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Archive for February, 2011

Lost a little, gained a lot

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Ezra’s Bris was yesterday and we were so honored to have family and friends join us at our house to help us celebrate. This morning, we awoke to a few emails asking “how’d he do?”, so we figured we’d blog to answer you all at once…

We are quite pleased to say that he handled it like a champ. There were some tears, of course, but not as much as many expected. It seemed like it wasn’t his first time. He listened intently to the mohel, held his breath when the deed happened, and, of course, ate voraciously afterwards.

If you look very closely, you can see him here, taking Ezra from Dad, just before the mohel started snipping. Overall, great work yesterday, Zayda!

Ezra and Mom handled the event fantastically as well, some photos now in the photo gallery.

Ezra's Bris

Great job, Zayda!

Ezra’s First Week

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Almost exactly a week ago (at this exact moment), Holly asked Joel to call Aunt Debbie to come watch Avi so we could go to the hospital. Joel replied “You don’t seem to be laboring that hard, let’s let Debbie sleep a while longer and if it gets real, we’ll call her…”

Well, it’s been a fantastic week with little Ezra and our family has been loving every minute of him: not just Holly, Joel, and Avi, but Mimi and Zayda flew in, Aunt Debbie spent a lot of time with us, and friends and family from all over have been Skyping or otherwise sending us lots of love. Many thanks to you all!

For those of you who haven’t met Ezra in person yet, we’ve posted a photo album of 35 pictures for the week, including this one, now in the Photo Gallery… enjoy!

Big Brother and Little Brother

Big Brother and Little Brother

Ezra’s First Day

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

As many have heard, Ezra joined us only a couple of hours after we arrived at the hospital on Wednesday morning—Holly was a champion hypnobirth-er. As luck would have it, third year med student, friend of Auntie Debbie, and sister of one of Joel’s fraternity brothers, Sara Epstein, was on her OB rotation at UCSF! We enjoyed the Golden Gate Bridge view from our birthing suite for just a couple of hours before moving into our post-natal room.

Auntie Debbie did a fantastic job watching Avi the entire time–they even came to visit us in the hospital once (Dad, Mom, and Ezra spent the night there). While in the hospital, we also visited with our friend Danielle in person, and great-grandma Nanny, Uncle Jake, and Aunt Liz via Skype.

When we got home, we found a Welcome Home sign colored by Avi and Auntie Debbie, along with a barnyard full of animals that Avi’s Uncles and Aunts had given Avi. Whew. So much excitement, all captured for you in a new album in the photo gallery!

Baby Daddy

No Confusing Who is the Baby Daddy!

Here he is!

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

We’ll write more soon but we wanted to send out a quick note: please welcome…

Please welcome...

—Our Family of Four