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Times they are a changin’…

After countless get togethers, pizza lunches, walks, telephone counseling sessions, laughs, swim lessons, and milestones, we have come the end of an era. That’s right. My friend Traci, who’s been off on mat. leave with me, is going back to work tomorrow and her (not so) Little Eli is turning one in just a couple of weeks! Wow!

I used to be awestruck at the size of Eli: he’s three months older than Niko and in the life of a baby this makes a huge difference. But this week, as we had our last official mat. leave outing together (at least for this round of mat. leave), Traci and I were both surprised to see that Niko and Eli are almost the same size now! Amazing (to us), but not entirely surprising seeing as growth is the natural progression of life.

Note: Click the following links to see how much Niko and Eli have changed over the past few months: Beautiful November, Niko and Friends, The Nap Pack, His First Report Card.




Last Sunday, Borys, Niko, Frasier and I (me and my boys 🙂 ) braved the February elements and headed out to one of the few off leash dog trails in Ottawa: all in all it is a great place to get some fresh air and walk the dog within the city limits. Even though just a few days ago I said that the temperatures had been milder, I guess the overall mid. February weather is a bit unpredictable. I mean the day was sunny enough, but once we got there we realized it may be a bit too cold for our little man. The city grooms the pathways at the park, and at first we thought it would be a good idea to trek baby N along in his stroller: so we strapped him in and started rolling, only to discover that despite the plowing this was not going to work out – his head was bobbing around like a buoy on the rough seas, hence plan two was put into action.  We bundled him up and strapped the Baby Bjorn onto Daddy.

Usually it takes us a good 45 minutes walk the trails, and depending on what paths you take it could even take longer.  However, in the middle of February with a baby whose nose was getting progressively more red, we were forced to cut our walk short and only stayed for about 15 minutes! Oh well, at least Frasier got to say hello to a few of his puppy friends.

Note: Picture 1 – The Beauty of Self Portraits (with Frasier reflected in my sunglasses). Picture 2 – Boyz in their Hoodz.


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