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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…


The trace of a tooth is just cutting the surface of Niko’s top gums. And this time I didn’t notice the new growth by seeing it or feeling it, but rather by hearing it. Yes, hearing it! As I was hanging out with Niko over the weekend, I heard a distinct sound, akin to fingernails on the chalkboard or chewing wool, a certain “blech” and shiver combo or sorts: it was the sound of grinding teeth that caught my attention. But how could that noise be coming from my little guy? It sure sounded like teeth grinding, but Niko only has two bottom teeth, so how could they be grinding? I decided to take a quick look and didn’t see anything. It was only a few hours later, when I heard that shiver-worthy noise again and did a closer inspection of his tiny mouth, that I discovered that the first signs of  a new tooth were evident. So now, tooth number one and tooth number two are accompanied by their grindy pal, tooth number three. And seeing as they usually come in pairs, I’m assuming tooth number four is looming in the near future.


Niko’s latest accomplishment? Clapping his hands (well, sort of). It’s more like he bangs them on the table or his high chair or his lap, and sometimes even together. But what really gets him going is If You’re Happy and You Know It or Patty Cake. Sometimes he understands what to do and sometimes he doesn’t but it’s so cute to see him concentrating so hard to clap his hands and then see the huge smile that follows after he’s successful!

Lately in the morning, shortly after I hear his first wakeful chirps, I will just lie in bed awaiting his next move. Will it be crying, more chirps or some hand clapping? And more often than not, it’s the hand clapping. It will be all quiet and then I’ll just hear his two little palms smacking against each other from the other room, and when I go to see him, he’s just lying there smiling, wiggling and clapping. Too cute!

Note 1: To see a short video showing the amazingness of Niko’s utter glee and concentration at clapping his hands, click here.

(PS – I am aware that he’s wearing a Christmas bib in the video and it’s May, but when you’ve got a 24/7 drooler on your hands, you just use whatever’s available!)

Note 2: After posting Niko’s If You’re Happy and You Know It clapping video on YouTube,  I now realize I am not the only parent with this idea. There are so many videos of babies clapping along while their mommies sing the song, and it’s sort of neat to see the short clips and hear all the different voices and accents that the mommies sing in.


Niko: I’m a big boy in a big boy stroller. 🙂

This was Niko’s first time enjoying the view from his stroller as he was meant to: sitting up and looking forward (despite the fact that his straps are a little loose). Up until now he’s been cruising in his car seat: looking skyward with the seat clipped into the stroller. But at six months he seems ready for the new view and this easy access to his toys!

Niko is now learning or doing something new everyday. Among other “milestones”, shrieking seems to tickle his fancy and reigns high at the top of his daily to-do list.

Mommy: What a beautiful voice you have Niko!


As I was feeding Niko barley cereal with a dash of prunes this morning, I had to do a double take when I thought I caught a glimpse of a second tooth. I couldn’t be sure, but upon further inspection my observation proved correct: a second tooth had sprouted up right beside his first one. It seems that the Tooth Fairy cast her spell in the overnight and Niko woke up with tooth numero deux today.

I say teeth, and teeth they are, but they are still super tiny, probably only about 2 mm for the first one and even less for the second. Furthermore, these elusive little teeth are proving difficult to catch on camera, but pictures will be posted as soon as I can get a clear shot. So, when are we supposed to start brushing this little puppies?

PS – I am aware that the Tooth Fairy is usually the one who takes teeth away but in this case, I swear she’s the one who dropped them off.

Note: Contrary to the cartoon below, Niko does not seemed to be bothered by teething. The only sign he shows is a steady river of drool.


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There’s been a few major firsts this week: Niko’s first tooth and now…

Using all the might and determination he could muster (not to mention massive bouts of grunting and squealing), Niko rolled over for the first time, yesterday. Day by day we knew he was getting closer, but this was the first time that he actually did it all on his own. We are so proud of our little munchkin, and of course I couldn’t help but preserve the memory by taking lots of pics and documenting it on video.

Note: Check out Niko rolling over for the second and third time (ever) in these short video clips.


“Slurp, slurp, slurp, slurp…”, is the sound of one happy little man who recently discovered his fingers and has taken to using them as a pacifier.

It’s amazing what constitutes as a “milestone”. Well, actually I don’t really know what the “typical” milestones are, seeing as my professional reading on parenting has been limited to date, but when Niko does something new I put it into this category. So, the fact that his fingers have found their way to his mouth and he is constantly sucking on them and his fists, fits in nicely, according to me! Sometimes when I go see him in his crib after a nap or in the morning, and after I’ve heard the first inklings of his cry, I will find him happily lying there on his back with his eyes closed and just sucking away, and it’s really cute to see!

Note: The two pictures below are titled, 1) The Happy Little Sucker 2) Rock on, Sucka!



According to Daddy three major developments took place in the life of our child yesterday: two of which I will also vouch for. First off, on Wednesday nights I usually go to a cardio-kickboxing class, but seeing as my back is bothering me this week, I decided to take the night off from cardio class, and run a few errands – ranging from picking up poop-n-scoop bags for Frasier to indulging in a pedicure (and a few others in between!) I am still amazed, when left to my own devices, at how much I can accomplish in an hour or two these days (as opposed to the pre-Niko days).  Anyway, as I was getting ready to go Borys urgently called me back up the stairs to see this first “milestone”.  Sure enough Niko was holding Sophie the Giraffe and bringing her up to his mouth to chew.  Borys tested a few times to make sure it wasn’t a fluke and each time, Niko grabbed the giraffe and brought it back to his mouth.  Now this may sound like no big deal, but this show of hand eye coordination had yet to be seen from our little babe, so in our eyes, this was very exciting! And again, I am amazed at what now “excites” us, to when I compare what was categorized as excitement in the pre-Niko days.

Round two of the “milestones” happened when I returned home. As I gingerly walked up the snowy steps in my flip-flops (careful to take care of those pampered toes), and into the house, I immediately heard Borys calling from upstairs: “Alli, come here! Come here!”, not in a tone of panic but again one of those post-Niko birth excited type voices.  So, I made my way as quickly as I could all the way to the upstairs bathroom to find Niko on his back on the counter (post-diaper change I am assuming) and Borys excitedly saying “Daddy!” in this really over-exaggerated (and I guess funny) voice! Well, lo and behold, Niko was giggling, and it was adorable! Giggling! What a wonderful sound to hear coming from your baby – once I find my camera (it’s currently MIA – but so were my license and cell phone, and I found both of them) I have to get a video of this! Borys swears he was “really” giggling even more before I got there. However I did catch the tail end, and it was worth putting my pedicure in jeopardy to hear that lovely sound! (P.S. – My pedicure survived the rush, impeccably).

And the thrid “milestone” which I have yet to bare witness to, but will write about anyway seeing as Borys claims it’s true, is that Niko said “Dah-dee” a.k.a. “Daddy”! Hmm…I am not too sure about that one.


Well, now that my mind has been set at ease that little Niko is growing and gaining weight, I decided to go through his clothes and put away the ones that are getting snug and take out the ones that he’s been waiting to grow into.  I was surprised, when I pulled out the three month outfits to find that he actually fits into a lot of them right now: including a pair of overalls, that I have really wanted to dress him up in! It’s a good thing I took a look at the clothes in storage, otherwise he may have outgrown them before he even wore them!


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