Who would have thought, Love and Rockets makes pretty good lullabies (or at least calming music).

We discovered this by accident last night along with iTunes visualizer is quite fascinating.

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Mina & Egg

Mina & Egg

Mina and Egg (named for the Dennis Lee poem “The Friends”) having a nap.

We had a great time on Sunday. Thank you to everyone that made it out, it was wonderful to see you! She does wake up, it’s just that she seems to sleep best surrounded by people. She slept through Simon and Christine’s wedding and reception too.

New Game
Wilhelmina likes to “swim” in the big bath with mommy and the other night she discovered a new game. She figured out that if she kicks against me she can bounce in the tub, like with a Jolly Jumper but in water. She loves to bounce, so this was great fun in the bath.

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Plans for the Toronto Open House have been confirmed.

Date: Sunday November 1/2009

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Host: Mandy, Eric and Thomas

Location: 163 St. Hellen Street, Apt. 2 (second floor), Toronto (at Bloor and Lansdowne)

Mandy would appreciate it is you would drop her an email if you plan on coming, she would like to get a sense of how many people may attend.



We had our midwife appointment yesterday. It was suppose to be on Tuesday but with all the chaos of the week we forgot. Since Gary is in California, Grandma came along again.

After peeing on Shirley (again) Mina was weighted and is now 8 lb 15 oz. They are still very happy with her progress.

Sadly our next appointment will be our last with them and we will be sent back to the doctors for check-ups. We will miss getting to see them.

We also when to see Dr. Greg (chiropractor) yesterday and Mina had her first “adjustment” which she mostly slept through. (Baby adjustments are nothing like adult adjustments.)

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We are planing an open house in Toronto for Sunday, November 1, hosted by Mandy. Details to come.


First Bottle

First bottle

Grandma came over today so we could do some canning. While we were boiling water I took the opportunity to sterilized  the pump and try it out. When Gary was home for lunch and Mina got fussy we decided to try giving her the bottle and see what happens.

She ended up taking her first bottle.

She considered taking it from daddy but I think mom was too close by so she didn’t. Grandma gave it a try next with mom and dad out of the room and she decided the bottle wasn’t such a bad thing. Next up, see if she will take it from daddy.

Not that she will get a bottle all the time but it is nice to know that the option is there.

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Everyone welcome!

We are planning an baby shower/open house to meet Wilhelmina on Sunday October 18th at First Mennonite Church (800 King St E Kitchener) between 2:00 & 4:00 p.m. There will be a gift registry at Baby’s R Us, but we are looking more for a fun time to gather than for gifts!

Mina is a very lucky little girl who already has everything a baby needs and lots more! Many newborns in the world are not so lucky. Please consider gifting Mina by gifting someone who needs your help more. Mennonite Central Committee’s online donation page allows you to designate “Kits & Material Resources” and “Newborn Kits” and to do it all in honour of Mina For more information about Newborn Kits see



Wilhelmina just jot her first piece of mail from the government. It better just be her health card…

Note: New page of baby pics

Edit: it was her SIN card


Learning to use a suck

We had our usual midwife visit this morning. Unfortunately  Gary couldn’t make it since he had to be in Listowel today. Luckily Grandma was able to take us. (I would have walked but that may have resulted in a scolding, or with the way the weather has been, rained on.)

Just like Simon.
She has more then just a resemblance to her dear uncle. At her weigh in (after making quite the mess for Shirley,) she came in at 7lb 11oz. That’s right, she gained a pound in the last week. (Nikki asked if I has cream in there.) The midwives are very happy and impressed. Grandma wasn’t surprised since Simon did the same thing when he was born.

Bottles and Pacifiers
We asked about bottles and pacifiers today. Since she is past her birth weight and definitely  not having a problem eating, they didn’t think there was a problem with her trying them. They did recommend Grandma introduce the bottle as I can’t, and the fuss will likely break Gary’s heart. So it looks like we will be looking at breast pumps and bottles this weekend as well as filling out a registry and picking out something for our nephew West. (His birthday was yesterday! xoxox)

Grandma had already bought Mina a pacifier so when we got home I boiled them and gave it a try. She didn’t know what to make of them at first, but she is slowly figuring it out. Right now it is working best when she is half asleep and fussing.

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Gary goes back to work

Playing in the living room

Today was our first day home by ourselves.

We spent the morning hanging out in the living room, Mina checked out the play gym while I checked out bread machine recipes. When Gary came home for lunch and Mina woke up and fused till he held her, I think she missed him as much as I did. After lunch I started some Cranberry Bread while Mina napped. Cheryl and Lexi stopped by for a short visit before Gary came home. Now to decide what to do tomorrow.

Cheryl and Lexi stop by for a visit.

Cranberry Bread (For bread machine) 1 1/2lb

1 1/4 cups Cranberry Juice
3 cups Flour
2 Tbsp Butter
5 Tbsp Milk
1 1/2 Tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1 1/2 Tbsp grated Orange peel
1 1/2 Tbsp Orange Marmalade
2 1/2 tsp Yeast

4 Tbsp dried Cranberries

Use “Normal ” machine mode

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