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Happy New Year! 2020 Recap

12.31.2020


The year 2020 definitely took a few unexpected turns. It's been a stressful and emotionally taxing year.  And strangely, a very lonely feeling year. I do NOT recommend having a baby, selling a house and building a home all amidst a global pandemic and political/civil unrest. 

I feel like my head is on a swivel from being pulled in so many directions at once. My time is not my own. My plans get derailed nearly daily. Four boys = noisy crazy town. 

Ironically, most of these challenges can be pointed back to myself or humanity in general. In other words, 2020 was a man made problem! Lol. Everything from choosing to build a home while pregnant, to the lockdowns that had dire economic effects, to the protests and destruction of cities, to protocols in the health field that are making the jobs of doctors and nurses feel insurmountable, and to a presidential election that was just plain awful.

Wow. I'm glad we're in the home stretch of the year. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that many of our problems will resolve in 2021. I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to moving in to our new home in just a few short weeks!

But for all that went wrong, so much went right too. Everything has its opposite and I would be ungrateful if I did not recognize the mountains of blessings that Heavenly Father bestowed upon our family this year... beginning with the most smiley and squishy baby named Ezra who joined our family! 

Artifact Motherhood | Season of Motherhood

9.29.2020

My favorite spot in the house right now.  It doesn't look like much; the chair is weathered and stained, but it's the corner in our home where I find slices of daily joy as I rock and nurse my last baby.  I'm taking it all in: Ezra's tiny toes, his chunky thighs and wrist rolls, and the sound of his sighs as he drifts off to sleep in my arms.  There's nothing else on earth quite like those quiet ordinary moments spent in this very chair.  Nursing is connection and comfort, for both of us!


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This is Artifact Motherhood; a collaboration of artists from around the world who have come together to share our stories of the joys and struggles of our journey. Through our writings and visual records, we want to create memories that are more than photographs with dates written on the back. These are the artifacts we are leaving behind for our children and for generations to come.

This entry is a part of a series called "Seasons of Motherhood" and is meant to be one picture and one caption that represents our current journey/season of motherhood. 

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Four Months with Ezra

9.25.2020


We cannot get enough of this sweet chunky baby!!!  This month...

Ezra discovered his hands.  It's one of my favorite milestones.

We lovingly tease him with the name, Vulture Head.  Lol.  We visited Zoo Boise and when we passed the vulture exhibit, I rubbed Ezra's fluffy new hair growth.  His head looks a lot like a vulture's head at this point.  It's coming in blonde!

Ezra is the most quiet, content, and patient baby.  He often lies awake in his crib just looking around and sucking on his hands.  I have no idea if he's been awake 5 minutes or 50!  So I bought a little camera for the nursery to help me spy on him.  Ezra is exactly the baby we need right now during this busy and stressful season of building a house and selling another.

He sleeps about 8 hours straight at night. I feed him and he goes right back to sleep until well after the sun comes up.  Sometimes I hear him wake around midnight, but he simply flops around like a fish for a few minutes and puts himself back to sleep. I have never had a baby do that so young!  Ezra takes one long nap around 11AM every day and the rest of his naps are either on the go in his car seat or on me after he nurses.  I cherish those snuggles!  

Baby Boy is happy and smiley and likes to laugh, especially when I blow raspberries into his chunky thighs after a diaper change.

We all had some good entertainment at the park one evening when Ezra tried his hardest to roll from his back to his stomach.  He just couldn't quite make it over without some help.

Ezra spits up so much, that 1. I'm surprised he's as rolly as he currently is and 2. I bought a pack of bibs just to keep his clothes dry.  We go through so many bibs!  I am perpetually doing laundry.

Words cannot express just how much Ezra has me wrapped around his little finger.  I live for every sweet smile and to hold him close.


A Two Minute Snapshot of Ezra at 3 Months

9.16.2020



Sometimes a photo cannot capture everything I love or that makes me happy.  The way Ezra always has his hands in his mouth, moves his little feet, and squeals are all just a fleeting phase.  On a whim last night, I switched my camera over to video.  I still have no idea what I'm doing and I stayed up way too late learning a new program and putting this together, but I'm sappy and proud of this little video.  Think of it as a minute long snapshot of my sweet baby boy.

Three Months with Ezra

8.25.2020


These past months with Ezra have brought back so many memories of my first summer as a mom with Jed - ten years ago!  I remember Jed getting fussy around 4PM every day.  So at 4PM every afternoon, I took Jed outside and laid him on a blanket underneath a tree next to our apartment.  Suddenly, he was all smiles!  I've been doing much the same this summer and Fall with Ezra.  He flaps his arms excitedly, grins, and squeals.  Hanging out in the backyard each evening has been so sweet.

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This happy little squish (whom is hopelessly attached to his mama, but of course I don't mind a bit) had an eventful month. 

He's getting chubbier by the day.  He now has more rolls and creases than I can count, including some adorable arm creases.

Baby Boy can roll from his tummy to back.  His head is so heavy that all he needs to do is hang it to the side, and whoop, there goes his body too!  Lol.  I had fun watching him repeat his new trick as he figured that out one morning.

Ezra is the world's best sleeper.  He has literally slept through the night -- 11 hours straight -- twice!  More typically, however, I'm up around 4AM ish to nurse him and he goes back to sleep until after 8AM.  Dream Baby!

Ezra belly laughed for the first time!!!  I think my heart exploded.  He tends to especially light up with smiles when Dad talks to him.

He's become more alert.  Ezra is aware of his big brothers and enjoys watching what they're doing.  He even flaps his arms and kicks his legs as if he wants to get in on the fun too!   

We love Baby Ezra so much!


A Mid-Summer Update

8.04.2020

^^Hammock hangs in the backyard at bedtime.^^

What's been happening around here...

AT HOME:

Overall, we're having fun and doing well!

As a mother, I feel like I'm beginning to get my feet back under me... just in time to start a strange school year. 😜 Adding a fourth child has been simply just that: adding one more -- except it's harder to feed myself actual meals, but that's just the new baby stage. The chaos isn't any worse than it was. And we'd still be dealing the same problems/meltdowns with or without a baby, so bring on the snuggles!

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