Nov 19

Thu '15

Back to work

I’ve wanted to post for a long time but I’ve been so busy with this and that. You know how life can get sometimes?! I hope to one day get back into blogging because I do enjoy it. Love getting my thoughts out there.

I didn’t participate into NaBloPoMo this month and I’m a little sad about it. I know I wouldn’t have had the time to prepare so many posts, but it would have been fun. Maybe next year? I guess I’ll start by trying to post more than once a month like I have been doing lately.

So now that Ezri is 1, I have officially maxed out my maternity leave. I am so fortunate that I live in a country where I was able to stay home with my baby for a full year! I enjoyed every minute of it and am very grateful for the time we spent together. But of course the fun had to end sometime and I had my first day back at work on Saturday. Luckily it was only a 5.5 hour shift. Not too bad. I worked again on Wednesday and it was a full 8 hour shift. It is so weird to be back there. So familiar, yet a little foreign. I’m not working full time yet, so I’m slowly easing back in. I’m in my 15th year at my current employer and of course they just had to wait until I was gone to change the computer system. So even though I know the place like the back of my hand, I feel like a brand new employer as I have to learn the new computer. I’m catching on to all the new tricks and hopefully it doesn’t take too much longer until I’m a pro like the rest of my co-workers.

When I am at work, Ezri is either home with Peter or with my Mom. It’s so great that I don’t have to put her in daycare! My wallet is very happy too. She seems to have done fine without me for the two days I’m worked so far. I missed her like crazy, but it’s just the way life has got to be.

I’ve got a bazillion other things to say, but I’m going to wait. I’m going to try my hardest to write some more posts and have them come up in the next couple weeks!!!


Nov 8

Sun '15

Letter to Ezri: 12 months old

12 months old

Dear Ezri,

Happy birthday my little munchkin!!!!!!

You are ONE YEAR OLD today!! I can’t believe it. Can I still say baby girl Ezri? I’m not so sure anymore. You are very soon going to be my toddler. This year has flown by so fast. I have been with you 24 hours a day for the past year and I have loved every single minute.

Last month, you took your first steps, but this month you started fully walking!! You walk everywhere you can. We are still trying to get you to walk with shoes. It’s hard to keep them on your feet as you rip them off all the time. You don’t even crawl anymore. I am shocked how fast you’ve become my little walker. You often just pace the living room, checking out your surroundings. It’s a whole new world for you!!

Your first two teeth popped through this month!! One morning you went to bed with no teeth and the next you woke up with a little corner poking through. Your gummy smiles are no more, but your toothy smiles are even cuter! I am so happy that your teething hasn’t seemed to bother you at all. You have always been a bad sleeper, so it didn’t affect that in anyway. We haven’t needed to give you Tylenol or any medication for it. You are such a trooper. Hopefully the rest of your teeth pop through just as easy.

One of your new favourite things is to mimic and copy! You have four tricks that you’ve become expert at copying when someone else does them. Clapping hands, growling, sucking your teeth/gums and playing with your lips while making bubble noises. So cute! So smart.

You, your grandma and I drove down to Great Falls again for another shopping trip. I have to go back to work next week and so we wanted to have another little shopping spree before then. I was very impressed that you were still able to nap on the go. You enjoyed being out of the car seat and sitting in the shopping cart! It was a big change from out trip when you were 6 months. You loved play with all the items we put into the cart.

I have enjoyed writing you a letter each month for the past year and it will be something special we will have forever! I am excited for you to read them in the years to come. I love you forever and am very excited to continue to see you grow and learn. No matter what happens, you will ALWAYS be my baby girl Ezri.

Love you to the ends of the earth and back.

Love your Mommy

Ezri 12 months

Previous letters: 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 4 months, 5 months, 6 months, 7 months, 8 months, 9 months, 10 months, 11 months

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Oct 8

Thu '15

Letter to Ezri: 11 months old

11 months old

Dear Ezri,

My sweet, sweet baby girl, you’re already 11 months old! I can’t believe that I am currently planning your first birthday!! It’s crazy to think how fast the days are going by. Soon you will be reading these letters and thinking how much of a silly, sappy Mom I am. I just hope you know how much you are loved and cherished!

This was another exciting month. You’ve become a pro at standing. It’s your favourite position. You hardly ever hold onto anything anymore! Since you are always on your feet now, you took you very first steps this month!! We even caught it on camera. I’m not gonna lie, we have a few out takes, but we actually managed to catch your first 3 steps ever. It was so cool. Since then your record is 7 steps in a row. You are always trying to step, but you still lose your balance quite often. It will come soon enough! We bought you a walker to help you get around and you absolutely LOVE it! It was amazing because we didn’t even have to show you what to do. You grabbed ahold of it and off you went. You are practically running all over the house with it now. It’s too adorable.

We started your second round of swimming lessons this month. It took me by surprise because you hated the first two lessons out of three. You clung to me for dear life and you whined or cried most of the time. I was so shocked because you loved the pool a few months ago and you also love the bath every night! So weird. This week though, you enjoyed the pool and you splashed and laughed and screamed the whole time. I guess you just forgot? Who knows, but I’m glad you’re enjoying them again.

You are eating 3 meals of solids a day and your gagging is minimal now. We still make sure to give you softer food, but are experimenting more and more. Your favourite things to eat this month were imitation crab, black beans, peaches, bananas and cheerios. But of course you’re all time favourite is still your puréed food pouches that you suck dry in seconds.

Sleep has been quite awful. You’re still waking up 3-5 times a night and nothing will settle you except nursing. Sigh. It’s a bad habit we’ve all gotten into. You’re almost a year and you should be sleeping through the night. The nursing is more comfort rather than hunger at this point and I have no idea how to break this routine we are in. You are falling asleep on your own at the beginning of the night, but just can’t do it in the middle. However naps have been very good lately. I’ve been making an effort to get you up around 7am and you seem to be napping much better for it! We were having some days that you’d only nap once for 30 minutes and that’s it. But since I’ve started getting you up earlier and consistently, you’re going from 1.5-2.5 hours twice a day. Good girl!

You had your second cold of your life this month. It was much different than your first (at 3 months) because you’re so mobile and have a mind of your own now. You didn’t like sitting still to get your nose wiped and that lead to snot everywhere. At least you didn’t get a cough to go along with it either. You were in great spirits though. Your daddy and I were sick at the same time and we were definitely not as chipper as you!

It’s so amusing to see you play. You have your very own ottoman toy box and you figured out how to take the lid off of it. You go in there and take your toys out when you want to play with them. It’s nice to be able to have the toys in the box and have the living room clean (for 30 seconds, at least) and you can still go and find what you want to play with.

You discovered the toilet paper roll this month and we have to keep a close eye on you because you will unravel the whole thing in seconds. After you’ve ripped the paper to shreds, you will attempt to eat it. Not good, but you have a ball doing it.

We went to another Mommy and Me movie at the movie theatre. It’s getting harder to keep you happy for 2 hours in one spot and I’m not sure we will be able to do many more movies together. You used to sleep the whole time, but now you’re on the move to get places.

You’re making so many sounds and syllables and noises. You’ve started growling and it’s too adorable. You also love to smack your lips and tongue. I get weak at the knees as you babble because it’s so so so cute. Seriously, could I love you any more?!

I can’t wait to see what happens in your final month before you turn 1 year old! Please don’t ever stop surprising me!

Love your Mom

Ezri 11 months

Previous letters: 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 4 months, 5 months, 6 months, 7 months, 8 months, 9 months, 10 months

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