Birthday Fun

On Zachary’s birthday we were blessed to be invited to the Hands on Children’s Museum in Olympia. If you remember we went with our MOPs group in February. For more see Zachary: 9 months This time we went with one of our friends, her son, nephew, and niece.  During lunch in the café the kids sang happy birthday to Zach. He seemed confused that everyone knew the song except him, but he enjoyed it.

Zach loved “snug harbor”: throwing balls and carrying stuffed animals around.

He saw the bigger kids climb the tree jungle gym and decided to do the same. Now, we don’t have stairs at our house, but that didn’t seem to matter.

Zach crawled up the landings and pulled himself to standing to look out the top. Then without hesitation he walked right over to the slide and sat down. Fortunately I was at the top of the gym. So down the slide he went, for the first time by himself.

At the bottom he was grinning widely, very pleased with himself. My friend Rebecca asked if he wanted to do it again. Immediately he stood up, reach for her hand, and with her help walked back over to the landing to do it all over again. It was a good day.

On Saturday we celebrated Zach’s first birthday with a Very Hungry Caterpillar front yard Picnic. It was beautiful, sunny, and we were excited for friends and family to eat, play and have fun!

We started with a picnic of: PBnJs or cold cut sandwiches, chips, goldfish crackers, and a few fruits and snacks featured in the storybook. The red gingham tables were decorated with clear plastic pails filled with rocks and pictures of food from the story sticking up out of the plastic grass.

After lunch it was play time!  Several large picnic quilts each had a basket full of activities: bubbles, bouncy balls, hungry caterpillar color pages and crayons, sidewalk chalk, and more.

Zach had also just been given a water/sand table. I filled it with plastic caterpillars and butterflies hidden among plastic Easter grass. The kids used plastic cups and bowls to hunt for the bugs. It was quite the hit.

After some outdoor fun it was time for cake.  Zach’s smash cake was so cute with a big hungry caterpillar colorful candy dots and of course a candle with the number 1. To go with, everyone else enjoyed matching cupcakes featuring dot sprinkles and white chocolate green leaves with a hole through them, just like in the book.

Zachary was hesitant but with encouragement from mom and dad he soon dug in. Not long after his highchair, body, and the balloons tied to the back of his highchair, were covered in cake.

Zach was definitely more interested in tissue paper then his presents. But more than that, of all of the celebration he enjoyed balloons most of all.

For weeks after his birthday he played with the mylar balloons -I’d say favorite toy of the month.

Thank you everyone for a great first birthday and party. Zach had a great day full of fun, family, and friends.

Zachary: One year old!

Well it’s hard to believe, but our little man is now a year old! This will be my last monthly update on his growth, changes, exploration, and adventures. Don’t worry there will still be plenty of blogs and pictures of our adventures as a family (just not monthly ones of Zach).

This month Zachary loved the spring and summer weather. He points outside and says “outside” or “swing” to let us know he want to play in the front yard. He also still loves going on walks with his Dad through the property and throwing rocks (gravel) around Dad’s Tractor projects.

Zachary has also gotten taller this month. We had to adjust his swing and car seat. He can no longer stand under tables and chairs without bumping his head, which is frustrating for him. We also have to be careful about the tops of tables and counters- on tip toes he can grab anything close to the edge.

This month we also started swim class. Aqua play at the kiddie pool at our Gym introduces the water and water safety basics to little ones like blowing bubbles and floating and putting their faces in the water. So far Zach has had to warm up to the idea but loves it when Dad swings him around through the water. Last week he floated on his back (with support) putting the back of his head and ears in the water.

This month our final front tooth came through on the bottom. And then to our surprise we discovered Zach was also working on his top first molars early! So right now the teeth count is 8 but will soon be 10!

Zachary enjoys feeling more independent and helpful. He is able to brush his own teeth and drinks out of non-handled sippy cup. He helps Mama around the house by turning on and off light switches, pulling or pushing doors or drawers, and he loves pulling clothes out of the dryer and pushing the dryer or washer “on” button.

For play time Zach loves  a soccer bounce ball NaiNai got for him and is beginning to pretend play with the tractors and dump trucks he got for Christmas. Zach will hold things up to us and ask what it is or to show us what he had and is playing with. He will also hand Mama books when he wants to read and cuddle.

Zach is confidently standing on his own. He is not sure yet about walking without help. With encouragement he will to take a few steps from one person to another. When he is holding onto his walker or the couch he will stomp his feet and sway, dancing to music.

We are looking forward to celebrating Zachary’s birthday with family and friends this weekend.