Monday, March 21, 2016

Never too early to start them on chores

Just kidding!  Zach doesn't help with chores, are you kidding me, he barely has the attention span to put his blocks back into the basket.  We get about half of them put away and he's off to do something else. However, I have noticed that he really likes taking stuff out of my drawers and then putting them back (sometimes).


I had to document him getting into the dishwasher at least once.  For some reason this is just so cute.  Although, now 3 months later, he still tries to crawl onto it, but we redirect him to just help close it.  We've had a few close calls of him put taking a fork out, or trying to pull a plate out or bang the dishes around.



We finally got a new sink in January.  It was my job to keep Zachary occupied and out of the way, but as you can see he just wanted to be like the big guys and help out.

I love the new sink by the way.  It's not top notch or anything, but it was on sale and a HUGE improvement from what we had before, so that basically makes it the best sink ever.



Sunday, March 20, 2016

Fun in December

I debated putting the tree up this year because Zachary is mobile and I didn't want to constantly be telling him to leave the tree alone.  We replaced all the ornaments with shatter proof ones just in case he got any fancy ideas.  Thankfully, Zachary left the tree alone for the most part until a few days before Christmas.  He liked to take the ornament off and then stick someone in tree.  We found a few toys in the tree as well, and the remote.


For Christmas, Stephen and I got him his own chair.  It came with a table too, but it's a bit too tall for him, so we are saving that for another year.  He loves the chair.  He likes to stand on it and watch you make dinner.


My parents got him a marble set.  He enjoys throwing the little balls everyone, but also putting them down the marble shoots, once he figured it out.


Pepper being Pepper, always giving hugs and kisses and never leaving you alone.  She's got a lot of love to give.


I just find this pictue to be really hilarious.


New toy!  We pulled him around in this for a few minutes and he got a real kick out of it.  And then we broke the handle….game over.


Walking on your toes, such a great memory growing up.


We enjoyed the holidays with this little one this year.  He offically started walking around Christmas and hasn't stopped since.  

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Some photos from Thanksgiving

I went to his Thanksgiving lunch at daycare.  I am always so impressed with all the kids and how well behaved they are when it's time to eat.  Everytime I have been there for eating time, they all sit quietly in their chairs and just wait to be served.  They each stay seated while they eat and rarely get up and start walking around when they are done.  I'm amazing.


Anyway, this day was fun, because we had lunch together, he showed me some toys, and then I was able to give him his bottle and put him down for his nap which was really sweet.

We spent Thanksgiving in Tulsa and got to play outside for one day because it was really nice out.


The rest of time it rained, so we stayed in and rode around on his bike.


Grandma Brister may not have as many stairs as Grandpa Buschelman's house, but it's still Zachary's favorite place to play.


Zachary didnt start walking until Christmas, but he figured out how to climb stairs on the first try.


This is how Grandpas keep watch over the little ones.


Zachary and John playing together.  I can't wait to see how well they play together in May.  Zach is much more interactive now.


Our attempt at a cousin picture…or sibling pictue plus Zachary.  Maybe next time, we will get a better one!




First haircut

I held out until after Zachary turned one to get his hair cut.  At first I didn't want to because it meant my baby was growing up, but then I realized that his hair was quite long and shaggy and it really needed it.  It was in his eyes and ears a lot.  We took him to the downtown Friendly Barber Shop.  


He was on the verge of being hungry and tired so Severo had to work fast.  Zachary tolerate it pretty well, but he was getting squirmy.  Severo did a great job of distracting him and moving all over the place because Zach kept moving around.  


He just got a trim this time, but it looked so much better than before.  I was sad to see the little curls go, but he still looks cute!  It's Severo thing to put a little mustache on the baby who gets his first hair cut and then get a picture taken.  The mustache is a bit weird, but oh well.  This picture is now on the wall at the barber shop. 


Zachary also got a First Haircut Certificate!  It says:
This is to certify that ZACHARY BRISTER has bravely met all of the requirements of his First Haircut and has graduated from babyhood on the 14th day of NOVEMBER in the year of our Lord 2015.



Since this was just a trim, we got his haircut again in Febuary…but this time Severo didn't let me just do a trim!  He said, he's not a baby anymore and needs a big boy haircut.  He used the clippers and everything and Zachary didn't seem to mind it a bit.




Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A look back….Zach's first birthday

 I really stink at keeping this updated. I did so well with quick monthly updates for a year, but now I just don't feel like posting.  After sitting at a computer all day, the last thing I want to do is sit at a computer at home and do a blog post.  I really should give quick updates though that have more substance than a facebook post for all of our extended family to read.  I'll do better, okay?

So, lets back track a few months to Zachary's First Birthday.  It was really nice.  We had some family and friends over and lucked out with really nice weather.  We were able to have the chiminea out in the yard and people gathered around and chatted.


I made some simple cupcakes for everyone to enjoy and Zach got one.  A little cupcake was all he needed for some sweets.  And truth be told, most of it ended up on the floor.





He enjoys this monkey that he got as a gift from Stephen's friend, Josh.  He sleeps with it at night, I think it brings him some comfort feeling something on his back or having something to hug.  Zachary has since learned how to give hugs to us too.  It's really cute.  He'll coming running to you and wrap his   arms around you and give you a squeeze.  But it's the sweetest when he just gives you a gentle hug when he's being held.


My parents got him these gifts of the bike and basketball hoop.  It took him a few tries to be able to ride the bike, but now he's a pro.  It probably helps that he's grown some and can reach the floor a lot better now when he sits on it.  The other day, he had us laughing though.  We thought he was going to take it for a spin, but instead he got on it from one side and then promptly got off it on the other side and toddled off to do something else. 


Oh I almost forgot!  I did make a compliation movie of pictures and videos from his first year that I made everyone at the party watch.  It's super cute and awesome!  I posted it on Facebook, and I'm sure you all saw it.  I'm not sure if I'll do one every year, it was quite a bit of work!


Monday, November 9, 2015

12 Months

Zachary is ONE!
Man that year flew by fast!

He has 5 teeth and 1 about to poke through.  He weighs 21lbs and is 29" long.
His favorite foods are bananas, noodles, and blueberries. 
He can say "mama", "dada", "dog", "pepper", "hi" and "bye". 


He likes to mimic you and play games with you.  One game he likes to play is putting a hat on your head and then putting it on himself. He also likes to put an object in the hat and shake it until it jumps out.  He's starting to dance and wiggle some when music is turned on. He received a basketball goal for his birthday and love its;  he tried to climb on it the other day though.  He also got a little walker/bike.  He was so excited about his new found freedom he had using it to walk around the house. 


He's so much more aware of his surroundings and understands patterns.  For example, every day when I pick him up from daycare he starts saying "Dehdah" (pepper) over and over again.  When we get home, we open the back down and he leans out, saying her name and waving.  We watch Pepper run around the hard and Zachary gets a big kick out of watching her.

Intently watching Pepper eat an ice cube.

He is transitioning from the infant room to the toddler room at daycare and will be in the toddler room full time sometime soon.  So far, he's handling the transition well.  It's been a little toucgh some days because his little friend from the infant room is a month younger and is not transitioning at the same time. So, Zach is learning how to play, interact, and make friends with the bigger kids and sometimes the big kids don't understand how to play nice.  We are also haveing to transition to a different nap schedule and eating big kid table food while at daycare.  Yeah…lots of changes, but he's handling them well.  I on the other hand, wish I could be with him all day long to fully understand what his day is like.

Zach and I have also reached our  goal of breastfeeding for one year.  Yeah for us!  We are still nursing when we are together, and I really have no idea when we will stop.  


Monday, October 12, 2015

11 months one week late

We were on vacation when Zach turned 11 months old and then he was  a very tired baby in the evenings during the week, so we took these picutres a few days late and I finally have a moment to post them


Mister Zachary is one seriously mobile baby.  He crawls everywhere and can go quite fast if he's excited about something.  He is getting very good at walking while holding onto things as well.  He can go all the way around the coffee table and transfer from that to the couch with ease.  He can also go all around the kitchen while holding onto the cabinet doors.  This new found ability to 'walk' has also made him realize that the kitchen cabinet doors are really fun to open and close.  He likes playing with the tupperware and pantry (pasta, crackers, potatoes) cabinets.  I don't mind that he gets into those becuase it's not breakable stuff.  However, now a majority of the cabinets have been temporarily baby proofed with rubber bands. It was getting a bit stressful trying to start dinner and also keep an eye on him or keep a door shut with my foot!



I'm glad I finally got a picture of Zach sitting like this.  I think it's so cute. 

In other exciting news, Zachary is cutting 4 teeth at once!  One bottom front tooth and one top 'vampire' tooth are poking through.  The other two of the same description are on the cusp of breaking through as well.  He's not really drooling and doesn't seem to be in much pain from it so that's good.  We have broken out the orajel a few times, but it gets on his lips more than his gums so I don't think it did much good anyway. 

Zachary has also learned to wave.  Never on command though :) It's way cute seeing him wave hi to Lanita (the daycare worker) and wave bye to his friends when I pick him up. Speaking of friends, he has a buddy named Will at daycare.  I've been told that they are best buds!  They follow eachother around everyone and are always in front of their classroom door causing trouble.  The director had to make a "Caution: babies crawling" sign on the door so that whenver someone opened it, they would do so carefully so as not to hit one of them. 


I think I said a few months ago that Zach didn't mind having his diaper changed or clothes changed and he was super calm about it every time.  Well, that is no longer the case.  Every time he is laid down to be changed he fusses and tries to roll over.  Then you have to grab his arm to keep him from rolling over and try to put a diaper on the same time all the while he is letting you know that he does not appreciate it at all!  Needless to say, I'm always asking for help to change him. I have no idea how they manage diaper changes at daycare…maybe it's a two person job there as well.

Zachary went on his first plane ride to Tucson this month as well.  He did great!  He was awake and happy on the way there and slept on both flights on the way home.  I have the perfect child!

We can't wait to see what you learn this month and are looking forward to celebrating your first birthday in just a few short weeks. Man, that really does go by fast!