Parenthood
May 2, 2013
Work

Brendan and I worked rather crazy hours at the beginning of May, including literally overnight April 30th. (We were implementing a client who decided to export and import their data into our new system in the middle of the week) Elizabeth had a sleepover with her Auntie Janice that night, since she shares a bedroom with our office!

 

Usually we work most of the week from home, but I needed to be at a client location. Matthew was rather unimpressed. Elizabeth did not take a bottle as an infant, and it's looking like Matthew won't either. Grandma J fed him about an ounce spoon by spoon while he screamed. Grandma H bundled him into the car and brought him to me at work.

 

Elizabeth was surprised to learn that most parents actually leave the house for the entire work day every single day. She isn't quite sure what she thinks of this, although she did enjoy being indulged by her grandparents. Grandma H arranged a teddy bear picnic and many, many games of "Button, Button, Be so high"

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May 1, 2013
Spring
Spring has definitely sprung in Ottawa
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April 30, 2013
Say Ah!

It was time for Elizabeth's second dental appointment. I did NOT want to pay another $60 for a child who refused to open her mouth for a cleaning!

 

Maybe the dental staff were concerned too, because they sent her home with quite the loot bag!

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April 29, 2013
The Cat

I guess this is Elizabeth's first creative writing assignment...

 

Elizabeth is quite keen to learn how to read, so we've been working our way through Jessie Wise and Sara Buffington's Ordinary Parent's guide to Teaching Reading. The further we get, the more time she is spending sounding out the letters she sees. I'm realizing just how many brand names we are surrounded by. There is also nothing like a beginning reader to drive home how many exceptions there are in English!

 

She's always been keen on writing, and now that she's starting to learn to read she's keen to write out her thoughts too. It's very interesting because I always thought that the words she mispronounces were caused by difficulty forming the sounds with her tongue. Turns out that she actually hears them the way she says it. Eg Thank You (Fuh F ah A nnn N kuh is that C or K Mommy?)

 

Elizabeth also loves to type (like mommy and daddy!). I guess it was inevitable that she would start typing out her stories. She typed each letter after asking me how to spell the words she couldn't figure out on her own (and lest you get the wrong idea, let me hasten to add that that was most of them, except for "cat", "man" and "car"). Then I printed it for her and she illustrated it. The letters in the illustrations is the cat's name

 

She's pretty proud of the result. 

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April 27, 2013
Spring walk

Elizabeth wants to bike to the Agriculture museum, so I told her that we had to practice by going to the Arboretum (a little more than half way there) a few times first.

 

Matthew rode in Mommy's sling. He slept through the first daffodils poking their heads out in Commissioner's park, the discovery that the water is back in the canal, the greetings of the ducks and watching a very large fish launch itself entirely out of the water several times. Elizabeth was charmed.

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