Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Wildflowers last hurrah

I noticed the gorgeous wildflowers along the highway on our last drive from Houston, March 19th. Ziyan was overcome with some illness and we didn't dare stop to smell the bluebonnets, so to speak.

Yesterday, our friends from the other side of town happened to be in Mahncke Park taking professional photos in our wildflower patch, lovingly curated each year by neighborhood volunteers. It turns out that our patch is maybe the best patch! Who knew.

When I saw their photos today, I knew a short trek to the actual Mahncke Park that anchors our neighborhood was required. We are expecting hail and maybe tornadoes tonight, so the time was now (them).

Here are some of the better phone pictures I took. Nothing professional looking, but we enjoyed heading out at sunset. Besides, the kids really are so much happier climbing trees than generally existing next to each other anywhere else.

Also, that illness of March 19th morphed into two infected ears and a sinus infection for my sweet Z3. He isn't the happiest here, but he's still adorable.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Spring keeps springing

It's spring break around here though it's been off and on 80 degrees for months!

We've been making lists of things to do and spending tons of time outside.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

THE Mahncke Park

What lucky kids!
On our scooter rife this week we rediscovered Mahncke Park and all of it's climbable mesquite trees!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Ziyan is nine months

Our big boy! I can't describe how happy he makes me.
At nine months, he's zooming all around with the help of his trusty push walker. He was doing that last month too but he's faster and more determined now. He understands it's a tool that can take him to his destination. He sometimes stumbles a couple steps between two sturdy objects but I wouldn't say he's walking yet. So Zahra remains our champion walker forever more.
He is so helpful when I'm dressing him. He pushes his arms through and even pulls his shirts off. I am surprised by this and don't remember when this is supposed to happen... Seems early.
He says Mama. He knows he means me. He loves saying it. It. Is. Amazing.
He has those two adorable bottom teeth and four tiny top ones.
He weighed in at 20 pounds, 6 ounces so not really any heavier than three months ago but still squarely in the 65% and doing fine. The doctor suggested more table food since he should still be growing. (Please don't do the Zayd growth bell curve into a plummet, Ziyan!)
He's happy, dense, beautiful, and so interested in play. He loves singing, any kind of ball, and trying to get in on Z1&Z2 wrestling matches. He's ready for the world.

Here is some proof that he can say mama!

Also, I found this video that none of you have ever seen. He has stopped shaking his head no so much. And you can already see that he has mastered his voice. How quick these four months flew by!