Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Holiday Fun!

Here are just a few photo's from the holiday's that we have had so far this year (except Easter-I'll post more about that later). I try to do a little something special for each holiday-I want Zach to have memories about how special everything was when he gets older :)

Valentine's 2012

Giving his Valentine kisses xoxo

Zach got the Cat in the Hat (with the hat) and Play Doh! He loves the Play Doh

St. Patty's 2012

He loved the green cupcakes I made him!

Easter Bunny 2012
Zach was so excited to see the Easter Bunny this year he couldn't wait to snuggle!

And, of course, his infamous smile!



Adventures with Zach!

We have been so busy around here that I haven't had the time to blog in forever-not that that's a surprise or anything. Since going back to work I have been trying to plan exciting things to do with Zach on my days off. He is at such a fun stage, he is constantly investigating everything in his world and making connections. He picks up on EVERYTHING so there are a lot of behaviors that mommy and daddy are working on changing :)

There is a children's museum in Irvine called Pretend City. It is truly the coolest place I had been to for children. It has a bunch of sections that are pretend for kids to play in. There is a grocery store, a library, a restaurant, a garden, a police station, fire station and the list goes on. It was a lot of fun but will be much more fun when Zach gets a little older and really understands pretend play. Here are a few photos from our adventure:

Zach was filling up the gas tank
Zach's favorite area was the garden section. He lived raking, digging and planting vegetables

In the art studio-future Picasso :)

The first weekend of March Zach and I were able to get out to Las Vegas for a couple days so I could see my best friend Carly for her big 30 and have a few days away. On our way into town we stopped by the Circus Circus to check out my dad's latest project, The Chuck Jones Experience. Zach had a blast running around and looking at all the Loony Toons art and having the entire exhibit to himself. We also met up with Carly and Aiden at the Las Vegas Zoo which was a lot of fun. Zach mostly loved the zoo-except when the ostrich bit his finger!

Papa showing Zach how to color pictures on the computer screen

My little monster next to Taz and Daffy

Zach and his great grandpa going out to feed the chickens

Zach feeding the goats with Nana and Papa

Contemplating life next to the peacock

Another place we took Zach for the first time was Chuck E Cheese. Anyone who knows me knows that that place has scared the hell out of me since I found out I was pregnant because I knew that at some point we would have to go. We went for a first birthday party and it wasn't as scary as I thought and Zach had a blast! And they serve beer! The only "issue" we had was they have these crazy tunnels all along the ceiling and a "helpful" dad helped Zach get up into them so for about 45 minutes we couldn't get him down. When it was time to get down Zach was a little afraid to come down the slide so he had a line of about 15 kids behind him trying to get him to go :)

My monkey having a blast-and notice that his hair is all gone :(

So another new place we discovered recently is Frogg's Bounce House. Oh My God does Zach LOVE this place! There are 6 different bouncy houses with slides and mazes and it is basically toddler boy heaven. I couldn't really get any good photos of him because he was all over the place but here's a video of him coming down one of the slides:

We got a month pass and have been back twice already. I hope everyone is having as much fun as we are!



Saturday, February 25, 2012

2 Year Well Check

Turning 2 means that Zach had his 2-year baby well check appointment with the pediatrician. Last week we went in to see Dr. Goodin for his well check along with a follow up from the week prior when I took Zach in and found out he had an ear infection. The poor little guy got sick a few days after his birthday and when he was still sick a week later I took him in and we found out he had an ear infection in both ears-I felt so horrible for not catching it sooner! This was his first ear infection and his first time on antibiotics so at least we had 2 really healthy years :)

Anyway the 2 year check up is so much different than anyone we have had before. When we went back Zach got weighed and measured on a typical, standing scale with height ruler like adults use only it was smaller. After that he had to sit and have his blood pressure taken. It was so cute to see him sitting like a little man having his check up.

After the nurse got all the numbers the doctor came in for Zach's exam. Zach is 30 pounds and 35 1/2 inches which puts him in the 75th percentile for his age-I knew my boy was big! Everything else with Zach looked great! He has hit all his milestones and is exactly where he should be for his age. This was the first time at the doctor's office where Zach didn't scream or freak out when the doctor touched him so he was able to get a much better idea of Zach's speech and everything.

The best news that we have gotten recently is about Zach's speech. At his 18 month appointment Dr. Goodin was concerned with Zach's speech development. At 18 months Zach only said a couple words-'this' and 'mama' so we took him to a speech therapist, Fabi Moy. We were given a thick packet of forms, surveys and questions to fill out about his speech and other developmental milestones. When we went in for the evaluation Fabi spent about an hour with us and Zach watching him play, watching out interactions and asking questions. At the end of the evaluation she explained to us that Zach did have a speech delay but he did have language-meaning that he was communicating with us in the ways he knew how.

Long story short the recommendation was to have Zach go to speech therapy 2 days a week for 30 minutes each time. Matt and I decided that we would try it and see what happened. BEST DECISION EVER! We got the great news a couple weeks after Zach's second birthday that he has surpassed where he should be for his age for speech!! Our boy is talking up a storm and it still amazes me every time we are able to talk to each other.

We are so lucky to have a healthy, beautiful 2 year old boy. These two years have had so many ups and downs but I would have traded any moment of it!



Sunday, February 19, 2012

Zachery is 2...wait? Already?

A couple weeks ago the craziest thing happend, my son turned 2. I am still in shock. I mean, I knew it would happen but I swear that I was just in the hospital holding my sweet newborn for the first time. Anyway, we celebrated by having a party for him at My Gym, the kids gym Zach has been going to since he was an infant. We kept it small with just a few friends who have kids and Zach's grandparents. The party was, of course, Toy Story themed.

Zach in his fancy birthday shirt

When we got there we had a great surprise, the 2 gym teachers had dressed up in Toy Story costumes! We had Jessie and Buzz at the party and it really was so sweet of them to do. When we got there the kids ran wild for a little while before we sat down for circle time.

Zach, Sammy, Meg and Kaiden

Everyone sits down to warm up, sing and dance during circle time

Zach isn't much for sitting for that long :)

The kids loved playing with all the animal puppets

That's my boy covered in pink frosting :) Remember at his 1st birhtday when he wouldn't touch his smash cake because of the frosting? My how much things change in 1 year!

The party ended with a bubble storm-Zach was in heaven!

The birthday party was so great! The organized games, puppet shows, songs and activities that were perfect for a group of 2 year olds. If anyone is looking for a place to have a kids (toddler especially) birthday party I cannot say enough good things about My Gym. The best part? I showed up with the food and that was it! It took us about 15 minutes to set up and then clean up-so much nicer than doing it at home :)

After the birthday party we had both sets of grandparents back to our house to open presents after nap time. Zach was so spoiled! Needless to say my son now ownes EVERY Toy Story toy on the planet. We are so lucky to have such great family and friends who love and care for our son and it really meant a lot to us that people came to celebrate Zach's birthday, we had so much fun!

Our happy little family!

Zach getting help from Pop, Papa and Daddy-seriously what a luckly little boy to have all these men who love him so much?



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