From Bean to Sprout

a first time mom's forray into parenthood

Great Glebe Garage Sale May 28, 2012

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Henry loves sitting on his “throne” and giving orders to his subjects, the cats. Here’s a candid shot of the king taking a break from holding council and enjoying a cold beverage.

Doing a round of the neighborhood. Yes, he’s not wearing pants… it’s HOT!

Sally Forth good sir…

On Saturday I went to the GGGS with my friend Sylvia. I got a few great finds for Henry. I was looking for for outside toys for him, hopefully a playhouse. I found one but they wanted $330 for it, at which I scoffed and didn’t bother even negotiating.  I managed to get a push tricycle for $10, a plush chair for $1 and Fab Baby Gear was having a sidewalk sale of Zutano clothes. I LOVE Zutano clothes… Unfortunately it was a sample sale and they only had sizes 0-6 months and 2T available. So I bought Henry a 2T hoodie for $8 and a nice blanket for $10. Zutano clothing is usually pretty expensive so I scored big time.

I didn’t find anything for myself, but Sylvia bought a great piece of art, a trifle platter and some home decor stuff. We also ran into our friend Jackie who bought a really nice mirror for cheap.

Anyways, I thought I’d give some tips on surviving the great glebe garage sale.

1- Arrive early, like really early. 7am ish.

2- Pick the street you want to start with carefully. Once you get through your first street, pretty much all the good stuff is gone from the other streets. I try and go on Powell Ave first. Starting at Percy and heading towards bank although there are really great finds on Glebe Avenue as well. Skip Clemow, they’re don’t seem to want to participate as much, at least not this year.

3- If stuff looks overpriced, good luck getting them to negotiate. There seems to be two type of people who participate in these sales. Those who want to just get rid of as much stuff as possible and those trying to make a profit. The ones trying to make a profit rarely budge (aka, that playhouse place).

4- Buy polish sausage from the Polish guy! There’s a guy who sells hot dogs and sausages every year with his wife on the corner of Glebe and Percy. He makes a mean polish sausage. This year he was also selling clogs from Poland as well.

5- Make sure to leave some time for the sidewalk sales on Bank Street. After walking through the neighbourhood, check out Bank street. There are always great sales. Especially from the Glebe Emporium, Fab Baby Gear, Home Hardware and the Body Shop.  I always save some money to hit this place last.

6- Make sure you have money with you beforehand. The ATMs empty fast.


Bathrooms update May 27, 2012

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Well we’re almost done the bathroom. We pretty much just have to put the door and the door frame back on. These pics aren’t what it looks like now, we’ve since installed the toilet and installed the shower curtain rod. So there’s just little accessories to put up here and there. Anyways, I totally forgot to take a before picture so the “before” pic I have is of the bathroom actually destroyed.

I’m trying to figure out what colour to choose for my shower curtain. I’m debating something with bright yellow in it. Also thinking of using some kind of bamboo wood for accessories. Thoughts?

Before after we took out the toilet and the old tub and ugly 90s wall tile.

The old vanity was ugly oak. Terrible… Oh and don’t get me started on the linoleum floor.

Our new subway tiled wall and grey floor. Oh and the super deep tub.

The new vanity/countertop/sink and faucet. I sanded down the doors and put on a light grey coat of primer/paint. Still trying to figure out what to put as handles though. I also love the tile baseboards as well.

Wall medicine cabinet. Painted it as well the same colour as the vanity.


Making Art

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One of the fun things we’ve discovered with having a kid is all the cool stuff that’s no longer “technically acceptable” for adults to play with.  I’ve been drawing, painting and playing with play doh like nobody’s business.

Chris got in on the fun also.

Finger painting with daddy.


AS you can see, Chris is loving this. Henry….not so much.


And we’re continuing long after Henry has lost interest.




Showing off his artwork. Chris ended up giving it to his mom as a belated mother’s day gift.




Death Wish

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Nope, this post isn’t about the awesome movie starring Charles Bronson, it’s about my 15 month old. I’ve mentioned in the past that Henry is a bit reckless, well I’m changing it now to fearless. He’s just into climbing everything these days. He has this little play desk that he had started climbing recently and we kept having to tell him “Non! Descend!” well now he pushes the little desk up against our buffet so that he can climb and stand on his desk and reach for stuff on the buffet.

He’s also started climbing the sofa just to jump off it. He crumples to the ground, will lie there and, I’m guessing here, assessing if all his bones are intact and then gets up and does it again.

Yesterday we went to our friends Ross and Selena’s for their son Declan’s birthday and Henry kind of just climbed fully dressed into the blow up pool then climbed up this playstructure they have without a care in the world.

Do they make a drug for kids to feel fear? We bought Henry a helmet for when we go biking with him, I’m tempted to have him wear it all the time.


I’m going to try and wedge myself through these bars here… Just enough to get stuck and freak out.


I’m going to launch off this thing.


Ok, so I kind of helped him out a bit here but it was either that or let him climb Ginger on his own.




What’s the number for Children’s Aid again?


Does this helmet make my ears look big?


Lazy Post May 21, 2012

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So the camera with all the pictures we took this weekend is all the way upstairs and it’s hot up there, so I thought I’d put up this family resemblance pic. I didn’t think Henry really looked like any of us until I saw this one that my dad scanned for me.

Who’s that baby??!


To my mom! May 13, 2012

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So by writing about his mom, Chris made me look a bad daughter…. Seriously though, I was planning on writing something about my mom but it was going to be something lame like “Happy Mother’s Day to the best mom ever…I forgive you now for crying at my sweet sixteen, I totally understand now where you were coming from!” Anyways, not to be bettered by my better half, I’ll tag onto what Chris said and add

“Thanks for helping me bring into this world the most important person in my life”

Oh and sorry for swearing at you while it was happening…




Happy Mothers Day (by Chris) May 12, 2012

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Dear Mom,

Thank you very much for being my mom.  You taught me so much growing up and put up with a lot raising me from a baby into who I am today.  Now that I am a parent I feel I appreciate more and more how wonderful a mother you are.  Here is a very small list of all the things I am thankful to you for:

Thank you for teaching me to be silly

Thank you for teaching me not just how to cook but to love food.

Thank you for not knowing whats for dinner even though you are halfway through cooking it.

Thank you for being able to take jokes about tai chi (and vegetarianism and a myriad of other topics)

Thank you for giving it as good as you got it.

Thank you for some truly horrible games of tic tac toe.

Thank you for all the travels we have been on and all the unforgettable experiences during them

Thank you for trying to teach me piano and to be musical (I’m sure its not your fault that I failed horribly)

Thank you for showing me the beauty of a sunset on the pacific

Thank you for the way you answer the phone when I call.  You always make it sound like I am making your day by calling.

Thank you for showing me how to be silly in public

Thank you for being a great grandmother

Thank you for teaching me that language is a toolbox.

Thank you for raising me to be the man I need to be for this little man

Happy Mothers day

I love you




Close Encounter of the Nerd Kind

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Today I got to geek out big time. Henry and I went with my friends Nat and Danick to the first Ottawa Comic Con. Chris was at a bachelor party for my friend Mathieu so he didn’t make it. It was pure madness. We got there around 10:00-ish and waited in line a little over an hour to get in. The line to get in was insane. There were so many people dressed up so it was entertaining and it went by fairly quickly.

Henry slouching in line and eating a sticky snack

Nat and Danick. Danick said his costume was “a young George Lucas”

Captain America had to wait in line like everyone else.

The Goblin King was there too

glimpse of the massive line

They’re recruiting Storm Troopers young now.

and a Ghostbuster!

Henry and I. I ended up holding him for almost 3 hours. My back is killing me.

I honestly had no idea who this was until Nat and Danick told me it was the Joker’s girlfriend.

Once inside it was even crazier.  We made a beeline to Adam Baldwin’s table. I love that guy! He’s so awesome. He was super friendly and chatted up Henry and played with him. I don’t know why I was expecting him to be gruff like the characters he usually plays but was pleasantly surprised. I got an autograph of him and he wrote “To Melina, with love and grenades, Adam Baldwin”. It made my day. Only downside was that I asked Nat to take a picture and she couldn’t figure out my camera. Luckily Danick took a shot as well and said he’d email it to me. In the meantime I took a picture of his picture 🙂

Henry had no idea what was happening. I tried to recline a little and he almost jumped off the table.

At the table next to Adam was Jamie Bamber, aka Lee “Apollo” Adama. I didn’t go in any other lines though since getting autographs were expensive. I did get a shot of him as he was chasing a fan down who had forgotten his autograph. It seemed like a nice thing to do.

He was a bit shorter than I expected but cute as a button!

We were walking by Brent Spinner’s table (with like a super long line of fans) and I was trying to get a picture of him at his table but it was super blurry, then all of a sudden he gets up and starts walking towards us. Turns out he had to go for a photo shoot and was apologizing to the line of fans waiting for his autograph saying he’d be right back. I got a blurry shot of him and then the best thing in the world happened. He walked right by me and brushed my arm!!!! Data TOUCHED ME!!!

Really nice of him to come and make amends to his fans.

I honestly was surprised by how friendly the celebrities were. I thought that after years of doing things like this, they’d be all jaded and business like but it was in fact the opposite. I’d love to go again next year if they come back, hopefully they’ll be a little more organized next time though.

I refuse to walk anymore!


A Love Letter to My Little Rebel May 9, 2012

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Dear Henry,

Has it been 15 months already? My how time flies when you’re having fun! It seems like only yesterday you were delivering yourself while the doctors were in another room. I should have known right at that moment that you’d always march to the beat of your own drum. You’ve grown into this wonderfully curious and adventurous little boy. I don’t feel I can call you “baby” so much anymore since you’ve become so independent (except for your occasional clingy bouts in the morning).

I sometimes lament your independence and label it as “recklessness”, maybe I should stop doing that. You’re just genuinely curious and excited about everything. On Sunday, you threw yourself into joyful abandon while running into a deep ditch at your grandparents place. The maniacal laughter you let out while scrambling into the ditch was addictive. I couldn’t help but laugh along but I was so worried you’d hurt yourself at the same time.

It’s my nature to worry about you and I’ll often stop you from you exploratory adventures, so sorry about that. I don’t mean to impede your fun but sometimes I have to. Like when you want to run into the street to see the city bus that goes by, I have to be the one to say “sorry buddy, you can’t just run in front of a car”. You get so mad at me when I stop you but I know you won’t hold it against me for long as you quickly find something else to run to.

Like I mentioned earlier, I can’t believe how quickly you’re growing. I can barely remember when you were so small that we had to support your head because you couldn’t do it yourself. Now you’re learning things in leaps and bounds and I sometimes can’t keep up. I miss being the one to see you discover new things. Your teachers keep telling us about all the stuff you’re learning to do and I’m glad you’re learning these things, in fact, I beam with pride when you lean in to give me kisses or put your shoes on, but it’s a little bittersweet that I’m not experiencing it first hand with you.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I love you so much, every moment we have together is precious and instead of complaining that you were up at 5:30 on the weekend or that you’re whining extra hard one morning, maybe I should focus on all the little things I might miss out on as you get older. Like the morning cuddles where you lie against me and we rock in our chair and you babble to me while stroking my arm.

Happy 15 month little guy!


Love, Mom

I’m smiling at you now, but it’s to distract you while I try and run in the street.

My future cinematographer scoping out the scenery with an orange tint. So art house!

ok, now I’m just goofing off.

Putting on daddy’s shoes.

I totally pull these off.

doing robot moves in my robot pjs.

Check out our crab apple tree. It blooms for about 5 minutes in May so I wanted to take a picture.

Check out these beauties.

These petals are Beeeaaauuutiful.


Parks and Recreation May 6, 2012

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We spent a lot of time at the park this weekend. It’s Henry’s new favourite thing to do and it helps him spend a lot of energy which then helps with bed time. We went Friday evening and this evening. Our neighbourhood park gets packed with kids running all over the place. Henry kept trying to join some pre-teen boys in a game of street hockey but we wouldn’t let him.  He gets so mad at us these days when we don’t let him get his way.

Henry loves running on grass. He laughs like Beavis when he’s on grass. It’s like this funny sounding “huh-huh..huh-huh…”


Trying to scale the play structure. Didn’t make it very high at all.


Enjoying the slide


Trying to get some girls attention by doing the smolder/pout combo.


Day 2 of park fun. Henry’s decided to become a vampire hunter. Just call him Slayer.


Reaching for mommy!


Another go down the slide!


and another run in the grass…


We also had some fun indoors.

This is my album cover look.


Yep Henry has decided he’s standing on our nightstands. I’ve been trying to discourage it but he’s so adamant about doing it.


This is what happens when we take stop him from doing something he’s enjoying.


Henry loves this head scratcher.


Chris was goofing around here but he looks super creepy. He looks like he could be the latest villain in a Batman movie.


Did you know light comes out of this thing?


Sorry for the semi-boring post. We’ve been so busy lately. This weekend was crazy. I did overtime at work yesterday then went to my dad’s yesterday afternoon and then to Chris’ parents for dinner last night. Today we had an all day meeting planning Melissa’s wedding. Chris spent all weekend working on the house. So our “downtime” is after 7pm at night and we’re exhausted, hence the lacking of posts.