Xmas Gifts - Round One

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Some photos of Ezri's gifts from us. We made a conscious decision that Ezri will receive three gifts for Christmas - one from each of us individually and one from "Santa"/both of us and a stocking for funsies. We're trying to get in the mindset of the holidays being about DOING instead of GETTING - giving her memories that will last forever instead of gifts that will last a few months. Plus, knowing we were only getting three gifts challenged us to find really special items - like some kind of crazy-crafty-online scavenger hunt with a budget.

All of our gifts came from Etsy. If you have never visited the site, click on the link at the top of the page. Just make sure you have a few hours to spend drooling over all of the fantasticness.

From Mama - handmade recycled wool puppets, Pierre the Pig and Rosalind the Raccoon.

From Papa - screenprinted onesies (soon-to-be t-shirts once Mama gets out the sewing machine and does some alterations. Note: Cloth diapers and crotch snaps don't mix.)

From "Santa" - wood block prints spelling "E-Z-R-I". We - I mean "Santa" - has had his eyes on these since Ezri was born.

New Year Catch-Up

Where has the time gone? It seems like I was just logging in to upload the Thanksgiving pictures and here we are starting a new year. Ezri survived her first holiday experience - barely. To put it mildly, Christmas was utter chaos. We celebrated more times than we can count on one hand. Ezri was a real trooper, though largely unaware of what was going on. She was far more enthralled by the overhead lighting than the gifts. Her parents, however, were very humbled by all of the fabulous gifts she received. As we continue to recover from the holiday extravaganza, we will try to post photos of Ezri enjoying her bounty.

In general baby news, Ezri is just days shy of being 5 months old. Holy crap, she has actually been here for 5 months. She is continuing to grow like a weed and in fact she is at the tail end of another growth spurt. We're estimating her weight at about 12 pounds, and she has outgrown enough clothes to constitute us uttering the phrase "let's put it away for the next baby." In my time off from work, she seemed to be doing something new everyday. She has discovered the wonder of The Thumb - a true blessing since none of us were great fans of the pacifier. She has also figured out that if she can get something into her hand, she can also get it into her mouth - bad news for Dax's tail but good news for her camera-happy parents who enjoy documenting it. Her constant babbling is endlessly amusing and she figures out new ways to use her voice everyday, though it does continue to make leaving her at daycare even more devastating - but that's whole other post.

December brought our first "proud parent" moment as she made the newsletter at her daycare. In a review of the babies in Infant Room A, it was stated, "Ezri has the biggest smile." That's right, the BIGGEST! She beat out 4 other babies for that honor. Needless to say we have gold-plated the newsletter and hung it proudly over our fireplace.

Here are some random photos taken since Thanksgiving. Once the Holiday pics are organized, we will add those as well.