Sunday, June 29, 2008

Boys & Girls

Peekaboo loves to help give Ez a bath. She stands on a chair and uses one of the baby wash cloths to clean his belly and head. The other day she was cleaning him and stopped. She was still for a moment then said, "Mommy, what's that?" I said, "That is Ezra's penis."... She looked at him again, then said, "Mommy, I don't have a penis." "No, honey" I said, "you don't because you are a girl. Ezra is different, he is a boy." I was thinking that I would have to have this conversation with my daughter at some point-I was not thinking it would be when she was 2 1/2 years old! She proceeded to tell me that I am a girl too, and don't have a penis. I readily agreed with her.

Luckily, after telling me that she needed to wash it too, that was the end of it (for now!)!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Ahhhh!!! Potty training! Good thing she's cute!

This post is for all the parents out there (and potential parents)! We have been working on the whole "potty training" thing since we got back from having Ezra (for those of you who don't know, we cannot have babies here in Hay River-our hospital is not equipped, so we had Ezra in Comox BC while staying with my Dad and Step-Mom Liz) Peekaboo has been doing really well. I had to resort to bribery, 1 smartie for a pee, 2 for a poop...but, whatever! She is now wearing panties all day long, except when she is down for her nap.
Yesterday we went swimming in the morning and then I had an errand to run at the hardware store. I asked Peekaboo if she needed to use the washroom before we left the pool (my first mistake-asking! I should have said "Peekaboo, let's use the washroom before we leave") She, of course, said "No, thank you" (she is very polite!) We walked the block to the hardware store, Peekaboo looked around in the toy aisle while I went to grab some wasp killer. Suddenly, in the relative quiet of the store, I hear "Mommy!! I PEED!!!" I run toward the shrill scream, only to find my beautiful daughter sitting on one of those nylon, fold-up lawn a puddle! It had to be an inch deep. The diaper bag, with wipes, dry pants, pull-ups, all the necessities, is in the van-a block away (my second mistake)
My child has peed. Everywhere. Everyone knows that my child has peed, thanks to her broadcast announcement... I walk calmly up to the checkout counter and ask for a roll of paper towels, then I go and try to mop up the lake in Aisle 5!

Saturday, June 21, 2008


I have decided that chasing after my 2 1/2 year old, caring for my 6 week old, walking the dog, scrapbooking and trying to prepare decent meals doesn't keep me busy enough, so I have started a 'blog'!
Our family is made up of me-Tigger, my fiance and long-time partner Tim, our daughter Peekaboo, our son Ez, our black lab cross NeWT and our fish Daddy Spot. We live in a small town on the southen shore of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories, Hay River. We moved here 5 years ago to experience the wonder of the great north for a year...and here we remain. We have moved around a bit, spending time in Comox BC and Inuvik NT.
The newest addition to our family, EZ, has certainly livened things up! Peekaboo is a fantastic big sister, making sure his toes are covered with his 'cozy blanket' and that he has a soother. He is a fairly laid back kid, except for 9pm-10pm every night! We are hoping that this too shall pass.
It is currently the longest day of the year, and that means no darkness here in the north. The sun sets, but the sky does not darken as the sun is only down for a couple of hours. Last year, in Inuvik, we experienced the sun not setting for 30 days or so-very strange! We will enjoy the light, as in December we will be missing it very much!