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Today is Niko’s second birthday. And of course, Borys and I couldn’t help but reminisce about the day he was born and the weeks that followed. He was born around 8am, weighing in at 5lb 15oz. I had full labour that was followed up by a c-section, and once the epidural was in place it was a very painless birth. Borys watched over the surgical sheet as they pulled Niko out and placed him into my arms. What a precious moment! I’ll never forget that one, that’s for sure.

So today, the morning went like this. Niko woke us up with what has become his usual morning bellow: “Mama! Daddy!” After some time passes and he realizes his demands are not being met instantly. “Daaaadeeee! Maaaaaamaaaa! Open door!” And this can go on for about five minutes or so, sometimes resulting in tears of frustration and sometimes with just a continuation of the aforementioned requests, until Borys and I can get our sleepy heads down the hall.

Seeing as he’s still in his crib, he’s pretty well confined until we rescue him and begin the day. Not that he has to be in his crib, we tried out his bed a couple of weekends ago, but we took the tears of worry that followed (from Niko, not me) as clear indications he wasn’t quite ready. So now his room is adorned with both a bed and a crib: we read stories on the bed and he sleeps in the crib. Even though each night before we make the transfer he happily feigns napping in the bed: head on pillow, eyes closed and the word “Nap” softly repeating from his sleepy mouth. I think we’ll try out the bed again this weekend. Ultimately, we’d like to make the transition before the arrival of his baby sister this winter.  Afterall, they say it’s easier to make transitions before any major life changes, such as the birth of a sibling.

Anyway, tonight we will celebrate his second birthday. Cupcakes, presents and candles are on the menu, followed by his birthday party this weekend. Happy birthday big guy! We love you with all our hearts!


A piercing cry (different than the I’m hungry cry and different than the I’m tired cry), followed by Niko’s parents (aka us) running upstairs to see what the fuss is about, only to discover our little Wiggle Worm has finagled himself into a position rendering him stuck. Usually this looks like him on his stomach with one or two little feet/legs poking out through the bars of the crib, all tangled and unable to right himself, left only to the power of his own lungs calling out to his parents: Help me, Mommy! Help me, Daddy! And we do, of course, every time. But last night was the crowning glory of all entanglements to date! So much so that Borys and I broke our pact to avoid co-sleeping (even though secretly we’d both wanted to try it from time to time, but just feared the repercussions of a three year old who couldn’t sleep on his own). Anyway, as with most things, I figured one time’s not going to ruin him, plus for the safety and well being of our little N-bomb it was necessary!

I’m used to waking up in the middle of the night to the sound of a hungry Niko: his cries are pretty mild but loud enough for me hear. Last night, however, I awoke to a sound I’d never heard before, it was a baby bellow full of urgency and alarm. So instead of taking my sweet time, I rushed in to check on the little guy only to find him on his stomach, pushing up with his arms to a crawling position, and both legs poking out through the rungs of the crib. One of his legs was easy to get out, but the other one was stuck up past his knee and jammed in so much that I couldn’t get him out on my own. As the baby bellowing increased, I called Borys in from his sleep, to help. We both tried to unstick the leg, but it was to no avail and little Niko was going into somewhat of a panicked state. At last I had the idea to grease up his leg with the miraculous powers of Vaseline! Once greased up, and after a little tweaking, that baby knee finally slipped back through the rungs! Phew! This immediately put a stop to all the bellowing, a sound which up to this point in time, neither I nor Borys had ever heard from the little guy.

Then we pondered, what to do, what to do? We tried hanging up a makeshift bumper pad (even though they say that bumper pads can be dangerous) to prevent his leg from getting jammed again, but it didn’t work. The only plausible solution we could come up with at 1am was to bring the Niko into Mommy and Daddy’s bed for a sleepover. So the three of us headed to the queen size bed and snuggled in for the rest of the night. Well not exactly snuggled… In his new surroundings Niko was wiggling around like a maniac, and at one point Borys said, “Sleeping with this little guy is like sleeping with a crab!” Yes, his nails needed to be cut and he kept reaching out in the dark to (love) pinch our faces, until Borys had the idea of turning our backs to him, which works well if you have short hair like Daddy, but not so well when your hair’s long like mine. Those little pinchers were pulling like crazy on my long locks! But, eventually the Little N Man settled down and we had our first co-sleeping experience.

Today’s task? Finding a solution to the crib rung debacle! Because ideally we want the little guy to sleep independently, despite the comforts of sleeping with a mini-crab! For tonite it looks like it might be back to the pack-n-play for his royal highness.

Note: After a quick Google search, I found this article that might actually solve the problem: How to Stop a Baby From Getting Foot Stuck in Crib.

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I don’t know how he does it! Niko has turned into a Houdini of sorts – when he is sleeping that is. It started happening a few weeks ago. We would put the little guy to bed as we normally do (tucked in and lying perpendicular) and in the morning we would find him sideways or upside down. This morning when I heard his happy little chirps I went to get him and found that he’d outdone himself in the wiggle department. Somehow he had turned almost a complete 180 degrees, rolled to his stomach, and had one baby foot smooshed between the crib bars. When I called his name I could see that he was smiling: just lying upside down and on his tummy, smiling. What a guy!

It would be interesting to have a baby cam to see how this maneuvering takes place. Is it all at once, or a slow wiggly progression throughout the night?

It’s time for a mini-celebration! Borys says, “Let’s not talk about it.” – because he doesn’t want to jinx it, but I can’t help but comment on Niko’s monumental sleeping patterns this week. Monumental seeing as when we were in Halifax he woke up every two hours – hello 1 am, 3 am, 5 am, 7 am – and I was contemplating starting him on rice cereal just to get him through the night. But then when we got back to Ottawa, and he was back in his regular crib, he has had three wonderful nights of sleep IN A ROW! Yes – the last two nights he did two 7.5 hours stretches, and the night before that he did an 8.5 hour stretch – followed up by another solid three hours on all three days! Not only that but he has been going to bed without as much fuss as well – 10 to 15 minutes of fussing as opposed to us having to calm him for a good hour!

They say good things come in threes – so hopefully this is a sign of what’s to come in the future. They also say that the only constant in a baby’s life is change – so time will tell how long this lasts! But for now, celebration time it is! YAH!

Niko is exactly 4 months old today! It’s sort of hard to believe and I feel a bit sad that I am already through 1/3 of my maternity leave, but such is life: time just keeps marching on, I guess. On the eve of his four month birthday Niko finally slept alone for the first time. That’s right! Even though Borys had been adamant that he sleep in the same room with us for 6 months, due to Borys’ concerns about SIDS, last night Daddy figured it was finally OK to let him sleep on his own. And what a great night! Niko slept from 11 to 5:30am, and didn’t wake again until 9:30. It’s not like he does this every night, but when he does and I see the time on the clock after I hear his cries, I have a mini celebration for the hours that he slept.

On Halloween, Niko wore a build-a-bear karate outfit, and now each month on the 15th, I take a picture of him beside the bear, whose outfit he actually wore.  The plan is to get a progression of photos throughout the first year of his life, documenting his growth in comparison to the karate build-a-bear.

Note: This is part of a series of blog entries that were inspired when Niko wore the bear’s mini karate gi as a Halloween costume. Since then I have used the bear and the costume to document his growth at three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, and now eleven months.

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Over the last couple of weeks I have noticed a significant increase in Niko’s weight.  We don’t have a scale at our house, but I can just feel and see the difference: which leads me to the dilemna of my aching back! What I’m wondering is, is there an artform to picking up baby N from his crib or pack-n-play? I mean I know the old saying goes: bend at the knees and lift with the knees, but try as I may to follow those instructions, my back seems to be suffering. And when I think about the physics of it, it is sort of an awkward thing to be picking up a 15-20lbish weight (namely, Niko) from inside of something (namely his crib and pack-n-play) and bringing him to an upright position, say over my shoulder or something like that. So, what I am looking for is tips for lifting! Is there such a thing? My back seems to be getting progressively worse, and as I type this I can just hear the first inklings of my baby’s cry and know that I have to go pick him up out of this awkward position. And while I am looking forward to having him in my arms, the getting him there is what’s getting to me!

Occasionally, when channel surfing, I land on a show called Cribs, and can’t help but watch – it’s sort of one of my favourite shows when nothing else is on. If you’re not familiar with the show, it’s basically a bit of escapist TV (although what TV show isn’t?) where celebrities showcase their million dollar mansions, aka cribs. Anyway, yesterday Niko moved into a crib of his own! Now, it may not be decked out as fancy as what you would see on the show, in part due to the restrictions of safety guidelines that encourage you not to put any decor in the crib, but nonetheless this crib has now become his permanent bed!  Borys is still concerned about SIDS, so he slept in the spare bed in the same room as Niko, while I tried using the baby monitor from our regular room.  The baby monitor seemed to work out just fine, and as soon as I heard little Niko’s beckoning cries – hello 4:30 and 8:30am – I went to see him.

Note: In the picture below you can see Niko “enjoying” his new crib?

Growing, growing, growing this baby keeps on growing! And the time has come to say au revoir to his bassinet.  It was good to him, and lasted him for over three months, but he has now outgrown it.  And how do I know that he’s outgrown it? Well, when the tip of his head and the tips of his toes are just touching at either end, I think that’s a pretty clear sign.  Also, at times his arms startle him in his sleep: I mean they flail and move about, but it has gotten to the point that when he does these jerky movements they hit the side of the bassinet and wake him up! And we don’t want a sleeping Niko woken up just because his arms don’t have room to flail about as they wish!

So the bassinet must go, and has actually officially been replaced (for now) by his Pack’n’Play.  This little device has a built in bassinet, that is raised up, so it is still pretty easy to pick him up and lie him down.  At some point – sooner than later – we want to move Niko into his crib.  But before we do that, buying a crib mattress is sort of imperative! Also, we still like him sleeping right next to our bed, so we can keep a close eye on him, and also for the convenience of those middle of the night feedings, which yes, are still happening.  But, Niko is growing steadily and is a healthy young boy, so all in all, I don’t really mind those middle of the night feedings, and he has actually become such an efficient feeder that they take way less time than they did when we first brought him home from the hospital.

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