The Pregonaut

A non-breeder's journey into the unknown

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.


And then the doctor says. December 23, 2010

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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.


Mamapedia December 2, 2010

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This outfit could do with some more stripes.

It’s tough being so busy that I never have time to write about the things I want to here. But I am taking a quick moment to tell you about A Groupon-esque site with great deals for parents with the added bonus of doing something good for schools too. (5% of each purchase goes to the school of your choice). I’m getting this up here now because their deal today is for Agoo Apparel which have the cutest little leggings! I’ve been hunting for more cute leggings for the Bot, and am snatching this deal up tout de suite, so why not share it with you too?

So go, run, get thee to and get your giddy kiddy glee on.


This is halloween! November 1, 2010

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Steampunk organ grinder and her clockwork monkey.

You probably thought I’d forgotten all about bringing you along on this little journey, but no! it just so happens that October is always busy for me, between celebrating my birthday and getting Halloween stuff ready to go, then tack on the craziness that ALWAYS seems to occur at work, and well, suffice it to say, I’ve been a busy momma.

So at least to get the update done, here are our fabulous Halloween costumes. I was a steampunk organ grinder (okay accordion player) and she was my clockwork monkey. While I didn’t make everything by hand, I did make my wig and hat and I altered her costume quite a bit because what was purchased was a horrible piece of junk. For her clockwork insides, I did an iron on transfer onto muslin, sewed that on then went around it with some fancy ribbon. I also attached some castinettes to her wrists so that when she clapped, she clanged her cymbals. I had to rip open her ears and stuff them cause they were so flat. Her outfit was all held together by ties that were never going to stay tied, so I sewed on some fabric velcro to the back, the neck and the hood and that managed to keep everything on nicely. To be honest, my hat took the most work and time. I would have been done 2 weeks ago if I hadn’t made it, but I love the way it turned out. It is 100% by me, pattern, fabrication, finishing and all. I did learn to use a much higher quality buckram next time. This was only the second hat I’ve made, the first being my wedding hat. Something about fall makes me want to make and wear hats.

Well, work is still crazy busy, so I’m cutting this note short, but feel free to check out our other Halloween pictures on our Flickr. Happy all saints day!


Remembering Grandma September 30, 2010

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The three of us. Jean (9 mths), Siouxzi (9 mths) and Lorelei (8 mths)

We never wanted kids. Never. It was something other people did. We were content being the cool Aunt and Uncle. I knew a few people here and there with kids and I was always happy to say “hi” if the child came and talked to me (albeit with uncomfortable child-fear exuding from me). Heck, I’d even play with them and have some fun while at it, but I was never the type to go running to a baby that just came in the room and fawn over it.

We were speeding along in our 30’s, living a cushy, double-income, no-responsibilities lifestyle and we liked it.

So I’m sure you’re wondering why the change. (more…)


Sleep it out, cry it out September 22, 2010

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We're trying for more of this - the happy, not another baby.

We’re hitting a critical stage here in the household. The Bot is now 8 months and I’ve instilled some bad habits in her I fear – she’s not sleeping through the night at all.

We start her bath at 7:30 then nursing and a song until she’s dozed off. We would put her in the co-sleeper and that was usually about 8. She’d wake at 10:30/11pm when I went to bed and I’d nurse her again. Usually she would wake again around 3am, I’d nurse and she’d sleep until 7ish. A few times she slept through the night, but that was short lived. (more…)


Wait, you want to pick these boogers! August 24, 2010

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I’ve been dreading the whole la la nursery rhymes thing. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? Nah, I sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat, and that’s about as far as I went with nursery songs. Not only do I not know the words (ok, make that past tense), but the melodies stick in my brain and make it impossible to concentrate on anything else. And frankly, it’s no big loss for her from what I can tell. Two songs best calm her down to sleep – Winnie the Pooh and Supercalifragilisticexpialedocious and if those don’t do the trick (or more accurately I am tired of singing the same thing over and over) And One and They Might Be Giants made great back-up bands.

What I really don’t understand is why, when a kid is awake and bubbling full of energy, do people only seem to want to sing ho-hum folksy songs to them. All the bot wants to hear is music with a beat, and I mean a real beat, that she can dance to.

So when my hairdresser, the fabulous Carrie Monster, told me about the Boogers, my eyes lit up (and no, none of my hair bleach got into my eyes). It just so happened they were playing the next weekend so we trekked down to Reggie’s in Chicago to check them out.

These guys are great. I mean GREAT. If ever a band has had a good idea it’s this Ramone’s style kid’s band. (more…)


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