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April 10, 2018

At three months Michael has discovered his hands and toes. He is just fascinated by his feet. He wiggles them and then they move! He's quite fond of sucking on his hand and sometimes this will do in lieu of nursing for a few minutes. He's quite good at self-soothing.

 

He is spending more time awake and looking around rather than nursing/sleeping/pooping. Many people comment on what big eyes he has. He's still pretty good natured and smiles a lot at other people. This can get annoying in the grocery store when I can't walk 20 metres without someone asking me how old he is or telling me how gorgeous my child is which is lovely the first few times in an outing and then increasingly awkward as I start to run out of time to complete my shopping. At least no one is asking me how long he has to live.

 

All the sleep books say that you are supposed to put your child to bed while still awake so that they learn to go to sleep. Michael is the first child of mine where that works. More often than not I can nurse him to the edge of sleepy, then put him down and he just drifts off.

 

Michael doesn't mind being held by other people as long as he isn't hungry. He's especially fond of being held by Daddy or Elizabeth, although he has big smiles for all his siblings provided they aren't trying to manhandle him. Amelia has taken to twisting his arms and fingers or jumping uncomfortably close by, so I try to never leave them alone together. Matthew is very taken with his brother. He desperately wants to be old enough to tote baby around like Elizabeth but his arms aren't quite long enough to hold the baby without it being awkward.

 

He's now big enough to start having stroller rides (acceptable) and to bathe in the big tub with Elizabeth's help (popular with mom and sister, he's not sure what to think).

 

Michael went to CHEO the other day for a follow-up ultrasound on his kidney which was going the right direction but was not yet normal. He's also got an appointment with a urologist in June, which we hope won't be necessary. The ultrasound was booked by the pediatrician that saw him when he was first born, but our regular pediatrician referred him to the urology department after his previous ultrasound. All very confusing but we decided to wait and see what his results say!

   

This morning Michael rode in a stroller without the car seat for the first time on the way home from walking Amelia to preschool. In the afternoon, Michael went to baby time for the first time. He looked and looked at all the other babies. Amelia helped him "clap" his hands and shake his shaker.

   

April 9, 2018

I'm celiac and Mom's celiac, which means we have a fairly strong history of celiac disease in our family.

 

That means that all of our kids get tested regularly and will need to do so until they figure out what triggers celiac, or we do genetic testing to see if they are not at risk (seems unlikely).

 

In any case, Amelia started having diarrhea last summer and her poops never really got better. Matthew had had the same problem at her age and it turned out to be c. jejuni (see also: why we don't lick the railings in the cow barn) so I asked the doctor to do a stool sample just in case. No convenient parasite explanation this time, but there was concern about crohn's so we were referred to a pediatric gastroenterologist whom we've been seeing for a few months now.

 

He listened carefully to everything we had to say and after examining Amelia he decided that neither Crohn's nor celiac were likely the problem, but instead she appears to be very constipated.

 

She's now (theoretically) on a low sugar, high fibre diet and it seems that this is doing the trick. Of course we've seen the doctor right after Christmas and Easter, which are particularly challenging times for me to deny sugar based treats, but we are working on improving our diet. I find it much more difficult than Brendan because I have a big sweet tooth but bit by bit we are making progress.

 

Amelia thinks the doctor's nice but she's "awfully tired of people poking my tummy"

   

April 8, 2018

Elizabeth and I have been running together for a couple of years on and off to "train" for her various running races. The theory was that last year I'd run the 2k at Race Weekend with her but I wasn't feeling well that spring (turned out I was pregnant) so I bailed.

 

Now that it's warm enough that I can run outside without triggering my asthma we've started up again with Matthew as our enthusiastic sidekick. Usually we've been going out in pjs so as not to delay bedtime for Matthew too much.

 

Erika and Maria were keen to join in when Elizabeth declared today as a "running day". Amelia was determined not be left behind which was a bit of a problem as she really can't keep up but luckily Auntie Janice agreed to come too.

 

Amelia and I ran from our house to Lyon and First. The others ran down Percy up to the community centre and then along Lyon. I was quite surprised by how fast and long Amelia was able to run given her age!

 

Elizabeth and Erika are quite keen to do some running just the two of them...

   

April 7, 2018

Uncle Chris, Maria, Elizabeth, Matthew, Amelia, Michael and I all went to the Log Farm sugar bush today. Erika got into a fight with her dad right before leaving and stayed home to do chores instead with Uncle Brendan.

 

There were more animals at the farm this year. Matthew was quite impressed by how many cats there were. Elizabeth was unimpressed by not getting maple taffy on the snow. They had a wonderful time playing in the woods and I was reminded how much I enjoy this particular location, especially the part where we don't have to drive an hour to get here!

   

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