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Hats Off to Mommies

I love kids, but I don't think I can ever handle being a mom myself. It is rather amusing, because I had always planned on becoming a mom before I turned 30. Now I am not saying I am past that age...;) The events of the past few weeks have made me realize, though, that the birthing process and having to take care of an infant may just not be for me. My sister gave birth to her second son last week, and her stories horrify me. Don't get me wrong - baby Eli is adorable and I am more than sure that it was all worth it. But having to go through hours of PAIN, getting cut open, having to deal with healing, thinking about how to increase breast milk production , feeling pain when your baby feeds (but having to just grit your teeth and bear it), blah blah blah... Mommies, you ought to be awarded medals of honor for what you go through. If you need a babysitter every now and then, give me a call - as long as it does not involve having to clean poo. :P

Of Hermit Crabs and Dogs

Yesterday, I spent some time with my family. One of the highlights of the evening was the neighbor's shitzu running inside the apartment and driving Sam nuts. Sam loves pets and he was sitting on the bed when the dog came running. Sam couldn't believe his eyes and just stared for a while. That dog was adorable although I think it needs some dog training sessions. Anyhow, it got me thinking about how pets can help Sam - and other kids - in their development. Sam used to have a tiny hamster, which he loved to touch. Now he has two hermit crabs, which he also loves to play with. Growing up, we had a menagerie around us, and I think that that was an experience that every kid should experience. But maybe I am biased. Are city kids missing out on having pets around them? What are your experiences with pets?

Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

I think this is one of my favorite album titles ever. It's funny because I was never a Foo Fighters fan, but recently, I listened to the whole album, and I found out that it is one of those that makes one feel better. For some reason, I didn't get much sleep last night, and I woke up this morning with an overall sense of not feeling well. It's not a physical thing - I feel totally fine in that regard. I guess it's one of those moments that we all have every now and then. Maybe it's hormones. :p Anyhow, as I sit here listening to Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, I feel the heavy mantle lifting. I just think of how things could be worse (things are actually pretty good for me right now). I just think of Sam, Eli, and Silas who were so adorable yesterday. Yeah, there may be echoes and silence but patience and grace will always win out. I think.r

Elijah Gabriel

Last week, we welcomed a new addition to our family: Elijah Gabriel. My sister Hannah had a long and difficult labor, and she had to undergo CS after almost 2 days (I think). In the end, it was all worth it. The doctor said that babies normally weigh in at 3.6kg a month after birth. Eli was 3.55kg at birth! We got us a big boy - this one will definitely not need any hgh ! We're having a delayed baby shower later - this is the angel that awaits.

Greet Steve Jobs on His Birthday

Yup, it's THE man's birthday today. 99 percent of us will probably never get to interact with Steve Jobs in this lifetime - or the next - but you can drop him a line to wish him good wishes at Happy Birthday Steve Jobs . For more of Steve Jobs, check out something I wrote at Daily Bits today. Oh, and you may want to say a prayer for his health - rumors are flying that his battle with pancreatic cancer may be a losing one.