Wednesday, November 10, 2010


The Skeleton with his sidekick -- 'Bloodthirsty Panda.'
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The 'Friendly Pumpkin' and the 'Bloodthirsty Panda.'
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Julia's First Ever Recorded Smile

Photo date Oct 15. Sorry for the late post!
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Pumpkins and Trains

Jakob loaded up a bunch of little pumpkins onto one of his trains.
"Dad, can you tell me where the pumpkins are going?"
"I don't know Jakob."
"Can you try to know?"
"Maybe they're going to Pumpkin Station?"
"NOOOOOOO, Dad! You made a funny joke! They're going to the pumpkin field!"

Quotes of the Week

"Mom, can you please try to know what I didn't tell you?"

"But I forgot to tell you so many things!" (At 10pm as the lights go out)

Julia weighs in at...

... 10 lbs 3 oz. Hooray!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Julia's not sure where this is going...

... but actually things between the two are going really well. Jakob occassionaly throws something at his little sister, but for the most part he is still a wondeful big brother. He'll often ask to hold her or even sing to her (as in this photo). And whenever we leave a restaurant he always remainds us: "Don't forget Julia!"
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Julia is a Little Lady

Ok, maybe its not obvious to everyone (she's still bald and chubby), but clearly her feminine side is starting to shine through, as evidenced by this picture.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Talk to me!

Jakob interrupts my conversation with Andrea: "Daddy, don't talk to Mama! I want Mama to talk to Julia, and I want you to talk to me!"

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hello Baby!

Jakob to Julia today: "Hello baby! I'm your big brother. Can you talk?"

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Getting to know Julia

Meeting a brand new person is a very interesting process, and I definitely don't have a handle on this one yet. But here are some observations... Quite unlike her brother at the same age, she is very mellow and relaxed. She doesn't do much. Mostly sleeps (probably at least 16 hours a day) and feeds. Sometimes she'll cry when we change her diaper, but really not too much. She keeps Andrea up at night with extended feeds, but I really can't complain too much. When she wakes up, she is in quiet and alert mode, studying you with these funny baby eyes. And when she sleeps, she spreads her aura of relaxation over whoever happens to be holding her. It's the most amazing property. Holding her, makes you want to go to sleep. You have to be careful. Seriously. Oh yeah, and she's also very cute.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Julia is so chillaxed...

Seriously, so far, this kid is so mellow... Its amazing.
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Blue Clothes and VIA trains

I have already mentioned that Jakob considers often himself to be a VIA train. It so happens that most of his clothes, and especially his pants, are blue. And (for non-Canadians out there) VIA trains, which are the equivalent of Amtrak or PKP, are also blue. I never really noticed this seemingly random coincidence until this morning, when I realized that it had a deeper meaning. It happened when I asked him to put on a pair of green pants with white stripes.
J: "Daddy, I can't wear green pants with white stripes because then I will be a GO train! And I'm a VIA train!"

Taking Daddy to Daycare

In preparation for Julia's coming Jakob started daycare -- just two days a week. At first the going was tough, but he has adjusted very nicely and is starting to enjoy it. I usually walk with him in the mornings while he rides his tricycle. Yesterday we had the following conversation:
J: "Am I growing?"
P: "Yes, you are growing very fast."
J: "Am I going to grow bigger than you, Daddy?"
P: "Yes, you definitely will one day."
J: "When I'm bigger than you, can I take you to daycare?"

The Real One?

Jakob got a toy doll as a present to help him adjust to Julia's presence. Her name is Kaya, which was our runner up to Julia. Jakob was very excited when he got Kaya at the hospital, and wanted to take her home. Then he asked: "Can we take the real one home too?"
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Jakob is a wonderful big brother. We were kind of worried about how he would take to having a little sister, but he is really amazing. Always asking to hold her, kiss her, and if she's not around wondering where she is. Of course this might all change when she starts snatching his toys.
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Welcome Julia Patricia Helena Brykczynski! Born on August 18, at 10:05 pm at Mt Sinai Hospital in Toronto, weighing 3.27 kg and measuring 50 com. Jakob will now have to share this blog with his lil' sister.