Monday, March 23, 2009

My Greatest Blessings

So, every once in a while I experience something or read something that reminds me how grateful I am to have not only Curtis in my life, but my beautiful boy Zachary. We have definitely been through a lot with our little guy. He has had tremendous eating problems pretty much from the day he was born. There were times when I would break down crying because I was so tired of feeding him and then having him projectile vomit everything up over and over again. I was definitely humbled today.

I love to look at other people's blogs. I love to look at the cute backgrounds and pictures and read about other's lives. When I read the blogs of those I am close too, I sometimes find myself looking at their friends' blogs (don't worry, I'm not a stalker), I just like to read about other people. Today I came across this and I cried my eyes out. How could I complain about my child having such horrible eating problems when this poor couple was going through something like this? I cannot even imagine the anguish and heartbreak this family went through. I was humbled and gently reminded that the trials in my life have been nothing compared to this.

I am so grateful for my Zachary. Prior to him, I must not have been a very patient person because I have had to learn patience many times all over again. He is such a joy in not only mine and Curtis' lives, but anyone he comes in contact with. I thank my Heavenly Father for him every day, and I would not trade him for anything.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Zachary's 1st Birthday!

We celebrated Zachary's 1st birthday on February 1st, and it was so much fun. I cannot believe how spoiled this little guy is. Both mine and Curtis' family were so generous with the gifts they gave him. He got tons of clothes (mostly from Curtis and me), stuffed animals, puzzles, balls, cars, a coat from Curtis' parents that he has needed for a long time, and so much more!!!

I think the best part about his birthday was watching him "not" eat his cake. Anyone who knows us really well knows that Zachary has had a lot of eating problems since he was born. This kid basically hates to eat. I know, I know, you are probably thinking "who hates to eat"? The answer to that is Zachary. There have been many times when he has cried and cried and cried when we have fed him. He has had really bad acid reflux since he was born, so eating time has never been fun for him or the person feeding him. So, we were kind of hesitant to get him a cake for his birthday because we knew he probably wouldn't eat it anyway, but it was his birthday and we decided he did need a cake. When cake time came, we took off all of his clothes, put a blanket on the floor, and gave him a piece of cake and............he didn't eat it. As you can see in the pictures, he really just played in it. Not one bite went into his mouth, but it was fun to watch him anyway.

I cannot believe he has already been with us a year. It has been a very difficult year with his eating problems, but I would not trade him for anything. I love him with all of my heart and he is a beautiful boy!
Oops....the pictures are going the wrong way in this post. The top picture is the last picture we took, and the bottom one is the first picture. I am still getting used to this blogging thing.