so darned cute sleeping like that!

In an hour and a half it will officially be Father's Day and I would like to wish my Dad a VERY HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!! But it is an extra special Father's Day this year because it is Steve's FIRST Father's Day, and I want to wish him a VERY HAPPY FATHER'S DAY !!!! We have no big plans for tomorrow, but Steve will get the opportunity to sleep in and enjoy the luxury of awaking to a hot cup of coffee in bed (no I won't pour it in the bed, it will be in a mug you silly, silly people!) You'll have to keep posted to Steve's blog to see what Gordie bought him when we were at the mall. And maybe I got him a little something too...

Steve, you're such a great Dad, and I hope you have a wonderful first Father's Day. I asked Gordon the other day how much he loves you and he told me " THIS much"...


Here's some pics of Steve being a Dad.






(that one's just cause I love you)

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Wherever you go, I will follow

Steve and I were out on one of our frequent city driving excursions when we came to an intersection and wondered where to go next. It was then that I remembered one of Steve's tales from high school, where he and a friend were driving in Sudbury and decided to choose a car on the road and follow them to their destination. I always thought that this was such an interesting activity. I mean, there are SO many cars on the road at any given point in time...all of them heading to thier own end point, whether it be work, home, or just running errands. Where is everyone going?! Sometimes I'd love to know.

So on this particular day, I reminded Steve of his past adventure and wondered if he was up for some undercover fun. Lucky for me, he was. We spotted a nice looking car next to us in the left lane, driven by a middle-aged man in a business suit, sporting a Jean-Luc Picard hairstyle (comparison courtesy of Steve). Ah, likely heading home from a hard day's work. We figured he may be heading to his beautiful, vast, executive state home (it's all in the imagination folks) so he became the subject of our interest. Our lane merged before we could get behind him so we had to follow from infront...a little tricky to do, but is less likely that your cover will be blown (not that we were actually concerned about this of course...). Since Steve had to keep his eyes on the road, I decided to be the "signal light watcher" in the sideview mirror in order to anticipate his next move. As we approached an intersection I watched for the blinking light in the mirror.

"He's not turning" I said to Steve.

As we began to pass through the intersection, the guy puts on his signal light as he begins to turn right.

"Hey! He's turning!" I exclaim to Steve. "He's a 'late signaler'!"

We turned down the next street and finally made it onto the street the guy had turned down in hopes of catching him, but not before enough time had passed for him to gain a large lead. It was hopeless to try to track him down now. I was so dissappointed. All of this time spent following this guy to see where he was going and now I WOULD NEVER KNOW! Something that would haunt me to the grave I'm sure... As we were driving back down the street, back towards where the separation had occured, Steve saw it. The unoccupied car was parked on the side of the road in front of a chinese restaurant. That's it! He was going to dinner! Whether it was with his wife, brother, friend, or mistress, I didn't care! I was just so happy that I was able to see where he was going. A big sigh of relief and we were back on our own way.

I encourage everyone to try this out at some point. It makes you look at everyone on the road in a new light, and who knows where you'll end up!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Splish splash

Thanks for the concern over my mysterious sickness. Like I said I would do, I took advantage of Gord's appointment and got myself some antibiotics. I'm feeling much better.

Gord weighed in at a hefty 16 lbs 3 oz and is 27 inches tall. Doc said he looked really great and was on par with his "tripoding" skills while attempting to sit upright by himself. He only cried for a few seconds while the shots went in before I distracted him with his 'Whoozit'.

Yesterday was another 'Gord first'. He went swimming with his buddy Addis at the Aquatic centre sporting his most handsome yellow swimming trunks. As I decended into the water with Gord, I was a little uncertain how it was going to play out since I knew he was pretty tired and probably getting hungry, and the water was feeling a little less than warm (compared to the hot sticky weather we had just left outdoors). But in he went and to my surprise he didn't seem to mind the temperature. He seemed pretty indifferent to the whole thing, neither smiling nor crying. I bounced him up and down on my knee, floated him on his belly, splashed, and even zoomed him around the pool on the surface of the water, but no squeals of delight were heard. He was just in his Serious Gord mood. But I could tell he liked it because he just seemed to take it all in quietly, just staring at everything around him. Us moms had a great time too, and felt pretty exhausted as we drove home (who thought you could get tired by staying in the shallow end of the pool!).

Come to think of it, there were two 'firsts' yesterday. He also ate vegetables for the first time. He had some squash. And he liked it! Hooray! I hope that lasts.

Don't forget to keep your eyes peeled to Dave and Tam's sites today, SO excited to find out about the ultrasound!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Uncomfortable in London

I seem to be fighting some wretched illness, which is resulting in my left lymph node to swell up to the size of a tennis ball (or so it would seem). The tender area has a strong pulse of its own and throbs intensely. It seems to be connected to my inner ear since when I tap on it (and don't ask me why I do that because it hurts like hell when I do), it can be heard echoing loudly in my ear. And let's not even discuss swallowing food...well, on second thought, lets discuss it because it adds to my story...the swallowing is insanely painful. So that is the state I am in right now as I prepare to watch the finale of the Apprentice and I'm hoping the two Tylenol I just took will come to my rescue shortly. Gord has his six month doctors appointment tomorrow so I'm going to take advantage of the situation and ask her about it while I'm there.

So ya, the needles are coming to get Gord tomorrow. As well as a big weigh-in and height check. Although, I took him about a two weeks ago to get weighed at a baby clinic and he came in at 16 lb 2 oz and 26 inches long. This length means that he's into the bigger carseat and out of his convenient one that easily snaps in the stroller.

*Aside* - Gord is currently in bed but not asleep yet and is pounding his legs (as if in defiance) on his mattress. It just sounds so funny! It always looks cute when you catch him doing it because he slowly raises his legs high up in the air and then forcefully smashes them down. I always wonder what he's thinking when he does that.

We took Gord on June 3rd to get portraits done at Sears (courtesy of the gift certificate from Uncle Dave and Auntie Tammy from Christmas). Steve prepared me earlier by saying "Now let's not care if he doesn't smile at all, because that's just what he's like and it would capture who he really is" (in so many words). I agreed. We got all prettied up and when we got there we were quickly taken in (which was good because Gord was in good spirits after just waking up from a nap). We decided to do the family pose first, Steve in the back, me laying in front of him and holding Gord infront of me. *Snap* Gord-deadpan face. Next family pose with a more close-in head shot of the three of us...*Snap* Gord-deadpan face. Now just Gord shots. She put him in a cute white wicker chair and gave him an adorable teddy bear. In walked the "kid pro" and got in Gord's face...*Snap* Gord with a HUGE smile. Next photo with him propped up on his belly went much the same way, I was SO happy. He looked absolutely adorable and I can't wait to get all the pictures. I'll definitely post them once I have them.

Other than that, not too much else to discuss. Still plan on taking Gord swimming this week with a friend of mine and her little guy. I'll also post pics of that one. Hope all is well with everyone else. Till later...