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Our little boy is six months old today. Still a baby? Yes. Still a newborn? No.

The other day Niko and I went out for lunch with my friend Charlotte and Niko’s newborn friend Jack. To see two week old Jack, all 7lbs of him, still scrunched up in the fetal position, really put into perspective how much Niko has grown since his 6lb NICU days. I mean I still think of little Niko, as well, LITTLE! And I guess he is. But “little” is all relative, and when compared to a newborn, little is not a word that comes to mind. Holding little Jackson it’s hard to remember that Niko was actually smaller than him, and I can’t even really remember him feeling so light in my arms.

Borys and I are both so happy that (not so little anymore) Niko is healthy and growing. Even though he was born a month early, and hooked up to machines and monitors for the first two weeks of his life, you would never know that by looking at him. He certainly has grown into a strong and healthy baby!

PS – In the last pic, in the series of pictures below, Niko’s facial expression is one of sheer grit (not tears) after he pulled a ninja move on the karate bear. And after such a move, we now refer to him as Sensei Niko.

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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What do you get when you cross a science major, a baby, and a toy that looks like a nucleus? Nikoloneum, of course!

My friend Mel came to town this week and we had a great visit with her for three days. One morning as I was busy in the other room, she stood by on baby duty, entertaining the little Niko Man on the couch. Only half paying attention to what was transpiring on my couch, I clearly heard Mel, in her best baby voice, saying, “…and inside the nucleus are neutrons, protons and electrons”. The rest of our cross-condo conversation went something like this…

Mel – …and inside the nucleus are neutrons, protons and electrons.

Me – Mel, I can hear you, you know! What the heck are you talking about?

Mel – It’s Niko’s first science lesson! We’ve discovered a new element: Nikoloneum.

Me – I guess his toy does sort of look like a nucleus.

Mel – I told him maybe he could have a particle collider for Christmas.

Me – If he wakes up tomorrow morning and asks for a particle collider I will be equally impressed and disgusted.

Niko – Where’s my particle collider?

Notes: Pic 1) The Discovery of Nikoloneum, Pic 2) Niko’s First Science Lesson, Pic 3) Out and About with Mel, Heather, Lena and Frasier


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