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Baby Mark

Mark from 2012 to 2014.

The Darkest Hours

These were the darkest hours. I don’t like to remember them. But I can’t pretend they didn’t exist

… And More Idiotic Strangers!

Since the weather is nice now, Mark and I spend a lot of time outside. I still avoid the playground as much as I can but I take him downtown, to museums, in shops, or just for walks around the...

Love is a Complicated Thing

This pretty much sums up my relationship with Mark. Like two characters of a telenovela, we hug, play, have tantrums, throw things and hug again—well, he is mostly the one throwing tantrums and...

June & 20 Months

When we go out, he points at everything. “MMM!” “Yes, Mark, this is a plane.” “MMM!” “Yes, Mark, this is a bird.” “MMM!” “Yes, Mark, this is a truck.” “MMM!” “Yes, Mark, this is… I have no clue...

Apparently, I Suck at Play Time Etiquette

Once upon a time, i.e. last year, I used to love taking Mark to the park. He was just learning to crawl and he would happily explore the soccer field while I read the news on my BlackBerry, then I’ll...

Bubbles!

I shouldn’t shop with Mark. Not that he isn’t behaving. Well, sometime he isn’t, but most of the time he is happy to follow me around. No, it’s just that visiting stores out of boredom isn’t good for...

Yes, It’s Wrong. Yes, It Happens.

Stating that screaming at your kid is not a good parenting technique is a bit like stating that calling your boss an asshole will get you into troubles and that your spouse may not appreciate if you...

May & 19 Months

Every month, I read one of these “your kid’s big milestones this month” article online. And every month, I’m split between “oh… they all do that? Toddler dragon isn’t a special and unique snowflake?”...

I Can’t Even Pick a Title

I have two flavours of instant oatmeal at home. I have just spent ten minutes trying to decide which one would be granted the honour of being my snack. Dates and nuts or banana. I was looking at the...

Report From The 2014 Baby Show

We finally picked up Mark from my in-laws on Sunday and I decided to stick with my original weekend plans: to check out the Ottawa Baby Show, the largest pregnancy and early parenting show in the...

The Magic Box

A few months ago, while vacuuming Mark’s room, I tossed the toys, artistically scattered everywhere à la modern art, into one of these big empty Pampers diaper boxes. It was just a practical way to...

Shocking: I Discovered That I am Still French

We can’t help it. We are raising Mark the Chinese and the French ways. We respect Canadian customs and abide by local rules, etiquette and laws. But at home, we use Chinese/French parenting skills. I...

April and the Year-and-a-Half Milestone

Mark is officially 18 months today. We (I mean, he) reached the year-and-a-half milestone! Oh, it’s not like he is fixing his own meals and spending his time playing alone quietly, and some days are...

Hair Everywhere And Big Tears—Never Again!

Mark inherited my love of walking, a weird fondness for broccoli and an addiction to cameras. He also has my hair—it’s soft, fairly light and very thick. I On the plus side, he had never needed a hat...

I Got You Babe

The first few months, babies are a bit like Tamagotchi. Remember the craze for these made-in-Japan digital pocket toys in the 1990s? You had to care your “pet”—really, a basic pixelated rendering of...

Kids Have It Easy

"Don’t you wish you were him? Whenever he is hungry…” “… food magically appears in front of him,” I complete. “And here is always a snack for him in my bag. It's like I'm growing cereal bars and...

Better? Yep, I Think So (Mental Health Check)

While traveling, I went back to basics—sleeping, eating, staying safe and clean. I learned to stop feeling guilty about relaxing. I learned to indulge again. My anxiety and stress levels spiked on...

With a Little Help… From My Son

I do encourage Mark to clean up after playtime and he is enjoying putting his toys away in the big empty diaper box. He also likes to sort out the clean laundry with me. Well, he does it his way…

March & 17 Months

I skipped the 15-month update because we were in Mexico and the 16-month update because I was in Nicaragua. And now it’s March… and “baby” Mark is 17 months old.

Kids Change Family Dynamics

Feng’s parents are nice people, albeit very stubborn and convinced that they know best. They also tend to forget their only son is almost 40, not 10, and they constantly remind him to dress warm...