Welcome to the world, Sebastian!

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Sebastian Alfredo Müller was born on October 23rd, 2014 at 11am in Florianopolis, Brazil, weighing 4.5 kilograms.  So far he has proven to be a very sweet, easy going little guy.  We are happy and blessed.

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     We had a pleasant two-day stay in the hospital, though I would’ve been lost without Nuni’s help.  He was with Sebastian and I almost the entire time, which was amazing because I needed a lot of help moving around(I had another C-section) and I needed nearly everything translated for me.  Out of all of the hospital staff I encountered(probably close to 40 different people), only one spoke English, but it was in my opinion the most important person – the anesthesiologist!  My only fear about the whole thing was that they would start the surgery before I was numb because the “can you feel this ice cube here?” question would get lost in translation.  Thankfully I felt absolutely nothing, and when they said, “okay, the baby is about to be born” I was thinking, “Already?  I haven’t felt anything yet!”  Even though I couldn’t understand all of what was being said around me, the staff were very professional and confident, which helped put me at ease.
Shasta meeting Sebastian for the first time

Shasta meeting Sebastian for the first time

Beijo! (Kiss)

Beijo! (Kiss)

     Shasta was in the room with his grandma when we returned from surgery and he seemed to be quite excited, saying, “Baby brother!  Baby brother!”  He didn’t stay long but he came back the next day and got to see him a little bit more.  Besides kissing Sebastian’s bassinet he was much more interested in the new cars an aunt brought for him.

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     On Saturday around noon we were discharged and we went to Nuni’s mom’s house where we all(Nuni’s mom, dad, sister, nephew, and the four of us) gathered.  Shasta was really excited to see us and eager to free Sebastian from his car seat – he tried to undo the buckle, saying, “Let’s check it out”.  He then said he wanted to hold him, so we sat down on the couch and Shasta held him for a while(with help of course).  Here is a cute video that Nuni’s sister Carol took:
Sebastian's Vovô(Grandpa)

Sebastian’s Vovô(Grandpa)

Sebastian's Vovó(Grandma)

Sebastian’s Vovó(Grandma)

     Other than that though Shasta hasn’t paid him too much attention, although he does enjoy putting his diapers in the garbage.  I’m so excited to see them grow up and interact together.  I hope they’ll be really good buddies.
Yes, there were bribes involved in the making of this photo!

Yes, there were bribes involved in the making of this photo!

     The most challenging part of the first week was getting the hang of breastfeeding.  I attempted to breastfeed Shasta but was too quick to give up, and this time I was determined to try harder.  It is sure a tricky thing to master, at least at first!  After the third day things started to get quite a bit better and I feel that we’re doing well now, praise the Lord.  Sebastian also seemed to have his days and nights mixed up for a little while but I think we are turning that around now, thankfully!
     Here are some more photos from our first week and a bit.  I can see a lot of similarities with Shasta’s features as a newborn, but he also looks quite different.  I just love everything about him – his soft, feathery hair; smooth, delicate skin, and irresistibly chubby cheeks which I could kiss for hours.
     We are extremely grateful to Nuni’s Mom, Silvia, and sister, Maria Carol, who looked after Shasta for us.  Nuni’s Dad, Eugenio, also helped us immensely in many different ways.  It was definitely a family effort!

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Love his chubby cheeks!

Love his chubby cheeks!

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1 week old

1 week old

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Happy Hallowe'en from our little pumpkin!

Happy Hallowe’en from our little pumpkin!

Oh hey!

Oh hey!

So jolly

So jolly

My favourite!

My favourite!(photo, not child) ;)

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I am a little ashamed to say I haven’t taken ANY pictures with my camera this entire month… because I have been having too much fun with our new iPod.  The photo quality is SO MUCH BETTER than our previous iPod, so I am experimenting with it by  doing another photo-a-day challenge with Fat Mum Slim on instagram.  Oh, and not only is the photo quality great, but it is so handy to take everywhere!  Carrying around a bulky, heavy camera whilst carrying a small(but very heavy) human inside your body is not quite as fun or convenient.  So if you care to see photos from this month, please check out my instagram feed, which you can find on the right sidebar of this blog, or you can click here.  I really like this month’s challenge – every day has a different letter (October 1st was “A is for…” and so on) so it’s easy for me to remember the prompts.  HOWEVER.  I promise to take some better quality pictures when the baby is born because… it’s a pretty special occasion.  Probably will want some prints of that someday. :)

In other news, we started moving into our apartment today!  It’s probably going to take a little while for us to get totally settled there but I’m really happy that the process has begun.  It’s a really cute place in a fabulous location, right next to a park/playground with different “aminals” as Shasta says… we will be visiting there frequently!  It’s also close to lots of shops, a great sushi place, the grocery store, yummy cafés, AND we are next door neighbours to our awesome friends Gabriel and Ana so I’m muito feliz (very happy) about that.  There you go, your Portuguese lesson for the day.

Hope you are all well, and I’ll be updating my instagram feed frequently so check it out whenever you feel the need :)

Beijos, tchau! :)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins/Cake

Happy Thanksgiving to all my my Canadian people! :)  Brazilians don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but that didn’t stop me from making a batch of my favourite pumpkin muffins – although since we don’t have muffin tins in the house it turned into a type of bread/cake… but really, the only difference is that the pan is easier to clean!  I thought I’d share the recipe with you here since it is a family favourite.  I got it from Kitchen Stewardship but I will post the recipe with any modifications that I usually make.

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Ingredients
  • ¾ cup honey(I used sugar but I will probably try it with 1 tsp-ish of stevia in the future for fun.  I have also used honey and it’s great)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1⅔ c. whole wheat flour
  • ½ c. melted butter or coconut oil (I used butter this time)
  • ¼ c. cold water
  • 1 c. pumpkin (which I chopped, baked and pureed all by myself!)
  • ½ t. cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves EACH (I did not use cloves this time as they were not ground and quite expensive)
  • ¼ t. baking powder
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • ¾ t. salt
  • 1 Tbs. molasses
  • Chocolate chips (or in my case a chopped dark chocolate bar!)
 Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together. Put in greased loaf pan or muffin tin. Bake at 325 degrees.
  2. Bread (one loaf) = 65-80 minutes 12 Muffins = 35-40 minutes 24 Mini muffins = 25 minutes

Sad to say it did not last long.  But of course that’s a good thing, too!

Enjoy your day with your family and friends!

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Hello everyone!  Happy October – can you believe it?  This year is going by entirely way too fast.  This month promises to be an exciting one – we are going to move into our own place soon, and sometime after that our newest family member will arrive!  Can’t wait! :)  Things here are going well: we’re working on potty training, I’m meeting new people, learning more Portuguese… have I mentioned duolingo on my blog yet?  It’s helped me so much.  It’s a free language learning website and I do a little bit of studying every day.  If you are interested in learning another language you should definitely check it out.

Well, here’s another batch of photos… enjoy!

My sister-in-law has started up this brand of literary goodies, check it out! (clicking on this picture will take you to the website)

My sister-in-law has started up this brand of literary goodies, check it out! (clicking on this picture will take you to the website)

Shasta got a "boo-boo" at the playground this day - he managed to face plant the sand by diving over a swing, and then getting hit in the back of the head by it!  He was pretty upset for about three minutes, then got right back on the swing.

Shasta got a “boo-boo” at the playground this day – he managed to face plant the sand by diving over a swing, and then getting hit in the back of the head by it! He was pretty upset for about three minutes, then got right back on the swing.  It’s all healed up now :)

Our first trip to the beach with our friend Laurinho

Our first trip to the beach with our friend Laurinho

Pirate ships?

Pirate ships?

a little doggy friend we made.

a little doggy friend we made.

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This single flower has bloomed on a tree in the front yard

This single flower has bloomed on a tree in the front yard

Just before church starts

Just before church started

An afternoon coffee on the balcony

An afternoon coffee on the balcony

Yellow birdie seen from the front balcony

Yellow birdie seen from the front balcony

Playing at Lagoa

Playing at Lagoa

Açaí moustache :)

Açaí moustache :)  Also see how well his chin healed up??

 

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Some more photos from the last week:

A rainy Thursday; the view from our balcony

A rainy Thursday; the view from our balcony

a walk on the pier at Beira-Mar

a walk on the pier at Beira-Mar

Shasta and Mommy

Shasta and Mommy

On Saturday Nuni played in a soccer tournament with friends from his elementary school.  He and Shasta got to raise the flag :)

On Saturday Nuni played in a soccer tournament with friends from his elementary school. He and Shasta got to raise the flag :)

Brigadeiro, a lovely chocolate treat

Brigadeiro, a lovely chocolate treat

He loves to say "Where are you?!" and then giggles with delight when we say it back!  "Hiding" is his favourite game.

He loves to say “Where are you?!” and then giggles with delight when we say it back! “Hiding” is his favourite game.

Another "where are you?" game in the hammock today.

Another “where are you?” game in the hammock today.

251 – 258/365 – First Two Weeks in Brazil

Hello everyone.  It’s been a good two first weeks settling in here – not without its challenges, but overall we are very blessed and happy.  I have been somewhat horrible at pulling out my camera – I think it’s because back in Canada, I felt safe bringing it everywhere with me.  Now I have to be more careful where I take it, so I have been using my iPod a little bit more – of course the quality isn’t as good, but it is pretty handy.  We’ve been to the playground a lot – Shasta always says to us, “Want to go to the pa-layground.”  He is so funny, he is talking up a storm and making me laugh all day.  Another cute thing he does is say “O-kaaay?” at the end of his statements, for example: “I gonna go downstairs, oookaaaay?” or “I wanna watch Thomas, ooookaaaay?”  We all think it is hilarious.  I’ll have to get it on video one of these days.  He’s still speaking English… he loves to shout “Helloo!” to people as they walk past our house, and tell them about his trucks and cars.  He’s learning some Portuguese though I think.  This morning he crawled into our bed and after telling me he wanted a bunny(it was random to me too), he went to Nuni and said, “Bom dia Daddy!”  He is in such an adorable phase of life right now.  Here are a few snapshots…

I didn't know mangoes grew this big!  I eat one per day, I love them so much!

I didn’t know mangoes grew this big! I eat one per day, I love them so much!

My belly is growing!!  I'm almost at 9 months.  So ready to have this baby!

My belly is growing!! I’m almost at 9 months. So ready to have this baby!

at a friend's cafe

at a friend’s cafe

I found this picture of Nuni at his Grandma's house, and I fell in love again!

I found this picture of Nuni at his Grandma’s house, and I fell in love again!

at a beach/playground across the bridge

at a beach/playground across the bridge

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He loves this merry-go-round thing

He loves this merry-go-round thing

along Beira-Mar

along Beira-Mar

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Along Beira-Mar

243 – 249/365: Goodbye Canada, Hello Brazil

Oi a gente!  (Hi everyone)  Greetings from sunny Brazil.  The weather is lovely… during the day it’s usually around 23 degrees, though today it was a very pleasant 27.  Many people are still in winter mode, so they’re wearing sweaters and scarves, while I’m in dresses, sweating.  Could be the pregnancy thing… most likely a mixture of that and coming from a place where 23 degrees IS summer.  We’re having a great time so far, catching up with friends and family.  Here are a few pictures from the couple of days before we left, the journey and the first days here.  Somewhat surprisingly I haven’t taken many pictures here yet but I expect that will change with time.  Até mais!

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Greetings all!  Tomorrow we fly to Brazil!  We are so excited for this new chapter in our lives.  Here are some photos of our week with the wonderful Cathy Wammes in Exeter.  We had so much fun there.  Tchau for now, next time I post it’ll be from Floripa!!

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Well I have quite a bit of catching up to do.  The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, with the Alaska trip and then getting our house all packed up.  We have officially moved from the Yukon, and currently are in Ontario with my parents for a couple of weeks before making the big move to Brazil!  So I know you’ll excuse my tardiness in posting.  I have been trying to keep up with the pictures – I’ve missed a couple days here and there, but here’s what I have.