From Bean to Sprout

a first time mom's forray into parenthood

Mill of Kintail (by Chris) June 25, 2012

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Melina spent a fair bit of the weekend throwing Melissa a bridal shower so that left Henry and I to our own devices.  THe morning was occupied with swim class.  It was Henry’s final lesson.  He graduated Duck but can’t move on to Sea Turtle til he turns two (yes the names have changed since I was a kid).  We are thinking we will just take Henry swimming in pools and cottages for the summer and try and find another activity/class to enroll him in.

After lunch I decided to pack up Henry and Ginger and head out to the Mill of Kintail just outside of Almonte.

A little history lesson for those who are interested

My dream cottage

We did one of the nature loops.  I used to go there regularly when I lived with my parents.  I guess I had forgotten how rough some of the trails can get.  There were points I was worried Henry was getting a concussion bouncing around in the stroller.  After the walk we headed to the Stream Study Area.  It points out all the possible bugs around and encourages kids to find them.  Henry is a tad too young to chase down bugs but…

Not too young to play in the water

After stomping around in the stream we surprised my parents and dropped in on them.  They were kind enough to feed us and Henry returned the favour by showing them how he could climb their chairs and jump off of them over and over and over again.

When we returned home we found a fridge full of sandwiches and veggies and there were some cupcakes lying around but one seemed to go missing

Don’t ask me. I haven’t seen it.

See. No cupcakes here.


If you go down to the woods today your sure for a big surprise (by Chris)

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Cause today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

So Its that time of year again.  Free health care for teddy bears.  Once again my dad was bandaging, plastering, and stitching injured teddy bears (and other stuffed animals) in support of the Carleton Place hospital.  We got here shortly after the festivities started in order to avoid long lines.

Hang in there Bobo.

It looks pretty serious Henry.

Turns out Bobo just needed a plaster cast.

Turns out Josie’s bear wasn’t feeling well either.  She showed up right behind us with Zoey who lost an eye.

A little needle and thread and Zoey was as good as new.

After the free bear health care.  We all had lunch together at Riverside park.  The rest of the day was just hanging around the house playing with Henry and making sure Bobo got plenty of rest.


Static Cling June 20, 2012

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We’re going through this toddler phase where Henry acts like a baby monkey. He just kind of climbs all over us and refuses to touch the ground. The worst is the mornings. Apparently before 6:30 am, our hardwood floors are molten lava. I’ve mentioned before that he’s not a morning person. He needs to cuddle with us for a good 30 minutes in the morning before we can do anything else. It really cuts into our “getting ready for work” time. It’s to the point where I’ll pack a breakfast for myself to bring to work since I don’t have time to eat at home (this is where Chris well say “well you COULD wake up earlier”, but like Henry, I’m not a morning person either).

Although I’m not sure what’s worse. The static cling or what he gets up to when he finally decides he doesn’t need to hang on to us anymore. We were in the kitchen the other day and witnessed him climb the kitchen chair, then climb on top of the kitchen table and play with the cats water dish. He also has this repetitive game of climbing our toy storage unit and then throwing himself onto the leather couch from there (repeat ad nauseum).  I haven’t helped with this destructive no fear attitude by teaching him that if he climbs me a certain way while I hold onto his arms, he can do a backflip to the ground. He loves it. To the point where we end up doing it about 15 times in a row.

I have to admit though, with Henry being terrible in the morning, he sure is happy in the afternoon. He laughs pretty much from the time he gets home from daycare to when he goes to bed. Oh and I discovered that the love of “fart noises” is ingrained in little boys from a pretty early age. He presses his lips against my arm to make these noises and finds it so funny that he repeats and repeats until he’s laughing so hard, he can’t make the noises anymore.

So despite the extreme clinginess, I love this little guy. Now for some pics of what he’s been up to lately

Check out what we picked up at Costco

Taking my meds. Double ear infections mean yummy medicine.

Henry’s really into extreme couponing.

Play us a song, you’re the piano “young” man

Are you going to eat all of that? I’m kind of hungry and whatever you’re eating looks awesome.

Also, I wanted to add that we had a great father’s day weekend. Henry bought Chris a subscription to the magazine Mental Floss with the statement that Chris is going to have to keep his mind sharp to keep up with Henry as he grows older (ps, Henry’s going to owe both Chris and I a fair bit of money with all his IOUs for gifts). I spent the large part of Saturday morning cleaning the house and doing chores that Chris normally does in hopes of having him relax. On Sunday he went golfing with his dad and George while Henry and I lunched with my dad. Speaking of my dad, I thought, to give him props for father’s day, I’d thank him for something that he taught me that I carry with me always.

Never be afraid to goof off, no matter how old you are or where you are. People like to laugh.


Fathers Day (by Chris) June 16, 2012

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Well seeing how I did a post for my mom on mothers day I guess I have to do one for my Pops as well.  Well I have to do one if I ever hope to drive the Porsche again.

I think I give my dad a rougher time than my mom so I am tempted to be sarcastic or crack some jokes.  Something along the lines of “Thank you for the words of wisdom you have given me ex: Go ask your mother”  But I will do my best to give you the respect you deserve for one day of the year.

So here it goes…


Okay I give up.   My mind’s drawing a blank…


Okay I’ll try again…


Damn this is tough.  Maybe I’ll  have a beer or two to see if I can come up with anything…


One more ought to do it…


Okay so watching movies and TV, the male characters often have strained relationships with their fathers.  I have never been able to relate to those characters.  My Dad has always been one of my best friends.  There has never been any distance between us.  I am just as happy to be hanging out with my dad as I am with my friends.  I always look forward to our time together.  From ski and canoe trips as a kid to setting off German speed cameras as a bigger kid  I have always had fun and never felt as if I wasn’t a priority.  You are a great Dad and I love you.

And now that I am past the sappiness lets post some silly pictures:

Wearing a skirt (although pulling off a terminator pose at the same time)

My dad might have been leader of the Zapatista rebels

After leading the rebels he tried his hand at swashbuckling

Finally he settled on being a doctor

I don’t think this picture requires a funny caption

This was a Twist dance off at our wedding

I appear to be getting an evil look here. I am sure it is undeserved.

How did that get up there?

Happy Fathers Day Pops



Outbreak Chronicles Day 5 June 14, 2012

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This entry is in hopes to keep a record for the future of humanity, should the world survive this plague.

It all started 5 days ago. The morning after our friend’s wedding, Chris went to pick up Henry and brought him home. He was definitely off. Warmer than usual. I should have seen the warning signs. I thought it was just the exhaustion of having spent the night elsewhere. I was wrong.

Over the past 4 days, things have been worse and better at the same time. The fever left but his eyes started crusting over. He was just leaking goop from every orifice.

I thought with the fever past, the worst was over. It had just begun. The disease spread to Chris. I came home last night from an evening out with former coworkers to find him in bed at deaths door.

I slept in the other room in hopes of sparring myself. I was too late. I woke up this morning to a sore throat and bad cough. I couldn’t escape.  Henry woke up this morning with his eyes so crusty, he couldn’t open them. He was groping around blindly trying to understand why he couldn’t see. I hope not to have the same fate.

Despite the temporary blindness, Henry seemed well enough to go back to daycare (no fever for over 24 hours) so I brought him to daycare. Chris had to pick him up at 1:30 for his 15 month vaccines. Our pediatrician then confirmed that on top of the nasty virus Henry was fighting, he also has a double ear infection. Frigg.. 10 more days of antibiotics which cause explosive diarrhea. Fun!

Pray for us…

Mom I don’t feel good. But I’m still ok enough to supervise Ginger’s meal.


Weekend Update (by Chris) June 11, 2012

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Well I thought I would take the time to fill you in on our weekend.  The main focus of the weekend was our friends Mathieu and Patti got married.  Melina was in the wedding party as a grooms woman so she was busy all day Saturday which left Henry and I to our own devices.  We didn’t get up to too much trouble.  Just swim class, playing with toys, and naps.


Henry made it to the ceremony but unfortunately for him we didn’t allow him to go the reception.  It was an open bar and the last open bar Henry attended didn’t go too well.  That kid just can’t handle his liquor.  So he went for his first sleep over with his cousins Logan and Niko.  He did well but when he woke up in the morning he wandered around saying “mama”.


Mathieu & Patti’s wedding was beautiful.  The reception was in the Great Hall of the Museum of Civilization.  The food was great and the wedding was very entertaining.  We didn’t get to bed til 2 am which is quite late for us ever since Henry.


I thought we might get to sleep in with Henry over at his Aunt & Uncle’s place.  However, Hannah had other plans.  At 7 am she came to tell me that it was breakfast time.  I then realized I missed Henry and went to go get him and let Melina sleep in.  He was happy to see me and gave me a big hug.  I think Melina was a little jealous she didn’t get to come get him but I believe she was also grateful for the extra time to sleep.


We then went to visit my Parents who just got back from a tour of the west.  They started in Calgary and made their way to Vancouver and then up to Alaska and back.  They flew on jets and prop planes, took a bus and a train through he rockies, few in a helicopter, and were on a cruise ship.  I think the only mode of transportation they neglected was submarine.  It was great to see them as I missed them but Henry was in a bit of mood and didn’t really want to be held.  He did manage to put on a good show though by climbing up their settee and then jumping off of it.   The rest of the afternoon consisted of me doing yard work while Henry took a 3 hour nap.  Once I was done and enjoying a beer in the backyard Henry decided it was time to get up so we could play in the yard together.


And here are some pictures of our weekend.  Unfortunately we didn’t take many pictures.


The bride and groom dancing

My beautiful bride

The two of us

The dessert for kids. I was very jealous.

A collage of Henry blowing us kisses


16 months old! June 7, 2012

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Yup, they just keep growing and growing. Our solution is locking him up in a small confined space and hoping he doesn’t grow any more.

What’s this?


Wait a minute, are there Cheerios back there?


These aren’t Cheerios, they’re Nutrios! What the heck is going on here?


Um… excuse me, I can’t seem to get out of this contraption. Please call 9-1-1


Well I took the plunge and upgraded my blog to my own domain and extra space for pics and all. So here are a bunch of pics!

ladies, you love to love me don’t you…


the world looks better with shades, even if they’re upside down.


Hannah, you don’t mind if I take this from you do you? (oh yeah, we’re dogsitting in case I didn’t mention it before).


Well this is awkward… who should take it?




Self Help From a Toddler June 2, 2012

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My friend Sandra sent me this hilarious email. I couldn’t stop laughing.  My poor cubicle neighbour Matt must have thought I was having a seizure.

I loved it so much, I wanted to share.

Self-Help from a Toddler…

1.                 Challenge yourself every day. Try climbing the stairs carrying two soccer balls while wearing your father’s shoes. Remember, failure IS an option.

2.                 De-clutter! Start by throwing all your dishes in the garbage. After that I suggest toothbrushes and important paper work.

3.                 Pee on the floor and stomp in it like a puddle. You’ll be shocked how much better you feel.

4.                 Whether the glass is half empty or half full is irrelevant if you dump it out on the sofa. You’re welcome.

5.                 If you’re feeling aggressive, or just bored, scream in a cat’s face.

6.                 Don’t ever be afraid to hand someone an ice cube while they’re on the toilet. That stuff is cold. You don’t have to be in pain!

7.                Socks are poison. Trust me, don’t wear them! Happiness will soon follow!

8.                 Pound on a computer keyboard like Jerry Lee Lewis playing the piano. Feel better? I thought so. Great Balls of Fire!

9.                 If you fall down, stay down. Someone will pick you up eventually.

10.             Quick thrills fuel the heart. Have you learned to delete things off the DVR yet? DO IT. It’s AwWwWwEsOmE.

11.              Seize the day and the night and the middle of the night and the early morning. Seize everything, y’all! Never stop seizing stuff.

12.             Tired of looking at yourself in the mirror? So was I until I met my friend permanent marker. FACE TATTOOS ARE RAD.

13.             This might be a tough one, but you gotta trust me: Take a crap in the tub. It’s surreal.

14.             Live in the moment because there is nothing else. Seriously, there isn’t. Not that I’m aware of at least.

15.             If you’re gonna run, do it at top speed, man. Life is too short to walk in the mall.

16.             I’ve seen God, and his name is iPad. Let us pray.


In other news, I’m probably going to have to start paying for this blog since I’ve reached the space limit for picture uploads. Curse you wordpress!!!!