A first of many summer events for Langdon! First baseball game, first swim (all by himself – read on to see how!) + more!
Last Saturday Jeff dragged us to the Hell on Wheels vs Heartland baseball game.
Heartland is like Canada’s version of ER or Grey’s Anatomy. As in, it’s been shooting for like a million seasons. Except instead of scrubs + doctors it’s lots of plaid, denim + horses. Jeff used to work on this show many years ago.
He was throwing the peace sign like a young Hollywood starlet. “Peeeeeeace, y’all!” says Langdon.
Anyway there were so many people wanting to see Langdon that his little brain almost burst by the end of it all. Poor thing. Jeff is a proud papa + wants to show off his little son, but it was too much for such a tiny man.
The only way Jeff could get me to the baseball game (although I work(ed) in the film industry I never attended the events – it’s not really my bag) is to lure me with Japanese food. The second time this month we visited Calgary’s Goro + Gun. OMG this place is so yummy!!! Here’s Jeff on the first visit with their miso ramen.
The broth is thick + rich, generous slabs of slightly charred + fatty pork belly + the noodles are perfectly al dente! Urrrrgh, me want in belly now!!!!
There’s much, much more that we indulge in when we’re there, but I ain’t got time for that. Jeff also took a picture of Langdon + I with Chef Tomo, but it’s a hot mess of shadows, blinking + the back of Langdon’s head.
“Double chin, chubby cheeks, heh heh heh.” says Langdon.
Needing more family quality time, last Sunday we took the mini tyke to the Turner Valley community pool for a swim. I saw this baby floatation device that goes around babies’ necks on a Japanese website + was instantly intrigued + bemused. It looked crazy, but made total sense to me. The Swimava is supposed to help babies exercise their little legs to encourage movement that in the future will aid in crawling, walking + swimming. The company has amazing customer service + shipped really fast! The Swimava is also therapeutic, since babes love bobbing around in the water. I was very nervous at first to test it out…
Langdon took to it IMMEDIATELY!!!! There’s little grab loops on the underside of the tube + Langdon instinctively held on to them + kicked his fat legs! With Jeff + I right beside him watching like hawks, of course!
We were getting so many dirty looks!!! People (especially the “life guards”) were throwing daggers at us with their beady weasel eyes. As if we were torturing our child with our weird, new age, baby abuse device. Well haters gonna hate – but this baby was SMILING!!! No tears! He was kicking + floating along going, “Glibbity glibbity glub blub blub!”!!
Eventually I caved in to the stares because it was making me super uncomfortable + feeling moderately traumatized. Plus, there were too many waves created by psychopathic, maniacal little boys (which I well know Langdon will become one day). So we took him out of the Swimava + put him into his first canoe ride!!!
The gentle rocking of the boat + water at his feet put him in such a zen like state. Epic win.
During the week Langdon + I met up with my pal Michelle who I met through this blog. Check out her blog!!! We had lunch at Tim Horton’s – a true Canadian institution. Timmie’s as Canucks like to call it. We took a picture to commemorate Langdon’s first visit to Timmie’s + to applaud the fact that Langdon + Michelle wore the same color shirt without calling each other beforehand.
New moms take note: when babies learn to roll onto their tummies -THEY ALSO DO IT IN THEIR SLEEP. Which means if they don’t know how to roll onto their backs again, they wake up, freak out crying + you have to roll them back again – ALL SLEEPLESS NIGHT LONG. Let me hopefully save you from some grief + torturous nights! I read that a pediatrician said if babies are strong enough to hold up their heads + roll, then it is safe for them to start sleeping on their tummies. So it took me a couple nights of Langdon waking up on his belly, to soothe him with a pacifier + white noise, so that when he woke up, he would fall back asleep + get used to sleeping on his tummy with his face turned to the side. LANGDON NOW SLEEPS 12 HOURS STRAIGHT!!!! HALLELUIAH!!!
Alright mom advice done. We are now going to make the Swimava a weekend activity in the safety of our warm bathtub, + add more Langdon, mom + dad time to our weekends! How has your summer been going???? Enjoy August everyone!!! XOXO