Ichi, Ni, San…

Posted on Tuesday 30 September 2008

Bug started his karate classes today. Technically, it’s more of a pre-karate. He had a blast. I can’t wait to see him in his gi. It’s going to be super cute.

Next week, I’ll have to bring LadyBug with me. I’m interested to know if she’ll want to join, too. She just might… and I wouldn’t mind her learning how to kick and punch in a responsible way.

Christy @ 11:45 pm
Filed under: Bug (aka Little Guy) andLadyBug
Birthday Season is Here

Posted on Monday 29 September 2008

Big Guy’s birthday is October 1 (coincidentally, he was born on the day that DisneyWorld opened – must have been fate). Bug’s birthday is October 29. We also have various sibling, niece, nephew, aunt, friend birthdays over the next month and half. Time to start the shopping…

Tomorrow, Bug and I are going to have to pull it together, get a gift for Big Guy, bake a cake AND start his karate classes. Luckily, Lady Bug will spend the day with Grandma so I’m not worried about her, too.

I guess I should get some rest!

Christy @ 11:53 pm
Filed under: Big Guy andBug (aka Little Guy)
The Power of the Blogosphere – Save Lori’s House

Posted on Sunday 28 September 2008

Early on, people scoffed at blogging. Why would you want to share your life with strangers? Today’s bloggers know the answer to that question. Blogging is about connecting with other people, sharing ideas and making changes.

Today, as I was browsing some of the big freelance writing blogs, I found the perfect example of how blogging brings people together. It’s the story of Lori Hall Steele, a freelance writer, divorced mother of a 7-year-old-boy and victim of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).Just one year ago she was diagnosed with the disease and she is now confined to a hospital bed with a ventilator. She can no longer use her hands and is unable to write. Her health insurance is not fully covering her expenses (it’s not clear if they are covering any part of her expenses). Now her house is going into foreclosure.

Lori’s fellow bloggers and friends have started a campaign called Save Lori’s House to provide her son with a stable living situation and give Lori some peace of mind that her son is being cared for. It’s just one example of how bloggers come together, support each other, and enact change.

Christy @ 9:54 pm
Filed under: Me
Sing, Sing a Song

Posted on Saturday 27 September 2008

Spent a little time today loading some MP3s on my Blackberry and then listening to music on it (over the speaker). It sounded better than my radio. =}

Oh, I just love my little ‘berry.

Christy @ 11:01 pm
Filed under: Me andTechnology
Quiet, Rainy Weekends

Posted on Friday 26 September 2008

LadyBug spent half the afternoon in time out in her high chair for standing on a chair. I just kept telling her to sit on the chair and she’d stand right back up again. I removed her from the chair entirely and she went right back. I tried to distract her, block the chair, basically anything I could think of. She just got right back up there and grinned at me. I wouldn’t normally use time out for such a young child, but I simply can’t get her to understand that no means no. It took maybe 8-10 rounds of removing her from the chair and placing her in time out before she started to get it. She went back to the chair, but she stayed seated. Hope it sticks. She already fell off the couch today because she was standing up and jumping around. She’s just a real challenge.

Tonight I’m trying to get a bit more organized, so I’m on a hunt for a calendar that will integrate with everything else I use. I’m trying to avoid Google calendar, but might have to cave. A friend of mine sent me a link to a new family planning/calendar site called Cozi. It’s very cool. You can keep all of your family stuff there, including shopping lists, pictures, etc. Then you can send them to family members via cell phone or email. You can even call and have it read your lists or appointments to you. Unfortunately, it doesn’t integrate the way I want and has features I just don’t need. My husband is almost always accessibly via IM during the day (he’s in a cubicle) and I almost never make a shopping list. =} I’d be happy with an online calendar that has a nice mobile page. Anyway, still working on that organization thing.

The thing I’m most excited about is that we have absolutely no plans this weekend. We can do whatever we want. It may seem small to most of you, but when I say we are incredibly busy people, I’m not joking. And it’s not by choice. We ALWAYS have birthdays, weddings, showers, cookouts, graduation parties, anniversary parties, dinner invitations, etc. I don’t know anyone with as many “obligations” as we have. I feel kind of bad, but it’s reached a point where I get annoyed whenever I get an invitation to something. I mean, I LIKE spending time with friends and family, but I miss having a weekend where we can decide what we want to do. So, now we have one. I had hoped to go apple picking, but the weather is going to be crappy. I guess we’ll just hang out, trying to get the house in order and getting on each others’ nerves!

Christy @ 11:58 pm
Filed under: Home andMy Family andVent
Grey’s Anatomy, Heroes and the Return of TV (Part 2)

Posted on Thursday 25 September 2008

Grey’s Anatomy tonight was surprisingly good. The previews had show Derek’s one-night stand announcing she was pregnant and I have been annoyed. How cliche’ to have the couple finally get together only to have a pregnant girlfriend in the mix. But it turns out that the Grey’s Anatomy writers do have some sense and it was just a joke. When the chief announced at the end of the show that some changes would be made, I sensed they were talking about more than their faux doctoring. I think they might have been talking about plot. At least, I hope so. It’s a promising beginning to the season.

Heroes. Ugh. Blah. Yawn.

Criminal Minds was brilliant. It took just a minute or two to get sucked back in and it was exciting and engaging. I can’t wait to see how the season develops.

I’m thrilled to have my shows back, but need to start weeding things out so I can focus on my writing. =}

Christy @ 11:09 pm
Filed under: Me andTV
Advocating for Our Kids

Posted on Wednesday 24 September 2008

My first thoughts whenever I hear the name “Jenny McCarthy” are of a trashy blonde host on MTV. So when my mom called today and said, “TiVo Oprah,” and I saw that Jenny McCarthy was on, I was a bit skeptical. Jenny was on Oprah today promoting her new book Mother Warriors. In it, she explains how she, and several other mothers, have helped their kids “recover” from autism though detoxification, special diets, and whatever means necessary. She has regained my respect.

Americans are conditioned to believe that authority figures are somehow wiser. Yes, they may have more “facts” (whether or not those “facts” are true is another story), but they don’t know you better than you do. They don’t know your kids better. Doctors can be wrong. They may not know the latest information.

Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I don’t buy into it. Sure, I respect the opinion of doctors, teachers, plumbers and anyone else who has expertise in their field. But I don’t take their opinion as the final word. I strongly advocate for my children (and anything/anyone else in my life). I ask questions, I challenge ideas, I do research, and I try to do whatever I need to do to take care of my family. I don’t believe in “waiting to see” what will happen. When Bug had gross motor delays, I knew he would eventually walk, but I didn’t want to wait to see how his delay might impact him in the future. I’m not afraid of what people think or of asking for help or of recognizing that my children aren’t perfect in every way. I honestly don’t understand the mentality of letting your child suffer or struggle unnecessarily. This is not to say that I pamper and spoil my kids or coddle them over every bump and bruise. Small falls and cuts are a part of life, struggling to walk or talk do not have to be.

I am by no means a perfect mom. I am less patient than I should be. I don’t give them as much attention as I know I should.  I struggle with being a stay at home mom – it’s an awful match for my personality. But, I love my kids fiercely, and I do the best I can for them. I guess that’s all we can do.

Christy @ 11:45 pm
Filed under: My Family andTV
She’s Not Called LadyBug for Nothing

Posted on Tuesday 23 September 2008

Spent the day with LadyBug today. It started well, but she took a very early nap. That meant that she and I spent more than 6 hours together once she was awake. Just us. In our living room. It’s no big deal with Bug, who is capable of playing on his own, but LadyBug is either climbing up me to see what’s behind the couch or getting into something she shouldn’t. She thinks everything is a game. As trying as Bug can be, I look forward to having him home tomorrow to help entertain LadyBug. Maybe they’ll be so happy to be back together that I’ll get a morning without fighting.

I know, wishful thinking.

Christy @ 11:08 pm
Filed under: LadyBug
The Return of TV

Posted on Monday 22 September 2008

Hurray for fall TV! Should I be watching? No. Will I be watching? Most definitely.

Christy @ 11:48 pm
Filed under: TV
Is it considered bad parenting…

Posted on Sunday 21 September 2008

To laugh at your toddler while he’s having a wild, unexplainable and ridiculous tantrum? Bug woke up too early, spent the morning in the sun and didn’t nap. Bad, bad, bad combination. By late afternoon, everything was a giant drama.

So, when he melted down because LadyBug decided to actually MOVE the Cozy Coupe she was sitting in, I was baffled. When he insisted that it had to remain in a very specific spot, I tried to be understanding. But when he flopped on the floor in screaming hysterics because I didn’t agree that the Cozy Coupe should remain still, I started to giggle. I couldn’t help it. Yeah, I felt like a horrible, non-sympathetic parent, but c’mon, really?

Today was a very long day. I’ll share more about the FAAN walk and the panic that followed later. Today I’m just worn out!

Christy @ 11:12 pm
Filed under: Bug (aka Little Guy)