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Ollie’s Week of Firsts!

Ollie’s Week of Firsts!





Ollie had such a busy week, full of many ‘firsts’, so I just had to post them! This past weekend, we celebrated Ollie’s first Canada Day! How exciting! Chris and I hold Canada Day in a special place in our hearts, as it is our dating anniversary and the weekend we got engaged, so it was really neat being able to share such a magical day with our little guy. We usually go to Niagara-on-the-Lake to celebrate, but we decided that might be too long of a drive for Ollie, so we headed to Stratford instead, which turned out to be a great idea.

We walked around downtown Stratford with Ollie in the stroller, to shop and to see the local celebrations. Not to mention, dine on some yummy food the vendors were selling. As we walked around, we listened to live fiddling music and even saw a couple of male teenagers tap dancing (YAY!). It was very nice, but the sun started to beat down on us, so we headed for some shade alongside the river.

We set up our blanket on the banks of the river, brought out Ollie’s bassinet, some toys for Ollie and laid back to enjoy nature and each other’s company. I love listening to the water, the wind rustling the leaves in the trees and even the ducks squawking back and forth. Ollie enjoyed the outdoors too, but maybe a little too much, as he wouldn’t go down for his nap. By the time we finally got him to sleep, a man on a very loud motorcycle zoomed by and woke us all up (yes, I had just started to nod off myself). Oh well! It was a very lovely Canada Day, and we ended it by having my parent’s watch Ollie while Chris and I went out for dinner at The Keg, which is another anniversary tradition of ours. Happy birthday Canada!

The next neat thing Ollie did for the first time was go “swimming” in his pool! We got him all decked out in his swimsuit, topped up the pool with some water I warmed up, and then Daddy introduced him to his baby pool. At first he seemed a little confused, but interested. He sat in the water, reached for his bath toys, and was quite calm. Then he fell in face first. That ended his calm disposition. He started to wail, poor little man. After some time, he let us put him back in the pool, but you could tell he was a little more wary this time around. Hopefully he forgets his “traumatic” experience and doesn’t hold it against us. I can’t wait to try it again soon, as I really want to take him to the beach this summer and I want him to get used to water.

Lastly, Ollie had another huge first experience. Our little Oliver tried solid food for the first time! Yay Ollie! His first solid food was rice cereal made with breastmilk. Yum! ;) To our surprise, our little picky and sometimes fussy baby didn’t even blink an eye when he swallowed his first spoonful. He didn’t even seem puzzled or confused at all! He just opened his mouth whenever the spoon approached him. What a big boy! He must have been watching us eat pretty closely, as he acted like a seasoned expert. :) We are so proud of our Ollie. He has been quite the champion taking on all these new experience and challenges. It is so exciting to be a part of his life as he takes all these new steps and grows into an adorable little man. Here are a few more pictures and a little video of Ollie eating his cereal. Enjoy! (Ollie sure did!)







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  1. Nancy says:

    Oh Ollie little man, you are the cutest little bug in the rug that I have ever seen. Too cute for words. Good luck with that cereal eating. Don't be afraid of that big bucket of water, you will learn to love it. Love you my little man dude xxxxooooo

  2. Elle says:


    Such big milestones! I can't believe how big he is getting, and even more cute! You are so right that Edie and Ollie will be the best pals :)

    I love the little pool! He ate so well in the video, and I felt so privileged to feed him some the other day:)

    Love you all and see you soon!

    Auntie Elle :)

  3. doreen gallant says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your love of Ollie with us . What a wonderful treasure you will have for him some day. I wish you lived closer so you could come help me do something with my pictures He is so precious and so lucky to have parents like he has.

    • mandiemoon says:

      Thanks Aunt Doreen! I’m so glad I have this blog to share with Ollie one day. I don’t have the best memory, so this way, I can share and relive every little detail of his childhood. :)

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