all about Zach who never gets any blog press

This little guy is going to turn 15 months old on Friday.

I just love his pants today. (Do not love the faint teeth marks on his arm from another toddler at school )

Early toddlerhood is by far the most fun age for me, I think. Newborns are great with all their smooshyness and sweetness and they smell amazing, and older kids are independent and can do stuff on their own and have interesting conversations with you. But newborns are also SO. MUCH. WORK. and older kids have attitudes and talk back and fight with their siblings. Right now, even with the occasional tantrum when we take something dangerous away from him (KNIVES FROM THE DISHWASHER. MY LAPTOP CORD. A GLASS BEER BOTTLE.), Zach mostly just wants to play and eat bananas and babble and give slimy kisses and giggle at his sisters. He’s a lot of fun.

Big sisters are at Grammie's, Daddy's cutting the grass, & we're cleaning the daycare dirt out of his neck creases.

Mr. Independent no longer permits his bananas cut into small pieces. He can do it himself, thanks.

15 months is the exact age that Audrey was when I lost my fool mind and decided I wanted to have a third baby. So it’s a good thing Dan and I got ourselves both fixed, is what I’m saying.

Some things about Zach:

He’s still wearing 6-9 month clothes.

He loves combs and brushes (looooves to brush his own hair), bananas, strawberries, carrying around sticks and anything slightly resembling a stick, pushing stuff on wheels, and going in and out of doorways.

He spends a lot of his life walking around, carrying stick-like objects. Is this a boy thing?

He flipping LOVES books. And playing in his sisters’ room.

His most favorite place: his sisters' room.

When I bring him his waffle at breakfast, he blows it off just like I do. He shakes his head “no” very clearly and distinctly, which (while sometimes UNWELCOME, SIR) is usually helpful. Okay, no, you do NOT want anymore milk. Noted.

He dances to the various theme songs from the tv shows the girls watch. His favorite seems to be Doc McStuffins, followed closely by Jake and The Neverland Pirates. He bounces on his legs and has started wiggling his shoulders and I keep trying to catch it on video but have failed. Just imagine the cutest thing you’ve ever seen, that’s basically it.

Now Maggie knows how it feels to be unable to use the bathroom in peace.

He still sleeps folded in half a lot of the time, but has started stretching out on his belly and his back. He loves binkies as much as his sisters did, making us three for three on Binky Junkies.

He is starting to say a few words. “Uh-oh” is his first and most clear. He says “ma ma ma ma ma” but I don’t think he’s saying it to mean ME. I think he means MILK. Because of course. HE signs “milk”, “all done”, and “eat”. (These are all vital communication tools for any toddler, you know.) He also has started saying “ah-geeeee” which we think means Maggie and she’s pretty thrilled about that! He also- and I SWEAR Dan and I both have heard this on separate occasions- has tried to say “alligator” multiple times after being interested in the alligator stuff in his room. ALLIGATOR. Sounds like “aa-ger” and sometimes “aa-la-ger”. BUT HE WON’T SAY MAMA. STINKER.

His mind is blown. He's walking around, pointing at everything & yelling BAH BAH BAH BAH!

He is just overall a very happy guy. He wakes up in the best mood, wanders around the house, making a mess and babbling all day, eats, takes a nap, wakes, then repeats it all over again.

Zach's favorite thing ever is the sippy cup drawer.

Subtle hints.

He has ticklish thighs and crazy hair and ticklish collarbones. He has stinky feet and loves playing outside and is constantly covered in filth. He is a BOY and I really had no idea how much different raising a boy could be at this age, but it is SO different. The energy is different! Better? More awesome? I don’t know, I really loved my toddler girls. But this guy… he has me wrapped around his pinkie pretty tightly.

How could he not?

No words.


  1. redpenmamapgh

    July 2, 2014 2:15 pm

    I have become a total sucker for my boy. I hope I hide it from the girls well enough.
    You have a cutie on your hands there. Glad to hear he is easy-going. We crazy mammas with more than two need a laid-back one in there. :-)

    • Jen

      July 2, 2014 2:18 pm

      He IS easy-going, just like his daddy :) And I’ve thought the same thing, hoping that the girls don’t realize I’m going to be a huge pushover when it comes to him. I wonder if it’s a boy thing or a last baby thing? Or a dangerous combination of the two?? ha

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  2. bessie.viola

    July 2, 2014 3:33 pm

    Oh my goodness, he is delicious!! And his HAIR! 15 months already??

    And Jen, I am so with you – I thought all that stuff about “boys and their moms” was utter HOOEY… until mine came home. And like you, the newborn stuff is fine, whatever – but Luke is 19mos now, and this AGE. I love him an unreasonable amount; I can’t get enough of him.

    And this: “… wanders around the house, making a mess and babbling all day…” Just YUP. Love it.

  3. Dave (Scrumpy Daddy)

    July 2, 2014 4:01 pm

    He is awesome, and quite the cutie!

    • Dave (Scrumpy Daddy)

      July 2, 2014 4:05 pm

      We also have a “perpetual baby” in Matt — he is over two and a half now, but similar to Zach developmentally. A long road with Matt, but he is also quite the cutie, with much of the same behavior as you described in Zach in this post. (Particularly the very happy, the wandering around the house making a mess (happily!) and the like.) :-)

  4. Sarah in Ottawa

    July 3, 2014 9:54 am

    OMG, he’s adorable. And I think there is magic in the Doc McStuffins theme song. Susannah (almost 9 months) adores it. She was also fascinated when we met Doc at Disney.

  5. Erica

    July 4, 2014 2:46 pm

    Stop trying to make me have a third baby. It’s not going to happen. This was a VERY good effort, though.

  6. Jesabes

    July 5, 2014 1:27 pm

    I was surprised, too, how different boys and girls were as BABIES. They’re so little and yet have such different personalities. (At least mine did…)

  7. K

    July 9, 2014 10:12 am

    15 months?! Hooowwwwwww?

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