After Zach turned one I sort of fell of the updates band wagon. I had the best of intentions on writing a 2 year old update and then writing a 3 year old update and well… he is now 3 and a half and neither of those posts have been written yet. Since I can’t go back in time and fix my mistakes I will just have to start over now and try better from now on. And honestly I have struggled to find the right words to sum up a whole year of his precious little life.
At three Zach is 35 pounds (75th percentile) and 38 ½ inches tall (75th percentile). He is wearing mostly 3T and some 4T clothing and his shoe size is toddler 11! He is more than HALF my height and base of his 2 year stats our pediatrician said he would be at least 6 feet tall by the time he was 18!
Zach is the most loving little boy I have ever seen. He still cuddles us all the time and gives hugs and kisses aplenty without having to be asked. He has such a sensitive old soul. He is wise beyond his years and so inquisitive about everything around him. When you look at him you can see the wheels turning as he tries to figure something out. If someone is crying he wants to make it all better for them, much like his momma, and lift their pain away.
Zach's imagination is something to marvel, I was worried about what would happen once you were home with me full time and not surrounded by kids your age at daycare but I have to say the transition was seamless and you have learned and grown so much more since being home with me. You wake up in the morning ready to take on the day, ready to play on whatever adventure you dreamed up for the day! Sometimes you come into mommy and daddy’s room and you’re a pirate and other times you come in and you are a “Maker” and want to know what we would like for breakfast. Even more your love of reading makes me so proud. When we are upstairs I often times will find you in your room looking and reading your books based off the pictures you see and most of the time you aren’t too far off from the context of the book itself.
You love to play with your toys and to have your friends over to share. Sometimes you tell me “Mommy, I am going to play with my very best friend tomorrow ok?” or “My very best friends will like this toy”
You have also grown in faith over this last year. When we started going to church regularly it took a little bit for you to warm up to being left in the children’s ministry but now you ask to go. Usually on Monday’s you announce “We going to church on Saturday and I will pray and sing with Aunt Kristie and Miss Linda.” At night when we are putting you down you ask to pray by simply saying “I want to so Dear Lord” I love to watch you grow in your walk with Christ and I can’t wait to see where that path takes you.
You are adventurous and have no fear of the unknown. This makes me very nervous as I always have to have everything planned out with several back up plans and different outcomes already in my mind. But this also amazes me because it is a trait you get from your dad and you two will accomplish so much in your lives because you aren’t held back by what if’s or maybe I shouldn’t until I…
You have the best sense of humor and can make a room full of people laugh just by making a silly face or saying something silly that you have come up with. Just the other day at a party you had everyone cracking up with your antics and it is so great to see you coming out of your shell. You often times still take a little bit to warm up but once you do all bets are off and you are all about having fun.
You have started to show interest in sports and are currently enrolled in T-Ball skills and will be doing soccer next. You are fast kid! The first day of T-Ball when the coach had everyone running around you started off in the back and were at the front running with the coach before the rest of the kids knew what was happening. Someone saw you running recently and had said that they had coached various sports for various ages for 20+ years and that you were one of the fastest runners he had ever seen. That you took 3 steps to every 1 step the other kids took. You are quick on your feet and that you were made for sports! Of course your daddy and I beamed with pride because how could we not you are amazing! Between Papa Ware and your Dad baseball and soccer is in your blood kid and already you are so talented!
Your vocabulary astounds me, you will be having a conversation with us and say a word we had no idea you knew and you will use it in the right context. You are also never satisfied with simple answers; you want to know the most in depth explanation there is to all your questions and will continue to ask why until you get them. I love this about you, your thirst for knowledge is strong and I hope it always is because that too will take you far in this life my baby love. You can accomplish anything you put your mind too with a thirst for knowledge and willpower to do so. And those things my sweet son you have in heaps so don’t ever lose that.
To see you as a big brother is a great gift for your daddy and I. Even before sister was born you just wanted to take care of mommy and to talk to your sister. When we went to the hospital to have her you were so excited and then to see your face light up the first time you met her melted my heart right onto the floor. I had been so nervous of how you would react once we were all home and once again Zach you have surprised me with what you are capable of. You have fallen into the role of big brother with such ease. You want to help us with sister all the time; you want to soothe her cries right along with us. You mix her bottles and bring us her diapers. You read her stories and bring her soft toys. When we are in the car and she starts to get upset you talk to her about what you see around you and say “it’s okay sister. We are almost there and then we will get you out or you can have some milky. Ok sister; don’t cry it will be ok.” The love that is growing between the two of you is so much fun for your dad and I to watch. You two will truly be the best of friends for life and that is something you should always cherish.
Your love of animals is so endearing. When ever you see an animal you get so excited you favorites are dogs and horses. We recently went to the zoo and you couldn't contain your excitement at seeing all the different animals. You told me afterwards your favorites were the giraffe's, lions & zebra's. You have also started talking a lot about wanting a dog. You have informed me several times that your dog will be orange, his name is "just dog" and he will sleep in your bed at night. We shall see my son...we.shall.see.
You are currently potty training and have done a great job so far. You have only had a few accidents and have tried so hard to not have any more. I am so glad we waited until you were ready instead of forcing you like many had told us too.
Zach, your daddy and I love you so much. You are our first born, our son, our Prince! You will always be my prince. When I lay my head to rest at night I thank God that he gave me you that when we knew you were coming and God gave me a boy first to teach me a love that I had never known. Even on the hard days when you are throwing tantrums or get mad about whatever has you upset I am so grateful for you and the joy that you have brought into our lives. I can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us. You can do or be anything you want my son and we will be there to help you along the way. We will catch you when you fall and stand beside you when you succeed. I love you to the moon and back my sweet boy and I always will.