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Hope your days are full of merry.

Max Visits Santa

Santa came to the Revue Cinema and Max told him he wanted blocks that fit in his mouth for Christmas. He might be getting his wish!

Max Visits Santa Claus

Santa was awfully interesting:

Max Visits Santa Claus

Max Visits Santa Claus

Slow Food Picnic at the Brick Works

Last weekend rIAm, MTMT and our lovely friends (and MTMT’s godparents!) headed over to the Evergreen Brick Works for a Slow Food picnic. Really, it was a feast. I love a good food event and this one was top notch. So many interesting bites of food and so much great wine and beer to sample, plus an amazing atmosphere of people – chefs, farmers, eaters – and place – the old brick factory is getting turned into an amazing green space.

Anyhow, I wrote a review earlier this week for blogTO and hadn’t bothered to share it in this space, but I realized that I’m rather proud of this write-up and the accompanying photos. Plus maybe you like good food too… as I write in the review:

Picking a favourite from so many different chefs would be impossible. What struck me was the consistency; I don’t think I tasted a single failed dish. Some of course were better than others and several were not my particular taste, but the consistent quality was impressive. I left more convinced than ever that using the best local and seasonal ingredients possible, given a little care in preparation, yields the best food. (full story)

And while in the blogTO version I shared a flickr slideshow of photos without MTMT, below you get all the snaps from the event. :)

Kevin Spacey and David Letterman Tweet

It would seem that Kevin Spacey likes his Twitter while David Letterman doesn’t get it. Or Blackberries, for that matter.

Long and Lean

MTMT Twists, Sleeps
MTMT had his well baby checkup yesterday and it confirmed what we’ve already figured out: he’s LONG and lean. He checked in at the above-average length of 25.75″ and the below-average weight of 14 pounds, 4 ounces. Both are totally within the range of normal, but it’s kind of nice to see on the growth chart that when everybody says he’s long, he really is! The pediatrician was also impressed with his leg strength as no sooner did we put him on the large exam table did he practically propel himself off it.

MTMT’s sleeping habits have also been funny of late. He will go at least 12 hours – “waking up” a couple times to eat – but even when we have gotten that time span to be from 8:30 to 8:30 he keeps changing it to 10:30 or 11 until 10:30 or 11. Not that we’re really complaining, but it’s been interesting to have baby-free mornings! In the photo above you can see what he’ll often do once we are both up, as well. Normally he’ll lay the length of the bed, the same way any of us would, but in the morning MTMT often tosses and turns, twists and sleeps, and finds new positions. One morning as we went to check on him he had turned 90 degrees and cozied (cuddled!) up to the pillows. From the other angle you can see his face is nowhere near buried in the pillow.

We’re also happy to note that our son has decided he can put himself to sleep far more often now. If he needs to nap or sleep, he’ll often take care of it himself now. We had been holding and walking with him more to get him to sleep, but didn’t want to form that as a habit, so we would let him lay down and fuss a while (not cry). And before we knew it he would be happily playing or talking and then just be out.

The pool continues to be one of our favourite places. Hard to say who loves it more, really, and so we’re excited to start a more formal class in September at the YMCA. But we, of course, also love “talking” with MTMT as he loves making all sorts of noises. Lately, his favourite is to stick out his tongue and make “farting” noises by blowing through his lips (with and without his tongue out). And if Niagara Falls ever starts to dry up, the drool that comes out of our son’s mouth could fill it right up.

At this point, for all the updates we have, it’s safe to say they’re all very cute.

Some Peoples’ Children

The other day we were sitting on a nice patio having a drink with a friend, and, as usual, other people at other tables were checking out MTMT. Babies have that effect, and we don’t really mind since pretty much everytime we’re told he’s such a cutie (or something similar, anyway). Often we’re asked how old he is, but basically, the interactions are usually minimal and very pleasant.

So I wasn’t surprised when the woman a table over started checking out MTMT full time. We were having a nice conversation so I paid attention to that, not the woman checking out my son. That’s when she decided to pay us a compliment.

“You’re son has fat feet,” she sort of barked. To which I didn’t know exactly how to reply, so I mumbled something like “oh, is that so?” and then returned to conversation.

The woman then moved to the next table to sit with a man who perhaps she was trying to pick up. I don’t know. These were older people, not the typical sort of singles crowd, but anyway I was glad to see she had company and I wasn’t going to have to entertain her.

As we went to leave the man she joined said something like “bye baby boy,” which was perfectly nice since he was saying bye to a baby and didn’t know his name. After we left the patio we were standing and waiting for our friend and the lady decides she should say bye too… so from 25 feet away she yells out “Bye Mr. Fat Feet!”

Some peoples’ children! That’s the expression my advisor at school would use when people would say or do something silly. It was his way of responding to friendly ribbing, often, but when people say or do things like this woman said or did, I always think of his line.

Speaking of some peoples’ children, though, my son is great fun! A few accomplishments of late:

  • He’s decided to change his sleeping pattern, all week he’s sleeping until 10 or 11am. He’s not going to bed later, he’s just sleeping like the Energizer Bunny.
  • He’s gotten more interactive and was doing, it seemed, some mimicing of us. We’d raise up our hands over our head and bring them down, I guess like you’d play a big drum you hit with both hands, and he’d start doing the same thing. But now the last few days he does less of that and will stick out his tongue and blow air and other times just blow bubbles. It’s very cute, and he’s definitely trying to communicate.
  • Speaking of communication, he loves to “talk.” And laugh. And giggle. And be tickled.
  • The teeth are coming! Hope you don’t get caught with him when they are especially sore!!

Tiny Desk Concerts Make Big Noise

It’s funny, I really enjoyed NPR while living in Chicago, but it’s not until I left and put down a few roots in Toronto that I have truly come to appreciate NPR more fully. Maybe this is because since I resided in the Windy City has become a news and media juggernaut. They have adopted social media like few others, and one of the real winners from that is the music “department.”

All Songs Considered, and the music programming in general, gets way more exposure and can be shared in amazing new ways. I have subscribed to the All Songs Considered podcast and Concerts podcast for a while now. Awesome stuff. And I’ve gone to the website and added things to the online playlist to listen to them more than any other music site. Also awesome stuff. Great way to hear artists you love and discover other artists you didn’t know you loved.

But yesterday was the first time I discovered the Tiny Desk Concerts. Bob Boilen gets a musician (or group) into the NPR offices – his office, specifically – and sits them down behind a small desk and gets them to play a few songs for the NPR staffers who take a break to come listen. It’s videotaped and put online for us to just sit in awe of what an awesome office NPR’s must be to work in!

Well, anyway, the first two sessions I’ve watched are town of my favourite musical groups. The first, Swell Season, better known as “that guy and girl from Once who won an Oscar for their unbelievable music” insisted on playing 6 or 7 songs instead of 2 or 3.

Naturally that video made me want to check out who else stopped by the Tiny Desk, and I quickly noticed that the Great Lake Swimmers made an appearance. Maybe you don’t know them, their music is soft and folky but sweet and beautiful. They’re also from Toronto, so may get some more airtime here, although they tour (and sell records) widely. The music in the video is representatively beautiful; that guy has one amazing voice.

And a bonus below the jump: Falling Slowly video from the movie.



My son can roll over. Back to belly, belly to back… nothing’s safe anymore!

He also loves to laugh, giggle, smile and “talk” to me.

It’s possible he started mimicking certain actions. More on this as it develops.

Unless he’s sleepy (or asleep), MTMT doesn’t rest his head on my shoulder anymore. Not when there is a whole world to check out around him. Or stare up at Daddy while we walk along (and he’s in a carrier).

He’s also very long for his age. Or so everybody tells us. Seems that way.

The water and my son are the best of friends. Very cool.

And that is all… for now!