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Our new stove is here!! Bounce! Bounce! It's all installed and it has 4 working burners and a warming drawer and everything works!!! Yay!

Puck

Jul. 1st, 2005 10:16 am
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Puck, our sweet little cat, died last night in our living room. He's been burried in the back yard. We'll miss him.
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Life is going pretty well. Ira's been in camp for the past 2 1/2 weeks, and is loving it. He's brining his lunch and eating there for the first time, and although he's consequently not eating his vegetables anywhere near as much as he does when we're standing over him, it's going really well. We've been working on getting him to be a bit more independent over the past year or so, and it's working. Not pushing very much -- just want him to be willing to do some more on his own. He no longer needs us next to him all the time.

Nonny is growing. (yes, I know you're all surprised at this :-) We're guessing she's somewhere around 15-16 pounds at this point. She's currently working on mobility. She's deliberately rolling from her back to her side (can't figure out how to get her arm out of the way to go completely to her tummy yet) and can actually move a few inches on her tummy. She makes little crawling movements but can't get her weight up so she doesn't really go very far. It's very cute. And I don't know how, but I put her in the crib for a little while this morning and she managed to move across it on her back. She may be on the outside now, but she's still very squirmy.

We're going out to visit Chris' family today, a late father's day and sister's birthday celebration. Should be a lot of fun -- Ira loves his new cousins and Uncle Rick, and hopefully Nonny won't be as fussy as last time since her rash has now cleared up.

We're starting to plan a castle play structure/swingset as a surprise for Ira. We're hoping to have at least a small part of it built during the week Ira's at the Cape with his dad to surprise him with when he gets back. Probably a little tower/sandbox thing. If anyone is interested/able to help with building things, let us know.

Chris cooked lunch and it's ready and smelling yummy. Bye-bye!
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So today we were listening to WERS in the car on the way to school. They have a Jazz program on then. Ira was really liking the music, and we were talking about improvisation in music. Ira said "Making it up as you go along is hard because first you have to hear it in your head and then you hear it in your ears."
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More pictures of Nonny and the birth on [livejournal.com profile] cristovau 's journal.
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Inanna Maureen Shannon was born at home at 8:49 this morning.

9 pounds 6 1/2 ounces and 20 inches long.

Birth story to be posted later.

 

There's a picture in [livejournal.com profile] cristovau 's journal.

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Happy Birthday my love!

Dear Gonzo

May. 8th, 2005 11:07 pm
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Dear Gonzo,

Please stop leaving mostly dead twitching mice on the floor of my bedroom. Thank you.

-Bess
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Still no baby, just a very large and wiggly tummy. sigh.

But we did get a visit from the diaper lady today. She has a home-based business selling cloth diapers, and will come to your house and do a little workshop with samples of all the different diapers she sells, and there are a lot of them. It was a bit overwhelming, but it was nice to get to touch them (wow -- some of them are soooooo soft..... I know that I would much rather have than next to my skin than nasty disposable diapers....) and see the different styles and how they work. But the amount of variation -- it's amazing. Aside from the classic prefold diapers with pins or "snappies" (an alternative to pins that hold the diaper closed and don't involve risking pin-pricks), there are all-in-ones, pocket diapers, fitted diapers, liners, doublers, waterproof covers in vinal, fleece, or wool, organic or non-organic, bleached or unbleached, cotton, hemp (which is really really really soft), microfiber, colors and prints (leopard-print diapers? eep!) different diapers for boys and girls that have added layers in different places.... it seems like almost endless variations.

And some of the brand names -- fuzzybunz, bumpkins, bummies, kissaluvs, and one of my favorite names -- "punk baby" they come in bright and bold colors -- your baby can even wear black diapers if you want (goth-baby?)

We've sort of figured out what we want. I think we're going to order stuff tomorrow. Luckily, she doesn't push for an immediate order and is perfectly fine with coming over with all the stuff, doing the workshop, and then having people order off her website. I suspect that a lot of people are just as overwhelmed as we were.

Maybe Squirmy is just holding out until she has some nice soft fuzzy cuddly diapers to wear :-)

sigh

May. 5th, 2005 10:24 pm
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still pregnant. &%*$^ castor oil didn't work. sigh. Not trying anything new tonight -- going to sleep.
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Still no baby. But I actually woke up with some energy today. It was very weird. I played with Ira in the morning, washed some fabric for a quilt, cut it up into squares, and then Ira arranged them into a pattern for a quilt for his sister. He's very excited about it and it's very pretty. Then we took the squares downstairs and I sewed them together with him handing them to me until he got bored, then he watched a dvd and came and looked every so often. Well, the quilt cover is finished, and we went to Joannes and picked some nice flannel to back it with, and Ira picked out fabric for a quilt of his own. It's all watery colors and fishy prints (except for one night sky pattern). It's going to be very pretty. He's looking forward to putting that one together too, but agreed that first we finish Squirmy's. Maybe I'll work on that more tonight. I'm considering just backing it with the flannel and not using any batting so that it will be lightweight and possibly safe to use before she's a year old. After all, it would basically be a large receiving blanket with a thin cotton backing at that point. At least good to snuggle under.

Mmmmmm... dinner is smelling really good. Chris and Ira started chile in the crock-pot this morning and it's been cooking all day. Chris has been so amazingly wonderful lately, doing just about everything around here from housework to childcare to taking care of the gardens and the cats. I'm really glad that I've had enough energy to give him the afternoon off today and spend the time with Ira.
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No Squirmy yet. sigh. I'm getting a bit impatient.

Please little one, stop being stubborn and decide to enter the world soon! Tonight is good. Tomorrow would be okay too. We want to see you and hold you and snuggle you!

sigh

Apr. 18th, 2005 12:29 pm
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No baby yet. Voting for either today or tomorrow though. Really. I think I might go take a long walk.

At least there's really not all that much more that really _needs_ to get done.

Woke up in an extremely good mood today though. I have no idea why, but I'm just extraordinarily happy and even bouncy (okay, that's much more of a figurative bouncy than a literal bouncy for obvious reasons.) I even have some energy. Weird. No real urges to clean anything though, so it doesn't sound like that nesting urge you keep hearing about. :-)

Baby?

Apr. 14th, 2005 03:31 pm
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Well, we thought labor was beginning last night, but as soon as the midwife suggested that I should "lie down and try to get some rest" things slowed down and more or less stopped. The contractions had gotten to about 5-7 minutes apart. Now I'm having stronger contractions again, and they're starting closer together than they started yesterday, so who knows. Maybe. I'll keep y'all posted. Or someone will.

Yuck.

Apr. 10th, 2005 11:00 pm
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I was just getting ready to crawl into bed when Ira started crying. So I went in, and noticed what was about to happen with about 5 seconds to get him upright enough that at least he wasn't sick all over himself... no middle of the night bath tonight. But new sheets, and the bathroom floor was washed, new jammies, laundry in the washer now (including bear, duckling, and Baby Thuly... wonder how he likes the washing machine). Chris took care of basically all the cleanup while I comforted Ira. And he was even pretty cheerful about it. What a wonderful man! I'm pretty sure Ira also has a low fever, and come to think of it, one of his classmates siblings was sick for several days last week with a nasty stomach bug. I'm pretty sure he's going to be home from school tomorrow.

And now, to bed. bed bed bed bed bed.

exhaustion

Apr. 10th, 2005 09:28 pm
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Got up early today (okay, it was 7:45, so not really early for someone with a 3-yo, but it still felt really early, 'specially since Ira spent the night at Jon's) and went to our last BFW class. It was good. Some mushiness, a really good video that actually had some stuff I didn't already know, and a wonderful foot massage (Thanks Chris!). Then I did a quick change in the bathroom there, and we headed off to Crystal and Steve's wedding. Got there just as they were starting the processional. Sigh... it took quite a bit longer to get there from Beverly than we expected, and the class had run just a little bit over (maybe by 10 minutes or so.) The wedding was lovely, but exhausting. By 5, I was ready to fall over, so we took Ira and headed home. Got home, all changed into comfy clothes and went out for pizza. By the time we got back home (around 7) I was really ready to fall over. In fact, I did. I went to sleep while Chris played with Ira, first outside and then inside. One of Ira's old stuffies resurfaced, and he's suddenly become very attached to baby cthuly. They're snuggled up together in bed right now, fast asleep with bear, duck, and duckling to keep them company. He said "Baby Thuly is bear and duck's new baby." I'm not sure if I should be scared or not. Anyway, I'm ready to crawl back into bed for the night. I'm thinking that I'm not going to do much extra tomorrow aside from what needs to be done.

Car!

Apr. 7th, 2005 02:47 pm
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My car is home and it works!!!!! Yay! We're not trapped at the house anymore! They even finished a whole day earlier than they said they would!
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Ira followed up his little 2 step crash landing of about 2 weeks ago with tumbling down the entire flight from top to bottom today. This time there was no jumping involved -- he was on his way up and tripped or slipped or something -- I didn't actually see what happened. I got there as he landed at the bottom. Luckily he wasn't badly hurt -- a few bumps and bruises. Even he admitted after calming down and snuggling for a while that he was more scared than hurt. sigh. I'm not sure if I can make it through all the falls and accidents that I know are coming as he gets more adventurous and less timid about trying new (and probably stupid) things.
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He's listening/watching a sing-along dvd and drumming along, and he just got a little fast. Stopped, said "No, that's too fast!" listened carefully for a few seconds, and came in exactly on the beat. I think it might be time to start seriously considering music lessons......
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Ira: (balls up a stuffed bunny and stuffs it in his pajama top) "Mommy -- now my tummy is as fat as yours!" and then proceeds to "have a baby bunny"
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