Zachary: 8 Months

Zach is a totally different little boy than he was at Christmas! It feels like I blinked and we are already well on our way to walking and toddler life.

Zachariah was dedicated on January 14th during our Sunday church service. We were blessed to have both sets of grandparents and one pair of great-grand parents stand with us.

The church prayed over Zachary and Luke and I promised, along with the help of the family present, to guide Zach’s spiritual growth. It was a great weekend celebrating Zachary and spending time together as a family.

This month Zachary is eating more efficiently, which means less on the floor for the dog. He likes bread and noodles, and will eat bananas and avocado with his fingers. He still likes applesauce and has added peanut butter, blueberries, and some shredded meat occasionally to his diet. Zach will also “eat” grapes and cuties by sucking out the juice then spitting the rest out.

After family visited for his dedication, Zachary expanded his babbling. He has been working on more complex combination of sounds and adding “g” to his vocabulary. But his favorite this month has be “dada” and “nana” (which we think means “mama

Zach has become a confident sitter, he can reach for and play with toys while still keeping balance and is beginning to rock on all fours; he will be crawling on his knees soon. He is also teething again, working on those top two front teeth. We are ready this time with applesauce popsicles, drool bandanas, and frozen teething rings.

He is also sleeping through the night (mostly) and in his own room, minus the occasional cough, and mom and dad are learning to as well. Ok mostly Mom. Speaking of mom, Zach has been more mommy focused; reaching for me and away from other people, showing a preference. He is crawling to me for cuddles or nursing and will pull on my pant legs and kick to say “up” or “nana”.

Zach has been enjoying all his Christmas toys and first encountered “sharing” with a friend during his first playdate, which was with a little boy a year older than him.

One Christmas item Zach got was a door-way bouncer. He is warming up to it he will lean one way or another and use his feet to spin the bouncer to face a different direction.

Since it has been such a mild winter, Zach and I have been enjoying walks on the property discovering moss, ferns, pine needles, and dry tall wild grass. Zach is thankful for his fleece jacket from NaiNai, his bear beanie hat from Grandma, and for overalls as he explores the great outdoors.

Also new this month: Zach is loving bath time in the big bathtub. He is learning to play with water: kicking and splashing and chewing on rubber duckies and frogs. We are still learning we have to stay seated in the bath. Zachary found Kira’s water bowl, which looks similar steel bowls he plays with in the living room, but with water in it. Fortunately, he didn’t drink, just soaked his clothes.

Sorry the 8 month pictures may be a little blurry. Zach did not want to sit still for a photo shoot. He thought he’drather eat or try to take the sticker off than when wear it.

It’s been one long month adjusting back after the holidays, but Zach is doing well and we are both ready for more adventures out and making new friends.



Zachary: 7 Months

Zach turned 7 months on New Year’s Eve. He spent the day traveling home from Grandma and Grandpa’s lake-house and went to bed at home three hours before midnight.

Zach went to his first Christmas party in Holiday PJs at our Young Family group where we sang carols together. Then at the MOPs party the next day he made his first ornament: a snowman made out of his thumb print.

He also saw the Borst Park lights from his car seat and stayed with a babysitter for the first time so his parents could enjoy a holiday date to see the newest Star Wars movie.

Zachary enjoyed going with us to pick out our Christmas tree from Jensen Family Tree Farm. There was such a great selection of trees it was hard to choose one! We could tell it was time to cut one down because Zach was cold and ready for a nap.

Zachary now has two shiny bottom teeth. The first came in slowly starting at Thanksgiving, the second came much faster through Christmas. Both holiday dinners ended in applesauce popsicles to sooth a sore mouth. Now the teeth have evened out and has a cute toothy grin.

With the help of his new teeth, he has also discovered finger foods. Cheerios and puff cereal are good, he also likes noodles, but his favorite is cheese. He will eat green beans but still prefers his fruits and vegetables in their pureed form

Zach has become a very efficient scooter and is working on a full crawl, getting up on his knees then pushing off with his feet. He is determined to explore everything he is not supposed to, especially the outlets. It was a daily battle to keep Zach away from the Christmas light plug in. Even after turning him around and giving him a toy, he will go right back for the same plug. He now has found ALL of the outlets in the living room.

Zach’s language skills have also expanded. We are have heard him mimic several words he hears often including:   “dada” “mama” “water” and “up” and “kira”. He will say these words  but not always in connection with the person or object.

Zachary spent his first Holiday season visiting family. At both families he had Christmas present opening sessions all to himself, in the afternoons, after his morning nap.

His favorite thing about Christmas presents were the bows and tissue paper, which we had to keep him from eating, along with NaiNai and Papa’s tinsel from their tree. He enjoyed his presents a little too, but our little extrovert mostly liked spending time with everyone.  Bedtime routine was a bit of a challenge, he didn’t want to miss out on the fun!

After we got back from our travels, Zach decided to start off the new year in big-boy crib. He is now settling nicely in his own bedroom for naps and bedtime.

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.