Sunday, March 30, 2014

go ahead. try it.

Apparently, your own humming sounds better if you cover your ears.

Friday, March 28, 2014

inside baby

We're growing and getting rounder. Here are weeks 20 and 21.

And predictions around here are...
Joe: a girl named Rosa
Henry: a boy named Prince. Or Gaslander.

big boo-boo

After two major head crashes last week, I voted Annie "child most likely to visit to the emergency room." And yesterday we were very close to it - she had an accident with a curling iron and burned the palm of her hand. A call to David, some first aid books, and lots of tears (hers and mine) and we got her bandaged up. She is being a trooper with the bandage, though has also now learned how to say "off" very distinctly while holding up her hand.

Monday, March 24, 2014

too. fast.

That's how all visits with Grammie and Papa go - too fast. So please come back soon. We love you.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

field trip

Today we did some sauntering + educating + a trip to the museum. We headed into Toronto to the Royal Ontario Museum and we learned about birds, bats, and dinosaurs. We were also loud and ran around, which is probably against museum etiquette but - bonus - no one got thrown out.

Friday, March 21, 2014


Spring is slowly coming. So are puddles.

inside baby

Ta da! Here's our baby... still inside, thank goodness. We're at 20 weeks and Inside Baby is happily sucking on his or her thumb, content to be growing and sleeping and yawning. This is the only profile of the baby I've seen, and it was just a split second. Every time the ultrasound technician tried to show me the baby, the baby would roll around and I would be left staring at the spine (which looks excellent, by the way; excellent spine making if I do say so myself). But look at this profile - what a cutie.

Anytime I see a picture of an ultrasound, I think back to the first ever ultrasound we had for our first ever baby. When I emailed the pictures to our families, I heard back the story of my nephew Matt, who was then seven. After looking thoughtfully at the picture, he said, "Auntie Gill must have been wearing a skirt that day." Ha! (...because of the triangular shape of the picture... which I suppose looks like a skirt to a seven year old... oh, Matt... what a guy.) Anyway, now that will be what you think of anytime you look at an ultrasound picture.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014

kitchen "help"

You can pretty much guarantee a tripling of your meal prep time with helpers like these. Good intentions. Easily distracted. (with the exception of David... he is a good helper)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


We're on March break here and the days are passing quickly. Today, in addition to watching it snow, we made a T-Rex and a pteranodon. So we can mark "made dinosaurs" on our Life's Accomplishments list.

p.s. yes, both boys needed to go to the bathroom when these pictures were taken.

march 12

March is broken.

Monday, March 10, 2014


That's me! It's my birthday and I'm in my mid-to-late thirties. Or 432 months. We had a nice weekend and a good day today. A birthday supper on Sunday with The Dhas family. Thoughtful gifts. Phone calls from family and friends who are like family. Chores done by Joe (he made beds, made everyone breakfast, and unloaded the dishwasher... this took pretty much the whole morning). Lunch with David. Nice weather. And a birthday day supper of pizza and key lime pie (that's what Inside Baby wanted). So happy birthday to me... 36 seems great.

(Annie enjoyed opening this box of ribbon about 8-million times. The reaction was the same every time. Wowee!)

(And important to note in the picture below: David is not giving the finger. He is snapping his fingers to get people's attention for the picture. Snapping. Not giving.)
And while Inside Baby may have requested the birthday pie, it was Annie who appreciated it the most. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

a story of something nice

Good day, everyone. I had a doctor's appointment today to check on Inside Baby. My sidekicks Henry and Annie came with me to cheer me on and provide excitement if there was none happening otherwise. While my doctor got me all settled to listen to the baby's heartbeat, Annie and Henry busied themselves with some toys on the other side of the room... until that whoosh whoosh of the baby came loud into the room. Then Henry's head shot up and, with a big smile on his face, he rushed over to me and gave me a big hug. "Is that the baby?" he asked and my doctor said yes, that's the baby's heartbeat. Henry just hugged and hugged with a big goofy grin. Once Annie saw all the hugging, she came over to get some of her own. But I was so happy for Henry to be there and to hear the baby. He is constantly giving the baby hugs and smooches, so it was nice for him to get something in return. Later in the day when we picked Joe up from school, Henry told him right away, "Jojo! We went to the doctor and we heard the baby make a noise!"

Also, for the rest of the day, Annie decided that she, and only she, could love me and hug me. Is this unrelated? I don't know. I hope so. She would, pretty aggressively, push the boys away if they came within a two foot radius of me. Uh, so good luck, Inside Baby, with your big sister. She seems possessive.

And here is a picture of me, seemingly, ignoring her. And then a picture of how she solved that problem.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

and even more celebrating

We needed supper and cake at home to make it official.