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The other day when Dziadzio and I* picked up Niko from daycare the little guy was in one those moods where his favourite response was “No”. Now, when he’s in a playful Mood No you can’t help but test him. Perhaps by asking such questions as: Did you have fun today?, Do you love Frasier? Do you like pizza? etc. All the while knowing that the only thing to come out of his mouth will be “No”.

While at times these moods are playful, at other times Mood No can be downright, what’s the word: Cynical? Scornful? Haughty? And at times like these the “No” comes out accompanied by a pout and perhaps a glaring from and/or narrowing of the eyes. Whereas in a playful Mood No the “No” comes out with a smirk and a sparkle in the eye. Anyway, on this particular day, the day when Dziadzio and I picked him up, the no-tone was negative, and that’s when Dziadzio stated very matter of factly, while emphasizing each syllable,  that “He is in Mood No.” And hence the term was born. Mood No. Brilliant.

So today, once again little Niko was in Mood No, but a playful one, and this is how the conversation went.

Daddy: Can you say monster?

N: No.

Daddy: Can you say Frasier?

N: No.

Daddy: Can you say ball? (Aferall, how could he resist saying “ball”, one of his very first words and one of his most beloved things to say and play with?)

N: No.

Daddy: Niko, say ball.

N: No.

Daddy: Can you say no?

N: Silence

Daddy: Niko, can you say no?

N: Silence, wheels turning…

Daddy: Say no.

N: Ball! Hahahahahaha

I love seeing Niko’s sense of humour developing!

* Dziadzio has been a wonderful help over the past few weeks. Seeing as I am pregnant and under doctor’s orders not to lift my little tyke, Dziadzio shows up every day to help me pick up Niko from daycare (by literally, picking him up and strapping him into his carseat, etc.!) Thank goodness for helping hands.

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Balance is the key, right? It’s the key to maintaining harmony at home and work, and between home and work, but sometimes finding that key can be challenging! I mean I’ve got a car key, a house key, a bike key, a second set of keys, a key to my father-in-law’s, plus there’s the key to my heart… However, if I keep my sense of humour, and enjoy the everyday moments, finding balance becomes easier!

Currently I am enjoying being a first-time mom and getting to know my son, Niko. I try to maintain balance in my life, although inevitably the scales tip more heavily on one side from time to time. Finding time for myself is one key: I do cardio-kickboxing twice a week, while my hubbie Borys stands by on Daddy duty. Spending time with Borys, is another key: although we don’t have much time for dating (truth be told, we’ve only had one real date since Niko’s arrival), just hanging around together and talking and laughing about our day, provides quality connection time. Another key is getting out and about with baby Niko: I have some friends who are also on mat. leave, and getting our babes together offers entertainment, for everybody. Then there’s our spunky puppy Frasier, who provides lots of fun and laughs, and a good excuse to get us all outside enjoying the fresh air!

Is there a magic key to balance? Not really. Balance is a ring filled with keys, and each person’s key ring is different: what works for me, may be bunk for another and vice versa. But one thing’s for sure, life’s more enjoyable when we try (yes, we have to try, balance doesn’t just spontaneously happen) to maintain balance each and every day! So, what’s one of your keys?

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