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Oct. 14th, 2008

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Things to do?


My name is Melanie and I recently moved back to Ottawa after living in Toronto for a few years. I am 23 and married. I don't currently have children (undergoing fertility treatments) but I take care of a 16 month old girl for about 12 hours a day.

I am looking for some fun, cheap things to do with her. I live in Nepean and use OC Transpo. I am not really familiar with 'kids' stuff in Ottawa ... so if anyone has any suggestions, that would be great!


Oct. 10th, 2008

mom hair


Breastmilk donation follow-up

So to follow up on my last post, there is a yahoo group called Milkshare where donor moms can get in touch with parents who would like to receive breast milk for whatever reason.   I joined today.  It seems to mostly be used by Americans but hopefully I can find someone who needs my extra milk!

Oct. 2nd, 2008



I know this may seem odd to some...

I've been occasionally pumping.  First to start a stash for when Bobby is not with me but also to relieve some engorgement now and then.  I am fortunate enough to produce quite a bit when I pump so I have already in a lazy month or so built up a stash that would feed him for a week straight.  I don't even pump every day.

I'm sure if I keep it up even at this level most will 'expire' before I can use it and it seems like such a waste to toss it out when I know lots of mothers want to breastfeed but can't. 

Are there any donation resources for Ottawa?  I know there's nothing 'official' as the only breast milk bank in Canada is in Vancouver but I've heard of online forums run in the States where donor women are matched up with moms in need.

I don't know if I can produce enough to 100% supply another baby but if I upped my pumping I think I could maybe come close...

Sep. 27th, 2008



Carter's/Osh Kosh Outlet

I thought I would let you ladies know that there is now a Carter's/Osh Kosh Outlet in the Train Yards plaza.  I went today and was very pleased with the selection and prices on baby and preschooler clothes.  They also have fleece pants for babies, which can be used as "longies" for those who CD.

Perhaps you guys all knew about this store already, but I've been living under a rock :)  They are also getting a Bed Bath and Beyond store in the plaza.

Happy Shopping!

Aug. 14th, 2008


LOVE IN THE SHADOWS: An Al Cappella Mystery

The Case of the Lovelorn Monk

Tickets are on sale now for the Capital City Chorus’s annual barber shop show at the Center Pointe Theater, Sept. 19th and 20th.

This year they are doing the show like a film noire. And guess what? My husband is playing Al Cappella the famous detective. :’ )


Thought I would share! It will be a fun night out.

Aug. 11th, 2008


Pride Picnic

I think we're going to go to the Pride Week family picnic in Brewer Park next Wednesday.


You should come too!

Aug. 10th, 2008


Oh how I suck

Hey Gang:

I have a moment to breath here and I looked on Ottawa Mommy and discovered that in my just had a baby no time to super check LJ I missed tagging a few posts. Sorry! I have gone back and done so now. I'm hoping being a small and forgiving group you will let me away with the new mommy excuse!

Anyways since I have not posted since she was born here she is:



Child Care

So our son is just under 2 months old and I'm starting to consider what's going to happen when my maternity leave is up next year.
It's very unlikely that I will opt out of work, even though I may like to, I don't think it's very feasible and I also like my job!

My husband works from home (at least for the next 3 years) and is very leery of sending our baby off to be cared for by non-family members however, we do not have family members who can commit to caring for our son full-time.

I think the best solution for us is to have someone come into our home, perhaps part time, to care for him.  I get a good amount of time off and my husband can manage his work off-hours at times so if someone came in for half days we may be able to swing it.

All this to say, how do I find such a person?  Do any of you have any experience with this kind of arrangement?

Jul. 31st, 2008




001. Name: Tiana
002. Age: 27
003. Marital Status: Married to a dude
004. Children’s sex/ages or EDD: Almost 6 weeks old
005. Anything else you want us to know: I so totally don't know what I'm doing but I can pretend real good!
006. Pictures!

Jul. 30th, 2008

Rara in Costa Rica


Ottawa Family Cinema

I picked up a flyer for the Ottawa Family Cinema when I was at the library last week. To be honest, I had never heard of it but it looks like an awesome deal for families -- and they even allow babies (not to their Friday night shows). They mostly play a range of G to AA movies, for example, the next movie they are showing is WALL-E in September. Honestly, with advance tickets ranging from $3-$4 for kids and $5-$6 for adults (based on membership, advance payment etc...) it's a super deal -- and they even have door prizes. For those of you with older children, they also do birthday parties. To top it all off, they are a non-profit organization who gives back to the community.

At any rate, check them out. They are located in the west end in the Notre Dame high school auditorium at 710 Broadview avenue. For more information, check out www.familycinema.ca

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