Once a year, Patrick and I treat ourselves to a night out in downtown Vancouver … just because. We have a membership that gives us a night at the Sutton Place Hotel and 50% off all meals there. We debated whether or not to renew it last time because we didn’t know if we would continue to use it. We did … last night … with Nicholas.
He was, as is normal for him, super well-mannered at dinner, so he didn’t bother any of the other patrons. In fact, he was the star of the dining room (especially because he was wearing his Canucks jersey). All the staff stopped by to chat with him numerous times through the evening, and one lady at the table next to ours sent him into peels of laughter regularly (she had a great, booming laugh that he just loved). There was a young girl (4 yrs old) having dinner with her parents who kept coming over to our table to hug him and play with his Fin puppet.
The “mis en bouche” (mini appetizer) prepared by the chef was smoked kangaroo served on polenta with a radicchio sauce. Yes, I said kangaroo … as in “Six White Boomers“! It was really tasty! For the main course, I had a venison (deer) steak that was cooked to perfection! Kudos to the chef! Cooking game is not always easy, but he hit a home run with both meats tonight!
One of the waiters was kindly keeping an eye on the game for us (Game 2 – Round 2) – it was 1-1 halfway through the 3rd period when we finished dinner and headed up to the room to watch the rest of the game. What an exciting overtime – both teams were on “overdrive” with tons of scoring chances and some fantastic saves by the goalies! During the 2nd overtime, Jeff Cowan put the puck in the net on a pass from Trevor Linden, my favourite player, to tie the series. Go Canucks!
Nicholas has become pretty speedy with rolling and pushing himself around these days, but I didn’t realize just how quick he could be until last night. I put him in the middle of the king-size bed and turned to adjust the thermostat … 3 seconds after I put him down, I heard a THUD … not a super loud one, but one that definitely got my attention. I turned to find him on the floor, on his stomach, looking up at me with a shocked look on his face. Time stopped still!!! Then, he let out a wail that, thankfully, said, “I’m scared outta my tree, but not permanently damaged”. I grabbed him up and held him close … called out to Patrick that he had fallen off the bed … and started bawling, almost louder than Nicholas! Patrick gave us both a great big bear hug and I just kept apologizing over and over again to Nicholas for not being more watchful. I’m the parent – it’s my responsibility, until he can take it on himself, to keep him from danger. He only cried for a couple of minutes, then returned to his usual jovial self. I wonder if it would have been worse if he had fallen on his back?
Nicholas only lasted 3 hours in the playpen, which didn’t totally surprise me. It’s too bad, though, after his 9 hour night in the crib. I don’t know if he had difficulty sleeping in a different bed, or if he just wasn’t ready to sleep through the night again (regardless of where he might have been). I guess time will tell.
9 months today … wow, time is flying by! Interesting to note that he has now spent more time in the “outside world” than he did in the “inside world” – he was born at 38 weeks 2 days … today is 39 weeks 2 days.