I had started at least two updates, and then rebooted the computer both times without saving. Oops. As such, this is a much-delayed update. This one is mostly about events, rather than thoughts.
Lyra turned one
My little girl had her very first birthday on the ninth of July. Adam and I picked her up from Daycare (where they had given her a birthday hat and sang her songs all day) and took her out for a lovely sushi dinner at one of the multitudes of sushi restaurants on Lonsdale Avenue. Lyra loves sushi – already a west coast girl at heart. She picks up the rolls and gnaws on the rice and whatever is inside (avocado, cucumber, yam) and takes the whole piece apart, tossing much of it on the floor in the process. Fortunately she’s cute enough that the staff at the sushi restaurant think she’s awesome and don’t mind cleaning up her mess.
After her sushi dinner, we took her across the street to Brazza Gelato & Coffee, where we acquired gelato for her dessert. Naturally, she also loves gelato. Not really sure if it’s possible for a baby to not love gelato. Or anyone, really. At any rate, it was a huge win. (As an aside, I just looked at their website. I wonder if they’d barter a new website and product/shop photography for free coffee for a year or something? Mmmm Brazza coffee…)
It was a nice little family birthday celebration, and we had a good night.
Lyra had a birthday party
Her birthday party was on the weekend at my mom’s house in Pitt Meadows. We invited a bunch of friends to celebrate with us, and got cake (of course) for Lyra to mutilate. She spent a good part of the afternoon crawling around naked in the yard, playing in the baby pool, and generally enjoying herself. There really is nothing like spending your birthday in your birthday suit, and she was a model birthday girl. She wasn’t very interested in opening her gifts, so I opened them for her – books and toys and clothes – all much appreciated by her parents, if not the little girl herself. There was also a Barbeque, and Adam, Lyra and I stayed the night so that my mom could babysit the little girl the next day while Adam and I went biking together. It happens rarely, so it was a great Lyra birthday present for us. She had a fantastic time playing with her Nana.
Adam and I went biking together
Our ride was a nice one, with Maryn and Chris. We did the lower trails in Burnaby (I made them ride the trails up and back down, which was great) and then went to Port Moody where we rode Starz. It’s really been a long time since Adam & I rode bikes together (I think we managed it twice last fall) so it was a good time. Plus, I hadn’t ridden with Chris in two years or something, which was just sad. All remedied.
Lyra caught a cold around the 11th, just after Adam was sick. I caught the same cold by the 14th, and was not happy. For three days I was at home with Lyra being sick, and me sick too. Trust me on this one, it’s really no fun. Nine days now and I still have a really sore throat and a nasty-sounding cough. I’m hoping it moves along soon, I’m tired of this, and everyone else seems better now.
I still have thoughts I want to share about Lyra’s first birthday, but this entry is far more practical than that, and already long enough. Worry not, I will fill you in shortly.