Saturday, February 19, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Happy Valentines Day.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
The 7 month scoop on the H-man... I have two teeth now, the bottom middle two. I wake up several times a night, because I know my mummy is super tired, or perhaps because my second tooth has been coming in. I sit up well, but still avoid tummy time, so who knows when Ill be crawling. I have this new gummy smile, which is adorable and my Papa seems to be my favourite person! I have been skipping my late afternoon nap and surprisingly, not being a grumpy pants in the evening. I have moved on up into 6-9 month clothes and mummy says I am getting heavier and the cheeky woman says I have leg rolls. I have expanded my food repertoire and my favourite thing to eat is chopped banana in vanilla yoghurt.
As ever, I am a super happy young man...
Saturday, February 12, 2011
After three days of freezing cold weather and living in a white world, stuck inside going stir crazy, today was absolutely beautiful and of course, Henry and I had an absolutely fantastic day! We played this morning, I ran during his first nap, then we had a play date with Sophia and Alison; learning how to share toys is going to be challenging since he doesnt go to day care. After another nap we walked the dogs in the glorious sunshine. It was the first time that Henry was big enough to touch the toys that hang in his Chariot and not be wearing gloves! We played some more and played some more, Papa payed us a surprise visit (he has been at the Film Fest all weekend and we havent really seen him since Wednesday), then we had a 40 minute bath! Henry is tucked away in bed, most probably exhausted, especially with only two naps today. I have made him a most delicious meal for next week; a barley vegetable risotto. It is so good that I almost ate it for dinner myself but I have no more barely and what kind of a mother takes food away from her baby! But if tomorrow night he doesn't like it... well game on, there is no point wasting it is there! All there is left to do is laundry and stuffing diapers; will I ever rest...
Breast-Feeding Gets A Boost Amid The Health Policy Wars
by Julie Rovner
- February 11, 2011
With the House expected to vote to defund last year's health overhaul law and frequent battles in the Senate over repealing the law all together, things have been pretty ugly here in Washington.
But this week brought a small win for moms. A group of lawmakers are celebrating a decision by the Internal Revenue Service to allow women to deduct the cost of breast pumps and other breast-feeding supplies.
The policy change means that from now on, taxpayers will be able to get back the money shelled out for breast-feeding supplies, which can cost hundreds of dollars.
It's not super easy (is anything dealing with the IRS easy?) But women in the know can now get reimbursed if they use money from their Health Savings Accounts or Flexible Spending Accounts. Or, they can deduct the costs from their income taxes — if they have other medical expenses that make up more than 7.5 percent of their income.
"This is good news for nursing moms, and a welcome recognition of scientific fact by the IRS: breast-feeding has significant health benefits," said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), who has led the charge for over a decade. Previously, breastfeeding supplies weren't deductible because the IRS considered them a nutritional expense, rather than a medical one.
The change was also lauded by the American Academy of Pediatrics. "For years, the AAP has been urging the IRS to recognize that breast milk is not just the best and most natural food for infants; it confers well-documented health benefits on both baby and mother that cannot be obtained any other way," AAP President Dr. O. Marion Burton said in a statement.
Rep. Maloney was the lead sponsor of a 1999 law that expressly permits breast-feeding on federal property.
But apparently not everyone got the message. The Washington Post reported earlier this week that a woman attempting to breast-feed her baby on a bench at the Hirshhorn Art Museum (part of the federal Smithsonian complex) was asked by a security guard to do it in the ladies' restroom instead. When she said there was no place to sit in the restroom, the guard "told her to try sitting on the toilet."
In response, a number of breast-feeding mothers are planning a "nurse-in" at the museum this weekend. And it's now tax deductible. [Copyright 2011 National Public Radio]
Thursday, February 10, 2011
I confess, I stole these pictures from Danny.
I have to say, Im bored. As shameful as it is, its the weather; though at least its sunny out. Ive decided that 27F is too cold to take Henry for a walk. Ive called the pool and its 80F today; also too cold for Henry. He is in one of those 'nothing you do entertains me' moods. So the question is, what can I do today with a 7 month old?
Thursday, February 3, 2011
The first one was my fault; there is no other way to put it, I was selfish. With all that awful weather about two weeks ago, I just had to go running in 30F weather, didnt I. And then not take a shower when we got home, since our water was out. And not change my clothes, and sit around in the sweaty ones for the rest of the evening. So I ended up with a stinker of a cold. Which Danny then got, and then Henry. A week after Danny and I were better Henry was still suffering, or so we thought. Turns out, the little man was getting his first tooth and the runny nose was just a symptom of that. So yes, Henry has a bottom tooth already! Took me by surprise for sure! Well another week on and it seems that a stomach bug is taking our house by storm! Thankfully Danny and I both have very different symptoms and I am still full of energy - though I think that may have a lot to do with the fact that Mummies dont have time to be ill. Danny came home from work today looking like Death. He never gets sick so the past few weeks have been a little bit of a shock for him. He fell asleep on the couch for a few hours, I made him drink some water and try a piece of bread, of which he managed about half a slice. Poor soul.
I have actually been enjoying this winter, unusually for me, but if warmer weather means less sickness in the air, roll on spring!