Aug 25

Tue '15

It’s that moment…

I had intended on writing a post about how well Ezri was doing at sleeping lately. She was falling asleep on her own without nursing or being rocked and she was doing it without crying. Peter and I were so proud. She was also sleeping for a 5+ hour stretch, then a 4+ hour stretch. Really only wanting two night feeds, which is amazing for Ezri!

Notice I said ‘was’?! Yeah, that’s the thing, it only last about 2 weeks. So now we are at the end of one of the worst weeks for sleep that we’ve ever had. Saturday night she was up 6 times, but the last two nights, she was up 5 times. I don’t know what’s wrong with our girl. I’m not feeling 100% (sore throat) so maybe Ezri is down in the dumps as well? Could be teething or a growth spurt, who knows. Whatever it is, I sure hope it ends soon because this Mama and Daddy are tired!!

On a better note, I got to enjoy one of the most amazing moments of motherhood yesterday. I love baby wearing. It is something I had always planned and wanted to do when I had kids. I try to do it as often as I can with Ezri. It’s so special to have her little body so close to mine, heart to heart. But there is one moment that cannot be explained. It’s almost like a drug to me. It’s the moment that all of Ezri’s worries float away and complete trust is enlisted in me. It’s the moment that her head slowly lowers and lays against my chest as she closes her eyes and falls into dreamland.
Ezri does not sleep on me anymore since she was about 3 months old and we started sleep training. I made the concise effort to put her down once she fell asleep so she would learn to sleep alone. Then of course, now, I miss the closeness. Every once in awhile she will fall asleep in the wrap while we are on a walk and I am in absolute 7th heaven. She doesn’t fall asleep every time, but when it does, I get those rush of endorphins and love. I walk and enjoy every single minute that she’s so close. It’s simply the best feeling in the world.

Asleep in the wrap

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Aug 16

Sun '15

Fallen by the wayside

As the title suggests, this blog has appeared to have fallen by the wayside. Ever since having Ezri I have been so busy. Too busy to think almost. Babies are a lot of work and I honestly do love every minute.

I have found myself not really missing the blog either. I have thought a few times about shutting the site down. I mean no one comes to visit and why should they? There is nothing interesting, especially when I don’t post for a month. I have been posting on Facebook SO much and it seems to have replaced this blog. Part of me hates that. I have had a blog for over 13 years and it would be a hard thing to give up. However, social media is truly ruling the world and I am suckered in.

So this post is me trying to decide what to do. Should I close the blog? Should I keep it and only post a couple times a month (if that)? Should I try to write more, even if it’s just a photo with a few words? Should I try to rebuild the site into something different as compared to years ago? I am trying to think over my options on what I want to do.

One thing I do know is that I am not quite ready to give up on JLM quite yet.

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Aug 8

Sat '15

Letter to Ezri: 9 months

9 months old

Dear Ezri,

Wow. It’s hard to believe you’ve been on the outside for just as long as you were on the inside. These last 9 months have flown by so fast!!

You are such a big girl now I can’t believe it’s already time to say those words. You learned how to pull yourself to a standing position this month. You started pulling yourself up on my knee and then you progressed to the furniture. We’ve had to get rid of our coffee table because it was a very tempting item for you to hit your head on. You are on your feet more often than on your back. It’s nuts. You even walk a little bit while holding onto the side of the couch.

You went camping for the first time this month. Your daddy and I weren’t sure how you’d handle it, especially at night. However you proved us delighted when you slept well for 4/5 nights! It was the last night that you were up every 2 hours, so it’s a good thing we were going home that day. I don’t know if we would have stayed all 5 nights had you had a bad night to start off with. You hung out in your playpen jail during the day with lots of toys. We brought your jolly jumper and you enjoyed bouncing a lot. Grandma and grandpa even let you crawl around in their trailer because they knew how much you liked to explore. You got to bathe in their sink every night! You were SO excited about that and splashed SO much!! Grandma and I brought you down to the lake one day. You thought the water was a bit too cold. There wasn’t a lot of sand to play with so we didn’t spend any time at the beach.

You tried puffs for the first time and now you are a puff monster. You are getting really good at getting them directly in your mouth now. It makes me happy that you like them because they are one more step to solid food! You still LOVE your purées and baby cereals. I am getting a teeny bit more adventurous in what I’m giving you. You had a cracker and cream cheese and didn’t gag, so that’s a start. You even had a little bit of pancake. We might start giving you chunkier pieces of food soon. You are finally starting to show some signs of interest in foods other than purées. Ice cream will always be your favourite though.

Sleep is the same as ever. Average longest stretch is 3-4 hours at a time, but sometimes longer. I’m up with you 2-5 times a night. We might have to try harder at sleep training sometime soon because mama is getting tired little one. It’s hard at night because you don’t want anyone but me. If your daddy tries to soothe you, you just get more upset. It’s time to start sleeping like a big girl!

Screaming and exploring your voice is definitely still one of your favourite things to do and I just think it’s so cute. You also still love blowing raspberries. Lately you’ve begun making more sounds that actually sound like syllables. Ah, dah, du are all things you can get out, though I’d love to hear some ma ma sounds soon please.

You are a crawling monster but what is very cool is that you come when you’re called. Although we don’t quite think you know your name yet, you know the sound of our voices. You crawl right over to us and put your hands on our legs and stand up waiting to be picked up. You also crawl to the bath every night when you hear the water running. Smart baby.

You are almost 14lbs now and just sizing out of your 3-6 month clothing. It’s just getting to be a little too short for you now. It’s too bad because the 6 month clothing is still a bit big, but we know you will grow into them! You still fit into your swing, although your Daddy and I might be putting it away soon. You like to sit up in it instead of lay down and you even fell asleep sitting up and folded over on your legs. It was definitely a sight to see but I bet it wasn’t comfy. The jolly jumper will stay out for awhile yet as you still love jumping!!

As ever, I am looking forward to seeing what new and exciting things you have planned for us in the upcoming month!!

Love you forever

Mommy

Ezri 9 months

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