We took Aiden skating during the Christmas break for the first time. We opted to go during a Public Skate time, which worked the best with the kids’ schedules. Unfortunately, we did not know until we got there that the skate aids (like the skating walker) is only available during Family Skate times, not Public Skate times. Who knew?
Of course, once you tell your 3 year old that he’s going skating for the first time, you kind of need to follow through. Since Damien was going to be due for a nap half way through our time at the arena, Ianiv opted to go skating so I could nap Damien in the Ergo. Unfortunately, Ianiv has only skated a handful of times and not even recently. Ianiv soon found he was not so steady on the ice!
Well, Aiden was excited and eager to get out on the ice. He balanced ok on the skates when he was walking but had absolutely no stability on the ice, even just standing. Ianiv basically propped Aiden up under the arms to take him around the rink and it was not a fast circuit!
Next time we will be more prepared for skating – still, Aiden enjoyed his first skating trip!
When little Damien was 12 days over, Sarah of SarahJane Photography, came over to our house for a newborn photo session (and Nicole of Mary Kay came to do my make-up!). I’d actually won a shoot with another photographer, but decided to pass on it since we were so happy with our family portraits while I was pregnant. By the time Aiden was a dozen days old, we had set up several home photoshoots; the reality of two kids is that there are fewer opportunities to take photos. With that in mind, we wanted to make Damien’s memories just as special as Aiden’s. In this case, Damien won out – with the help of a pro, we have some truly amazing photos!
It took Damien about 2 hours to fall asleep, even though he’d been awake for an hour by the time Sarah arrived. Bit of a fail there. Since Damien was diaper free, you can imagine just how many accidents there were during this time period (and they mostly landed on me – gross). Anyway, once Damien was finally asleep, we captured some beautiful moments. He was amazingly pliable once he fell asleep and had a massive nap after the shoot finished.
We bribed Aiden with a bag of candy to participate in a few of the photos (he really didn’t want to participate). Mexx should pay us for this photo of him:
In this video, Aiden is pretending to drive a car… but that car is Daddy. One day, while Ianiv was leaning over, Aiden told him he was a car and proceeded to ‘drive’ him around. He say inside the hollow created by Daddy’s arms and scooted along making car noises. Kids and imagination – so amazing!
That’s right, we are having another baby! Ianiv & I are excited to share that Aiden will become a big brother in a few months! May 14th is our due date for “Baby #2″, putting me at 12 weeks pregnant now. We’ve had our first ultrasound already and baby is doing just great!
I’ve been able to feel the baby moving since about 10.5 weeks, which is just crazy. The lime-sized baby in there is sure making itself known! I know, second pregnancies are different, but it’s still a surprise to feel baby moving! We plan to find out the gender of the baby, as we did with Aiden.
We are both excited and nervous to be expanding our family. I have had a lot more sickness and fatigue with this baby than with Aiden (pretty much not existent with him), so hopefully that explains why I seem to have been offline so much of the time the last… well, 3 months! :)
While Aiden’s family was visiting from Argentina, we put together this photo of 4 generations. From father to daughter to son and son. An amazing portrait! Aiden is the first great grandchild in the family, so it’s the first photo of its kind.