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January 28, 2005

Tugging on the Heart Strings

I remember when we got our first kitten.  As time flew by, Bear grew into his beautiful black and white fur tuxedo and out of the playful kitten we all wished would last forever.

Lately, Ken and I have really noticed changes in Oliver.  He's coming on two years and is more and more, becoming a little boy and less and less a baby.  His speech is improving, he's more comfortable in his and unfamiliar surroundings and he shares his toys and his food with everyone and anyone.  He knows how to push our buttons one minute and make us laugh the next.  When he wakes up at 2, 3 and 4 in the morning, it's often just a hug that he looks for to get him back to sleep (last night it was a bit more...chips and cheese and a diaper change...but a  hug is all he got).

At dinner last night, he brought me to tears.  As he sat in "Mommy's chair", spooning frozen blueberries into his mouth, it hit me...he really is a little boy.  I told him how proud his Daddy and I are of him and all that he accomplishes each day and how happy he makes us.  He put down his spoon and turned his very, blueberry-smiley-face to me and said "Hug, please, Mommy?"  Of course, it came out "Huck, peas, Mommy?"  After a very wet and sticky hug, he happily went back to shoveling blueberries...


Posted by penny at 08:34 PM in All About Oliver | Permalink | Comments (1)

January 27, 2005

Mental Gymnastics

Yesterday, as Ella and I were bouncing in the inflatable castle at the False Creek Community Centre, I realized that I have not taken part in any form of exercise (besides walking to the market or to the library) for MONTHS now.

I know that chasing after a 2-year-old is a workout in itself, but I doubt that it's enough to burn off the chocolate souffle that I had for dessert last night.

So what are the options? Yoga is too expensive, running is too painful, biking is too dangerous, and swimming is just too darn wet!

These days, I'm not feeling motivated to do much except think of a hundred different ways to avoid getting off the sofa.

Posted by tomi at 11:01 AM in Rants, Rants, Rants | Permalink | Comments (0)

January 20, 2005

Dine Out Vancouver 2005

I'm taking full advantage of this year's Dine Out Vancouver selection and going to a couple of really nice restaurants that I would not normally go to...especially now that I have NO INCOME.

No hungry cries for more cheese. No little hands grabbing at my plate. No pasta bits sticking to the chair and floor and walls. It's a small price to pay for a couple of nights of peace and quiet.

Posted by tomi at 09:52 PM in Food and Drink | Permalink | Comments (3)

January 14, 2005

Hello!? It's Cold Out There!

This post is addressed to all of the (predominantly male) Canada Post mail delivery people...and people that go running at 7:00 pm in the middle of winter!

You know it's COLD outside when:

1.  You can see your breath hanging, almost frozen, in mid air.

2.  You skate, not walk, your way to the car.

3.  You spend 15 minutes scraping ice off of each window.

4.  Your child says, "Too cold, Mommy!", the second you step outside the comforts of your home.

5.  You break your jaw chewing a piece of gum left in your car overnight.

6.  The daycare your child attends builds an indoor playground so that kids can run wild inside.

These signs, to me, should indicate that it is too cold for SHORTS!  I thought it was just the crazy guy in our neighborhood, but this morning I saw FIVE CP workers delivering mail in shorts!

In their defence, they may not have children to use as a gauge and it is a gorgeous sunny morning, but come on!  It's -8 people!

Posted by penny at 09:30 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

January 10, 2005

Media Circus

The phone was ringing early this morning. People were calling because they saw Gabi's picture in The Province. No, not in the obituary section. There she was, on the front page, huge and smiling, with the glaring headline "Cancer crusader gives birth, dies." Gabi would NOT be pleased.

Later that day, Penny and I stopped to visit Hana at the hospital, only to find out that everyone had been banned from seeing her, just in case the media tried to get in and take a picture.

So, just to be on the safe side, I've taken Hana's photo off of the blog.

Posted by tomi at 03:37 PM in All About Hana | Permalink | Comments (1)

January 01, 2005

Welcome to the Family

We have a new addition to the family: baby Hana, who is 1.5 lbs, and a real fighter, just like her mom, Gabi. Here is our first digital picture of Hana--3 days old and 3 months premature.


After struggling with a terrifying and painful recurrence of breast cancer, her mom is no longer with us, which means that Hana (and her dad, Bob) will be needing extra love and care.

Go-Daddy-O is planning to visit Hana in the hospital every day for the next three months. Visitors are free to drop by at any hour, except at 7am and 7pm, which is when the nursing staff changes shifts.

I didn't realize that visitors were allowed to put their bare hands in the incubator and touch the baby. It was an incredible experience...tiny hands that can already grasp your finger, tiny feet. Tiny Pampers! 

So there it is. Our very own miracle baby. Along with the terrible heartache and the many stages of grieving will come the joy of watching this tiny baby grow.   

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