Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holiday!

Hey all, early Christmas eve morning here. Just wanted to say Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all!
Just wanted to say thanks to all who have shared in my family endeavours over the past few months, I thank you for reading and commenting.
This whole blogging universe that I've delved into is really quite something. I've truly enjoyed partaking in other parenting blogs, and I just thought I'd drop a few sites that I've been reading week in and week out.
There's Jason over at ivegasfamily.com where I've witnessed the birth of a second child and the start of another writing career over at uptake.com
I've been following the trials and tribulations of Matt over at dcurbandad.com where I've followed the development of a daughter just slightly younger than my own.
Whit over at honeaexpress.blogspot.com is always good for a laugh and he gives away stuff via contests at random. He's also part and parcel of uptake.com which I hadn't mentioned yet but is a travel website that is full of really down to earth travel reviews. I've find once you start reading them your there for long periods of time trying to decide on your next vacation destination.
I've read a and followed a good plenty more but these few have been my go to sites so wander over and check them out.
Cheers and happy holidays!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas is coming!

The excitement of christmas has finally set in. Up until now, it hasn't felt like the holiday season whatsoever. To me, the days have felt like they have been flying by.
We've had a few minor set backs, such as the pre-lit tree that I mentioned in an earlier post. The 800 lights just quit working last week. I know it's probably only one bulb that's the culprit. I just don't have the time to sit down and go through each individual bulb right now. It would take hours. Instead we went out and bought 280 LED lights and strung them a couple of days ago. So the tree looks great.
Today there calling for a winter storm dubbed "Snowmageddon". Supposedly any where from 15-30cm(6-12inches). Then another snowfall is supposed to hit us on Sunday.So with no warm up in sight we will have a white christmas.
Works been slightly crazy the last couple of weeks, so I've neglected our exterior christmas lights this year, much to Ang's dismay. She's a christmasoholic for sure. So I know I'm in the dog house over this particular matter. I'll just have to deal with her being a little upset with me for the time being.
I am however, getting super excited for christmas morning this year with Malaia. She now has an idea and gets the concept of presents. I can't wait to see how excited she's going to be when she sees the presents under the tree. I know I personally am goign to really cherish this christmas, because it's our last as a 3 person family. Next year there will be 4 of us, so I need to make sure I take lots of pictures and video.
That being said I need to get out and do some christmas shopping today before the snow and hopefully I have some luck.. and it will be finished today!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Now what are you climbing?

This parenting thing is really turning out to be trickier than I thought it was going to be. You can't turn your head for one second with Malaia now. People warned me too! Telling me how crazy it gets, once kids learn to walk... They weren't kiddin!
Her latest feat, is climbing on top of the toilet. Previously she was a little too short. But thanks to her latest growth spurt it's no problem. So if you turn your back for an instant, you turn back and there she is perched on the top of the toilet seat hands on the tank of the toilet.
The good news, is that we've had no choice but to keep the lid down on the toilet. (She's dipped one too many of our things into the toilet water.) So at least there is no chance of her going for a swim in our porcelain pool.
She hasn't slipped and fallen yet.. We seem to get to her just in time to divert any catastrophes.. She can however, reach the medicine cabinet that is mounted above the upstairs bathroom.. so now we have to find homes for things such as razors and dental floss...
The joys of parenting, I signed up for it, so I guess I can't complain!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Malaia at night

M-my beautiful little princess
A-a perfect miniature of all your mothers good traits, and beauty
L-lying awake at night wondering why you won't sleep
A-alright I'll get up.. it's too early to play but we're obviously not going to sleep anymore this night
I-I can see your uncomfortable, are you going through a growth spurt, or teething perhaps?
A-All we have to do is remain quiet so mom can sleep some more.. no? o.k. carry on pushing every button on every toy so that the living room is a perfectly out of sync orchestra of ABC/twinkle twinkle little star/and lullabyes and tunes that I'm not familiar with we'll try this all over again tonight!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Chocolate fiend

Every year Ang and I get chocolate advent calenders to help count down the days until Christmas. It was no big deal really until about 3 years ago. My buddy was going to Cosco and asked me if I wanted him to pick up a couple of Lindt chocolate advent calenders. His wife absolutely loved them and he thought Ang might too. I said sure and when he brought them into me the next day I was blown away to find out that they were $25 a piece.
My whole life I had been getting the $1 calendars that had a total chocolate weight of about 30 grams. These calenders that he brought me were a whopping 290 grams of chocolate. Not to mention that Ang and I both love Lindt. Some days it feels like you get a full size chocolate bar. PRETTY AWESOME!.
To make a long story short, we only have one of those calendars this year, but we came across one about half the size at about 128 grams of chocolate. Of course that one's mine(I'm not complaining, really I'm not). Anyway, I decided that I would share my chocolate with Malaia each day. She' goes right bananas when she sees said calendar and absolutely loves the foil wrapped treat awaiting her behind the tiny closed window. When it's gone, she stands up points emphatically at box and gives me the eye.. I calmly say "no honey not until tomorrow". To which she throws her head right back and yells then lets her whole body fall backwards(we're usually on the cushions on the couch) and cries for about 2 mins.. It's not long, but it's enough of a taste of temper tantrum that I'm not looking forward to the real thing.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Nice to finally meet you Benjamin!

Well, I just endured one of the longest nights in recent history. Ang(ie)didn't get home until 1:30 am. She was with her sister at the hospital. And I am the proud new uncle of a brand new baby boy. Welcome to the world Benjamin!
What started out as a day off for me. Turned into a full day of watching Malaia, which I have no problem with. It's the night time where typically on a work night I don't even hear Malaia through the night. It`s Ang who gets up with her if necessary. Recently she`s been waking up a lot through the night. SO I had to make sure that I was on the ball in case she did indeed wake up. And really through the night it was only 3 times. It was the cats that woke me up another 3 times, and roughly a 1/2 hour of chatting when Ang got home, that's got me so tired.
I know this is just a dose of what's to come once we have baby #2. It'll be an adjustment for sure.
I'm sure none of it compares to the day that Ang had. She had heard from her sister on Sunday saying that she was in some pain and discomfort. Which turned into Monday. And by the afternoon yesterday Ang had to cancel her last few patients of the day and head to the hospital. Although it was a really long day I`m sure it was all worth it. Benjamin was born at exactly midnight on Dec 2. Malaia now has a new cousin and playmate, and we can`t wait for her to meet him.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Have you seen my wife? I haven't for a few months now

I just have to say it. This new pregnancy, compared to the last one is the extreme opposite in terms of the roller coaster ride of hormones that is Ang is on right now. The first time around, everything was smooth sailing. No sudden, horns sprouted from the top of her head. No menacing yellow eyes. No vicious teeth bared.
When I get home after work, the past few weeks. I generally get a " Hi honey, how was your day" kiss on the cheek. Then SNAP! I'm ducking blows. I actually have to run to the garage and and grab the lid to the garbage can as a form of protection, to shield the oncoming attack. That might be a little exaggerated. It's usually a verbal onslaught.
We're going with the whole, we want to be surprised by the sex of the baby thing again. But if these mood swings are indicative of anything at all. We both kind of think this might be a boy this time around. Our first baby was a girl. In fact Ang seems to think that she might have a raging battle going within her vessel, where her female hormones are clashing with male hormones in an epic battle of the sexes. It's turned her into a giant be-otch. No worries, I know she reads my blog, so I have consent to make such observations. Supposedly, it's the tiny male(If indeed that's what it is) That's making her eat like she's hasn't had a meal in 3 months. But every few hours.
Time will tell if we're correct. But I will say that I'm this close(my index finger and thumb are touching) to making an appointment to have a vasectomy. I hate doctors. Especially ones that mess with my junk. We're not completely closing the door on having more than two kids. But there is a strong case being made here to not want to have to go through this ever again. For now though, I'll just have to suck it up and take it as it comes!