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When I was a kid I spent many a New Year’s Eve with my friends Graeme and Sarah. Forced together in a way, seeing as our parents were close friends and could be found celebrating together at one of their houses. But enjoying each others company nonetheless, and celebrating with takeout and board games. Woot! Woot!

During my teen years I spent my New Year’s Eves with my buddies. Desperately trying to hide my escapades from my parents, only succeeding about 50% of the time, and then probably ending up grounded by January 1. What a way to start off the year…

My 20s were much the same: spent ringing it in with close friends, usually at a bar. Sans the hiding from my parents part, and the only punishment to be received on the 1st (and maybe even the 2nd) was the lingering hangover as a telltale sign of the previous night’s adventures.

Now in my 30s, I’ve sort of come full circle. This year I was back to having plans with my friend Graeme: after 30 years our parents are still close friends and so are we, and we’ve randomly ended up in the same city. The one major difference being that 30 years later we’ve both gotten married and had two kids and are now forging the bonds of friendship between our offspring.

Anyway, the plan was a great one. One that appealed much to the side of me that had just popped out a baby a week ago. A plan that involved enjoying dinner at Graeme’s house (he’s a certified chef!) with board games to follow. If you can’t call that full circle, I’m not sure what is! Anyway, despite our best laid plans, Heather unfortunately came down with the flu and the whole plan was kiboshed.

So now Borys and I were left to our own devices and a toddler who was sadly going to miss the “par-tee”! Yes, Niko lamented the loss of our plans and couldn’t stop himself from crying and whining about not going to the “par-tee”. So, what else could we do, but convince him that the party at our place was going to be just as rockin’? I went ahead and made the hot artichoke dip I had planned to bring to Graeme and Heather‘s and assembled the cheese and fruit platter as well. Borys went out and bought party hats and blowers and we partied it up in our own way from around 4 – 8pm.

Niko had a great time (and truth be told, so did we) pigging out on the appetizers, bopping around in our party hats and ringing in the New Year with just the four of us – and Frasier of course. And Niko didn’t even seem to notice that the party hats said Happy Birthday instead of Happy New Year. Afterall, it was the best we could find on such short notice!

Happy New Year every0ne! Wishing you all the best for a happy and healthy 2012!

*10*9*8*7*6*5*4*3*2*1* The traditional New Year’s countdown happened last night at Steve and Steph’s house, followed by “Happy New Years” all around. That’s Happy New Year with a period: hold the exclamation point please. I guess that’s what happens when you ring in the New Year with two babies that are awake and two that are sleeping – it’s still celebratory, but the celebration is taken down a notch – at least in the volume! A great time was had as we rung in the New Year with friends and their babies (and one on the way…), Niko even made it to midnight so that he, Borys and I got to celebrate together and enjoy our first family hug for 2010 at the stroke of midnight.

New Year’s Day is often a time for reflection: looking back on the previous year and forward to the next. As I think back over the year 2009, lots of things have happened. The year started off with a wedding and ended with a funeral: what an interesting cycle.

A quick year in review is as follows:

January – Carolyn and Eliot wed on December 31, 2008 and on New Year’s Day we celebrate their wedding over brunch at Earl and Barb’s house.

February – Borys and I find out we are having a baby (due October 13) and are super excited to welcome this little peanut into our family.

March – Borys, Andrew and I travel to Orlando to visit Ola and Bruce.

April – My mom and I travel to Houston, Texas to visit my dad for Easter. Borys and I get a poodle pup and name him Frasier (after the character on the TV show – our favourite!).

May – Borys and I find out we are expecting a little boy!

June – The girls’ camping weekend tradition continues, but with two of us (Heather and I) pregnant, we do it sans portaging.

July – Borys and I take a road trip to the East coast to visit family, stopping in St. John along the way.

August – Borys and I celebrate our 6th anniversary (at the annual regatta). I find out I have been selected to carry the Olympic Torch in December!

September – Nikolai Gregory (our breech baby) is born via c-section exactly four weeks before his due date and ends up in the NICU for 13 days.  My mom comes to help out with the new baby for three weeks, and it is wonderful to have her experience, care and expertise so close at hand! The Ottawa Gals throw an amazing and thoughtful baby shower for Niko. Ola and Bruce are happy to find out they are expecting a baby in May. Carolyn moves from East Timor to Uganda to continue with her humanitarian work. Greg moves to Nice, France to start his Masters.

October – Niko is gaining weight and overall a very healthy baby, and of course we are thrilled to have him home with us!

November – The Simcoe Gals organize and throw an amazing shower for Niko in Ottawa, and we celebrate my birthday.

December – I run with the Olympic Flame and my mom and Marion and her whole family come to Ottawa to help celebrate. Ola and Bruce happily discover they will be having a little girl. Carolyn and Eliot decide to make Uganda their permanent home (for now). Grandad T passes away.

Note: I like to call the picture below, Daddies on Duty.

What will 2010 bring for little Niko? Yesterday I weighed him informally on the digital scale at Lena’s house and he was 15.4 lbs, so it looks like he’ll be starting off the New Year as a heavyweight! He’s come a long way from being just under 6lbs when he was born in September.

I am sure this year (as well as the years to come) will be filled with lots of firsts for him.  Some of his firsts this year could include: rolling over, sitting up, clapping his hands, eating solids, crawling, sleeping through the night, and maybe even walking and saying a few words. Who knows maybe he will even walk Frasier and take out the garbage? Well, that might be a bit of wishful thinking… Regardless of what the year brings, it is sure to be filled with many new and exciting adventures for our family and we look forward to continuing getting to know our son as he grows and develops into a little toddler.


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