Anniveraries and Family

I realize I haven’t written an actual post in awhile, sorry, I’ve been busy chasing down a crawler and various other activities. I’m not going to go into a big giant play by play of what has happened but I will say that on top of crawling up a storm Little Miss has 6 teeth now and is standing like a pro. She even can stand unassisted with nothing to hold on to for about 10 seconds. It scares me like crazy sometimes because she always tries to do it when I’m at the other end of the room. She also has decided it’s her greatest ambition at the moment to try and make it to the litter box so she can dig in it (she’s managed to get about a foot away, but she’s determined) and her favourite chore is vaccuuming; she thinks it’s great fun to chase the vaccuum cleaner around the apartment or if she’s in her jumper to try and jump on it. Little Miss is also a full on eater now. She HATED baby food with all the passion a baby can, wouldn’t even open her mouth for it and yet now she eats pieces of meat and bread. We ended up doing a modified version of BLW and it worked for her. She loves to chose her own piece of food and feed herself. The only time she lets us feed her with a spoon is when she’s sharing yogurt with us or something similar from the same bowl. Her favourite foods so far have been breaded baked snapper with rice and pasta with homemade beef sauce while her favourite fruit is half slices of manderin. I’m very much looking forward to Thanksgiving here in Canada this upcoming weekend to see how she likes all the family classics.

We also got Soda-Pop fixed this past week. Not fun. She’s older then most cats people get fixed but it’s because she didn’t go into heat until she was around a year and a half and then it only happened every 2-3 months and as soon as I got pregnant she stopped entirely going into heat until after Little Miss was born. Weird I know, but it’s true. After Little Miss was born she’s only gone into heat again about 3 times, it’s not so frequent that it’s awful and she’s not a howler but her temper is shorter and she’s more apt to scratch. With Little Miss on the more and loving to chase to kitties we aren’t willing to risk Soda accidentally scratching the baby. The surgery went well and she’s been home since last Tuesday but Soda is a licker and must wear the cone (of shame as the other kitties see it) until she’s mostly healed since we don’t want her to injure herself licking the stitches. Sadly it means she’s been having trouble eating and drinking, which has been the biggest concern. She and Pixie prefer cool water that’s running and we do have a cat fountain but the cone makes it nearly impossible to use it. We’ve had to feed her water from one of Little Miss’s food syringes from her hospital stay to make sure she’s getting enough water.

This past Saturday was our anniverary. C and I have been together for 5 years. We’ve been living together for 5 years this coming February but this past weekend was the anniverary of when we decided to become a couple. We met 5 years ago about 2 weeks before we became a couple when C came to Ottawa with his brother to visit his girlfriend, whom I hwas sharing a house with along with 2 other girls. We got to know eachother that weekend and decided we liked eachother well enough to keep in touch and spent the next couple of weeks talking every night on the phone. Finally on the 28th I came down to Toronto for a week to visit my Mama, Bestie and Jor. C and I went on our first full offical date on the 29th. We met up around 9 am at Downsview subway and made our way to the Royal Ontario Museum where we spent a couple of hours wondering around before walking along Bloor street window shopping (and actually shopping) and getting some lunch. It was an all day date. After wondering around downtown we eneded up in Vaughan for dinner with C’s brother and best friend before heading to his friends house where was all hung out until late. I can’t remember exactly when during our date we decided we wanted to be in an exclusive commited relationship and really it doesn’t matter the exact timing so long as we remember the day and the how.

We haven’t had a chance to go out on a real date since Little Miss was born so I wanted to do something special for our anniversary. I got us tickets to see Louis C.K. here in Toronto and we’d planned on C’s mother watching the baby for us. Louis C.K was doing several shows and I booked us for an earlier in the evening show so we wouldn’t be out too late and his mother would be able to get home at a decent hour since she lives outside of the city. Mid-week last week C started to get sick and not just a little tickle in the throat sick;  hacking phlegm cough and poor sleep sick. It was so bad we didn’t know if he would be able to see the show and I had to line a up friend who was willing to do a last minute tag in if necessary. C ended up being able to see the show but we’d had to let his mother know she wouldn’t be the one watching Little Miss due to timing constraints on when we knew what was happening. Mama ended up looking after her for is since we’d been out in the afternoon together. We left and went straight to the show and came right home afterwards. It was awesome for all the worry and hassle we went through. Louis C.K. had all new material and it was great. He always pushes the line sometimes but both C and I tend to agree with his observations. It was definitely wortht he time and money. Going to the show was a good time but it did take a lot out of C, he was no good really for the rest of the weekend, needing to get himself steady enough for work today. We didn’t get to go out too much or do anything extravagant but we got to hang out at home as a family and spend time together, which to us is always the most important thing.

In our 5 years together we’ve had some pretty great highs and some very bad lows and yet we’ve always been able to see our way together and stand as a couple when it comes to the big decisions and obsticles. We’ve had our issues with each others families and friends and their particular quirks as well as learning the in’s and out’s of our own personalities. It hasn’t always been easy or fun but we love each other and our life together and we know that that’s the most important thing, even when it means compromising or letting the other win a fight (we both like to win so it’s not always easy). Ironically enough, since becoming parents as a couple we run more smoothly; less bickering and more laughing. Of course there are disagreements but now unless it’s something we feel is so important that it might put us and our family on hold it isn’t worth the time or effort to fight and get upset; why waste the time and emotion on something negative when it could be used to making happy memories? We’ve gotten better at talking things out and making sure we hear the others opinion and not feeling like we NEED to make them see things our way.

I imagine that things will keep changing and evolving both in our relationship and in ourselves but so far we are doing pretty great and I truly hope that it just keeps getting better!

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