Browsing: Baby Mark

Mark from 2012 to 2014.

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… 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 neighborhood. Unfortunately, we aren’t the only ones out: the toddler police is patrolling in Ottawa…

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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 objects…

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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, actually, no idea what you saw.”

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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 my wallet—every time, I end up spending money on things I wouldn’t normally buy.

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Recipe for Disaster or A Night Out With the In-Laws

It’s funny how sometime you say one thing while thinking another. Like when Feng announced that his parents had invited us to RandomDistantRelative’s fiftieth’s birthday party. “Why would I want to spend Saturday evening with your parents and people I barely know?” I thought. But somehow, I heard myself replying “yeah, sure.”

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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 sleeping with another person. Yet, these things happen. Cause you know what? We are humans.

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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?” and “phew, so they ALL do that!”

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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 two boxes in the pantries and I just couldn’t pick one. And it’s not like it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to eat oatmeal. I mean, a box of Quakers Oats is $2.49 at WalMart and last time I checked, they weren’t anywhere close to being out of stock.

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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 clean the carpet properly. The carton box wouldn’t last long with Mark, I thought.

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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 still awful, but he is more independent.

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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 in winter to keep warm. On the downside, he needs to have his hair cut often.

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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 a pet—and feed it, change it, play with it, answer its calls for attention, etc.

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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 fruit puree pouches in there.”

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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 the plane home to Ottawa. As much as I was looking forward to seeing my two guys, I wasn’t ready to start the vida loca again.

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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.

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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, look both ways when crossing the street, get a better job, buy insurance, etc. Their motto should be “if it’s not broken, let’s fix it anyway”.

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