It only took him three quarters of a year, but Cub is finally starting to acknowledge his sister!
Speaking of big, this month, I figured he was finally big enough for a proper bicycle. I imagined the glory of teaching him to ride, of going on walks with him pedaling ahead of us, of the day we would triumphantly remove his training wheels …
I eagerly took him to choose his bike, and he hopped on it as soon as we got home.
While the bike was not a roaring success, gymnastics, which he started this month, definitely is. It’s by far the activity he’s been the most excited about and was disappointed to miss when he came down with chicken pox two days after we got the bike.
His case was very, very mild, which is apparently quite common for kids who have had the vaccine. He caught it from his cousin in Montreal. Determined for my son not to be patient zero for a Calgary chicken pox outbreak, I knew we would have to quarantine ourselves for a week.
Conveniently, my Mom was arriving for a week-long visit the day after his spots appeared!
Now that we are only one province over, my parents can come visit more often. When we lived in Montreal, they could get a 7-day stay at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico (flight included) for the same price as visiting us. Let’s just say that it was really hard to sell a visit to Montreal in the winter. Cub refused to pose for pictures with his Popo, so this was about as good as it got for a group shot. Due to the chicken pox situation, we spent most of my Mom’s visit cooped up inside. I got to sneak out a couple of times on my own, leaving Popo in charge. So. Awesome.
My Mom cooked for us, did a bunch of random cleaning jobs I can’t be bothered to do, helped me take pictures for the blog, helped me pick out new drapes and, of course, snuggled her granddaughter at every opportunity.
They went on walks together, and my Mom rocked our Lenny Lamb!
I think one of the reasons I love to read to my kids is because my Mom read to us all the time. I love listening to her read to my kids. She still uses the same tone of voice!
Since Little Miss is always just tagging along for story time with big brother, I think my Mom’s visit is the first time she’s had a story read JUST to her.
On the weekend, we drove up to Canmore for some sightseeing with my Mom. I don’t think we’ll ever get used to those mountains!
The weather in Southern Alberta in April has been magnificent. We had some milkies in the sunshine!
Cub really isn’t super affectionate with anyone but me (and sometimes his Papa, but only if my lap is occupied). I know it meant a lot to my Mom when he held her hand all the way home from the bus stop on one of her last days! (Also, he’s wearing one of my brother’s t-shirts that my Mom saved for all these years!)
In terms of milestones, Little Miss weighed in at 18 lbs at her 9-month check up. She is very good at feeding herself, and much more interested in eating than she was last month. Still no teeth! She has been inching closer and closer to full-on mobility. Why are all babies so attracted to the remote?
As for me, I got to participate in two cloth diaper-related events in April. First, I met AppleCheeks co-owner Amy at an event hosted by Calgary Cloth Diaper Depot.
Then, I attended the Great Cloth Diaper Change with my pal Stef from The Monarch Mommy!
Month ten is going to be intense; I can already tell. Operation “contain the baby” has already begun!