Saturday, December 19, 2009

Gentlemen start your engines

Koa is on the move. He's been able to sit up on his own really well for some time now, and he can get down onto his belly from the sitting position. It's just that everytime we set him on the floor in a sitting position he is usually on a triple folded blanket to protect him in case he falls.. well this morning I thought I wonder if I just put him down on his belly on the laminate floor, if he'd be able to move yet. I know it's wishfull thinking as he's not quite seven months yet. But he started puching himself backwards and made it clear across the room. Not fast mind you, but on his own. I tried to entice him to switch the gearshift to forward, by placing a few toys in front of him. But alas it only seemed to aggravate him that when he would tried try to move towards them, he would find himself getting farther away. I was so happy that he was moving that I was taken a back that when I laid him down beside me, I noticed that he now has a third tooth.. He's had just the 2 for about 2 months now.. such a happy morning, I had to write it down...

Friday, December 18, 2009

Updates..

We buy a house that has a ton of potential. We decide that we'd like to fix it up over the course of about 2-3 years. Somewhere along the way I get a tiny bit of motivation, and BAM I'm going full boar, framing, painting, trimming, building.. I love it, I really do, but I have zero free time, and for that my little journey into parental blogging has had to suffer.

So much has changed, since last I wrote. Koa is now sitting up by himself(has been for a few weeks) and it feels like he's getting really close to make his first journey via the crawl. He's also eating foods now. He seems to like everything that has been thrown at him too.. and he continues to be one of the happiest babies I've ever seen. He's always smiling.

Malaia is getting be quite the little lady. She's really starting to get into all things princess. Especially dresses. She is also learning how to negotiate, which I find quite amusing. And probably my favourite thing about her right now is when she asks for something to eat that we don't have, and you tell her, she looks at you so seriously and says (well, buy some!).

I am really looking forward to Christmas this year. Malaia really seems to get the whole santa clause thing now, and she understands presents now.. I can only imagine how much fun it's going to be and can't wait to see her face when looks under the tree on Christmas morning..

Monday, November 2, 2009

We're in!

First off, the move went about as smooth as a move can go. We've all settled nicely into our new home. Malaia has really taken to her new room, and seems really very happy with the layout(it's a bungalow), and where her toys are located.. She has become very obsessed with watching Dora the Explorer. And although we'd prefer if she didn't watch a lot of tv, it's been a blessing for both Ang and I, to have her sit completely still, and oblivious to what's going on around her. It has allowed us some time, to paint, repair and make changes to the house each day.

Koa, uneffected by the move is continuing to progress at a mind boggling rate. Just before he turned 5 months old, we realized that he is already pulling his legs into his chest(when he is on his belly), and pulling him self along. So he's already starting to gear up to crawl. He's also rolling in every direction.

Anyhoo, as we continue to make thbis home our own, I'll still try to blog as much as I can. The fact of the matter is that I have so much that I want to do here. Finding the time is going to be just as difficult as it has been for the last couple months.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Been slacking...

But for good reason. I've had a lot on my plate for the past few weeks. Since last I wrote, Malaia has had her second birthday. She seems to have gone from sweet little thing and dipped right into the terrible two's. Her favorite and only thing that she seems to say right now, is "NO, I don't wanna!". It's exhausting having to convince her that things aren't as bad as her little mind thinks that they are.

Koa on the other hand is getting bigger by the minute. He's about a week and half shy of turning 5 months old. He's already got one tooth, and as I type this his little mouth is preparing for number too to come slicing in. He's still one happy little guy. Smiling at everything, and everyone. Thank goodness, that the kids aren't both around the 2 year mark. I'm happy with him remaining immobile and content for a good while longer.

And last but not least, our wait is almost over. We take possession of our new house on Tuesday. We don't actually close this house until a week Monday which gives us the better part of week to do some cleaning, painting, flooring and moving. The stress of the whole situation is almost over and I look forward to a brand new start. Part of me will definitely miss this house as it was our first house, and both kids we're born while we've been here. Ah well, onto the next chapter...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

some new pics...

We had a blast in Niagara Falls, although there was some minor issues with Malaia and sleeping on the first night.. but little things on the second day such as the cleaning lady turning our towels into an elephant, and Malaia getting to see Beluga whales being fed within 2 feet of her, made for a memorable trip.. Anyway here just a few of our recent photos.. The kids are growing so fast!








Friday, September 11, 2009

A much needed break

This should be a fantastic weekend! We're taking the kids to Niagara Falls, and it will include a day at Marineland. My mom, came into a little bit of money from the passing of her aunt and wanted to take Ang and I and the kids, my sister her husband and their kids and my dad away for 2 nights all expenses paid. That's my favourite kind of trip.

Having said that it should be a blast. Malaia is getting to the age where everything is super exciting to her. So I look forward to seeing her reactions to all the different animals at Marineland. And of course Koa is still young enough to sleep most of the day away, and when he's not sleeping he's as happy as can be.

Then there's the best part of it all and that is the jacuzzi suites that they've booked for us all for the 2 nights. I can just see myself now relaxing in the tub once the kids have gone to sleep, and needless to say Ang is looking forward to that more than I am. So now I just have to struggle through one more day of work, then it's as ta la vista baby. Time to chill out!!!

Monday, September 7, 2009

I"m back...

I know, I know, it's been way too long. Things have been super hectic around here, no doubt. We DID end up getting the house we put an offer in on. Which means that the conditions were met. The house insepection went better than we expected. We actually found out that we have free reign to make whatever changes we want to in the house. Based on point loads, and support walls. We actually found out that the ceiling trusses run from exterior wall to exterior wall.. Which means we could literally knock down any interior wall we wanted(and we definitely want to knock down a few). Which makes it a blank canvas for us in terms of turning into a house that makes us very happy.

The kids are changing almost daily. Koa is such a happy little guy. He's now 3 months and 1 week old. He's at the point of babydom where you get really pudgy before you hit a growth spurt. It's really cool to see him so happy except when his big sister torments him. Malaia is turning into a little girl before our eyes. She is so independant. She doesn't want help with anything at all. She wants to figure everything out for her self. She's at almost 23 months now and she has to get dressed herself and put one her shoes by herself and just about do anything without any help what so ever. in fact if you ask her if she needs help she flat out says"NO, I don't want help". I love it! It seems that now instead of learning repeating new words by the day, she is actually coming out with full sentences that are right out of left field.. So smart and I'm so proud..

Anyway, I'm back now.. Look for another blog soon..

Rich

Friday, August 14, 2009

bought a house

It was a long late night last night, but we actually bought a house. It's conditional of course on a home inspection and financing which is already pre-approved. So it will be official if all goes well, by August 26th. So I may not take as long of a hiatus from the blog as I had originally thought.We're absolutely ecstatic. The house is absolutely a fixer upper/updater. But that's what I do and I look forward to the challenge. We're not necessarily flipping the house, because our plan is to be there for at least 5 years. But when we're done, doing what we have in mind I'm absolutely positive that we can add between 50-70k in value to the house.. With minimal investment..

Anyway SUPER PUMPED.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sorry

Sorry I haven't been around for awhile, but I think I may continue to be on hiatus until this house hunting situation is all finished up. Which could be possibly next Friday..
Both kids are changing daily, and although I'd love to be writing about them, I simply don't have the time right now.

I'll be back in a week or so..

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

One part down!

Long weekend, over and done with. We managed to get away to the cottage from from Friday until Monday. Thanks in large part to the fact that our house is officially sold. We found out late Thursday that the home inspection went very well. And on our real estate agents advice he suggested that there was nothing we could do with regards to the financial conditions being met, and that get away and take a much needed break. If all went well we would have to begin looking for a house at some point this week. Then on Friday night we got the call saying that the conditions were waived and our house was officially off of the market. Thank god, otherwise we would of had to come home and make sure that everything was spotless for future showings..

So it was nice just to get away and relax for a few days without even so much as a thought towards our impending search that is about to begin. The kids were very good, and the weather co-operated very nicely. It was a great weekend all around.

On a seperate note, Koa had his 2 month doctors check up and he's now 25 inches long and weighs 13.8 pounds. He's getting big very fast.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Almost There.

Well it only took four days but with some haggling yesterday we managed to agree on an appropriate price for our home. So I guess it pays to keep your home in good condition. I say "almost there", because the normal conditions(home inspection, and financing) have to be met by Friday. There shouldn't be any issue. The house is in great shape and everything works fine, and the couple that have bought the house are a young couple and it's their first home. So there is no waiting for them to sell there old home first. I get the impression that they are still living with their parents or are just renting for the time being. We`ve also found out that the girl is in the health care field so financing shouldn`t be an issue.

So when it's all said and done we should hopefully have a sold sign out in front of the house by Friday or Saturday of this week. Which in turn means we won't have to go crazy cleaning for the next 3 months trying to sell the house and keep it spotless for showings. Then from there the fun part begins. We get to start looking for a new home. Both Ang and I are pretty excited. And exhausted all at the same time. Looking forward to a fresh start somewhere new.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The home stretch...

All the craziness is about to come to an end. The house is finally ready, after a 1 week and a half of repairs, painting, carpeting etc.. and will goin gup on the market tommorrow. Now the key will be to keep it as clean as posiible for showings. Although people are going to see the playpen, crib, toys etc and know that we have kids. So hopefully there will be some level of understanding.

In the meantime, Koa continues to grow. He appears to be just as happy a child as Malaia was when she was his age. He's quite content just staring at everything and smiling. He's also cooing a lot more, which is awesome. I love it when babies try to communicate with you.

Mom(Ang) has gone away for a few days with the kids and my sister and her kids, up to the cottage again. And although I'd prefer to be there, it's given me some breathing room to finish all the touch up work to get the house ready. Quite frankly it's hard to do anything with Malaia running around commanding attention. She's really trying to get this potty training thing down with out any help from us. We catch her at least 5 times a day with her diaper off sitting on our toilet(not her little potty). Unfortunately she hasn't been able to go yet, but she's been telling us as soon as she poops now. So it's just a matter of teaching her to let us know when she's GOING to poop! She'll get it soon.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Wè must be crazy

It's offical. We're going to sell the house. So it's getting absoulutely crazy around here. We're hoping to have the house on the market in 7 days from now. Which means on top of our normal nightly routine with the kids, there`s a whole lot of extra work going on around here.

The timing might not be the greatest, with Koa only being 6 weeks old. But Ang and I both agree the time is right. The challenge will be to try to keep the house spotless with the little tornado called Malaia running around. Especially since we will have to put away a lot of toys for a while.

I hope we can get a quick sale, and reasonable closing date. Our house shows well. So it shouldn`t be to long. Back to the grind.....

Friday, July 10, 2009

Growing and growing up.

Well, Koa is becoming a whole lot more alert now. He is now at the stage where he can recognize my voice and it brings a huge smile to his face. He's getting big too. He's already outgrown all of his 0-3month clothes even though he's only 6 weeks old(yes already). He's not very chubby either. He is just very long. He's also doing really well taking a bottle for me. Which gives Ang just enough of a break in the evening to spend some quality time with Malaia.

Malaia on the other hand is becoming a little person. She is really beginning to use words properly and has even begun to sing a little more which makes me very happy. Hopefully some day we can do a duet. Although it still remains to be seen whether or not she is going to be slightly tone def like her mom.

Now, we've decided to sell our house and it's going to be a mad dash to do some minor repairs, paint etc. Then we have to de-clutter a whole lot of kids toys and be prepared to leave the house on a few moments notice once the showings begin.. In short I'm about to become super busy. I'll try not to neglect my blog, but you may not hear from me for a few days..

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

How my summer goes

Every summer, work picks up for me, and every summer Ang heads up to the cottage for what feels like every weekend. This past weekend was no exception, only it was a little different this time. She had both kids with her. Now mind you her parents(it's their cottage)were up there to help her out. As much as I'd have loved to tag along with them, I typically work a full day friday, roughly an hour away from home on average, and am so tired from sluggin drywall all day. I can't bring myself to drive another hour and half up to the cottage. Ang usually heads up friday morning and comes home monday morning. So that limits me to one night and that's providing that I'm not working on the Saturday.

I missed the family this past weekend, for sure. Although, it allowed me to get some work done around the house, that I wouldn't be able to get done otherwise with Malaia crawlin up my leg every waking second. And at the same time while they're relaxing in the sun on the beach or going for walks in the wild. I'm working non stop. Not that I'm complaining. I just wish I could be there too for more than 24 hours. But I digress, construction always booms in the warmer months.

So this friday Ang is packing up the kids again and they're off once more. I do get some decent sleep though when it's just me and the cats. So even though I don't get to see the kids for a few days at a time. There are some pros to the situation. And when I do finally get to see them on the Monday evening it's nothing but a giant hugfest, and it's like they we're never gone!

Friday, July 3, 2009

No sleep, No good!

The joys of parenting.. I have been up since 1:50am, it is currently 4:10 am and I'm beginning my getting ready for work routine.

I woke up with Malaia, as per usual, she's typically up once a night. I went into her room and tried to get her to go back to sleep. She coughed a bit and then puked all over me. After about an hour of sitting with her, she started crying out for mommy. So I went into the bedroom, and asked Ang to take over for me so I could catch a bit more sleep before work.

That's when Malaia thought she'd rather be in our room. So she pretty much laid on my head in bed and played with my face for about the next 50 minutes, all the while asking where the baby is.

Then just as my alarm was about to go off, Malaia bolted from our bedroom and we could here her in the hallway grunting, so we knew she was creating a diaper full of goodness for us. Ang got up and changed her, and it turns out that she has diarrhea.
I'm not mad.. We think she's just going through another phase of teething. I just wish she'd let me sleep on nights that I have to work the next day, and do things like this when I have time off...

Ah well, that's the joys of parenting

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Small Breaks are wonderful!

We managed a spontaneous, last minute trip to the cottage for a night over the weekend. It was such a beautiful day here on Saturday, and the cottage is only 1 1/2 hours away so we couldn't resist. We were actually heading home from doing some shopping and Malaia fell asleep in the truck. I looked at Ang and said if we go we go now while she's sleeping. So a quit pit stop at home and we were on our way.

It was equally just as nice up north. Both kids either slept or kept quiet for the entire ride. So it was nice to just get away. Malaia got to play in the lake, and Koa was pretty content just lounging outside in the fresh air and warm sunshine.

The only downside, was that we thought perhaps and afternoon of running around outside or swimming in the lake or just getting fresh air for that matter would knock Malaia out for the night and we'd all get a good sleep. But alas, it was not meant to be. She woke up twice and wasn't too happy, because she wasn't familiar with her surroundings. A good few minutes each time was all it took to calm her down and for the most part the we did get a pretty decent sleep.

It was just nice to get away from the everyday and relax, if even for a couple of hours. Both kids were on their best behaviour.. I give the weekend 2 thumbs up!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Where did you learn that?

I wish I had a little video to go along with this post. It's funny how the little things can make you so proud as a parent. I came home from work yesterday and Ang said that she forgot to show me what Malaia could do the day before. So we went up to the carpeted hallway upstairs, where Malaia proceeded to do somersaults un-aided one after another until we stopped her.

I've never seen a kid do one with out help, starting out. She's not even two. I almost had little tear in my eye I was so proud. Of course we never showed her how to do one. So we have to figure that she learned for her 3 year old cousin Emily.

When it's all said and done, Malaia is well on her way to be coming a performer in a cirque du soleil show, or perhaps an accomplished gymnist.. Or, whatever she wants to be of course. SO PROUD!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

O.K. put your diaper back on..

Malaia's new favourite thing in the world to do is rip off her pants and diaper and streak for as long as she can. Normally, I wouldn't care. But since she began doing it, she has gone to the bathroom 3 times(pooped) where ever she is. Which so far has been twice on the carpet and once on her bed. Luckily she didn't have diarrhea at the time. So thankfully it was an easy cleanup each time.

I know what your thinking, perfect time to really start to potty train right. Well since we've brought it out she's still only tried to use it the once. And Ang made the mistake of showing her that if you go to the bathroom, a little weight sensor on the toilet plays a magical little tune. It also does it, if you flip the whole toilet upside down and press a button underneath the seat. Whoever, thought that was a good idea should really give there head shake. Every time I go into the bathroom where her toilet is, it's flipped upside down and if it's not and she comes in the bathroom too, she makes sure she shows off her new musical toy. And oh yeah, she understands that toilet paper goes in the toilet.. Only she seems to think it doesn't have to be used first, and that you should use a whole roll every time.

Anyway, it's still taking some getting used to. This whole routine with the 2 kids. So once again, I'll try to post more often. But my free time is very sparse these days. I've even had thoughts of shutting down this blog. But alas, I'd like to keep it going(for now anyway). As a bit of a journal, for both of my kids to read once they get a bit older..

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Yeah I'm still here.

I'm finding it difficult to sit down a write a post the last few days. I went from work being slow to running from job to job to job. Then when I get home at night, it's pretty much a half hour playtime with Malaia. Then dinner, bath and bed routines right up until 8:30pm. By then I'm absolutely exhausted.

If that wasn't enough, we've been contemplating a move. So we've been going through the necessary channels to see if it's worth our while.

In the mean time. Malaia has tried peeing on the potty on her own. Just once, and she was sitting a little to far forward on the seat and ended up peeing on the floor. But she's only 20 months old. We're so proud of her.

Koa is still a farting machine. He's very gassy, and we're hoping it doesn't develop int a full blown case of colic. For the most part he's quiet. But as bedtime nears he seems to have about one hour of being very uncomfortable. Whether it's due to what Ang eats we're not quite sure.

Anyway, I'll try to update a little more frequently. But I can't make any promises, I have my hands full!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Give us a break.. please no more malfunctions..

Have you ever had one of those weeks, where your just waiting for one more thing to go wrong. Ang and I are just trying to get a hndle on having the 2 kids. Malaia has indeed been sick the last few days. Koa has been sleeping longer between feeds, but he has also been congested and very gassy. So he's doing a lot of extra crying. Which is fine.

But back to one of those weeks.. at the start of the week I went to cut our grass and low and behold my lawnmower crapped out on me. Not that big a deal, I can always borrow one. 2 days later I'm at home and about to go out to the chiropractor for an adjustment, when Ang says to me do you want the bad news before you go? Our Plasma tv went for a crap(just got a quote too and it would cost between $600-900 to fix). So it's going to the dump, and here we sit watching the old tv in the basement. And we just happened to be doing that 2 days ago when Ang asked me yet again if I wanted the bad news? Our washing machine, no longer works. YIPPEE... I can't wait to see what breaks next.

So there, my parenting blog takes a turn for the worse. I just needed to say that all out loud.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Enough with the flu season already!

Another bout of illness is floating around here. Both of my sisters children are sick. My buddy that I work with, his little boy has had diarreah and has been puking for a couple of days. So it was no surprise to me when I got home yesterday and found that Malaia nose was running like a faucet with a cracked washer. The good news in all of this is that Ang has just about the best immune system that I've ever seen. She hardly ever gets sick, and because Koa is breastfeeding right now he's using her antibodies to ward off illnesses. We're hoping he doesn't get sick, but it remains to be seen. Malaia doesn't have the co-ordination or thought process required to cover her mouth and nose when she coughs or sneezes and did a little of both right in his face yesterday.

To make a long story short, Malaia is sick, and didn't sleep well last night. Koa is slightly off and didn't sleep well last night. Therefore, mom and dad didn't sleep well last night. Hopefully this is just a 2 day illness. I don't think I can do too many more nights like that and get up at 4 am for work.

Friday, June 5, 2009

That a boy!


This is how I know Koa is definitely my boy. Even when he's sleeping he's practising his Texas Longhorns, hook em horns hand signal!! Notice his left hand!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

In the blink of an eye!

What happened? Koa can't be one week old already.. Lost in a blur of no sleep, diaper changes, spitting up and constant feeding. Along with trying to appease Malaia, so that she won't get jealous. The last week absolutely flew by. It feels like it was night that I was standing in the hospital by Ang's side, encouraging her to push and waiting with anticipation to see if we were going to have a boy or a girl.

But here we are an entire week later. Ang has already lost 21 pounds. She no longer looks pregnant. In fact she looks great. Koa is steadily filling in. He's no longer a little skinny kid. He's starting to get a tiny double chin. And according to the doctors his little plastic ring from the circumcision should be falling off any day now. Along with the clip that is attached to what remains attached to him from the umbilical cord. He's fully into size one diapers and is progressing exactly as he should in terms of the various stages and colors of baby poops. He's even slowly going longer between feeds at night. Which is allowing mom to catch up on some much needed sleep.

Malaia is even getting accustomed to mommy not being able to drop everything to play with her, or take her outside. She's shown a few different times that she has some jealousy towards the baby. We can't blame her though. It used to be all Malaia all the time. I just believe that we were so itching to have this baby and when it was overdue we were frustrated and unhappy and now we are a happy(remains to be seen) little family of four.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It's an adjustment!

There's a whole new routine that we've had to establish since Koa made his grand entrance into this world. For one thing, I've taken over the Malaia duty at night. Occasionally she sleeps through the night now, but she still has new teeth coming in. So the last couple of nights have been rough. She has gotten up about 3 times each night, just screaming and holding her mouth. Poor girl.

I really don't have a problem with it, although I'm dog tired. At least Koa is starting to get on a routine now, where he only wakes up every 2 1/2 hours for a feed. The first couple of nights were ridiculous. We'd go to bed at 8pm. He'd wake up at 8:10 and then cluster feed like crazy with only minor breaks until about 2-3am. That's when I'd take over and bring him downstairs with me. And try to comfort him for a few hours. At least he would sleep for me. So between getting up with Malaia and then being up with Koa at that time, there hasn't been much sleep going on.

Malaia has been fantastic with Koa too. She does get a little too excited every once and while and try to grab at him. But for the most part she just observes what mommy and daddy are doing with him. She's only shown mild jealousy a couple of times. But I'm doing my darnedest to keep her busy at all times. So there's no lack of attention for her.

All in all it's been goin really well so far and we're looking forward to our second stab at parenting. we're going to do things a little differently and if all goes well Koa will be a better sleeper and not need a bottle at night.

On that note I'll quit rambling and once I've had a good sleep I'll get back to some better posting. I'm back to work tommorrow. So there should be some good writing from Ang trying to look after both kids on her own!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Welcome to the world Koa Mitchell Seymour

We were released from the hospital yesterday afternoon, everyone is healthy and happy so I thought I'd pass along a few pics




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Thursday, May 28, 2009

FINALLY!!!!!

Well, it's finally over. This morning at 6:14am Ang gave birth to a very healthy baby boy. He weighed in at 8.26 pounds, and was 23 1/4 inches in length. It came as a kind of a shock to us because we both have brown hair, and Malaia has blond hair. But our little fella is red as can be. Almost an orangy red. His name is Koa (Ko-ahh) Mitchell Seymour. Yeah we know it's an unusual name, but we both really liked it when we came across it. It's not in any baby name books that we read rather it's Hawaiian and it means brave, fierce, warrior.

The whole experience lasted approximately 5 hours start to finish. From Ang waking me up at 1:30 am, with contractions coming every 2 mins. And when we got to the hospital she was 4-5 cm dilated. Then at about 5:45 they decided to break her water and they did so at 5:51 and the little guy was out at 6:14. Both of our mothers and our sisters were able to be in the room to watch the delivery and there wasn't a dry eye in the place.

This is the first boy on my side of the family. My sister has two girls and we have Malaia so everyone was hoping it was a boy. Although Ang I would have been super happy either way. But regardless of that, both mom and baby are doing VERY well and there's talk that they may be discharged in the morning.

I'm running on fumes right now, because I've only had about 2 1/2 hours sleep in the last 24 hours and so I forgot the camera at the hospital with Ang, but I promise to post pics as soon as I get them home. In the mean time Malaia is at her grandparents for the night so I have the house to myself and so I'm off to bed.

What an incredible journey!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

yada yada yada!

2 full days over due now. Not at all what we were expecting. And to top it off I'm going back to work today which is just over an 1 hour away from home. I've had the last week and a bit off, but no it couldn't happen then.

So if it doesn't happen today or tonight. Ang has an appointment with the OB tommorrow. They will do a stress test on the baby and then set an induction date. We're hoping that it will happen on it's own, but at least we know it's drawing nearer to the end of the pregnancy.

Here's hoping today is the day!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Please,, Please come on out

1 day left.. and still nothing.. The OB appointment on thursday morning was pretty much the same again as well. Ang is 2 cm dilated and the OB said the cervix was definitely softening.

I guess this baby wants to actually be born on the due date(hopefully). Which means we should have registered for baby stuff again. Because I think it's Sears where you get all your stuff for free if your baby is born on the due date.

Never thought it would go on this long. But here we wait.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Time's almost up. We're really not bad people, come on out and say hi.

3 days to go now. Still nothing doing. Braxton Hicks is the only thing that's been happening. Ang has an OB appointment this morning, and hopefully the doc can tell us that something has changed. I mean the baby has to come at some point. Doesn't it?

We've tried everything possible to get labour started too. Ang has decided that the best way to have the baby come out now is to eat as much ice cream as possible in hopes of making the baby cold and uncomfortable. I'm not sure if that's as excuse to enjoy mass quantities of Moose Tracks ice cream or not(LOL).

Once again I leave this post with nothing new to share and a promise to update as something new happens.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Update #4792

6 days to go now. Ang has thrown in the towel. Said she's officially done being pregnant. She thought she lost her mucous plug yesterday morning. And then a couple of hours later she was having contractions every 2 minutes for about 20 minutes. So of course we get all worked up. Then they stopped. It appears this baby wants to be able to walk, write, and speak once it is born. Anytime - pause - anytime.

To make matters worse, Malaia has come down with a nasty cold/flu again. We've have to wash her bedding at least once a day right because of all of the projectile vomiting going on. It took a bit, to figure out but appears she simply can't have dairy right now. Which is hard because her bottles still consist of milk.

Anyway, maybe today is the day!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Nothing, and stop right there!

9 days to go and still nothing.. This baby has got to be completely content dwelling within the confines of mommy's tummy. Ang has pretty much had it. She wants the baby out yesterday. Anyway the wait continues.....

Malaia on the other hand has been learning a few new things over the past week. She can now put her shirt on by her self. And is oh so close to being able to get her second leg into her pants. She's also really trying to say more new words, and appears to be really working on her pronunciation.

Ang took Malaia to a Osh Kosh store yesterday and for the first time in her life, she wasn't in a stroller in a store. I guess as soon as they walked in Malaia's eyes widened to 3 times there normal size, and she immediately ran from rack to rack to rack to shelf, and amazingly didn't start pulling things off the shelves or hangers, but instead sifted and sorted as if she was a seasoned shopper searching for the perfect outfit. Then she found a pair of shoes she liked and decided she wanted them and that the shopping trip was over. So she threw them over shoulder and proceeded to the front of the store and tried to open the front door. All while Ang stood and watched as our little kleptomaniac tried to shoplift for the very first time in her life. Thank god she couldn't get the door open. I'm not sure bail money is in the budget right now.

Hopefully today is the day and my next post will include a time, weight, name and sex of our new baby.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Anytime now!

4 days since the last OB appointment. Nothing has changed. This baby appears to be in it for the long haul. Although Ang decided tonight would be a good idea to have a glass of wine, supposedly to bring on labour. Absurd as that sounds, I then become the recipient of a glass of wine. Otherwise no bottle would be opened as that would be a waste. I have to say, a friend of mine has opened my eyes to a whole new wine drinking experience. Usually, I prefer a nice Shiraz, not too dry and with a little bit of spice. But tonight we cracked a Gamay Noir. And I'm talking full bodied, good tanins, spicy delicousness.. I highly recommend you try one if you are not a fan of a boring ol' dry merlot. Which I am not...

We'll see if this "glass of wine" turns into a baby by morning. If it does, you'll be the first to know.

Friday, May 8, 2009

And the wait continues

I'm drawing blanks when thinking of a new blog to write. I don't want to keep repeating myself. There is still nothing new to report. Ang had another OB appointment yestderday and nothing has changed. So the anticipation of an early arrival is absolutely draining us. When indeed it looks like this may go for the long haul. Monday will be 38 weeks. And in the meantime I keep getting houses to drywall that are farther and farther away from Ang. So that if she does go into labour it's going to take me at least an 1 1/2 hours to get to her.

Anyhoo, Malaia is saying at least 3 new words a day now, and really pushing her limits. I think we may be getting an early taste of the terrible two's. We are still working on "timeouts" with her. It actually works too. We simply warn her not to do what she's doing. Then we say do you want a timeout? Then when she continues to misbehave, we simply put her on the 3rd stair of our staircase and walk away, and she actually stays there. She cries a bit. But she never tries to come off of the stairs. Of course, we only leave her there for a minute or two. We're just glad we're gaining a little bit of the power struggle back from her. We now have our first parenting weapon that works.

But I digress, when I know something it will be said.. Have a great weekend!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Not yet!

I thought for sure I was getting asked for a chauffeured ride to the hospital last night. Ang said she had some weird things going on with her hips and lower back yesterday, and that she could feel the baby position itself head down in her pelvis.
But alas, still nothing. I think the fact that we went so early last time, is making it hard to wait till full term this time. Today is 37 weeks, so we actually have 3 full weeks until the due date. I still say we're going early, and that it will be soon.
In the mean time we're really stepping up "your gonna be a big sister" routine with Malaia. I think it's starting to sink in, but that until we have physical evidence, she won't fully get it. But on a side note. Every time Ang goes to the washroom now. Malaia wants to pull down her pants, take off her diaper and sit on the toilet. And she mimics the toilet paper wipe routine. So we may start toilet training a little earlier than expected.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Nice Guy

I get to see a lot of nice homes in my line of work(drywall). Homes that I would otherwise never, ever get to see unless I would be so fortunate as to win the lottery. Right now, I'm in the middle of doing a house that is probably around 2 1/2million dollars. It's slightly nicer than the average home(snicker). Yesterday the home owner came in and was so genuinely impressed with what we were doing he stayed and chatted with us for about a half hour. Now we've met a lot of home owners that are "too-good" for you type people. But this guy, who's about 40ish, was so nice, you could just tell that he didn't start out wealthy but had earned his money the hard way. So we asked him what he does for a living and he told he owned the bakery/factory that makes english muffins/bagels and muffins for all Tim Hortons, and Loblaws(presidents choice) stores. He just sold the business, and at the time of sale he 550 employees. So he said all he does is drive around all day. Although I'm sure he still in the business in some compacity. Anyway back to the reason I'm writing this. When he was about to leave, he turned and asked us if we shop at Loblaws. We've learned over the years to say yes no matter what, whether we shop there or not. He went out to his car, and came back in with a $100 gift certificate for each of us to the Loblaws food chains. None of us could believe it, usually a nice home owner will buy us a coffee, or a case of beer, or lunch. Not buy us groceries for the week. Needless, to say we we're all pretty excited and it made for a good day yesterday.

On the baby watch, there is still nothing doing. However, Ang did have an OB appointment 2 days ago, and I guess she's 1 1/2cm dilated. Which is supposedly normal. Although made me think about packing a bag. The OB also said she doesn't expect Ang to go into labor for at least another week, unless her water spontaneously breaks. I will keep updating as the time draws nearer.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

It was a good weekend!

My weekend with Malaia went as well as it possibly could have. She slept through the night on Friday, which was a complete shock to me. Then on Saturday morning, my buddy and his 17 month old son, came out at 8:15 in the morning and we took the kids out for a walk in Malaia's brand new two seater wagon. We took them down to the lake where they had fun trying to throw rocks into the water. Then we took them to the park where they had a blast on the swings and slides and just running through the fields chasing a soccer ball.

It was supposed to be just a a few hour play date, but after the 1 1/2 hour adventure out side in the morning, and a good nap they were ready to go again. We ended up in the backyard for about a 45 minute run around. And when it was decided that they were going to stay for dinner, my buddies wife joined us at about 3pm and we were off again in the wagon for another long walk. Malaia had a ton of fun. Although she did have her moments where she did not want Christopher touching her toys and verbally displayed her displeasure.

Saturday night was not quite as good as Friday night. I was kind of hoping that with all that fresh air through the day that she would sleep through the night again. But it was not to be. She was up twice back to back in a 3 hour span.

Ang had a good time where she was. She was hoping for 2 good night sleeps. But she's never been good at sleeping in new places, and she's also at the point in her pregnancy where she just can't get comfortable. She did however enjoy the couple of days away from all things toddler and said she felt refreshed.

So all in all it was good weekend had by all, and that should be the last for quite some time. We are now at 36 weeks and one day into the pregnancy and Ang has 2 more days of work left. We' re ready for baby#2 so come on out kid we're ready for ya!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Malaia and I!

It should be a fun weekend. The weather is supposed to be spectacular here in southern Ontario, and this is the weekend that Ang goes away with her mother. Of course, this is in lieu of the weekend away that I was able to enjoy with a couple of my buddies about a month back.

So it's just Malaia and I. Me and kiddo. I'm looking forward to it. I see a nice trip to the park in our future. Or perhaps a drive to the zoo. All the while I'm going to attempt to not worry about whether or not Ang is going to go into labor or not. She will be approximately 2 hours from home, and I'm hoping that the baby #2 doesn't decide to make their grand entrance 4 weeks early. But we are about 5 days away from when Malaia was born at 36 1/2 weeks. We're kind of hoping that this baby will decide to remain with mommy till at least the 38 week mark.

I'm just hoping that Malaia chooses this weekend to start sleeping through the night. I doubt it, but that would make the weekend perfect!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Into the home stretch!

We're officially at 35 weeks and 1 day into this pregnancy. Ang looks like she's ready to burst. And honestly last night it appeared as if the baby is starting to drop. Like I said in previous posts, Malaia was born at 36 1/2 weeks so it really could be anytime now.

Ang's sister was at our house on Sunday and had her 4 month old baby with her. Up until now Malaia has been somewhat jealous if she saw Ang holding the baby. But this time around she did nothing but give the baby kisses and small hugs. Which really is a huge step in the right direction of us feeling more comfortable about bringing the baby home.

We've also had to introduce "timeouts" to Malaia in the past week. She appears to have understood what it meant almost immediately. Much to the relief of our one cat Pedro who is relieved to not have his hair ripped out on a daily basis. We're hoping that it will be a tool in our arsenal if she becomes a little too aggressive towards the new baby.

We have everything in place now for the baby too. Everything is washed up and awaiting their arrival. The baby room is back to the way it was when Malaia was born and the we have everything prepared right down to the diaper bag for the new baby is all packed up and ready for the hospital. I will keep updating my blog should anything happen earlier than expected..

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Yeah, that has to hurt...

Malaia absolutely loves pretending to do the dishes. We strip her down to her diaper and set her on a chair in front of the kitchen sink, filled with soapy water. We put her bottles in it so she can wash them. For whatever reason it keeps her busy for at least a half hour at a time, which is a huge break for us. There's no screaming, climbing, falling or wanting in the refrigerator. Just the occasional giggle and the sound of the occasional cup full of water hitting the floor(towels), that we strategically placed around the chair beneath her.

Last night, Ang was cooking Malaia some dinner on the stove, which is right beside the sink and when it was done cooking she turned the burner off and moved the pot to a back burner that was not on. A couple minutes passed by and Ang had her back to Malaia looking in a cupboard. Well, Malaia wanted to see what mommy was doing so she turned around and put her hand directly on the element of the burner that was used to cook her dinner. It was still warm enough to make the water on Malaia's hand sizzle and that's when the screaming began.

Malaia received her first burn. I was out at the grocery store, and as I was walking up to the house I could hear the screaming coming from in the house, and as I opened up the door, Ang and Malaia ran by me and up the stairs with the tears just a flowing. I had no idea what was going on, so I followed and realized that Ang was putting Malaia into the bathtub filled with cool water to try distract her and so that she would keep her hand submersed under the water to help with the stinging.

It literally took about 1 hour and half of crying, a short bath, some baby Motrin(ibuprofen), and a half hour of sitting still at the kitchen with her hand in a bowl of ice cold water before she calmed down. She has one fair sized blister and a couple of smaller ones on her right hand. But so far today she hasn't even noticed they are there. OF course Ang felt horrible, she says she thought that the burner would have cooled enough for her to not watch her for a moment. I believe her.

All in all I think we handled the situation as well as we could without anyone losing their cool and Malaia has learned a very small lesson in this thing we call life, and hopefully she won't go near the stove anymore.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter



Same day, two different family functions two different dresses.. Malaia was in her hay day, cause she loves dressing up!


Friday, April 10, 2009

The results are......

To say I'm disappointed, would be an understatement. To have to wait 2 weeks for results, felt like an eternity.

The good news is that Malaia does not have strep throat, mono, and her white blood cell count is normal. That coupled with the fact that she is so young makes it highly unlikely that she has lymphoma. Therefore, she won't have to get a biopsy done at this point in time. Which is a huge relief.

The bad news is that she definitely has a swollen lymph node(thanks doc, we kind of figured that. Remember that's why we brought her to you in the first place), not only on her right side but her left side of her neck as well. The results from the ultrasound were inconclusive. The radiologist simply stating that they needed more info to draw any conclusions.

But back to the good news, her goose bump rash appears to be slowly going away. She's gaining weight and height as per normal. So whatever it is she has isn't slowing her progress down. So the next step in this process is waiting on a referral to a ear, nose and throat specialist. Our family doctor is still perplexed at the size of her one lymph node and is hoping that a specialist might be able to pinpoint the problem. And in the meantime we have another appointment for Malaia in 4 weeks, to do another ultrasound to determine whether the lymph node is growing or actually going back to normal.

On a separate note, Ang and I have still been going through books trying to find similar symptoms, and we came across a pretty close match to what Malaia appears to have. It's called cat-scratch disease. Considering we have 2 cats and that she's been scratched numerous times. It would be a nice fit, if that's all it was. Because you recover 100 percent from it.

But for now we simply have to settle on knowing that she doesn't have cancer. But that we still don't know what it is that she does have. And the wait goes on!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Not again, not now!

The aches set in before anything else. Followed by chills.. the kind you get when you have a fever. I had to sleep with a full jogging suit and socks on last night under the feather duvet. And I was still freezing. And sure enough this morning I woke up with a fever.

I hate when this happens, when Ang is pregnant. I certainly don't want to pass it on to her. And I find it difficult to look after Malaia in this condition. So as I sit here and contemplate whether or not I can actually go and slug drywall today. I find my self considering finding a baby sitter. Ang works all day, and although her father is to come out here and watch Malaia until I get home from work. He's not the type of person that would hang around here, If he knew I was going to be home.

Having said all that I feel bad even complaining about a few aches and pains when I read a blog last night of a very good friend of ours. Over at www.untanglingknots.com. I hope she finds out what went wrong and begins to feel a lot better about hings shortly...

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Oops I spoke to soon!

I guess I jumped the gun on my last post regarding full nights sleeps for Malaia. She in fact only had one full night sleep. I just didn't hear here at all the second night. Ang had to get up twice with her. And last night I had to get up once with her. She did at least sleep from 8pm-4am... so not so bad all things considered.

In other news the countdown is on. We are officially 50 days or 7 weeks away from the projected arrival of baby#2. Ang is getting a whole more unconfortable, irritable and tired. She's mostly in good spirits though as we head down the home stretch. I think once we officially find out what's wrong or not wrong with Malaia she'll be a little more at ease.

I am noticing that nesting has begun with her as well. She put Malaia's old day bad back together as a crib yesterday and started prepping the nursery for our next little heavenly spawn.

I also think that this time around, we're a little more knowledgable in the parenting field. So we should be able to get baby #2 on the right track with sleeping right from the get go.. Ah well, it's a learning process and we definitely made some mistakes with Malaia. But other than being sleep deprived she's doing just fine...

Friday, April 3, 2009

AT LAST!!!!

I definitely do not want to jinx anything. But we've just had two nights of straight through sleep. Malaia, is finally doing her part to keep some sanity in this household. I want to say I hope it lasts, but I also don't want to be disappointed if she reverts back to her old habits, and the reason I say this is that we have not changed our routine with her what-so-ever. Geez, I'm almost in the I have to much sleep daze, as I type.. I love it!

A quick update as well, we now have to wait until next Thursday to get results from all of Malaia's tests. I'm not happy about it. It's the next available appointment with our family doctor, and when we called, we asked if anything showed up in the blood tests or throat swab. Only to have the receptionist/nurse tell us that she couldn't find the paperwork. I'm aggravated to say the least. If we get results saying that she indeed has a virus and that antibiotics will take care of it. Then I'll be super mad that we had to wait 2 bloody weeks to find this info out. We'll have to wait and see... I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

You said what?????

I can't really update the blog on Malaia's condition. She's still covered in bumps(like she has permanent go0sebumps) and the lump on her neck is still very evident. The ultrasound is tommorrow afternoon and we won't get the results until next monday.

So in the meantime, her vocabulary is starting to improve drastically. It seems she's trying to say at least two new words everyday. But what we didn't expect was what she said yesterday when Ang asked her if she wanted to go for a walk, and the response was "Fuckin right".(sorry if that offends anyone). I did a triple take, and Ang started laughing hysterically. It wasn't completely clear but it was clear enough that Ang asked me if that's what she thought she heard and I said you mean Fuckin right.

Neither of us talk like that, and especially not around Malaia so we're not quite sure where she got it from. Although as I'm writing this I'm thinking of my brother-in-law. It's definitely something he would try not to say around her, but maybe on the phone or something when he wasn't aware she was listening..

Anyway, I'm all for her learning new words. I'd just like it to be in better taste. At least she said it to us and not her grandparents while they were babysitting.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Come on, tell us what's wrong with our Princess!

The doctor didn't really have an answer for us yesterday. We described the rash that she had to him and he immediately thought that Malaia had Rosiola(not sure on the spelling). But when he got to see it, he thought it might be a side effect of Strep throat. So he did a throat swab. Then when we described the bump/swollen lypmh node on her neck, he was taken a back at the size of it. He said they don't typically get that big. Now we have to wait a week for an ultrasound to be done on her neck(like she'll sit still for that) and the poor girl had to get blood work done yesterday as well.

All that this means is that now we have to wait another 7-10 days to get some answers. Unless of course something comes of the throat swab and blood work. Which of course would be great if they did find something such as strep throat and all that was required is some simple antibiotics.

So in the meantime, we're still crossing our fingers that there is nothing significantly wrong with our little girl. And of course stressing out about it.

The one good thing that happened for Malaia yesterday was that when they were done taking blood, they asked Ang if Malaia could have a sucker. She doesn't usually get straight sugar candy but she had a pretty rough day yesterday so Ang gave it to her. She thought it was most delicious. And refused to give it up even for a second, and actually fell asleep with it in her hands after the whole ordeal.

Hopefully this all turns out for the best in the end!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Well then let's get it looked at Pronto!

We have to take Malaia to the doctors on Thursday morning.. Hopefully for nothing major. Yesterday morning I noticed a bump on Malaia's neck and my initial thought was that she had a swollen gland.

Well when Ang came home, I showed Ang and told her what I thought.. And she immediately dismissed it as a gland as it is too far back on her neck. It protrudes a little off of her neck and is about the size of a dime. She had a minor moment of panic, because Ang knew that it was her lymph node. Which of course gives me a moment of panic.

I did a little research on the Internet before work this morning and I learned that most children's lymph nodes swell when they are fighting an infection. And Malaia has been sick off and on for a couple of weeks. Hopefully that's all that it is..

When Ang called to make her an appointment with our family doctor, the receptionist asked a bunch of questions. And Ang's responses were enough to make her say that yes we need to get her in here right away to get checked out. Not something you want to hear as a parent....

Anyway we're going to cross our fingers that all is well and that perhaps this is just something that is going to appear on Malaia's neck whenever she gets sick!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Good times and a great move!

Well, I absolutely enjoyed the guys weekend. Although, I could have used one more day to relax up at the cottage. The weather was decent. Sunny for the most part, but a little on the chilly side to. We ate like kings, and I'm still full this morning.. The highlight of the weekend, had to be when one of the neighbors up at the cottage came over, and informed us that they had been feeding deer on their property and that they came around at the same time every night, if we were interested in seeing it to check at that time.. And sure enough not 30 feet from the cabin 4 big deer came out of the woods and enjoyed a feast right to the side of our driveway.
Supposedly they started feeding the deer because they noticed a baby deer with them that had a broken leg. And these particular people are up year round on weekends.. so they had found out that there is a pack of about 15 wolves hangin out in the vicinity.. But alas, we didn't see the baby deer at all. nor the other 2 deers that they had mentioned(they said there was 7 in total). It was definitely a highlight for my buddy Jeff who is a city boy through and through.

Meanwhile back at home. Malaia was introduced to her new room this weekend and has not once gone back into the nursery thinking it to be her room. So I'd say it was a successful transition. The last thing we need to do now is get her to sleep through the night before the baby comes. She's like clockwork up at 12:30am and 4am every night. So it's now time to let her cry it out in her new bedroom so she can figure a way to get her self back to sleep.. I'm not looking forward to it but it's for the best..

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Things are pretty good...

Malaia is sick again!! But other than that things are really good. She's more or less up and down with a fever. SO we're hoping it's just another epic battle with the teething gods. Although, almost everyone around us is sick in some form or another.

The final piece of the puzzle(the bed)for the new room is being delivered tomorrow. Then Malaia is moving in on Friday. Ang was trying to move some of Malaia's things from the bookcase in the nursery room into the bookcase in her new room today. And every and anything that Malaia could reach was promptly brought right back in to the nursery room. Hopefully the rest of the transition goes su-moothly.

I am super excited about this weekend. Ang has given me the weekend off. Kind of my last break before the new baby comes along. She has a weekend coming up in April that has her and her mother gone for 2-3days. So she felt it was only fair that I had the same kind of getaway. So a buddy(s) and I are heading up to Ang's parents cottage after work on Friday and just flat out chillin out until Sunday. I can't wait, I only hope that the weather is as nice as it has been for the last week or so.. But if it's not who really cares.. I don't have to change a poopy bum, or clean up toys.. Don't get me wrong I'll miss the girls. But this will be a much needed break..

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

What's with the hostility?

Well, we've ventured into the next step in toddler hood, which appears to be inching us ever closer to the "terrible two's. Malaia has asked her first "why", and although she wasn't quite sure what she had said. She said it at exactly the right time, and in the form of a question. Ang and I both did a double take, and started to laugh.

Then a couple of days ago, Ang was folding some of Malaia's laundry. Malaia grabbed one of her sweaters, and when Ang reached out to take it back from her so she could fold it Malaia turned away from her and angrily said "mine".

Then the final event occurred last night when she was sitting in front of her Fisher-Price baby grand piano. I reached out to play a couple of keys when she pushed my hand away and emphatically said "NO". That went on for a couple of minutes because I couldn't believe she had just done that.

I have no idea where she's learning this stuff, but she does have 4 different babysitters in any given week, and 2 of them have their own and different kids, while Malaia is there.

Anyhoo, I've started my quest to try and teach her how to share... we'll see how it goes. She's really starting to take on her own personality and attitude.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Almost Done!!

The transformation from office to Malaia's new bedroom is almost complete. I was able to trim out the room yesterday, and Ang was doing some touch up painting last night. It looks fantastic.

I've been bringing Malaia into the room each day and showing her the changes step by step. I've been asking what she thinks of her new bedroom and she just starts smiling the biggest smile and then begins talking and looking at each of the walls. I wish I could understand baby/toddler. She seems very happy with the changes.

So this weekend we go pick up her new bed and then it'll be just doing the minor decorating once everything is in place. Hopefully she'll like sleeping in the new room, more than she likes sleeping/not sleeping in her current room.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Inner thoughts

As we do these renovations to our house, awaiting baby #2 it is becoming apparent that this particular house, is going to get very small, very fast. It's not overly big to start with. But considering that almost every single inch of our house is filled with furniture or toys, it's starting to close in on us.

I'm constantly looking on our MLS website here in Canada. It's the major real estate website for the country. Looking for a diamond in the rough. I'd like to find a house at least 500 sq ft bigger than what we have, and I'd almost like it to be a fixer upper. Not neccessarily something that needs the major components(plumbing,electrical etc)replaced. Rather a place that needs a major cosmetic updating. I love doing flooring and trimwork, building custom shelving and even just changing light fixtures, makes a huge difference in the look of a place.

The other thing I'm looking for is a little bit of property. we currently have a 29ft by 98ft lot. So we're right on top of our neighbors. I'd like a little breathing space perhaps in the country or on a waterfront lot. We've got it pretty good here, because it's a five minute walk from our house down to lake Ontario. It would be nice though to be able to walk outside to a lake that you could go for swim in if you felt like it.

Bit of a rambling blog. It's been hectic around here for the past week. Just throwing out there, what's been going through my head.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Sleep, please!

Geez, I wish as a parent you had all the answers. Malaia seems to be waking up about 3-4 times a night. I know she's not the only kid in the world who does this, but when it comes to all of our friends and their kids it sure seems like she's the only one. Last night Ang got up with her at 12 and rocked her back to sleep. Then she got up with her at 1 am and gave her a bottle(something we need to cut out doing) and rocked her back to sleep. Then I got up with her at about 1:40am and all of the sudden it was play time. Nothing I did could get her back to sleep. So I chose to take her downstairs and let her run around until she got tired again.

Well Ang got up at about 3:40 deciding that was long enough and away we went back to bed. I wish we knew why she insisted on getting up so friggen much. Unfortunately, she has a really bad diaper rash right now, and we're not quite sure if this is attributing to the waking up and crying or not. We changed her daytime diapers to a no name brand and I'm guessing they are the culprit. I think we won't use them anymore.

All I know is we have to figure this sleep issue out right now. With baby #2 coming a lot faster than we're prepared for right now. I'm not willing to stay up all night everynight, with the two of them. Especially when Malaia will be moving into her new room with a full size bed in about 2 weeks. But who knows, maybe that will be the key!

Monday, March 2, 2009

You crack me up kid!

Finally, it appears we've all beaten this round of the flu. With the exception of some pretty good coughing going on. But who cares, I feel 900 percent better this morning than yesterday.

Malaia has been really working on pronouncing words lately and it always seems to amaze me when a new word just shoots out of the blue. So it surprised the hell out of Ang and I when she strung a few words together to make a small sentence.

We were in the living room a couple of days ago, and Malaia was tooting up a storm. Ang was about to change her diaper anyway so she checked to see if maybe she done #2 at the same time. She hadn't, but as soon as Ang did up the fresh diaper, and while Malaia was still lying on her back for the change. She started making the sounds and faces that she makes when she's about to drop a deuce. So Ang asked her "are you pooping?" To which Malaia replied "Yeah, I'm pooping". Talk about catching us off guard. We both broke into hysterics. The best we've gotten out of her word wise to date is perhaps a name, or yeah, no, mamma, dad you know the usual words when a baby is first learning to talk.

I can't wait to see what she says next..

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Reversal of fortunes.

Malaia is finally coming around. She's not eating much. But she is eating. Her fever has broke, and she seems to be gaining energy. It's like she's a wind up toy that someone has wound 1 too many times. I'm so glad to see her smile again. Although it appears that now I have whatever she has had. It's great that she's running around again, but now I lack the energy to keep up with her. The good news is that I can chalk myself full of vitamins and temporary pain relief as required. Where she couldn't.

We're falling slightly behind on our office-to-bedroom transformation of Malaia's new room. Malaia has only wanted to be held for the last 5 days. Which made it difficult to get get anything accomplished. It's pretty much a matter of moving the desks and bookshelves to the basement now. Then a little bit of paint and some fancy trim work and Malaia will have a brand new bedroom. We're hoping to get it all done within the next few weeks, because we want Malaia moved into her new pad for a month before baby #2 arrives, so that maybe it will help with the jealousy issues we're going to face.

Anyway, back to bed. I need to get as much rest as I can if I'm going to be able to keep up with the little spark plug as she gets back to normal!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Please go away now cold, we need some sleep!

Alright, I'm ready for Malaia to start feeling better now. She's been waking up almost every hour and half through the night. SO we're not exactly getting alot of sleep. Although, god bless Ang, she took today off of work so she can stay home with her. That meant that she let me sleep and she took the entire night worth of shifts. I just hope she can get some sleep today.

Malaia hasn't been eating at all, but she has been taking her bottles and water. Which at this point is just homo milk. At least she's getting something into her system and not dehydrating herself. She's still running a fever, not high, but enough that it's throwing her way off. She has a horrible cough, and sore throat. Her nose is running non stop and she pukes about twice a day. and empties all the milk she's been drinking, and any tiny bits of food she may have managed to get down.

I'm not a big fan off this illness. I just want my little girl to get back to normal. I'm dying to see a big smile from her.. Hopefully today it's starts to go away.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Shoot she finally got sick!

Uggh... We've had it so good until now. Malaia has been a picture of perfect health for almost a year and a half. Which in case your wondering is her whole life. She's had minor fever or coughs that last usually about 6 hours. But today was our first all day fever. And I say "we" because as parents this is the first time we've come across this particular problem. Really we've had it good for a long time, because all of our friends who have kids in the same age range have gone through Croupe cough and bronchitis and Fifth's disease, and we have avoided everything up until now.

Hopefully this doesn't last long and tomorrow is much better. It's definitely hard seeing your child in discomfort. I just wish I could take her place and get her back to her normal happy self. But I digress we have a lot more this coming at us. We just have to get pass the first test!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Daddy radar?

It's been a tough time blogging lately. I'm usually up at 4 am and try to throw a post out before work, most of the time. For whatever reason, Malaia has honed into my sleeping pattern. The truth is I've had a bit of time off over the past few weeks. So she has been getting up with me in the mornings. The only thing is that has been at 6 am. Yesterday was a 5 am wake up and I didn't even let my feet hit the floor yet as I was getting up, and she somehow heard me, and was at her door waiting for me. No big deal right? Except that she does not go back to sleep which then forces Ang to get up. Which isn't really fair to Ang.

So this morning I'm working a little farther away from home. I got up at 4 am and so far she hasn't heard me yet. I just need to keep my fingers crossed for when I go into brush my teeth in 2 minutes(her bedroom is right beside the bathroom). Hopefully my stealth like movements will be uber quiet. Unfortunately our floors creak like crazy. So we'll just have to see how it goes. Wish me luck!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Yes, I did that time!

It's been a couple of weeks now of me running to Ang whenever she feels the baby move. And quite frankly I was beginning to think maybe she wasn't pregnant after all. But that she just had this new love of all things cake. Tonight was the night though I finally, finally felt the baby move. Although it was but a slight flutter I felt it. And while Ang was laying on her back with her belly exposed saying oh my god the baby is doing back flips. I just sat there steadfast with my hand on her belly, wishing that I too could feel the baby's every movement. That's when my hand moved just the slightest little bit.

We're officially at 26 weeks into this pregnancy. Technically only 14 more weeks to go. Although Malaia was born at 36 1/2 weeks. So.. it could be as few as ten weeks.
The good news is that I don't have to drop everything and grab a hold of the belly every time Ang feels something. From here on out the baby is only going to get stronger and I should be able to feel the baby every time he/she moves.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Random Thoughts

I can't believe we're at almost 7 months of pregnancy with baby #2. It seems like just yesterday we were looking at the positive pregnancy test. The time is flying, but I think it's mostly due to having our hands really full with Malaia right now.

I get the impression that she is going to be a little difficult when #2 comes along. She commands so much of our attention right now that when that attention has to be shared I think she might object to her future brother/sister getting any attention at all. After all she has the seniority right? She's put the time in, she deserves all of the glory. We'll see how it goes. I'm really not looking forward to teaching her that the new baby is not a toy and that it can't be hit, thrown, bit etc. But that's a part of parenting and I will face that challenge head on.

Ang is really starting to get big now. She's at the point now where she is starting to get some minor swelling in her feet and ankles. Which if I remember correctly doesn't bode well for her job. With the last pregnancy she got quite swollen, because her job as a massage therapist has her standing on her feet all day. I seem to remember it being quite painful for her so I hope it doesn't get as extreme this time around.

On another note, Malaia got to visit her great grandmother yesterday. Although she played shy I'm glad that she is getting the opportunity to meet the sole remaining great grandparenton my side of the family and one of our families pillars of strength. My hope is that she'll be around a few more years(she's in good health) so that Malaia and baby #2 and get to know her.

Monday, February 9, 2009

At least it was a night away.

Well the night away was much needed, although we had a few inconveniences along the way. We dropped Malaia off around 9am on Saturday morning, and by the time we hit Niagara Falls it was in around 11:30 am. We knew check in wasn't until 3pm(or so we thought) and so we hit the outlet mall to kill some time, which worked sufficiently because we were there until 1pm. Then we stopped for lunch and when we were finally done we still had an hour and half to kill until check in.
The last few times we had been down you could park for free at either casino as long as you had a player card. Not this time though. They've implemented a $10 parking fee if you don't have sufficient points on your playing card, and seeing as we were on a limited budget this time it wasn't something we had accounted for.
After about an hour at the casino we thought, well it's only a half hour till check in so let's go see if our room is ready. We drove to the hotel which was across the road from the casino. Dropped our truck off at Valet parking and headed in to the check out only to find out that our room wasn't quite ready yet(although they had a smoking room ready which we refused because neither of us smoke) and that we should come back in an hour and a half at check in time. We couldn't believe it. Apparently we both thought it said 3pm check in when we booked online. But now we were without a vehicle as the valet service had already parked it and it was the windiest day ever. We didn't want to hit the casino again so soon so we took off towards some of the cheesy gift shops that they have in that area. After about another hour we headed back thinking that for sure our room was ready...
They checked us in and when we got to the room, I could just see the flames coming out of Ang's ears. We were on the 14th floor, in a smoking room, 2 queen beds standard tub, with a view godawful view of the construction zone at the back of the hotel.
I guess I should tell you we booked online, for a falls view room on floors 17-23 with a whirlpool tub. So after an angry phone call they looked "into it" and set us up on the 25th floor with an awesome view and a whirlpool tub, and when we got into the room there was no hot water, it was almost enough to set me off but it was my birthday gift and I remained calm. The breakfast buffet was simply o.k. the food was pretty bland..
All in all I just want to say that I wasn't impressed with HILTON HOTEL whatsoever, and would not recommend it to anyone. The only good thing about it was the walkway over Fallsview blvd from the hotel to the casino. So we never actually had to walk outside unless we chose to.
It was a pain in the ass, but at least it was a night away!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Great Day

I feel good today. It's my birthday, and I'm finally o.k. with getting older.. I don't know why but I had trouble turning thirty and haven't been cool since. But I am 33 today and all is good.

We're booked into the Hilton Hotel tommorrow night, in Niagara Falls. My parents are taking Malaia for the night. SO I am super pumped and really looking forward to a nice day/evening just Ang and I. And more importantly with any luck we'll both get a good night sleep tommorrow. Could life be any better..

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Malaia Now..




Well I haven't updated any photos of Malaia in quite some time. So here she is at just shy of 16 months...
And Yes I know she doesn't have enough hair to justify a barrett, but we thought it looked cute.

Monday, February 2, 2009

SUPER Bowl!

Well it was a historic win for the Pittsburgh Steelers last night. They've now become the only franchise to win 6 Superbowl championships. I am a little disappointed. I was rooting for Arizona, and for a while there they had the lead. The Steelers deserved it though, and in the end they WERE the better team.

My sister and her husband came over to watch some of the game. They have 2 young girls. So bed times come early. They did make it to half time. We ate too much, had a few wobblies. It was a good visit.

The highlight of my day, I was waking up from a nap and saw Malaia standing beside the bed. Ang came in and said Touchdown and Malaia got huge smile on her face and threw her hands into the air to signal the score. And although she never actually said it. That was good enough for me.

She did learn a new word yesterday too. She's begun to say the word happy...
Life's good!

Friday, January 30, 2009

One more day!

It's been an incredibly long week, and I'm truly looking forward to a little r&r this weekend, hopefully.
Malaia has been getting her molars in, so not only is she drooling up a storm, leaving trails of saliva and little pools everywhere. She's waking up screaming at night. Which is a horrible way for any parent to have to wake up to.
Top that off with what appears to be one of the worst winters in recent history. So no sleep + rediculous amounts of shovelling + slugging drywall all day long has made this guy irritable, tired and with slightly less patience than I would normally have.
On a side note, my quest continues. I'm still trying to get Malaia to say touchdown so that the superbowl is that much better for me. But no much progress has been made thus far.
Hopefully your week has been going better?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Close call!

Well, we had our first "almost" injury yesterday. I didn't like the way it went down either. I sat down for lunch yesterday at work, and checked my cellphone. I was surprised to see that I had missed four calls. One of them was a message from Ang saying Rich call me as soon as you get this message. My heart skipped a beat. Usually when I get a message like this at work, it's because someone close has passed away. Anyway, I tried to call her and all I got was her message service. So I called my parents, because Ang was supposed to be dropping Malaia off at lunchtime for them to babysit. My dad answered and told me that Ang wasn't there because she had taken Malaia to the hospital. She had fallen from the bathroom vanity where we try not let her climb and was favouring her arm and hand.
When I finally talked to Ang she said that Malaia cried for sometime after she fell. But then went back to normal, playing and laughing as usual. She tripped though in the kitchen not long after and used her hands to break her fall and she started favouring her hand and arm again. Ang decided to go get x-rays. Anyway long story short, after 1 1/2 hours of waiting at the hospital with Malaia climbing all over everything there, she decided to bring her home and just monitor the situation.
She seems fine and dandy now. I know this definitely won't be the last time we end up at the hospital or clinic, but it sure does put a wrinkle in your day.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

"Touchdown"

Alright it's down to one week today. Ever since Malaia was born I've been trying to get her to say touchdown with her arms in the air. With Superbowl a mere 7 days from now, the training is going to have to be stepped up a notch. I'm sure if I only said touchdown between now and the big game she would probably end up saying it at some point. She already knows how to get dad a beer, so I'm really looking forward to next Sunday.
It's even more exciting that it's two teams that if you asked me at the beginning of the year who would I select to go to the big dance, I probably would not have chosen either team. SO at the very least it's going to be interesting. I'll even admit that I'd like to see Arizona pull it off, although Pittsburgh's defence is insane.
The best part of it, is even though it is not a holiday I get to eat a whole bunch of unhealthy foods(nachos,chicken wings,chips etc) and drink beer as part of the ritual of watching the game.
So my quest has begun, and by next Sunday Malaia will have learned a new word..

Friday, January 23, 2009

So far so good!

The transition from crib to day bed has gone way better than Ang or I could have imagined. We ended up putting a King size pillow underneath the opening of the rails and then took a blanket and ran it across the opening so that Malaia can't really roll out. From there we have a baby gate with a swing door on it, and we put that in her door way. At night we just lock that and she hardly cries out for long periods anymore. She simply gets out of bed and walks over to her gate and tries to open it. We hear that and we can usually get to her before she starts to cry.
I think we both thought that she was never going to sleep, rather make numerous attempts to escape. So far so good. It'll just make it easier when we switch her to a full size bed with rails in 2 months.
On a side note baby #2 is apparently kickin up a storm now. I try every night to feel the kicks, but to no avail. I'm sure it'll be very soon though. It will be 23 weeks on Monday.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Does anyone know?

We're supposed to go out to some friends house on Saturday night for dinner. It would be Ang and I, and two other couples whom each also have a baby. However, the one couple has a little boy who is just slightly younger than Malaia and is already in daycare. I was talking to my buddy last week, and he told me that they think he has Fifth disease. Which is perfectly normal for a young child, they just get a rash and some possible flu like symptoms. But it doesn't bode well for pregnant woman.
Unfortunately, a doctor told them this. Otherwise they also think that there little guy has his molars coming in, which could also provide the same kind of reaction as fifths. After doing some research into it, we're pretty apprehensive of going. If indeed it's the disease, it can be devastating to a fetus. It can result in still birth or possible birth defects. We just don't think we want to take the chance. One night of good fun is not worth risking our yet to be born baby's health.
Am I way off base here? Am I wrong about Fifth disease? If anyone has any better information that what I've found, feel free to leave a comment.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Graduation part 1

My little girl is growing up... It's crazy how the little things make you stop and wonder where the time has gone. This past week Malaia has graduated from high chair to booster seat. She simply refused to sit in her high chair for more than 2-3 minutes, before she would stand up and try to climb over the edge of the seat. And yes we did have straps for the high chair, but it wasn't worth the screaming if she was locked in. So we'd take her and set her on the ground and she would run around to the other side of the table, pull out a chair, climb up and sit down like she just wanted to sit the way that mom and dad do. We're still in the process of teaching her not to climb on the table. If your not fast enough with giving her a sippy cup for instance, she whips up onto the table, crawls over and grabs it. It's slowly starting to sink in, so hopefully not too much longer before she stays in her seat.
I mentioned in a post earlier this week that she's climbed out of her crib. So today is the day that we transform the crib into a day bed with guardrails. No good will come of this. I definitely see some sleepless nights over the next couple of weeks. With her just wandering around the upstairs. But at least it will be safer than her falling from the top of the crib.
And lastly this past week she's started giving hugs. Yes she's given hugs before but I've taught her how to give a bear hug. So now I can actually get her to growl and a give a super long hard hug. It's great. Although I was upstairs the other day and heard her growling at Ang and she had no idea why Malaia was making that sound. I chuckled and explained a short time later.
Can't wait to see what comes next!

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Winter Blah's

The weather here in Southern Ontario is really starting to bum me out. I've been at home pretty much all week, because of work being slow right now. So it's pretty much just been Malaia and I chillin out trying to keep ourselves occupied. But it would be a whole lot easier if there wasn't a deep freeze on right now. We should be going out everyday playin in the snow and using the sled that she got for Christmas. I just can't see any point to subjecting her to this kind of weather though. This morning for instance it's -29 degrees Celsius/-20.2 degrees Fahrenheit. That's bloody cold. At least kids at her age do not get bored to easily and they can continuously play with the same toys over and over again.
I could use a trip down south, but unfortunately that's going to happen in the foreseeable future. I just have to settle for looking at travel websites online and living vicariously through friends that either have no kids or their kids are old enough to be left with families for a full week, and are going on these vacations. Ah well.... for now, I think I'm off to build a pillow fort.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

What the?

A loud thud. The alarms wailed. The spotlight searching furiuosly. The pitter patter of little feet.
I had some thoughts on a blog that I was going to write this morning. However, as I was about to begin, Malaia walked up behind me in the computer room. We've had our first jail break. I suspected it was coming for some time now. When we originally put the crib together in Malaia's room it had four settings for height, and we decided to put it at the third lowest setting. And as it turns out that's no longer good enough. So now I have to decide if it's worth dropping it the four extra inches. I honestly don't think it will make a difference to this particular little girl. She has a rediculous climbing ability. The good news is that we bought a 4-in-1 crib so the next step would be to turn it into a day bed with half walls at the front and a spot to crawl down. I don't think Ang and I are quite ready for that though. There's a certain peace one feels knowing that the baby is safe in the confines of their crib, with nowhere to go.
So it's a dark day in this household as the prisoner will be arraigned and a verdict reached. Prison for life or moved to a medium security facility with day passes.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Thanks for the help

Now we're getting somewhere. Some of Malaia's molar teeth came in about 4 days ago. It made for a few longs days and one extremely long night. But ever since they arrived she's been in a fantastic mood and appears to be learning and picking up new things at an alarming rate. Is it possible that they are her wisdom teeth? LOL just kiddin! Not to mention becoming helpful, if you can believe. She is just 15 months after all. Ang was telling me that she took out the garbage and compost from under the sink and tied of the bags, then set them on the floor. She said she was looking at the two buckets/garbage pails we use deciding whether or not to wash them when Malaia strolled into the kitchen grabbed one of the bags went to to baby gate(which wasn't locked) opened it, walked through and carried the bag down the hall and to the front door. She turned immediately back towards the kitchen and proceeded to the same with bag #2. Ang said she just stood there watching and smiling, hardly able to believe what she was seeing. I'm pretty sure she doesn't understand that Ang is pregnant. And that she's getting bigger by the day, and any help she can get is good help. Sure seemed like it though. Then there's the Swiffer and broom that she's constantly pulling out despite the fact that they are both double over head. She tries to sweep and it's hilarious. At least she tries. I'm also noticing if we give her something to eat and she doesn't like it. Instead of throwing or spitting it onto the floor as per usual. She does spit it out but then promptly picks up every piece and hands it to me for disposal...I'm beginning to really like this new little clean freak stage.. IF we could just get her to put away her toys we'd really be getting somewhere.

Monday, January 12, 2009

I read what?

I like to read. I'm one of those people who can sit down and if the book is good enough finish in a day or two, no matter how long the books. Although that's not quite as easy to do anymore with Malaia running around.
I had been deliberating for some time whether or not to read the Stephanie Meyers series of books. I rather enjoyed the Harry Potter series, be it for kids/teens or not and quite frankly I couldn't imagine that anything would compare in terms of creativity.
I had however noticed that her four books were the top for selling books in the teenage age range for quite some time. I also heard that they were a teenage girl, vampire romance type books so why would I want to read that.
Then they went and made the first book into a movie "Twilight". It made some pretty incredible numbers in it's first four days, something like 79 million, and I found I was intrigued. So I caved and asked for the first book for Christmas.
Ang ended up buying me the first two books in the series. Twilight and New Moon.
I think I was about halfway through the first book, and I found myself thinking that it was an o.k. story and that nothing about it made we want sit and read front to back non stop. Then the plot took an unexpected twist and I found that I was unable to put it down.
I just finished the second book and I'm here to admit I am hooked on the series now, I can't wait to get the next two books. So if you had any thoughts whatsoever about reading these books, I highly recommend it.
Like I said the first book slowly drags along and the "BAM" your hooked, now I can't wait to see the movie(s).

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Should we move?

Ang(ie) and I have been giving a lot of thought to moving to larger house, and although it's not in the cards right now. With baby #2's arrival seeming like it's coming at us with blinding speed. It's been something we've been thinking/dreaming of.
When we bought our first house, where we currently reside. It was just the two of us, so we bought a small 3 bedroom starter house. I know that sounds wrong. But I believe we have about 1100 sq ft. So once you start dividing that up into rooms over 3 levels you can kind of imagine the limited space.
We were curious how Malaia would react if she had a lot more room to play, and we had a bit of an idea. Whenever she's at my parents to be babysat she pretty much never stops running. They have a much bigger space for her to move around.
Yesterday however, was even bigger indication. We celebrated Ukrainian Christmas with Ang's family at her aunts house. They've got somewhere around 3200 sq ft of living space. And to be honest we were really apprehensive about going there, because her aunt and uncle collect all kinds of antiques, and valuable trinkets, and swarovski crystals etc... they have them laid out on display everywhere and at baby height. We honestly thought we were going to have to spend the entire visit chasing Malaia and telling her not to touch anything.
So we were pleasantly surprised when the only thing she did the entire time was run around. She didn't touch a single thing. She was so excited that she had so much room to run around that she never stopped long enough to be distracted by all of the unusual objects around the house. She did however, also get to sit on the pool table and chase balls around for what seemed like forever (sigh). So easily amused.
That was it, we had our first real taste of what life would be like in a bigger house, and it was really, really tiring. We'll just have to make due with what we have for now, and be happy...

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Welcome

Welcome to my new site.. These shall be my new digs from here on out. I'm still in the process of tweaking this site. But with any luck I'll be able to provide the same quality of posts that I had going on at untangling fatherhood.

It's here that I will continue with my observations of my daughter Malaia and all the crazy things that she does. As well as the continued updates on the impending arrival of baby #2.

I'm really looking forward to continuing the whole blogging process and please feel free to stop by often.

Say What?

In a blink of an eye, we're suddenly at the halfway point of our second pregnancy. Twenty weeks this week. It's all one gigantic blur. Suddenly there's an urgency to start getting things organized and in place for baby #2. We have to unload a bunch of furniture from the basement, and move the office from our 3rd bedroom downstairs. Then we have a bit of painting and trim work to do to make that bedroom Malaia's new digs. Not to mention, buy a new bed(a big girl bed). She's on the verge of climbing out of her crib. So it's become apparent that the switch will have to come sooner than later.

The good news for us is that the baby room is going to stay as is. All set up and ready to go. Hopefully the transition for Malaia goes smooth. But I can see a few sleepless nights in our future as she tries to figure out why she's in a different room.

It's all happening so fast, and I fully expect that it will not slow down any time soon. I just hope that when we go to our second ultrasound this week that everything is still progressing as it should and that the baby is still growing healthy and strong.

So many changes, so little time.