Archive for June, 2009
Monday, June 29th, 2009
What?! Here I go again. It’s official. The Rowsell house will have one less spare room. Make room for baby number 2! I’m 6 months now… and a little hard to hide it anymore! I just can’t wear a scarf to the office anymore to cover up my belly… people were starting to wonder.
We’re excited… but nervous at the same time. I’m due in October, but will be leaving for Mat Leave the beginning of September. This will give me some time to “nest”. (Use nest as your bonus code). You know… where you clean the entire house just before the baby comes. I have so much to give away or toss out!
I’m feeling good now – but boy oh boy if you only knew how I was feeling in the beginning. I’m surprised I could come off the radio sounding so happy – because I was SICK. I had morning sickness for about 5 weeks. But now all is good. No… we don’t know what it is. We’ll find out soon enough. What do I want? Healthy of course. And if I could pick – I’d say another boy. But I would LOVE a girl too. We’ll see!
So for any of you mom’s out there who have two – any advice would be great!!! Is it harder? Is it easier! Let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
In her divorce papers, Kate Gosselin says her marriage to Jon is “irretrievably broken.”
That’s the box she checked.
She filed for a no-fault divorce earlier this week.
In those papers she says she’s willing to “negotiate a fair and reasonable” settlement with her husband.
They’ve been married for 10 years and at least half of them have been documented on “Jon and Kate Plus 8.”
TLC says the program will go on hiatus until August 3rd.
The network says that’s to give the Gosselin family time to “regroup,” and then a modified schedule will be in place to support the family’s transition.
I’m glad they’re taking the break (use break as your bonus code). They need to take this time to figure things out. I hope when the show returns they change the name of the show to Just 8. This way it’s not about Jon and Kate. It’s been very hard to watch this painful divorce. Good luck Gosselin family.
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
Parenting Wall of Honour
Dads do so much for us. From bandaging skinned knees when we’re young to giving us our first driving lesson when we’re in our teens, they are often one of the most important people in the lives of children. But many fathers, especially new dads, don’t feel supported or confident in what they think is the most important job they will ever have – raising a child. National charity Invest in Kids has a mission to help all parents gain support and confidence and to ensure that every mother and father can be the parent they dream of being.
To help Invest in Kids reach that goal we are celebrating some of the amazing parents and caregivers who have already helped set the parenting bar high. Invest in Kids (use kids as your bonus code) has created The Parenting Wall of Honour, a webpage that acknowledges and celebrates the important work that parents do and gives our donors an opportunity to recognize important parents in their lives.
Listing your father on The Parenting Wall of Honour is a wonderful acknowledgement of the impact he has had on your life – a heartwarming gift for Father’s Day.
Those interested in making a donation and celebrating a parent on the wall can visit www.investinkids.ca for information on how to give and to see the many names already appearing on The Parenting Wall of Honour.
Also on the website parents will find a wealth of parenting and child development information for parents with children from 0-5, including the Father’s Day Tip Sheet developed by the experts at Invest in Kids. The Father’s Day Tip Sheet offers ways that dads can support their child’s healthy social, emotional and intellectual development during the everyday moments.
Monday, June 22nd, 2009
Lines are forming on either side of Alberta Finance Minister Iris Evans, but not for anything that has to do with the economy.
She is being both criticized and praised for saying one parent should stay at home to raise the kids properly while the other goes to work.
Conservative groups such as the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada are applauding her.
But a rep for the Canadian Child Care Federation says she doesn’t understand the reality of the modern family.
In a written statement Iris Evans says she can understand why some people are offended by what she said, adding she didn’t intend to suggest there is only one way to raise a child.
Here’s my two cents – being a working mom… (working is your bonus code) I think I’m a better mom by going to work. Do I have guilt? Yes. Do I like to work? Yes. Do I want to be with my son? Yes… here’s where YOU decide – YOU have to do what works for YOU… and that IS the right decision. Never waver you own decisions – don’t feel bad for being who the best YOU is… working mom or not. Do I have respect for women who can stay home – you bet! Hardest job in the world!!!
Monday, June 15th, 2009
Talk about your number being up. There’s a saying that I truly believe in… “Let Go and Let God”. Sometimes we have no control on the universe and what our fate will be. (Use fate as your bonus code)
An Italian woman, who escaped death when she was late for Air France flight 447, ran out of luck while she was on her way home.
228 people died when the plane went down over the South Atlantic almost 3 weeks ago.
The 65 year old was killed in a car accident in Austria.
She and her husband missed the Rio to Paris flight, and got on a plane to Munich instead. I guess it was just her time.
Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
When I was in Grade 6 our house burnt down to the ground. It was a moment in my life that I will NEVER forget. So now, I am terrified of fire. (use fire as your bonus code). I make sure I know where the fire exit is at all times… no matter where I am. At work, in a hotel, at a friends house. Because of that moment in my life, whenever I hear stories about families losing their homes, I do what I can to help out.
Here’s something to help families who lost their homes…
STUDENTS AT A SOUTHEAST JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL HAVE COME TO THE AID OF FAMILIES WHO LOST THEIR HOMES AFTER AN APRIL FIRE IN THE COMMUNITY OF DEER RUN.
WILMA HANSEN SCHOOL IS HOLDING A SILENT AUCTION THIS THURSDAY —- AN IDEA THAT WAS BRAINSTORMED BY A CORE GROUP OF CLASSMATES.
THE SCHOOL HAS SINCE CAUGHT “AUCTION FEVER”, AS STUDENTS FROM ALL GRADES HAVE BEEN CONTRIBUTING ITEMS AND CREATING GIFT BASKETS.
ONE OF THE STUDENTS AND HIS FAMILY WERE LEFT HOMELESS AFTER THE BLAZE IN THE COMMUNITY OF DEER RUN.
THE SCHOOL HAS ALREADY RECEIVED 6-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF DONATED ITEMS.
THE AUCTION IS THURSDAY JUNE 11 – 6:30PM TO 9PM – TO DONATE CALL WILMA HANSEN AT 403-777-7430.
Monday, June 8th, 2009
The joys of potty training! (Potty is your bonus code). Potty training is where we’re at with my son who is almost two. How’s it going? It’s not… He’s just not ready for it. But we’re trying. I said to my girlfriend the other day who is a new mom – I can’t believe how much I talk about “bathroom” happens now that I’m a mom. It’s like a whole new world being a mom. From talking about how I’ll have a weekend to read and catch up – to talking about poo! Who knew!
Here’s an interesting story… do you think it’ll work… Uh – no!
BELGIAN RESEARCHERS HAVE COME UP WITH A DIAPER THAT SOUNDS AN ALARM WHEN A CHILD WETS.
THEY SAY NOT ONLY DO THE PARENTS HEAR IT, AND TAKE THE BABY TO THE BATHROOM .. THE CHILDREN REALIZE WHY THE ALARM IS GOING OFF.
RESEARCHERS FEEL THAT COULD HELP WITH POTTY TRAINING. Hmmmm maybe they could call the alarm CRYING!
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
My son took his first airplane ride to Saskatoon last weekend. The flight there was PERFECT! He was curious. He was excited. It was a morning flight so he was well rested. Had a good breakfast to start off his day!
The catch about flying with a child under the age of 2 is… you can’t buy them a seat. They ride for free until they’re 2. So the have to ride on mommy and daddy’s lap. Which worked on the way there…
BUT… the way home was a different story. My son is 22 months old. He’s a busy body, and loves everyone. The last day we were in Saskatoon, he had enough of the “wedding weekend”. He visited, he played, and he laughed. On Sunday he was tired. We had an afternoon flight at 2:40. Now by this time, he has had lunch and a nap. But since we were out of routine, he was just cranky. I was nervous about the flight.
He yelled, screamed, kicked and made himself known on the flight home. He did not want to sit with us. He did not want to sit on our laps. He wanted nothing to do with us. So what did he do… he screamed on take off. He was fine during the flight (watching tv). And then screamed on landing. Here’s where I say… I’m sorry! (use sorry as your bonus code).
I’m not sorry for my child screaming… as there was NOTHING I could do. I tried everything! I tried food, toys, hugging. NOTHING worked. I’m sorry to those parents I used to be mad at who brought their kids on the plane. Before I was a mom… I had no idea. So the next time you go on a flight knowing there’s a child on it… if that child is not happy… don’t be mad at the parents. They’re doing the best then can to calm their child! I’m sorry for ever making a parent feel like they were a bad parent!!!!