It’s The Fifth Of July, And I’m Feeling Independent

For those that don’t know of Eddie From Ohio (the band however, is from Virginia), the title of this post is a lyric from one of their songs. Today marks the one month birthday for Ezra! It’s going to sound really cliche, but where has the time gone? The days pass so quickly, the nights pass slightly slower. And yes, sleep is getting better – some of the time. 

To think back to the hospital room 30 days ago and all of the wonder and excitement that has been subsequently replaced with more wonder and excitement; one month seemed like a light year away. We have enjoyed the experience of learning a new life for ourselves and how to support and nurture a new life for Ezra. Family and friends have been life savers between the time that they spent here, to the phone calls, to the dinners, to the continued daily support. Ezra has seen his first baseball game, wrote his first letter, seen his first fireworks show, and his first jazz concert. He has peed and pooped on us too many times to count, and we have laughed about each one of them. Not surprising to any of you, he has learned what the business end of a camera looks like, and he is actually recognizing it. His voice is displaying itself more frequently, and he is interacting with us on a much higher level – including some smiles. ‘Routine’ is a word that is starting to reenter the vocabulary at our house, but Ezra’s greatest joy seems to come from reminding us that he has a different definition of that word. It’s a great ride. 

In the spirit of the anniversary postings, here is a statistical sampling of the first month:

Birth weight: 9 pounds 1 ounce

Current weight: 10 pounds 1 ounce

% taller he is now than 30 days ago: 5 

Longest stretch between feedings: 6 hours

Favorite item to rest on: Boppy Newborn Lounger

Number of disposable diapers used in first 10 days: 100

Number of disposable diapers used since: 3 (yea cloth diapers!)

Airplane trips planned for the rest of the year: 3

Total number of miles traveled by family: 9696

Number of times that Ahna has been projectile pooped on: 2

Number of times that Oren has been projectile pooped on: 0

Minutes it took to try to come up with a good statistic to end this list with: 15

Number of good statistics came up with to end this list: 0


  1. Time flies when you’re having fun. I totally agree it is a great ride. Routine – HA – it’s a whole new way of life but really I wouldn’t change it for the world and really I realized how much time I wasted when Ian wasn’t around. Love the pictures and posts keep them coming.

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