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Friday, May 30, 2008

Showing her style



Day at Boulevard Park

Last Saturday we took advantage of the beautiful day and went to the park on the water, where Veronica charmed everyone with her waves, smiles, and saying, "hi."





Friday, May 23, 2008

Walking with Hippo

I love the way her bottom shakes side to side when she uses the hippo.

Little Steps

Veronica took her first steps yesterday; however, those weren't caught on video. Luckily, we caught the shorter steps version for you. We put some clothespins on her shirt so when we let go she would think we were still holding onto her--it sort of worked.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Kamille's Part 1 of Top Kitchen Items

The funny thing about blog land is you really have no idea who is actually reading it and how many people are reading it, which makes your efforts in writing feel a bit pointless at times. What I have decided is if Amber is the only reading--then I'm okay with that and will continue to write my thoughts and post pictures.

I've been thinking about all the wonderful gadgets, tools, pans, utensils (or whatever you'd like to call them) found in the kitchen as of late. Here are a few of my current favorites:


1. Wooden spoon: I think most people would agree with me on this one. Sometimes it's that old spoon that is chipped due to the dog biting off part of it, wait, that's my mother-in-law's spoon. I'm talking about the non-chipped ones, which are great for stirring spaghetti sauce, mixing cookie dough the old fashioned way, or making caramel sauce...and so much more. They actually do tests on which is the best wooden spoon for your buck and overall use in Cook's Illustrated Magazine.

2. Kitchen Aid Mixer: Okay, so if you don't enjoy cooking and your idea of dinner is pressing three minutes on the microwave, I would suggest you not buy this. However, if you like baking or cooking on a more upbeat note, then this is a great investment. The Kitchen Aid has many attachments and I've used mine to make pizza dough to mixing cake batters (essential for a cake) to making ice cream. Hands down one of the best inventions!

3. Good Chef Knife: Personally, I don't have one; however, I'm hoping to change that status very soon. This is probably one of the most important items in a kitchen; because, a good Chef knife can virtually accomplish all your cutting needs, making the chopping option on your food processor void.

More for later!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bittersweet

Pregnancy update:

On Sunday evening before going to bed I noticed I was bleeding, which caught me a little off guard. I told Ben to get the pager # for the midwives and they called me back quickly. She said since it was light and wasn't accompanied with cramping she wasn't concerned. In fact, she said many women bleed in pregnancy & it's normally no cause for concern. I also bled while pregnant with Veronica.

Well that was all of the bleeding until I woke up this morning and there was a little bit more, so I thought I would call again with my uneasiness. Now if you read my previous post you know that we didn't hear a heartbeat on my appointment last Thursday. So I'm thinking that either I want an ultrasound to make sure everything is okay or to try again to use the doppler to hear a heartbeat.

I went in today and my midwife put the doppler on my belly and sure enough I could hear the rapid swooshing sound of the baby's heartbeat. It was like 150 beats. I was already to get Veronica when Ben showed up, but she was kind enough to do it again so Ben could hear the baby's heartbeat. It was great to hear that little person inside doing well. We are both thankful for this new life and look forward to meeting him or her in 6 months.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Hairstyles

Veronica definitely has a head of hair on her. If we were to go a week without washing her hair, by the end it would be super curly and tangly. Here are some shots of her hair in various formations, I think au natural is my favorite.


Her first time in barettes.
Little Piggy tails.
Crazy head
If Veronica had straight hair, here is how long it would be.
My curly Q!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Doggies

One of Veronica's favorite words is "dog," except it's not pronounced so articulately. Our neighbor has this dog statue in the front and she constantly points and says "dog." When she was able to touch it and realized it wasn't real, she was quite disappointed.

Are first visits always like this?

So there I am in the room, which is a nice birthing suite, and I had to refill out paperwork, b/c I left mine at home. We went over the typical Q&A stuff, they let me know that they would need to draw blood, take a urine sample, and if I wanted to we could try to hear the baby's heartbeat. Of course, the only thing I wanted to do was hear the baby's heartbeat.

The blood drawing procedure was a bit much, since I was poked five times and they still couldn't get any blood out of me. I had prepared them by saying that they would most likely need to use my hand, b/c my veins pretty much suck. Then, they poke--it's not working. Try again--nope. The third idea was to put my hand under warm water to get the blood flowing and the vein very visible. Well, the vein was visible, but no blood would flow. I think I questioned whether I was actually alive at one point. Then they suggested I run around the building to get my blood flowing even more.

I return and there I am walking into the building sweating, breathing heavily, and thinking this better work. Two more pokes later and nothing. Meanwhile, one of them is saying after the second poke (pre-water & running) that maybe I was dehydrated, b/c if you don't have enough water in your system then your blood doesn't flow as well. I couldn't help but think of the Wedding Singer, "That information would of been useful YESTERDAY!"

Now I get to go to the lab and hopefully it will work--if it doesn't I think I will declare myself a mummy. Finally, I get to lay down to see if the doppler will pick up a heartbeat. It did, only it wasn't the baby's, it was mine. So I would call that appointment as uneventful, aside from the fact that they got a urine sample from me. Good times!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

On the move

Veronica is learning many new things...using a fork, how to be happy about getting her face wiped off, walking around, and simply being cute. Wait, the last one isn't new at all--she's simply learning how to increase the charm.




Mother's Day

For Mother's Day, Ben got me (it's also for the whole family) a digital camera, which is much more compact and has a video with sound option. Ben thought I could carry it with me in my purse to take pictures or videos of Veronica more often, which I think is a great idea. When I turned the camera on there were these five little photos on there. After I told Ben how much I liked the camera he did mention that I shouldn't expect gifts like this every year, b/c by year five he would have to buy a car. I agreed and said Veronica drawing me a picture would be present enough.





Saturday, May 10, 2008

Adding another title to my name

I have thought about how Ben and I might have our third kid by the time our kids get some cousins. I have also thought about all I know is for my child to be fondled over & loved by my parents & siblings, and I had no idea what it would be like to rejoice in being an aunt.

All of that changed last night when I got a call from my brother Willy telling me I'm going to be an aunt. When he said that I couldn't help but think he was saying Adrienne will be an aunt and me thinking, "well yeah duh--she already is." Then, my brain started functioning properly again and it wasn't him that was the duh person, but me. So--I now not only have wife, daughter, sister, and mother on my job titles, but also "Aunt." I like the ring to it. Ben also gets to add "uncle" and Veronica can add "cousin."

I'm also happy to know that I get to be pregnant at the same time as my sister-in-law Adrienne (and we'll both be going through sleep deprivation around the same time as well).

Friday, May 9, 2008

Photo Booth

We just got a Mac and I've been playing around with PhotoBooth on it. I can't believe how many pictures I took or the time I wasted taking the pictures, but I'm not the only one.




Thursday, May 8, 2008

The value of walking later

As many of you know, little Veronica has not begun to walk without holding onto furniture or us quite yet. Just in the past week I have realized what a blessing it has been that Veronica is taking her time in this arena, which may get you a bit surprised to read.

Here's why...children who are crawling at the typical 8-10 month age and walking three months after this or so give their mommies a run for their money. Also, children in this age range don't have the same language or cognitive development that a 15-16 month old does. I have been able to tell Veronica "No touch" at this age and she will listen and respond to it accordingly; whereas, saying that to a 9 month old will be different in their comprehension and output.

After I say 'No touch,' Veronica will point to the object and look at me and say, 'No." Then, I will respond, "you're right--no touch, good girl." Now with Veronica being this age and not walking, she is able to not get into as many items (which leaves me less blurry eyed) and I'm thankful for it. However, she is getting more confident and strong everyday in this walking department.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Happy Birthday Auntie Amber











We love our Auntie Amber. In fact, just last week Amber came up to spend the night with Veronica and upon her arrival Veronica exclaimed, "OH YEAH!" Veronica has come to recognize who Auntie Amber is b/c she sees her often enough. I know when she begins speaking more fluently she'll say, "mommy, I love Auntie Amber." Here is a tribute to you Auntie!

Sorry this video is sideways--my fault when recording & there's no sound due to older digital camera.

On Pregnancy...

I have to say, pregnancy is a very weird thing. All of these hormones raging inside of my body, making me ravenously hungry for Olive Garden one second and then fish & chips from White Rock the next. It's predictable, but not. Predictable in the sense that I know my body needs to consistently have food inside, or else a scary monster comes roaring out. Unpredictable, b/c sauted onions that are normally a culinary delight, smell absolutely rancid. It's also unpredictable, b/c foods that I could or couldn't stomach while pregnant with Veronica are completely opposite with this one.

I did forget how tired I would get while pregnant with Veronica, and I am definitely more fatigued the second time around (due to caring for Veronica). I am 10 weeks pregnant at this moment, which marks the end of the embryonic stage and the beginning of the fetal period. I have my first appointment in two weeks with a midwife. We are planning to have a homebirth with this one and intend to not find out the sex (as my friend Biz said she thinks that decision is harder on her {as well as my mother-in-law}). We also have not begun to think of names, b/c we don't have as much time to romance over the thought of child number two.

Now mind you, we are very happy about #2, it's just we have our hands full. With that said, sometimes I wonder if I was smart in trying for number two this soon, even though I think this is a good time in general. I just can't help but remember how tired & emotional I was in those early months. That's probably why we're not romancing over baby two. better go and make sure Veronica doesn't tear anything else apart in the house.

Laundry helper





Veronica is a big help when it comes to folding laundry (or should I say unloading the laundry?). Laundry time is a great way for me to do some housework, while Veronica is involved in the process, granted--she does make it go a bit longer than if done alone, but where would the fun be in that? I love listening to her as she takes clothes out and puts them back in, and only wish I could unlock the hidden gibberish. For Veronica, her favorite part about this experience was being able to do it in her diaper (if only mommy was more liberating & allowed her to do 100% birthday suit style--except I don't want to re-wash the clothes).





Friends

Veronica has two main friends in her life, Gavrie & Adri. They came over on Sunday while we watched the kids and their parents had a date night. Here are some great pictures of them enjoying a snack together. We'll have to have a yearly picture of them sitting on the floor eating a snack, but can you imagine them at 16-17 years doing this?