Thursday, 14 August 2008

Leggo my Viggo, New Job, Etc.

I'll start off this long overdue post with photos of Isabelle and Sébastien's new baby boy named Viggo. He made his arrival last Tuesday morning at 6 lbs, 7 oz after about 12 hours of labour. Isabelle actually started her contractions ON HER DUE DATE and was delivered BY HER OWN DOCTOR (which happens to also be my doctor who of course was not at MY delivery but I'm over that. Almost.) after what is considered a pretty short and sweet labour for a first baby.

The proud parents sent out this photo of their son who was maybe not in the mood to be photographed just now thank you very much.

I stopped in to visit today and took some photos of my own:

So tiny, so lovely. Mama and baby are well. Not sleeping much but he's eating well and gaining weight. Liliane didn't really pay too much attention - she was too busy crawling all over and hoovering any stray bits of lint or dust from the floors...

Speaking of crawling, my daughter does not simply SIT anymore. If she is on the floor, she's on her way somewhere. I never tire of this view:

I love watching her get places.

One of her favourite spots to explore is the treasure trove known as the pots and pans cupboard.

What is this rare beauty?

Surely it dates from the pre-Tupperwarian era...

Yet another specimen!

A rare, eggshell blue mini colander in the style of early 21st century Wal-Mart...

I took these after bathtime the other night. Liliane had a terrible day of teething on Monday so we were so happy to see our cheerful baby come back to us!

(Those bruises on Stéphane's arm are his manly paintball wounds.)

It's taken me a while to post because I've had a couple of things going on this week AND since my child was taken from me on the weekend and replaced by a whining, drooling, snarling, teething she-devil, I just didn't want to remember any of our recent activities much less take photos... Actually, we did have a lovely afternoon on Satuday with Julie, Joyce and Rosie while Stéphane was away with the boys. We witnessed Rosie's very first swing ride (which she loved) and enjoyed cocktails and snacks while the girls both slept. OK, Liliane woke up as soon as she sensed that I was sitting down for sustenance but she hung out and gnawed on pita, a fry or two and the lychees from our drinks. (No, they weren't IN our drinks, we rinsed them first :) Thank you Baby Tylenol for making that moment possible!

Sunday we went to check out a sort of Bio/Organic Food festival thing at the Circus school. As I type this, I realize how kooky it sounds, but picture a bunch of tents outside with bio/organic food samples, all-natural frozen yogurt being sold by nuns (I'm not kidding), a horse, a bull and some chickens for the kids to pet, face painting, sing-a-longs and hammocks for sale. All on the grounds of the Circus school who had erected some tents and displays for the occasion. I instructed Liliane not to do anything too cute because I forgot the camera at home but it sure would have been easier to explain the whole thing with some photographic evidence...

In the midst of all that, I got myself a new job. I wasn't looking for one you see, and it completely took me by surprise. I was planning to start back part time after Labour Day at my current job when this opportunity presented itself less than TWO WEEKS after seeing this particular producer's new film and being inspired to say out loud "I would really love to work with that woman." Ta da! Be careful what you wish for! To make a long story short, it so happened that she was looking for someone and she met with me on Friday, we clicked, she offered me the job, voilà. Her office is about a ten-minute walk from our house, the hours and days are flexible, she does amazing projects (feature films), she's a fellow anglophone who works in French AND her birthday is on the SAME DAY as Liliane's. Hello! You don't have to hit ME over the head with a 2 x 4! It was meant to be.

My current boss was wonderful about my big news. What is good news for me is kinda crappy for her but she was more than gracious. I am so grateful for my time there and for all my colleagues that I will miss miss miss. You guys rock. Please don't enjoy work too much without me. :) Also, if you are learning about my big career move for the first time as you read this please accept my apologies for not calling or emailing you directly (see the earlier paragraph on the teething she-devil). Thank you.

So the plan is the same - Liliane will start daycare the week of the 25th and I will start going to the office part time to get into the swing of it all. Stay tuned for how all of THAT goes down.

Otherwise... we're heading off to Nova Scotia on Sunday for a week of catching up with friends, introducing Liliane to everyone, meeting Julie and Kevin's daughter, playing on the beach, watching Liliane flirt with Sue and Dave's cutie Louis, having BBQs, drinking a little too much and generally soaking up all that summer holiday goodness. I may try and post while we're gone but if not, I'll have a ton of photos when we get back.

It's that time of year when fall is occasionally in the air, a hint of what is to come. It's my favourite time, when each hot and sunny day is that much more precious. Enjoy it, gentle readers. I for one will be forsaking my other chores to take Liliane to the wading pool right now, just because we can. Carpe diem and all that.


Charlie's Mommy - Deanna said...

Congrats on your new job...very exciting! I just love reading your blog...even tho' it's been years since we've seen each other...I can totally "see" you when I read your stories!

Oh and from experience...the teething does get better! Some of my friends swore on using "herbal teething tablets" available at health food stores....might be worth a shot...

auntie b said...

little boy baby-adorable! can smell his delish baby smell from here.
niece baby - complete munchatron. will commence eating her up as soon as possible
niece baby teething drama -booooooo
bio fair - sounds fun to me
new job - Yipeee!

Jennifer said...

Yes on the teething tablet! Sorry I forgot to tell you about those duh!! Great post :)

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