Archive for March, 2007

Snowmobile Video from Danny

My friend Danny McDonald went snowmobiling out on the West coast a few days ago. They had some trouble with ice in one area and a couple guys went for a slide.


Enjoying the View


My boy in his wagon this morning. Enjoying the warm weather and the fresh snowfall.

Doctor’s Visit

Nicholas saw the Doctor today.

The little guy awoke at around 11pm last night. Very strange as he has been sleeping through the night for about 8 months now. We checked his temperature and he had a slight fever. We did our best to break it and we were successful with a bit of Ibuprofen and Acetometaphin. Unnfortunately Nicholas didn’t take too kindly to being brought out of his sleep.

Around midnight we decided to try and give him another bottle just in case he was hungry. He gulped it down like there was no tomorrow. We felt like tomorrow wouldn’t come at this point. Sometime around 1 am he was crying so hard in our bed that he decided to let his milk fly… in our bed. We cleaned that and I brought him out in the living room to play with some toys. At 2 am Siobhan got me to take Nicholas for a ride to put him to sleep. We drove for about a half hour and he seemed to be sound. I took him out of his seat and he quirked a little. I brought him into his crib and gently laid him down. All seemed good. A little after 3 am he woke up crying again. No matter what we tried he would not go to sleep. If we put him in his crib he would seem to settle, then start crying. When we would check on him he would be sat up, mad at the world because he still doesn’t know how to lay back down. At 3:30 am I did the dishes, just in case we had to leave with him and needed spare, clean bottles.

Sometime around 4 am Me and Nicholas headed down to play with the Curious George Website and I told Siobhan to go and grab some zzzz’s. He enjoyed that, talked back at George, hit the keyboard every chance he got and was in good spirits. Then we started watching our favourite movie, Cars. Again, that was good. After 20 minutes or so he started getting fussy with lying against me so I decided to try him in bed. We hopped into the spare bed and he immediately snuggled down. At last!

Sometime around 5:00am he started quirking… he tried sitting up. He was fussing so I helped him. Once he was sat up he laid flat on his face with his head towards the foot of the bed. Sound asleep. I crossed my fingers and shut my eyes again. 5:20 am he was up. Mad at the world again because he was on his face and couldn’t see what was going on. I helped him sit up and you could tell he was quite confused. Our basement bedroom is light blue with dark blue and blood red strips running up and down the walls. He looked at one wall and then another. Eventually he realized I was there, frowning and trying to see him without my glasses. This was about the same time he started crying.

We got up with him and tried everything in our power to help him feel better. Nothing worked. I was all fooled up, my eyes weren’t working properly and I felt like I hadn’t slept in a week. Siobhan tried to get some cereal into him for breakfast and he started his usual ritual of coughing and gagging so I went into the room to get his buddy, the stainless steel bowl. On my way out I hopped over the bed, still half blind, and ran into the door facing. Somehow I managed to make it out to Nicholas and drop the bowl under his mouth. He proceeded to throw up the little bit of cereal he had in him and I went wrangy. There were no if, ands or buts about it. We were heading to Grand Falls to see the doctor. I had read too much about GERD and Pyloric Stenosis to wait any longer to hear from our referral. At 9 am we were at the gas bar, filling up our CR-V, loaded with luggage for 3 or 4 days if necessary.

We got to the Hospital in Grand Falls and stated our situation. We were sick and tired of our little guy throwing up his meals. After waiting for about two hours we finally got to see a pediatrician. We explained everything to him and he looked Nicholas over and told us point blank that this little boy was not a sick child. He seemd to be very healthy even while having a little cold attacking him. He’s growing, learning and gaining weight. What we are experiencing seems to be a strong gag reflex. It should be gone long before he hits five years old, but may last longer. The only thing that we need to follow up with is a Barium swallow test to ensure that the esophagus is working good.

We fed Nicholas twice since then without issue… using pureed, watery foods.

Once we got home this evening the little guy seemed to be much happier. He played with his toys but still sooked us a little. We put him to bed tonight and he was upset for a few seconds before snuggling into his blankets. It’s 11:11 pm right now and so far, so good. Time for me to catch up on a few zzzzz’s myself.


Funny little man

A little video I wanted to share of Nicholas.

His Aunt Pheobe really got him going!


Some Nicholas Pictures!

I’ve finally gotten around to putting some more pics of our little man in the Gallery.

Here’s a few samples! Be sure to check out the rest.
Sitting on the R/C MXZ. He wants to be just like his Dad!
Sitting on the R/C MXZ. He wants to be just like his Dad!

Cool little dude!
Being cool with his new hat his Godfather gave him.

Not so cool after he tipped over outside.

The little guy is bouncing around all over the house. He’s sitting up in the crib all the time when we put him to bed and tearing the crib toys off to play with them instead of going to sleep. He’s a quirky little guy, and lots of laughs come out of him all the time.

Unfortunately it is not all good. He is having trouble with eating and throws up about half of his meals. Once today, twice two days ago, twice the day before that… etc. We took him to our family doctor today and he is going to refer us to a pediatrician again. We had him over to see the Pediatrician before and Nicholas was put on Ranitidine (Zantac) for 6 weeks or so. Things seemed to have gotten better so the Pediatrician told us to stop the meds and see how it goes. The problem is back… with a vengence. He eats just fine sometimes, but then other times he will start gagging on the food and eventually coughs until it comes up. Sometimes a little bit, sometimes a lot. It’s pretty heartbreaking to see. We have to keep a bowl nearby just in case. Sometimes he will go right back to eating, othertimes we give him a break and feed him a little later. He eats Cheerios by himself all the time as well as Baby Mum Mums and crackers (whole grain of course).

Nicholas is growing out of his clothes, but he is still a puny little guy. He is probably over 20 pounds now and will be 11 months tomorrow. We have his first birthday all planned and I bought a special gift for him and me to enjoy this summer! More on that in a month or so. 🙂

Gotta run now. Be sure to check out the rest of the pics!



It seems our little man is finally starting to explore the world. He started hopping around on his butt a few months ago but never really went too far. He has always hated being on his belly so crawling was out of the question. One day a couple of weeks ago he started cruising around the furniture and I think he realized that he could move. From there he really learned how to hop on his butt!

Here’s a little video of Nicholas going to the bathroom for his bath last night .


Ski-Doo MXZ 600 & Polaris Edge Touring 550 Fan


Here’s a picture I took this morning at around 8am. It was -20 Celsius at the time of the picture.

I took the MXZ for a little run last night, unfortunately my snowpants were left at work so I had to bundle up with a couple of layers of pants. I almost froze. Small windshield and only one working handwarmer at -15 is not so fun. It’s a totally different machine then the Polaris. Easy to toss around and play on, but nowhere near as comfortable a ride as I am used to.

The power is excellent compared to my Polaris 550 fan as expected. This machine hauls me around like there is no tomorrow while the Polaris drags its butt around like a sick animal. Different machines all together!


Another Toy!

I haven’t had a chance to get any good pictures of her yet, but this is my 2002 Ski-Doo MXZ 600 that I bought earlier this week. She’s sitting in the box of my truck right now, but hopefully tonight I’ll get a chance to take her for a run.

More pics to come soon! Me and Siobhan want to take our machines for a ride this weekend.


Snowmobile Ride to Mount Sylvester

Mount Sylvester Ride

Another good ride this past weekend. Me and Siobhan went to Mount Sylvester on a sponsored ride with 44 snowmobiles and about 80 people ranging in age from 3 – 60+. There’s more information at, a site I made for the trip.

It was an all day trip, we left home at 8:45 am and got back home around 5:00 pm. I had 74 miles on my snowmobile when I got back to the start point.

We left from South East Pond Road and drove to AMalijek for our first break. From there we went on to Mount Sylvester. The snow was picking up and it was a little windy but we had experienced guides and a number of GPS units. Once we arrived at the base of the mountain some people decided to venture up on the snowmobiles. The mountain was so windswept that no one made it to the summit on their machines due to the bare rock surface. I’d guess about half of the people went to the top while the rest stayed at the lake below.

Once everybody got back to the base and had a little break we headed off to Medonnegonix Lodge. The trip from the mountain to here was a little rougher. One spot in particular required a lot of manual labour to get about half of the machines through. We all chipped in and everybody made it without any casualties. Once we got to the lodge the staff had a meal of soup, sandwiches, and hot dogs ready for us with all the hot tea and Pepsi one could drink.

Video of all the snowmobiles except mine leaving Amalijek.

We spent about an hour and a half at the lodge. Everybody was stuffed, the kids had a snowman built using cheese slices for the eyes and mouth (I never got a picture of that), and starting to get tired.

We now started the trek back to the road where we began. This leg of the trip was pretty easy and quick. Only one person flew off their snowmobile while trying to ride up a hill. Gerard took care of that with his shovel and everyone else was simply able to ride up the hill with little issue.

After we got back to the parking area I decided to continue home on the snowmobile while Siobhan drove the truck home. If I never stopped for gas on the way I would have beat her. The riding is perfect.

We are hoping next year will be just as big, or hopefully bigger. It was wonderful seeing a line of snowmobiles behind you as far as you could see.