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Grandma H, Elizabeth and I went for a long walk around the neighbourhood today, despite a persistent fall drizzle.  We don't own any kind of stroller weather shield, but since we've made it almost nine months without one and our so-called corporate umbrella seemed to work okay, I suspect this is one piece of baby paraphenalia we'll do without. 

 

The one drawback: towards the end of our walk the wind picked up causing the umbrella to fly up.  We concluded that the umbrella solution works best for calm days but it did keep most of the rain off the baby.

 

Popping in and out of the various stores was fun but made it clear that stroller + snowsuit + baby + winter + shopping is not a combination I like.  Elizabeth doesn't always like to be worn right now (wants to wiggle!) so when in one of those moods I guess we'll forgo the shopping or head to a covered mall.

 

The octopus was from Octopus Books, a local bookstore that was willing to order in Daddy's Christmas stocking book for us.   Elizabeth and Grandma had way too much fun playing keep-a-way...

 

 



   



We hit a milestone today.  Elizabeth now plays peek-a-boo with us instead of us playing peek-a-boo with her.  Daddy is so proud.


   



If you had told me that some of my daughter's favourite toys would include a six-legged "spider", a pig and the ebola virus, I'm not sure I would have believed you.

 

She really enjoys whacking them with each other.  And then slobbering all over them.  And then chowing down vigorously.  And then slobbering again for good measure.  There's been some concern expressed that she's attempting to cross-breed our next pandemic...

 

We've been pretty relaxed so far about germs and toys, but some of her toys are getting a bit stiff with saliva and it's probably past time to introduce Incy-Wincy and company to the washing machine.

 

Anyone have tips on the best way to launder stuffed animals?



   



Grandma and Grandpa H are back in Ottawa after an extended period away for how to learn language and cultural training.

 

Elizabeth has gotten used to watching them on Skype, and I'm not sure she quite knew what to make of the 3D versions.



   



Sesame Street turned 40 today.  Happy Birthday!

 

I loved a number of Sesame Street books as a kid but had very little exposure to Sesame Street as a TV show.

 

Post-Elizabeth, we seem to listen to a lot more children's music.  I've discovered that I have a low tolerance for The Wiggles, a medium tolerance for Raffi's older stuff and a high tolerance for catchy tunes on YouTube.

 

So when we insisted on sharing the CBA Song (Reverse Alphabet) by Bryant Oden*, Auntie Karen knew that our life would be incomplete without the following Sesame Street classic: ABC-DEF-GHI.

 

*Yeah, he's the guy famous for the Duck song.



   

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