Ooh! Shiny!

I got a distraction yesterday! 🙂  Rob and I bought my “push present” – A new laptop!  Yay!  I don’t have any pictures of it, but this is the one that I got – http://ca.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=hUn2kMS4sU3z3kUV  It’s shiny and pretty and I’m very happy with it! 😀

The only thing that I’m not crazy about is that it has a multi-touch trackpad, which takes a bit of getting used to.  For the most part, I can scroll easily, but it took a while to figure out how to get it to work reliably. 

But it sounds great, it’s really slick, and it doesn’t burn my legs like my Dell did.  Did I mention the shiny factor?  😉

In other news:  I’m still pregnant.  The labour cookies didn’t work, obviously.  But they sure were tasty!  Basically extra spicy gingersnaps.  I shall eat a bunch more today.  I’m thinking about blowing up lots of balloons today to see if that does anything.  I figure I can try all the non-invasive “things” to try to start labour before getting in to some of the more serious ones.  I’m not super desperate at this point, but I really am trying to avoid a hospital induction!  So I’m saving some of the more serious things for next week (under the advisement of my midwife – don’t worry, I’m not going to do anything crazy without their advice!). 

So if you’re a praying person, could you please pray that this baby comes out soon?  I’m not completely miserable (just mostly), but I’d love to be able to have this baby at home as per our plan, and I would also really love it if she wasn’t 10 lbs.  I know that’s a lot to ask… but yeah.  😉

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Well… Crap

I think my laptop is on the fritz.  I have a Dell, and it has a fancy touch pad that you use for moving the cursor around (mousing?).  On the right side and bottom, I have two “scroll bars”, as in, if you move your fingers while on the scroll bars it scrolls the page you are on.  This is all well and good, except that it’s not working reliably!  I am very upset.  How am I supposed to browse the internet when I can’t scroll?  Darn you, Dell!  Darn you to heck!!

I Win! I Win!

On Monday night, I pulled out my old, beloved game Professor Layton and the Curious Village.  I got it a couple of months ago, and finished the majority of the game over one weekend.  There were a few things that I didn’t get finished – 3 in game puzzles and 6 bonus puzzles. 

Professor Layton and the Curious Village, is a hybrid puzzle-adventure game.  It’s not just a run-around adventure game with a great story, it also has over 130 puzzles to be solved.  Some are variations of the same puzzle with different degrees of difficulty, and some are old favourites that you will remember from school or riddles from your friends.  You can visit ign.com to read the breakdown of the story, and the reviews there. 

I will admit, I used help on two puzzles to solve them (one was a slider puzzle – you have to move the pieces around to get the picture to line up – we had these as kids, they were made of plastic, and had 8 pieces that slid around a bigger plactic frame piece), and I had to get walkthrough help to find two of the puzzles.  I’m just glad that the game is finished, now!

Rob is very proud of me, as well.  It’s the first game that I’ve ever finished!!  Now, I just have to finsh Paper Mario on the Gamecube, and I’ll be a happy camper (not to mention Pheonix Wright, Ace Detective: Trials and Tribulations).

Stuff, Possibly Followed by Junk

First things first:  I beat Tom Morelli on Guitar Hero III.  Just in case you were wondering, and it was SPECTACULAR.  I must give props to Jodi, who gave me a hint.  And to Rob, of course, who was all “Do it nowww…. DO  IT NOOOOOOOOW!!!” that led to my ultimate win.  I am so, so happy to be done with the previous songs.  Although?  I did go back and get a near perfect score on Rock & Roll All Night by Kiss (or whatever it’s called – you know what I mean).  I think I missed two notes overall?  I feel pretty good about that.  I can’t wait to play some Weezer later! 

Kitten seems much more on schedule today, even though going to bed wasn’t super easy last night.  She did wake up around 9 am, which irritated me a tiny bit, but I soon got over it, as she was trying to grab the cat to see what he tastes like.  YOU HAS A FLAVORAnyway, Tych didn’t seem to mind (we didn’t let her actually get fur in her mouth, but she really grabbed on), and it was pretty cute!  Later, we went to visit the cat that we are looking after, and Kitten kept trying to pet that kitty too!  She’s become very aware of the cats!

Mmmm… we’re having meatballs tonight for dinner.  I suppose that I should go make those! 

Seriously.

If I hear Slow Ride one more time, I’ll punch myself in the brain.  Really, really hard.

We bought Guitar Hero III for the PC today (we’re old school GameCube-ers here), and we’ve been playing with it non-stop.  We only have one guitar, so we’re trying to build our careers and stuff, so that means that we’ve got to hear the same songs over and over.  So annoying.  I got stopped at the first boss and couldn’t beat him, so I’m obviously going to have to practice.  I mean, I want more songs, darn it!!! 

We’re desperately looking for an Xbox wired controller so we can both play at the same time (hooray for more of the same songs!), but due to Christmas and Boxing Day and stuff, there isn’t a one to be found in the city.  Hopefully we can find one before New Years Eve, so we can play with our friends.  Because we’re cool like that (also?  Trying to copy my sister’s NYE party TO THE LETTER). 

Kitten has been really fussy lately, and I think it’s because she’s so out of schedule.  With Christmas and the trotting back and forth from house to house for 4 or so days in a row… well, it’s been a little hard on her schedule.  She was so grumpy this evening that I put her soother in and rocked her for only about a minute and she was asleep.  Dead asleep.  The only problem was that it was 8:00 pm, and that isn’t her bed time (no bottle, no clean diaper and jammies, etc.).  I ended up waking her up around 8:30 for a bath and bottle, and she actually fell asleep before 11 pm!  The last few nights she’s been up until midnight at least, and not sleeping in.  It was starting to wear me out, so I’m very happy that she went to bed a little early tonight.    The other bad thing about Christmas is that my milk supply has dipped quite low.  I’ve been supplementing with bottles when we’re out so I don’t have to go nurse in another room (some of our family is uncomfortable, and that’s fine), and not pumping (again, with not having to miss some of the fun), and my supply is really starting to show the lack of milk.  I’m pretty sure that this is part of the reason that Kitten is fussy.  So for the next week I’m going to nurse her as often as she’ll latch, plus pump after her feedings and skip her cereal.  I’m just not ready to wean her yet, so I’ve got to reestablish my supply.  ::sigh::  Joy.  I had this problem once before, and my supply responded well, so I’m not worried… it’s just a pain in the arse.

Well, I should get myself to bed soon, so I can get up with the little one when she wakes up tomorrow.  She has been enjoying her mornings of coming into bed with Mama & Daddy for cuddles.  Sadly, those days are coming to an end when Rob goes back to work!  Then it’ll be up to eat and play (which is a pretty good start to the day, if you ask me!). 

Catch Up!

Internet!  I have missed you!  It has been so long since we’ve last spoke, so let me catch you up.

The laundry situation:  I still love my home made stuff, but I think I’m going to have to add fabric softener for some loads.  I can’t stand my PJ bottoms clinging to me, and the static that lives in Kitten’s blankets is kind of cruel.  So we will be using liquid fabric softener in some loads.  In my defence, I have tried just about everything – the reusable static eliminator sheets, the Norwex dryer balls, taking the clothes out while they’re damp, and vinegar in the rinse cycle.  Nothing has really helped.  ::sigh::  I’m sad, because I know it’s really not good for any of our skin and our health, but I’m seriously going crazy here!  Does any one know if static is more likely in man-made fibres than in natural fibres like cotton?

The cleaning stuff:  I’m still working on our bedroom and ensuite bath.  I did clean off my dresser, and I did find out that my stereo is broken.  The other day it freaked out and wouldn’t load or anything, so I had to unplug it and replug it back in so I could get my CD’s out.  Also: one speaker doesn’t work, which sucks.  I’m looking at purchasing a new one, and I like the idea of this one, where I can hang it on the wall.  I do want one with multiple CD’s, as I like to shuffle between disks pretty often.  Plus, I’m lazy, and I don’t like having all my CD’s out all the time.  Anyway, I managed to get everything clean and I even polished my jewelery.  I know.  I kind of rock.  Tonight, I looked under the counter, and threw away what I could see that I didn’t want any more.  I officially ditched:

  • An old Nuvaring, from before we got preggo with Kitten
  • 2 bars of hotel soap (they were really nice)
  • Coppertone sports gel sunblock.  I effing hate that stuff
  • Small tube of old hand cream
  • A foot file that is ooooold
  • Lids to some old shampoo and conditioner bottles (they had a pump dispenser, and a lid to cover it.  I’m not sure why I ever kept the lid, but there you go)

I also cleaned up the mirror and the sink, and one spot of toothpaste on the cabinet (I have no idea how it got there).  Tomorrow, I hope to go through under the sink and get rid of a bunch of stuff.  I would like to be able to put away my skin care stuff and get it off the counter.  Nothing more annoying that having all that junk out.  Plus, maybe I can get my feminine hygeine products put away, after sitting out on the floor for the past year or more. 

Christmas:  Was fantastic, as usual.  It started on the 23rd, and kept on going until Christmas Day.  We saw my dad and his family on Sunday night to celebrate my half-sister’s birthday.  It wasn’t really a Christmas celebration, but we did open our gifts that night, as we weren’t sure when we’d see them again during the Christmas season.  On the 24th, we spent it with Rob’s family.  We had a lot of fun, and Kitten was fully spoiled, so that was nice.  She got a lot of clothes, toys and books, so we’ve been a little crazy with all the new stuff lately.  Rob and I mostly got gift certificates (including movie tickets, so yay!), which is pretty awesome.  We bought my brother in law a game called Killer Bunnies, and I can’t wait to play it!  On Christmas Eve, we also opened our new Christmas Jammies, and took a couple of family pictures (I’ll post those up once I dump my memory card).  On Christmas day, we opened our presents at home, then went to my sisters for our family shin-dig.  It was pretty fun!  From Rob and Kitten I got a new camera case (which I love!), a tripod, and a tripod case.  We found out after I opened the tripod that it came with a case, so Rob is going to exchange it for a book of some sort.  That pleases me!  Kitten got her Jumperoo, plus a dolly, some wooden blocks, some stacking/nesting blocks, and a new lullaby CD.  I got Rob a fancy gaming keyboard and a fancy gaming mouse.  Oooh, I also got a new stroller!  It’s a compact umbrella-style stroller, with a seat that reclines, so Kitten can nap if she wants to.  I’m pretty happy with it.  It’s going to take up about half as much room, and it’s waaaaay lighter than our Evenflo one.  So happy. 

Camera:  I’ve decided that I want a new camera.  A Nikon D200.  They’re fancy.  And I loooove them.  My father-in-law has one, and it takes beautiful pictures.  Plus, there was mention of Nikon lenses/perifrials that are not being used being passed on.  Which intreuges me very much!  Not that I have the money for it right now.  The body is still around $1300, and I can’t justify spending that kind of cash on a new camera right now.  But one day, my pretty.  One day!

Winter:  I hate you, winter.  You suck.  I thought that I had dandruff, so I used Head & Shoulders for a week.  Nothing changed, so I decided to try using super moisturizing conditioner, and no more flakes.  I also hate the cold, the bloody dry cold that causes nose bleeds, static electricity, and dry crackly skin.  I hate you winter!  I can not wait for spring!

One last note:  We went to my sister’s tonight for her daughter’s second birthday party.  It was a lot of fun, but DUDE.  The roads were SO BAD.  It wasn’t even that they were icy, but unbelievably foggy.  Seriously, we had maybe 10′ visibility.  We were crawling along the highway, and by the time that we could turn around and go back, we were over half way there, so there was no point in going back.  Anyway, we finally made it, but I was so nervous my stomach was incredibly upset by the time that we got to my sisters, and it took me about 1o minutes to stop shaking.  I was scared.  Luckily, on the way home the fog wasn’t nearly as bad, and we could see a good 100′ ahead of us, at least.  My niece got completely spoiled, though.  She had a Disney Princess party, just like she wanted, and got tons of cool new things.  I think her favourite thing is her new fancy play kitchen.  Thanks, Mom, for stealing the show!

Just Another Day in Paradise

Even though I had a total crying jag last night before bed in which I vented all my frustrations in one giant, run on sentence that no one could understand, I’m feeling better today.  We decided last night that we need a break from the visitors until we get this feeding thing worked out.  Our visitors are wonderful and lovely, and we love to see other people (who knew we’d get tired of staring at each other? LOL), but it’s too hard to encourage breastfeeding when people are around.  It takes a good hour to get her full, and we just don’t know when that will be (for now), and I feel guilty when people come to see us and the baby and end up just getting to visit with Rob for an hour while we bug off.  Also after feeding, both of us just kind of want to sleep, or at least rest.  Plus, with all the sitting I’ve been doing, I think I’ve put undue pressure on my stitches and my tailbone, and I’m definitely paying for it. 

Rob goes back to work next week, and I’m hoping that I’ll be a little more functional by the end of the weekend so I’m not in such a bad way when I’m on my own (truthfully, he’s home for Tues. & Thurs. but he’s supposed to be working, not waiting on me hand and foot). 

The lactation consultant came by again today, and we worked out a side-laying feeding program, which is much more comfortable for both Kitten and I, and even though we weren’t any more successful on getting her to latch on the left, Kitten had a great feed off of the right, and I pumped the left.  We’re hoping that as time goes on, my left breast will start to let down faster and easier, and we’ll see how it goes.  Funny thing is Kitten is more likely to actually TRY to latch (rather than just scream) if I don’t use the shield on that side.  Weird.

So, we’re trying to not use as much formula, and just feed her breastmilk more often, including the stuff that we pump.  I’m looking forward to phasing out the formula, but we’ll see how that goes. 

Anyway, that’s all that is new and exciting for me.  Oh, and my dad & step mom gave Rob a cook book.  It’s really funny, it is called “Help!  My Apartment Came With a Kitchen” or something equally as amusing.  It’s a very basic cook book with really implicit instructions, not assuming that a person knows how to chop an onion or whatever.

Oh yeah, and our microwave is breaking.  The “stop/clear” button and the “4” no longer work.  Craptastic!  I have no idea what we’re going to do.  We live and die by that thing.