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This past weekend Niko showed an interest in taking up piano by tickling the ivory every chance he got. Do we have a mini-Bach in the making? Judging from the sounds he pounded out on the keys, probably not. But did he have fun playing this pint sized piano? You betcha.

I’ve written before about my take on noisy toys, and have taken the stance that they’re something to look forward to when we go to friends’ houses. It’s always interesting to see the collection of toys each little person has at their own house. I mean all the collections are different and it is something for the Little N Man to anticipate on his play dates. So yes, Niko had a ball playing on Ruby’s red piano. But are we going to get one for him? I don’t think so.

PS – Note the little pink cell phone by Niko’s knee, which is in fact one of the only “noisy” toys we’ve ever bought for him. I guess he doesn’t want to miss any important calls, so he keeps it close.


Last weekend we took a family road trip to Toronto to meet up with Ciocia Ola, Uncle Bruce and to finally meet Little Emi. They were all in town for Bruce’s sister’s wedding.  So we trekked down on Thursday night and spent the whole day with them on Friday as well as a good portion of Sunday, before we drove back to Ottawa.

And didn’t Niko and Emi become fast friends. They started speaking in Polish the minute they saw each other and overall got on quite famously. Or maybe they were just cooing in baby-speak, either way I couldn’t understand a word of it. Anyway, it was great to see them all, and have the whole family together. Emi even celebrated by completely pooping all over her clothes and her mommy shortly before we left (or is that the reason we left?).

Note Picture Titles: 1) Daddy’s Shoulder 2) First Encounter 3) Proud Dziadzio 4) Strollin’


This situation took place a while ago, but seeing as it’s remained in the forefront of my mind, and seeing as I am over the initial shock, I now feel ready to share its full and hideous glory with the blogosphere. Will it serve as a cautionary tale? Maybe. Will it change the world for the better? Most definitely (just as the rest of my posts do on a daily basis). When it happened, I was too repulsed to write about it; I mean when your baby ends up with a live and unidentifiable bug in his mouth, it’s not something you necessarily want to keep as a permament memory. But you know what? As time passed I’ve had many a good laugh over the whole thing. So, here it is.

A few weeks ago, Little N Bomb was sitting on the floor playing with toys. At this point in his wee life he was still pretty stationary. So while he played, I stepped in to the kitchen to battle dishes or something housewifey like that. When I checked on him just a moment later, he had the strangest look on his face (one of puzzlement, verging on disgust), and a stream of drool that gave Niagara Falls a run for its money. I also noticed that he was moving something around in his mouth, and at this point I got a little worried. So I gently pried open his tiny jaw and scooped out a “wild blueberry”? But we didn’t have any blueberries in our house. Upon closer inspection I realized this “blueberry” had eight tiny wriggling legs and a hard shell. Ugh. I opened the front door and tossed it, never having seen the likes of it again.

It wasn’t until today, that I actually had the courage to Google this mysterious bug. And despite my best efforts, I couldn’t find an image of it anywhere. The best pics I could find were of a VW Bug, a wooden spider and a DC comic book character (and obviously none of them are what I found that day). I guess the closest one is the wooden spider, but the one Niko had in his mouth only had one body sphere, not two. And who knew there was even a comic book character called the Blue Beetle?! Geesh, the things you can learn on this wild and wacky interweb.

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When it comes to meal time Niko has his ups and downs. Sometimes he gobbles everything up, and sometimes he whines through dinner or breakfast or lunch. Sometimes he’s pretty clean at the end, and sometimes it looks like he lost the world’s biggest food fight. On days like those, the days where food is everywhere, I do what I can to lessen the mess by scraping the spoon up his face, in an effort to remove the cereal or whatever the mush of the hour may be. And truth be told, this spoonful of face goo usually ends up back in his mouth. It’s a lovely bout of recycling, really.

Anyway, as Niko was eating his breakfast a couple of days ago and we were trudging through a slightly (oh, who am I kidding?) really, messy bout of cereal, Aunt Carolyn noticed my adept spoon maneuvering and couldn’t help but comment that I was performing the old Spoon Shave trick. Spoon shave trick?, I wondered. But really, when you give it an ounce of thought, it’s pretty self-explanatory. (See pics below for further explanation.)

Note: To the right of this post you can see Aunt Carolyn and Little N sitting on the grass, which as it turns out was Niko’s first time ever sitting on bare grass. And as far as we could tell he didn’t even swallow any bugs! Although, given some time I am sure anything could have been possible.


Video Clip: Baby Niko Learns to Crawl (0:29)

Who knew that Downward Dog was a milestone in the life of a baby? Well, apparently for my little guy this is the case. Niko hit a major milestone this week. After many weeks of trying to push his tiny little body onto all fours and rocking back and forth and back and forth, but going nowhere, Niko actually crawled this week. And, Borys and I got his second time ever crawling on video.

Now you may be wondering: so where does the yoga fit in? Well, sometimes right before he starts to crawl he gets on all fours, but not his hands and knees, rather his hands and feet. Just picture it, little Niko balancing on his hands and feet, bum high up in the air and rocking forward getting ready to propel himself into life as a yogi perhaps…


Despite all my qualms about breastfeeding, after 10 months it seems to have come to a natural end for me and Niko. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy I nursed him and it worked out really well for us, but our time is over. I had planned to breastfeed for one year, but over the past few weeks it seems to have just naturally tapered off. I didn’t really feel like I was producing enough milk and little Niko was often frustrated during and after feeding, so I introduced more bottle feedings and he seemed more content and satisfied.

Another sign that it was the end for this little guy? Even though we’ve been tapering off, sometimes I still try nursing him when he seems fussy and I don’t have a bottle on hand. (And let’s face it, breastfeeding is more convenient than preparing a bottle.) When we gave it whirl yesterday he went for it, for all of about 10 seconds, then stopped, looked up at me and started giggling, showing off his six white and ever growing teeth. (And trust me, the fact that those chompers are in there doesn’t make it any easier either. Let’s just say I’ve bared the brunt of a few bites.)  Anyway after the bout of giggles, he pulled himself away and focused his attention elsewhere. Yah, I think that’s pretty much a sign that he’s done. I’m done. It’s over, but also the beginning of a new era as well. After all aren’t all endings just the beginning of something else anyway?

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We’ve been pleasantly busy this week with our long distance visitors. First it was Auntie Susie and then a couple of nights ago Aunt Carolyn and Uncle E drove in to Ottawa (en route to Halifax) for a visit. Seeing as they live abroad (Uganda and East Timor) this is the first time they’ve met their little nephew. And they came bearing so many gifts! Aunt C generously spoiled us with all her wares from abroad. So for today, Niko has a Mama decked out in something out of the norm: a long and flowy colourful sundress, three pink bangles made from animal horn, a pair of pink hooped earrings made from bone, and a thick beaded necklace.

Niko seems to like the new look; I just have to remember to be aware of what’s dangling from my ears. Otherwise, I could end up in a painful situation as his curious (check out his curiosity in the bottom pic) little hands grab hold of the hoops. And already he’s reached for them, and thankfully I was aware. So hopefully I can keep that up. Niko was also spoiled with a really cool silhouetted elephant painting, as well as two little jungle finger puppets, and an elephant that pops out of a cone (which actually reminds of a toy that fascinated me as a child).


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