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Jennifer
Ottawa, Ontario
Writer, cook, nerd, gardener, bibliophile, babymama.
Interests: books, music, parenting, vegan food, TV, organizing, sewing, gardening, Ottawa
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About two weeks prior to Milo's sixth month birthday, I started letting him try what people refer to as "solid" food. It's not particularly solid. It's just not breast milk. Prior to the Great Not-So-Solid Food Introduction, I read through three different books on baby feeding. The first was the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at Kick Drum Heart
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Today marked our third trip to the library in as many days. I'm a bit of a library nut. Especially now when funds are low and time is plentiful. Taking Milo to the library, for the structured "Babytime" or just to grab a few books, is one of my favourite... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at Kick Drum Heart
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I really like this blog called Daily Garnish. Emily, the author, writes about her day to day life as a stay at home mom. She posts a lot about her son, but also about her (vegetarian) cooking, her home, her husband, and her travels. She's a good writer and seems... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2013 at Kick Drum Heart
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Would it be weird to frame a hat? Milo has one winter hat that he's worn all through this ridiculous season of cold and rain and piles of snow and wind and all the rest of it. It was a gift from his Aunt Darlene and Uncle Adam brought from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2013 at Kick Drum Heart
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This week, we had good fortune in the form of visiting grandparents who were eager to babysit. David's parents came from Toronto to see Milo and have proven themselves to be excellent caregivers in the past, so we were happy to pass the baby over to them and go out... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2013 at Kick Drum Heart
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Due to a long line of schmozzles, we are living in a house that is still under construction. This was not the plan. The house was supposed to be finished in August. When I was pregnant, I never envisioned spending my maternity leave with a house full of tradesman and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2013 at Kick Drum Heart
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Last week we moved Milo into his own room. Up until then, he'd been sleeping in a "pack 'n play" (which is the least ridiculous of the two terms now used for playpens, the other one being "play yard". It is not a yard. It is a pen. Anyway...) at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Kick Drum Heart
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- This is one of my favourite photos. That's my mom and I in the late seventies, waiting for the Go Train. I think we both look great. I love that my mom is wearing jeans and a sweater, like she probably did most days. I love that I'm holding... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2013 at Kick Drum Heart
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When Milo was slightly stuffed up: What if he's allergic to all our pets? What would I do then? Or, remember that kid on American Idol who had cystic fibrosis? What if Milo has cystic fibrosis or some other disease that I could have prevented if only I'd taken this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2013 at Kick Drum Heart
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It never really occurred to me until recently that my job, my leave-the-house-and-work-for-money job, the job I am not currently working at, comes with a lot of built-in praise and validation. I have formal yearly evaluations which are almost entirely positive. I work on lots of challenging projects that prove... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2013 at Kick Drum Heart
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Yesterday I posted a list of tips I'd give my confused, overwhelmed pregnant self if I could go back in time. But I should also say that I'm proud of a lot of the things we've done as new parents. Like I've said before when something just works and a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2013 at Kick Drum Heart
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I've been thinking a lot lately about things I would tell my pregnant self if I could magically go back in time. Housemate Meghan came home tonight with the news that a friend of hers is pregnant and we started talking about everything that could be shared, from books to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at Kick Drum Heart
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My favourite term in literary rhetoric is the zeugma. Zeugmas aren't expecially useful in serious writing, but wow, are they ever fun. And once you start noticing them you really can't stop. Essentially, a zeugma is a sentence which uses one verb which connects to a literal occurrence and a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2013 at Kick Drum Heart
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I told Megan tonight that I started blogging again because I wasn't feeling productive. It's not like I don't accomplish anything in a day. I change diapers, I feed and entertain a tiny person, I tidy, I clean up, make food, tend to pets. But all of those things need... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2013 at Kick Drum Heart
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By far my favourite mom and baby activity these days is "Babytime" at the local library. It is a chaotic mishmash of songs, rhymes, stories, and maracas. Babytime is a more-the-merrier kind of affair, so lately Milo and I have been attending with my friend Liz and her 8 month... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2013 at Kick Drum Heart
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Right now, seventeen year old me is losing her shit. Why, you may ask, is this happening? First, let me tell you a bit about who she is. Seventeen year old me thinks she is adventurous. She thinks she is an intellectual. She thinks she'll spend her life single and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2013 at Kick Drum Heart
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