The Frozen African

The Frozen African

Friday, February 3, 2017

LIFE UPDATES SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2016

First and foremost, Happy very belated Christmas and very belated Happy New Year !

Hope your holidays went well and relaxing !

Ours went well. It was nice for my mom to come from Ivory Coast and spend time with DJ. As for NYE, we went to bed before midnight, but it was nice to watch the Ryan Seacrest special for a bit.

Now, back to updates:

- the first week of September was the Russell Fair and it was the first time i have been there. DJ had a blast going on rides.




-Few weeks before DJ's birthday, i had 3 of my wisdom teeth removed (4th one was supposed to be removed, but it was too hard for dentist so i will remove it another time). I decided to stay awake during the procedure because going under terrifies me. The process went well, but i was quietly freaking out in the chair. After the removal, i was in deep pain. I had researched for weeks what would help me feel better and i decided to eat soft ice cream and Ensure meal supplement drinks all weekend.
Luckily, i scheduled the procedure on a Friday and DJ was in daycare so Guillaume was able to help me. During the weekend, my mother in law took DJ for a few hours and we had a babysitter on Sunday so i could rest.By Monday, i was starving. I think at one point, i started crying because all i wanted was to eat something. ANYTHING !! I took a few bites of food here and there, but chewing was still tough for me.
 I went back to work on a Tuesday, but i still a bit sore. It took me a few weeks to recover and finally eat normal food, but i'm glad this is done. I will probably go back to get my last wisdom tooth removed later this year.

- September 29, DJ turned 2. Compared to the party we threw for his 1st birthday, we decided to keep this one low key and just have G's parents come over and eat cake.





The difference between DJ at 1 and at 2 is astonishing. Now, he understand much more what we say and he is working on making full sentences. He is much more affectionate, so many smiles with a mix of tantrums. Oh yes tantrums ! We had all kinds: the throw himself on the floor, the deep sighing, and the loud crying. But i realised that now he is 2 yr and few months, we try to explain to him why we no and sometimes the tantrums stop, but other times it does not work. But we know that it shows improvement (i think) and most of the time now we see our little DJ turn into a child. HOW DID IT HAPPEN?!?! Yesterday, i had a slight panic because i realised that in 1 yr and half and our little DJ will be in kindergarten and i ALMOST started to cry ! Oy vey !

- Early October, we went to a food truck rally in Orleans and we had fun. I am obsessed with food trucks !! I ate one of the famous rice bowl from Angry Dragonz and it was delicious and so full !

Excited to see Chase !


- We spent Thanksgiving weekend with Guillaume's grandmother and mother in Mount Forest and celebrated my 31st birthday there. It was nice and relaxing.

- IT FINALLY HAPPENED !!  We dropped the side of DJ's crib. At first, we were waiting until he started to climb out of his crib to make the change, But then we realized that DJ liked when we were cuddling with him before putting him to bed. Sometimes it would be hard to put him back to bed because he wanted to keep being cuddled. So the change was purely our choice so we could cuddle a little bit with him in bed.

It actually went well and DJ was excited about his new "bed". We made sure to put a comforter down and we installed a pool noddle inside his crib sheet to prevent him from falling down.

Guillaume's shirt got wet when he took DJ from his bath


Everything went well. Then, a few days later....

We realized that we were cramped in his "bed" when we were cuddling at night and trying to "expertly" get out of the bed without waking up DJ was very hard !

So we decided to "adult" and actually buy DJ a new bed. This one actually transform from a toddler bed to a full size bed so he can use it when he gets older. Guillaume installed the bed when we went to visit grandma and when he came home, he was so excited ! No tears about the old one ! Bonus= he had his own blanket and pillow.

So now, he is fully transitioned to a big boy bed. YAY! Milestone completed !



Ironically, we learned few weeks later that IKEA recalled the SNIGLAR crib!!! (please see link if you have one and haven't done so yet http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2016/60748r-eng.php ).
So we went back to IKEA, returned the crib (we received full refund for the price that we originally bought it 2 years), and bought a few sets of sheets the new bed.

So it was actually a pretty good decision to get the new bed early so it would have not been too much of a shock to DJ. Yay ! High fives all around !!



- After coming back from the wedding in Edmonton, my left leg started to be achy, but i thought maybe i needed to stretch more as DJ sat on me for a long time during the red-eye flight at night. I went to massage therapy (small relief) and acupuncture (worked for a few sessions and then it stopped).

Then, a month or so later, i turned in bed and woke up from a pain in my spine. I thought i twisted wrong (as it happened before, but this pain was more intense). I went to work and the pain intensified to the point i could not stand nor sit anymore. I was able to leave and drive slowly home. I called Guillaume at work and he left work to be with me. I took Advil and took a hot bath with epsom salt which helped for a bit, but as soon as i got up and laid in bed, the pain got tremendously worse. G called the Health Unit and they recommended that i go see my primary doctor within a few hours if the pain does not stop. Waiting was so painful and when we finally went to see the doctor, i started crying when i saw her because i was so done with the pain! All i wanted was for her to stab me with a needle with some sort of magical pain reliever. After examining me, she diagnosed me with a herniated disc and gave me prescription for pain meds. G drove fast to the pharmacy so i could get some relief. I laid in bed for the rest of the day and tried to relax.

For weeks, i tried to find a treatment that would work without meds and physiotherapy was one that helped the most (using orthopedic insoles from the podiatrist also helped as a secondary treatment). I have been doing physio for months now and it is feeling much better than it was before.

-Unto the "nerdy" part of our lives, we started to play a cooperative game called Pandemic: Legacy around mid October. If you are not familiar with the game, the point is to eradicate diseases on the board with the help of other players as different events unfold. It is so fun and very strategic. The Legacy part takes place over the period of a year and so many things happen, and you have to try to win every month or you have to re-do it (with a maximun of 2 tries) before you can move on. Currently, we are on July month and trying desperately to move on lol !



Sorry ! I have been so slow to update the blog, but i promise i have a lot of things to talk about but be patient with me and i will explain everything !!

Have a great weekend everybody !!

Friday, December 30, 2016

LIFE UPDATES JULY & AUGUST 2016

Let's recap !

- U.S. Independence Day weekend in Baltimore ! Our flights were uneventful and the weekend was quiet. When i used to live in Baltimore, we would go to the Inner Harbour and watch the fireworks. This trip, we focused on just hanging out with family and catching up. We went to brunch, watched kids movies, played with the kids, and did some shopping. Very quiet weekend !


- Mid July, we celebrated our 4 yr anniversary (YAY!!!) early (our actual anniversary date fell on a weekday) and my mother in law graciously offered to stay overnight and watched DJ, while we stayed downtown for the night. It was our first night away from DJ and it went great. We had dinner at Ace Mercado (Mexican fusion restaurant). While the portion were tapas size, it was definitely good.

The next day, we went to Gatineau Park at Lac La Peche. Last year, we went to Lac Phillippe so it was nice to change it up. At first, it rained a bit, but luckily it stopped and we were able to enjoy our day there. This year, DJ decided to follow us in the water and we had a blast. Though, Guillaume had a minor accident with some tiny minnow fishes that decided to nibble on the freckles on his back. We thought it was cute until he got up and i saw he started to bleed a bit. Yikes !! But nothing bad. Afterwards, we enjoyed some much needed ice cream.





- Around that time, DJ started swimming lessons. We  started the classes when he was 6 months and it was fun. This year, Guillaume and I took turns swimming with him and we could see the changes in him, and honestly i think he enjoyed swimming more with G. It was fun sitting on the sidelines and watching them being cute :)


- DJ also started seeing a chiropractor early August once a month because his left leg was a bit turned. The chiropractor assured us that it will eventually correct itself as he grow up, but doing monthly would help him just in case. We can the difference and sometimes we can see when the leg start

-We went to a work event early August and we go to watch the fireworks at the Canadian Museum of History. The songs playing during the fireworks were so fun that we were singing to all of them. Of course, our selfie game was on point !





-In mid August, we flew to Edmonton for the wedding of Guillaume's best friend and it was fun. We made sure to take DJ to the Castle Downs playground early morning (wedding was around the afternoon) so he could run around and spent some energy. One of the best decision we made was to bring the tablet in case DJ was getting bored at the reception, and it helped calmed him down. Later, DJ was tearing up the dancefloor and i think had a minor crush with the photographer. it was so cute :) One thing we benefited from the trip was that we decided to fly out of Calgary instead of Edmonton, and we were able to see family, friends, and fellow blogger Lisa (Hi Lisa !). I had never been to Calgary before and i really enjoyed it.

















Saturday, December 10, 2016

LIFE UPDATES MAY & JUNE 2016

Hello everyone ! Hope your weekend are going well !


I'm going to spread out my updates so i don't make too long posts.



-When we came back from our trip to Ivory Coast in mid-late May, i resume my position at my current contract. However, my hours were starting to get reduced and eventually my contract ended. Luckily, a week and half later, i got another contract position (story of my life right now!) in Gatineau which is so different from previous position. This is more involved, but i have a longer commute now. Guillaume and i had to switch our roles for DJ's daycare (He would drop him off and i would pick up) so i could leave the house very early in the morning to avoid bad traffic. It is challenging at times, but we are making it work.

-In the subject of daycare, DJ had to switch to the new one because the former home daycare provider had to close hers. I was sad because we love her so much (i still see her!) and we were nervous because we had to enter a rat race of finding a decent daycare around us within 2 weeks and half. Some were too far for us, some were primary French (we prefer bilingual, but we have chose one if we had no choice), and the ones who were close to us were full. Luckily, one of G's old high school classmate, V., (we live in a small town) could squeeze us in her home daycare until next year. Thankfully, she was able to give the full time spot to DJ. At first, we had wanted to put DJ in preschool when he is 2 and half, but we had to potty train him per preschool requirement. As he was showing no signs of interest and he was having fun at V's daycare, we decided to keep him there until he starts junior kindergarten. This gives us time to look at other schools. The sweet thing about V's daycare is that DJ is playing with kids whom parents went to school with Guillaume so it is a little bit of a flashback for him, but it is funny that our kids will probably end up in the same school probably. MAJOR TWILIGHT ZONE !!!

- In May, we also decided to interview for babysitters. We mostly rely on Guillaume's mom (his dad lives too far) for babysitting weekly on Saturdays or odd days we need a break, but we also wanted to have the option to give her a break and find somebody we would comfortable to watch DJ if we need a date night. Our babysitter search was a bit weird. We found a few people via our neighbourhood Facebook group, but some were too young (around 12-14 but we needed somebody that could drive in case of emergency), some failed to show up for interviews, and the ones that did show up were ok. Then i decided to use Care.com and i found T in late June and she ended up being perfect for us as she works at a daycare in city, more mature, has her own car, and DJ actually like her. She come some Sundays when we need a break/need to clean the house, but we did use her once for a date night and it went fine. So far, it is working.

-In June, i decided to apply for a U.S. visa to go visit my sister in Baltimore for Independence Day weekend. The process and interview went smoothly. I was excited to see my sister, my brother in law, and my nieces again. It is funny because when we came back from ivory Coast, we said that we would not travel for awhile (except for a wedding later in the months), but we jinxed ourselves LOL ! Oh well, onto July then !!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

YAMOUSSOUKRO, BEACH EXCURSION, AND LAST DAYS IN ABIDJAN

I realized i never finished doing the recaps for our trip to Ivory Coast. Better now than never...



When we booked our trip to Ivory Coast, we decided not to stress too much about what we wanted to do. We were going to let family decide what they wanted us to do. We just didn't want to do too much.

One thing my dad wanted us to do was to visit Yamoussoukro and see the Basilica. Yamoussoukro is the political capital of Ivory Coast. It is not as big and populated city, but it has a decent population. It is only 1hr 30-2 hrs drive from Abidjan, depending on traffic.

The main attraction in Yamoussoukro is the Basilica and she is worth to see !

The Basilica of our Lady Peace was a gift to the Vatican Church by our former President Felix Houphouet-Boigny (R.I.P./ best President ever!!) and it was constructed from 1985 to 1990. It was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in September 1990.

Fun fact: my parents were there when it was consecrated, and they said it was such a huge honor and amazing thing to see.

I am going to stop blabbing and let you see for yourself (somewhat):








This sculpture is made ENTIRELY out of wood ! IMPRESSIVE !!



Shenanigans outside the Basilica !



This was Guillaume and I's first time to see it, and it was breathtaking. DJ had fun fun running around everywhere, and the ride back home was sweeter as he slept the whole way, and we saw CROCODILES !!


Hello friend !!

The following weekend, my parents took us to the beach and i was in heaven. Guillaume could not understand why i was obsessed with beaches, until he saw the view:



We did not do anything specific, except relaxing, eating, and playing in the water a bit. This is how i like to roll !!







Heck, DJ was just fine laying his diaper and playing in the sand. Yes you read it right, i left my son in his diaper because what the fuck ever! We are on vacation LOL!!











It was the best way to end our vacation.

The last days before packing up to leave, we just stayed home and enjoyed family. The atmosphere was a bit heavy because we knew that we didn't know when we will see them (flights back home are quite expensive), but we were happy we got to be there.

My dad feeding DJ :)

My mom watching music videos with DJ on tablet :)


Cousins and DJ playing in the pool ! Free babysitters !