Nov. 5th, 2007 08:35 am
rj_anderson: (Fearfully & Wonderfully Made)
In my experience there has been only one drawback to giving birth at home, and it's that two years later, the placenta is still sitting at the bottom of your freezer, easily mistaken* for something you might actually want to thaw.**

* Though not fatally so, in this case. The midwife had been smart enough to write a label on the bag.
** And the first person who suggests I raid the spice cabinet and get out the soda crackers gets smacked.
I do not personally know any of the people involved, but Linda posted this video and it was so brilliant I just had to pass it on.

Proof that Wii Golf is Hilarious

That has to be the most infectious laugh ever. And yes, I have seen the one with the quintuplets (quadruplets, whatever).
Baby Paul, who just celebrated his first birthday two days ago, is exceedingly active these days. Here he is doing one of his favorite things, hanging around my desk and trying to bash the computer keyboard )

I have discovered to my chagrin that having two other children has apparently taught me nothing useful as far as the care and feeding of toddlers is concerned. What works with the first, or the second, turns out to be completely useless with the third. At this point, in spite of all my efforts to introduce him to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables early on, Paul refuses to eat anything other than the following:

- crackers
- yogurt
- toast
- bananas
- cake
- guinea pig poop

The latter is most regrettable, I agree, but try as I might to keep the cage clean, he always seems to find them. Here he is on the hunt for more tasty goodness )

Why he should chow down with enthusiasm on pre-digested cavy leavings and yet refuse to eat peaches or scrambled eggs is beyond me. And any kind of protein -- even cheese, or lunch meat -- is just hopeless.

My mother-in-law says that my husband refused to eat anything but bananas and oatmeal until he was four. I never quite understood how that could be, especially as he was her sixth child. Now I know.

Cross-posted from [livejournal.com profile] rjanderson_blog, because [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63 said she wanted to see some baby pics. What's a mother to do?
Dear House writers:


*sobs brokenly into 1,786th tissue*

Seriously, that hit way too close to home for me -- and this is why )

Conclusion: Quality-wise, in terms of the writing, the acting, the cinematography, it was excellent. And I never, ever want to see it again.
I am tired. My house needs cleaning but I don't feel like doing anything beyond the bare minimum. My kids are coming down with a cold (again). I have pink eye (again again). None of the three shows I watch have had new episodes within the last week. The meal I made last night for dinner was horrible (my fault, not the recipes -- I wasn't paying close enough attention and my timing was off). The baby just woke up (again again AGAIN).

On the other hand, I have renewed my paid LJ account and upgraded to 100 icons.

It's something, I guess.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lizbee for making me the scan for this icon at my request. I love me some vintage Bill Sienkiewicz.
...except that Paul is now five months old, so last month's icon had to be retired, and when I looked through the newer pictures I came across a certain shot and realized that it just had to be done.

ETA: I don't have any excuse for this either, but as a Lost fan and a child of the MTV generation, all I can say is HEE!!! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] risti for the link.
H. and I are finally getting around to watching last season's episodes, and it's interesting (and occasionally quite amusing) looking at these early eps in the light of later ones.

Seeing "Hunting" before "Occam's Razor", for instance -- I couldn't help thinking as I watched the latter that the way Cameron spoiler ). I also noted in that scene, though I've noticed it before, that Jesse Spencer is a really fine face actor -- you could see every one of his thoughts and feelings as Cameron was delivering her "sex is ugly" speech, even though he didn't have a single line.

But tonight we watched "Maternity", and all I can say is spoiler ) ENDED. MY. LIFE. That has to be one of the saddest moments on the show ever. I should know better than to watch stuff about babies right now. Or possibly ever.

And speaking of babies, GIP. Paul turned four months yesterday.

Hors de Wombat

Jan. 5th, 2006 07:20 pm
rj_anderson: (Paul Nathan - 4 mos.)
Paul is learning to use his hands now, and he's started to play with toys. I think [livejournal.com profile] lizbee in particular will be interested in the result:

Best Friends )

I think my fellow House fans will have no difficulty guessing the wombat's name. I mean, what else could I possibly call it?
And baby Paul is now thirteen weeks old: Picture! )

Tonight I'm going to try and get a couple more shots of him, nicely dressed up this time, and see if I can print them as 8x10s in time to give to my mother and my MIL for Christmas.
Let the world tremble before me, for I am a mother who has captured her ten week-old baby on video. Don't worry, though, it's only about 20 seconds long:

Of course I talk, I'm Minister for Overseas Development (2 MB, YSI).

The audio is unfortunately marred by the speaker being on in the background (since this clip was taken in the church nursery during a service), but you can hear a couple of Paul's sage observations quite clearly toward the end.

Also, many happy returns to [livejournal.com profile] callyperry, a delightful, warm-hearted and generous person who has been a great encouragement to me and whose endless good humour makes her a pleasure to talk to and be with. Thanks for everything, Cally -- and come see us again some time!
Only substitute a baby Draco nursing for the toddler Draco reading, and make Narcissa look a lot less happy about the whole being-waked-up thing (as well as sporting a prodigious amount of baby barf on the left shoulder), and you get some idea of what our family looked like at about 3:45 a.m. last night.

(Note to self: Do not eat broccoli again, like, ever.)

But anyway, [livejournal.com profile] buttfacemakani is a genius. See?

There are some hilarious sketches on her journal, too.

Also, the House staff as chibis, courtesy of the same avatar maker I was playing with earlier in the week. Hee!


Oct. 12th, 2005 01:58 pm
rj_anderson: (Fearfully & Wonderfully Made)
Now that Paul is five weeks old and no longer resembles a squashed grape (or someone who has been eating squashed grapes either), it's time for a new pic:

Looky here! )

He has a lot more hair than is obvious in this picture, but otherwise, it's probably the best shot I've taken of him yet.

Belated Stuff

Sep. 22nd, 2005 05:08 pm
rj_anderson: (Tenth Doctor Wonder)
First, happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] avarill, an all-around splendid person and one of my oldest net.friends. Hope your day's been a good one, and that if you haven't had a chance to celebrate properly yet, you're able to do so soon!

And second, as promised, Liz )

Finally, I hope to get the chance to watch the Lost season premiere tonight, and so far I have remained unspoiled therefor, so it should be rather exciting and all that. Not to mention a much-needed break from present reality...
Your mileage may vary on the cuteness, actually, but he is (as I suspected) much improved from the squashed purple look he had at birth. So:

Paul, asleep )

Paul, sleeping, again )

One of these days I'll try to catch him with his eyes open. They're brown, like his father's -- a novelty since his older two brothers' eyes are grey-blue with yellow rings around the pupil (like mine) and ice blue (like his grandfathers' on both sides).

Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] september_05.


Sep. 17th, 2005 06:24 am
rj_anderson: (House Right & Wrong)
Stupid baseball.

On a happier note, I actually got some honest-to-goodness rest last night, if you don't count the hour after each feeding where Paul yelled his head off for no discernible reason. I know babies have to fuss sometime, but could they at least do it during the day when nobody is trying to sleep?

*having dutifully eaten something and taken horrible antibiotic pills, goes off to try to sleep again*
Well, I was right about it being labour...

Paul Nathan
Born September 7, 2005 at 11:20 a.m.
8 lbs., 12 oz.
57 centimetres long

Born in our ensuite bathroom's corner tub, though I did most of my labouring just walking around the house. Anyway, he's healthy, strong, and sleeping peacefully as I type. Pictures have been taken and will be forthcoming, I just didn't feel like hobbling back to the bedroom to get the camera just now.

Thanks so much to all of you who prayed and sent good wishes! The labour was fast and intense and I ache all over, but as you can tell from the fact that I'm sitting up and typing, I'm doing very well.

"Give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; His mercy endureth forever."

x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] pregnant, [livejournal.com profile] naturalbirth, [livejournal.com profile] september_05, and my own journal.


Sep. 7th, 2005 08:48 am
rj_anderson: (Fearfully & Wonderfully Made)
I think I'm in labour, guys. Those who want more details (what, are you nuts?) can check out my latest post at [livejournal.com profile] pregnant. Well-wishes and prayers appreciated.
So "Nathan" seems to be the majority favourite, currently with 39.7% of the vote. Which fits in with its being #20 on the Most Popular Names list this year, I guess -- everything old is new again. "Paul" comes in with 33.8%, and "Joel" is running last at 26.5%.

However, I note with fascination that of the six males to vote on this poll, every single one voted for "Paul". Is it a Guy Thing?

Anyway, we still haven't made a firm decision yet, but it was fun doing the poll, and thanks to everyone who participated.
Carried over from my most recent blog entry:

[Poll #530318]ETA: "Nathan" seems to be definitely in the lead, but I just looked it up and it's #20 on the Baby Naming Hit Parade as of 2004. In other words, it's trendy, and I'm already peevish that Nicholas's name has become so common, so that tends to put me off the idea. "Nathaniel" isn't as common according to the wizard, but we already know two young Nathaniels -- wait, no, three -- so that's not really a viable alternative. Bah.
I have TEH NEWS to impart. Don't get too excited, mind you -- it's not about the book, it's just about the baby (heh, just).

I shall be on around 9 p.m. EST tonight. Page me!

P.S. Somebody tried to page me and I accidentally rejected you while in the middle of typing something else. Didn't even get to glimpse the name. Try again?


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