Baby Giggles

I couldn’t help but post this little gem from our weekend. This beautiful little girl truly is the apple of my eye and that giggle could melt ice! Excuse my crappy video taking skills (this was taken on my phone) and my annoyingly loud laugh in the middle!

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Things I’ve Learned About Myself From Being Pregnant…

I have learned a lot about myself from being pregnant.

1. I didn’t really consider myself as someone who doesn’t like to be touched. I hug people who probably find it odd that I’m hugging them (i.e., family members who I’ve just met or who I only see VERY rarely and it is EXTREMELY AWKWARD, but I hug them anyways). However, I HATE when people touch my belly. I don’t mind at all when Tyler does or when my parents or sisters or Tyler’s parents do. They’re her family and are going to be close to her irregardless. It’s the randoms who touch my stomach. Like the staff team at my one location. One lady in particular would touch my stomach EVERY time she saw me. I won’t even consider hugging this person. I try to make it a policy not to hug staff because I don’t want to create the illusion of a close relationship because sooner or later I’m probably going to have to reprimand or discipline them. General rule for people touching a pregnant woman’s stomach – If EITHER of you would EVER feel uncomfortable about giving or getting a hug from the other person, it’s probably safe to say that you should not be touching her stomach.

2. I am NOT a patient person. At work, I tend to be quite patient, but mostly because I have to. I think that makes me more impatient in my life outside of work though because I’ve had to deal with delicate situations all day and I can’t handle anymore when I leave. Being two days from my due date has reinforced this even more. I would have had my daughter weeks ago if I had a choice. I am so tired of sitting around waiting for her. I don’t like to sit around. I like to be out doing stuff, even working, but you can’t really work at 40 weeks pregnant. You also can’t really go too far from home. I’d probably even feel uncomfortable driving up to Guelph at this point because it’s over an hour from my doctor should I go into labour. I honestly feel like my hometown (about 40 minutes from my doctor) is the very furthest I can go. Bottom line, Patience is a virtue I do not possess.

3. I can’t wait to write about my baby girl on here, on my facebook, on my twitter, and everywhere in between, but I can’t stand when people do 200 status updates a day about how their baby “finally rolled over.” I get it, it’s a big deal. But seriously, it drives me insane to read these things. I also hate seeing 27 pictures of your baby lifting their head up for the first time! Once is cute. Twice is still kind of cute. Three makes me want to vomit. I know that you’re proud of your child and I’m sure I will have the same nauseating status updates and pictures that every other parent does, but it still drives me insane. Oddly enough, it also bothers me when people don’t post ANYTHING about their kids. It’s like they’re ashamed to have them or something. Even more annoying than people who post too much.

4. I totally play into some gender stereotypes. I have never considered myself a “girly girl.” Ever. I never wanted to be a ballerina or any other stereotypically female role. I had a blue room growing up and played baseball ALL the time and read ridiculous amounts of books on everything. But with my own daughter, I’ve chosen an adorable wall colour called “purpling” and bought her little pink dresses and a pink Maple Leaf hat. She has purple bedding and a pink piggy on her shelf and tons of pink clothes. Okay, maybe I’m not playing into the “typical stereotypes,” but it still feels odd to me. I have no problem buying her clothes that look boyish, but I will admit I am attracted to clothes that are cutesy or pink (I draw the line at dresses or diaper covers with frilly bums). I never ever ever thought that this would be the case with me, but it is. I also worry about her like crazy! I never thought that anything remotely bad would ever happen to me in my life (i.e., walking down a dark street alone, dating someone who could hurt me, etc.), but with my daughter, it’s ALL I think about. I don’t think this would be as bad if we were having a boy, but it’d definitely still be there.

It’s crazy the things you learn about yourself when you learn you’re going to become a parent! I feel like a totally different person!

Father’s Day….

Today was Tyler’s first official father’s day as a soon-to-be daddy! He’s been a daddy to our fur babies for years and they’ve always gotten him something small, but the baby and I went all out this year! He got a new set of golf clubs, a model airplane from our trip (more to come about that), and a lego set that he enjoys building! We tried to spoil him as much as we could!

I am so excited about Tyler becoming a Dad! He is already SO great about everything that I already know he’ll be an absolutely amazing father. He’s so kind and patient and gentle. He does so much for me (and always has – it’s not just because I’m pregnant). He does so much for the baby already too! He’s been working hard on her room and always picks out the most adorable clothes for her. She’s going to be the best dressed baby on the block!

A quick shout-out to my Dad too – You’re the best! Thank you for always being there for me and being such an amazing Grandpa to my niece Jenny and your next grand-baby. Love you!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!

Happy Hallowe’en!!!

I LOVE Hallowe’en! Tyler and I are both very into it and will definitely be that crazy couple at the end of the block that decorates like crazy every year. We always try to do super over-the-top jack-o-lanterns and I love seeing all the kiddies in their costumes. Unfortunately, my parents aren’t as into Hallowe’en. They just carve a pumpkin and make their front light orange and then give out candy. I got to do candy duty this year and we actually had over 50 kids for the first time in years! I remember there being way more when I was young enough to trick-or-treat though, which begs the question: Where have all the trick-or-treaters gone? I remember the sidewalks and streets being covered in kids when I was little! We used to get at least 100 trick-or-treaters a year and now we’re crazy happy about getting 50! (this might be due to the fact that we had one year where we only had about 15 trick-or-treaters.)

I can’t wait to have kids so that we can make them crazy costumes and take them out. We’ll deck the house out in cobwebs and fill orange pumpkin bags with leaves and carve jack-o-lanterns. We may even play some spooky music, lol.

Anyways, I’ve included some pictures of our jack-o-lanterns from this year and last year. Happy Hallowe’en!!!!

Mine and my brother-in-law's pumpkins from last year. I carved the scary face while he did the Star Wars Rebellion symbol.

Tyler's Stormtrooper Pumpkin from last year.

We got Darwin a pumpkin of his own!

My Jack-o-lantern from this year!

Tyler with this year jack-o-lantern!

Tyler's jack-o-lantern after dark.

My jack-o-lantern after dark! A trick-or-treater even took a picture of him!

 

A Year in Review…

I wrote this yesterday, but apparently forgot to post it! Oh well!

1. Was 2009 a good year for you?
In general, I suppose it was. I got married, got multiple promotions, and didn’t lose anyone close to me. The only things that could have made it better would have been buying a house and spending more time in Thorndale.
2. Where were you when 2009 began?
In my living room with Tyler. We ate Chinese food, watched a movie, and then I fell asleep around 9pm, lol. He woke me up in time for the countdown, but then I quickly fell back asleep. I had to work the next day.
3. Where will you be when 2009 ends?
Probably at home with Tyler… I’m hoping that some big things are going to happen this year, so I’ll be welcoming it with open arms! 🙂
4. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
My wedding day… for obvious reasons.
5. Did you keep your New Year’s Resolution for 2009?
I don’t think that I officially made any.
6. Do you have a New Year’s Resolution for 2010?
I hope to lose weight and stop swearing so much. I drop the f-bomb far too often.
7. What are your plans for 2010?
Well, I hope to buy a house and hopefully start a family with Tyler. I don’t think that we’ll be welcoming a little one within 2010, but hopefully I’ll be pregnant by this time next year. I’d also like to do some traveling and find a good job in London.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting multiple promotions at work. I moved up really fast this year! 🙂
9. What was your biggest failure?
Lack of prioritization.
10. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Hmmm… being closer to my family. I wish that it wasn’t a whole big excursion to go home for the weekend.
11. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My wedding! Getting a major promotion at work.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Tyler’s behaviour always merits celebration. He is honestly the sweetest, smartest, and most amazing man in the whole world. My sister and I also made some amazing improvements this year. We used to fight like cats and dogs, but really bonded over my wedding and her wedding planning. Hopefully we only get closer as the years pass.
13. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter, but only by a little bit.
iii. richer or poorer? Richer.
14. What was the best book you read?
I read SO many great books this year! My Sister’s Keeper, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Les Meserables, Wuthering Heights, etc.
15. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 23 and went home with my wonderful husband to spend the day with my family. We had a family dinner and I got spoiled! 🙂
16. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Casual. Lots of jeans, t-shirts and cardigans. I added some snazzy earrings more often and continued developing my purse and shoe fetishes.
17. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
There are horrible things and people in this world that you can’t stop no matter how much you want to.  It took me a long time to realize that not everyone or everything is “fixable.” Sometimes bad things just happen, but that’s not a reason to shut out the world. No matter how bad you think things are, there is always someone, even if it’s just one person, who cares very deeply about you. **this is more about the girls that I work with than about me, but it definitely applies!**

My Decade in Review…

Here is my decade in review, which was borrowed from Leah of fiveblondes.com.

In 2000,  I was in grade 8. I graduated from Leesboro Central School along with 25 other people. My world view was very small at this point. I had an amazing family with the most wonderful parents anyone could ask for. My best friend was Genny and we used to write long, long, long notes to each other every night. I was also constantly on the phone. I had my first serious boyfriend and was devastated when he broke up with me for someone else. I was convinced that I loved him and was heartbroken when it ended.

In 2001,  I started high school. My friends changed completely. I took all academic courses and rarely saw any of my old friends anymore. I joined the music program at LDSS and became an official “band geek.” I had several boyfriends, none of which really meant anything. I had a best friend (male) fall “in love” with me. He was heartbroken when I rejected him and things were just never the same again.

In 2002, I met my future husband. I always thought that he was cute, but I had no idea that this was the person that I would be spending the rest of my life with.  I took my first Psychology course, which I loved. I developed an obsession with Amelia Earhart and read every thing that I could find about her. My favourite quote was “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” Despite this quote, I remained my quiet, studious, and conscientious self. I thrived at school and aced every class and test.

In 2003, I made my first trip without my family. I ventured to Ottawa with my class and fell in love with exploring. I became a little less boy crazy and only dated one boy the entire school year.  I spent some quality time with my future husband on that trip to Ottawa and learned what it was like to have a HUGE crush. Unfortunately, Tyler was completely oblivious to all of this, lol.

In 2004, I graduated from high school with honours and started University. I began working on my Honours Psychology degree and loved every single course. I took an English course as well and began reading even more than before. I’ve always been a bookworm, but this was the year that I read over 100 books in 11 months.  I also started dating Tyler and fell completely in love with him. I met my best friend and spent a great deal of time hanging out at home with my mother.

In 2005, I kind of figured out what I wanted to do with my life. I read about serial killers, child molesters, and child abusers. I added another major in Criminology and decided I wanted to spend my life helping others. I continued dating Tyler and learned that he was “the one.” I lost my great-grandmother and was completely devastated. I thought that things would never be the same. I learned the hard way that you should never put things off because you never know when it can all be taken away from you.

In 2006, Tyler asked me to marry him. We both knew that it would take us a while to actually get down that aisle, but we wanted to make the commitment to each other. I continued my schooling and worked in a greenhouse for the second summer in a row. I loved working there and quickly rose up to take a higher position. I learned many things from the people there and eventually learned how to complete many aspects of running a small business. I even got my sister a job there and really enjoyed working with her. I ate lunch with her every day I could, and since I made the break schedule, it happened quite often. I lost my grandfather, who was only 63, and was completely devastated by this. It tore me apart for quite some time and I occasionally still pick up the phone to call him.

In 2007, I started my last year of University. By this time, I was getting tired of being in school and knew that I didn’t have it in me to work on my Masters or PhD right away. I had always dreamed of being a Psychologist, but I knew that there were other things that I wanted to do first. I grew even closer with my mother and spent as much time with her as possible. I had always been a bit of a home body and a Daddy’s girl, but it was during this time that I first saw my Mom as my best friend.

In 2008, I finished University and graduated with an Honours double major in Psychology and Criminology. I didn’t know which field I wanted to focus on the most, but I knew that I would find something eventually. I moved to Guelph to live with Tyler, which was an extremely huge deal for me. I had never been away from my parents for more than 2 days at a time and it was one of the hardest things that I’ve ever had to do. I started working at a small retail store shortly after graduation because I couldn’t decide exactly what I wanted to do. In November, I finally found a job at Avalon, a treatment centre for teenage girls with severe psychological and sociological problems. I instantly loved working there and fell in love with the kids, even though they were rude and aggressive quite often.

In 2009, I finally got to marry my sweetheart. We got married at a beautiful church in my hometown in front of 85 of our closest friends and family. We had a wonderful reception and I definitely got closer with my sisters. I started helping my sister plan her wedding and forgot why her and I fought so often as kids. I continued working at Avalon and got two promotions within a 2 month period. I received full time days and got to work with the girls one-on-one at school. I really love my job, despite the obvious hardships.

I figured I would end this post with a few predictions for the next decade. I think that Tyler and I will buy a house and have at least two kids, hopefully three. I really hope that we have two girls and one boy, but I know that I’ll be happy with whatever we have. I think that we’ll move back to the Thorndale area and both find good jobs. I may even decide to go back to school to work on a masters degree or a PhD. I could see Tyler designing computer software or even video games. Anyways, that’s all I have for now. Leave a comment if you have any predictions of your own!

My Ten Current Annoyances…

1. I HATE when men leave the toilet seat up. Yes, I realize that it is more convenient for you, but when you work with 30 females and only TWO other males (who both have figured out how to put the seat back down), it’s really just inconsiderate.  Thank God my husband has never once left the toilet seat up. Come to think of it, my Dad NEVER did either, so maybe that’s why it bothers me so much.

2. People wearing hair extensions. It doesn’t make you look cool or beautiful. It makes you look like a tacky mallrat. You’re not fooling anyone!!

3. People waiting until December 20th to start their Christmas shopping. Did you not know that Christmas was coming?

4. People leaving almost no milk in the bag. Honestly, just drink that last teeny, tiny, little amount and then refill the bag. Gah!

5. Friends and family getting ticked off when I don’t respond to text messages right away. Hello people, I work from 8-4 every single weekday and I cannot have my phone on me at all times. In fact, you should be happy if I text you at all during those hours. I only get to check my phone about 3 times a day.

6. Having a crappy shower… Some days, it’s perfect and there are no issues. Other days, like Friday, the shower part won’t turn on AND the tub won’t drain at the same time. I finally fixed the shower, but had to shower with water past my ankles the entire time. It took over an hour to fully drain. We cleared it out and it hasn’t done that again, but it still sucks.

7.  People pressuring me to get pregnant. I honestly really do want a baby, but when Tyler and I decide to start trying, then it will be up to us. You saying that I should have one so you can play with it makes me want to have one less, not more.

8. Having to wear contacts. I hate having to put them in and take them out every single day, but I hate how I look in glasses. If I hadn’t seen the laser eye surgery process on an episode of “How It’s Done”, I would seriously consider it.

9. Having to buy gifts for people that I honestly don’t want to exchange with. I hate that we randomly draw names at Christmas as to what cousin I should buy for. The one that I have this year is one that I haven’t seen in years. I have no idea what to get and I hate that I’m actually worrying about it. He’ll probably just take it back anyways.

10. Not getting Christmas holidays. I want to spend more time with my family!

Anyways, that’s my rant for the day. Expect another entry soon!!! **I’ll try to make the next one more of an upper instead of a bitch-fest, lol.**

Christmas Survey…

I think another Christmas post is long overdue! I LOVE Christmas. We’ve finally got our lights up on our balcony.  Tyler also bought me a tree!!! We haven’t had one as a couple before because we don’t have a ton of space in the apartment, but Tyler cleared a space and bought me a tree. It’s beautiful!

I’m also almost done my Christmas shopping. I have to get something for two people at work and then just something for Tyler’s Dad. We were going to try to get him a paypal gift certificate, but apparently they don’t do that. His Dad has been doing a lot of online shopping and we thought it would be a good gift.

I still have a TON of wrapping to do though. I just don’t seem to have enough time to get everything done lately. I’ve been SUPER tired and by the time I get home from work, I’m not really in the Christmas mood. Maybe this weekend I’ll put a Christmas movie on and get some serious wrapping done.

Anyways, I thought I’d include a picture of our Christmas tree and complete a Christmas survey that I found on fiveblondes.com that was completed by Lauren. Thanks for the idea!

Our Christmas tree! There’s only 5 gifts under there right now, but I’ll take another picture when I finally do my wrapping. You won’t be able to see the floor anymore!

The Christmas Survey!

1)Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot chocolate for sure! I don’t think I’ve ever had egg nog, but the name itself doesn’t make it sound very appetizing.
2)Does Santa Wrap Presents or Just Sit Them Under The Tree? He ALWAYS wraps! That’s half the fun! 🙂
3)Colored Lights or White Lights? Coloured. I think that they’re more fun!

4)Do you hang Mistletoe? We don’t have any mistletoe hung in the apartment, but my parents always hang some in between their living room and kitchen.
5)When Do You Put Your Christmas Decorations Up? As early as possible! We had our tree up on December 6th and our lights up around November 25th. My parents never used to put their tree up until the 15th or so, so I’m going to milk it as long as I can now that we have our own.
6) What is Your Favorite Holiday Dish? Turkey and mashed potatoes! I don’t even really eat that much turkey. I just like it because I don’t get to eat it that often.

7) Favorite Holiday Memory as a Child? Getting up SUPER early and opening gifts with my family. Oh, and watching “A Christmas Story” several times throughout the holidays, lol.

8)When and How Did You Learn The Truth About Santa? No one ever told me that there wasn’t a Santa. I just kind of figured it out as the years went by.

9) Do You Open a Gift on Christmas Eve? Almost every year. My parents always got to choose which present we opened though, so I always got new pajamas or something like that. Tyler actually made a request that he get to open a gift on Christmas eve because he wants to wear the pajama pants that I bought him for Christmas on Christmas morning.

10)How Do You Decorate Your Christmas Tree? At my parents, my Dad always put on the lights and my Mom did the garland, then all the kids got to put on their own individual ornaments. At our house this year, Tyler did the lights and the garland. Then we both did the ornaments. We did put the tree up together though.

11)Snow! Love it or Dread it? It depends. I love LOOKING at the snow on Christmas day, but I HATE driving in it. Today was a particularly bad day for driving in it. It still looked beautiful though!

12)Can You Ice Skate? I can skate, I just can’t stop very well, lol.

13)Do You Remember Your Favorite Gift? Hmmm… I typically have one favourite gift per year. I don’t know what my favourite gift EVER was though.

14)What’s The Most Important Thing About The Holidays For You? Seeing my family. I love being able to go home for a few days and just spend time with my entire family. Hopefully by next year the family will have more husbands and possibly a baby (or at least a baby in the works)! 🙂

15)What is Your Favorite Holiday Dessert? Cheesecake and Banana Muffins a la Grandma Sharon!

16)What is Your Favorite Holiday Tradition? Getting up as early as possible and snuggling with my Mom while she drinks her tea while we wait for my Dad to get his butt out of bed.

17) What Tops Your tree? At our place, it’s a silver, glittery star. At my parents, it’s a beautiful gold angel.

18) Which Do You Prefer: Giving or Receiving? Giving. Definitely. I love receiving gifts too, but I LOVE the look on people’s faces when they open a gift that they really want.

19)What is Your Favorite Christmas Song? “Baby, it’s Cold Outside”…. I love the version done by Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel!

20)Candy Canes…good or bad? Delicious! 🙂

21)Favorite Christmas Show? It’s a tie between “A Christmas Story” and “Elf.”

22) Saddest Christmas Song? Silent Night.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!