Category Our Adventures

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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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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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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3 Months!

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Three months have flown by. Ezra is such a good baby. He’s been sleeping through the night consistently for the last 3 weeks. He sleeps from 7-6:30 in his crib. Occasionally he fights going to sleep and needs some extra snuggles or a pacifier replacement, but for the most part he goes to sleep easily. He naps fairly regularly during the day. I’m looking forward to a more firm nap schedule in the next month or so.

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He loves his big sister. He watches her and smiles at her. It’s perfect since Sabrina is more then happy to dance and sing and entertain an audience at any time.

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Ezra still likes his pacifier and to snuggle. He’s trying very hard to be mobile. He’s got the wiggle and pivot down. He’s very anxious to be moving. I’m not as anxious for him to be moving.

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He is very particular abou...

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One Month

Ezra is 4 weeks today! He survived all the snow and snow events – like getting home from the hospital in another snowstorm and our power going out for 12 hours due to yet another snow/ice storm. Hopefully, the cold is behind us and spring will be here soon!

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He has gone from 7 lbs 4 oz at birth to 10 lbs 6 oz. Apparently I don’t make milk, I make heavy cream. He eats every 3-4 hours, sometimes with a 4-5 hour stretch at night. He prefers to sleep flat and stretch his legs out, he doesn’t like the reclined newborn sleeper or having his legs swaddled up. He still gets swaddled at night to keep his arms from flaying about, but I don’t really swaddle him during the day and he does fine.

We’ve discovered that he’s very ticklish...

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Ezra’s Birth Story

His birth story actually starts 3.5 years before, with his sister’s. Sabrina was a surprise breech baby (head down on Thursday, water broke Friday morning and they told me she was breech at the hospital). And therefore a c/section. So making the decision for Ezra’s labor and delivery wasn’t easy. I know all the stats and risks for doing a trial of labor, c/section, and a long labor ending in a c/section. Eventually, I decided I would pick a day for a repeat c/section and then I talked to Heavenly Father and said (more or less), “OK, here’s the day. If doing a TOL (trial of labor) or VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) is in Your plan for me, it needs to happen before this day. If a c/section is the better option, that’s great, then here is the day...

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Lulu Stories – The Flying Tree

– told by Lulu, while in the car

I want you to make me potion for my friends!

(What is the potion for?)

The potion will make the trees fly! Jesus is going to give us the potion!

(The trees will fly?)

Yes! The trees are going to fly and fly and fly, higher and higher!

(Where are the trees going to go?)

The tree is going to fly to our house.

(Is the tree going to eat dinner with us?)

No! We’re going to get home and go inside and the tree is going to be playing inside and we’re going to be like, “WHAT?”

 

 

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The Cupcake Reveal Reality

Since I am both envious of Pinterest crafts and inherently lazy, I decided to make cupcakes and fill just 4. The idea was for Lulu to be surprised and excited to find blue inside her cupcakes and realize she was going to have a little brother and then we’d have a lot of adorable pictures to commemorate this event.

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Viddy and I explained to a very anxious-for-cupcake 3-year-old that if there was pink or blue inside the cupcake then it corresponded to the sex of her little sibling. We got out of respective video devices so we could be ready for the BIG moment.

We gave her the cupcake after dinner. And she ate it very slowly. Nibbling here and there. We had to encourage her to take bigger bites.

FINALLY, she made it to the center. And we asked her, “What color is it?”

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Lulu: “Um…. Nothing…”

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