Wednesday, November 25, 2009

First Bottle

Ezra drinking from a bottle; frozen cubes of breast milk

Since Amanda will be returning to work soon, we did a test run to see if Ezra was going to have any issues using a bottle.  He initially made a disgusted face, then realized his mom's milk came out of this plastic boob.  He happily drained it and then cried for more.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Work and Play

Ezra went to his first playgroup.  He was 4 months younger than the second youngest kid.  Little play was had on his part.

He also visited Garry at work.  Little work was had on his part.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Struggling to Keep the Baby Shiny and New

I knew that becoming parents meant a sacrifice to cleanliness. New parents are always ranting about finding time for basic household chores and personal hygiene. I was prepared for both of these.  Resolving to live a life of dirty, stacked dishes, dust bunnies, and dressing from the clothes lying at the foot of the bed is, embarrassingly enough, not a huge life change. Leaving the house without showering is also something I have been comfortable with long before Ezra was born. What I was not prepared for and have found surprising is how difficult it has been trying to keep Ezra shiny, clean, and retaining his “new baby” smell.

The first major stink occurred at the most unfortunate time. We were at his first official (now with a baby) pediatrician appointment. She was already grumpy that she was seeing Ezra for the first time and he was already 10 days old. We were not in a rush to take our healthy baby to her office during a flu outbreak and had received postnatal check-ups from our midwife.  Ezra was already receiving plenty of good care, yet her disapproving tone was making us feel like bad parents. This feeling was amplified when we undressed him, in front of the doctor, and discovered what had been making Amanda and I repeat “what is that smell?” the previous night.

To avoid embarrassing Ezra with the details, I will just say Ezra had a really messy afternoon the day before. Though I bathed him (twice!) since the incident - including the morning of the doctor’s appointment - I failed to notice that a little something had made its way from his diaper into his armpit. Amanda, noticing it before the doctor, quickly and aggressively removed it with a wipe cloth.

That seems like something that could happen to any new parent,  but we are not just any new parents so we decided to top that incident by dying his face purple.

This one was actually slightly more intentional. Amanda had contracted a yeast infection (thrush) in her nipple and treated it with gentian violet. Gentian violet is an effective, yet messy, way of dealing with thrush. Oddly enough, this is not the first time someone in our household has accidentally dyed their face purple. The first time involved [this person] scrubbing purple hair dye off her face with lava soap which is like a bar of sudsy sandpaper. Learning from our own life experiences, we let the purple fade on its own this time.

We then decided that purple lips alone were not punk enough, and decided to add a scar to Ezra’s cheek. We do not know who was to blame for this: Garry (the zipper on his jacket) or Ezra (he has crazy sharp fingernails). 

Monday, November 9, 2009

Birth Stories

An Exclusive Postilius Interview

photo by Stefanie Boucher

Amanda agreed to sit down with Postilius to talk about the birth of her first child, Ezra.   Amanda, dressed in jeans and tee shirt, had already arrived at the coffee shop we planned to meet.  She causally held Ezra on her lap while sipping one of the first cups of coffee she has had now that she is no longer pregnant.    

Postilius: Hello, and congratulations on Ezra’s birth.  He really is a beautiful baby! 

Amanda: Thank you.  I am glad to be here.  I love your [our?] site. 

P: Before we get into too many details

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What Are You Looking At

I have been surprised by Ezra's attention span.  He will spend quite a long time staring at an object.  Below are photos from a few of his favorite things to focus on.