The Pregonaut

A non-breeder's journey into the unknown

Magic Trixie & Scary Godmother November 1, 2011

Filed under: Little Bot — anditron @ 9:06 pm

Part two of Halloween 2011


Halloween 2011

Filed under: Little Bot — anditron @ 8:51 pm
Magic Trixie by andibob909
Magic Trixie, a photo by andibob909 on Flickr.

Halloween 2011, the bot and I went as Magic Trixie and the Scary Godmother. The outfits were perfect and a great way to introduce the Bot to comics.


Learning to share July 19, 2011

Filed under: Going to Mars — anditron @ 10:00 am
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Three peas in a pod

Three peas in a pod

I was chatting with a pregnant friend today (what, I have those now? apparently I do) and she asked about the nanny share. I’ll be honest, I think I’ve got the perfect set up, but as you know from previous posts we had a rocky start at finding the right fit. It took four families to find one that was just right. One didn’t go beyond the first meeting, one decided to go with their own nanny, one wasn’t the right fit age and location wise even though we really liked each other (and still meet up when we can), and obviously the last family is such a great arrangement we hope it sticks until school starts.

So what do you need to think about and look for when you’re looking for a share? (more…)


Can you avoid the baby blues? July 8, 2011

Dainty Hands!

We’re at about 18 months since a certain someone joined our lives. And like all new parents we have our up and down moments, luckily for us, most of them are up (I think at least.) But the reality of parenthood is, it’s hard sometimes. Hormones happen, life happens. So what can a person do to help fight that off?

Let me start by saying, well before I ever got pregnant, I could go from happy go-lucky to depressed in less than a few seconds. I’ve had my struggles with depression and it can be a scary, tough, dark thing. Knowing that my mother struggled with it, I was very scared of post-partum depression. I had chosen to have a child because of the joy I thought it could bring; I didn’t want that joy sullied by depression. I didn’t want to see myself with my child wishing I wasn’t or wishing I was somewhere else, or just not caring one way or another. From the very moment I found out I was pregnant, the fear of depression lurked just over my shoulder in the peripherals of my mind.


Houston we have a solution: stores closing March 28, 2011

Filed under: Provisions,Space Station — anditron @ 4:56 am

It's not a steal, but it was cheap.

Okay, most of you know I have been a long-time reader and sometime contributor to the Offbeat Empire. A lot of what inspires my thinking and some of my posts comes from what I read there and this post, surprisingly, was definitely one of them.

A couple weeks ago Ariel, the head of the empire, wrote an article on Offbeat Home about one of the most important tools she owns – a shopping basket a neighbor had given her ages ago. She talks about a number of the ways this little basket has been useful throughout the years. Clearly that planted a seed – It doesn’t matter if you have a kid or not, the home gets messy and you have to tidy. It was that point that got me thinking something like this would be great to have. Well this weekend we hit Borders because it’s going out of business (Chicago is losing every store but one). So we popped in after dinner and this is what we found.

$7 – A shopping basket
$20 – An elephant stool (one of those cool rolling step stools)
$60 – Two wooden high-chairs (now we don’t have to tow highchairs between homes for the nanny share)

There isn’t much time left to pick these things up at Borders, but if there’s one closing near you, it might be worth the trip. Maybe you’ll find a shopping basket for tiding up your home or as a beach tote. If you bike, maybe you can find a way to also rig it up on a rack on the back (my plan).

If they still have a highchair and you have a kid or you’re expecting one – you can probably get one of these for less than the $40 they have it listed for. While you can probably find some cheap highchairs, I doubt you’ll find a solid wooden one for less. Be sure to check them out. Double check the straps and make sure the buckles latch. If they’re broken, you might be able to replace them so investigate that and make a lower offer. You also want to make sure it’s solid with no cracks maybe you can fix that, maybe not.

If you aren’t near a closing Borders, or they’ve already sold them all, keep an eye out for any restaurants or even bars that are closing.

So here are my tips

Go check out store closing sales with an open mind and really look at what they have and think about how they might be used to solve your problems.

Read Offbeat Home if you haven’t checked it out yet, it just might inspire you.


I need to sign up when? March 9, 2011

Filed under: Going to Mars — anditron @ 3:03 pm

What's all this white stuff then?

I’m not looking for different childcare – Nanny M is magnificent, but NPN posted about childcare centers today and I read the blog. Can I just ask, seriously why in the hell would a childcare center have a 1 year wait list to get an infant into care? You would literally (and yes, I do mean literally) have to sign up with one of these places as soon as you found out you were pregnant.


And then the doctor says. December 23, 2010

Filed under: Space Detritus — anditron @ 7:20 pm

It's a big world out there (don't be scared).

Let’s start this post by saying, the Bot is happy, healthy, noming table food – she’s even had eggs now, she has 8 teeth after a long time of tooth #6 playing peek-a-boo, and she’s taken her first steps though she still prefers to walk by using objects to support her. She’s got a few words: Mama, Dada, Hi, Ba (bath), Duh (duck) and possibly a few others we haven’t actually figured out yet. She also fetches like all good dogs babies should. All these great signs say that she’s developing just the way she should be.

But for a bit, we weren’t so sure; it started at her 9 month appointment, after her regular checkup it was time for shots and a blood test for lead.


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