Jude asked me if I’d take a few photos of him with Zachary. Who was I to say no?!
A little while later Jonah received word the above photos went down. So he marched right on up to the bed and declared he needed some too! Zachary is seriously the most loved little boy!
And just a few of him by himself…
I’ve put it off long enough. His tongue and lip ties required surgery on his little mouth and I wanted to give him enough time to recover from that and establish a good latch and healthy supply. But, this momma needs to return to work soon and that means I need to be able to leave him for a few hours at a time. I’ve promised Jonah since before Zachary was even born that he could help give him the first bottle. He loves the photos of Ty feeding Jude and Jude feeding him as babies and he wanted to follow the tradition….
But once Zachary took the bottle, Jonah was more than a little peeved that he didn’t get any breastmilk too. I promised him any leftovers and he was happy with that compromise.
I wish I could say Zachary loved the bottle, or at least tolerated it, but not so much. He took 1 oz out of 4 oz, chewed on the nipple then refused it. The next day, he wouldn’t take it at all. And he started biting me while nursing. Sigh. Finicky little boob baby!
A few people on Instagram asked so I’ll post it here too. This bottle is made by Comotomo. It’s much more breast like than the glass bottles we used with Jonah.
I can’t believe I forgot to share these! I sent them to family and forgot to post them here for us. I absolutely love these photos of Jason’s grandma, Zachary’s great grandma, holding baby Zachary. His middle name is after her late husband John and we are so proud for Zachary to carry his name. The necklace she’s wearing is John’s signature and I know we will cherish these photos forever. She was quite smitten with Zachary, so very sweet! It was Jonah that really stole her heart though. While she was reading to him on the couch he reached around and put his sweet little arm around her. It was just the sweetest thing. Jonah adores her right back! Aren’t they the cutest together? He asked for this photo!
I haven’t talked about it much publicly, but the 4th trimester has been very difficult for me. Healing from a difficult c-section has been long and painful. Emotional healing, every more so. I’m not driving yet post surgery, and staying home all the time has been hard with 4 kids under foot. Even though we homeschool, we rarely stay home all the time under normal circumstances. By the time the weekend gets here, the 4 walls of this house are closing in on me. I gave Jason a long list of things we can do to help me feel better, emotionally and physically, and leaving the house at least once on the weekend is at the top of both lists. So for the last month, we’ve loaded the kids in the car, grabbed a comfy folding chair and a boppy nursing pillow, packed a picnic and hit a few local parks / lakes. The first trip out Zachary and I stayed in the car nursing the whole time as I wasn’t able to navigate the hiking trails and stairs yet. I searched and managed to find a few parks with easier access that I could make it to over the following weeks. Last weekend we ventured out to Inks Lake and I managed a short hike with the family. I finally feel like my body is starting to function again and getting out in the sunshine is so good for me emotionally. Plus the kids had a really fantastic time canoeing with Jason – it was the highlight of our adventure. Jonah woke up the next morning talking about it and tried to convince me we should go canoeing really quick before Daddy had to leave for work lol. Most of our vacations for this year have had to be cancelled with the added expenses with the hospital transfer and surgery. While that’s a big bummer, we still want to instill a sense of adventure and reconnecting as a family with nature during the year. Our kids call it adventuring and look forward to it all week long.
It’s official. My husband would do just about anything to make me happy. Including offering to get behind the camera and take our kids out in the bluebonnets because I’m still recovering from surgery. I’m not able to work yet and even the occasional 10 minutes behind the camera photographing Zachary, bending, moving, adjusting, is too much for me. I was sad to miss out on Texas wild flowers this year.
Up until recently all of Jonah’s homeschool preschool lessons have been very hands on. We finally created an account for him on one of our homeschool computers and signed up for ABC Mouse. He was pretty excited about it and took to using the mouse and keyboard for the first time really quickly. I was so impressed. And he thought he was pretty big doing school on the computer just like the big kids.
Jonah has been obsessed with this little point and shoot he found in the junk drawer. I wish it still worked! He loves asking everyone to look and smile.
I’m backtracking a bit here because I realized I never shared our family and maternity session from last fall with Libby Ann Photography. It was SO windy on this day. I can’t believe she caught anything of us, crazy gusts! The location is so very special to us as well, just outside of the birth center that has provided care for Jonah’s birth, our 3 losses and my pregnancy with Zachary. I made the sash and included 3 little angel charms to represent the 3 little angel babies we lost. As hard as it is for me to put myself in front of the camera when I’m pregnant, I’m so very happy to have these. They bring me back to a really happy time, anxiously awaiting the arrival of our baby boy.
Jonah is getting good at this big brother stuff. Here he is trying to calm Zachary while I throw together a quick lunch for the big kids.
Of all the sweet boys, in all of great big Texas, I’m so thankful these are mine.
Jonah adores Zachary. Which means he’s almost always in his bubble. Sometimes that makes Zachary a little wide eyed lol. Love these snaps of them snuggling in my bed the other day….messy face, wide eyes, and all.