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It’s official! Niko is on the go, all the time. Whether he’s crawling, inspecting the gas fireplace or pulling himself up on various items around the house he sure is a handful these days. What’s so great about it, is that he’s so joyful and awed by his discoveries. He gets this curious and excited look on his face when he discovers something or realizes he can do something new.

For example, our TV stand is a three tiered shelf and today he learned to pull himself up on the stand and was even able to reach his arms up to the top shelf. This put him in a position of having his hands higher than or maybe level with his head. Now seeing as he is just getting the hang of pulling himself up, his feet often end up in precarious positions, changing back and forth, many times over, from balancing on his toes to flat footed. When he had his hands so high up today, I could see that he wasn’t quite sure how to get back down to the ground from that position. He inspected his surroundings, then noticed the base of his car seat by his feet. Then, gingerly, he reached for the base, and then let gravity take it’s course. Kerplunk. His butt found its way back to the floor, he looked over at me with an air of pride, and off he motored on all fours.

Later today he did the same thing again: pulling himself up on the TV stand, holding on to the top shelf, but this time there was no car seat base for him to reach to. So again, I could see the wheels turning and he ended up carefully reaching with one hand to the shelf below until he once again found himself comfortably on the floor. And then back to crawling of course.

So life is busy these days. It’s not like before where I could lay him down and he would look up at a mobile and happily coo. Yup, the days of parenting an immobile baby are gone. It’s hard to find time for blogging. But both Borys and I are really enjoying our ever growing interaction with Niko the Adventurer. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? Definitely lots of crawling for Niko, and monitoring by me, with no doubt, some bumps along the way, all the while trying to fit in housework here and there. But finding time for housework is becoming more and more challenging now that we have a baby on the go. At least I have a good excuse for not having a super clean house. Not that anyone really notices anyway, but still, babies certainly do provide for good excuses.

Note: Seeing as I have been away from my blog for a while, I am just including some random pics of Niko’s adventures over the last few weeks. 1) Mama Takes a Break 2) Where’s My Paddle? 3) Cousins Rock!



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…


In all my years of living in Ottawa (and there’s been a lot of them – 14 in total!), somehow Sue has never seen downtown Ottawa (a.k.a. The Market) or Parliament in the summer. Weird. So, to remedy this pitfall Niko, Sue, Frasier and I headed downtown the other day to do our duties as tourists and see the sights of our beautiful downtown.

Now, Ottawa hasn’t been the coolest of places these last few weeks. In fact, we’ve been having a record breaking heatwave and it really just hasn’t been bearable to be outside for too long. But, despite the heatwave, and considering that it was a touch cooler on this particular day, we braved the Parliament trek. And as you can see from Frasier’s tongue, the heat was still pretty tough to handle. Good thing we had lots of water because all four of us were pretty thirsty by the time these pics were taken.

PS – Niko officially started crawling today! More on that later…


What to Expect When You’re Expecting, The Baby Whisperer, Healthy Sleep Habits, and this list of parenting books could go on and on. Most of the new parents I know are familiar with a least a couple of the above mentioned titles. New parents do a lot of preparing, reading, wondering and thinking about how to do right by their babies. Although, truth be told there’s a tonne of different ways to be a great parent, and all the answers can’t be found in one particular book. There is, after all, something to be said for parental instinct, right?

Anyway, I was no different; I planned and read about how to be a good mommy and when Niko was born I felt ready. I had a plan for feeding, for sleeping, and for parenting in general. It’s just that the length of what I’d planned for (babyhood) seems to be coming to an end. Yes, (not so little) Niko has entered a new realm of being, and is verging on crawling, walking and toddlerhood. He can’t crawl just yet, but if he’s got his eye on something and it’s within a few feet, he can certainly maneuver over to it, and will inevitably put whatever it is he’s after in his mouth. I guess that’s how they discover and learn though, right?

So,what about life after the baby stage? No one told me to prepare for this. All the focus was on preparing for the “baby”, but what about preparing for parenting a toddler? Niko’s  started a lovely new routine of screaming when something’s taken away from him. You may be wondering why I would take anything from a baby, but when he’s got his hands (and mouth) on the TV remote he always ends up changing the channel or messing with the volume. Or if it’s the cordless phone, he usually ends up turning it on between mouthfuls and dialing random numbers (I guess only my phone bill will reveal the success [or not] of his dialing). So yes, I take things from him and he starts  in full force with the drama. But my point is, that I don’t particularly feel ready for this stage of parenthood. This stage where he can wiggle around and move. This stage where he’s discovering everything and subsequently chewing on everything as well. (Hello, weird little alive blue bug! Yes, that’s what I found in his mouth the other day, but that’s another story.)

This stage certainly takes a lot more effort – not that parenting a baby doesn’t take effort, because it does. It’s just that when Niko was smaller I could pretty much plan around him. Now that he’s teetering on the edge of toddlerdom, anything and nothing is possible all at the same time. They always say to prepare yourself for parenthood, and I did. But what about life after the first nine months? I’m not feeling a huge push from the general public, as I did when preparing for the “baby”, to plan for parenting beyond the baby days. But maybe I should be. Or maybe I should just start hitting the books again…


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