What to muse about today?

July 25, 2011

 Life has been busy!  So much has happened, so many things to update!  I didn’t get too many opportunities to pull out the laptop while Stu’s family was here, so I got behind.  Then, after they left,  I put off coming back here, because I didn’t know where to start.  It got overwhelming.  And each day only made it worse.  So, let’s just do a quick list and get on with it.

  • Stu’s mom and sister came over for a visit.  We hadn’t seen them in almost a year.  Of course, they hadn’t been able to see the new one yet, so they just soaked her up.  Teagan really latched on to her “Auntie Em,” and Emily did a great job playing with her.  So cute to see the two of them together.  Emily also did fantastically with Ashlin, once she got over the fear of holding a baby.  She’s quite the baby whisperer.
  • Anywhere we went, we needed to take two cars.  Four adults and two kids that need car seats did not allow for quick dashes in one car anywhere.
  • We went to the ZOO!  Of course, it ended up being in the middle of the heat wave.  HOT!  Teagan walked almost the entire afternoon, she did not want to ride in the stroller.  By the end of the day she asked Stu for “uppy!”  Stu said that if she was tired, she could ride in the stroller.  Teagan thought for a minute, and then replied “little tired.”  This kid is going to give us trouble.  I’m sure of it.  Ashlin was awake for quite a bit of the day, but eventually fell asleep.
  • I made jam with my MIL.  Well, Emily helped a little.  We didn’t get to go berry picking, unfortunately.  But berries were on sale at so many of the stores, we ended up getting a bunch and then made three (!) batches:  one  Strawberry, one Blueberry/Raspberry/Blackberry and one everything.  One jar ended up getting the last drips of all three batches, and oh, so good!  Makes one damn fine peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
  • We went to the beach!  Ashlin was awake for a bit of that too – she seems to be more awake now – and Teagan was good.  It was in the middle of the heat wave.  HOT!  Teagan did not want to go in the ocean, but she did eat the sand.
  • We went shopping!  So nice to get back to the outlets again.
  • Ashlin rolled over, and MIL was there to see it!  Yay, so glad that she got to see a first.  Then she wouldn’t roll for a few days, now anytime you put her on the floor, the first thing she does is roll.
  • Ashlin giggles now.  She’s still getting used to doing it, but she’s laughed for me, my sister, Stu and I think my mom.  They’re awesome little laughs, that you need to work for.  The same thing won’t work twice in a row.  I may have gotten some on video though!
  • Stu, along with Teagan, Lynne and Emily, surprised me a few days before my birthday (but they day they left) with an ice cream cake and Teagan singing “Happy day day mama!”  So sweet.
  • He also  got me an iPad for my birthday.  It’s lovely.  And take-out Thai.  And chocolate.  And champagne.  And three books:
  1. Monsters Eat Whiny Children – this made Teagan a bit uncomfortable when I read it to her :)
  2. Go the F**k To Sleep.
  3. The new Evanovich!
  • Oh, and Just Dance for the Wii.  I didn’t think I’d like it, but it is fun.  And a bit of a work out.  Teagan loves it too.  She’ll ask us to dance.  He favorite song is “Who let the dogs out?”  Stu’s favorite is Elvis’ “A little more understanding.”  Teagan refers to him as “Man”
  • I spent all of last week trying to clear a clogged duct.  Two days of working on it at home – heat, massage, compressions, nursing, pumping – before seeing a doctor.  Only to have them tell me what I already knew, and to have me do more of the same.  It sucks.  Second doctor visit, she thought it may have progressed to mastitis.  I’m on antibiotics and there doesn’t seem to be any unclogging happening.  So frustrating, it’s been a full week now.  At least the pain is gone, so I can pick up Teagan and Ashlin.  The blinding white pain was not fun at all.  It doesn’t feel good, but it’s not burning pain any more.  The clog hasn’t gotten any bigger, but it hasn’t gotten any smaller.  Midwife said today that if it’s not better by the time I’m done with the round of antibiotics, I will need to get an ultrasound and possibly a surgical consult.  Great.
  • Somehow my baby is now three and a half.  Where has all the time gone?  She’s not supposed to grow up this fast!
I guess that’s really all for now…  I’m sure I’ll remember something else tomorrow.  But then that’ll be an entry for tomorrow.

January 19, 2011

It’s late, I’m tired.  Here’s some video of Teagan playing with my friend’s kids at their house from this past weekend.  Pay no attention to the voices in the background :)

Stu and I went down to visit with friends in PA.  Yes, where his car got stuck in a near record-breaking snow fall last  year.  It didn’t snow this time.


Mmmmm... crepes. Moar! Beez!!

It was nice seeing my friend and her family again.  Fondue (cheese and meat,) soup, crepes, talks.  Oh, it was a good visit.  An overdue visit.

Her kids were great with Teagan – they even got into fights (and trouble!) because they both wanted to do things with her at the same time.  Little did they know that she’s so active she could keep them both busy.  Even with her toddler sensitivities.

It was also one of the few trips where were didn’t play any geeky games.  Oh well.  We need to show them the Zombie Game next time.  And the new expansions for Talisman. :)

Anyway, too short a trip.  They live too far away.  We need to discover beaming technology.  Before April.

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January 7, 2011

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Image by RHiNO NEAL via Flickr

Still playing catch-up with my internet reading.  Soon enough, I’ll be all caught up and scrounging for more things to read.


One of the “mommy blogs” I like reading had a post with a great list of parenting resolutions.  Some of them really hit home, some not quite as much.  Maybe because I’m not quite there yet – her kids seem older than Teagan.  Some are how I’d like to be. 

Anyway, her list without her comments, gives you a basic idea:

1: Yell less.
2: Listen more.
3: Savor the small moments.
4: The little things matter. Show them how much you care.
5: Acknowledge that some battles on are not worth fighting.
6: Parent as if no one is watching.
7: Parent as if everyone is watching.
8: Unplug.   
9: Play.    
10: Enjoy. Enjoy your kids more. Enjoy your life more.

Having traveled recently with a toddler who’s just beginning to start acting out, not quite tantruming, but still exhibiting behavior that’s less than enjoyable, the yell less (though we really don’t yell, we will raise our voice to get her attention, and as soon as we do, drop to conversation) struck a note.  As did the Parent as if no one is watching, as I’m sure that we would have done things a little different – not give in as quickly (ie. pacifier) – if there weren’t people around.  We prefered to stop her from ramping up instead of holding our ground.  I’m sure that if we’re in places other than a plane, we would make different decisions, react differently.  I hope we would.

Unplug is another one that I need to work on a bit.  Sometimes I get caught up in the iPod or checking mail or something, and not playing attention to the piglet.  We get so little time during the week with her, that I try very hard to not get distracted.  sometimes, especially weekends, it’s not easy.  She’s so fun right now, and soon enough she won’t want my attention, I should focus on her now, and not other things.

One of the other articles I read was about Gerry Rafferty.  He, unfortunately, died recently.  I’ve had a soft spot for him ever since he (Baker Street!) was an answer to the pub trivia game that Stu and I won, or did we come in second?  I can’t remember now.  I remember that Stu chose to have Smirnoff Ice, while I got another pint :)

Oh!  And there are more vacation pictures up!  I may have too many of Teagan – eating peanut butter, chasing pigeons, splashing – than I should.  I just couldn’t pick.

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January 6, 2011


Flight home

Happy Reyes!!  Hope they brought you something good!

So, I’m slowly getting the vacation pictures up.  I’ve gotten through Christmas day…  I’ll get there eventually!

Anyway.  This morning was fun.  I almost got in two accidents driving from day care to work.  With less than a minute of each other.  Thankfully, we had already dropped off the piglet, but hubby was there.  I could have sworn that there was enough room for me to get on to the Merritt – that there were no cars in the right lane.  I may not have been turned around enough in the seat, but still, I could see oncoming traffic.  The first car I was able to stop for, and then pulled out and floored it.  Unfortunately, there was a second car that almost ended up riding in the trunk.  Much closer than I really like being.  It all turned out ok, but I’d prefer not to have something like that happen again!  I’m sure that Stu would agree.

I may be nearing the end of my driving for the time being.  With a double-digit countdown starting tomorrow, not doing too bad.

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December 29, 2010


Flight Home

Home. Finally. Flight home wasn’t anywhere near as fun as getting there… of course… but we also didn’t (couldn’t) get a seat for Teagan, which would have made it a bit more pleasant. If going from a balmy 80-85 to a frigid 20 is pleasant. Also, coming home to three feet of snow at the bottom of the driveway… We’ll get that straightened out tomrrow. Now, baby’s sleeping (finally!) and we have a minute to relax and recouperate from the trip home.

Still, it’s good to be home.

As yesterday, I’ll update with a pic, when I get the camera unpacked and get a minute :)


Updated 1/6 with pic


December 27, 2010

Noche Buena con Baa Baa

So, I just got some pictures from Stu – I’m dependant on him and his cell phone until we get home, I’m still technology challenged – and wanted to share. Above is Teagan on Christmas Eve (Noche Buena) at my mom’s cousin’s house. Where we felt the earthquake. She’s wearing a dress my mom made from a pillow case that she was given as a wedding present. I’m not sure any one noticed, as Teagan really didn’t “show off” during the party, she was a bit shy, and soon fell asleep in her stroller. We had some of the best Lechon I’ve ever had.

This is at a Christmas party at my mom’s cousin Vangie and her husband Benny’s house. There was a toddler a few months older than Teagan there. She was much more social and waved to everyone and said “hi” and was almst her normal social self. It was weird being at a Christmas party on a back deck. I could get used to it. And there was lechon! Again!

Last night we went and had dinner in Old San Juan. Churrasco was fantastic, and Teagan ate everything… She was such a good girl for as late as it was. We went walking through the streets to see the lights and decorations… This park had some nifty “falling” lights that you can’t get the full effect of in the picture… it was still pretty. They had a HUGE tree with these big poinsettia flowers and holly in lights on the bottom. Very Pretty

This is the entrance of the walk by the fortress.  There were these amazing lights, and booths with food and crafts. They had a drum group and a guitar group on two separate places… It was almost magical walking through.

Today, was a slow day.. we had breakfast, napped (well, just Teagan) and then went out with more family (Nancy and Fonzi, from the other side of mom’s family). We got back after lunch at Metropolis and went up to mom and dad’s room. She had a blast burning off some energy. We gave her a plastic water bottle with a little water in it and she was in heaven. I filled up again and gave it to her. She said “Thank you, mama.” Unprompted. Her first real sentence :)

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December 26, 2010

Peanut butter, the breakfast of champions!

La La or Pop Pop gave Teagan a pot of peanut butter for breakfast…

She’s been having a blast chasing the birds – ducks! She can say grackle and pigeon, but she has more fun with duck. Teagan what’s that? Duck!! LOL

I can’t wait until I can get some pictures uploaded. I have some very good ones of Old San Juan lit up for Christmas.


December 25, 2010 bis

So, I have a bit more time than I thought… Teagan is still sleeping. :)

So, yesterday we saw someone almost drown. It was more scary than the earthquake.  Stu, my sister, and I were on our way back to the rooms when this girl ran by and someone from the hotel gave her a life ring. We watched her run back to the ocean and swim out to two guys, and offer the ring. The three of them were then stuck out in the current, the rescuer needed help too.

Eventually, a surfer paddled out to help everyone. The man who initially needed help was propped on the board and the remaining three slowly moved toward shore. The waves made it a very slow process. Men on shore chained themselves out into the water to help pull everyone in. Finally, everyone was on the beach and safe.

We gave the man our towel to help. Stu talked to him a bit while he was recuperating, found out the guy was a swimmer too. Stu mentioned that he had trouble the day before, that the currents were nasty.   We also found out that the second guy was a local guy, who swam out to help keep the initial man afloat while the lady got the life ring.  So many good Samaritans out that day.

The flag yesterday was yellow. The day before it was red. I’m amazed that both Stu and I both know better. We will look from now on.

At dinner last night – buena noche con lechon! – Stu was talking to a cousin (Benny, of course!) who said there is at least one tourist lost each year around this time to drowning. Usually a bit further down the beach, but still.

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December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

And as a Christmas present – some beach shots:

I guess sand tastes good.  <shudder>

PS. For those that expressed concern, we’re all fine!  We were in Caguas, near Agua Buena, the epicenter of the earthqake.  On top of a mountain.  Mom and Renee were inside; dad, Stu, myself and Teagan were outside.  We heard it coming, it sounded like a train.  I initially thought a truck or something large hit a retaining wall for the house or something.  It only lasted about 10 seconds.  At 5.4 it was the strongest quake that I’ve been “awake” for.  Interesting feeling. We joked that it was a great Christmas present.  Then passed the Champagne.


December 24, 2010

How can you not love having this view for breakfast??  It’s just so pretty here.  Teagan is having a blast! She loves everything so far, except going in the ocean – can’t blame her, as the waves are very very rough.  Both Stu and I were knocked off our feet a few times!  She does love the little pool, but only if there aren’t any other kids there.

Things are going well, we have an adjoining room to my parents, so we can put Teagan down for a nap, and to bed, and not disturb her.  We get a bit more adult time, and now that my sister is here, will take advantage of La La and Pop Pop (or “hop hop” as Teagan has been saying lately) and go down to the hotel bar & club.

This morning, was awesome.  Teagan woke up chattering “da da da da luv luv luv.”   How sweet is that?  Then La La and Pop Pop took her down for breakfast and let Stu and I get ready a bit more leisurely.

We try to let her burn off some energy in the mornings as well – letting her chase the pigeons and grackles screaming “duck! duck!”  And doing hand stands:

When we go for rides in the car, Teagan loves it  – we ended up getting a “booster” style seat that we were able to pack in a suitcase – she’s been front facing for the first time ever.  Seeing the excitement on her face when she sees things – dog, ocean, tree – is fantastic.  I’ve told my dad that he needs to drive extra carefully, as Teagan’s still a bit young to be front facing.

I’m hoping that we don’t have too many issues when we get  back having her rear face again!

Anyway, I have to give back my dad’s notebook..  so, that’s the update for now :)

Hope everyone is having a happy holiday – and Merry Christmas!!