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Naptime for Who? January 31, 2008

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Ahhh, the delicate – and sometimes peculiar – art of getting the baby down for a nap.

Well… at least it worked for one of them!

Holding Daddy’s hand while he sleeps.


Snow Day January 30, 2008

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After another huge dump of snow last night, we are truly blanketed in almost 2 feet of the white stuff. All of the Lower Mainland got snow, but as usual, our little street seems to have been specially favoured by the snow gods. I’m pleased to report that the new car handles 2 feet of snow like it’s not even there. Good thing for the AWD and higher clearance! And even better that it’s not a minivan; I’d never get anywhere!

Because it was a snowy day, I thought it was time to try out a new turtleneck onesie. But upon reflection: who designs (or buys) a turtleneck for people who don’t have necks? I mean, technically she’s got one, but it’s pretty well buried in all her chin rolls. If you dig through and find it, it’s actually weird looking, because it seems too delicate to hold up her head.
Ultimately, the entire neck part of the turtleneck disappeared between chins #2 and 3, and it didn’t look like she was wearing a turtleneck at all! But as you can see, she wasn’t really bothered by it…

First time wearing jeans. I know they’re a bit big, but I’m not fond of those stretchy jersey pants that they make for babies. Turns out that she’s a perfect fit for Carter’s size 3-month onesies, but still needs newborn size pants. Why, you ask? Those Japanese genes: lots of Nihon-jin have short legs.

Yesterday we saw the doctor for a 2-month checkup, and we’re doing a-ok. Aili is almost 12.5 pounds, around 87th percentile for weight. She’s grown about 5cm taller since she was born too. Unfortunately the doctor says that her big mole has to go, so we’ll be seeing a dermatologist in the coming weeks.
Developmentally, she’s right on track and it’s fun to watch her achieve each next milestone. In the past few days she has discovered her hands and can’t take her eyes off of them. She’s starting to unfurl her little fists and her hands are often open now. She sucks her fists all the time, and is oh soooo close to figuring out how to suck on her fingers. When she’s not staring at or sucking on her hands, she’s blowing bubbles. While it’s a developmental milestone, it’s also quite messy. Yuck!
There are lots of smiles coming our way, and I think the beginning of a quirky little laugh is starting too. We can’t wait to hear the ‘squeals of delight’!
Nighttimes are becoming better: two nights out of the last three we’ve had at least 6 uninterrupted hours of sleep. Hooray! The first time I panicked and woke her up, because she’d slept so long I was sure something must be wrong. Silly mommy. I learned my lesson from that, and now I let a sleeping baby sleep!

Sitting (propped) up on the sofa:

We went to the doggy store to get Leo a bone, and the resident cat decided to escape by becoming a stowaway.


Winter Wonderland January 28, 2008

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What a beautifully snowy day it was today! We think we got over a foot of snow in some places. I love the snow (especially because I no longer have to commute in it…) – – it’s so quiet and serene.
After a ton of snow fell all night and through the morning, the sun came out in the afternoon and everyone – except the cat – wanted to play in it.

Where’s the car???

Where’s the maple tree???

Cold feet – – literally!


Leo’s got the right attitude!

We went for a little walk around the neighbourhood.


And more multitasking! Is this the perfect husband???

Our neighbours came by for supper. Look how quickly Baby Zoey is growing! She’s three weeks old already.

Liquid gold:


Home Again, Home Again January 26, 2008

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We had a great time on Aili’s first trip, first visit to the US, and first meeting with her cousin Sophie! Oh, and there was also a little shopping involved. What’s a trip to the US without a little visit to Target??

Sophie is almost exactly 6 months older, and it’s fun to see the path that we’ll be going down soon. She’s crawling, and enjoying all sorts of baby food, cooing and talking (baby talk, that is) and getting into everything. She’s not a baby anymore; it really feels like she’s a KID. It’s going to be so fun when Aili is engaged and interactive like that too, but it reminds me to appreciate her as she is now, because it only lasts for such a a short time.
We really hope that our girls will grow up knowing each other well, and be close friends.

The Muffin and I are both really exhausted from the trip today (although it was as uneventful as the drive down) so we’re looking forward to a quiet evening and hopefully, a good sleep.

Thank you to Jodi, Jim, and Sophie for hosting us!

Check out the big girl sitting up in the Bumbo for the first time:

She really likes sitting up and looking around!

For a little while, anyway….

Sophie dressed in full-body armour in anticipation of lunch.

I love Auntie Jodi!

Mommy, I’m sleeeepy.

Matt is concerned that this second baby is here to stay… Isn’t one enough???

In the Baby Bjorn. Top view.

Sophie examining what’s making all that racket…

And Leo realizes that babies can be mobile too…

I love sitting up and looking around!

The boys going for a chilly morning walk.

Little Ms. Blue Eyes is ready to stroll!

Little Ms. Brown Eyes is not so sure…

I’m so glad to see that they still fall asleep in wacky positions when they’re 8 months old!

Well, cuz, it’s been nice getting to know you.

Man, we had a great time! Laughed a lot. Remember the time I had the puke come out of my nose and you had mashed carrots behind your ears?

Here, let me show you how to sit up.

No, no, you really have to lean a lot more to the left….

Love you cuz. Let’s hope we get to drool on each other again soon!

Whew! What a trip. TIRED OUT and napping in the swing – one foot in, one foot out.


Gettin’ Outta Town January 21, 2008

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Well, tomorrow is a big day. Aili and I are off to the US to visit my cousin Jodi and her family. I’m a bit concerned that she’ll choose the border line to demand food and scream till she pukes, but it all be worth it: Aili and her cousin Sophie will meet for the first time!

I don’t think I’ll have a chance to post for the next few days, but in the meantime, you can enjoy Johnny’s latest slideshow project: The First Two Months.
Sure, you’ve seen most of the pictures, but he’s done a great job of putting them to music. If you’re pregnant or premenstrual, better get a Kleenex. (Then again, that’s a biased Mommy talking….)



Horsin’ Around January 19, 2008

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Weekends are the best.
Everyone sleeps well, and sleeps in, and then has a nap. Johnny hangs out with his girl, and I can have a shower AND blow-dry my hair!

Seeing the world through the eyes of a child: everything is a first, and everything is amazing.

Hi Mommy! I’m in a good mood!

Oh, wait. Let me reconsider that.

No, actually, I change my mind.

Yup, I’m definitely NOT in a good mood.

Zero to red-faced rage in three seconds flat.
(If I didn’t know any better, I would think it was 5am! This is her usual face around that time….)

Dancin’ with Daddy.

Mommy, should I be concerned about this? Is he going to make me moonwalk?


Naps all round.


Where Did Two Months Go?

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I can’t believe she’s two months old already. I swear, that was the fastest 2 months of my life! Probably because much of it was spent in a sleepy, dark haze of long nights and trying to remember which breast I used last. I had every good intention to get her weighed today, but missed out on that. I suspect, however, that she’s about 12 1/2 pounds or so.

Last night was fantastic. Our friends lent us an ‘Arms’ Reach Co-Sleeper’, which is essentially a playpen with three sides. The open side is against your bed, and the baby’s mattress is the raised to the same level as your bed. Voila! Baby has her own bed! But although she can see, smell, and touch you, she’s not in YOUR bed.
I thought Aili would freak out, but apparently I had been putting on airs about her needing to be near me. She didn’t seem to miss me at all. Maybe MY presence has been bothering her sleep as much as hers has been bothering mine! Anyway, although she does wake up for a snack every four hours or so, she goes right back to sleep afterwards (I put her down awake, no sucker, no rocking, all I need to do is stroke her head or forehead. Miracle of miracles!) I slept great, and we both started out today in a great mood. Heaven!

It was also a good day because my friend Lise-Anne and her baby Lucy came over to visit. It seems just yesterday we were comparing notes about our pregnancies, and now we’re bouncing our babies to sleep together!

Look at the difference 2 1/2 months makes: Lucy is bigger, but she’s also much stronger (can sit upright; Aili was flopping all over the place) and more interactive. Aili was fussy for the big picture of the two of them together, but Lucy’s a pro. She knows what to do!
It will be so fun to watch them grow up together!

I hate it when my eyes get stuck crossed too.
(Apparently this is quite normal for the little guys.)

In times like this, when you see two of everything because you can’t uncross your eyes, it’s best to suck on your arm.