Monday, May 28, 2007

Wow, I've been letting this slide for too long!

Here's a quick recap:

May 11th-Jillian starts her baby talk, including cooing...I LOVE IT! We have conversations for 5 minutes at a time, and what's adorable is the look she has on her face at the same time, like she's serious about what she's talking about.

May 19th -While in New York, my dad was getting sick, and it was rainy, so we stayed around Queens. The next day, we went to Coney Island and walked around, got (what else?) a hotdog! Apparently, that's where it originated. It was pretty good, but at $2.49, not the best deal! On the 20th, we went shopping and hung out, then we headed back to Ottawa.

This week, all 3 of us are sick...ugh. I think that Jillian got it first, then I got it, and now Michael. Luckily, it's a summer cold, but we're doing okay. Anyway, I'd better check up on the princess and take a nap; Michael's still well enough to go to the grocery store

Friday, May 18, 2007

jillIan loves NY

Well we arrived safe and sound in the windy city.... I mean the big Apple (-: Michael, Jillian and myself are in NYC... East side as they say... visiting my Dad who works in Manhatten. We're here for the long weekend.

Today we decided to go to Manhatten. (It got it's name from the local aboriginal tribe located here at the time of the Europeans arrival) We had an eventful subway ride into the city from Queens. While on the train, I got offered to buy illegal pirated DVDs. Thanks but no thanks. Then a 70 yr old former drug addict turned preacher got on and gave up a fire and brimstone makeshift sermon. I only thought these things happened in the movies on subway trains but apparently not.

We started off by going to the Seinfeld restaurant that you always see in the show. I really wanted to see it. We got some great pics of the family there. It's located at 112th and Broadway if you have no life and want to look it up on mapquest or some other mapping site!

We then took the subway to Time Square. It was surprisingly busy there. We bought Jillian a toy at the largest toy store in the world, Toys R Us. Then we walked to Madison Square Garden to see a hockey shrine but Messier wasn't there. Between MSG and the Empire State building, Jillian pooped herself really bad and Starbucks doesn't have any change tables. Only adults without kids are supposed to frequent this establishment. I guess parents don't have any money for $4 coffees and expressos!!!

We headed to Micky Ds and they could accomidate our needs. By that time it was too late and Jillian had it all over her back sides and front. The green poop went thru her onezi and her PJs. It was a HUGE mess. As we cleaned her up we could hear people complaining about us taking too long in there.

By this time, we were all "POOPED" and we headed back to Queens. The subway ride was not nearly as entertaining on the way back. The ending to this entry is not as exciting as it should be.

Tomorrow we are heading back to Manhatten. I want to see Carrie Bradshaw in her natural environment. (he he)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Haven't been on top of this lately...let's see...

Had a mini-elementary school reunion on May went pretty well, and we were looking at each other's babies, eating and remembering the 'good old days'. Can't believe how long it's been since I finished Elementary school, but I'm not going to throw out any numbers!

Jillian's dressed up for my mom's Glow Party; she holds it every year and you have to wear white because of the black lights on the dance floor. It looks really neat to see everyone dancing and aglow. We had to wait till the end of the Senator's game...which went into double overtime! Thank goodness they won! My Uncle Bunnie was the Chef Extraordinare again...wish I could have eaten the jerk chicken this year, but it was hilarious to see everyone panting and asking for water!

The next day was Mother's Day. Jillian (with Michael's help) got me some flowers and a nice card. Jillian almost threw up on the card itself (she was holding it for me), but changed her mind at the last minute! Michael was very relieved about that! In the afternoon, we went to visit some family at a Mother's Day BBQ, and got a few pictures:

If you go to: , I've added some more pictures to the albums.

Jillian's finally fallen asleep, so I'll try to do the same. Thank goodness for Baby Bijorn's!!!

Thursday, May 10, 2007


So I thought that watching TV while breastfeeding Jillian was a good way to pass the time, right?

I get these weekly updates from to tell me how Jillian's progressing, what to look for, etc. I really enjoy this site as I find it full of information. Anyway, it's saying about how it's better for me to look at her while she's eating, and talk to her, etc., just like you would at the dinner table. Now I'm feeling guilty for watching CSI and Oprah. *sigh*

So, no:
-chocolate ($&%!), or anything else with caffeine
-TV when feeding (which is one of the few times during the day that I watch TV)

Woe is me!!!

On another note, I have gotten complaints about not putting enough pictures on. You can go to: and look at her photo album at the bottom. I will try to remember to include this link from time to time; otherwise, you can save this under "Favourites" on your (personal, not public!) computer.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

First Immunization-May 2nd
Oh, I was feeling a bit anxious! Jillian got not 1, but 2 shots today, one in each leg. I took my friend's recommendation and gave her some Tempra before I left. When the nurse came in, she was cranky because her diaper was dirty. She showed me how to hold her right leg down, then got the needle. As the nurse was about to inject her, Jillian kicked with her left leg and the nurse ended up getting the needle in her own hand! Luckily, she was nice about it, and Jillian got her shots!

Her crying wasn't as bad as I thought, and by the time she ate, she had calmed down and fell asleep. Actually, she spent most of the day sleeping. Poor girl, when she woke up, she would whimper and cry while I changed her, then cried while she was eating. I know it's for her own good, but I don't like to see her in pain, even if it's only for the day. In any case, it was like when she was a newborn, just sleeping and eating the whole day. I was worried that she wouldn't be able to sleep at night, but she was fine.

Phew! Now we don't have to go back for another 2 months. She's now 11 pounds, 7 ounces, and 23 inches long, so her growth has slowed down a bit from the first month. I'm just astounded that women give birth to babies this size! I couldn't even begin to imagine.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Sunday, April 29th
Jillian got to meet the Riley clan for the first time. I took a ton of photos, and I promise that I will get around to posting them eventually. Anyway, there was a lot of children around, and 6 girls under 3 years old! Jillian was the youngest by about 2 weeks and (mostly!) the quietest. When she heard the other girls crying, she started to cry too. Michael scooped her up and took her to the other room, because he didn't want her to pick up any 'bad habits'. Very cute reaction.
April 25th Train Ride

The only person that got a good night's sleep before the train ride was Jillian, as Michael and I were busy packing the night before...I'm pretty sure we both ended up with less than 3 hours sleep! In any case, we managed to get to the train station for 5:20, and got our tickets as well as checking in our luggage. When it came time to board, I heard those magical words:
"At this time, we would like to ask families with young children to board first."
Ah bliss! I tried to supress a grin as I got ahead of everyone else crowded at the gate...hee hee!

The ride went very well; because it was so early, people slept for the few hours on the way to Toronto. I managed to catch a few zzz's, and Jillian woke me up once to eat. Once we got to Toronto, I learned that I didn't have to switch trains, so we had a quiet hour to ourselves inside. It was just another few hours and then we got to Great Grandma's house! She was excited to meet Jillian for the first time and we got some much-needed rest. Mom picked us up the next day, and we finished our trip to Ottawa.

It was nice to take the train as I didn't have to worry about driving and having to stop whenever she was hungry or poopy. Thank goodness Michael was nice enough to talk me out of driving all the way back!