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What to do with a three year old and a six month old? Swimming of course! Niko’s been practicing his floats and was dying to show them off to his new friend Mya. So off to the pool we went for Niko’s first public swimming experience: but it’s March Break and things were a little, (actually a lot) hectic.

As we squished our way (baby car seat and all) through the narrow change room and out into the pool area it felt like we were in some sort of slippery wet nether world. What I mean is, it was SO packed; we were in a single file just to get out of the change room, although that also had something to do with the design of the space, meeting with the sheer number of patrons visiting the pool on this March Break Thursday.

Actually the water was packed too; there were a tonne of kids and parents splashing around, having a good time. I did a quick calculation and figured it was about one swimmer (or more) for every square foot of space – so you can just imagine how busy it was. When we first stepped out on the deck, my friend Jen put it disgustingly well: “It’s like DNA soup”! Ewww! And by soup she was referring to all the pee that was no doubt intermingling with all the swimmers (which was soon to include our petite entourage as well)! Did I say Ewww…cuz EW! Thank goodness for the powers of chlorine.

Once in the water we quickly discovered that those giant flutter boards were prized real estate: Mya had one but it got jacked pretty much the second it slipped from her tiny hands. However, despite the busyness of the place, we all had a great time and found comfort knowing we didn’t see any floating Band-Aids (but I guess that doesn’t necessarily guarantee that they weren’t there).

Recipe for DNA Soup: Take one public swimming pool and fill to capacity (say 350+). Let nature take its course. Then kick, splash and blow bubbles to your heart’s content.

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It’s winter. We live in a second floor condo. We have a one year old standard poodle named Frasier. He has lots of energy. This combination of factors would usually be a recipe for a pretty rambunctious puppy, but I think all in all Frasier is a wonderful pooch and overall very well behaved. Seeing as we don’t have a yard at our current abode, I  try to get him out with Niko for at least one good run/walk during the day.

My friend Traci also has a huge dog (yellow lab named Buddy) and a baby, so she too likes to burn some of that dog’s pent up energy. It turns out that Buddy and Frasier are great playmates, and so are Niko and her son Eli. About once a week we get our entourages together and bring the pooches to a park near Traci’s house and let them run and romp to their hearts’ content (followed up by a celebratory pizza at Traci’s place). And we sort of look like this: two black belt mommies (yes, Traci was my karate partner in crime) pushing their two sons in three wheel strollers, accompanied by two large breed dogs leashed around our waists. Once we get to the park it’s leashes off and “Go Puppies Go”! (See short video by clicking on the link to the left.)


The other day as Borys and I were walking with Niko and Frasier, Niko secured on Daddy’s chest in the Baby Bjorn, I found myself squinting into the sun and thinking it would be great if Niko had a pair of baby sunglasses. Now, recent studies claim that “baby brain” or “mommy brain” (the tendency for pregnant women and new mothers to easily forget) really doesn’t exist. But you know what? I beg to differ. Most women I talk to about this seem to think that at some point during their pregnancy or during motherhood they have indeed suffered bouts of  “baby brain”.  Anyway, I digress…

As I was thinking about how great it would be to own baby sunglasses, I realized that Niko actually already had a pair – another wonderful hand-me-down from his cousin John Russell (and a good example of me being able to claim “baby brain” to excuse my forgetfulness). For it wasn’t until I realized he needed them that I realized we had them! Of course when you’re out and about in the sun, it’s a little too late for that memory of be of use, especially considering I had no idea what “safe place” I had put them in. After returning home and going through a few possible “safe places” I hit the jackpot and found the shades!

Today my entourage and I headed out again, but not before I remembered about the Baby Banz, as they are called. I put them on Niko while we were still inside, just to test them out and his reaction was hilarious! He was moving his head all around, quickly from left to right, looking up and down, rapidly checking things out in this new darker world (and I caught a moment – albeit not the best one – of it on video). Anyway, he seemed to tolerate them pretty well, so I bundled him up and away we went. I happened to bring along my digital camera as I wanted to take some pics for a project I am working on for my nieces and nephew, and the camera also afforded me the ability to check up on my little guy who is front facing in the carrier and completely out of my view: by snapping a quick picture I could easily see what he was up to. Good thing I had the camera, because at one point I noticed the Baby Banz were, let’s just say slightly askew, as you can see in the accompanying picture below!

Note to self: Next time we bust out the sunglasses for Niko, strap them on a little tighter Mom!


And with a simple toe pique on the baby stroller brake we were off, skating smoothly along on the freshly groomed Rideau Canal ice: Niko, Lena, Heather and I, and Niko getting his first official taste of Ottawa’s Winterlude festival.

Well, simple to press the stroller break and start rolling, but the whole process of getting baby N from our condo to the Rideau Canal was, simply put, the opposite of simple! Let’s see… What was accomplished before that final toe pique?  Niko was fed, I made sure he had a clean diaper, he was adequately bundled for winter, then tears and all, was strapped into his car seat, then into the car, we drove across town (which by this time, and in part due to the magic effect of the car, Niko was asleep), we parked at Dows Lake, heaved the stroller out of the trunk, got myself dressed for winter, clicked the car seat into the stroller, got the diaper bag? check, strapped it over one shoulder, and my ice skates over another, then proceeded to stroll across a busy intersection, met up with Heather and Lena, then, our entourage complete, strolled into the winter hut, got the skates on, and phewf we were SIMPLY off! Yay, it’s a bit of a process – and not really a simple one! – but well worth it! We skated about 4 km in all and then Heather and I treated ourselves to beer and nachos at Mexicali Rosa’s while our babies were TKO! Yes, believe it or not, they both slept the whole time we were in the restaurant! But we weren’t surprised by their excellent behaviour, I mean we do have the sweetest of little angels, right!?

And no wipeouts! Just one close call, that’s all!


Hello winter solstice!

Well, I know it’s been a while since the solstice occurred, but we are finally starting to reap the benefits: and by we I mean, Niko, Frasier and I, but mostly Frasier! We have had a few warmer (and by warmer I mean -4 to -12 degrees) days this week, which means I can actually bundle up baby N and take him out and about in his stroller, with Frasier tagging along. For the last two days we have gone for two 45 minutes walks. I used to find it pretty challenging to walk with both of them at the same time, until I discovered that the best way to walk Frasier is to tie his leash around my waist, which leaves both of my hands free for the stroller.  I can only imagine what my entourage and I must look like coming down the sidewalk!

In the past, when I had the leash wrapped around one hand and both hands on the stroller, I came in to a few, let’s just say tricky, situations: if Frasier ever decided to give a good pull – hello stroller wheelie! Yes, that move forced Niko to become an extreme strollerist, at the tender age of just a few months, cruising along on just two wheels! Anyway, the longer days and warmer temps are proving great for all of us – Niko gets fresh air, Frasier exerts some of his endless energy, and I get to do both!

Note: Check out the carseat cover, sans dancing ballerina bears.


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