Angelica passed her car seat test and was allowed to come home with us. She’s going through a transition period. She did not breastfeed properly for the first two days.
She passes her car seat test. With all the time spent in hospital since November and my exams, we never got to do anything with her room. We just have to improvise. She will be sleeping in a bassinet for now since she’s too small for the crib. Sheron and I will be sleeping on an old bed (in the room), which we hardly used before. Once, she’s big enough, we’ll remove the bed and let her sleep alone in her room. So for now, we will all be in Angelica’s room because the master bedroom gets too cold in Winter.
Up until yesterday, whenever I went to a final exam at the University of Waterloo, I knew I was not going to fail the exam even if I needed to score at least 50%. This was because I always walked into the examination room fully prepared and full of confidence. This is not to say that I am a genius. No, not at all. It is simply because I always work hard during the three months preceding an exam. During these three months, I would go to bed at 7:00 or 8:00 PM, wake up at 3:00 or 4:00 AM, study for a few hours, and then leave for work at 7:30 AM. My weekends are devoted entirely to my studies. Some of you may think I’m crazy, but to me, the effort is worth every penny for peace of mind when I walk into the examination room and joy when I see my grades.
Yesterday was different. I was in a situation I have always worked hard to avoid, a situation I don’t usually cope too well with. November was the month when everything went South for me. My wife pregnancy became a cause for concern and she had to be hospitalised in London, Ontario for 2 weeks. The hospital where she was admitted is about an hour and half (driving at 100 km/h) from where we live. I had to drive there a few times after work, and on weekends. This means that everytime I was going to London, I was spending at least 3 hours driving. Eventually, she was allowed to come back home. However, because there is always a risk for the baby, she was precribed bedrest and has to have 2 ultrasound sessions and see her OB once a week until the baby is born.
This means that I have to do a lot around the house on top of my regular job. To be able to leave work earlier than usual, I have to go to work earlier than usual and work through my lunch hour. So, instead of starting at 8:00 AM, I have to start at 6:30 AM.
Needless to say that since the beginning of November, my studies were the least of my worries. For the first time since I started at Waterloo, I was working towards “limiting the damage” rather than “scoring the maximum points.” I can only hope I managed to score 20 points. The final exam yesterday consisted of 40 multiple choice questions worth 0.5 point each, 10 mutiple choice questions worth 1 point each and 2 mini essays worth 5 points each. I was unable to do the essays. My mind went blank. However, I think I did pretty good on the multiple choice questions.
Pour ceux qui parlent le créole mauricien.
For those of you who speak Mauritian Creole.
Voici les adresses de quelques sites internet qui pourraient s’avérer très utiles lorsqu’on a besoin d’un dictionnaire français et qu’on n’en a pas à porter de main.
Here are the addresses of some web sites which could be very useful when we need a French dictionary, but don’t have one handy.