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July 11, 2018

Have I mentioned the school bank yet? There's a program in Ontario whereby students are invited to sign up for an account at the Desjardins credit union. They have extra education to promote financial literacy and kids with an account can make deposits at school every two weeks. If they make a certain number through the year they get extra interest in June. Anyway, Matthew won a gift certificate to the movies from the credit union and was desperate to use it. 

 

Incredibles 2 was the only movie that was even vaguely suitable and Elizabeth reckoned he would be okay (she'd already seen it at karate Olivia's birthday) so I agreed we could go to the movie theatre.

 

Grandma J agreed to play with Amelia and Daddy wrangled Michael.

 

We bought two large bags of popcorn and the staff obligingly gave me a couple of paper bags so I could split the popcorn into individual bags. Given that both Maria and Elizabeth had had stomach flu in the last couple of weeks I did NOT think that sharing would be wise.

 

The movie was very good, but Matthew did end up in my lap towards the end. I didn't find it as scary as I was expecting based on the reviews but Matthew clearly found it overly intense. At one point I wasn't sure he was going to make it through but he said he enjoyed the experience and wants to go back. His favourite part was getting to eat popcorn! We don't usually allow any food (or drink) in the basement even during movie times so this was a huge treat.

 

It was my first time at the Landsdowne theatre and I thought it was pretty nice.

   

July 10, 2018

At six months, Michael weighs 6.87kg, his head measures 43cm and he is 64.6cm long. He's babbling up a storm and can communicate with a few signs (milk, diaper) and vocalizations (mmmmmmum). He thinks it's hilarious to blow raspberries. His siblings are some of his favourite people.

 

Michael has started taking fewer but longer naps. The other day he slept for three and a half hours in the morning! He mostly sleeps through the night too. He's much less barfy, though he does still spit up from time to time.

 

He's very grabby and is starting to be able to locomote towards objects of interest. He can rotate himself in a circle and has just started pushing himself backwards. He can sit up unassisted for a short time and sit propped such as in a grocery cart for quite a while. The trick with the grocery cart is not putting objects of interest too close or he ends up twisting himself around in an attempt to eat all the things. Diaper change time is an excellent time to roll over. It's definitely not safe to leave him unattended on a couch.

 

His favourite toy is now probably the Jolly Jumper. He's VERY enthusiastic. He also greatly enjoys the jolly jumper, Matthew's beanie boo dragon stuffies, a set of plastic keys and is still a big fan of the silicone muffin liners with feet. He also does take a soother, though he tends to gnaw on the wrong end.

 

He still mostly tries to nurse his solids but is making progress on learning to chew. He seems to like everything he has tried, though he makes some hilarious faces. Oranges are a particular favourite, as is watermelon and sweet potato.

 

A very smiley boy with an adorable giggle - his big blue eye garner much attention pretty much everywhere we go.

   

July 9, 2018

Maria has her red stripe now too so both cousins are getting new belts. Matthew has just realized that they are going to catch up to him pretty quickly at this rate; Tyke belts move more slowly than Kid belts, because younger kids just take longer to absorb the material and be able to perform it at an adequate level.

 

He's vowing to go to more classes in order to stay ahead - we're have to see...

   

July 7, 2018

When I came to pick up Elizabeth, I was surprised to discover that not only had Matthew and Erika received stripes (confirming that Erika is indeed going to grading), Elizabeth got her first brown belt stripe as well!

 

Now it's just a waiting game to see if Maria is going to get her stripes too. Erika has been going to more classes, but since Erika couldn't go to class for a week or so they are still more or less at the same level.

   

Wee Isabelle turned five and today was her party. Surprise gluten free pie for Auntie Sarah, whose birthday it was too!

 

Sweet, shy Isabelle with the glorious curls is now five. She and Matthew are great friends and often run off together to do secret cousin things by themselves. Usually they manage to stay out of trouble, which suggests she is a tempering influence on Matthew...

   

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