I've been keeping up with you ladies when I get a chance. Things here are CRAZY! During the month of October, DH got a new job as the director of a public library, we moved an hour and a half away (back to our hometown-area), and I went back to work. I wasn't planning on working, but the opportunity came up to teach at a 'virtual school' so I jumped on it - working from home for more than I was making before was too good to pass up, especially since we're still trying to sell our house while renting a new one.
It's great but unfortuneately Ezri is in daycare 3 days a week because I just could get anything done without her spending most of the day watching movies or playing alone - kind of defeats the purpose of my being at home.
The good news is, we found a WONDERFUL woman who does daycare in her home. She is very hands-on and creative and Ezri comes home everyday with an art project! Ezri loves going there which makes it easier to part with her. The other perk of my new job is that I can keep baby #2 home with me - no pumping this time!
Speaking of baby #2 - IT'S A BOY! We just found out and are
. I am one of 4 girls. We have 4 nieces on my side and 3 on DH's side. All of my first cousins (12) are girls except one. I am excited but overwhelmed - I was looking forward to having another little girl to get to use all of our cute girl stuff again. Little boys I'm used to but I am seriously freaked out about raising a boy through puberty!
As for Ezri, she is every bit the toddler. She went from not walking to running about 2 months ago. She has started climbing all over the place and is into EVERYTHING. She is so confident and daring - almost to the point of being aggressive!
She has taken to pulling hair, smacking, biting both me and other kids her age and older. She is getting better about it, but will still smack me then shake her head no and laugh. It's actually hilarious because she knows what she is doing and hams it up, but I don't like that she is smacking because I have no idea where she saw it. I'm guessing the bigger kids at daycare (3-year olds) or her older cousins because the only tv she watches are her Yo Gabba Gabba DVD and Sesame Street. Still no words other than "Meh" for mama, "Da" for dada and "Dax", our dog's name, which she can articulate perfectly - go figure
Gifts - I second (or third or fourth) the baby doll idea. Ezri has 2 and those are some of the only toys she continually plays with. For Christmas, we do 3 gifts - one from me, one from DH, one from both (all from 'Santa'). I am getting her a wooden ironing board and iron and a child-sized laundry basket and miniature clothes pins from Nova Naturals - the kid is obsessed with her dirty laundry so I thought she'd enjoy it. From DH and I we are getting one of those wooden boats that you can flip over and it's a bridge. We had one .in my kindergarten room when I was a kid and I have been looking for one since last Christmas.
Naps - Ezri dropped her morning nap around the time we moved. She sleeps anywhere from 1-3 hours in the afternoon between 12:30 and 4pm. It's nice but I do miss having that extra time in the morning to get things done.
Cribs - Ezri has been in a crib since about 9 months. We coslept but all 3 of us move all over at night so our queen-sized bed just wasn't big enough. Now when I try to put her in bed with us, she thinks it's playtime and wants to jump up and down.
I am looking forward to having a little one in the bed again in April.
Pics - I can't wait to see how big all of these little ones have gotten! Ezri is definitely transitioning into looking like a 'big kid'. Her hair is finally filling in so that you *almost* can't see her scalp - big progress for her!
It's so funny to see all of the different expressions they are making at this age - they've changed so quickly.
That's all for now - whew, this post is long! I should be off to bed but DH wants me to help him order books - I can't pass up helping spend someone else's money on books I want to read.