Sweet Rina,

This morning was my yoga class at the studio and I have to admit, I wasn’t really looking forward to it. I’ve been feeling a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders lately and for some weird reason, I felt like I was buzzing from the inside. However, since I did pay for class, I also have a sense of obligation to attending every single class and therefore, I took off and went to class!

Funny enough, it wasn’t my neck or shoulders that were bothering me (maybe thanks to your Dad’s massage last night?), but my psoas were just screaming while we did a modified Utthita Parsvakonasana at the wall. Same when we did a modified Parsvottanasana at the wall. I was supposed to feel a stretch in my iliacus, and instead, felt the stretch in my calves. Corrine, our teacher, said it was the beauty of yoga. A pose that will stretch you one way on a specific day, will end up stretching you a completely different way on another day, month, year, depending on your mood and body!

By the way, I have to talk a little bit more about Corrine ( you can read about the teacher’s bio here). She is a really good yoga teacher. She is intuitive, hands-on, very helpful with her verbal cues about adjusting yourself into a pose and funny too with her teaching. She is a wonderful yogi and very graceful too. I look up to her and aspire to, one day, be as graceful and beautiful in my poses as she is. There. Enough on my yoga crush!

Suffice to say that after today’s practice, I felt light and limber and relaxed, no more inside buzz, like I usually do after a yoga class. I’m really happy I’ve registered for the general class being taught by Corrine for next term. Hopefully, I’ll be able to improve and pursue a deeper practice.

Now, if you could just wake up from your nap so we could walk to the grocery store and get some food for dinner tonight. You seem to be growing again as you are back to napping 3x/day. Lucky girl! I wish I could do the same!


Mom & Dad Xxo

Mamie and Rina update!

Sweet Monkey!

I think you’re going through a growth spurt as you slept for 11hrs (uninterrupted) last night and went right back to sleep after your morning bottle earlier. Your teeth are also coming in (slowly), but we can now see and feel your super sharp little chompers! You truly are a really good baby and I’m glad to see you happy and smiling so much. It gives me confirmation that we’re doing something right, your Dad and I!

That smile just melts my heart every time!

In other news, Mamie’s surgery went really well. It was a day surgery, meaning she was in and out of the hospital the same day. The surgeon had to remove a bit more than he thought initially, but he is satisfied with the overall result of his work. Grand-Papa has taken really good care of her and she was also visited by the public health nurse yesterday. The public health nurse wasn’t originally supposed to visit Mamie, but she was in the vicinity of their home and figured she’d stop by instead of calling. I have to say, Mamie is very impressed by the care she has been provided so far by the whole team: walk-in clinic, radiology team, biopsy team and surgery team. Everything seems to be going well with Mamie, she’s even able to do her everyday care for herself and that’s reassuring. I’ve also been lucky to receive an outpour of love and support from friends and family across the country and I’ve made sure to bottle all this positive energy and send it right back to Mamie!

Now, the only thing left to face is the treatment. Mamie will need both chemotherapy and radiation therapy  to keep fighting the cancer. I think she is a bit sad about the chemotherapy as she will lose her hair and, for a woman, it’s not an easy thing to accept. Mamie is strong though and I’m sure she’ll pull through this little hurdle with the positivism she’s demonstrated so very well up to now. In order to show her my support, I’ve decided to do the Run for the Cure with Rina, hosted by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation on October 2nd, 2011. It is a 5km walk/run. I’d like to hopefully run it, if my shins behave, if not, I’ll walk it. My goal is to raise $500 for the foundation. I’ve decided to talk about it here as a mean to help me cope with the whole thing. I know a few people follow the blog and if you’re ever tempted to give money for helping finding the cure for breast cancer, I would be tremendously thankful to you. You can either donate online by clicking on the above link, then click on “Donate” and just enter “Valerie & Rina Uliana”. You can also just click on here and you’ll be directed back to my page on the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. From there, you can just click on the icon that says “Donate to Valerie and Rina” on the right-hand side. If you don’t feel comfortable with online donations, you can contact me personally (either through Facebook or email) and I will give you more options as to how you can help me reach my goal. If you don’t have my email and aren’t on Facebook, you can just leave a comment below and I will get in touch with you. 🙂

Proof that you can still be gorgeous, even without hair! 😉

I was supposed to go to Yoga Chill again today, but we’re hosting a BBQ later today and there are still a few things to do so I decided to not go. I’m just hoping the rain stops and we’ll be able to enjoy the outside a bit, if not, this place will be packed with people! Oh well, it’ll be cozy!


Mom & Dad Xxo

TC10K, sleeping in, civic duty and tooth extraction…

Sweet Rina!,

This will be an extremely long post as I haven’t blogged in a few days and have some catching up to do!

Yesterday was a gorgeous day for the TC10K! It was extra sunny, the course was one of the easiest 10km we’ve done together and the weather was just perfect. We met up with a few of our mommy-babies friends and kept a good pace for the entire course. Everybody we were with were taller than us (not hard to do, really) and therefore, taking longer strides which meant a faster pace for us! 😉

Below are a few pics I took of the race. Although everyone was ok with me posting the pictures on the blog, I’ve blurred our racing bib numbers to keep a bit of privacy:

Our group, sorry for the blaring sun! 😉

Walking a 10km can be exhausting for a baby...

...which is why the baby naps, while the mama walks!

The view of the snowy peaks and the ocean behind SuperMama and SuperDaddy

Everybody did really well in the race with a finish time of 2:02 or about. If we take away the 5mins we waited in line for our bathroom break, we all came in under 2hrs! Good job everyone!

After we were done with the walk and changing a few diapers in the open air (don’t worry, we picked a secluded spot so as not to expose all of your very cute little bottoms to everyone around us 🙂 )  we went to grab breakfast and headed home after that. You and I napped together and then, it was time to go pick up BabyDaddy at the airport. Although you have been a little angel for me over the 5 days your Dad was away, I was very happy to be reunited with our family. You see, your Dad and I love each other very much and I like being around him as much as I can. I’m pretty sure you do too as you slept in until 0830 this morning, snuggled between us in our bed! I picked you up around 0500 when you fussed a little and you went back to sleep between the 2 of us! 🙂 It was nice of you to sleep in as I had to get ready for my dentist appointment and I have a feeling your dad wanted to get some rest too.

As for my dentist appointment, everything is fine with my teeth, except for my wisdom teeth… Every time I go to the dentist, there’s always the threat of having to remove them (I only have 3 and they never came out, so they are monitored closely). By now, being 33 years old, I thought I was out of the woods, but apparently not. My only lower wisdom tooth has moved a lot over the past 4 years, threatening the alignment of my other teeth and the dentist now thinks we should do something about it. However, it is very close to the nerve and therefore, I now have a consultation with a dental surgeon. Yay me! NOT! I really hope a tooth extraction is covered by my medical insurance as there is no way I can afford that on my maternity leave wages… I’ll find out more once the dental surgeon’s office calls to book an appointment. I am not happy about that at all… I am very conscious of my oral hygiene and floss EVERY NIGHT before going to bed. This should’ve been dealt with a long time ago and not left until now. Seriously, who gets their wisdom teeth pulled out at 33?!? Ugh. And to top it all off, I think my body has finally relaxed now that your Dad is home and given in to the threatening cold that has been looming over me while he was away (I had a scratchy throat, but nothing else). I’m now full-blown stuffed up in one nare and yet, I have the sniffles… Oh well, it’s raining today and a perfect day to feel sicky at home!

Today, a national election is being held for our country. I went in to vote after my dentist appointment. I am hoping this time around, things will change as I feel that our past recent leaders have mainly been focusing on picking on one another instead at looking at ways to better what is already a great country. Here’s to keeping my fingers crossed!

In other news, you keep growing at an alarming rate! You are now pushing through your pyjamas that are 3-6months in size and you’re not even 5 months old yet. Literally!

Ripping through your pyjamas...

Your toes are playing Peekaboo!

You seem very coy about the whole thing! 😉

We love you very much darling Rina!

Mom & Dad Xxo