Zachary is Nine (And Birth Story)

Dear Zachary, 

If I looked up "sweet" in the dictionary, I would find all the words that describe you. 

You are the epitome of loving, the most amazing little boy. 

I am unsurprised when I find that you have given away all of your toys. 

I am frustrated when someone has taken advantage of your kind heart. 

I love how far you've come, I love how you work so hard, I am continually surprised by your intelligence. 

Your ADHD and OCD does not define you, and I am so happy we got to go through the learning process of this "new normal" together. 

If I had any advice to guide you through life it would be to not give a second's worry to what other people think, be exactly who you've been for every moment of the last nine years. 
Love without prejudice, live without societal pressures, and do good always. 

I am so glad to have been blessed with you as a son. 

Love you so much, Zachy Robert.

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Zachy had his 9th birthday party this weekend at our house. This is our first birthday party with friends in 5 years. The last party Zachy had, we rented a bouncy house place, had cake, treat bags, the whole lot, and not one person showed up. My poor sweet boy was devastated, and after encountering a similar problem with Wyatt's birthday, we decided not to have friend birthdays for awhile.

That was in another state, and now that we live in Oregon, and have cultivated friendships, we have given it another go!

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Z A C H A R Y 'S  B I R T H  S T O R Y 

Zachary's pregnancy was a tough one. 

At 12 weeks 5 days, I had a severe placental abruption, to the point where the doctor was preparing me to miscarry. 

I was up in the ER all night long as they ran test after test, did ultrasounds, waited for the radiolologist's diagnosis, and worried. 

I saw my little boy's heart beating on that ultrasound screen and trying to face the possibility that he may not survive was more than I could handle. 

At the end of the longest night, the doctor came in and told me he would survive - if I started complete bedrest immediately. I was not allowed to move farther than the bathroom for an indefinite period of time. 

My doctor came to my house to perform my check ups. 

I was in and out of the hospital with hyperemesis gravidarum every week. I only gained 9 pounds total. It was very unhealthy and terrifying. 

I was allowed up on several occasions - to visit a specialist in a town a couple hours away and for small breaks when the placenta was holding firm. 

The doctor was sure I wouldn't make it past 28 weeks. But 29 weeks came and went and suddenly I was weeks overdue. 

My last check up was uneventful, Zachary looked good, although small gestationally. 

At nearly 43 weeks, my doctor stripped my membranes to see if Zach was ready to make his appearance earthside. 

That night, around midnight, I felt a hard and intense contraction. I'm not sure what made me go to the hospital so quickly, but I'm glad I did. 

I arrived and the nurses were skeptical of my pain. 

They placed me in a trauma room for observation until they could check me. 

Minutes later, I knew he was coming. 

I screamed for the nurses and they came running. Zachary was born within minutes. 

My body was in shock from the quick delivery, as was Zachary's. He was briefly taken to the NICU after a low APGAR score, but returned quickly. 

My sweet Zachary Robert, weighing 6lbs 7 oz, 18" long. He spent the first six months of his life he spent looking like the cutest little old man. He is now the amazing nine year old I see before me. 

Two year old Brody, 18 year old Ashley, and newborn Zachary!

Oh sweet Zachy!

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