Managed to cross a big to-do item off our list before Michael's foot got too big to make a footprint picture frame (and leaving him the only kid out of four without one!).
Matthew got his third stripe on his yellow belt!
It was baby day at music pups. I brought my baby, and Amelia brought hers.
She was so tired afterwards she fell asleep sitting up!
Mother's day featured homemade presents and many children in bed. Then we went to church!
Matthew had previously shown me my presents because he just! couldn't! wait! to! show! them! off! (Amelia gave hers as part of the tea)
Elizabeth's acrostic poem for me using my name:
We had Margaret come for supper to celebrate.
It was Mrs. Shana's birthday but the piano recital must go on!
Amelia was too "not in the mood" to do the actions to her song, apparently. She was starting to get into it by the end but found the audience a little overwhelming.
Matthew very efficiently and enthusiastically played a piece out of his workbook. He doesn't seem at all phased by performing.
Elizabeth played Crazy Monkeys by Auntie Joanne. We found out after the fact that this is a grade three piece. It was too hard for her but she worked at it gamely and got it sounding pretty good. Unfortunately she was pretty nervous and her rendition was not nearly her best performance. We were very proud of her though.
We went to Home Depot and got to build special windmill flower pots for Mother's Day. Xander, Isabelle and Theo joined us, and we also met up with Aidan, Caitlyn and Evelyn. Uncle Dave and Aidan both helped my crew a great deal, which is probably the only reason no paint ended up on clothes. (Daddy was hanging out in the van with a napping baby.) Then we randomly ran into our friend Michael, who helped Amelia finish off her project.
Elizabeth won a competition at karate - she had to submit a video of her kicking and then get the most social media likes. She went around asking everyone to like her video so she managed to get quite a few.
The reward was a pizza party for up to 20 friends. She invited quite a few but sadly most were unable to make it. That was okay, those who came had fun and ate much pizza. After the party the cousins took the bus home - just for fun. We may have also stopped at Dairy Queen :)
At four months Michael is spending a lot less time eating and sleeping and a lot more time taking in the world around him. He is still mainly happy and loves to be carried around facing out so he can see what's going on. Many people remark on how smiley a baby he is. He's still pretty content to be passed around to anyone who wants to hold him. Erika and Elizabeth both like to carry him around.
Sadly he is also spitting up more. I don't think he's in Amelia's league but certainly he has had a few days where we have wondered if it's normal baby spit up, stomach flu or maybe even strep. It does tend to be partially digested - Erika says he's a "cheese factory".
He doesn't really like to be placed on his tummy, preferring instead to stand up vertically and bounce up and down.
He is also getting quite wiggly and is very strong. He loves to kick his legs and if you aren't careful while changing his diaper he will launch himself right out of it before you have a chance to do the new one up. He has also started to grab everything and anything within reach. The girls in the house are less than amused as they've pretty much all had their hair yanked and sometimes retrieving it from his grasp can be quite challenging.
He usually wakes up around quarter to seven and is ready for a nap by nine. His afternoon naps are less regular, possibly because being number four he has to get these in around the edges of family life. He enjoys outings but only to a degree - if there is too much commotion he gets increasingly agitated until only going and hanging out upstairs in a calm environment for a bit will do. Usually he's in bed for the night around 8pm, waking every four hours or so to nurse.
It was Mother's Day Tea at preschool and I was the duty parent, so I got to bring the fruit and cheese part of the snack. Amelia insisted on a rainbow snack. The teachers made banana muffins, including gluten free ones for me. It was very nice.