We stopped at Matthew's first restaurant on the way back from Toronto. It took us eleven months to work up the courage to do that with Elizabeth. Her first restaurant was the Foolish Chicken. Matthew's was East Side Mario's. He didn't scream, so we considered it a success. We'd even take him out again, though perhaps not during cranky hour.
Matthew has now been introduced to many relatives and he even smiled at some of them.
Grandma H brought along an Angolan pillow. Quite a number tried it out and cousin Chris may actually have managed to fall asleep. I remain skeptical that a hunk of wood can be considered comfortable while sleeping...
After a brief visit with second cousins Lindsay and Anna, their parents Lauren and Donna, cousin Ryan and Great Aunt Muriel, we continued onto Wellesley.
Since Elizabeth didn't nap, we entertained her with music and stories on tape. We're particularly fond of some of the classic fairy tales from Rabbit Ears Treasury ("Billy Goat for breakfast, Billy Goat for lunch. Billy Goat, Billy Goat, munch munch munch..." "Sensing a trend, the wolf was on the prowl for little pigs...") We also started reading Arabian nights, but Elizabeth wasn't particularly excited. "Mom - I'm DONE with that story. Does it end?" The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe met a similar fate.
So we played classic car games. Our favourites:
We play two different variations now. The standard one with colours, and my not-so-sneaky "educational" version "I spy something starting with the sound /k/". It's a bit tricky playing with Elizabeth because she sometimes changes her mind about what she's spying. Especially if we guess too soon...
We play a simplified version "I have a friend named Anna and she likes Alligators". Elizabeth had some trouble thinking of animal names starting with the right letter. She insisted on having the letter N so that she could talk about her friend Nora. Nora likes noodles apparently.
20 Questions / Animal, Mineral, Vegetable
We've only introduced the idea of guessing an animal by asking questions. We discovered that Elizabeth thinks chickens have four legs...
My parents are speaking at Crosshill church this weekend (among other things about changing mission organizations from MAF to SIM) and the extended family is taking the opportunity to have a delayed Easter get together. So we thought it would be a good time to take Matthew to meet his great grandparents.
Yesterday was spring, complete with flowers and no need for a coat. Today spring was cancelled. We woke up to a freezing rain storm - ice coating the roads and snow falling fast and furious. We wondered if we'd have to postpone our trip, but Grandma and Grandpa H had left early in the morning and advised us that the 401 was clear. So we drove carefully. Turns out it was quite the storm. The ice was so heavy that a state of emergency was declared at our destination - many trees snapped under the weight and the power was out for days in places. In Ottawa, a big truck changed lanes and shattered the windshield of an OC Transpo bus with the icy slush thrown up from under its wheels. A tree fell on the Via rail line and badly damaged a train. But luckily we didn't experience any of that! In fact, the roads were pretty good by the time we were on them. The 416 was slow but not terribly slippery as we had the good fortune to be driving right behind a salt truck for much of the way.
Matthew travels well. We only had to stop twice between Ottawa and Toronto. The trip took 5.5 hours, including stops! Matthew mainly slept, and only cried when he needed a diaper change. Towards the end he got hungry and then I wished I was able to sit in the back of the car as I did when Elizabeth was an infant. Sadly, there isn't a lot of room between the two car seats! So while I got him some milk in a bottle, actually giving it to him required some rather interesting contorsions.
We discovered that Elizabeth has truly dropped her nap because she didn't sleep at all during the trip. Instead we played road games... More on that later...
We had Matthew's last appointment with midwife Laurence today. Matthew weighed 4.9 kg (10 lbs 13 oz).
The appointment itself was rather uneventful - Matthew is obviously growing fine and I feel great. I had assumed that one implication of my repeat c-section was the end of midwifery care (in the unlikely event that we are blessed with another child) as I've been told that further children will have to be delivered by c-section. So we were surprised to hear Laurence say that we could still opt for midwifery care in the future, space permitting. Of course women who aren't planning to transfer to an OB for the last week of the pregnancy would get preference, but I was very pleased to hear that midwifery care isn't automatically ruled out.
There is no question that my recovery was easier this time due in part to being able to come home earlier. There is also no question that I could not have checked out of the hospital so soon without Laurence's help.