Monday, September 24, 2007

Welcome, Josie!

Josephine Lyn Grishkevich
6 lbs 7 ounces
20.5 inches long
22 September 2007
3:58 pm

Congratulations, Paul & Nicol!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Car seat recall

Doral Juvenile Group announced a recall involving Alpha Omega, Cosco, and Eddie Bauer car seats. I am mentioning this one specifically because it affects BOTH of our car seats, and I know my sister & some friends also have the same one.

Recall details are here.

I'll blog more soon - I know I disappeared. It was a crazy, crazy week. We had a sewer pipe break and spent the week in a hotel, Josh started fall swim lessons and nursery school, and I was at a church conference for 3 days. Craziness.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Feeding time

Feeding a giraffe @ the Detroit Zoo this morning.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

How Toxic Is Your Carseat?

I could quickly slip into's more to chew on. Michigan-based Ecology Center reviewed 60 carseats sold at Babies R Us and Target and published a study of the chemical exposure resulting from use.

Interestingly, note that the 2 most expensive infant seats are on their "Worst" list.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Oh, for crying out loud!

Three new lead paint related recalls at Mattel. Read more here.

***Update - I found out that you can sign up for email notification of any new recalls. Go here to register - you can limit your notification to infant/child products. That eases my mind a little...I guess.***

Justice, Joy & Psalms

So yesterday, I breezily asked my sister about her sister-in-law, who is pregnant with her second child. I said "So how's Lindsay? Does she know what she's having?" and my sister replied that it was a girl. Casual, breezy, and the conversation moved on...

Until midnight, when I started crying and could not for the life of me get it back under control. I was totally overcome with anger - not at Lindsay, but more at what she represents...what I should have been. I was supposed to be having a girl in December, just a couple of weeks before Lindsay. I just have these moments where I am so totally pissed off about what happened, and the fact that it happened to ME, and how totally unfair it all is.

I was talking to a good friend about her miscarriage many years ago. She told me that a friend of hers was pregnant at the same time, and that for years, when she looked at the friend's little girl, she felt a pang of what might have been. I can so relate to that...I know a couple of people due within a couple of weeks of me, and even dumb Nicole Ritchie. I look at them and think about what might have been, where I might be, where the baby would be...I just want what I lost, and I'm grieving.

Several people recommended reading Psalms. I was just looking back at what I've read, and I have consistently underlined David's down moments - the "help me, why have you abandoned me?" verses where he cries out to God.

Psalm 40:1 from the Message translation: I waiting and waited and waited for God. At last he looked, finally he listened.

It's hard for me to reconcile what happened in the context of faith. I really, truly believe that God is completely good in the midst of everything bad that happened to us. And I really truly believe that God loves us. I am trying to just hang onto that, despite the "why?" that constantly nags me...but I am continuing to ask God "why?" at the same time.

He gets angry once in a while, but across a lifetime there is only love. The nights of crying your eyes out give way to days of laughter. (Also Message, Psalm 30:5)

So that's what I'm hanging onto...days of laughter, here I come.