Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Pudding Pie and Mommy watch in awe.
The highlight of the day was the much-anticipated Shamu show, and it was spectacular. The Killer Whales are magnificent and not only are their handlers just wonderful with the animals, they also have the best jobs in the world. I'd love to get up every morning and do what they do! I wish I could share great photos, but it was during this show that Pudding Pie could hold on no longer. I watched most of the show from the way back, while desperately trying to help Pudding Pie work through her mini meltdown. (Her Dad didn't get to see too much, he was sent to find the stroller so we could put the pooped one to bed.)
We got to feed the dolphins, we visited the huge aquarium, and we hung out at my personal favorite, the Penguin exhibit. Pudding Pie has a giant stuffed penguin at home and it rocked her world to see the real deal right in front of her!
Pudding Pie and Mommy check out the sharks.
We brought the stroller, but this was Pudding Pie's preferred mode of transport.
Of course, there are also the breathtaking, stomach-churning rides. Pudding Pie's dad went on a few, but I declined. My nephew persuaded me to go on one pretty tame ride and I did - under duress, and with the assurance that I would be forever cool in his eyes if I did. Pudding Pie loved the gently spinning paint cans, her first-ever ride!
The makings of a thrill seeker . . . more guts than her mama.
Like I said, it was a day trip, we got there as early as we could, had a blast, then made our way home and wearily fell into bed around midnight. Pudding Pie usually likes to wake up around midnight, but on this night she was kind to her mom and she didn't. In fact she almost slept through the night - almost!
*This post is being submitted in We Are THAT Family's Sizzling Summer Vacation Spectacle
This is the part where you get to see what a tough cookie I am. The minute we walked into Labor and Delivery, I started begging for an epidural; the nurses were getting me signed in and hooked up and I just kept urging them to stick that needle in. So much for working through the pain.
I got my epidural and sweet relief came quickly - but lasted briefly. As soon as the epidural began to work and I lost feeling in the contraction-wracked part of my body, I began to feel claustraphobic. I didn't factor in the whole helplessly-numb-from-the-waist-down feeling and just I hated it. I felt like a beached whale, I was convinced I was lying with my head hanging backwards - I wasn't. Someone shooed everyone out, turned off the light and tried closing the door - to give me some rest. I had a fit; I wanted the lights on, the doors open and people surrounding me and I most certainly did not want to be alone. It was the worst feeling of claustraphobia I've ever experienced. I think the nurses had a party when I left because I was a handful. Giving birth took a back seat to this completely irrational, but overwhelming fear.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Here's what is up for grabs: Little Ladybug Designs is giving away a Mommy Calling Card design. How wonderfully handy for when you meet a potential new playmate at the park! Go check out her site, I really love the personalized Jungle wall art.
BabyBoudoir is donating a personalized Diaper Wipes Case, talk about adding a bit of style to an otherwise rather mundane task. Also, check out their crib bedding, you'll be reaching for your credit card!
My Embroidered Gifts is giving away a Satineesnugs Duck with embroidery. This site has heaps of darling personalized gifts. I particularly like the ceramic birth plates, I think they're a lovely keepsake.
And to round off this delightful chunk of baby stuff, we have a princess-themed burp cloth set from One Posh Kid; a site that is full of haute must-haves, I'd like to snag a Flower Couture tank for my daughter.
So stop by Momdot.com, check out these sites (they are a treat) - and throw your name in the hat for this cute contest!
Monday, August 25, 2008
September 1st will mark the start of a huge party to celebrate the launch of Bits From A Brit, a new sister site to Parents with Style. They'll be reviewing heaps of products - and giving a bunch away too. So mark your calendars and remember to stop by and check 'em out; this sounds like it's going to be one fun tea party!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I have recently learned that severe diaper rash can be the result of yeast coming into contact with irritated skin and bringing on a yeast infection. This is where Vusion ointment comes in. Vusion is a prescription strength medication that helps fight diaper rash that also has a documented yeast infection. Vusion is steroid-free and gentle enough to treat babies as young as four weeks old - and it is the only FDA approved medication to treat this type of diaper rash with yeast infection
Vusion is only available through prescription so, the next time we visit our pediatrician, I will be asking him about this. If your little one suffers the same plight, I recommend you do the same.
According to the rules, I must pass this award on to seven other bloggers and so, without further ado, here are my nominees:
- Little Window Shoppe (A delightful blog; great content, but I also love it, 'cos it's so pretty!)
- Mom Most Traveled (I am fascinated by her tales of settling in to life in Laos)
- Chic Shopper Chick (She vacationed in France - très glamorous!)
- Eat Sleep Create (She sews beautifully, and she's a foster mom - not sure where the 'sleep' part comes in . . .)
- Big Blueberry Eyes (Her blog is uplifting, and her children are beautiful!)
- Munchkins and Music (I love this site; her goal is to help moms teach music to their kids)
- We are THAT Family (Because she is entirely too funny for her own good)
Congrats ladies, and thank you for being among my favorites! Here's what you need to do now:
- Add the award logo to your blog
- Link to the person who gave you the award
- Nominate at least 7 other blogs
- Link to those blogs on your blog
- Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Did I mention that I'm not looking my best? My teeth are brushed, my hair is brushed (just barely), but that's about it. My clothes are creased, I'm not wearing a stitch of make up and I look as dumpy as I feel. But what is the point of getting all glammed up for the sand park? We go there, we have fun, we get filthy and then we go home and take a good shower.
Anyway, we make our grand entrance at the sand park and find a gaggle of other mothers there and they've set themselves up like it's their own private beach - sans surf. This I do not have a problem with, ‘make yourselves comfy’ I say. But there is something about their attitude that irks me. They have spread themselves out: strollers littered everywhere, towels, sippy cups, lounging chairs -I feel as though I'm crashing their party.
We pick our way through their debris and find ourselves a spot on the fringe. They do not offer to move some of their cr*p out of the way. They feign ignorance, but I know we are being observed from behind dark sunglasses and perfect pedicures. We get to playing and it’s all good.
The Sand Sorority is yakkin’ it up: Oh my gosh/I KNOW/totally!
One of their brood crawls over to us and engages with Pudding Pie. A Sand Sorority mama spies him, scoots over and swiftly yanks him away: ‘Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry!’ (For what?)
We continue our sand adventures, Pudding pie in her element, mommy gently sweating and fantasizing about a/c.
Later an older kid from the brood meanders over to investigate the large hole I have dug for Pudding Pie. Pudding Pie is sitting on the edge, legs dangling in the hole. Older Kid looks into the hole, remarks that it is big and idly kicks sand in. I say in my best diplomatic voice: ‘Oh, honey, don’t do that please – it’s her hole.’ I am ignored and I note that no Sand Sorority mama looks likely to intervene.
‘Stop that please.’
No response, the idle kicking continues.
Protective mommy kicks in: ‘Listen to me: Stop that now or I am going to stop you myself.’
Older kid looks startled, there is a noticeable hush from Sand Sorority. Then Older Kid’s mama calls him over sharply and speaks to him in hushed tones, casting furtive glances our way. Our glances meet, I receive a quick, tight, fake smile and I send back a huge, cheery one.
You may outnumber us Sand Sorority, but don’t mess with this mama.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
About the photo: I have heaps of pool photos of Pudding Pie and, as I was sifting through, trying to select my favorites, I realized that for us, Pudding Pie's most favorite place this summer has been the sand park. We have spent hours there, with Pudding Pie digging, rolling, building, doing whatever it takes to get sand in as many places as possible . . . while mom gently sweats beside her. So this it: This picture defines what has been - and continues to be - our idea of summer fun!
Monday, August 11, 2008
At the sand park, just before taking a spill.
For the little ones who are all set to head back to the land of learning, whether their classroom is at school or at home, the ladies at Mamanista have assembled some great finds in their Back To School Guide. Stop by, check out their picks, and throw your name in the hat for some of their fab contests!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Note from Mom of canine-obsessed toddler:
This ad is in response to a post from 5 Minutes For Mom, they're looking for a good home for not one, but three lifelike pooches from their store A Rocking Horse To Love. We'd like them to know they've found it . . .
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
5 Minutes For Mom is holding a Back to School Giveaway Event from August 4 to August 10. They're offering product reviews and giveaways to make back-to-school season easier - and there will also be goodies for the preschoolers! Click over and join in the fun!
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
I know this sounds cliched, but it's true: nothing could have prepared me for the overwhelming love I have for this perfect little creature. She truly is the sweetest, smartest, funniest person I've ever met.
For now, we get to spend all day, every day together and there's nothing I'd rather be doing. With Pudding Pie, each day is a new adventure; I'm reminded of how the world appears through the eyes of a child.
Perhaps the best thing about being mom to Pudding Pie is that she thinks I totally rock. She doesn't think I'm fat or frumpy, she doesn't mind when I spend half the day in my pyjamas, she doesn't care when I forget to put on make up, she looks at me and she sees one thing: Mommy.