Life lately, what can I say? It has been busy. I think I’ve had something to do every single day for the past 2 weeks. It’s a good thing I’m on maternity leave because who has time to work? The days are definitely flying by. I’m enjoying motherhood and my time off with Ezri.
My Mom and I rejoined Weight Watchers a couple weeks ago. I hadn’t intended to join the program again, but the scale just kept going up in the wrong direction, so I had to do something. They were having a promotion where you pay for 3 months and you get 3 more months free. After signing up, we also found out that if we lose 10lbs in the first 2 months, then we get our money back for those months. So if we succeed in losing the 10lbs, we will essentially get 6 months of meetings for the price of 1 month. That is a nice way to motivate me! After my second weigh in, I am 5.7lbs down, so well on the way to 10lbs!
Ezri is still not sleeping very well. I find that I am not so much physically tired as my body has become accustomed to the sparse amount of sleep we’re getting. The problem is that it is starting to wear on me emotionally. I never know if I’m going to wake up and have breakdowns all day or not. It’s tough, probably one of the toughest things I’ve been through as a parent thus far. I am still so happy to be a Mom though and every time Ezri smiles or makes a cute noise, I melt into a puddle. Nothing else matters in those moments!!
In effort to try to get Ezri to sleep longer, Peter and I started something a little different on Sunday night by giving Ezri a full bottle of breast milk right before bed. That way we make sure that she is getting a full feed before she goes down for the night. It worked Sunday night by almost giving us a 5 hour stretch, but we were back to 2-3 hours last night. We’re still hoping it will work again tonight. If this new routine does end up working, then we will definitely continue each night. However, I cannot pump enough milk to keep up with the amount of milk needed. So we might need to supplement with formula. I will be talking to a lactation consultant tomorrow when I get Ezri weighed.
Swimming lessons are going pretty well. Ezri seems to love the water. We practised floating last week and she was kicking her legs like mad. I think we are doing dunking this week, so that will be a little scary, but I know we can do it. After the lessons, Ezri is so exhausted that she’s usually asleep before we even reach the car!! Plus, those naps tend to be a bit longer, and in Ezri language, that means 45-60 minutes!! Ahhh, it’s wonderful. Wish I could poop her out like that more often.
Peter, Ezri and I went to the Calgary Comic Expo on the weekend. It was fun, but it was also the usual, as per previous years. Going once a year will definitely be enough for us!! It was SO super crowed this year. Maybe it’s because we had Ezri with us, but I just had so much anxiety with the enormous amount of people. I think I was worried about people bumping into and hurting Ezri. Anyway, she did very well. Had a snooze on her first train ride there and then woke up as we were exploring the exhibitors. She hung out in the stroller and managed to throw all her toys on the ground so she didn’t have any clean ones left by the end of it. We stopped halfway through for a feeding and I wore her in the wrap for the remaining time. She fell asleep on the way home again and woke up as we were having sushi for supper. Hopefully next year we will coordinate family costumes! Each year we talk about having matching outfits, but we never get around to it. Maybe with Ezri, we will have more motivation! Here is a picture of Ezri and I and some awesome cosplay characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas!!
It’s no secret that I LOVE theatre! So it’s very heart wrenching to announce my Mom and I went to our last Broadway show on Sunday. We’ve had season tickets for many years now for the Braoadway shows that come to Calgary. Sadly, we did not renew our subscription this year. The upcoming season’s lineup just didn’t strike our fancy and we have already seen some of the shows previously. It’s quite sad. I am heartbroken because our season seats were front row centre. I doubt we will ever get seats that great again! Boo. However, as I am currently on maternity leave, I’m not making very much money, so any penny saved is a great thing. More diapers for Ezri!
At least our final show was a great one! We saw The Book of Mormon! We were lucky enough to see this show in Toronto 2.5 years ago, but it’s so good that we were delighted to see it again. It was just as great as the first time. Actually, scratch that, it was better, for two reasons. First, our seats were better. In Toronto we sat separately in the 2nd and 3rd row on the left side of the theatre. So we really couldn’t beat the front row centre seats we had on Sunday!! Second, the actors were better. They played the characters perfectly. I fully believed they were their roles. Plus, I recognized one of the actors from some Team Starkid musicals that I love!!! AJ Holmes starred in shows such as A Very Potter Musical and Twisted! It was very cool to see someone who started their career on YouTube as a Starkid on a national Broadway tour!!
If there is a show that comes to Calgary that we absolutely MUST see, then we will probably buy individual tickets for that show only. Also, who knows, maybe if future seasons are more interesting, we might buy season tickets again! Hoping to get the best possible seat, of course. I’m sad for now, but I accept it’s for the better!
Dear baby girl Ezri,
As each day goes by, I fall more and more in love with you. Your little personality is growing by leaps and bounds. You are becoming quite an amazing little girl. This month was definitely the most exciting in terms of new developments and milestones! Where to begin?!
The sweetest sounds have started coming out of your lips as you’re learning to giggle. You are becoming so interactive with your Dad and I. We do fun little things to make you laugh and you actually do! You love when I blow raspberries on your tummy and sides during a diaper change. You love the sound of your daddy’s fake sneezes. You are more smiley than ever and more and more often those smiles are accompanied by giggles. It is such a joy to watch you become interested in people and things around you. You love to play with toys now and everything you touch has to go into your mouth. You suck on everything you possibly can.
We moved you into your crib this month. You are now sleeping in your very own room, albeit not very well. We hadn’t set out a date to move you and one night just decided it was time, spur of the moment. You slept pretty well the first few nights in your own crib, but then came time for your 4 month immunizations. After your shots, you had a mild fever for 2 days. Ever since then, you haven’t slept longer than a stretch of 3 hours. You have been waking up every 1-2 hours after your “longer” stretch of 3 hours. I will be honest, it’s been DREADFUL. The only thing that settles you back into sleep is nursing. So I have been up 4-10 times a night for almost a month. Your Dad and I were walking zombies for a couple weeks, but I think our bodies have adjusted to the lack of sleep. Each night we go to sleep hoping it’ll be the night you magically sleep 4+ hours in a row. Sadly, we are still waiting. I met with a sleep expert, along with our baby group, and she gave me some great information. Your Daddy and I are now working at helping you learn to fall asleep on your own and without your soother! It is tough because I worked so hard to get you to like your soother! All good things must come to an end, I suppose. I am sure you will remember that you actually like sleep and will get back into some good habits soon. Please???
On a better note, you learned how to roll over this month!! It is so amazing to put you down for a second only to come back and see you in a different place! You started rolling from your front to your back first, but after about a week, you got bored with that and started going from back to front too. Your arm sometimes gets in the way, but you make it past it eventually. You tend to get stuck on your tummy, but I know you know how to roll back to your back, so I usually let you figure it out. Your Dad and I will have to start baby proofing pretty soon because you will be more and more mobile before we know it.
At your 4 month immunization appointment, we were told that you had fallen below the “normal baby” weight percentile curve. You had previously been on the low end of it in the 3rd percentile, but shifted a little lower. You hadn’t lost any weight, but the nurse didn’t think you were gaining an appropriate amount of weight. After speaking with a couple different nurses and lactation consultants, it has been decided that you are doing just fine. You are gaining weight at a steady rate and you are creating your own little weight curve. You’re just petite and need to go at your own pace. Nevertheless, I am taking you every week to be weighed with a lactation consultant and we are keeping an eye on your progress. We are also going to see the doctor next week just as a precaution. However, nothing to be concerned about at this time. Your last recorded weight was 10lbs 15oz!
We fed you your first solids this month. We gave you a bit of rice cereal and you didn’t like it at first, but I think you’re getting used to it now. You are figuring out the spoon and how it works a little more each time we try. You actually like to lick the spoon now! Last night you ate all of the rice cereal I had prepared for you, so I think you’re beginning to enjoy it a bit. Your Daddy and I tried to feed you carrot a couple times this past week as well. You don’t seem to like it at all. You shudder each time and you even gagged once. So we are going to lay off it for a bit and just stick with the rice cereal. You are still pretty young to be eating solids anyway.
Your screaming and crying in the car continues. I have come to accept the fact that you don’t like to ride in any moving vehicle. It puzzles me still, but I’ve given up on what could be the reason. Instead, I have found a solution to keep you 100% happy in the car: a portable DVD player. If I play a movie for you while we drive, you don’t make a peep. Your eyes are glued to the screen the whole time (except when you sometimes fall asleep). I realize I shouldn’t be allowing you to watch movies at such a young age, but it is for my sanity and yours. I don’t dread having to go out anymore and I am sure you are happier not to be screaming. For shorter trips, I don’t put the DVD player on, in hopes that you might get used to riding without it. You still whimper and cry. Oh well. I’m hoping the DVD player is a temporary solution.
When you were in the hospital in the NICU in your first week of life, the nurses had to shave a bit of your hair so they could put an IV in. It was just a little spot right above your left ear, but it has taken forever to grow back. I am proud to say that it has finally grown in! Your new hair has covered most of the area and I can no longer see where they shaved you. Only took 5 months! Haha.
Another great thing that happened this month is that you found your feet! You first found your right foot with your right hand. Then it found your left foot as well. Your left hand finally started to catch up about a week after your right. A fw days later, you began to put your feet into your mouth and suck on them. Now it is your favourite thing to do. The material on your sleepers are usually soaked through with saliva at your feet. I am getting used to carrying around a human pretzel as you are now always holding or sucking on your feet. I am amazed at how flexible babies are!
We started taking swimming lessons this month! You’ve only had one lesson so far and I’m not sure you knew what to think of it. You didn’t splash around like you do at bath time, but you seemed to enjoy it a little bit. You cried near the end of the class for a couple minutes, but overall, I think you enjoyed most of the 30 minute class. Your Grandma came to watch the lesson as well and I think she will try to come as often as her schedule allows. Anyway, I am looking forward to the next 10 weeks worth of swimming lessons with you!!
This month had so many exciting things happen and I am so looking forward to next month as well (hopefully with a bit more sleep along the way)!