Tuesday, July 27, 2010

With his Melissa and Doug Walker, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days Old

Monday, July 19, 2010

Real Men Wear Dresses

With Beth

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Homeopathy is a scam

Aias's mommy posted about how we give our child homoeopathic teething tablets. I'd like to take this opportunity to mention that homoeopathy is the stupidest thing on the planet and has no basis whatsoever. Check out this quackwatch article

I feel very strongly about this. When we were selecting a vet for our dog, my only criteria was that they did not offer homoeopathic remedies. This was actually hard to find living in the mount pleasant area of Vancouver. We ended up with a fancy Yaletown vet. Our dog now gets laser teeth whitening and a pedicure with every visit but no

1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 : 1 dilutions of anything.

In my opinion, if you are an MD and you suggest homoeopathic remedies, it completely destroys your credibility. It means that you fail at physics, you fail at chemistry, you fail at biology and you fail at life. MDs that suggest homoeopathic remedies don't deserve their degrees, their medical licenses or their salaries.

Do the pills work? We have no idea. I'm sure they work as well as placebo. I'm sure the baby likes how they are a little bit sweet and I'm sure we like to be able to give him something for the pain and I'm glad we aren't giving our infant real pain killers. Let's be totally clear though, homoeopathy isn't bullshit. It is a single drop of water taken from the same ocean that has a single molecule of bullshit floating in it. It is the essence of bullshit.

Teething is fun


Teething ARGH

Aias is clearly insanely cute; and this is a very good thing, because his teething is driving us nuts.  The funny (sad?) part is that despite weeks and weeks and weeks (you get the idea) of teething, he still has a grand total of zero teeth.  

Thank goodness for Hyland's Teething Tablets which (despite being homeopathic) seem to take the edge off a bit.  Another thing that has helped is simply freezing a washcloth or a teething toy.  We have an amber necklace coming in the mail too.  

I just have to keep reminding myself that it's a lot worse for him than it is for us.  That's our mantra. 

Friday, July 2, 2010

An Amazing Day at the Grouse Grind

Today was amazing; we did the Grouse Grind with Aias for the first time!

The secret to hiking with a baby is definitely to get a baby carrier that's designed for hiking... we thought that our Ergo or our Beco would be good for hiking, but the reality is, he gets way too hot in those carriers and he'd also get hurt way worse in those carriers if we tripped and fell.  Our hiking carrier, the MEC Happy Trails, is designed to protect him from being squished and it also lets air circulate around him.  It also has lots of storage; both a smaller storage pocket that is attached, and a backpack that is attachable and removable.  For short trips, we only need the smaller pocket. 

Aias was pretty proud to get to the top, and he enjoyed trying to eat his "TOT" pass for the Gondola. 

Another tip for hiking with babies; no wearing cotton!  Cotton is terrible if your baby gets wet, as it will make them cold.  Great fabrics are polyester or merino wool.  Today Aias was wearing a Red Halo Technical Comfort System Two Piece Set, which protected him from the sun, from bugs, and would have protected him in the event of rain. 

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day!

We took Aias to Abbotsford his cousin Sierra's birthday party today.  She is almost 2 years old, which is crazy.  Aias is only 4 months away from being a year old, and I can barely wrap my head around that.  It was amazing to watch them engage.  Aias is finally able to interact with other kids/babies.  Pictures will come later!