Friday, March 30, 2012

Be A Donor

So today is "Hélène Campbell Day" in Ottawa. Ms. Campbell is a 20-year old from Barrhaven who is currently awaiting a double-lung transplant. She has started a HUGE campaign to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation in Ontario and throughout the world. She managed to get Justin Bieber to tweet about it and also made an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres show!

While I am already a registered organ donor, I urge any of you to really take the time to learn about it and to register. One person's organs can save up to 8 lives!

On a personal note - my brother-in-law passed away at the age of 20 in 2010, his organs were donated and went to people in need across Ontario and even into the United States. They also donated his femurs which helped to improve the quality of life of at least one more individual. While this donation didn't bring him back, it has definitely helped us to know that SOMETHING good came out of our loss and that the lives of many were made a little bit better that day.

To register for organ donation in Ontario please go to www.beadonor.ca.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Too Old For This?

So my girlfriend and I are going out to a movie tonight - a "mightnight" premiere - which, according to my husband, we are "too old for". I don't think he really cares, but my friend and I are excited for a kid-free night out! We booked Friday off so we don't have to go to work looking like zombies after getting home at 3 a.m. and we've been going to these kinds of things for years together!

Obviously if there were soming important at the office or if we were out of vacation time we would have just gone to see the movie some other time, but we are responsible adults, doing what needs to be done first. Aren't we entitled to a night out without any grief?

Like I said, I don't think my husband is actually upset that we're going out and that I won't be home until the wee hours of the morning - in fact, I think he's jealous. Well honey, I love you but that's too bad! Mama's goin' out tonight!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sick and Tired of Being Sick!

Apologies for the lack of entries but me and my family have been battling various bugs for over a week now!

It all started last Tuesday at 3:20 am when I woke up, positive I had food poisoning from the KFC we'd had at dinner. I spent the next 8 hours puking and crapping more than I can ever remember. It came on so suddenly and was furious - hence I thought it was food poisoning. Alas, it was the evil stomach flu and it came for my husband and my son on Thursday. Thankfully, neither of them got it as bad I as did, but still, not a pleasant thing to deal with for anyone!

On Friday, when everyone seemed to be feeling better, we all went back to work/daycare and all was well. Until I got the tickle in my throat. That tickle has turned into a full-blown cough/cold now - complete with headaches, runny nose, sneezing and a lot of coughing. On top of that my son was sick at daycare on Friday, and again at dinner on Saturday. Today he had to be picked up from daycare and I'm still fighting this cold.

Needless to say, I'm sick and tired of being sick! I just want to feel better already! Maybe I should crawl under my desk and have a nap...wouldn't that be nice!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

So I got in to work this morning, checked my e-mail and found out that I'll be getting a new boss as of March 28th. Nice of them to let me know ahead of time, eh!? Oh well, change isn't necessarily a bad thing. Goodness knows I've seen my fair share of it!

I will be moving to a new desk with a nice big window which will be nice. I'm hopeful that I will get along with the new boss. From what I hear she has a lot of experience and is easy to get along with so that's always good!

Anywho, just a quickie today. I will keep you posted!

Monday, March 05, 2012

These Boobs Were Made for Feeding...

As of today my son is 21-months old. He will be 2 years old in June. I have been breastfeeding him since he was born (within an hour of his birth actually) and I don't plan on stopping just because you aren't comfortable with it!

I understand that breastfeeding isn't for everyone and I don't think that I've put any pressure on my friends when it comes to feeding their own children, so why is it so hard for people - my friends and family included - to accept the fact that this is what I've decided is best for my child?

"Extended breastfeeding" as it is popularly known in North America, is defined as breastfeeding your child after the age of one. Meanwhile, across the world, the average time a woman breastfeeds her child is four years! The World Heath Organization ("WHO") - the people we trust when it comes to pretty much anything health-related, including SARS and H1N1 - recommend breastfeeding until at least the age of two. I get it, breastfeeding a toddler is "weird" but you know what? So are lots of things.

I plan on continuing to breastfeed until my son and I are both ready to stop and not a minute earlier. If you don't like it then don't ask me about it!