Long before I got pregnant, Stephen and I had decided that when we had our first child (and every child after that) we would plant a tree for him/her. It's a special thing to be able to tell your child, this is your tree, we planted it just for you. Just like we will nuture you, the earth will nurture this tree and you will both grow big and strong. It's fun to watch the tree grow as the child grows.
We finally got around to planting Zachary's tree in March and we chose an Oklahoma Redbud.
Right after the tree was planted in March.
Here is the tree in May. Way more exciting becuase it has leaves now!
Weighs approximately 17 pounds (and I'm really starting to notice that when I hold him)
Likes doing art at daycare.
Kicks around in the bathtub
Will put anything into his mouth
Started reaching for objects on a table with intent
He can almost sit up on his own, but is a little wobbly still.
Zach has also started to reach out and touch Pepper on the nose and let her lick his hand. It's really adorable!
Zach continues to be a really good sleeper for the most part. He goes back and forth with only waking up around 4am and sometimes 1130pm and/or 2am. He goes back to sleep really well though if he's held and nursed. Which is probably a bad habit to get into… but when you also need your sleep, you just do whatever works the best.
He hates being on his stomach, and even though he knows how to roll over, he just won't do it. I think he's lazy. He would also rather just lay on his back and move from side to side than roll over. He'll get there eventually.
Look at that drool.
His sweet smile.
We also started him on 'solids'. We tried pureed sweet potatoes and he loves them. He opens his mouth real wide and just talks and talks during dinner. I'll have to post the video soon.
We are still battling allergies with the little guy. His cough has suppressed for the most part, but then his eyes became really watery and gooey in the mornings. We put some essential oils blends on his feet and chest, and I think they help him, at least at night they do.
Zachary is such a joy and can put anyone into a good mood with his coy smile and little laugh.
Zachary turned 5 months old! Just like everyone tells you, time is really flying by.
He is 15 pounds.
Loves to smile at you and then look away
Laughs when you give him belly blows
Discovered that he can suck on his own lips/tongue
Can almost roll all the way from back to belly
Can hold himself up in his play gym and has mastered grabbing for and holding onto toys…and then putting them in his mouth.
Zach has no teeth yet and has not shown any interest in 'solids'. Which is good because Mommy is so not ready to start solids yet. Maybe next month…
Zachary is a very chill baby and we love him for it. He has his moments though and recently has started to actually cry when he just wants to be picked up and held. Otherwise, if he only wants a change of scenery, he'll just fuss and whine. He still spits up alot and it's completely unpredictable in when it will happen and how much. It can be really frustrating after a day of it and both he and I have change shirts twice. Little man also had his first ear infection a few weeks ago. He didn't seem bothered by it though. Hopefully this is not a sign of many more to come.
I can't believe it's been four months already since this little cute guy was born! Before I know it, he's going to be sitting up and eating solid foods. But let's not rush things, it's still super sweet that he depends on us and just wants to be held sometimes.
Zachary is now 14lbs 3 ounces and 25 inches long.
He is in size 2 diapers and wearing mostly 3-6 months clothes. Be can still wear a few 0-3 months if they are on the bigger end of spectrum.
Just today he finally rolled from belly to back multiple times without getting super mad!
He can hold onto his teddy bear and other toys on this play gym.
He talks ALOT and would rather suck and chew his fingers than be given a pacifier.
Zach hardly ever cries unless he's hungry or you take too long to respond to him fussing.
He's been sleeping in his crib for about a week now and we all sleep so much better. He still wakes once, sometimes twice a night, to feed, but that's to be expected…he's still an infant!
Back in early January, my mom and I took the opprotunity to drive up to Omaha and visit with family. Unfortunately, my Uncle Tom and Aunt Debbie were both in rehab hospitals at the time, but we hoped bringing a baby would cheer everyone up!
Liz, Rose and Aunt Mary Alice adoring on Zachary.
Zach meeting Aunt Debbie. She was nervous to hold him for a minute, but she did great!
Great Grandpa and Grandma filled with joy and love for Zachary.
Great Grandma couldn't get enough snuggles!
I'm so glad I grabbed this shot. I just think it's so sweet.
Zachary has become quite the content baby. He really enjoys just hanging out and watching the world around him. The pictures were taken back in December when we still had the whole day to cuddle and learn all about each other.
This is one of the rare times I got him to sleep in his crib for a little nap. He looks adorable don't you think? It lasted about 10 minutes before her woke up. I could never get him to take a legit nap at home unless I held him or he was in his car seat. He takes a few one hour naps at daycare now, and I have no idea how they do it!
This is one of his first smiles. Most of you probably saw it on facebook. His smiles bring us all so much joy and I hope they brighten anyone's day who's day might be a little gloomy. Lately he's been so smiley and awesome in the mornings. He wakes up, stretches and just smiles and coos. Thank goodness he doesn't wake up screaming to be fed!
We are quickly running out of room on my parents mantle for all of our stockings! Quick story. My mom told me that last year Liesel went to get a red and green stocking for Molly and John and picked up an extra green one just in case. We weren't even expecting when she bought it!
Brian came home for the holidays so we celebrated Christmas a week early with him. He got to meet and hold Zachary and be super Uncle when my mom and I went to play cards one night. Dad was busy, Stephen wasn't home yet, so Brian had to go on baby duty for a good hour! He did really well, and Zach had fallen asleep on him. It was the cutest.
Liesel handed down this Christmas outfit for Zachary to wear. We all agreed that that yes, Zach is Santa's favorite! Is it bad that I didn't give my own child a Christmas gift? We did get him an ornament, but I'm not sure that counts! Zachary did get some more clothes though, which will come in handy in about 4-5 months when he fits into them.
We gifted family with some state art that we made. Zachary has a large Oklahoma one in his room and we liked it so much, we figured other people would as well. We really enjoyed making these and everyone really enjoyed recieving them.
All my Mom kept saying she wanted for Christmas was a canvas print of our family photo on the beach. I have to say, this is THE BEST family photo I think we have ever taken. Even Zachary is in the picture, and we didn't know it was him yet!
We spent the actual Christmas day and weekend in Tulsa. Here is his Great Aunt June getting in some quality Zach time. They just talked and talked.
I thought this picture was cute becuase Pepper was hanging out underneath the table which she almost never does. Pepper went through this weird phase for a few weeks where she was really nervous, especially about being in the car. The poor thing would shake like a leaf and have her tail between her legs the whole ride. It didn't matter if we were just going to the dog park, which is a 10 minute drive, or driving to Tulsa. Thankfully though, it only lasted a few weeks and she's totally over it now! Thank goodness, it was tough to see her all worked up.
We also made it a point to go visit Stephen's Grandma Mary. She and Zachary are birthday buddies! Mary had been talking about Zach to everyone since his arrival so it was really special for them to meet and for her to show him off. We visited again a few days before she passed away on Jan 27th. It was really special, becuase although she was sleepy and not responding, she perked up when we told her Zach was here to see her and she gave him a kiss.
Four generations. Great Grandma Mary, Grandma Janet, Dad Stephen and Zach.