Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Temagami Scenes

My little family is at the cottage! It has been wonderfully enjoyable and restful so far. Here are some scenes from these early days.

There are plenty of helping hands to hold Heiko.

Lots of time for naps.

The bugs are bad, but not if you are a little boy in a little tent!

I'm eating well: an architectural poached egg.


 The dark nights make for deeper sleeps.

A sliver of a moon. 

Undocumented here, but I am also enjoying sometimes seeing the sunrise, when Heiko and I happen to be awake at that time of night/day.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A few random things

Hello. This photo is unrelated, to anything, at all:

I have been reading some novels lately, which feels like a big treat. Strangely the first book I read ended with a birth, and the last two books have both begun with births. I guess birth is a kind of big deal! But that isn't what I wanted to talk about. The last book was set partially in Mumbai, and in the Dharavi slum in particular. It caused me to seek out these astonishing photos from the National Geographic to get a better picture of what I was reading about.

And now, well, there is no good way to make this segue. But basically I want to mention Barbie, and in particular the "I can be..." Barbies. This came to my attention because one of the barbies in the series is the Yoga Teacher Barbie, complete with mat and chihuahua (?), and naturally this is causing ripples of scorn in yogiland. But check out the other "I can be..." barbies. My personal favourite is Pancake Chef Barbie. How is that a profession? I also like Pet Vet Barbie, mainly because I prefer to imagine the far less glamorous Farm Vet Barbie.  Others I'd like to see added to the roster include PhD Student Barbie, and New Mom Barbie, complete with barf-covered outfit.

That's all for now.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

For the dads

It's fathers day! OK, fine. It was fathers day. Unfortunately, the father of this little bean was in Lethbridge for his first special day for dads. Heiko still decided to rock a celebratory outfit.

And of course it was my own father's first fathers day as a grandfather, which is exciting.

Also exciting was that I made these two little crafts. How do you like mai fonts? Unfortunately all my other craft projects are on hold. I think I have knit exactly one row of Heiko's blanket (that I have been knitting almost as long as I was pregnant) since he came along. That's what you get for knitting a blanket with sock yarn. Even the yarn store folks thought this was suspicious, which is a very bad sign. Hopefully I'll find some time to finish it in the next couple of weeks. I rarely have two hands free these days, it seems.

Anyway, happy day to all the dads, especially my new-dad husband, who is doing such an amazing job in this new role, and my own dad who has been doing great dad stuff for more than 40 years (wows).

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Two months

I'm way behind here!
I'm astonished to say that Heiko is now two months old. He has changed so much over this time. He is much bigger of course, and his eyes are also so much brighter and alert. Most recently he has gained enough control over his hands to be able to put one of them into his mouth (always the right hand). He also loves to stretch his little legs and stand up (with some help naturally), and he is getting much more able to hold his big head up.

Baby H has also been around town on the TTC. Weee!

He's had dinner with big friends, and tea with little friends. And he is steadily outgrowing his jammies, sniff. He is almost ready for the chevron suit.

Coming up: academichic, postpartum edition (oh yes).

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Miles of smiles

I have a number of posts that I've been meaning to write, but there has been a lot going on over here these days. I survived my first weekend "home alone" with the bean. Most of the time, things looked like this.

Yes, Heiko has started really really smiling. This has been going on for a while now, but up until very recently, the smiles have been too fleeting to capture. I love waking up and looking over at him. If he is awake, he'll smile at me!