June 27, 2010

First Haircut

Last night we took Zac for his first haircut, his first with us. Here is a peek at how it went:

The 'before' picture...

Ashley showing Zac the clipper.

'What is she doing?'

My niece, Sophie, came along.

"Mom, HELP!"

The 'After' picture.

June 14, 2010

Zac Facts - 14 months

Zac is14 months old today!! It is hard to believe that on Wednesday Zac will have been in our arms for one month. It’s also hard to believe that we have been home from China for two weeks. I can honestly say that time seems to be flying, and all I want it to do is stand still for a while. I am not ready for my baby to grow and change as quickly as he’s changing. I enjoy the ‘lil emperor’ and wouldn’t mind if he stayed that way a little longer.

That may be a wish, but it also makes me so happy to see him grow and develop. I can’t believe how quickly he has learned so many things. When we first met Zac he couldn’t feed himself, hold a sippy cup, or crawl, but now he can do all of those things and more!

Zachary Rohn Min Yang at 14 months

I’ve decided to follow several of my friends and write a monthly post with Zac Facts. I enjoy reading others post like this. I especially enjoy reading about the babies that are around Zac’s age. Those posts offer a reference that helps me. So, here are the Zac Facts at 14 months.

Growth & Development

  • Height 31.5 inches
  • Weight 24.8 pounds
  • Crawls easily on any surface
  • Moves to a sitting position easily
  • Pulls himself up to a standing position using furniture or other stationary object
  • Sidesteps around table while holding on
  • Walks while holding onto someone’s fingers.
  • Wears 18month clothing. Some 12month shorts will work, but 12month pants are too short.

Playtime & Toys

  • Loves anything with lights, bright colors and music. His favorite toys are the popping ball game and Play, Learn, Drive by VTech
  • Favorite game is to bang two objects together ~ any two things will do
  • LOVES balls! Last week Zac learned to toss a ball. He LOVES it! When Zac plays catch he just giggles and laughs.
  • Zac will have NOTHING to do with stuffed animals of any sort! No interest. Not even a very cute Riding Polar Bear up in his room. When we try to put him on the polar bear he does this flying superman impression so he won’t have to touch it.

­Naps & Sleeping

  • Zac sleeps 10-12 hours a night in his crib, in his room.
  • Ryan or I sit in the chair in his room until he falls asleep. Some nights are easy, some nights he fights sleep.
  • Zac sleeps with the blanket we sent him in a care package when he was in China. There is a silky border and before falling asleep Zac pulls the blanket until he has a corner in his left hand. He then sucks his left thumb. With his right hand he rubs the silky border either between his fingers or on his cheek.
  • Zac takes a two – three hour nap every day. We are still working on getting a schedule for naps. Some days he will take two short naps and other days he’ll take a long three hour nap around noon. What ever works I guess.
  • If Zac ‘power’ naps forget about any other napping. When he falls asleep in the car, he will not go back to sleep once we are home. He will be up for another two hours at least.


  • Zac loves to eat, but is a very picky eater.
  • When he is HUNGRY he will only eat his favorite things, and I have to feed him fast. He doesn’t like to try new things when he is really hungry, he spits them back and begins to cry.
  • Zac can eat small crackers easily. It’s not always pretty, but he will eat most of a cracker successfully. When we first met him Zac couldn’t eat anything on his own.
  • He drinks a bottle once or twice a day. We had to switch to whole milk a couple of days ago. The American formula was making him spit up after every bottle. He never did that on the Chinese formula. He doesn’t get sick on regular milk.
  • Zac’s favorite foods right now are: eggs, yogurt, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, bananas, crackers, broccoli, potatoes, peas
  • Sometimes he will eat pasta, chicken, oatmeal, carrots, and zucchini. These things I have to be sure to disguise, for example he will only eat the chicken if I mix it with some baked potato. I can never feed him these food first if he is really hungry. He has to start with one of his favorites.
  • Zac does not like cottage cheese. He literally gags when I’ve tried to give it to him. He also does not like peaches or watermelon. Spits them out every time!


  • Zac sucks his thumb. He prefers to suck his left thumb, but will be satisfied if he can get to the right one. When we first came home he was stressed and sucked his little thumb so much he caused a sore and a bump on it. Thankfully that has cleared up.
  • Zac enjoys the dogs ~ from a distance. When we are holding him the dogs make him laugh, when he is down on the floor and they come near he is ok, but will only touch Tucker.
  • Bath time is always a huge hit!!! Zac loves to splash around in the bathtub. The only bath toys that interest him are the stacking cups we had in China. Rubber ducks, a swimming turtle, floating fish are left to float around all alone.
  • Zac does not like the feel of grass. When he is first put in the grass he tries to avoid it by spreading his legs WAY out to the side. If that doesn’t work he walks on his heels. It’s too cute!!

June 9, 2010

Especially For...

...Auntie Pug Mama

You want me to sit on this, why?

I guess it isn't a bad ride, and Auntie Pug Mama requested it so I'm game.

Can't wait to meet you Auntie Pug Mama! Give LL a kiss from me.
(On the cheek of course. Don't want Big D mad at me before he meets me.)


June 4, 2010

Our Morning in the Playroom

After breakfast Zac and I play for a while in the playroom. We have so much fun. I took this video because I am so proud of how his crawling has improved in just three short weeks. When we first met Zac he could barely get up on his knees. Now he is crawling all over the house.

The ball game is Zac's absolute favorite! He usually laughs, giggles, and tries to steal the balls as they go down the shoot. :o) Until today when I turn on the flip.

Thank you Auntie C. and Miss H. We LOVE this game!!

June 3, 2010

Short Update

Sorry to be so behind in posting. It has been a long week. A tough week. Zac wasn't sleeping more than four hours at a time. He would be awake for at least two hours each time. During the day we tried to keep him up as long as possible. When he finally did fall back to sleep it would take us some time to then go to sleep. I'm hoping that he is finally switching his clock. Last night he slept for 11 hours straight. I'm hoping he'll do the same tonight, especially since I am sitting at the computer at midnight. I don't have any other time to actually do anything on the computer. I try to read blogs here and there, but that is about all. I'd much rather be playing with Zac.

Each day we are seeing more and more of this little man's personality. His feisty side showed up during dinner the other night. He can get MAD. Usually that only happened when we would take him out of the tub, but now he is showing his dislike for other things also.

I wish I could tell you all about everything, but it's late and I need to get some sleep. I will add some notes to some pictures so hopefully you can get a glimpse into what's going on around here.

This was taken in our hotel room in Guangzhou. We were having a good time laughing and playing, until I took out the camera. All of the China pictures are on the laptop. I tried to burn them to a disk, but it didn't work. Tomorrow I'll try the drive thing, shoot I can't even think of the name of the thing. I better get to bed...

Maemae and Papa blowing bubbles with Zac.

This kid LOVES bubbles!

Zac and Daddy catching up on the sports page.

When we first met Zac he had 'jello' legs. He could pull himself up, but it took some time and he was very shaky. Every day he is getting better and faster at pulling himself up and he is able to stand for longer periods of time. My mother-in-law brought over this walker, and Zac LOVES it. He flies all around the kitchen in this thing!

We have been working on fine motor skills and his feeding skills. I don't think Zac ever fed himself. When I first handed him some food in China he had no clue what to do with it. He can now eat crackers and larger objects on his own. He still can't get small things, like a Cheerio, in his mouth. He will.

Zac LOVES the dogs! I am so thankful! Here he is meeting Tucker for the first time in the house. When he is with the dogs he just laughs! He thinks they are the funniest thing. The dogs, on the other hand seem to pretend he is not here. The sniff and smell, but then they go lay down.

Zac is beginning to smile for the camera. He is teething so the drool is endless, as you can see.

Zac prefers men. He went right to my dad and Ryan's dad. It was the grandmas he had to warm up to before he would let them hold him. He is very leery of strangers, he takes his time to warm up to people.