Sunday, July 26, 2009

Rocky Point Park

DSC_1998 - 2009-07-26 at 11-09-03, originally uploaded by obiwanhavanese.
Malcolm is still waking up extremely early these days, the latest we got to wake up was 6:45am on Friday, we can officially call that sleeping in. This morning he was up at 5:45am, he called "Daddy", and asked to have his hands washed (don't ask me why?) So after the hand washing he was pretty much up and raring to go. His naps and bedtimes are still quite challenging and these days he's quite a bear when he wakes up from his naps. It's only me, Grandma and Papa here to calm him down most days. From what we've read it's quite common, it's just too bad that he's so upset. His opposition and defiance are quite tiring to deal with sometimes, but we're all hoping it's a phase that will pass soon. His second molars are coming in now, so maybe that has something to do with it as well.

Here's Malcolm and Camila on the teeter totter.
Malcolm and one of his favorite cousins Nicole.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


What a beautiful sunset it was tonight. Here's a shot from our deck.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Growing up...

Yaletown, originally uploaded by obiwanhavanese.

Lots of things are happening these days, many changes and transitions. As Tracey enters her 22nd week of pregnancy her ever expanding belly serves as a clear indication that this isn't a drill and than in less time than we've come, a baby will arrive. Tracey and Roger are still struggling with Malcolm' s sleep schedule, his defiance and attitude are every so-challenging to deal with, but still not a day goes by where he doesn't make everyone laugh. His vocabulary is expanding, his motor skills becoming more refined, and exertion of his independence is now unmistakable. A life of a 2 and 3/4 year old is both frustrating and rewarding at the same time. His new attitude is more evidence that he's growing up.

Tracey and Roger are now putting the finishing touches on transitioning him to his big boy room, namely to start preparing his old room for the new baby. They've bought Malcolm a new bed, bedding, drapery and night light. No one can foresee how the transition will go, and we all have our proverbial paws and fingers crossed. A funny thing that Malcolm said the other day was: "My crib is not too small." alluding that perhaps the move to the big boy bed may not go as smoothly we all hope... Stay tuned for the next chapter and pictures of Malcolm in his big boy bed.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Swinging originally uploaded by obiwanhavanese.

You wouldn't know it from this picture, but Malcolm used to resist getting in the swing. We would try to encourage him, but he would often refuse. It wasn't until a few months ago did he re-discover that he really likes it. It's funny how toddler's brain works, he can love something one minute and detest it another. He will eat something with such content and enjoyment that you're absolutely shocked to see him scream and cry when it's rejected the very next day. What a roller coaster of emotions it must be, glee followed with outright defiance then sprinkle in some tears and that's how every day goes on. They didn't coin the phrase "terrible two's" for nothing. Let's hope the highs outweigh the lows, cause right now Tracey and Roger are considering renaming him Sybil some days.

Some frequent phrases these days:

  • Let's eat dinner Malcolm, "I'm not going to eat dinner."
  • Time to have a nap, "I'm not going to have a nap."
  • 6am wake up, "I had enough sleep Mommy and Daddy, I wanna get outta here."
  • "It's time to watch something on TV"
  • Why don't you try it Malcolm, "I'm not going to try it, I don't like it."
  • How do you know you don't like it, you've never tried it: "(silence)"
  • What would you like for lunch Malcolm? "I know, popsicle and ice cream."
  • The most frequent question asked lately: "What is it?" Even though he knows what it is. It can be very cute, but also maddening.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Oh Canada

DSC_1625 - 2009-07-13 at 10-02-53
Happy Canada Day folks. It's been such a nice summer so far with respect to the weather. May, June and the beginning of July have been so warm and sunny, definitely something we're not always used to in Vancouver. Here's a short video of Malcolm spending Canada Day in White Rock.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Happy Canada Day!

DSC01851, originally uploaded by obiwanhavanese.
Four years ago today, I came to live with Roger and Tracey. Sure lots of things have changed since then, but I'm sure glad that they chose me to be a part of their family. Soon we'll be welcoming another member and one can only dream of what that will be like. Here's a picture of me on that fateful Canada Day of 2005. This picture was taken on the ferry from Victoria. I've changed a bit don't you think? What a shiny black nose I had.