Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Backyard fun and 3 Years!

We couldn’t have asked for a better day to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary!  James is taking me to The Other Brothers Restaurant here in Guelph – and we’ll be chowing down on the fondue dinner for two.  This is one of the more upscale restaurants in Guelph, so it’s an extra special treat that I’m looking so forward to!  Pics to follow ;)  James and I get a night off, so Annika and Selena get to have some nana and papa time tonight!

James brought home flowers – my favourite flowers! - after picking Annika up from school.  What a sweetheart - he knows me well….

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AND….we finally got our grass yesterday.  After looking at a construction-zone-of-a backyard for nine months, it’s amazing to look out our backdoor and see green!  Can’t wait for the landscaping to begin, and make James’ mom proud :)

Here are some pics of BJAMS excitedly seeing grass in our backyard for the first time!









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I guess Selena wasn’t as impressed as the rest of us…

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Amazing Baby Facts…

I came across this article and thought I’d share…a very interesting read…considering the facts are true!

40 Truly Amazing Facts About Babies

With a new one born every few seconds, babies keep the world going ‘round. However, they have more to teach us than originally thought. Check out these 40 truly amazing facts about babies that will have you pondering the miracle of life and looking at your own kids a little differently.

Amazing Facts About Newborns

These amazing facts about babies occur from birth to a few months in.

  1. No Kneecaps : On birth, babies do not have kneecaps. Rather they have a structure of cartilage that resembles kneecaps. They usually don’t develop them fully until after six months. Most seen on babies who “army crawl” instead of doing it on all fours.
  2. May Babies Are The Heaviest : One would think that January sees the heaviest babies given all the holiday eating but this is untrue. May is actually the month that sees the heaviest babies born. Usually about an average of 200 grams heavier than any other month.
  3. They Can’t Cry : They can scream and holler for what they want or need, but newborns can’t technically cry. Tears can’t actually be created or released until about three weeks in. However, in some cases, it isn’t unusual for babies to shed their first tears until four or five months.
  4. They Have More Bones : When babies are born, they have 300 bones. Adults have 206. Bones fuse together during growth to come up with the new number.
  5. Birthmarks Are The Rule, Not Exception : If your newborn has a birthmark or other abnormality, this is actually normal. Around 80% of all babies are born with some form. The most common include stork bites and port wine stains.
  6. Newborns Can Hear As Well As You : They will startle at just about anything. Not because it is louder or softer, but because it is new. Smell is also advanced at this age.
  7. Eyesight Isn’t Much Worse, Either : According to BabyCenter, a newborn’s eyesight is just about as good as an adult’s. However, their brains aren’t able to process information as well and usually start out at about eight to 15 inches of range.
  8. A Turned Head Means A Full Belly : Your newborn didn’t just see something interesting. If he or she turns her head at a spoonful of food, it is because they are full. This is also where shaking your head “no” comes from.
  9. Mama Is Number One : It only takes a few weeks in before a baby can visually distinguish between his or her mother and other adults. The constant sounds and sights are soothing to the child and are missed when gone. However, the voice and smell of the mother can be recognized from birth.
  10. Smile Time : A baby is typically capable of their first non-gassy smile at only one month old. Try engaging them with funny faces or voices to see if they are ready. If unsure about a smile, repeat the gag as necessary.
  11. What A Load : The heaviest baby ever born was a boy who weighed 22 pounds, eight ounces. He was born in Italy in 1955. To summarize, it isn’t highly unusual for a one year old baby to weigh 22 pounds.
  12. Don’t Throw Out the Breast Milk : According to this article from Associated Content, breast milk can be good for adults too. If you can stomach the taste along with the knowledge of where it came from, the milk may be of use for combating serious diseases.

Amazing Facts About Infants

From around the time the crawl to just before they can walk, these babies are capable of some amazing feats.

  1. They Can Breathe And Swallow : While adults and babies can do both, only at a certain age can you do both at the same time. At around six months is when babies can both take a breath and a bite at the very same time.
  2. Double Trouble : At six months in, babies have usually doubled their birth weight. A near impossibility at any other age.
  3. Super Baby! : Pound for pound, your baby is stronger than many animals. An oxen is the best example of compatible strength. Their strongest muscles? The legs.
  4. It’s All About The Eyes : While Caucasian babies are born with blue eyes, around now they will change color. If both parents have blue eyes, the baby definitely will. If not, now is the time that they change, if they will.
  5. Show And Tell : Although they can’t speak, babies can still communicate physically. Waving bye-bye, clapping, pointing, and others are ways that they communicate. Studies show that the more physically they communicate, the better they will verbally communicate.
  6. Left or Right? : With a population that is ten percent left-handed, now is about the time you will begin noticing your child’s preference. However, if your baby is a twin, they are 22% likely to be left handed.
  7. Triple Take : At the end of the first year, your baby’s weight will have tripled. That means if they were born at ten pounds, at their first year they will weight around 30, give or take.

Amazing Facts About Toddlers

Just because they’re upright doesn’t mean these kids can’t amaze.

  1. Buy Their Shoes Now : At one year old, a baby will have a foot half the size of their adult size. A useful tool for buying those early birthday presents or vintage fashion heels now.
  2. The Exception To The Rule : Think your child is especially mischievous? Then he or she may fall into the category that one out of five toddlers can open a child proof cap. Remember that these are child resistant and, as most parents will tell you, nothing is one hundred percent child proof.
  3. That’s A lot of Landfill : By the end of age two, the average baby has been changed 7,300 times. A good way for mom’s to put everything in perspective. Average speed of each change? Two minutes, which adds up to three 40 hour work weeks each year.
  4. Unless You’re Dad : With a philosophy that speed trumps quality, the average dad takes one minute, thirty seconds to change a diaper. This still adds up to about two 40 hour work weeks a year if dad did all of the diaper changing.
  5. Dumbo, Jr.? : Feel like your kid is all nose and ears? That’s because they never stop growing. Only the eyes remain the same size.

Amazing Facts About Babies In The Womb

Learn some truly amazing facts that they undergo from conception to birth.

  1. Unbelievable Growth : During the nine months between conception and birth, a baby’s weight increases 3,000 million times. On average. And this doesn’t even take into account for multiple births.
  2. Babies Eat Before Mom : Much like after they are born, babies eat first. Using the umbilical, they take the nutrients they need and leave mom the rest. This is why it’s so important for a woman to eat a healthy diet during pregnancy.
  3. It’s All About The Heart : Prenatal babies take less than a month to develop and begin using their heart. On average it takes only 18 days from conception.
  4. I Can Hear You : In another amazing accomplishment before the first month of the first trimester, they have begun to form their hearing. Vision and respiratory systems also form.
  5. What Are You Thinking About? : Although what they are thinking isn’t certain, the brain waves of a fetus can be recorded. This usually happens at the 42nd day after conception.
  6. Their First Pacifier : Babies don’t wait until they are outside the womb to begin sucking their thumb. In this blog entry, Rambling Madwoman shows you her ultrasound at seven weeks, along with the adorable pictures of thumb sucking and other details.
  7. All Systems Go : Although they are not running at full speed, babies have developed or begun to develop all of their bodily systems before the second month of the first trimester is over. It usually happens by the eighth week after conception.
  8. Womb, Schmomb : A babies chances of surviving outside the womb under intensive medical care can happen at around after the six month period. A prenatal baby that is 26 weeks old after conception has over a 50% chance of surviving.
  9. Their First Cry : While the doctor spanking them at birth might sound like their first cries, they aren’t. Babies can cry at the 26 week mark after conception. They even have taste buds, which might explain some of their crying.
  10. But Can They Laugh? : The short answer is “no.” However, babies on ultrasound are seen to react to their mother’s laughing by bouncing up and down. This can happen in as little as 32 weeks after conception.

Other Amazing Facts About Babies

Ranging from pregnancy and beyond, check out these amazing facts.

  1. Gender Relies On Sperm : The male sperm carries either the X or Y gene that determines gender. Any other tales on position, time of day, diet, and others are just myths.
  2. Se Habla Espanol : Babies and kids have a remarkable capacity to learn a second language. A “Newsweek” article stated that “A child taught a second language after the age of ten or so is unlikely ever to speak it like a native.” The same entry also goes onto say that students of a foreign language score higher on standardized tests conducted in English.
  3. Make It A Double : Want to increase your chances of having twins? Then eat more yams. A tribe in Africa whose diet consists mostly of yams was recently found to have exceptionally high rates of twins and multiple births.
  4. Motherhood Makes You Smarter : Pregnancy can take a toll on a woman’s body, but it can also help. A Pulitzer Prize winning reporter discusses her findings on how women improve perception, efficiency, resiliency, motivation, and emotional intelligence. The detailed article has more.
  5. Gender Not Equal : While the average chance of having a boy or a girl remains 50/50, the actual numbers don’t match. For every 100 girls born, there are 105 boys born.

Whether a parent-to-be, grandparent, family, friend, or just dreaming of the day of having your own kids, these 40 truly amazing facts about babies are a lot to think about

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Long Weekend Day 2

Consisted of: short jog with Annika, playing on front yard, eating at Shakies, looong nap for the girls, playing on front yard, visit from nana and papa, playing on front yard, bedtime.

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Playing with her new sandals from auntie “sess” aka “Steph”


Pretty dress for Elena Day

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Long Weekend kick-off

Had a great kick-off to the long weekend. Steph and I had a practice run of our 5k at Guelph Lake - then we headed back to BJAMS, had some snacks and then a BBQ with Steph, Ryan and Jamie; and Jenny, David and the kids. Here is a picture/video collage of the evening...

We’re celebrating “Elena Day” today.  In Greece, they not only celebrate birthdays, but also name days.  I found out today that “John Day” is January 7, and “James Day” is October 26.  Sooooo, two more days to celebrate in the year.  I couldn’t find Breanne, Annika, Selena or Mavie Day, so I guess we only get a birthday.  Nana Elena is definitely looking down on us today… giving us some really gorgeous weather to enjoy this weekend!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Selena!

Our baby girl turned 0.5-years-old today.  The time is flying and Selena is growing so big.  She is eating “big-girl” food now and is interacting more and more with her big sister.  She can sit by herself and play happily with her toys for long periods, and has 2 to 3 big naps throughout the day, aaaand sleeps 11 hours straight through the night!  Seleni has two very proud, proud parents!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

BJAMS’ Photo Shoot

We had our first ever family photo shoot.  Our photographer, Danielle, from Herkovic Photography, was awesome and got some really great shots.  The girls were really, really good; Mavie was too…until he decided to jump into a swampy pond to cool off…

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James, Mavie & me 2007   –   James, Mavie & me 2011


Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother’s Day Weekend

The weather couldn’t have been better!  We spent two days almost entirely outside.  We now have grass and a new Maple Tree in our front yard, so Annika has been having a lot of fun out there.  I took her and Selena to Dragonfly Park at Bishop Mac High School on Saturday and nana and papa met us there.  Here is a link to some pictures that we took…

Park Photos!

Sunday morning Annika, Selena and I headed over to nana and papa’s house to wish nana a happy Mother/Nana’s Day.  Uncle David and Aunt Jenn went out and bought me an egg mc’muffin, Lindt flower chocolate AND a cute little flower pot and seeds to grow some pretty flowers :)  What a great brother I have!  On top of that, even more special, Jenn asked me to be a bridesmaid, and Annika to be the flower girl!  Can’t wait!  This is the church they’re getting married in on July 21, 2012.

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Church of Our Lady


Later Sunday morning, Auntie Char and BJAMS went to the park and a little walk through the trails, and then had lunch at Borealis.  A great end to a great weekend!

This poem was read on the Disney Channel Sunday morning – it very truly describes what I feel for my girls ….so I thought I would share :)

A Mother’s Lullaby

My heart is like a fountain true
That flows and flows with love to you.
As chirps the lark unto the tree
...So chirps my pretty babe to me.
There's not a rose where'er I seek,
As comely as my baby's cheek.
There's not a comb of honey-bee,
So full of sweets as babe to me.
There's not a star that shines on high,
Is brighter than my baby's eye.
There's not a boat upon the sea,
Can dance as baby does to me.
No silk was ever spun so fine
As is the hair of baby mine.
My baby smells more sweet to me
Than smells in spring the elder tree.
A little fish swims in the well,
So in my heart does baby dwell.
A little flower blows on the tree,
My baby is the flower to me.
The Queen has sceptre, crown and ball,
You are my sceptre, crown and all.
For all her robes of royal silk,
More fair your skin, as white as milk.
Ten thousand parks where deer do run,
Ten thousand roses in the sun,
Ten thousand pearls beneath the sea,
My babe more precious is to me.

Monday, May 2, 2011

David and Jenn


My brother and Jenn are ENGAGED! I’m sooooooo excited and happy for them! :D He popped the BIG question Saturday night! Possibly a wedding next summer??! No date secured yet…

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Run Under the Sun weekend

The run was a very successful event today! Not exactly what the title implies - with rain, wind and chilly conditions, but despite the weather, it was a lot of fun.  It was my first time running with Selena (who fell asleep almost right away), and now just to get into better running form and crack the 6 min/km mark….haha…oh boy!  6:45 km’s are just not going to cut it!  It feels funny running at that speed and not being able to go much faster, a little frustrating, but I guess that’s what happens after giving birth, twice!

I’m looking forward to a lot more Loaring runs, hopefully some in Guelph and the surrounding area…maybe next year!  My next run is with my bestie Steph on June 5 at Guelph Lake.  The weather will surely be better and I might just feel like I’m actually running…not loping…

Here are some pics from the weekend!


Laughing at papa…


…..because he was yelling/tailgating the slow driver in the fast lane


mom attempting to calm dad down LOL

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Smelling the flowers

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The same Magnolia tree that we’ll be planting in our backyard this year

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Bedtime story with nana and papa


Race director daddy


The pretty new finish line


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exhausted after running 5k with nana