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March 25, 2013

At six weeks, Matthew is now wearing 3 month size clothes. Most of the day he is delightful. He's slowly getting more alert and loves to bat at various toys that his sister gets for him. Elizabeth adores him. She likes to brush his hair and pick his clothes and generally speaking treat him like a living doll.

 

Having reached peak fussiness age, it's predictable that Matthew is now a bit "fussy". And by fussy I mean that he cries rather inconsolably. We dubbed Elizabeth Captain Crankypants at this age, so I'm pretty sure that Matthew is not as bad. Erika introduced us to a real fussy baby nearly seven years ago (eek!) so we are quite aware things could be much worse! It also helps that we are much more experienced with soothing fussing babies.

 

However, it is true that from about dinner time at 5pm to whenever he passes out in sheer exhaustion at 8pm, Matthew screams on and off no matter what anyone does. All he wants to do is nurse, which makes it tricky to figure out if he's actually hungry or just so gassy and uncomfortable that he's prone to spitting up everywhere.

   

March 24, 2013

Those of you who know us well know that one of our hobbies involves frequent trips to Home Depot. So we figured that Matthew's first visit is a milestone of sorts, requiring some sort of proper documentation.

 

I've been joking that Matthew is our binary kid (1: Screaming, 0: Sleeping). Going outside and going for car rides triggers state 0. The hours between approximately 5pm and 8pm trigger state 1.

   

March 23, 2013

After Elizabeth's last skating session, her instructor advised that we enroll her at St Laurent as their program involves more kids. This allows them to subdivide based on skill as well as age. We were pleased to discover the kids already all knew how to skate and there was no glaring disparity. It was a bit overwhelming though; there must have been nearly a hundred students on the ice that first week. Strangely the numbers dropped off dramatically. Elizabeth's class started with 11 kids in her class, but by the last couple of classes there were only two or three of them left.

 

Elizabeth spent much of the first few lessons paying very little attention to her teacher - she has a tendency to be distracted by her surroundings and just wanted to watch what the other kids were doing. She also moaned a great deal about how she preferred her "old" skating teacher.

 

We found that her confidence improved a lot during this set of lessons, as did her speed and stopping ability.

 

The arena is a bit more ambitious with the kids than Jim Durrell, organizing a skating "show" for the last class in addition to the family skate day. I was a bit frightened when they sent home a letter with detailed costume request, but luckily instructor Amy came to the rescue and I didn't have to do anything beyond convincing Elizabeth to put the grass skirt on. (That was actually not as easy as you might think!) Elizabeth was decidedly unenthused about the "dancing" aspects - she didn't see the point to waving her hands around and categorically refused to get down onto the ice at the end. She finds falling down very embarrassing, so I guess that while she is very able to get up and down in a controlled manner she doesn't think that is proper skating!

   

March 22, 2013
We used to visit multiple museums a week but the last couple of months have been rather hectic and we've fallen out of the habit. Elizabeth has been asking rather frequently if we couldn't go back to her favourite (the Children's Museum). Since Daddy had a meeting nearby I decided to take both kids. Matthew obligingly slept the entire time.

We spent a long time in the theatre this time; they've added light and sound effects since I've been there last. A dragon came and ate up many princesses cowering in the ocean under the stars.
   

March 21, 2013

We introduced my Dad to the joys of nearly singeing the eyebrows off the brave cheese holding volunteer. That fireball is what we get when we cook our cheese without the recommended extra oil and after draining the grease. It's also probably why we have "Greek night" so often...

 

Opa!

   

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