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Our morning routine involves getting Niko settled at the table, usually with cereal or toast, some fruit and some milk, and accompanied by some form of YouTube video: Caillou, Smurfs or Thomas the Tank Engine. In general Niko doesn’t watch a lot of TV, but during breakfast he’s allowed to enjoy his shows while Mommy and Daddy get the morning started – showers, cleaning the kitchen, coffee!, etc.

We know it’s user beware when it comes to the internet, but after months of watching Caillou episodes Borys may have let his guard down this weekend. It seems some people like to tamper with children’s shows, and then post them on YouTube. On this particular morning, Niko was happily settled in for an episode of Caillou and Daddy had stepped into the kitchen to prepare some Cheerios, only vaguely tuned in to what was going on in the dining room, but his senses sharpening when he heard the voice of Caillou let out an very loud and exaggerated “F**k You”!!!. This is how it went…

Caillou (in his regular whiny voice): Mommy…blah blah blah (or whatever he was saying…). Yadda yadda yadda…(you get the idea..).

Then… dun dun dun… F**k You!!!

At this point Daddy’s ears were alerted and he rushed in to change the video. At which point Niko looked up at him and said quite seriously, “Daddy, Niko no like it.” (Note: Yes, he officially started referring to himself as Niko, instead of Kiko.)

Good boy Niko. Good boy.

Note to self: Must pay closer attention to what is being shown on YouTube.


It’s been a while since I posted any videos. It’s not that I haven’t been taking any, it’s just finding  time to scroll through them, choose my favs, upload them to YouTube and then write about it, takes a little time and brain power: neither of which I have  much of an extra supply of these days.  Yah, this whole “working full time outside of the house” gig sure is cutting into my blogging time. Geesh. Anyway, below are a few links to some of the latest Niko vids. Enjoy.

September 2010

Baby Niko Walks for the First Time (0:14)

  • Ok, ok, I realize he’s not actually walking unassisted, but he is walking independent of Mama and Dada by holding on to and pushing a toy walker. Go Niko Go!

August 2010

Baby Niko Plays with Frasier the Poodle (1:03)

  • On this particular day, Niko discovered Frasier’s toy and for the first time used it to entice Frasier to play.

Baby Niko Finds the Poodle (0:31)

  • This may not sound like much, but when Niko finally showed that he understood who and where Frasier was, it was a big deal to us, his trusty parents.

Baby Niko Laughs at a Strange Noise (0:57)

  • ‘Nuff said. Who can resist a laughing Niko baby? I think I detect a flavour of a fake laugh here too? Is that even possible for a baby? At one point Niko laughs so hard it looks like he’s going to choke on his giggles…

Before a job interview you can usually guess what some of the questions will be: Why do you want to work here?, What are your strengths?, What are you weaknesses?, blah, blah, blah. Well, I used to find the one about weaknesses a challenge. I mean I didn’t want to reveal something that would make my prospective employer not want to hire me, but at the same time had to admit to something that was indeed a weakness. After much thought and discussion with friends and family, my token answer became: “I tend to procrastinate, but work well under pressure.” This always seemed a satisfactory response: a weakness, balanced by a strength.

In relation to my current situation, I find myself once again relying on this go-to phrase. Despite my good intentions and goal setting, packing just hasn’t made it to the top of my priority list as of yet. But really, how much stuff can I pack right now, anyway? We still need to live; it’s not like I can pack up the entire kitchen or anything. So yes, at this point I can (somewhat) easily rationalize my lack of motivation for packing. And can you blame me when I have so many other important things to attend to: my baby, my blog, my dog, hanging out with friends, reading, capturing my little man on video, etc.

So even though I’ve set a packing goal for myself (a few boxes a day), at this stage I find that procrastinating is so much more fun, especially when it involves documenting the life and times of Little Niko on video. (Plus, since I do work well under pressure, there’s always time for packing later, right?)

Latest Videos:

Baby Niko Gets a Kick out of Chewing and Shaking his Stuffed Monkey (0:46)

Baby Niko has fun Playing with Blocks (1:19)

Note: I’ve written before about how chewing on wool is one of those things that sends shivers down my spine. I mean the way the wool just screeches along the teeth …blech! However, as seen in the video links above, this pet peeve of mine is not something that seems to bother Baby N.


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