October 31, 2006

Safe delivery!

Very quick note: everything was fine, we’re home, I’m doing well, the baby’s thriving and beautiful and totally spoiled. I promise to have pictures and more news soon — but for now, thank you all for the good wishes, they definitely helped!

Love to everyone from our new addition — soon-to-be-blog-fodder!

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October 29, 2006

Going in

Ok, guys — we’re off to the hospital! :)

Further updates as events warrant… but don’t worry if you don’t hear from us for a while. It may be quite some time yet!

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October 27, 2006

Baby room decorating!

So, my mom had a brilliant idea for decorating the baby’s room. We haven’t worried too much about “decorating” so far — just about getting the necessary furniture, and storage, and safety features. But mom was inspired by this cute little thing Tyla gave us at our shower:


which we’d hung on the door to the room. So she suggested that we fill one of the blank walls with this:


That’s all the finished baby knits I’ve done so far (and the pants from Dani!), hung on a little “clothesline”. I think it’s unbearably cute, personally — and it means I can display the items a little longer than the 5 minutes they’re likely to actually spend on the baby. I think we’ll have to add another line, though — I’ve got several things very near completion, and if baby holds off until after the weekend, I should be able to show them to you by Monday.

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October 25, 2006

Checking in

Hi! Just a quick note to say that the due date (yesterday) has come and gone, and we’re still waiting… not a surprise, but I thought I should keep everyone updated. And don’t worry — while the blog will not be the #1 priority when everything starts happening, it won’t be far down the list — so you shouldn’t have to wait too long for news.

Right. Back to your regularly-scheduled blog browsing — nothing to see here!

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October 22, 2006

Festival of Lights

Happy Deepavali!

One of the nice things about our new neighbourhood is that we’re quite close to Toronto’s Little India. So this year we (Mark, my parents, and I) finally did something that Mark’s been wanting to do for years — go down to Little India for the Diwali celebrations. Diwali, or Deepavali (as Mark’s family always called it, apparently — it’s the more common Southern name) is one of the most important Hindu festivals, and Mark has fond memories of the celebrations in Ottawa when he was a boy. It’s possible this is why his memories are so fond:


That’s the enticing view through a storefront on Gerrard St., of an amazing array of sweets. One of the activities associated with Deepavali is sharing sweets — no wonder the festival appealed to a young boy! So we, of course, had to honour the tradition. Here I am selecting from the multicoloured and amazing variety of sweets available in another store:


We wandered around, had a really yummy South Indian lunch, and bought some interesting groceries to make dinner. When we got home, we sat down to sample the various delicacies we’d obtained, washed down with chai:


(In case it’s not obvious, that’s my mom and dad with us). The sweets are, well, overwhelmingly sweet, but delicious. You can see the selection we had a bit better here:


By the time we’d recovered from our excesses, dinner was quite late, but yummy — and there’s lots of leftovers, since we were all so stuffed from the sweets!

As a celebration of life, light, and family, and an occasion for indulging in sweet things, Deepavali seems like a good candidate for inclusion in my personal calendar of festivals. So, happy Diwali to everyone!

(PS — thanks go to my dad for the pictures!)

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October 18, 2006

Still pregnant!

Hi guys — still here! I have various things I want to post, but haven’t got around to it yet — but I know that if I’m quiet right now, the obvious assumption will be that the baby’s arrived! He hasn’t, though, so we’re still in a holding pattern. My parents are here, fixing up our house and generally coddling us, so we’re trying to get as much work done as possible before everything comes to a crashing halt.

I do have to say one thing, though — please check out Dani’s blog to see the really, really cute baby things she made for us. Also, another SnB friend, Jean-Anne, gave us the sweetest set of newborn clothes/accessories and some yarn, which I have not yet photographed (and now the clothes are out of the presentation packaging and washed, so who knows when they’ll be captured by the camera!), but which I really appreciate too. So thank you, wonderful friends!

Ok, back to the thesis… for now!

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October 09, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi! Guess what? I’m still here! And, amazingly, actually knitting… a little. Time just seems to keep slipping away from me, even though I constantly feel like I’m not getting enough done. But that’s not all that unusual, I suppose…

Anyway, I’ve actually managed to finish something, and even take a photo of it! Aren’t you proud? Unsurprisingly, it’s for the baby — a somewhat improvised little top-down pullover:


The improvisation resulted in a slight lack of proportion — the body’s a little wide for the size of the arms, but that’s not a big deal. And I split the neckband a little to make the neck opening bigger and easier to slip over baby’s head. The main goal of using up stash odds and ends was accomplished, anyway, and I like the stripes.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with Mark’s sister on Saturday — duck with wild and brown rice stuffing, roast veg, pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice crème brulée. The rest of the weekend has been devoted to work, unfortunately — we’ve had one last hurrah of sunny, warm, beautiful weather, but we weren’t able to get out much.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Canada, or celebrating it elsewhere — we have alot to be thankful for here, and I hope you do too!

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