Kitties and Babies

Boo.  I have some sort of fun news (on theCT front) but mostly I feel like crap because we have to have our angry old man cat, Bean, put to sleep on Thursday.  He is 16 years old (and yes, named after Frances Bean Cobain) and has had a wonderful life.  I got him as a kitten and have had him over half my life.   He had escaped death on numerous occasions, swam across a river to make it back home to the old house wehad moved from, and lived life as the cat version of the angry old man shaking his cane at you and yelling at you to get off his lawn.  He regularly goes on “walkabouts” and is gone for days on end (his second-last one was when I was in the hospital with Lyric so that was a huge added stress on top) but after his most recent walkabout a few weeks ago he hasn’t been the same.  He used to weigh about 15-20lb but now is about half that and I picked himup yesterday to find that one of his canines had fallen out while cleaning himself and was stuck in his tail fur.  He also keeps falling down when he tries to stand and can’t keep himself clean.  I feel horrible to have to make this choice for him, but I would hope that if I was in pain and by all appearances wanted it to end, that someone would help me out.  We’ve decided that on Thursday afternoon, after giving the boys tomorrow afternoon to come over and say goodbye, that my mum, James and I will go have him put to sleep.  We’ll take him to the mountain that overlooks our town where two of our other kitties are buried (Tonks and Bison) and lay him to rest there.  I’m going to miss him dearly and I hate to do this, but I know that he is suffering right now and I don’t want that for him after such a wonderful life.

On the plus side, we are starting to get our Connecticut trip sorted out.  We were originally supposed to move Dec 6 and James was going to be working on college football for ESPN but now it looks like we are going to be going to Ft Lauderdale in March for 6 weeks of baseball spring training and then move to CT after that.  James is crazy excited because baseball is his favorite sport and he wasn’t really looking forward to covering football.  I am excited because we get to be around our family for Lyric’s first Christmas and I don’t have to be in CT for the winter!  Sorry folks, I am just not a winter kind of gal!  Two other bonuses are that 2 of our really good friends are expecting a baby at the end of November so we’ll definitely be around for that, as well as James being the birth partner for our friend Meredith who is a surrogate for a family in TO.  I am so fucking proud of him for doing this (he attends all the midwife appointments, texts or calls her daily to make sure she is drinking enough water and taking her vitamins, and is taking the “Birthing from Within” class with her) and she is not due until the end of December.  He was going to have to fly back at the first sign of labour and this works out a whole lot better for him.  This also takes us closer to the end of the school year soif one or both or the boys come with us, it will be much easier.

On the Lyric front, things are fabulous.  I feel blessed because she is such an easy baby.  She just turned 5 months yesterday (how did that happen???) and every day is a blessing.  She gets funnier and funnier all the time.  She plays peek-a-boo now and giggles when I pretend to eat her thighs and give her raspberries on her belly.  She is so smart and constantly pays attention to what is going on around her (to the point of making people uncomfortable when she watches them!).  Having her has brought me even closer to my mum (we were already super close before) because it makes me realize just how much she loves me and for her she gets to see her baby all grown up and taking care of a baby on her own.  My dad on the other hand, is not something I care to think about right now, maybe I’ll write about it later when I’m not so pissed off.  Lyric is 21lb already and about 27″ long.  She’s wearing all 9-12 month clothes with a few 18 month things thrown in!

We have been cloth diapering full time now for a couple of months.  It has certainly been an ordeal as I have tried (and failed) with 3 detergents finally to settle on the one that costs $20pkg (Rockin Green Soft Rock)!!  She grew out of her prefolds and fitteds and we just received 10 new pocket diapers from Kawaii Baby in the mail today.  They are a great company to deal with (free shipping over $70) and their diapers are cheap and awesome!  She also looks ridiculously cute in her leopard print diapers so that’s a huge bonus.

Anyhoo, she is starting to stir and I want to get to her before she wakes up so here are some pix to keep you all happy. xo

 

mmmm..... peas!

 

 

My beautiful boy Bean

 

 

Lyric and Daddy getting ready for Halloween

 

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Birth Quiz from MarriedMe

1. WAS YOUR FIRST PREGNANCY PLANNED? Absolutely! We tried for about 15 months.

2. WERE YOU MARRIED AT THE TIME? Yup, we had celebrated our first anniversary about 6 weeks before I got pregnant.

3. WHAT WERE THE REACTIONS? It was the best thing that had ever happened to me. I cried in the doctors office and the nurse wasn’t sure whether she should congratulate me or comfort me.

4. WAS ABORTION AN OPTION FOR YOU? Absolutely not! I wanted her so badly.

5. HOW OLD WERE YOU? We’re pretty sure I got pregnant on my 29th birthday.

6. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT YOU WERE PREGNANT? I ovulated late (I was charting) so I waited 14 days after and took a test. It was faint so I took another one the next morning. It was faint as well so I went to the clinic to take a test as soon as they opened. Sitting in the waiting room was the most anxious I have ever felt in my life

7. WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST? I told James there was a faint line but it just seemed to good to be true! He was at work when I went to the clinic so I texted my best friend who was 6 months pregnant at the time. It was so awesome to share that with her. Then I called my mum.

8. DID YOU WANT TO FIND OUT THE SEX? Absolutely! I have 2 step-sons so I wanted to know if I was going to have another boy!

9. DUE DATE? May 1 2001

10. DID YOU HAVE MORNING SICKNESS? Yup. Not a lot of actual vomiting though. I was just ALWAYS on the verge of it. I kept trying to make myself puke to feel some relief but it wouldn’t work

11. WHAT DID YOU CRAVE? Kit Kats and Skor Blizzards

12. WHO/WHAT IRRITATED YOU THE MOST? Mostly the “you’ll see” comments. And strangers trying to touch me.

13. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CHILD’S SEX? a girl!

14. DID YOU WISH YOU HAD THE OPPOSITE SEX OF WHAT YOU WERE GETTING? No way! I was terrified it would be a boy and I would be disappointed.

15. HOW MANY POUNDS DID YOU GAIN THROUGHOUT THE PREGNANCY? over 40! But I only have 7lbs left to go!

16. DID YOU HAVE A BABY SHOWER? heck yeah. I opened presents for 3 hours straight.

17. WAS IT A SURPRISE OR DID YOU KNOW? I knew. I helped my mum and MIL plan it

18. DID YOU HAVE ANY COMPLICATIONS DURING YOUR PREGNANCY? no real complications. I hated being pregnant though, which I felt horrible about because I had wanted it so badly. I went on sick leave from work though because my swelling was so bad and I couldn’t be on my feet for 8 hours.

19. WHERE DID YOU GIVE BIRTH? Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, BC, Canada

20. HOW MANY HOURS WERE YOU IN LABOR? about 18

21. WHO DROVE YOU TO THE HOSPITAL? James

22. WHO WATCHED YOU GIVE BIRTH? James and the OR staff

23. WAS IT NATURAL OR C-SECTION? a Supernatural Ceasarean Birth

24. DID YOU TAKE MEDICINE TO EASE THE PAIN? Yup, I was induced with Cervadil and Pitocin so the contractions were intense the whole labour. I had and Epidural after about 10 hours or so and then a spinal block before my surgery.

27. HOW MUCH DID YOUR CHILD WEIGH? 9lb 6oz

28. WHEN WAS YOUR CHILD ACTUALLY BORN? May 11, 2010 6:41am

30. WHAT DID YOU NAME HIM/HER? Lyric Sinead Maggie O’Callaghan

31. HOW OLD IS YOUR FIRST BORN TODAY? 5 months today!


In serious need of an update


Crap!  I feel like I never get an actual change to update.  There is so much going on on a daily basis that I feel bad because I’m not documenting it but I also feel good because I am actually living it and enjoying it.

Notes to self:

– I need to post about Lyric’s Wiccaning

– I need to post about Lyric’s Birth!!!!!

Update:

Lyric had her first actual food today and she loved it.  We were at my friend’s baby shower and it was one of those “guess what baby food this is” things and I let her have some organic peas afterward.  She actually cried when I took the food away so we just kept going until she was full

Cloth diapering is going fabulously.  We’ve had a few issues with stink while trying to figure out which soap to use but I was able to remedy it by stripping the covers and bleaching the microfiber inserts (not necessarily recommended but definitely worth it.  I also have stopped using disposable wipes most of the time but I keep running out since I broke my Serger (grrr….) and I need to make more.

We think Lyric is teething.  She chews on everything and drools up a storm.  I bought her an Amber teething necklace and it seems to be helping.

I’ve been knitting a lot lately.  My friends are having a baby soon and I knit them a couple hats and some booties.  I also knit myself a hat and am knitting a bit for Lyric.  I bought myself an Amber bracelet and it has been doing wonders for my tendinitis.

ummmm…. what else…… We’re moving to CT but more on that to come when the details are sussed (is that a word?) out.

Lyric smiles and laughs and talks so much (not sure what she’s saying but it’s obviously important!) and it makes my heart melt.  She has the greatest smile on the planet.  I love her so much it makes me cry sometimes.  I just can’t get over how awesome she is.  She rolls over from back to front and holds herself up with her arms.  She gets better with tummy time all the time.  She has been in her Jolly Jumper and loves it.  But she seems to love everything.  She is seriously the easiest baby ever!

I cut off ALL OF MY HAIR!!  And I fucking love it.  I love love love love love it!!!  I was so scared but I feel like a fucking goddess!!!

We got a new carrier.  It’s a BabyHawk Oh Snap and I love it.  I had wanted an Ergo but this one is even better because it has skulls on it!!!  I can carry her around for over an hour and not feel her at all.

uhhhh…… That’s all I can think of for now.  I’m going to leave you with a ridiculous amount of photos.

Cloth Diapers! or "did I mention my child is 20lb at 4.5 months?"

Our new BabyHawk

Jolly Jumper Time

Lyric had her first cold. She kicked her medicine's ass!

Lyric had her first cold. She kicked her medicine's ass!

Chillin' with Nana in my Halloween head. It's going to be an Ewok, I swear

New hair... yeah.... I'm hot

Booties for my friend


More point form

Another quick update (Lyric will fuss any moment I’m sure!)

  • Lyric is now 3 1/2 months old.
  • She weighs about 17lbs (about the size of a 6 month old!)
  • she is growing out of everything!!!!
  • we are doing 90% cloth diapering.  It’s working out great.  We have some cute new leopard print pocket diapers for outings and I usually use the Flip with an insert or just over a fitted at home
  • she loves her Sophie giraffe
  • she is rolling over onto her tummy all the time now.  We can’t leave her alone for a second!  She is getting better and better on her tummy and is able to hold her head up and look around now.  She’s getting more and more strength in her arms so she’ll be pushing herself up soon.
  • Pagan Pride is this weekend.  It’s an all day outdoor gathering at Departure Bay with rituals and workshops and yummy food and shopping
  • I’ve been knitting again!  My wrists have been doing a lot better so I’m giving it another shot.
  • and Lyric is fussing so that’s all for now!

Thirty!

Today is Birthday Party Eve and Saturday is my thirtieth birthday!  Thirty seems so grown up but I really don’t feel grown up.  I suppose being married and having a baby and 2 step-sons makes me a grown up but I have yet to start feeling it.  My wonderful friends Dawn and George are hosting my birthday party at their house tomorrow and it should be a whole lot of fun!

In Lyric news, she is 12 weeks old now and is absolutely wonderful.  She just started rolling over the other day and is now impossible to keep still on any flat surface!  She also let out her first laugh the other day!  My mum bought her a Sophie Giraffe the other day and she figured out how to hold on to it today.  I’m so proud of her.  She is chewing and drooling a lot so I think she might be at the beginning of teething.  Luckily the drooling hasn’t left a rash on her face at all so it looks like she didn’t inherit my problem skin after all!  She has been holding her head up for a while now so she is so much easier to play with.  She sits on my lap or James’ lap or in the Bumbo and just smiles away and chews on whatever is within her reach.  She also had a tiny bit of chocolate icing the other day (not my choice — it was all James!!!) and seemed to love it.  Other than that though I don’t want her having any food until she’s at least 5 months old (but preferably 6).  She’s still breastfeeding like a champ and is growing quite well.  We haven’t weighed her in a few weeks but she was over 14 lbs then so she’s probably about 15.5lbs by now.  She wears 3-6 and 6-9 month clothes!  She’s HUGE!!!

It has been really hot here in the last while and there are forest fires in the Okanagan so we’ve had lots of smoke the last two days.  It’s so gross and muggy and smoky that we can’t have our windows open.  Lyric’s lungs are so tiny and she has asthma in her genes so I don’t want to risk her getting sick or having an asthma attack.  We’re going to take her to the pool tonight and will probably hang out there for a few hours since it’s got AC and she loves being in the water.

She’s starting to fuss so I need to go.  My blog posts are so few and far between lately because every time I try to start one she wakes up — she’s definitely a cat napper!

Chillin’ in the Bumbo

In the Exosaucer

Eating the Bunny

Eating Sophie


Tonks

I tried to write a blog explaining what happened to our beloved cat Tonks but I can’t without crying. She had some sort of accident Sunday night and the damage was too extensive to fix. We had to put her down yesterday afternoon. She was a wonderful little girl and I miss her so much. xo

Tonks on the roof:

Tonks on the windowsill:

Hanging out with Daddy:

Tonks on the skylight:

Tonks eating our sample wedding cake:


And some more…

A few more things I forgot (and some pix!)

– she rolled over at 5 weeks!  The first time she rolled onto her tummy she had her arm stuck under her and I thought it was a fluke.  Then a few hours later she rolled over and pulled her arm out from under her.  Then she did it again a bit later and started to cry because she got scared.  Poor girl!

– we just started her on cloth diapers.  I was give a bunch of fitted cloth diapers from a friend of mine but they won’t fit Lyric until she’s a few months older.  So my mum made me a bunch of prefolds with some diaper flannel we got on sale and I got a Thirsties Duo Wrap.  Hopefully the Thirsties cover is a success since they’re the cover I’ve heard the most positive reviews about.

– she got to meet her BFF Molly!  Heather and Molly came over for the weekend and it was fabulous.  Obviously Lyric is too young to have really noticed Molly but Molly was really cute with Lyric and held her hand.  We got some great pix of them too!

– Lyric has taken really well to “babywearing”.   She doesn’t like the sling that much but I think it’s because it’s too big for my body (it’s a hand-me-down from a friend who is bigger than me) and isn’t adjustable so she sits low on my body and I’m uncomfortable.  She loves the moby-type wrap I’ve been using though and it’s so easy to carry her — it distributes her weight so well I can barely feel her.  We’ve also had some success with the Snuggli but I think she’s still a bit tiny for it.

– my brother (Chris) and his wife (Rae-Ann) and daughter (Cassandra) came to visit.  It was fabulous!  Cassandra is only 4 1/2 but she was so great with Lyric.  Chris and I barely ever got to see our cousins since the closest ones lived in Calgary (where Chris and his family live as well) but Rae-Ann and I are determined that our kids will grow up knowing each other.  I’m hoping we can get together at least 2 times a year from now on.  Other great news, Chris and Rae-Ann are doing fabulously (they’ve had lots of ups and downs) and are going to start trying for another baby in the summer!