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  • Dear Zella: Month Eight | Making of a Family
    I know that this will have an ebb and flow over time as you eventually find games you can play together I have loved watching you interact with Ezra this month I especially enjoy coming into your shared bedroom and finding you standing in the crib giggling at something Ezra just did something I didn t get to see You are beginning to build a relationship with each other and it s kind of thrilling Ezra adores you and as you have become more mobile he is much more interested in interacting with you physically picking you up hugging you and his favorite smushing you He likes to roll on top of you and you are more than happy to oblige smiling and giggling even as your parents rush unnecessarily to the rescue Unnecessary rushing is kind of a theme for me this month After you and Ezra started sharing a room I was terrified that your nighttime cries would wake him so I would jump to get you as soon as I heard the tiniest noise But over the days I ve noticed that he barely even stirs anymore even if you have gone from cooing to talking to wailing before I arrive so I m slowing it down a little and hoping to catch a bit of a break from the 3 a night wake ups we ve been doing recently I know that some of those wakeup were about this bright and shiny and barely visible new tooth You are using its tiny ridged edge to help you tear into bread crackers cheerios rice cakes and any other hunks of solid food you can find You ll let me feed you from a spoon but you would so much rather use your little fists I gave you

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  • Sleeping arrangements | Making of a Family
    nonchalantly while Zella gazed at him and grinned Later Sandy and I got him to re enact his trick which like any new trick he is eager to perform all the time It is a tiny somersaulting hiccup in the basically painless transition we ve had from Zella sleeping in a pack n play in the office to the kids sharing a room We d been putting of the transition for months struggling to figure out how to make it work Sandy s mom kept telling us not to worry that the kids would actually like it that they d calm each other down I kept putting it off She was right On a whim I decided to try it last week There was a lot of crying from Zella at first I went in planning to whisk Zella away from this failed experiment but Ezra who had already fallen asleep even as she continue bawling raised his sleepy head saw me lifting her from the crib and began wailing himself No Zella stay Zella sleep A little more nursing and another song and then both kids were sleeping in the same room Nighttime has been pretty smooth sailing with

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  • Dear Ezra: Month Twenty-seven | Making of a Family
    anthem No longer do we look for a new one now when you re ready for it you ask for jugga book song You still snuggle in tight with Popo and Haha every night and you walk out of the room with them every morning They re your best pals But you ve got some other ones in the mix and I can t tell you how happy I am that you ve latchd to a little guy called My First Cthulhu a birthday gift from Catherine I don t have a picture of him unfortunately but I do have this Your vocabulary continues to explode to the point that you re picking up complicated polysyllabic words after just one mention Despite this you stick by some of your early neologisms like wawa beeboo diaper and beep please Some other ones have faded but not these Meanwhile you re ramping up on colors For a while there you d call them out at random and we thought there was a chance you were color blind like your grandpa But lately you ve been hitting over 500 There are still some phonemes you just can t get to form but that never stops you from getting the word out You just replace the missing syllables with geh as in mup geh for muffin and huck geh for helicopter It does the job It is incredibly cute to watch you interact with your sister She s a generally good natured little gal but even when she s screaming in the car or pulling on your hair you completely consistently keep your cool as if you understand it when we say she s just a baby she doesn t know better And you know just how to make her laugh smothering her tummy

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  • Dear Zella: Month Seven | Making of a Family
    table Sometimes when you are taking a break from crawling across the room you will push yourself up on your toes doing a perfect downward facing dog You are asserting yourself in lots of ways recently Suddenly you want a morning nap After months of nodding off in a stroller or sling while Ezra and I go about our morning business sometimes as late as 10 or 11 in the morning you have started being very vocal about your desire to go to sleep at 9 You want an earlier shorter afternoon nap damn And while we used to be able to double team you guys at bedtime putting you both down around 8 you d like to be perfectly clear your bedtime is 6 30 On the other hand you re finally finally being a pal and letting other people give you milk I got you a few soft sippy cups and the other night you downed a whole cupful for the babysitter and let her put you to bed Before bed though you got her to give you some avocado a few steamed apple slices and a wheat cracker You don t actually get all that much food swallowed but boy do you enjoy interacting with it You are so much smaller than Ezra was at your age that I sometimes get confused I want to feed you solids in Ezra s high chair but you slump back unable to fill the cavernous space that he filled quite solidly at seven months You only recently started to like the doorway jumper because the rim used to come up to your eyes I put you in some pajamas the other night that were so big that you were able to completely retract your legs into them with both feet

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  • Dear Ezra: Month Twenty-six | Making of a Family
    on a lot of beaches and we had lots and lots of fun You were a delight to travel with or least that s what I ve chosen to remember Your insatiable curiosity is a real blessing during trips as all the new stimuli keep you occupied You re just like your old man this way Even during the long stretches of driving you were mostly pleasant listening to your

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  • Dear Zella: Month Six | Making of a Family
    your sixth month was spent in the Northwoods of Wisconsin We went to the beach almost every day and you proved yourself unafraid of a faceful of sand or a dip in a chilly lake You took hikes with us sleeping in the Ergo while your brother ran ahead and you experimented with sitting in a high chair at restaurants like a big kid And you charmed everyone you met with your easy wide smile That smile It s like flipping a switch One moment you can be crying or sleeping the next you are smiling wide your tongue flipped all the way back to the roof of your mouth as if to help you contain the volume of joy threatening to spill out of you Sometimes it leads to your full throaty giggle Where your brother favored short bursts of laughter that required pretty careful coaxing you require only the most cursory tickle of the armpits or nibbling of the toes to break into a roar Tickle tickle giggle giggle your brother yells as he glides in to get a piece of the action You re not fully crawling if we are only counting the classic hands and knees version But you re very mobile using your arms and toes to propel you across the room if you get tired of sitting erect unassisted and using both hands to grab for toys of course If I turn my back it can sometimes take a minute to locate you when I turn back around You are under the chair or behind a table usually reaching out for one of Ezra s toys in order to taste it It is no coincidence that he suddenly began practicing saying mine this month Toys are not the only things you are desperate to

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  • Dear Ezra: Month Twenty-five | Making of a Family
    Ergo backpack you look like C3PO being carried on Chewy s back only with all your arms and legs in more or less the proper spots But here s what s crazy whenever we go to the park or a museum and hang out with other kids you look TINY It s a good reminder to us that as mature as you are you re still a little pipsqueak and we should enjoy it while it s still true This month you survived a practice getaway to Wisconsin for two nights I say practice because we re about to do it again but for two weeks You were a great travel companion You eased into sleeping in a foreign house without much trouble That first night you woke up and asked to move into my bed which I thought would be fun so I gave it a go Big mistake You just wanted to chat Next night there was none of that mostly because I slept on the couch I m optimistic about our big trip and all the trips that will follow The word explosion continues You know too many words for us to count anymore You ve settled on Gammy sometimes Gummy for Grandma Amy and Papa Pete for Grandpa Peter You pick up new words every day sometimes by our coaching and sometimes from influences unknown You re also very much into nonsense You express long clearly very meaningful to you strings of babble to which we ll say what and you ll say it all over again syllable for syllable The other day I said to you time to go yo which you immediately processed and turned around into Happy yo yo Which is such a great malapropism that I immediately entered it into the Weisz

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  • Standing Back | Making of a Family
    Ezra He reaches for the cup and I start walking towards them ready to head off the theft As I approach I see Ezra looking confused and hear the kid say I ll fill it for you I am skeptical and about to intervene yelling give him back that cup but something tells me to wait To stand back The kid takes Ezra s cup and fills it for him

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