Valentines Boy

Last year I attempted to get a picture of Zach in a pink and navy striped onesie and the results were not great. One, because he was only 8 weeks old and just not that cute (sorry, but it is the truth – though I thought he was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen) and two because he was just figuring out how to smile and really didn’t have it down. Nor could I catch it in action. You can see what I am talking about here. And as I have said before, February 2009 was a blur for me. I literally can not remember a thing about it. I guess I was just busy with feeding and changing and staring at that baby.

So this year I was determined remedy the negative picture situation and got him a super cute “Momma’s Boy” shirt. The shirt is an homage to the fact that he refuses to say “Momma” but now has started to say “Norman”. I want to die. Anyway, Alex didn’t even blink an eye at the shirt. He draws the line at hats (shhhh don’t tell him about the crayfish hat) but has given in to me wanting my baby to wear whatever I want right now. Good man.

Just my baby wearing a crayfish hat playing with a Bud Light beaded necklace. Nothing to see here.

Slow and Steady

Per Zach’s baby book he took his first steps at 12.5 months. What will follow that entry will be “started walking more that scooting, 13 months”. I think we have to admit that Zach is officially walking. I am still not going to set him down in Walgreens and expect him to walk next to me, but he is voluntarily walking around the house and at daycare, more than scooting for sure. As with his scooting, he really prefers to have something in his hands while moving. A ball if he can get his hands on it is for sure the favorite item to carry. But an empty lime juice bottle (that he and Norman fight over) will do.

Trouble

Yesterday Zach was very, very quiet in our back room, which for him is very odd. Usually there is talking or singing. I came around the corner and this is what I found. He had gotten a hold of the toilet paper roll his dad was using as Kleenex the night before. Zach was so pleased with himself that he could unroll all that paper, I just didn’t have the heart to take it away from him. Well, that and I was not in the mood for the crying that would ensue.

On Schedule

Zach finally had his 1 year check up – just a month behind schedule. He is right on track on the growth charts and developmentally. He now weighs 22.6 lbs and is 30 inches tall with a large 4.5 foot. Thank you Alex Wall for ensuring that my son has to go into toddler shoes before he can even walk. My doc asked what “tricks” he could do and I said he can point, take some little steps unaided, wave bye-bye, say about 4-6 words (that we can verify) and feed himself. Though he will not feed himself any fruits or veggies. None. Zip. Zero. He does not like the texture of them in his hand. I wish I could blame that on Alex.

Anyway, besides me having to hide fruits and vegetables in all his meals, he is a great little guy. He is really a fun handful of energy to be around. He has started singing in the car and sometimes just walking around. I don’t have a clue what he is singing, but I like it. When I hear new moms talk about not wanting to leave their 3 or 4 week old baby because they are starting to “do things”, I want to tell them to just wait. It only gets so much better and harder at the same time. And your child will continue to look like a little old man, only now he looks like an old man who refuses to wear pants.

Competition

For your Wednesday morning enjoyment; the video of the Scoot/Slide competition between Alex and his friend Josh at Zach’s birthday party. What is not on video is me showing them how to do it correctly. Thank you Lauren for getting the good and leaving out the bad.

Bye Bye for Now

Zach loves to go up and down stairs (as most babies his age do). Unfortunately for him, the only stairs we have are pretty punk. We have the mini-step at the front porch and two steps leading to the garage. He, however, takes full advantage of both sets of faux stairs. If either of the doors are open he races (scooting of course) towards them and throws himself against the door. He will start to wail if you dare close it before he can get out.

We are obviously terrible parents since we (a) don’t let him do it all the time and (b) let him do it some, no matter that it is cold, wet and he has on neither shoes nor socks. I know Mom, I know.

Because I can

Doesn’t this photo just make you giggle just a little? Before you call me the meanest mom ever, I only laugh becuase he is being a total drama king (like here and here). In this picture he is furious because he has that birthday hat on his head. Yes I mean that flimsy paper hat with a tiny elastic strap has made him cry like a banshee. Sweet Tyler is kept trying to take it off for him, but I swatted his hand away while instructing Tyler’s mom to get a picture – quick!

In Action

It has taken me a good long while to figure out how to pull video off my camera. I will not go into the highly boring details – but let me just tell you, I have NOT been pleased. But to get to the point…I finally have a video to show of the infamous Scoot/Slide…this is how it is done folks.

I give love a bad name

Before Christmas, Zach’s godfather Chris invited Alex, Zach and me to join him at his holiday party. Sounds odd you say? Well it is not odd if the holiday party we were invited too is with 3,000 other people and is hosted by this bazillonaire attorney for whom Chris’ firm works. Said bazillionaire throws this part each year where he puts up a carnival including various bounce houses, Ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirls and serves all the carnival fare you could want in addition to catering in BBQ and Mexican food. Plus he always has a famous act preform.

This year was Bon Jovi. For those of you know have only known me post college let me be clear. I LOVE Bon Jovi. I love the long hair-sprayed Bon Jovi, I love the new short hair (that really accentuates his cheek bones) Bon Jovi. I love that the band has been together forever AND he has been married to his high school sweetheart this entire time too. I. LOVE. Bon Jovi. And Chris, knowing my love well, invited us to this party so I could see Bon Jovi.

The bazillionaire’s land was amazing. He has built huge mansions, a medieval village, pens for his ostrich, kangaroo and lemurs and has a 3/4 scale working train chugging around it all. We walked around, saw the animals, ate some BBQ and then it was time to go into the music tent. I got a wee bit too excited. At the door to the tent I turned around to Alex (who had Zach in the stroller) and screeched “It is too loud for Zach!!” then flew through the doors to find a seat -without a glance back to my husband and son. Whoops.

So Zach and Alex had fun riding the train, eating cotton candy and seeing the animal (again), while Chris and I had fun watching Bon Jovi. Fabulous!