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Grandma H, Elizabeth and I went out to visit Maria (and Auntie Yukiko and Uncle Chris) again this afternoon. We were just in time as they were preparing to head home just as soon as Maria had finished her latest snack!


After a lovely visit, it was time to head to Britannia Yacht club for a practice sail to see whether racing is incompatible with breastfeeding and bedtime schedules.  It was amazing to be back on the water and for a couple of hours I concentrated on remembering what to do and learning where everything is on a Kirby 25 - a new boat type for me.  Poor Brendan apparently had a much less amusing and louder time.  He gave Elizabeth her first bottle to less than rave reviews and walked her up and down and up and down. 


Mommy thought he did very well and is very appreciative!


Mary and Brendan are thrilled to welcome their niece Maria born last night at 11:57pm.  Congratulations Uncle Chris and Auntie Yukiko!  Maria weighed 7 lbs, 8 ounces, which is apparently exactly the same as Uncle Brendan.  


We gather labour was fast...  Chris and Yukiko called Grandma J around 11pm to come sleep over last night, just in case they had to leave during the night.  Fifteen minutes later they called back to tell her she had better hurry!  Yukiko says Chris nearly missed the main event while he was parking the car...


My own Auntie Mary was in town today as well, so while we were waiting for visiting hours to begin we went to see the tulips again.  It was a beautiful summer day and a walk was just the thing.


Elizabeth was quite excited to meet her newest cousin "on the outside".  Maria is currently spending a lot of time sleeping, so our picture taking was limited, but I'm sure this will be rectified in the coming days!


We received an exciting package in the mail today...  Huggies made good on their promise to send us free disposables, and threw in a free! bonus! diaper bag tote!  Okay, so I can't help finding their promotional material amusing.  It's a bit too easy to mock a diaper vendor for claiming their (hypoallergenic) diapers cause "pure bliss".  Makes me wonder whether they've added anything to the diapers aside from aloe and vitamins...


I also think it's hilariously disturbing that one of the five touted benefits of these blissful diapers is "less ink".  Hmmm...   No wetness sensor (sigh)  The new diapers are a size 2 which is a bit too big for Elizabeth, so we'll have to evaluate if they are worth the hype when she gets a little bigger and we have a disorganized washing day.  We do prefer cloth diapers though at the moment.  They are a little bit bulkier around the bottom and Elizabeth's pants tend to fall down otherwise.


As is turns out this whole business of buying clothes for kids is all a myth.  With about one week to go before Elizabeth was due to be born we only had one outfit which was way too big (although we didn't know this at the time).  By the time she was born there were zillions of outfits all winding their way through the collective network of friends, family and even the postal system.  Within days we had enough clothes to make it through to about 12 months give or take a bit.


Today the phone rang with more clothes at the other end.  We drove out to see some old friends who have a daughter and son (both seriously ancient - their youngest is 18 months) who had outgrown enough clothes and toys to fill a significant portion of their garage.  In an effort to reclaim some of that garage space (probably for the stuff they are going to outgrow in the next week or two) they decided to call up some friends with younger children (or children to be) and get us to haul away the stuff.  We showed up and found boxes and boxes of clothes and toys all over their lawn.  Between us and another family we managed to make a small dent in the new lawn covering.  With our car stuffed full we headed home with clothes ranging up to 24 months.


It is kind of funny but seeing how fast they grow at this stage it really does make sense to pass stuff around.  We have already started to unload clothes that Elizabeth has outgrown on our extended family.  We are certainly extremely thankful for all the stuff that has been passed on to us and are more than happy to do the same in turn.


We figure that in another couple of months we should be picking up clothes for Elizabeth to go to high school in...


We were invited to Grandma and Grandpa J's for palatschinken (thin pancakes filled with lemon-cottage cheese or chocolate or jam).  Yum!


Erika loves playing with the tinker toys there, but she likes having Uncle Power-Tools (that would be Brendan) create fantastic structures for her even more.  I thought the plane he made this time was pretty cool, so we got a couple of pictures.


Uncle Chris took a somewhat fussy Elizabeth in hand and managed to completely subdue her.  I think he's ready for his own newborn now.  Auntie Yukiko is definitely ready and the rest of us are pretty excited to meet another little one - maybe sometime this week?




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