Thursday, September 30, 2010

what big brothers can do

Joe grew up over night. He can count to 20 and sing a lot of songs.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

39 weeks...

... and baby was born.

Henry Francis Kantor arrived 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, September 28, 2010. He looks like big brother Joe, but with smaller lips (except when they pout) and darker hair. We have just arrived home from the hospital as a family of four, had story time, and now all three of my boys are down for a nap. (I will be joining them as soon as I hit 'publish').

When Joseph was born, David wrote wonderful things about how brave and strong I was. Now it is my turn... I was reminded yesterday between the painful hours of 1 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. just how David is the perfect coach, the perfect cheerleader, the perfect example of patience and service and love. He attends to me and his two boys at our every need, without complaint or question... just willingness and devotion. I have no doubt this will be a busy household as we raise these two busy boys, but I know that I will never have to ask twice (even once) for help and that our children only need to look to their dad for an understanding of faith and commitment and unconditional love. Aww shucks.

More to come on how brotherhood is treating Joe (... on the way home from the hospital, with our two boys sitting next to each other in the backseat, Joe pointed out his favourite things to Henry; "See flags, Henry?").

But enough for now. Onward napping.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

apple-picking with the kantors

... is so unfair. We clearly have the upper hand (literally) to get the best (or sometimes only) apples.

Why, yes, that is a one-humped camel at an apple farm in Ontario. Of course.

Joe was very excited that we went stick-picking. Wait. He heard that wrong. Apples.

The pickers: the Kantor Family, and David's former volleyball teammate in Duren, Jiri. We had a great time with you, Jiri! Please come back anytime!

(Yes, for anyone who remembers, Joseph is allergic to apples. We shamefully take home the "Worst Parents of the Year" award for taking our allergic son to an apple farm. And letting him consume apples. On a positive note, he is doing fine and no rashes have appeared. Yet.)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

37 weeks

(I think Joseph is going to miss his chair...)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

jonah is one!

Today we went to Jonah's birthday party... here are some pictures for all the Shaunavon-ers unable to attend...


cakes... one was decorated by Lily... guess which one...

balloons and smooches...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

big brother

Very soon, very soon... Joseph, we're quite sure, won't know what hit him. For 21 months he has been the big kahuna and now he'll have to share the spotlight. But what we know he has going for him is that:
1. he is only 21 months... a year from now, he'll never remember what it was like to be an only child.
2. he gives great hugs.
3. he likes to kiss my belly (hopefully this will stop after the baby is born...).
4. he's very curious and likes to learn and be independent.
5. he is beautiful and delightful and sweet (just what all parents say about their kids... and we really mean it).

We are so grateful every day for Joe, who teaches us how to be parents. It's really because of him that we dare to do this again... confident that the love in our home and our hearts will just grow and grow and grow.


36 weeks

today is...



Saturday, September 11, 2010

those hansens...

... they're so handsome.

I took their family pictures when we were in Shaunavon last month. If you are on their Christmas card list, then sorry for the spoiler here. But aren't they just too good-looking not to share?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

a little personal

... but I'm sure Joseph won't mind me sharing.

He peed on the potty for the first time tonight. And immediately splashed in it with his hand. Awesome.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Saturday, September 4, 2010

dear papa


See? It rains here, too. I know it's not as big of a deal for us, since we're not trying to harvest anything (except cherry tomatoes... which I like to eat by the handful, stem and all). But, still, I wanted to show you that I'm doing my best to keep the rain here and far from you. Because we're good buds and I want to help you out like that.

Huggie buggie buggies.