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30th-Dec-2010 08:52 am - How will I deal with the change?
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The morning routine I have going with Bobby has become pretty sweet.  Wake up (time depends on him) and come downstairs after a bit of bed snuggling. I get his breakfast ready while he struggles to take off his pants and diaper. I bring his food into the living room and he eats his breakfast sitting on the potty and watching kid shows.

Then I make myself a half-caf cappuccino, grab a pear and settle in on the sofa with my laptop.

Considering he sits there for an HOUR before MAYBE going potty, I don't know how we'll incorporate this into our day once the holidays are over *sad face*

Also yesterday I got all OMG ARE YOU KIDDING ME WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER KID IN THE HOUSE? HOW ARE WE GOING TO SURVIVE THAT? Likely that was brought to you by the fact that Bobby had been up since 4:30 am and as a result, so were Brent and I.

Now back to my yummy coffee. (as an aside, I often say yummy when I MEAN delicious because I find that word way overused but yummy seems so... childish. Dear human thesauruses, what's another word that would be appropriate?)

Completely unrelated:

Some photos I took over the past while I haven't put up:

I really want this clock but I'm scared I would hate it in 6 months.
I want this clock

When Jess and Tania and I went to the Ottawa Cupcake Camp we were eating out treats out at a picnic table and then spotted 5 dead birds all under an overhead pedestrian bridge covered in glass.
A flock of dead birds



On this day:

In 2009 -
In 2008 - It seems so silly to be so excited about baby food now.
In 2007 - I looked good in a bikini
In 2006 - I'm glad I look back on old posts like this because it's been too long since I made that soup!
In 2005 - I really love eating
In 2004 - x-mas car roll over

p.s. I think I need to streamline my post tags. I just selected all the ones that could apply to this post... there are a lot for such little content.
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I'm updating this list with more information AGAIN. If you know of any more activities ANYWHERE IN THE CITY that involve free admission or free programs for children, speak up and I'll update the list.
  • The Ottawa Public Library runs free programs (Babytime, Toddlertime, Storytime etc) at many (if not all) of the branches. You need to register but they are totally free and in my experience, really captivating. There is a mix of singing, reading, playing with musical instruments and interacting with puppets.
  • Charlemagne Preschool Resource Center in Orleans offers a free drop-in playgroup every morning from 9-11 am and Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-3pm There are lots of toys and activities. It's mostly free play and there is a break for 'circle time' which is similar to the Library's program. Then there's snack time (bring your own) and more play. There are also some birds to look at
  • La Coccinelle in Orleans offers a French language only playgroup on Friday mornings.  They also host a variety of workshops.
  • Boomerang Kids runs Strollercise year round (except for in the suburbs for the winter). Details at their website
  • The animal barns at the Canadian Agriculture Museum are free from November 1st to February 28th

  • The Canadian Museum of Nature has free admission on Saturdays from 9am to 12 pm and free admission at all times for children 3 and under. In addition, you can go to the library and take out the ‘nature card’ which allows for free general admission for a family if you wish to go on a day other than Saturday
  • The Canadian War Museum offers free admission Thursdays from 4pm to 8pm, International Museum Day (Monday May 18th this year), Canada Day (July 1st) and Rememberance Day (November 11th). In addition, Canadian veterans and their guests (up to three) always get free admission as do members of the Canadian Forces (with ID)
  • The National Gallery of Canada offers free admission to the permanent collection Thursdays after 5pm and free admission to children 12 and under for all exhibits.
  • The Canada Science and Technology Museum offers free admission on International Museum Day ( Monday May 18th this year) and on Canada Day (July 1st) in addition to free admission for children under the age of 4.

  • Park-ticipate is a free program at public parks that runs weekdays and is for children aged 4 to 10. City recreation staff lead children in sport, crafts and games following the week’s theme. Info currently on the site is for summer 2008 so keep looking back for this summer’s update.
  • There are many wading pools across the city that are supervised and host daily activities and special events which includes a Water Play Program aimed at introducing swimming skills and water safety to children. They are free to use and a fun way to cool off in the summer. There’s one right by my work! They are not open all day long so check the site for locations and hours.

  • Katimavik Preschool Resource Centre offers drop ins every weekday for children 0 to 6 years of age and their parents and caregivers from Kanata, West Carleton, and Bells Corners
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (caregivers only) and Friday: 9am-11am
    • Wednesday: 11am-12:30pm and 1pm-2:30pm
  • The Ottawa Catholic School Board has four locations for drop-ins. They are open every weekday and as far as I know, there is no limit to how often you can attend per week. They are for children aged 0-6 and a ‘light nutritious snack’ is given.
    • Divine Infant - 8100 Jeanne D’Arc Blvd. Orleans 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Our Lady of Mount Carmel - 675 Gardenvale Rd. Ottawa 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Prince of Peace - 1620 Heatherington Rd. Ottawa 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • St. Elizabeth - 1366 Coldrey Ave. Ottawa - 8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • The Children's Welcome Centre in Blackburn Hamlet hosts Monday and Wednesday Playgroups from 9:30-11:30 am. They ask for $1 for each child over 18 months to help fund their program.
  • The Parent Resource Centre is located at 300 Goulburn Private (an extension of Goulburn Ave.) in Sandy Hill. Their drop in schedule and description can be found here.
  • The Ontario Early Years Centres offer a variety of services, workshops and playgroups; Click on the location below to be taken straight to their site.
  • Grandir Ensemble offers several French language playgroups at a variety of locations( Registration - 613.789.3020 - not sure if required) They also have many non-regular free activities and workshops so check out their calendar of events for more information.
    • Marie-Curie - 860 Colson Ave. - Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    • Montfort - 350 Dan Haag room 119 - Mondays and Fridays 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. AND for babies under 18 months Fridays 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Terre-des-Jeunes - 1303 Fellows Ln. Room 132 - Mondays and Fridays 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    • Trillium - 135 Alice Rd. Use Genest Rd entrance - Mondays 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • The Child Care Providers Resource Network of Ottawa-Carleton organizes many events that are either free or at very low cost.  They range from musical performances, crafting events tofun excercise activities.  Check out their calendar of events.
If you find this list usefull please spread it around. I also encourage you to give me suggestions for additions to this list.

On this day:

In 2009 - the thing about sheets is...
In 2008 - the thing about pooping int he same room as someone is...
In 2007 - the thing about high fibre breakfast bars is...
in 2006 - the thing about drinking a lot of water is...
In 2005 - the thing about having a good day followed by a shitty one is...

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I'm updating this list with more information. If you know of any more activities ANYWHERE IN THE CITY that involve free admission or free programs for children, speak up and I'll update the list.
  • The Ottawa Public Library runs free programs (Babytime, Toddlertime, Storytime etc) at many (if not all) of the branches. You need to register but they are totally free and in my experience, really captivating. There is a mix of singing, reading, playing with musical instruments and interacting with puppets.
  • Charlemagne Preschool Resource Center in Orleans offers a free drop-in playgroup every morning from 9-11 am and Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-3pm There are lots of toys and activities. It's mostly free play and there is a break for 'circle time' which is similar to the Library's program. Then there's snack time (bring your own) and more play. There are also some birds to look at
  • La Coccinelle in Orleans offers a French language only playgroup on Friday mornings. I haven't been yet but plan to check it out so I can give more feedback at that time. They also host a variety of workshops.
  • Boomerang Kids runs Strollercise year round (except for in the suburbs for the winter). Details at their website
  • The animal barns at the Canadian Agriculture Museum are free from November 1st to February 28th

  • The Canadian Museum of Nature has free admission on Saturdays from 9am to 12 pm and free admission at all times for children 3 and under. In addition, you can go to the library and take out the ‘nature card’ which allows for free general admission for a family if you wish to go on a day other than Saturday
  • The Canadian War Museum offers free admission Thursdays from 4pm to 8pm, International Museum Day (Monday May 18th this year), Canada Day (July 1st) and Rememberance Day (November 11th). In addition, Canadian veterans and their guests (up to three) always get free admission as do members of the Canadian Forces (with ID)
  • The National Gallery of Canada offers free admission to the permanent collection Thursdays after 5pm and free admission to children 12 and under for all exhibits.
  • The Canada Science and Technology Museum offers free admission on International Museum Day ( Monday May 18th this year) and on Canada Day (July 1st) in addition to free admission for children under the age of 4.

  • Park-ticipate is a free program at public parks that runs weekdays and is for children aged 4 to 10. City recreation staff lead children in sport, crafts and games following the week’s theme. Info currently on the site is for summer 2008 so keep looking back for this summer’s update.
  • There are many wading pools across the city that are supervised and host daily activities and special events which includes a Water Play Program aimed at introducing swimming skills and water safety to children. They are free to use and a fun way to cool off in the summer. There’s one right by my work! They are not open all day long so check the site for locations and hours.

  • Katimavik Preschool Resource Centre offers drop ins every weekday for children 0 to 6 years of age and their parents and caregivers from Kanata, West Carleton, and Bells Corners
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (caregivers only) and Friday: 9am-11am
    • Wednesday: 11am-12:30pm and 1pm-2:30pm
  • The Ottawa Catholic School Board has four locations for drop-ins. They are open every weekday and as far as I know, there is no limit to how often you can attend per week. They are for children aged 0-6 and a ‘light nutritious snack’ is given.
    • Divine Infant - 8100 Jeanne D’Arc Blvd. Orleans 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Our Lady of Mount Carmel - 675 Gardenvale Rd. Ottawa 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Prince of Peace - 1620 Heatherington Rd. Ottawa 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • St. Elizabeth - 1366 Coldrey Ave. Ottawa - 8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • The Children's Welcome Centre in Blackburn Hamlet hosts Monday and Wednesday Playgroups from 9:30-11:30 am. They ask for $1 for each child over 18 months to help fund their program.
On this day: In 2008 - Bobby's first hair cut In 2007 - Like being on ANTM but without the part where I'm told to sell myself short In 2006 - work potluck - f-locked In 2005 - another antm reference
28th-Apr-2009 09:34 pm - poop hole
excited
 Laying in a bed with a laptop obviously leads to online shopping.

I'm looking into potties and so far it's between these two:

Nice and simple

A little more involved


There is nothing wrong with the first one but the second one is also a step stool which saves a second purchase in the future.  The second one seems to have a small hole though and what's with the drawer in the front?

Any suggestions for another one?  I don't want something fugly.

{EDIT} I bought the second one.  The pee guard is actually within the seat hole when the door is shut it's rubbery so you just push it down to push and pul the drawer.
crazy face
  •  doorbells
  • telephones (or maybe just the ringer)
  • stairs
On this day:

In 2008 - wow!  It happened again this year but it was 2 weeks ago. We are now snow-free
In 2007 - I really wish I had one of those cheesecakes right now although I ALSO like to wear my pants and the two don't go well together.
In 2006 - mute guys are the best
In 2005 - I'm kind of afraid to start wearing heels again

16th-Mar-2009 12:20 pm - Free Stuff to do with kids - UPDATED
breakfast
Ok I've added a lot of stuff to the list. Unfortunately, this post is not very searchable on the internet so it's not as useful as I would hope but I don't want to pay for a website to host this info. Suggestions on getting around this are welcome.

If you know of any more activities that involve free admission or free programs for children, speak up and I'll update the list.

  • The Ottawa Public Library runs free programs (Babytime, Toddlertime, Storytime etc) at many (if not all) of the branches. You need to register but they are totally free and in my experience, really captivating. There is a mix of singing, reading, playing with musical instruments and interacting with puppets.
  • Charlemagne Preschool Resource Center in Orleans offers a free drop-in playgroup every morning from 9-11 am and Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-3pm There are lots of toys and activities. It's mostly free play and there is a break for 'circle time' which is similar to the Library's program. Then there's snack time (bring your own) and more play. There are also some birds to look at
  • La Coccinelle in Orleans offers a French language only playgroup on Friday mornings. I haven't been yet but plan to check it out so I can give more feedback at that time. They also host a variety of workshops.
  • Boomerang Kids runs Strollercise year round (except for in the suburbs for the winter). Details at their website
  • The animal barns at the Canadian Agriculture Museum are free from November 1st to February 28th

  • The Canadian Museum of Nature has free admission on Saturdays from 9am to 12 pm and free admission at all times for children 3 and under. In addition, you can go to the library and take out the ‘nature card’ which allows for free general admission for a family if you wish to go on a day other than Saturday
  • The Canadian War Museum offers free admission Thursdays from 4pm to 8pm, International Museum Day (Monday May 18th this year), Canada Day (July 1st) and Rememberance Day (November 11th). In addition, Canadian veterans and their guests (up to three) always get free admission as do members of the Canadian Forces (with ID)
  • The National Gallery of Canada offers free admission to the permanent collection Thursdays after 5pm and free admission to children 12 and under for all exhibits.
  • The Canada Science and Technology Museum offers free admission on International Museum Day ( Monday May 18th this year) and on Canada Day (July 1st) in addition to free admission for children under the age of 4.

  • Park-ticipate is a free program at public parks that runs weekdays and is for children aged 4 to 10. City recreation staff lead children in sport, crafts and games following the week’s theme. Info currently on the site is for summer 2008 so keep looking back for this summer’s update.
  • There are many wading pools across the city that are supervised and host daily activities and special events which includes a Water Play Program aimed at introducing swimming skills and water safety to children. They are free to use and a fun way to cool off in the summer. There’s one right by my work! They are not open all day long so check the site for locations and hours.

  • Katimavik Preschool Resource Centre offers drop ins every weekday for children 0 to 6 years of age and their parents and caregivers from Kanata, West Carleton, and Bells Corners
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (caregivers only) and Friday: 9am-11am
    • Wednesday: 11am-12:30pm and 1pm-2:30pm
  • The Ottawa Catholic School Board has four locations for drop-ins.  They are open every weekday and as far as I know, there is no limit to how often you can attend per week. They are for children aged 0-6 and a ‘light nutritious snack’ is given.
    • Divine Infant - 8100 Jeanne D’Arc Blvd. Orleans 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
    • Our Lady of Mount Carmel - 675 Gardenvale Rd. Ottawa  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
    • Prince of Peace - 1620 Heatherington Rd. Ottawa 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
    • St. Elizabeth - 1366 Coldrey Ave. Ottawa  - 8:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 
On this day:

In 2008 - there was a poll
In 2007 - 
In 2006 - Wedding dress with a side of ice cream
In 2005 - Pointless

 

23rd-Feb-2009 10:46 pm - Free Stuff to do with kids
what
 I just want to get a post up as a kind of ongoing list about all the free programs and activities available for kids in Ottawa and area.  I'm just going to start if off with the ones I know of and I'll add in whatever is suggested in the comments.
  • The Ottawa Public Library runs free programs (Babytime, Toddlertime, Storytime etc) at many (if not all) of the branches.  You need to register but they are totally free and in my experience, really captivating.  There is a mix of singing, reading, playing with musical instruments and interacting with puppets.
  • Charlemagne Preschool Resource Center in Orleans offers a free drop-in playgroup every morning from 9-11 am and Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-3pm  There are lots of toys and activities.  It's mostly free play and there is a break for 'circle time' which is similar to the Library's program.  Then there's snack time (bring your own) and more play.  There are also some birds to look at
  • La Coccinelle in Orleans offers a French language only playgroup on Friday mornings.  I haven't been yet but plan to check it out so I can give more feedback at that time. They also host a variety of workshops.
 x-posted to ottawa_mommy 
28th-Feb-2008 01:10 pm - Registry Headache
loser
So I've been working on putting together a baby registry for a while now.  At first it started out as a shopping list but I'm aware that someone will probably throw me a shower since the topic of registries has been brought up by a couple of people.

The difficult thing is that I have not found a single retailer that carries all the things we're looking for!  So as of today, I have 3 registries going.

One for safety and health stuff, one for general baby stuff and one for clothes.  It's kind of crazy.  The weirdest thing is that the one for clothes doesn't seem to be searchable.  By that I mean, the site requires that I email each person that I want to look at it and that they confirm and then they can see it.  I find that odd. And kind of weird.  I don't want to just email people that and have them think I'm fishing for gifts...

And if a SURPRISE shower is in the works (I wouldn't know either way really) there might not be a way for anyone to see the clothes registry...  Poor naked baby...  Unless someone who confirms can then send it out to others...

I sent one to myself to test but it just stayed logged in as me.  Oh and the email came from "unknown recipient" so I'm sure it will go straight to spam for most people.

What a pain!

*edit* Ok nevermind, it's searchable... I just didn't see that part. DUH!

But still, will people think I'm crazy for having 3???  The products don't overlap.
27th-Feb-2008 07:25 am - We had the ultrasound...
legs
and we found out what it is!I bet you are curious!Collapse )


On this day:


In 2007 - I posted some recipes I will never make.
In 2006 - I founded scientology
In 2005 - I made fun of a bunch of people
26th-Feb-2008 12:05 pm - A few various topics...
kitty
Today is ultrasound day so I'm currently chugging along on my water bottle which I will not be allowed to excrete for 2.5 hours (assuming the ultrasound takes 0.5 hours). Hopefully we'll get photos this time!



Here's something I was wondering about recently.

Suppose all people have the same number of nerve endings (which is what I believe to be true even though I have no reason to believe this). Then, imagine two hands. One is 4 inches top to bottom and the other is 7. If they both have the same number of nerve endings, then the bigger one would have less overall sensation as there would be more 'empty' space with no nerve endings. Correlate that to penis size... Wouldn't a smaller one be preferable?

But then again, maybe the number of nerve endings have to do with overall surface area...

Is there a biologist in the house?



I think the cravings are starting.

The other day I got this taste-memory that I knew was from my early childhood. My mom was not the best cook. She made about 5 different things and sometimes rotated them, and sometimes made the same thing for what seemed like days on end.

Anyway, I suddenly remembered this one thing and HAD to have it. So I did.

Spaghetti with plain Bravo brand pasta sauce mixed in to make a light to medium coating. Then top with one to two tablespoons of butter and let melt over top. Now I know it was delicious to me at the time, but I also know this is not a yummy meal most of the time.

I also had a craving for Kraft Dinner "Deluxe" which is the kind with the 'better' noodles and the Cheeze Whiz instead of powdered cheese flavouring.

So here's my question:

What kind of things do you crave that would never normally make it into a discussion about foodiness?  You know, your favorite 'trashy eats'....



Today is </a></b></a>lola_70 's birthday!



On this day:

In 2007
- job goals
In 2006 - I celebrate my sister
In 2005 - Three posts! Can you believe it?
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