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Yesterday Niko, Borys, Frasier and I headed off to the first annual Simps-Olympics, organized by Graeme, Heather and Lena at their cottage. Basically it involved a winter flurry of outdoor activities (brainteasers, ice fishing, crazy carpeting, bowling for Conservatives, etc.) – sort of like a summer regatta but winter style. Anyway, perhaps because the Olympics will be in Vancouver next month the theme of the winter activity day was the Olympics, and seeing as I was an official torchbearer this past December, yours truly was asked to light the bonfire to start off the festivities.

Now seeing as I had little Niko in tow, not everything could run exactly according to a timed schedule. For example, when the time came for us to get the games started and for me to run in with the tiki torch (a.k.a. Olympic Torch a la cottage style) and light the bonfire, Niko also decided it would be a perfect time to proclaim his hunger. A good half hour (full stomach, clean diaper and dressed for the weather) later we were good to go. But different than in December when I ran with the official torch, this time I had baby Niko Baby Bjorned onto my chest and he was a part of the whole ceremony!

Note: As you can see (and if you can’t, just click on the picture to enlarge it) in the gallery of pictures below, the bonfire needed a little coaxing for the lighting, so Niko and I decided to go chill with Lena and Heather.


*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.


Over the past few months I have discovered that planning anything with a baby in tow, takes a lot longer than planning in the pre-baby days.  Mind you, it is totally worth to have this little guy in tow, and Borys and I consider ourselves very lucky, but the planning and logistics around feeding and dressing for the cold weather does take a bit of brainpower.

Tomorrow is the day I will be running with the Olympic Flame, and I am super excited! My sister and her whole family as well as my mom have all come in from out of town to be a part of the day, and having them here to cheer me on makes it even more special! But what will become of little Niko? I know he will be in the good hands of his daddy and at some point tomorrow the whole “taking care of him” bit will be totally out of my hands, but as I sit here and type my mind is turning with all the things I need to get ready for him for tomorrow, for all the “just in case” scenarios that could pop up: a bottle, hot water, a diaper bag, warm clothes, and the list could go on and on.  Well actually now that I think about it, maybe that is it? Maybe the list isn’t as long as my mind has made it out to be? I guess whatever happens will happen, and like I’ve said before, not too much harm can really come to him when he is in the capable hands of Daddy and I am out of sight for only an hour or so, right?


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