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Rob and I are back from our weekend in Calgary/El Rancho. Apart from the fresh layer of SNOW which greeted me upon my arrival Thursday morning (sheesh…! I definitely don’t miss that, that’s for sure) it was sooo lovely! I got to know my funny little niece, communed with the menagerie (llama-llama-ding-dong), had a great birthday dinner for Mama K (which even her granddaughter attended) and spent some quality time with Nenny and Ania. I won’t bore you with details, the pictures say it so much better. Here are pics for the Ella fans and here are some from the ranch.
I met my darling niece yesterday for the first time. I told her all about the fun things we would do together one day – shoe shopping and sipping pink martinis and gossiping about the boys who were in love with her and talking about all the funny things her dad (my brother) did when we were kids, and oh, the list goes on and on. I can’t wait… (only about 15 years or so to go!)
She is so beautiful I can barely stand it. Beautiful and already very hilarious – check out the funny puckered lips she was making when she first laid eyes on her favorite ciocia (well ok, one of many favorites). I think I made quite the impression.
Apologies in advance for the excessive cooing… I didn’t know Robbie was taping and it really is amazing the sounds that just come out of nowhere when someone puts a baby in your arms.
Rob and I are up at El Rancho today eating yummy cakes, playing with puppies and baby bunnies and making fun of the four atrocious-looking llamas that dad bought on a whim a few weeks back (…”but they are great lawn ornaments!”) and will be heading back for more fun times with Ella in Calgary tomorrow. More pictures coming soon.
This is quite horrible, so if you’re squeamish, do yourself a favor and don’t watch it. Trust me on this one.
Hint: watch the guy on the far right.
Does anyone know if what looks like happened, really did happen???
My parents went to see their granddaughter for the first time yesterday. Anna & Ella were doing great so they were released from the hospital (imagine?? she gave birth Sunday night and was outta there by Monday afternoon!).
Here are some pictures my dad sent… I am so jealous! I can’t wait to meet her too!!
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The moment we’ve been waiting for ALL WEEKEND (poor, poor Anna, in labour for over 50 hours!) isfinally here!!!!!!! I am officially an aunt… to a NIECE! My brother Martin and his wife Anna welcomed their daughter into the world just a couple hours ago. Wow, that feel so weird – my little brother has a daughter!! The thought is making me well up, but they are tears of joy!!!
I have to admit, it will take me a few hours to get over the shock that Paczek (pronounced “Ponchek” – it means ‘doughnut’ in Polish and it’s what we’ve been calling Baby for the past 9 months… thanks to Robbie I think)… is a girl, and not a boy. I don’t know why I thought she was a boy all this time, but now when I go to Toys R Us, I’ll have to fight the urge to browse Spiderman and Bob the Builder stuff – it’s Cabbage Patch Kids and Dora from now on. And YAY – I get to shop for PINK DRESSES!!!!! Either way, boy or girl, this child would have – will be! – loved to pieces. We already loved her a long time ago.
So welcome to the world, Ella. Ciocia Kasia loves you!!!
(And yes… Sporto, I owe you a bottle of wine.)
Aren’t Sunday babies nice?
Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for his living,
And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.