Monday, 30 April 2007

Toesies!

We had the first big parental shake-up this morning. Logan was up most of the night. We weren't sure why since he usually sleeps through the night. But at 8:00 a.m, I found out. I was dressing Logan and was about to put on his socks (My mommy would be proud to know that!). Anyway, I noticed that one of his little toesies was purple and another was red. Yikes!

Somehow during the night, with all of his wiggling, Logan tied a bunch of hair around them, cutting off the circulation. I just about had a heart attack. I couldn't get it untangled all of the way. Although I was pleased that I got one toe back to normal colour and the other was more red than purple.

I called Terry at work for some suggestions. He immediately came home to inspect the situation. We're both noobs at this. We had no idea what to do. I tried picking the hair out from around his toe, but it was so tight that it was impossible to get at.

Logan cried, I cried and vowed to chop off all my hair so that this would never happen again. Terry, seeing that I was very serious and not wanting to see my hair in a pile on the floor, became the voice of reason. "If it wasn't this, it would be something else. Logan would bump his head, skin his knee etc," he told me. It's true, I need to prepare for the inevitable.

Finally we decided that the risk to Logan's precious toes was too much. We drove him to the Children's Hospital Emergency room. What a thing to make the trip for!

The nurses were all really sweet. Apparently this happens quite a bit. They broke out the trusty bottle of Nair (complete with 'Children's Hospital Emergency' written on it with black marker). Can you believe that? I totally wish I would have thought of that. They slathered it on Logan's tootsies and it seems to have done the trick.

Now we're at home and Logan is catching up on much-needed snoozes. His toe is still red, but it will survive until the next mishap at least.

Wednesday, 25 April 2007

I Miss My Daddy (A Beaner Blog)

Mommy has let Logan write his own blog today.

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to update everyone on how I'm doing.

I went to the doctor last week and he told me that I'm 16 pounds. I'm such a big boy.

I've been trying out this eating cereal thing. It's way too hard and I fuss and fuss, but whenever I open my mouth to let out a wail of protest, mommy sticks a spoon full of mush in there. Then I gotta push it around in my mouth a bit and then swallow (wouldn't want her to think that I liked this stuff).

I'm also working hard on trying to crawl. I can push myself up on my hands, and I can get my knees moving, but I can't seem to coordinate the two at the same time yet. Dammit! I'll figure it out soon and then I'll take to the open road before mommy or daddy can catch me hahaha.

What else?
Well there is only one thing more. I miss my daddy. He's been in Ottawa this week and I want him to come home. I keep looking in his usual spots, in front of his computer, in his chair, at the entryway that he walks through when he comes home from work. He's nowhere to be found. I miss him a lot... and so does mommy.

Check me out! I'm trying to crawl and slobber over everything all at once!

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Mommy's New Toy

Terry has asked me several times what new thing I wanted. I didn't want any clothes (my clothes seem new now because I was in maternity wear for so long). I don't really collect anything. And I am sort of low maintenance, so I don't absolutely need anything.

This frustrated Terry a little because he wanted to get me something new. Something just for mommy. I'd been spending a lot of time buying stuff for the baby or for the house, but not for myself.

I finally broke down. My Mac was secondhand from my dad and was old and slow. So we spent our tax refund on a new computer for mommy.



Here are the new computer specs for those nerds out there:

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  • 1GB memory
  • 250GB hard drive1
  • 8x DL SuperDrive
  • ATI Radeon X1600 graphics
And here is a picture from my brand new iSight.

The funny thing is that Terry probably could have made me just as happy with a new sewing machine. But I guess a new computer is more interesting to the computer geek in him, even if it is an Apple.

Monday, 23 April 2007

First Feeding

We took Logan to his 4 month well-baby check-up last week. His pediatrician told us that he was ready to try out some rice cereal.

Since Logan stopped sleeping through the night a few nights back, we decided it was a good idea to start him on cereal too. Maybe that would fill him up and we wouldn't be up feeding him at 3:30 in the morning.

So we bought some rice cereal and read the instructions carefully. After all, Logan isn't the only noob around here. Not only does he not know how to eat off of a spoon, but we don't know how to feed him either.

The first try ended with more cereal on the bib than in the baby. Logan is very resistant to change, so the first try ended in crying. But we gave him a bottle and he was fine.


We came up with the ingenious idea to put some of the cereal in his 7:00 pm bottle. That would get him used to the taste and might fill him up so he would sleep through the night.

It worked. He slept from 7:30 last night until 6:30 this morning. Yay!

The second feeding today went much smoother. Logan ate his cereal without too much of a fuss. He only made a few faces and stuck his tongue out once. He downed half a tablespoon. He is getting the hang of it. By the time daddy gets home from Ottawa at the end of the week, Logan will be a pro.


You may have noticed that we don't have a high chair yet. For years we have had a kitchen table, but no chairs for it. We eat all our meals in the living room. Now that Logan is eating, we need to buy table chairs for ourselves as well as a high chair. So, we're working on it. Maybe on the weekend we'll find some we like and actually eat together at the table like a real family.

Sunday, 22 April 2007

Wolverine

This is an encore blog. I posted it originally on my Myspace blog a couple of months ago. It turned out to be my most popular to date. 6 comments! All the nerds came out of the woodwork to post their opinion about our little Logan. So I thought that my Blogspot readers might want to check it out also.

I think most of you who know me (and some of you who don't) have figured out why I chose the name Logan for my precious little sweetie. But for those not in the know, here is a breakdown of they name Logan:

First of all you gotta know that Terry and I are huge nerds. Well... I wasn't a nerd until I started hanging out with Terry and company. Don't try to tell me any different. I'm no listening la la la la la la la

Anyway, as most of our friends picked up on right away, Logan is the name of Wolverine (X-Men).Yes, my baby is named after a comic book hero. How nerdy is that? However, in my defence, what better comic book hero to be named after? Wolverine is BADASS!



This is basically how Terry convinced me to choose Logan:
You see... Wolverine is from Alberta (so is Logan's mommy) :D
And I wouldn't really want my kid named Peter Parker or Lex Luther now do I?
As one friend so aptly pointed out, Logan is the least nerdy "nerd" name we could come up with. And at least we didn't call him "Wolverine."

I came up with a crazy idea a couple of years ago that I'm going to follow through on. I kept telling people that if i ever had a kid, I would tattoo his/her name on the skin over my ovary. That is where the kid came from after all :D
Logan just happens to lend itself to that very thing. There are lots of ways to incorporate the Wolverine theme into a tattoo. In fact, a friend from Chronix Radio created one for me.

Image was removed due to large amount of traffic. I don't want too many people getting my tattoo design before me!


Badass!

If the Wolverine angle isn't your cup of tea, Logan is also the name of an Avenue in Winnipeg (Winnipeg being where Logan and Logan's Daddy were born).

Here is the official definition of Logan if that's more to your liking:
- a mountain peak in the St. Elias Range in the southwestern Yukon Territory in Canada (19,850 feet high)
- Logan is a low cost automobile produced by Renault and Dacia. It is based on the Renault-Nissan small car platform also used by the Nissan Micra and the 3rd generation Renault Clio. It was launched in 2004 as the Dacia Logan and will also be sold as a Renault Logan in Russia and other markets.The car replaces many older cars in production, including Iran's Hillman Hunter-based Paykan and the Romanian Renault 12-based Dacia range.
- Logan is a provincial electoral division in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It was created by redistribution in 1956, and existed until 1989.

Whatever you do, just don't tell me that we named our kid after Rory's boyfriend on the Gilmore Girls . He doens't do justice to such a heroic name!


Logan on Gilmore Girls - Matt Czuchry

Friday, 13 April 2007

Poor Kid

Poor kid! Logan looks like his mommy!



This is me circa 1977.

And this is Logan at about the same age (2007).

Wednesday, 11 April 2007

4 Months


Happy 4 month birthday Logan!

Thursday, 5 April 2007

Stars and Strollers


Once Terry and I started making enough money to afford a few "extras," we started going to the movies every Saturday afternoon. It was a fun thing that both of us enjoyed very much. When we decided to start a family, we knew that our movie-going days were limited. Or were they?

When I was pregnant we saw a commercial at the St. Vital Silver City about Famous Players' Stars and Strollers. Basically it's a program where parents are allowed to bring their babies to the movies with them on Monday afternoons.

Now that Logan is 4 months old I thought I might try it out. I'd been suffering from serious movie theatre popcorn withdrawal. The good part about it is that they don't just play kid movies. They choose movies that parents would like to watch. For example, Grindhouse is playing next week for Stars and Strollers. The babies are too young to understand the movies anyway.

I went online and found out that two movies were playing. I decided to go to Blades of Glory.

When I arrived at the theatre there were lots of other mommies and daddies there. We all had strollers, diaper bags, slobber cloths, baby toys etc.

I bought my ticket (Logan was free of course). And I got some buttered popcorn and a drink. The girl at the concession asked if I needed any help carrying everything. That was very thoughtful. As I made my way to the theatre I noticed they had set up a baby changing table close to the doors for our convenience. They had people there to help "park" all our strollers and introduce the movie.

It was a wonderful baby-friendly environment. As the movie was playing the lights were only dimmed so I could see Logan and all his baby stuff. The sound was also a little quieter, but not enough to take away from the movie experience. Parents were free to walk around and calm their babies by whispering, and bouncing and whatever else worked. Logan slept through most of the movie. When he woke up, he was so surprised to see a gigantic movie that he was quiet. Once he got comfortable, he decided to start talking very loudly and happily to Will Ferrell hehehe.

It was great to be in an environment full of parents going through the same thing. No one got annoyed when babies were fussy or making poopies or yapping at movie characters.

I had a great time. I am totally going to make this a weekly thing. Terry has this Monday off and I know he's excited about coming with Logan and me to Stars and Strollers. I even got a free pass as I was leaving so we'll only have to pay for one of us. Excellent!

Tuesday, 3 April 2007

Baby Free Weekend


Terry noticed that by Friday of last week, I was falling apart. Every joint in my body ached. Even the connections to my toes. I needed a break from the constant bouncing that Logan was demanding.

Being the most excellent daddy ever, he suggested that I have a "baby free" weekend. Now this didn't mean that I'd have to spend the whole weekend away from my little guy. I was just free to come and go as I pleased without worrying about feedings, changings, bouncings, etc.

So, this weekend I got to be Tawny for awhile, not mommy. I left my hair down because it was free from tiny grabby hands. I wore make-up and contact lenses. Both things I don't have time and energy for when I'm mommy.

I got to go shopping with a friend of mine, Melanie. We cruised the mall and even felt like 13 year old girls at the hair accessory store, checking out all the tacky plastic earrings and Avril Lavigne fingerless gloves. We shopped for underwear. I had stretched all mine out while I was pregnant and, for 4 months, I've been reaching my hand down my pants to pull my panties back up. Classy! I totally needed new stuff.

I watched movies and TV and cut out squares for the new quilt I'm making. I didn't have to pick up Logan and carry him around until my joints ached. I didn't have to wake up early to feed him. Although, I admit, I didn't spend some time cuddling and playing with my little guy. I can't help it. Tawny can have her weekend, but mommy needs her baby fix.

Terry got up early with Logan. He played with and bounced and fed Logan. He helped me get back on my feet. My joints feel much better this week.

We got a fancy new bouncer this weekend too. The Fisher-Price Jumperoo. It's just another handy device to keep Logan happy and moving. He can't be in that Jolly Jumper all day, even if he would like it that way.

The pictures are of me on my "baby free" weekend, Terry and Logan bonding while mommy has a break, and Logan drowning in his new Jumperoo.