seven QTs {more claims for Baby Z}

Baby Z-bubs/ Z-Z/ Zaky-boo/or something else that starts with “Z-” turned 5 months old on Monday! I know, I know where does the time go right? Still gets me every milestone, and this is baby number four.


That all being said I thought maybe I’d share a few more “firsts” or “claims-to-fame” that have happened with/for this lil guy. (This here is the last set of firsts I found for him)

Our first Cradle Catholic 🙂

While the other three kids were all baptized as infants, we didn’t officially join the Church until well after that (total side note the first part of our multi-part “conversion story is over here, if you’re so interested). So, this guy here is our first Cradle Catholic. I realize though that the other kids won’t actually know anything else, since we were pretty sporadic about church attendance before.

22~My Favorite

My longest nurser

By far. This guy has nursed the longest of any of the kiddos. He pretty much flat out refuses if I try to offer anything by bottle. And believe me, I’ve tried. Not so much to get him off nursing, more to just get him a few extra calories (and mostly it’s been stored breast milk). But he is just NOT interested. At. All. He doesn’t even like juice.

This has of course had me feeling really depleted in terms of supply because I’d never nursed a “bigger” baby. But I’ve finally gotten my head wrapped around the fact that I NEED to drink water (lots and lots of it), which I pretty much have never been in the habit of doing. That has helped a lot. I also talked with a nurse at the doctors office earlier this week who suggested I add in a good bit of protein, like, for example: every meal. So I feel like that’s also helped to keep my milk supply a little more “there” and helped with me not feeling so “used up”.  🙂

“Worst” sleeper.

And to be fair, I have to use that term very loosely because he is actually a pretty good sleeper. BUT. Compared to the other kids who were EXCELLENT sleepers (especially through the night), he has been, by far the most needy in the night time hours.


Actually, he’s just my neediest child period. Neediest in terms of human comfort. I say that will all affection. He just always wants to have someone holding him. Maybe because he has three older siblings who are pretty much always within six inches of him and entertaining him (and have been since he came home from the hospital)…. I dunno. He’s happy when he’s in someone’s arms or someone’s in his face, literally. 🙂



Again, by far. I have never had a baby get to 18 month clothing this fast. I think my boys are in some sort of competition or something. They’re all trying to be the same size.

This also means he’s the biggest baby I’ve ever nursed… and that’s… um… not so easy to do gracefully, I’m figuring out 🙂


Earliest of the kids to even think about getting a tooth. I can see it right under the gums, but it hasn’t quite broken through. Considering that the other kids were closer to 9 months or so (if I’m remembering right), this is much earlier.

Longest lasting in our bedroom

Let me see…. Katherine was out of our room after one week; John after two days; Karl after two days…. Zachary is still most nights in our room. Although thankfully he’s happier in the bassinet than in our bed.

I realized I’m not so against the co-sleeping thing as I thought, but it really didn’t work for us after about four months.

We’ve tried to put him in Katherine’s room, where the big crib is set up. We started that early last week. He was in there for two nights I think, then we all got sick and it just worked better to have him in our room again. Plus Jared’s still really partial to him being real close ❤


Posting this tonight. Linking with Kelly, etc.. tomorrow AM

we made it to the outdoors

…for a walk that is.

We’ve spent a good portion of the last week with at least two members of the house being sick. It’s rotated around and me and Baby Z are the last two to have it. I *think* he’s on the last day of it being kinda bad, if it follows the pattern of the other kids. I’m hoping what I have right now is the worst it will be. I have a theory that kids just can’t handle colds as well as adults (as in: they’re worse at suppressing/controlling coughing fits, they can’t blow their noses, and things like that), so I don’t know if what I’ve been experiencing is as bad as they were and I’m just better able to deal with it or if I’ve just had a milder cold….

Anyways. It doesn’t really make a difference in what I have to do in my day-to-day since Jared is at work during the days, so… guess what? I still have to make sure people eat, drink, and remain relatively out of mischief

{Side story: when your 5-year-old comes walking up the stairs wiping her mouth, licking her teeth and voluntarily saying things like “I didn’t eat anything”…. you think things like maybe you should have gotten up from your nap just a few minutes earlier….}

So today was *almost* warm. It was warmer than I thought, but not really warm, warm. No matter though, it was not bitter cold and I had a library book that needed returning and kids that needed energy to be run off so we went for a walk.



snow was duly poked and inspected…



rests were taken…

(it should be noted the entire way to and from the library is about 12 blocks… this was on the way there… guess they were still a little more sick than I thought)

stairs were climbed…


…and jumped off of…

IMG_5480Baby was NOT impressed…


{I mentioned he’s still feeling pretty crummy, and this area was a little more in the open so I’m sure he was getting more wind than he liked}

trees were run around…

walls were looked over…


“walls” were walked on…

Mary was visited…


{and so was St. Michael, but Johnny was too quick and I didn’t get a picture of his running wave…. it was so, so cute though 🙂 }

neighbors yard was inspected…


And that’s our quick trip around the ‘hood.

Other family news flashes:
* Jared had a birthday (35… which makes him six years older than me for the next nine months…)
* Johnny asked to start reading lessons. (We’ve made it two days… we’ll see how long it lasts as he seems to be my most difficult learner)
* I got my bridesmaids dress ordered for my brother-in-laws wedding this summer. I brought Katherine with to try it on. Let me tell you, if you want to make a 5yo girl giddy, just walk her into David’s Bridal; sparkles, glitter, and sparkles some more. She was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to bring the dress home though.

I think that’s it for this evening folks. Hopefully back to a more frequent blogging soon.

~Ruth Anne

Linking with:

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Siblings {March}

Oops, March 15 came and went. So, here’s this months sibling photo:


(I really do hope we are nearing the end of snow suit season). But in sibling news: Baby Z. really enjoys watching his siblings from a sitting position (preferably with someone holding him… but when that isn’t possible he sits in his little jumper)

They seem to be getting along pretty well this month. They’ve been doing a little more of “playing” card games and simple board games and figuring out things like taking turns, and things being fair and all that good stuff.

Katherine has been trying to get the boys (all of them) on the reading boat. Asking any of them at any time “_______ what does the “M” say?” and things like that. She is just starting to read regular books out loud and sometimes will attempt reading something to them depending on the mood of the moment.


Baby Z isn’t really into taking bottles, but Karl was wanting a drink after being outside so he happily finished a good potion of this bottle (just a little pear juice and water), and then decided that Z needed to have some.

Any other sibling news for the month? Not really.

Oh, but one funny comment from today:
{Katherine looking at the photo album where I keep all the ultrasound pictures of the kids}
Is this Sophia?
Me: No, honey, I’m not pregnant right now
K: Why not? You just have to wait a minute?

I’m not putting words in her mouth or anything, but I’m guessing (especially since this was the second comment RE: Sophia today) that she has already planned for our next child and that it will be a girl and that it is arriving imminently.

~Ruth Anne

P.S. Sophia is the current name we have picked out for the next girl baby we have, if we are so blessed
P.P.S. I’m not pregnant right now.


This post is part of a project to take at least one photo a month of them all together. Into’s here

dear beautiful