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  • Dear Ezra: Month Sixteen | Making of a Family
    hug Sometimes during the day when you are playing you will tug me down to the ground so you can run toward me and throw your arms around my neck One of our new games is Push Kiss where you stand behind me while I sit on the ground and push me forward When I bounce back up I whip my head around and plant one on your cheek Sometimes you give me kisses too and your kisses are huge and wet and frequently involve putting your whole mouth in my mouth I ve been working on teaching you to pucker Last month your dad described you as deliberate and that quality is evolving with more and more clarity this month At the apple orchard a few weeks ago you chose carefully which apples to pick and you increasingly point exactly at a food you want or a place you want me to take you You develop complicated plans and you cannot be deterred from them trying them again and again until you have a breakthrough This month a primary goal has been to walk in a pair of our shoes but you are hampered by your inability to stand on one foot while you get the second shoe on No matter You drag the shoes one by one over to us so we can help you live out your dream This month we have spent hours and hours at the park It s been a gorgeous warm autumn so far and the neighborhood is alive with parents and kids I ve made some new friends and I ve gotten to see you evolve in the way you interact both with the park itself when did my little baby learn to go down the slide all by himself and with

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  • Show me your teeth | Making of a Family
    tickled but soon decided the tickling wasn t worth the discomfort and would buck away at the mere sight of the brush Three days ago I tried again and suddenly he was willing to accepted this fate After 30 seconds of uninterrupted brushing I tried it again this time with toothpaste sure that it would drive him over the edge Again no challenge He squirmed a little but the amount

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  • Local celebrities | Making of a Family
    Ezra s nursery was featured on Ohdeedoh or the time we got to tell the Trib about health insurance Or the latest check us out as part of the neighborhood blogger series on the new Well Community site Photo by Steve Matteo It was fun to talk about how and why we started our blogs share some tips for other local parents and pose for the photographer who captured this

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  • I miss you, HMO | Making of a Family
    will we be billed again even though it was really your fault I don t even know how to find out to whom I m supposed to address that question Oh the luxury of the HMO for the basically healthy The occasional copay The leisurely decisions about whether to see a specialist or take a second blood test just to be sure The blithe confidence that by following the rules by always calling my Primary Care Provider first I would never be confronted with an unexpected charge or claim denial I know it s why health care costs are out of control I also miss it so much I want to cry The truth is it s probably not strictly necessary to do another ultrasound They certainly didn t notice any major abnormalities and I clearly remember the ultrasound tech showing us the baby s kidneys spine and heart She just didn t take the best photos It would be nice to have the peace of mind though But how much is that worth in dollars Would I pay 300 to make sure the radiologist was confident about Rummicub s kidneys Would I pay 400 700 The simple fact of having to make that decision is hard enough What makes me feel like I m in a Kafka novel is the fact that you simply cannot find out how much it s going to cost Every single person who is involved in a medical procedure bills the insurance separately I just finished paying for my 12 week ultrasound in August this week after the bills finally came through for the ultrasound machine the ultrasound tech the radiologist to read the ultrasound the genetic counselor s fee and the blood lab charges Actually I can t be sure I m done

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  • It's a... | Making of a Family
    gender seeking efforts of two ultrasound technicians When we were pregnant with Ezra I toyed with the idea of waiting to find out the gender but Sandy was certain he wanted to know and I agreed pretty quickly I loved knowing Loved planning his room and thinking about his name and buying him clothes Loved not having to wonder if it was a girl or boy when he was born and just pulling him close But there s part of me that s a little excited about doing it a different way this time I remember being a little jealous of our friends who didn t know in advance and their stories of finding out this special secret at the moment of birth Of course there are still ways we might find out Who knows if we ll need another ultrasound for some medical reason or if we ll succumb to the siren song of a cheap but somehow creepy to me private 3D ultrasound For now Rummicub remains a fetus without a pronoun his or her parents remain responsible for deciding two sets of names our friends girly hand me downs remain in storage and the mohel s number

    Original URL path: http://the.weisz.es/819/it-s-a (2016-02-16)
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  • Weaning | Making of a Family
    So I stopped nursing him after naps With two naps a day this meant we were down to four nursing sessions max Then he cut himself down to a single nap So three times a day While we were on vacation it became clear that he could nap just as well if he hadn t nursed beforehand because he had to take every nap in his stroller while we cruised the streets of New York Since I could see that he could fall asleep fine without nursing I just stopped Since we ve been home I just haven t done it So we were down to nursing just before bed and upon waking Except he started getting really antsy when I nursed before bed a time when I think my milk supply must have been particularly low He d nurse for a few seconds then stop Switch sides Stop again Crawl away from me on the futon Come back Try side 1 Switch One night I tried just putting him to bed without nursing and it was exactly as easy for him and quite a bit more pleasant for me Then we were at one nursing session per day first thing in the morning where I was sure we d stay for weeks until I worked up the nerve to wrench it away from him But on Tuesday he seemed distracted while nursing in the morning more interested in petting Lucy than staying latched on And then on Wednesday he slept really late and woke up cooing and chatting not whining and crying I decided to strike while the iron was hot Sandy went in to get him out of his crib changed his diaper and brought him right into the kitchen where I had breakfast ready He ate his

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  • Dear Ezra: Month Fifteen | Making of a Family
    the opportunity and trying to teach you to bow but it s not taking To be fair it s not the kind of thing you get to see me do around the house Maybe I should change that I ve said this before but it bears repeating Every time you show significant development which is close to every other day now I think Oh hooray this is the Cute Phase And then the next day you do something more amazing and more cute and I think the same thing again I ve been falling into this trap this since you were a wee tot and you d think I d learn but as you may realize every age is a whole new experience for me too I was thinking about this last week and one word kept popping into my head to describe this latest phase of yours deliberate You ve been walking for a couple months and you re still speaking mostly the same old baby blather but suddenly it all seems much less arbitrary Your walk has a purpose to it and while the words you say make no sense you seem to use the same ones when addressing the same objects You clearly know where you want to go in the world countertops how to get there hoisted by parent and what you want to do when you do open and close microwave door press buttons on radio make phone calls to India It s the first time you ve seemed much more like a little boy and much less like a big baby And yet when I try to challenge you in chess you just knock the pieces over and put the queen in your mouth So there s room to grow You proved yourself to

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  • Big hippo hug | Making of a Family
    around him and give him a big hippo hug A few days ago we were playing in his room looking through books and I pulled this one down so we could look at the animals We sat next to each other on the floor and I flipped through here are the monkeys here are the porcupines here are the leopards When I got to the hippos Ezra without even thinking

    Original URL path: http://the.weisz.es/811/big-hippo-hug (2016-02-16)
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