So people are always telling me that I don’t post enough pictures of my own kids (mostly those people are their grandparents). Anyway, Zoe just turned 2 last Saturday so we took her and Zane out for a photo shoot this week to commemorate the big 02. Photographers across the country will tell you that your own children are the hardest ones to photograph. I’m here to tell you it’s absolutely true. Here are a few favorites of my kiddos!
Zoe turned 9-months old yesterday (and Zane turned 3 a little over a month ago) so we took the kids into the studio and did a quick photo shoot with them. They’re growing like little weeds. Here are a few favorites from Zane and Zoe’s photo shoot today.
Zoe turned 6-months on Thanksgiving and she’s already doing SOOOO much. She pulls up on EVERYTHING (her crib, tables, toys, baskets, our legs, and so on). The girl LOVES to be on her feet. She even lets go and tries to balance on her own. She manages about 1 second before grabbing back on, but she gets so excited and proud of herself when she’s on her feet by herself. It’s really funny. I have no doubt she’ll be walking by 9-months.
Anyway . . . here is a little wall collage we put together from her 6-month photo shoot. Each image below is a separate print. They will be framed individually and will hang separately side by side in her room like this to spell out her name. This works great for kids with 3 or 4 or even 5 letters in their name.
Well, we came home from the hospital on Friday, I shot a wedding on Saturday, we shot Zoe’s official newborn session on Sunday and today I’m finally getting around to giving you all an update on how things are going in the Zahner house . . . pretty good actually.
First of all, Zoe and momma and both doing great. They are indeed the two most beautiful ladies I know. In fact, I was looking at Zoe the other night and I told Rachel, “I think you’re gonna have to do the discipline on this one. I don’t know that I could ever scold her”. My mother assures me I’ll change my tune as soon as she hits toddler-hood. But for now, I’ll stick to my assertion that my daughter is the most beautiful newborn ever created and that she can do no wrong.
As far as Zane goes, everybody has been asking how he’s doing with his new little sister. Actually . . . he’s doing unbelievably well! Seriously, Rachel and I never expected him to be sooo sweet and accepting (knocking on wood right now). We really thought he’d see her as a threat to how much attention he gets and it hasn’t been that way AT ALL (It probably didn’t hurt that the first time Zane came to the hospital to see Zoe, “she” gave him a present to open. I’m sure the new train set probably helped a little bit to win him over). But honestly, he’s been very helpful around the house. He went and got wipes and a diaper today while we were changing her. He’s been holding Zoe and “petting” her and giving little kisses. It has been really really sweet (see some of the video and pictures below if you don’t believe me)
Anyway, here is the video I put together today (to view it, you’ll have to visit the blog directly . . . just in case you’re reading this in your e-mail inbox because it won’t show up there). And then below that are a few pictures from her newborn photo session.
***DISCLAIMER*** there is a small bit of somewhat graphic content at 1minute 50seconds into the video. If you are squeamish, you may want to close your eyes for about 10 seconds when it gets to that spot.
I know I haven’t posted much personal/family stuff recently so here’s a chance to catch you up a bit. I won’t bore you with all the details but Zane has just been too cute lately. Something tells me he’s going to be the class clown and the star of the school play.
Every night when we go to bed, Zane has his routine that he must follow. It involves brushing his teeth first and then saying his prayers which starts with “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” and then progresses into praying for all our family and friends (by the way, daddy put the pillow on his lap one night several months ago and now everyone MUST pray with a pillow on their lap. Don’ t you know it’s the only correct way to talk to God? – just watch the video below and you’ll see what I’m talking about), and then he lays in bed with mommy and daddy for a little bit and then finally going to his own “big-boy” bed (his 2nd birthday gift from mom and dad which he’s quite proud of).
The video below is just a little glimpse into our nighttime routine. Enjoy!
We went to the doctor today and Rachel had her first ultrasound. The nurse said that the baby was very cooperative. The most cooperative she’s had all day in fact. Everything looked good. The baby was moving quite a bit and we saw it’s heart beating and we saw it’s little toes and rib cage and face. The only thing we did not see was a penis. So I’m no doctor, but I think that means we’re having a little girl.
WoooHooooo. Daddy’s little girl will be here in less than 5 months.
Most of you know the news already, but for those of you that don’t, consider this the official announcement. Rachel is pregnant! Yes, we were as surprised by this news as everyone else. In fact we had our application in at LFCS for adoption #2 when we found out. Rachel is about to go into her 13th week and we went to the OB yesterday and got to hear the heartbeat (yeahhhh!!!) . Due date falls right around May 19th. We’ll keep you posted via the blog as we find out new information (like gender – I’m hoping for another boy, but I’m outnumbered by . . . let’s see . . . . EVERYONE).
Anyway, considering that no blog post would be complete without a picture – here’s a shot of Rachel that we took when we first found out (back at the end of Sept.). I don’t imagine we’ll see abs like this again anytime soon so we figured we’d capture them while we could. We’re going to try and take more pictures of the belly throughout the pregnancy to show the progression. So stay tuned!
Let me start by apologizing to all of you faithful blog followers for the lack of posts in the past few weeks. My goal was initially to blog once a day, and then that goal went to three times a week and now I’m just struggling to play catch-up it seems lately. Anyway, we’ve been crazy busy with sessions over these past few weeks (scroll down to see some of our recent images)
Oh yeah and just an FYI, we now have a waiting list for the next 2 months. Yes . . . we’re booked solid through Thanksgiving so if you’re wanting a session, you’ll need to call early to book a date in December or you’ll need to call and get on the waiting list. I hate that we can’t fit everyone in who wants to book, but we are only a 2 person operation (no Zane doesn’t help much yet) and with trying to keep up with my teaching job, my family, and quite frankly . . . my sanity, we’ve had to start turning sessions away. Please don’t stop calling though. You never know when a date may open up. We love hearing from you.
I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted any pictures of Zane on the blog and I feel terrible. (I’m like the mechanic who doesn’t fix his own car). We’ve just been so busy taking pictures of other people, we haven’t made time for pictures of Zane . . . well . . . until yesterday that is. We spent some time yesterday evening doing shots of Zane and I think Rachel and I are finally starting to understand what some of our clients feel like when they come in to the studio with their kids. In fact, we did all the stuff we tell our clients not to do. We set way too many expectations of what would happen and how Zane would behave and what kinds of shots we would get and we kind of forgot to just let Zane be Zane. We had all of these expectations of what Zane would do and how the pictures would turn out and none of those ideals were met (which is exactly what we tell clients will happen if they have too many expectations about the session). I guess we should listen to some of our own advice.
Anyway, here’s a quick sampling of Zane’s 18 month photo shoot.