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The number of changes happening with Andy are unreal. He is pulling himself up to stand whenever possible, and when he’s leaning on something he can just hang out there unassisted for a short time. He is, however, starting to develop a bit of an attachment. If he sees me, he’ll crawl over and ask to be supported to stand.

Andy has also been getting into his bookshelf, so we’ve had to shift a few things around so the things he plays with often are at the bottom. This morning, however, he started pulling things from the top shelf, so it’s possible all this moving is in vain. If he wants something, he will likely do whatever it takes to get it.


Other favourites – Andy absolutely loves it when you play with him with blankets. Flapping them in front of his face, swiping them over his head…any proximity to moving fabric brings him great joy. This elicits the best giggles ever.

Lots happening over the next few days. We had a friend stay with us from Thursday until this morning and after having some university kiddos over for lunch today, we are looking forward to hosting more friends tonight! Whee!

Last but not least, we decided to get Andy a tray. He wants to touch his food all the time and the end of our harvest table that  he sits is at the brink of what it can take without lasting damage. We are trying not to give him mum-mums too often, but it is just so cute watching him feed himself!

Alright, off to put sheets in the dryer.

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Weekend antics.

We got up to quite a few things this weekend.

On Saturday night, we went to the newly opened Mandarin buffet at the Frontenac Mall. A few friends were visiting from Ottawa, and the siren call of all-you-can-eat crab legs and prime rib was just too strong for them to resist. At $30 for dinner on a weekend, this is no PGB (aka Panda Garden Buffet…the usual tour bus buffet stop), so I guess you could say we were expecting some pretty above average food. Sadly, this was not what we got. I will admit, the selection is quite large, and their chicken teriyaki was tasty. Oh, and they have a cotton candy machine. But alas, I have no desire to return to this establishment. For those of you who are determined to dine at this lacklustre eatery, I provide you with 3 tips:

  1. They do take reservations. I would suggest making one.
  2. Note that the sashimi is not in plain view. They had a selection of torched butterfish and salmon on the night I was there. They sit behind a glass window around the side of the sushi station and are visible on the way to the bathroom.
  3. Get your prime rib when they first slice it open. Your enjoyment of this cut of meat will decrease significantly the longer it sits under the heat lamps.

On to Sunday.

When possible, we like to shop local. However, sometimes you just get significantly better deals online.

Now, Kelvin and I have had our eye on the Stokke Tripp Trapp for quite a while. We like that it’s a high chair that actually grows with your child, and which will take them into their adulthood (no joke). Shop.ca had a sale a little while ago, but alas we were not fast enough and we couldn’t get the colour we wanted. Thankfully, a relatively new local store downtown called Hip Kids currently has the chair on sale ($259 down from $329). If you are in the market for one, you should head there. Or, if you live in Kingston, you can get it delivered for free.

We like how it looks in our dining room. We will get the baby seat attachment once Andy is a little older and will actually be using the chair.

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