May 8

Fri '15

Letter to Ezri: 6 months old

6 months old

Dear Ezri baby,

You are half a year old! I can hardly believe it. The time has gone by so fast. I am so happy to be your Mom. You are the sweetest little girl with the brightest eyes.

Speaking of your eyes, they are just so big and beautiful. They are always the first thing people mention when they see you. Also that your eyelashes are amazingly long and perfect. I know many women would pay big bucks for eyelashes like yours. You definitely got those from your daddy.

You learned two things in one day this month! I turned my back on you for a second and you had figured out how to pull the tissues out of the Kleenex box. You had pulled about 10 out in no time flat. Clever girl. Then later that day, as you were playing on your play mat, you started to explore your voice in the form of screaming. It’s cute right now, but I am sure it will get louder and not as cute soon enough.

Part of me doesn’t even want to mention the sleep thing again. You just don’t seem to know how to sleep for long periods of time. To make things a tiny bit worse, now that you’ve learned how to roll over, you have started to sleep on your stomach. However, you sure don’t like it when you wake up and find yourself there. You get very upset and can’t compose yourself long enough to roll back over. When I see you in the monitor and you’ve just rolled to your tummy, I go in and roll you back to your back. By the time I get back into bed, you’ve already gone back to your tummy. It’s a fruitless job I suppose. But then WHY do you get so angry when you wake up on your tummy?? Nights have been a bit worse since you started this habit and I really didn’t think that could happen. Sigh. I guess it’s something that will be part of our life for the unforeseeable future. There are worse things in this world then having to get up in the middle of the night to settle you, my sweet little girl.

We gave you your first bit of formula this month in an effort to try to get you to sleep longer at night. All it did was make you extremely gassy and also made you act a bit funny. You weren’t your normal self. We’re assuming your tummy might have been a bit upset. We will try a different brand in a few days, maybe.

You’ve had tons of solids already. You love yams, pears and peaches the most. You don’t care at all for carrots, bananas, peas or wax beans. You have also tried apples, broccoli and squash. We are looking forward to trying some more “adventurous” foods in the upcoming month.

You really like your swimming lessons. You always splash around, kick your feet, suck on the toys and don’t mind being in the water at all. I’ve dunked you at least 15 times now and you seem okay with it. You are very good at not swallowing the water. I look forward to going each week with you.

You keeping lifting up your neck and head (as if you were trying to do a sit-up) when you are put down onto your back. It’s like you want to sit up but can’t quite make it all the way up. I am sure that will come sooner than your Daddy and I would like. You’re growing and advancing so fast. I’m trying to take in as much as I can every single day.

You really are becoming your own little person Ezri. Your adorable personality makes me weak at the knees. You’re just so darn cute. I don’t know what I’ll do with you as you just continue to get cuter with each passing day.

Love you FOREVER!

Your Mommy

Ezri 6 months

Previous letters: 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 4 months, 5 months

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Apr 21

Tue '15

Life lately

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!!

Calgary Comic Expo 2015

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Apr 10

Fri '15

Last Broadway

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!

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