Sunday, July 27, 2014

Parenting tip

If you'd rather not listen to "The Motorcycle Song" 24 times in a row, do not let your 1 year 360 day old son know it exists.

good ear

Ezra sat down at a piano for the first time a couple days ago and after a few minutes of playing he said, "It's just like the Beatles!"

The next day I was fiddling around trying to figure out how to play "Happy Birthday" and even though I only got the first 6 notes he said, "It's like Happy Birthday!"

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Conversation with a 23 month old #4

While riding on my bicycle past a parking lot:
Ezra: It's a car yard.
Me: What?
Ezra: It's a car yard!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

conversation with a 23 month old #3

While washing his hands in the kitchen sink:
Ezra: It's like the ocean!
Me: What's like the ocean?
Ezra: That's just like the ocean!
I figured out he was talking about the blue baking dish that was filled with soapy water.
Me: It does look like the ocean.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

freight train

I told Ezra we were going to go visit Chiara in Brooklyn and he wanted to talk about it.
Ezra: What are we gonna do in Brooklyn?
Me: We'll see Chiara in Brooklyn.
Ezra: And Jackson in Brooklyn.
Me: Yup.
Ezra: And Cade in Brooklyn.
Me: Yes!
Ezra: And Jon in Brooklyn.
Me: Aren't you excited? What else do you want to see in Brooklyn?
Ezra: Wanna see.... ahhh.... ummmm..... Freight train?

(we listen to that song a LOT.)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


When Ezra is sad, bored or mad, I ask him if he wants to talk about something. We talk about the farm we visited in Tivoli, the puppy he got to pet in the park, and lots of other things. He often wants to talk about the conservatory we went to 3 times a week this past winter so we chat about it for awhile.

Me: What do we do at the conservatory?
Ezra: We sniff the flowers at the conservatory!
Me: What else do we see at the conservatory?
Ezra: Goldfish!
Me: What else?
Ezra: Waterfall. 
Me: What does the waterfall do?
Ezra: The water goes all the way down! 
Me: It does. 
Ezra: I don't like it because it's loud. 

We talk about the toilets and the fans(they're loud too, he doesn't like them), the cactuses (they're sharp, can hurt your fingers, need the rocks to grow), and the grapefruit, jasmine and bay laurel (all get sniffed) but every once in a while Ezra will talk about Rosie, a little girl he met and shared some cookies with last October. He hasn't seen her since, but he still talks about her and gets a little moony eyed when he does. 

I'm half convinced I'll tell this story at Ezra and Rosie's wedding one day. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Ezra calls the big fish that eats all the little fish in Leo Leoni's book Swimmy "Ollie" (as in our dog) and likes to pet him.
Not sure how to feel about that....

Actual Ollie.
Hmm, I kinda see it.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

conversation with a 23 month old and his babysitter

After he'd been looking for his rubber duck for 10 minutes, our incredibly wonderful babysitter (who I hope and pray never leaves us) found it.
Babysitter: Look what I found!
Ezra (turning around with a big grin on his face): Mommy!
Babysitter: No buddy, Mommy's working. I found your duck.
Ezra (scowling): Not mommy.
And then he turned and stomped away.

It's horrible how much I love my babysitter and love this conversation. It's just really nice to know that even though he's so very well cared for, he still misses me as much as I miss him. Especially because in a few years he probably won't. Which is a good thing, but also a heartbreaking thing.

Forgive my mopiness, 23 months is almost not a baby anymore and it's just going way too fast.

Conversation with a 23 month old (I'm so not ready for him to be 2)

Ezra: Wanna go, wanna go!
Me: Where do you want to go, buddy?
Ezra (with his hand on his chin, looking off to the side): Wanna gooooo, ahhhhhh...... ummmm....)

(he's been doing this a lot lately. Ask him what song he wants to sing, he looks off into space and ponders- like he's a cartoon character trying to figure something out.)