January 18, 2010

the sounds of expression...


the oxford dictionary states : noun. 1 the action of expressing. 2 the look on someone’s face. 3 a word or phrase expressing an idea. 4 (Mathematics) a collection of symbols expressing a quantity.
websters dictionary states : noun. 1 an act, process, or instance of representing in a medium (as words). 2 a mode, means, or use of significant representation or symbolism. 3 an act or product of pressing out.

even google has a definition (or thousand) :
  • expression without words; "tears are an expression of grief"; "the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition"
  • the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions
  • saying: a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"
the list goes on.

to me, expression will always be, now and forever, Justine placing a plastic "cup" over her boob and sucking out milk. she has been doing this now for eight weeks! without a break. at least six times a day ( it started off at eight and then dropped to six ), round the clock, day in, day out. damn champion.

she came home the other day with a certificate from the neonatal ward, she is now a Certified Expresser (or Certifiable Expressionist). she had a big smile on her face, and so she should. this is one of the activities that goes on behind the scenes that nobody seems to think about or remember. with Harlow being in hospital round the clock, you would think that we are sleeping through, building up our sleep stocks in preparation for his nibs imminent arrival. not the case. every night, about 2-3am, the alarm goes off and Justine is at it again, making sure Harlow has enough milk to see him through to coming home.

she may not know it, i may not say it, but i am proud of my wife. outnumbered five to one, you would think that would be enough to make someone give up. haha, if you think that, you obviously have not met her. no, the toilet seat is ALWAYS left down, there are NO clothes on the floor, she runs a very tight ship.


  1. There's nothing more wonderful than a man who admires his wife, as you obviously do!!

    May God belss you all and keep Harlow safe and growing well
    x Wendy Cameron (a friend of Justine's from way back, in youth group days)

  2. Justine's doing fantastic with the expressing! I too, am still expressing for Vince, 3 times a day and he is now 10 months old. Go Team Brooker! You guys are doing such a great job! Harlow will be catching up to Vince in no time!! Vince is still a wee little fella!!
    x Lisa, Pete, Mitchell, Regan & Vince