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Eight and Nine Months with Ezra

3.02.2021



Ezra,

Nine whole months with you, Baby Boy! I cannot believe how fast your first year is flying by. I've been desperately trying to cherish every precious moment of your babyhood -- from the way your heavy little body feels in my arms as you nurse to sleep at night to the way you smile and flap your arms with happiness when you first see me in the morning. You have brought so much peace and happiness into my life. You, Ezra, were the one I was waiting on. I intuitively knew one more little spirit was meant to join our family and it was YOU. 

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! 

Six and Seven Months with Ezra

12.22.2020


Some things I want to remember about Ezra halfway through his first year on earth:


::  Ezra is a solid food eating pro. He enjoys snacking on bits and pieces of my meals throughout the day when appropriate and eats one bigger meal of veggies and sometimes oatmeal in the afternoon or evening.

::  He is learning to feed himself!  The first time I gave him some rice crackers was a riot.  He wasn't quite sure what to do!  Rolls from back to front and front to back like it's his job.

::  Ezra has begun sleeping on his stomach and moving around his crib.  Gone are the days when I can come into his room and know which side (breast left or right) I last fed him on!  Lol.

::  Baby Boy still prefers to sleep in his "wing suit" with his hands covered. It must feel comforting to him. Naps without the suit don't last long! So I will gladly fork over $30 for another sleep sack like it.

::  Ezra found his toes!  It's one of my favorite baby phases.  He loves to grab and play with them on the changing table especially.

::  Sitting up to play! But sometimes that heavy head still pulls him to the ground.

::  He played in the snow for the first time! From the deadpan serious looks on his face, he seemed unimpressed -- even as Conrad pulled him through the snow on his sled. It was so funny!

::  He is content to play on the living room floor for at least 10 (sometimes 20!) minutes at a time, especially when his brothers are in the room.

::  Baby Boy survived his first couple of colds.  I often bring him into a steamy shower with me before bedtime to help clear his nose. Ezra loves to hold his hands out in the spray and try to catch the water. It's the cutest thing! I delight in watching him explore the world for the first time.

::  Ezra has found his voice!  It often sounds like a big bird or raptor with his high pitched screams.

::  He was up about twice a night (1AM and 5AM) until Dad decided that Mom could use a full night's sleep and took over night duty one evening. Ezra was pretty mad about skipping his midnight snack! But he now sleeps a solid 12 hours straight through the night.  Hooray!  

::  Ezra admires Conrad and laughs at everything he does.  Conrad is such a distraction from nursing. Haha.

::  Baby Boy weighed over 20 pounds at his six month doctor's appointment. I can no longer zip him into 9 month clothes because his thighs are too chunky! He's also wearing size 4 diapers. It blows my mind how fast he's growing!

::  This mama is very proud of Ezra's squishy rolls, from his wrists to his tummy to his thighs to his ankles. They make me laugh and want to squeeze him. I have never had such a bald or fat baby. Ezra sure loves his mama's milk!

Five Months with Ezra

10.23.2020


A few points I jotted down to remember Ezra at 5 months old:


:: Ezra is a dream baby!  He is quiet, content, and happy.  He sleeps and naps like a champ!

:: Baby Boy loves to kick and spalsh in the bath.  He's not quite sitting up, so he just lays in the warm water with a smile while his legs and arms tell the story of how happy he is just to be alive.

:: Ezra will roll from his tummy to his back when playing on the floor.

:: He looks absolutely ADORABLE in hats. I think they accentuate his big eyes and cheeks.  I declare that he will live in hats all winter long.

:: Ezra is showing signs he's ready for solids. So we've let him try a few table foods like a taste of mashed potatoes, avocado, and raspberries.  We'll be starting a solid food routine this month for sure.

:: Baby Boy is still nursing and I am soaking in all the cuddles.  Ezra likes to hold my hand or the collar of my shirt as he eats.  And my heat becomes a puddle on the floor when he falls asleep in my arms.  I LOVE IT.  I could stare at his sweet cheeks and lips all day.

:: Fact: Ezra is my baby doll whom I dress up daily.  I need to stop buying him clothes but it's sooo hard!


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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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.


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