Dec 17

Wed '14

Christmas Tree

Here is this year’s tree!

Christmas tree 2014

My Mom and Grandma came over on the weekend to cuddle with Ezri, so I took the opportunity to decorate our Christmas tree. My parents had offered to give us their 7-foot pre-lit artificial tree because they have come to the age where they are snow birding and leaving a day or 2 after Christmas. They don’t want the hassle anymore of having to take down the tree before they go away for a month or more. Of course we accepted.

Unfortunately half the lights on the tree decided to stop working. My Dad spent almost 3 hours trying to find the problem, but with no success. My parents have offered to buy us a new tree that works, but I think I’ve decided to wait until they go on sale after Christmas.

In the meantime, I put up our little 3-foot artificial tree. It’s small, but it still does the trick of setting the Christmas mood. My parents also let me go “shopping” through their tree decorations. I was allowed to take whichever ones I want. Half of them don’t fit on the tree this year, but next year’s full sized tree will be awesome with them on it.

Next year will be even better because Ezri will be older and fascinated with the lights and decorations. It will be great to have the full sized tree then.

Speaking of Christmas, I’ve taken Ezri to meet Santa twice now. I was trying to get a good photo, but it’s so hard to catch her at the right moment. Oh well, they’re both cute! Anyhow, here is this year’s tree!

Santa & Ezri
Ezri & Santa
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Dec 15

Mon '14

Coconut Truffles

For obvious reasons, I haven’t had a lot of time to do any Christmas baking this year. Now let me clarify, I am on maternity leave and so I am home all day. However, I am holding Ezri for most of the day. We are either feeding or cuddling or sleeping. It’s hard to put her down because she gets upset. Yes I try, but I also want to enjoy every second I have with this precious little girl. Therefore that makes it hard to get a lot done during the day. I’m lucky if I even get to have a shower.

However yesterday I strapped Ezri into the moby wrap and I wore her while I tried to get a few things done. We have our final baby class on Tuesday and we’re having a little party. I really wanted to bring something sweet and my Mom had just given me this recipe. These truffles are delicious plus they are no bake and gluten free. I wanted to share the recipe with you all as well.

Coconut Truffles
Coconut Truffles

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups unsweetened coconut (shredded)

Coconut Truffles
Mix the coconut oil, honey, cocoa powder and vanilla in a medium sized mixing bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon until mixed thoroughly. Add 2 cups of coconut, and mix till the coconut is evenly distributed throughout the chocolate.

Coconut Truffles
Use a small scoop and form into balls. I ended up just rolling and forming them in my hands. Messy, but effective. Roll the balls in the extra 1 cup of shredded coconut.

Coconut Truffles
Place a square of wax paper on a plate. Put the balls on the wax paper. Put the plate of truffles in the freezer for about 20 minutes.

Enjoy these easy, but delicious treat!

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Dec 8

Mon '14

Letter to Ezri: 1 month old

I am stealing this idea from Janetha who writes a letter to her son every month. I think it is the greatest idea, so I’ve decided to do the same kind of thing for Ezri. Although it’s more for me to help remember her babyhood, but I hope to show her all these blog entries one day.

1 month old

Dear Ezri,

You are one month old. I truly cannot believe how fast this past 4 weeks has gone. You have absolutely changed my life in the most amazing ways. I simple cannot imagine life without you. I read as much as I could to prepare for life with you, but there are so many things that cannot be understood until actually experienced. There is no way I would ever choose anything else besides being a Mom. It is such a privilege and I am excited to see what new adventures it will bring.

You were sure in a hurry to join us and you were the best unplanned home birth I could have asked for. You must have known the weather was getting snowy, because you didn’t want to take a trip to the hospital!

You were born pretty tiny at 6lb 4oz and everyone said so. They couldn’t believe that you were born full term at 39 weeks. Thanks for making it a bit easier for me to push you into this world! You still don’t really fit into any of your clothes. The newborn outfits are only just starting to fit.

At not even 2 days old, you were already scaring the heck out of your Dad and I. We were instructed to rush you to the NICU at the Children’s Hospital because your levels of bilirubin (jaundice) were extremely high. You needed to bathe under photo-therepy lights for a couple days to bring those levels down. While in the NICU, you also tested abnormally low for your platelets, which was a whole other issue. It was resolved, but you need to be monitored for the foreseeable future to make sure they stay normal. You survived your 4 day stay in the hospital and were welcomed home with love.

You have SO much hair and it was almost black when you were born, but it has since turned lighter brown and we are starting to see some auburn roots. We are hoping it will continue to lighten.

Your first family outing was dinner at Boston Pizza and you slept the whole time. I was stressing about taking you out for the first time, so I was so happy you didn’t have a meltdown.

You are the most kissed baby in the world between me, your Dad and grandparents. We just can’t resist showing you how much we all love you!

Your little eyes started getting tears in them at about 2 weeks. It just breaks my heart every time you cry now.

Your favourite thing in the world to do is to eat. You can easily spend a couple hours on the boob at a time. Your dad calls me the 24 hour buffet and he’s not wrong. However, you are growing lots and that’s all we can ask for. You are already 1lb above your birth weight, and that’s after losing 10% of your body weight in the first few days. Good job girl!

You love to sleep on me or any person really. It must be the warm body heat that you love because when we try to put you in your bassinet, you cry. You are getting a little better at sleeping in it though. There are some nights you let us sleep for 4-5 hours in a row!!

Your daddy is the diaper change master. You poop and he is there in a flash. He loves you so much and it makes me love him a million times more when I see him with you. You have him wrapped around your finger. Both of us, actually.

No matter what, you like your arms to be free to move around. It seems to be comforting when you have your hands by your face while you sleep, just like I do. Even if we try to swaddle them, you find a way of escaping.

You have your daddy’s nose but seem to have my mannerisms. It’s good to see a little bit of me in you because right now your features are all daddy. Your cute little milk coma and poop smirks are adorable and we can’t wait until you smile for real!

You have us trained well as we are already saving for your RESP. You will be a very well educated little girl when the time comes.

You took to a pacifier right away in the NICU, but since the 2 week mark you refuse to suck on one anymore. We wish you would sometimes for our sanity, but also glad it’s not something we’ll have to wean you off of.

Your daddy and I are so looking forward to what comes in the next month. You are the most amazing little human in the entire world and I couldn’t imagine a life without you ever again. I love you so much.

Please don’t grow up too fast!

Love Mom

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