Sunday, December 26, 2010

Give Thanks for Being in CA!

Currently, I am in Oregon and have spent Christmas with the Leder side this year. So it makes sense that I am blogging about Thanksgiving then, right? Okay, not really except that I am behind on my updates. SO, Thanksgiving in CA first, then another post about Christmas will follow (hopefully) soon after.

Driving to CA was long and miserable for Ezra (and Carl... and me... but mostly Ezra). However, we made it there and spent a glorious week in the better-than-Utah-weather state.

We stayed in my parents other house first and celebrated Carl's big two-eight!

Shnooks and Ezra :) Ezra has a bit of a crazy eye going on.

the only picture I got of my mom. She is somehow always escaping my pictures!!! so here she is cooking some greenbeans with her best weapon- the chopsticks

Doesn't everyone seem so intrigued by my dad?! har har har just kidding :)

Grandpa taking a snooze after Thanksgiving dinner

I could NOT keep my eyes open any larger for this picture. Shnooks, how many did we take?!

Aunts and Uncles and Grandma. This was Grandma's last lovely family gathering before she passed away about a week later. My Aunt Ruby emailed us to thank us for giving her such a good meal before she left :)

Tio Andres!

cousins :)

The most delicious treat Aunt Ruby makes for every family gathering. Little gummy cake things (I have no idea what to translate them to in English...) and cocunut flakes for topping. YUM!

Thanksgiving was lovely. I had a great time seeing family and friends :) Here are a few more random pictures from the visit:

So, I stalked this feeder for a good hour or so because my mom claimed hummingbirds visited her garden frequently throughout the day...

She was right! I saw two or three hummingbirds and hour at least and they kept hiding in her plants. Can I just comment that they are tricky to catch on camera AND be in focus?!
Grandpa has a Kindle! Wha-what?!

Christmas update to follow this week!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Rockstars and Gypsies and Monkeys, Oh My!

Ezra's baby pumpkin makes me smile :) It's turning white now that it's getting cold... a Christmas pumpkin!

Carl was super creative and did the scary tree pumpkin. I was lazy and carved BOO.

I'm getting close to being caught up with pictures and posts!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A different planet called Arches National Park.

This visit was from early October, so Ezra was about 3 months old.

I really felt like I was on a completely different planet when we went to visit Arches National Park on our way to UT from TX. We broke the drive down into three days- Dallas, TX to Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe, NM to Moab, UT (Arches is right by here), and then Moab to Provo.

This visit was quite the sight to see. Absolutely breathtaking and hard to believe a place this beautiful exists.

Random rock formations are everywhere!

Heading up the trail!

I thought this dead tree/bush/shrub was very artistic looking.

So this is why they call it Arches National Park...

What grandeur!

I took this picture myself. Thank you, Mr. Rock, for your tripod-like abilities

Look at them arches!

Handsome and very warm.

Just doing a little bouldering

Que pasa?!

What a bulbous rock, yes?

More updates to come! For now, I take my leave to complete the task of organizing my very own laundry canyons currently in our bedroom.

The Post.

this is the face of a five month old :)

Hello. My name is Tracey. Remember me? I used to post weekly.

It's true, I've taken a very long break from the blog - almost 2 months! Writing takes time and time was very limited each day since moving to Utah. I've decided to do several different posts to try to recapture all the wonderful moments in the past 2 months or more.

We have been moving into our apartment for awhile now. Every time we begin to settle down with the boxes, a new load is welcomed into our livingroom and it's time to start all over.

So, about Ezra, our FIVE month old:

- He has been about a steady 17 lbs for over 1 1/2 months now. I credit his doorway jumper for maintaining his weight :) He can jump for an hour or more at time! I even had to tighten his cloth diapers today around the waist, which is most definitely a first.

- Lately, he's been sucking on his bottom lip as if he might lose it if he stops.

- Today he found his tongue and has been acting like a snake all day long. It's pretty cute.

- He still loves to stand- he's been happy about standing since about 4 weeks old! Now all we have to do is hold his knees or a finger

- He is also a rolling champ now. He started right around 4 1/2 months and has been getting wigglier every day, especially during a diaper change. Diaper off? Time to roll and escape the next diaper. See this video if you're not up to date with facebook

- He can almost sit up on his own, but is great with a little support. Bathing him the kitchen sink is much easier now because he has a lot to lean on.

- He has not started any solids yet, but I am pretty excited to start in January when he turns six months (oh em gee, right? that was omg if you didn't get it). More on that when that time rolls around.

It's amazing how quick Ezra's developmental milestones are being acheived. Time has snuck up on us! I finished my first nursing bachelor's class two weeks ago and it was a breeze. I start clinicals next week and while I requested the ICU and NICU, they assigned me to the ICU and ER. Can I just say I'm a little nervous about the ER?? I don't trust myself in nursing skills quite yet...

I have so much to update. Ezra was a monkey for Halloween. We went to CA for Thanksgiving. We went to Chicago last week. And then there's all the in-between. Yikes! Other then all the recent happenings though, Carl and I have been doing wonderfully and I look forward to getting back in the groove of blogging. I am also excited to go visit family in OR for Christmas this year! Happy holidays, everyone!

Yes, I am still the most handsome babe.

Monday, October 18, 2010

We're here!

We arrived in UT on Wednesday and moved into a sweet apartment on Saturday. Currently, our home is full of dead bugs (including little nasty red/brown spiders. dead of course. though Carl found a semi-live one yesterday), all of our summer travel belongings, and a few furniture items we bought from someone off of craigslist. Unfortunately, we don't have a bed yet, so it's the air mattress-memory foam combo until then. It's not too bad... except we need to wake up in the middle of the night to put more air in it.

This blog will be lame for a few weeks I think because I need to write a few papers and unpack boxes. And then we'll take a trip up to Rexburg and bring back MORE boxes to unpack.

Hope you have a fabulous day!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Movin' on out!

The time has come again.

We will be leaving Texas in a couple of hours (yikes, is it already past midnight?!) and going to Utah. Of course we won't make it to UT until Wednesday.

Also, Ezra turned 3 months old today. He is now 24 1/2 inches long and still a hair under 15 lbs (I think he's 14 lbs and 14 oz or something very close). Chunky and adorable as ever :)

I will be taking a small hiatus from blogging until we move in to our new residence (which does not exist yet..)

Farewell, Texas, you have given me an extra month of summer and a new truck. Thanks.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hi, My Name Is Tracey and I'm a Donor.

It's October and that means it's Breast Cancer Awareness month! I hope this post doesn't make you too uncomfortable since it's about, well, breasts. I am all for supporting good causes but can't I support a good cause without sounding dirty? I have received multiple Facebook messages/invites that all say this,

"Remember last year your status was about what color bra you were wearing at the moment? The purpose was to increase awareness for Octobers Breast Cancer Awareness month. It was a tremendous success and we had men wondering for days what was with the colors and it made it to the news. This years game has to do with your handbag/purse, where we put our handbag the moment we get home for example, "I like it on the couch", "I like it on the kitchen counter", "I like it on the dresser" well you get the idea. Just put your answer in your status with nothing more than that. Cut and paste this message and forward it to all your female FB friends to their inbox. The bra game made it to the news. It doesn't have to be suggestive. Let's see how powerful we women really are!!!"
Bra colors was kind of silly, but not too bad, but where you like to keep your purse? Sure, of course it doesn't have to be suggestive, but seriously, it doesn't matter how you say it, because no matter where your purse is placed, it ALL sounds dirty. I like it on my... ottoman. dresser. fridge. TV stand. hamster cage. Yes, I think you would agree that it sounds like the dirty dirty. And wouldn't it make more sense if it was "I keep it on my...?" because do we really like  the fact that we keep our purses on whatever is closest when we get home? Personally, I always put my purse next to the wall on the floor when I come home. I would like it if I had a special closet dedicated to all my purses and purse accessories, but I don't, so I keep it out of the way. Ok, coming off my soap box and talking about the next breast-related subject.

approx. 281.5 oz

 I am now a donor of breastmilk. What? Yes, I am a human milk donor! To many, this sounds a little odd and. "Ew, other babies will be drinking your milk?!" To those people, I say, "Is it any stranger that we drink cow's milk?"
Ok, I'll give you a break. I thought it was strange at first. Not really gross, but just different. I had never heard of donating breast milk before but when my freezer began overflowing with frozen milk and we didn't want to have to tote around a few coolers of breast milk when we move to Utah, I looked into ways to get rid of my freezer stash without having to waste (after all, I'm the one who was sitting on my bum pumping out that milk. that would be a lot of time wasted). So I found out I could be helping little premature babies in the NICU or women who adopted babies but can't provide (breast is best! don't worry, I am definitely not a formula hater- whatever keeps mama and baby healthy, right?!). It felt great to donate something I made- I suppose it's the same feeling when someone donates their blood. I've never been allowed to donate blood since I've always been too small, so now I get to help out another way :)
Well, I have yet to upload pictures off my camera from our fair adventure... I'll save that for another day...
As for tonight, I spotted a funny/poor direct translation in the local latino food market ad:
I guess hindquarters and butts are just about the same... right?

Friday, October 1, 2010

I suspect many of you have been waiting for a post like this.

I've taken so many pictures of the little chubster... I just haven't uploaded them until now!

Get ready for an exciting post full of pictures and random thoughts!

I thought Ezra would stay small since he was only 6 lbs, 10 oz when he was born- I mean, everyone was saying, "he SO tiny!" but this little monster is now over 14 lbs at 2 1/2 months, bigger than a lot of babies I knew at that age. And he has rolls everywhere! I love his chub and I think he would look funny without it :) Grandma Leder (mother-in-law) call his arm rolls bracelets. I think that's such a cute name haha!

So Ezra is all full of smiles most days- he wakes up talking, smiling, and laughing just about every morning. He has a super strong torso and holds his head up great! See:

"Dad, why are you holding my butt?"
This is a trick he's been doing since he was about 7 weeks old! I think this was taken at 9 weeks..

When I look at him, he kind of reminds me of Chien-Po from Mulan. Don't you see the resemblance?

He and I spend a lot of time together when Carl is out working. He is very helpful too:

Excellent company :)

I've gotten in the habit of watching the MTV show, 16 and Pregnant, while I feed Ezra. After he's done, he watches the rest of the episode with me. He seems to enjoy watching TV, or perhaps watching bright colors on the screen and listening to music. The show has a good message at the end at least...

Here is how I spy on Ezra while he takes a nap:

And here are some cute pictures for your awaiting eyes:

Holding his head up during tummy time- still has not accomplished rolling over yet.

Recently found his hands and finds them quite delicious

In his new Cubs onesie from Aunt Carol

The happiest baby on the block!

The cherry on top: a video. He seemed to be a little camera shy when I started recording, but here it is anyway!

I hope this was an enjoyable post. I tried to include plenty of pictures of this growing boy. I forget he was once a bean inside of me over a year ago!

We went to the state fair this week, but I'll have to save that for another post :)