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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Today's the Day!

Delurking day is upon us. Thanks, Shelly, for bringing it to my attention.

This is a day for all my blog readers to leave a comment. Especially you, you know who you are. The one peeking around the corner but never saying a word.

Are you just too shy and don't know what to say?

You can tell me how you got here, where you found my blog.

Or ask me a question.

Or tell me what color your hair is (maybe even your real hair color).

Or you can just say HI. I'd love to hear from you and see who reads this blog.

Come on, don't be shy. I know you're there. I track my stats, and I know people read this blog.

Plus, if you do a delurking day, I'll come over and comment on yours too.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Isn't he too young?

The things my son comes up with never cease to amaze me.

This one...concerns his name.

My son's full name is Zachariah Matthew Lastname*. When we chose his name, we chose is knowing that it was a bit different but recognizable. Plus the potential for a nickname was very common.

We knew by picking the name Zachariah it would get shortened to Zac. And it has. Even when he was a baby, most people that heard his name instantly asked "So do you call him Zac?" Yes, we did. Most people do. I, more than anyone, call him Zachariah. But I still call him Zac often as well. Probably 50/50 given name/nickname. With other people it's more like 80/20 nickname/given name or maybe more like 90/10 really.

I don't mind that people call him Zac, I really don't. But I do love the name Zachariah. That's probably why I've been calling him by that more and more.

Earlier this week Zachariah had a profound thought. I don't know where it came from or why, but he shared with me.

"Mom, when I was a baby, I was Zac. Now I'm bigger, and I'm Zachariah."

Me: "Oh, so you'd like to be called Zachariah now?"

Z: "Uh huh!"

So, it's been decreed. He wants to be called Zachariah all the time now. I'm fine with that, we'll just have to "retrain" everyone else.

I already had him inform my mom of the change on the phone, because she rarely calls him Zachariah and instead prefers the shortened Zac. She asked him "But can't I call you Zac? I like calling you that." His answer? "No, I'm Zachariah."

I love it. I'm fine with it. In fact I might even prefer it. That has changed over the years for me, but that's OK. I love his given name (I wouldn't have chosen it for him if I didn't). And I love that he wants to use it all the time now.

My only dilemma...I didn't think he'd be this opinionated about it until he was older.

I always figured at some point in his life, he'd decide he always wanted to be called Zachariah or Zac. I just thought it would be when he was 10 years old or older.

Is 3 too young to be telling us things like that? I don't know.

For now we'll go with it. I'll have to teach him to tell people he'd prefer Zachariah, so that they won't offend him. Ha. And I wonder if some day he'll change his mind again.

(On another funny note, this is too good to not tell. Zachariah says "rued" instead of "ruined". Like..."Mom, did you just rue that paper." Or..."Dad rued it, Mom!" Don't know why, but that totally cracks me up. We try correcting him, but he keeps saying it.)

*Not really our last name....I hope you realized that.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Time gone by

So much time has gone by since I last posted. There are plenty of things I want to say. Too many, really. I don't know where to start. Let's just make this easy for us all and put it in an easy-to-read and easy-to-write list.

1. We had an awesome Christmas. We opened gifts here with Zachariah the Saturday before Christmas. Christmas Eve we headed up to spend the holidays with our families. We went many many places. Got many many gifts. Saw many, many people. Then we came home January 2nd.

2. Yesterday Zachariah and I got the tree and other decorations down and put away. Now I'm still working on getting my house back in order.

3. My friend J had her baby boy on Christmas Eve! Yay! She was 10 days overdue. But Traigh is here now. Unfortunately I haven't been able to see him yet, except through pictures. We were already home for our holiday vacation when he was born here. Although getting her text message last Christmas Eve night was a great Christmas gift.

4. I have gotten to see Traigh this week, because I've been sick. I came down with a cold a few days after Christmas. I haven't felt too horrible, but I know I can't be around a newborn until I'm all cleared up. I'm slowly getting better. At least Matt & Zachariah got to meet Baby Traigh Sunday evening at small group. J said Zachariah was so cute with the baby. She got a few photos of them together, but I haven't seen them yet. I just can't wait to get better and get over there to meet the new little one myself.

5. More baby news! We found out the Tuesday before Christmas that Matt's sister is having a boy. Yay! I'm so excited to finally be an aunt, and I know what to do with boys now. So bring it on. We can't wait to meet their little one in May. (And there's a chance that I will be babysitting him when she returns to work, but I suppose that's another story.)

6. MORE baby news!!! It's like all babies all the time around me. (Around me, but not me unfortunately.) But if it can't be me, I'd love for it to be my sister, Rachel. Most of you remember that she lost her first baby at 18 weeks last spring. Well, she announced (with a gift of an ultrasound photo) to my mom and our family that she's expecting again! She was 16 weeks at Christmas. They were able to get an ultrasound to check things (because of problems last time) and everything is great. And it's a boy!! They were surprised to find out early, but they are thrilled. And I'm so happy for them too! So we'll be having another new nephew due a month after the June.

7. Zachariah was in his first church Christmas program this year. He knew his song so well. It was so cute too. When it came time for the performance, he was front and center. And...he didn't sing one word. Not one! He was too busy watching the parents take pictures and trying to find us watching him. So funny! But he did perform his song in front of everyone Christmas day. :D

OK, I think that's the most excitement I can handle for a while. I'm sure I have plenty more blog fodder. I just need to start writing down what I want to share...or it won't get done.

Happy 2010 everyone!