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June 22, 2018

Elizabeth's friend Samia invited her and a couple of other girls for a sleepover to celebrate the last day of grade three.


They decorated cupcakes, watched a movie and generally had a blast.


The era of sleepovers has begun!


June 21, 2018

Erika and Maria have received their second stripes!


It was the last day of school for my kids! Amelia's school technically goes another week but we're heading out of town so it was her last day too which wrapped things up quite nicely. For breakfast we tried out the many weird flavours of honey we got at the insect place.


Matthew got a photo with his teacher Mme Judith at the playground when they did their little party, but Mme Samia had disappeared by the time I remembered such things. He was quite pleased not to be taking the bus home the last day.


I picked Elizabeth up first and was quite amused by having to wade through hordes of wailing sixth graders. The school ends after sixth grade so it was extremely tragic and there were FLOODS of tears. On the opposite end of the spectrum the kindergartners were getting onto the last bus of the year amid dancing, tambourines and maracas. The teachers at least were getting ready for one big party and it was quite festive.




June 10, 2018

At five months Michael is growing hair! He’s also probably teething. Certainly he’s chomping on enough!


Hes getting more talkative, cooing and laughing at his siblings. Still a flirt, though he’s obviously started recognizing certain people like cousins and siblings. He usually doesn’t mind going with people who aren’t mommy unless he’s hungry. He can sign for milk and Elizabeth at least swears he has a couple of words like Mommy and down (into the exersaucer).  He’s fond of the exersaucer, and if the other kids are around it seems to entertain them as well since they like to “show Michael how to play”. As a result Mommy’s fond of it too...


hes started playing with toys and can sit with us for meals trying to stuff spoons and his favourite toy (a silicone muffin liner with feet) into his mouth. After he turned five months we let him try Cheerios and gluten free Os. He seems to like them, although he’s only managed to actually consume about half of one. 


Today he was spotted playing peek-a-boo with a blanket.


He’s spending much more time awake and for longer in one stretch. Usually he wakes up around 6:30am, naps in the morning around 9am, around lunch (tends to sleep through lunch, which is usually between 11 and 12) and then around 3pm. He’s usually ready for bed around 6:30pm or 7, but since that’s Amelia and Matthew’s bedtime prep someone gets to deal with him wailing at them until I’m ready. Unlike his siblings he’s quite good at self-soothing and particularly likes soothers. He doesn’t keep it in his mouth long by himself but if he has a good grip on it with his hand that doesn’t really matter since he can chomp on it by himself (not that he exactly gets the right parts back in but that doesn’t seem to matter).


June 4, 2018

At three Amelia is getting more adventurous and maybe a bit wilder (uh oh). She’s conflicted about her change in status from baby to middle kid. Sometimes she’s very keen to be a big kid but mostly she doesn’t want us to forget she’s “still little”. Three is what I like to call the age of thunderstorms. Big noisy temper tantrums are now a thing - not often but still. More often she'll grunt with annoyance and refuse to talk to you if she is displeased with you for some reason.


Amelia adores Matthew and happily plays with him but they also clash endlessly. He likes to make her scream, she likes to get him in trouble by screaming. It's fair to say that the middles are like the little girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead. They fight endlessly, then make it up and then fight some more. Sometimes they get physical but mostly she complains about hurt feelings. She recently cried "Matthew bonked me on the head and it hurted my feelings". Matthew rather scornfully told her he didn't intend to hurt her feelings, just her head. "You missed", she wailed.


Amelia doesn’t nap, except in the car. At bedtime she likes to be tucked in and blessed first. Then we must not forget to say prayers. A cynic might say that she takes the opportunity to put off actually going to sleep (and to be the center of attention), and heaven forbid someone might get impatient and start their own prayers. Prayer time here is very frequently punctuated with editorial comments such as "Nooooo Matthew!! It's MYYYYY TUUUURNNNNN". Sometimes the kids pray for each other "Please help Matthew to feel better" which is rarely received in the spirit it is intended "I'M NOT SICK" "Noooooo Matthew!! It's MYYYYY TUUUURNNNNN". Nevertheless we persevere.


Favourite foods include hotdogs, sausages, fruit, salad. At breakfast time she likes to have a little bit of all the cereals in her bowl at once. She favors the low fibre/high sugar ones, which is problematic since she’s supposed to be cutting her sugar and increasing her fibre to treat an ongoing chronic constipation issue. She’s not fond of anything that she doesn’t recognize.


The constipation is an issue because it makes toilet training harder for her. Also unhelpful: she's frightened of the toilet and has decided she just doesn't want to use it. Did I mention she's very, very stubborn? We're not pushing the issue but UGH.


Amelia adores preschool and would happily go every day. She also likes going to housegroup at church because she gets to have a packed lunch like the big kids.


In fact, “I want to do that also too” is a very frequent refrain around here. (And lest you wonder, we've tried telling her she can't do certain things unless she uses the toilet like a big kid, but so far we have not yet discovered the right incentive).


She loves to dance and pretends to speak French very often. She has learned her colours in French, but her diction needs work. This is especially confusing when she switches languages mid-sentence without warning. She has some trouble remembering names, preferring "that person" or "her over there". She's only just stopped calling Michael "that baby".


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