“How is Ezra doing?” “How is Vero?” “How is Sierra?”
All valid questions when you are two months into living with a newborn!
Life is Ezra is definitely easier than it was with Sierra. We know what’s going on. We are looking at a problem to solve (“How do I change a diaper again?”) and muscle memory comes back from three years ago and we know how to fix the problem.
Even going to the doctor results in amusing moments where the doctor asks if we have any questions and we reply “No. Everything is good.” whereas with the first child we had a laundry list of questions!
Vero is still avoiding dairy products in case he has an intolerance and so far we think this is the good path to be on. Ezra has split personality. Some times he sleeps a lot during the day, is pretty calm and life is good. Other days he doesn’t get much sleep at all and subsequently probably makes him quite irritable later on in the day! I can’t speak for Vero who is with him the majority of the nights and days but there have been a few times during the evenings where I’m with him and he just won’t stop screaming at me. Then there are other nights where he takes a bottle, settles down and passes out with me on the couch for four hours. 🙂 We are trying a few things like anti-gas drops for colic and all of that stuff when he gets irritable but we’re not sure if it’s making a difference. So at this point, I would say 50% of his days and nights are great! 50% are not so great. But considering we have a two month old human being in our house, I suppose that’s par for the course? Although Vero tells me that her grandmother told her a story of how all her kids slept from 10pm until 6am! Must have been the cow’s milk?
But Ezra is pretty amazing right about now. He’s starting to smile! That’s why people have children…to experience those small moments where they start smiling or talking or laughing. It’s infectious! It makes life worth living! Ezra is doing great and we are doing great as well. Who cares about sleep? As many people have said before…I’ll sleep when I’m dead!
I took five weeks off (thank you Employment Insurance!) to help Vero out and I really appreciated the time I had with the both of them. I had a good routine going on…when Vero would wake in the morning 9am, I would take Ezra off her hands for a few hours. I would generally have a destination in mind like Best Buy or Wal-Mart and we would hit the road. He quite enjoys the shopping cart and would fall asleep. My ongoing joke when people would stop me and ask about Ezra is “I’m thinking of picking up one of these shopping carts for the house because this is the only way he sleeps!”
I realized my five weeks were ending soon so Ezra, Vero and I hit up the Casselbrew brewpub.
I think he enjoyed his first sip of beer. I’m kidding! Can I just point out I find this outfit hilarious because it has teeth on the feet?
This collage didn’t get the sequence right. I find the sequence of these three photos hilarious if you start at the bottom left and see Sierra taking care of Ezra. Then in the leftmost photo she takes her eyes off of Ezra and starts watching Dora on TV. Then in the top right we see the consequences of her actions as Ezra proceeds to fall off the pillow!
It was a nice Fall day when I decided to hang out with Ezra near the fire.
Grandma and Poppa dropped by for a few days on their way back from Gaspe. They grabbed Ezra for themselves and didn’t even say hello to me until a day later.
I get a sense from this picture that Dad must remember how it is to handle two kids at the same time and he’s thinking “Boy, I’m glad I’m not doing this full time!”
Just like his Dad…sticking his tongue out during hard tasks
Here is Ezra with his new toy called Ruth after Nanny Ruth who made it for him. Hilariously when we asked Sierra what the dog’s name was she says “Ruth Ruth!” like “Woof woof!”
Hanging out with Maman on the deck.
Welcome to our life…staring at a baby trying to lift his head!
At least one of us is sleeping.
Ezra doesn’t look too sure about this situation.
Matante paying a visit with Ezra for the first time.
This is a typical spot for Ezra during the evening. Cuddled up next to me trying to sleep while Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is on.
We decided to drop by the Buhr Clan for a visit. It was a long time coming since Rob somehow came down with shingles a few weeks prior!
“I can do it!!” I’m not sure what he was trying to do here but he seems pretty excited that he accomplished it.
3 out of 4 people looking into the camera isn’t bad!
After a good walk.
Pretty sure Ezra saw a ghost walk by.
This was Ezra at the neighbour’s BBQ. Maybe he really likes white noise?
JF doesn’t look so sure in this photo.
Maelle has the knack for holding babies.
This guy does as well!
Either that ghost walked by again or he finally saw my face.
This guy looks content.
After six weeks of purely breast feeding we managed to get a bottle into the rotation! Here is Ezra’s first bottle. He took it like a champ.
Emeric managed to find this retro Star Wars toy for me at Toys R Us! Sweet! I am on the hunt for the other five figures if anyone sees them in the wild.
Laura knit this amazing elephant which we have dubbed “Laura the Elephant”.
First Vars community supper for Ezra!
Sierra spending some time with Ezra before bedtime.
Here’s Mononcle Etienne with Ezra at Alex and Gisele’s wedding. It was a little loud in there hence the earmuffs.
The wedding was held at a farm on the Quebec side. We got to take the Thurso ferry for the first time which is neat. I have to say this about fall weddings…when it’s nice out, you automatically get a 10/10 for a great wedding day. But if it would have rained, it would have changed it to a 2/10. Lucky for all of us, it was a great success of a day! Also, you can’t go wrong with a wedding where I had a beer in hand during the actual ceremony.
Ezra isn’t so sure about flying through the air.
End of the night before we headed home from the best wedding of the year.
Ezra and Sierra watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”
After a year away taking care of her baby, Nat gets back to work! We are going to try carpooling together. We are already in talks to create a podcast which would basically just record whatever we are laughing about during the ride to and from work.
Look at that smile starting to form!
This Jedi seems a little scared of the Empire.
Bundled up for a walk.