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 :)