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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Welcome to the club!

Born to my best friend (it would be silly to say that she completes me, but it's 100% true), a precious baby boy, Jack Thomas, at 12.05am local time on 5/26/2010. He weighed 8 lbs & was 52 cm long. Here's what I know - he took his own sweet time getting here (she was induced at 7pm on 5/24), Mum & baby are both doing fine & Dad is exhausted, and this is one of the most anticipated babies in the history of time. I can't wait to see a picture of his sweet, sweet face! Can't deny that I'm insanely jealous, and wondering if I'll ever experience the same wonderment of looking at my baby's face for the first time. But this isn't about me, it's about sweet Jack! Kinda funny that he came into the world as 2 of the best known Jack's of entertainment graced our screens for the last time - Jack Bauer of 24 & Jack Shephard of Lost. A coincidence, sure, but it sure is a funny one! I can't wait to talk to my friend & get all the details!!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Gone gone gone been gone so long

I've been gone gone gone so long. Sorry about that! No reason in particular, I just wasn't feeling wordy. We had a great weekend last weekend, but busy! On Friday night & all day Saturday we took part in a pilot group of our local council's Transracial Parenting course for adoptive & foster parents. Andrew & I both felt that we really benefitted from attending. It was taught by someone who is transracial herself, so she could really relate to the subject material. Then Saturday evening we went over to our friends' place for dinner. We haven't seen them in almost 5 months, so it was so much fun to just go there & relax, hang out & partake in some very good food (a gourmet cheese plate - including a triple cream brie - and bison striploin steaks cooked Tuscan style.....yum!) and some stellar red wines. On Sunday we slept in a little, then went to see Iron Man 2 (loved it!!!) and had wings & appetizers for lunch. It was a great weekend. I'm hoping this weekend will be just as good. On Saturday I'm going to the Niagara region with a friend & her friends to celebrate her 35th birthday, then on Sunday we're going to a Welcome Summer party at our adoption friends' house. It's an afternoon party, so we're going to aim to be home in time to catch the Lost series finale. On holiday Monday we might go see Shrek Forever After. We're going to work on planting the veggie garden too. The best thing that's happening on May 24 is this - my friend is going to be induced, and she'll finally meet her child. Oh how I wish I could be there to witness that! Next weekend is the wedding & my dad's birthday. Lord knows what I'm going to get him for his birthday! He's so hard to buy for.

Well that's all for now! Have a great weekend everyone, and Vicki? Push him out push him out WAY OUT! Much love to you & Darren.

Monday, May 10, 2010

So far away

I am feeling so far away lately. Since yesterday (Mother's Day) I've been feeling far away from being a mother. I still feel that this adoption will be successful, but not knowing when is pretty upsetting sometimes. On a day when society celebrates mothers, I feel so invisible. And I'm feeling so far away from my best friend, who is in her last weeks of pregnancy with her first, long-awaited child. Her baby shower was just over a week ago, and seeing the pictures of the shower & the pictures of her so heavily pregnant is like a dagger in my heart (to be melodramatic). I can't help feeling that I should be there, with her, in the delivery room, holding her hand, trying to make her laugh (and probably failing). To see the beautiful face of her baby just moments after birth, to celebrate with her and her husband. Instead, all I can do is sit here & cry & feel sorry for myself. For the last 7 months or so, all I've been able to do is kick myself for moving back to Canada. I know, boo hoo. But I guess everyone deserves a little self-pity once in a while. Seems like, as an waiting adoptive parent, I indulge myself a little more with the self-pity than maybe I should.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Blech, and also ewwwww

So, yesterday was my birthday. It was a great day - Andrew got me a beautiful Swarovski crystal cross with clear & pink crystals. It's just gorgeous! The folks at work took me out to lunch to our usual spot, the local Thai restaurant. Then Andrew & I went out to dinner with our "adoption" friends Werner & Cara. Then, when I got home, I discovered that I'd picked up my niece Evie's stomach virus when we went to visit her on Sunday. I've got to tell you, I haven't felt this crappy in a while. Nothing like losing your birthday dinner mere hours after eating it. So I've been home all day, drinking ginger ale & feeling sorry for myself. Regardless, I had a great birthday & a great birthday dinner & I wouldn't have changed anything (except the puking).

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mah new electronic baybee

Well, the household has acquired a new baybee. An electronic baybee. A netbook! We've been wanting to get a new computer for a while now, ever since Computador Prime decided to take his own sweet time (read: 20 minutes) to boot up when you turned him on. Defragging, deleting unwanted files, deleting cookies didn't seem to make too much of a difference. I'm sure we just need to bring in the nerds, but the thing is 7 years old, so I'm not sure what can be done. Anyhoo, the netbook we wanted went on sale this weekend so we went ahead & purchased! It's going to be great to bring it with us to Ethiopia, for downloading pictures & videos, and emailing & such. And it's just SO DARN CUTE!

Other than grocery shopping, that was our fun for the day. Tomorrow we're hopefully going to meet up with my brother & sister-in-law & my niece so they can pay me tribute for my birthday (which is Monday, in case you want to know), but Evie's had a stomach bug today, so that might not happen. Either way, I plan to go to Sephora to pick up my birthday freebie! And maybe a nail polish.

New Doctor Who on tonight - am loving this new Doctor. I haven't seen too many of the old Doctor Who episodes, but he seems really "old school". It's great - and I love his new companion. The actress hails from Inverness, which is one of my favourite places. Speaking of which, I've been pining for the UK something fierce lately, I wonder what's up with that?

Well, enjoy your weekend, wherever you are!