Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Society of Taking Things Off Of Other Things


Ada is currently the president of The Society of Taking Things Off Of Other Things, and she takes her role quite seriously. DVDs on shelves, toys on the floor, spoons on the table, parents in their bed on Saturday morning, shoes on her feet, the list goes on. Any item that can be removed from a surface and that is within reaching distance will be removed, and then will be required to do one or both of the following: put elsewhere, or put in her mouth. As I said, this must be done very seriously and in a very business like manner. In fact, if a Thing is not within reaching distance, Ada will then call out for mommy to give her said Thing so that she can do her job. Her most recent realization: Some Things cannot come off of Other Things. For example, the design on daddy's t-shirt, even with insistant and serious work, will not come off of the t-shirt. The Baby Bjorn tag on the strap of her carrier will not come off of the strap. Mommy's freckle will not come off of her skin. But, as president of Taking Things Off Of Other Things, Ada will comply to her duty, and will try for as long as possible (or until I distract her) to use her lovely chubby fingers to take these things off so that she can explore them with her mouth, or put in their proper place (ie anywhere else).

In other (non-Ada) news, Ada's favourite Pamela has a booth at the One of a Kind Show! So this means that everyone has to run there as fast as they can to buy her fabulous purses. The show is at Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, here in Toronto and runs from Wednesday, March 28 to Sunday, April 1. Pam is at booth D-31, and she is called Pink Pamplemousse, and you should check out her website to get a glimpse of some of her wares. Ada and I will be going almost every day that the show is running, so if you want to go and don't already have plans with me, let me know and we can meet up! Congratulations and good luck Pammy!

And, although we are coming up to Ada's seven month birthday, here she is happily reaching for her six month birthday beer so that she can put it elsewhere. Well, preferably in her mouth, but she's got a few years to go. :)

I promise - just one!

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Ada, the new St-Hubert

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Swaddled with love

I just wanted to say that the whole existence of swaddling has changed my life. And Ada's. I sense tiredness, I swaddle, Ada yells out once while her arms are being swaddled, then, as I lay her down in her bed she immediately flings her head the the side as if saying "Well, I give up. Since I can't do anything else, I may as well sleep", I leave the room, and silence. I do a quick check 2 minutes later and she's sleeping like a baby. A very cute one at that.

Swaddling: I bow to you.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Always a first time...

Well, I'm mad at myself. I didn't want this blog to be just "This is what we've been doing lately", but more about my thoughts and ideas about motherhood and Ada being Ada. But in order to do that, I need to be more on top of things and make a point of putting out more posts. We have been keeping ourselves so busy with all of our mother-baby groups and running errands, that finding 20 minutes to write out my recent thoughts is a lot more difficult than I thought. So, after all that, here's some more of "this is what we've been doing lately".

I have to say, we have been doing lots of exciting things lately. Lots of "firsts" in the world of babies. For example, she has now had her first taste of sweet potatoes (she's not too sure on them yet), and her first taste of carrots (better than sweet potatoes, but still concerning), and her first taste of rice cereal (getting better, but the spoon is preferred over the actual food). It's been fun, and very messy. Good times.


Ada also had her first swim in a pool. She was an immediate fan of this. It was just like her bath - which she really loves - only BIGGER! Only more chances for splashing! We had a chance to visit a heated pool with some other moms that I've met through the New and Expecting Toronto City Moms Meetup Group, and we had a fabulous time. I'm looking forward to going again.

Ada's first swim

We got to share Ada's first Chinese New Year with a dragon dance at the Eaton Centre.

Happy Chinese New Year

And then there's the ever-exciting first time in an Ikea highchair. Ada was a big fan.

High chair'n Ada

And who can miss out on the first pacifier-share? Even as a baby, the grass is always greener on the other side.

Yours is better than mine

And yesterday we celebrated her first half-year. Six months! Can you believe it? Unfortunately for her, she celebrated it by going to her six month check up at the doctor's, including her shots. She is doing really well! And when she was being weighed, she literally broke the scale! Well, it may have been broken before she went on it, but we had to estimate her weight by weighing me, and weighing us together and finding out the difference. So she is approximately 18 pounds, 70cm long, and as healthy as you would want a lovely six month old. Congrats Ada! And for those of you looking for her 6 month birthday picture with a beer, we had to postpone it since she was a little out of sorts from her shots, and was too tired for a photo. Coming soon! You will have to settle with this lovely picture.

Retro Ada