Grace and I finally heard my kid's heartbeat at 12 weeks using the fetal doppler device. We were nervous at first because we couldn't hear anything at first. We heard Grace's own heartbeat and then the device started sputtering until we couldn't hear anything. Turns out the device was low on battery and it just needed a new pair. Dr. Shuurman went back to using the doppler on Grace's stomach and after a few seconds of discovery, we finally hear the strong beat of my kid's heart. putumpt-putumpt-putumpt... It was the most exciting thing for us. Almost as if my wife had given birth right there and then. Our next appointment is in a month and I can hardly wait. This pregnancy thing isn't at all easy, is it? The anxiety is the worst.
Our kitchen garburator had been out of order for the past few weeks and I thought I would give it some tender loving care this Christmas Holidays because we'll need it. It's a Mainline Model 1900 and has been very dependable for the past 6 years. This happened a few times before and all I did was run a wooden barbeque stick through the serrated edges of the garburator blade to dislodge whatever gunk was in there and that did the trick. It didn't this time and I was ready to spend some money. I was tempted to call our plumber and have them fix this for me (here take my money) but I thought to myself, how hard can this be. I was also tempted to take the whole thing apart to clean whatever was causing the blade to not spin but I'm sure I would have lost a few fingers or two if I did that. What did work was using something everyone already has lying around the kitchen - a butter knife. Take the butter knife and find the gap in the blade to insert the tip of the kn