Thankfulness

We had a relatively quiet Thanksgiving. We didn’t travel, we stayed home and made our yummy food. We did an easy turkey breast in the crock-pot. We still had all the sides and were quite stuffed by the end of the meal… and then the next day and the next day.

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Ezra took one bite of cheesecake and gagged and then shuddered when it went down finally. Apparently he isn’t a fan of cheesecake.

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He really just ate the cranberry sauce, nothing else of what was cooked

Sabrina in front of our Thankfulness tree

Sabrina in front of our Thankfulness tree

Dave’s parents came for a short visit on Friday, the kids both love having their grandparents visit. Sabrina loves that someone is here that is happy to pay her more attention.

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She is happy to be sitting and reading with Grammy

On Friday we decided to officially ring in the Christmas season an...

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Adventures in NY and Halloween

Thanks to Jetblue miles, friends who live in the city, and me being pushy – we took a weekend trip to New York City!

Some of the highlights of the trip included seeing Aladdin on Broadway, Going to the top of the Rockefeller building, Trinity Church, the Natural History museum, Time’s Square – (the M&M store was great), all the great food, and of course getting to visit with some of our close friends and have our kids play together. Prepare yourself for a picture extravaganza:

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Airport selfie

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Sabrina kept calling it “OO-ger”

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Ezra’s first Uber

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I love seeing the city through the trees

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This is how Ezra travels, he got it easy

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Silly faces in Sunday dresses

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Some people really go all out when decorating for Halloween

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Airport food that is gluten free

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This is how we entertain dinosaurs/toddlers in ...

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School

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Bribery for a flu shot…

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She’s a good big sister. As long as he isn’t playing with her toys.

Sabrina started school.

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Here we are going to see the Corpse Flower. It stinks like death only blooms for 48 hours every 10-20 years. Of course we had to see it.

img_6260Kindergarten. The first year of school that marks the beginning of many, MANY more years.

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Stylin’

We are very excited for her to be in this school – it was a lottery to get in. She gets to choose electives in all sorts of subjects – arts, science, computers, chess, music, sports, and the list goes on and on.

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One of her favorite book characters – Splat the Cat

The school is only 15 minutes away if I drive her, but if she takes the bus, it’s a 1...

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18 months

He is 18 months!! The best part of 18 months is Nursery. Now he can go to Nursery for the latter 2/3 of church. And it’s amazing. No more chasing our little monkey around the building or trying to corral him in a room he doesn’t want to be in. In nursery there are toys and snacks and music. He didn’t even bat an eye when we dropped him off, he just gladly walked over to the toys.


Ezra is very opinionated at 18 months. He can climb and run and he’s trying very hard to jump. He is a very picky eater win rules for food that I have not been able to figure out. He is very clear that any vegetable other than carrots is poison...

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1 year!!!

Ezra is ONE!

He still enjoys the occasional snuggle

He is very mobile – enjoying walking all over the place, but he still loves to be cuddled (for short periods of time).

He loves some books. He loves climbing in baskets, eating the foods he likes, toys, pulling all the shoes out of the shoe basket, the cats, music, Duplos, dancing and clapping, and his pacifiers.

He dislikes vegetables, being hungry or tired, being trapped in the stroller, being told no, or just generally being restricted in his movement.

Showing love by squishing

To review his mobility milestones:
Crawling: 4 months
Sitting: 5-6 months
Standing: 7 months
Walking: 10 months
Climbing: 11 months

And he FINALLY got 2 teeth at 10 months.

At 7 months we ended up in the ER because he had a skull fracture...

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Happy Half Birthday!

Well, that went by fast. 

The advice I usually give to first time mom’s is just to remind them that in the first year, you have a different baby every few months- the challenges are different, their likes and dislikes are different, their sleep and nap cycles are different.

But there is a wonderful thing that happens somewhere between 4-6 months, where a baby gets a nap schedule and becomes predictable. And Ezra is there. And it is wonderful. Except when you realize that some things won’t ever be the same, then it’s kind of sad. I know his sweet gummy smile will have a tooth or two in the next few months- boo!

  
He naps regularly. He goes to sleep when we lay him in his crib (usually). He eats predictably. 

Ezra went from the 80th percentile in weight to the 40th- because we won’t stop mo...

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4 years old

Well, this is overdue.

I can’t believe she’s four!!


She’s a bouncing ball of bright, energetic, dramatic, curious energy.

She has fully entered the world of imagination. She has many imaginary friends that follow her around and play games with her. She loves art and building things and digging in sand. She enjoys reading books and learning to write letters.

She loves her little brother and is both nervous for him to get bigger and get her stuff and excited for him to be able to play with her.

I think she has started to realized how much bigger the world is and how little control she has over things. She’s started to cling to the familiar more and she gets a little stressed over things outside her control. We’re working on emotional outbursts…

Some of my favorite Sabrina-isms from this pas...

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5 months!

Time flies…

I’ve been putting off writing another post. Whenever I post about something difficult or close to my heart, I don’t like writing again – it feels like the more meaningful things just get pushed down under the hum drum things of life. I know that’s not exactly true in actuality, but it’s taken me a little while to get back to the normal.

Ezra was sleeping great between 2-3 months old. He was sleeping from 7-7 (ish). And then… he learned how to roll from back to front.

He’d throw his legs up in the air and pivot his hips to get the momentum to turn to his side and then twist to get to his belly. And once he figured out how to get to his front, he had to figure out how to get back to his back. And then he figured out how to roll.

And then he started inch-worming forward.

And now h...

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The more difficult parts of life

When I was younger, I spent entire summers in California. For some of that time I’d sleep at my dad’s parent’s home. They have 10 acres of land and during our yearly family reunion everyone would gather and pitch tents and eat together and talk and swim. I have never loved sleeping outside and I would often just sleep on a couch in my grandparents’ living room (I’m stubborn like that).

In the mornings, I’d wake up to the smell of coffee and my grandparents moving around, which was my signal to go and sit on the edge of the bed and talk with my grandparents. Me and my siblings and my cousins all had similar experiences. One of my cousins would always sit in a chair pulled up by my grandparents bed. Another would always sit on the floor against the wall...

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The Adventures of Oodle and Doodle

I remembered that I had some herbs that I’m supposed to be watering outside. So a week ago I went out to water my plants. And it became the day of bugs.

When I went to our water spiget and turned it on, the water was taking a while to flow. And then out pops this HUGE, HAIRY, legged creature. I may have wigged out a little. So I again went to turn the water on, and ANOTHER HUGE, HAIRY legged creature popped out. They were carpenter bees, which made me feel slightly better, instead of giant icky spiders.

I was a little on edge when I walked over to my plants. Sabrina was playing with our neighbor and I went to go look at my herbs and I see two fat caterpillars on my parsley plant. I jumped again when I saw two crawly bugs, but was fine after seeing they were caterpillars.

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So much eating… So...

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