The Boys.

Micah waiting at Jerry's
On my birthday we stopped at our favorite 24 hour diner to get my favorite fried chicken. Here’s Micah waiting patiently in a booth.
The Boys
Ezra and Micah love each other so much. Every day they like to sit in the chair together, laugh with each other, hold hands, and hug each other. I love seeing them play together.
The boys on the couch
Not all pictures of the boys are super photogenic. Ezra seems stunned, and Micah (with leftover breakfast on his face) seems zoned out watching Barney.
Ezra in the mirror
Ezra likes making faces in his mirror.
Ezra on the Couch
Ezra making faces at himself in his mirror.
Ezra on the Couch
Ezra on the couch.
Ezra on the Couch
Ezra plotting and scheming on the couch.
Back home again, in Chicago. Micah seems glad to be out of the car. {#vscocam #vsco #homesweethome #happy #tent #toddler #son #vscofam #smile #cute}
After a long drive back home from Indiana, Micah was ready move around and play.
Papaw and Ezra
Ezra hanging out in Papaw’s lap.
Papaw and Ezra
Ezra and Papaw.
Micah's turns 2
Micah recently turned 2 years old. We celebrated with a big cookie cake at Grammaw’s.
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Micah enjoying his cookie cake.
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Papaw and Micah opening one of his presents.
Sarah and Ezra
While in Indiana we stopped at Aunt Lauren’s apartment. Ezra wasn’t feeling too well, so he hung out with mommy.
Ezra Looking at Mommy
Ezra looking at mommy.
Micah, Lauren, and Clint
Micah wrestling with Aunt Lauren and Clint.
Another picture of the boys. Sorry. I can't help it. {#vscocam #vsco #vscofam #vscokids #kids #brotherlylove #brothers #love #myboys}
Another shot of the boys. They clearly love each other.

My Boys are Getting Bigger

Here are some recent pictures of my sons. They’re getting bigger every day!

Thankfully these days, camera phones are good enough to capture the quick shots that happen throughout the day. Here Micah climbed up on the edge of the couch to look out the window.
We recently traveled down to Indianapolis, and when in Indy you must stop to get Yats! Here we are before we ordered.
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I haven’t been taking as many pictures recently, and it’s been sad to realize how much I’ve been missing of the kids. It seems so routine – this is a site I see daily, but it won’t always be like this. So I wanted to make sure to take a picture.
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Micah is getting older. Hard to believe in a month an a half he’ll be two!
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Still has those handsome eyes.
Ezra in the jumper
Ezra LOVES his bouncer. He jumps in it all the time and has a blast.
Ezra in the jumper
He can stay in it so long that he grows tired.
Ezra in the jumper
He even sleeps in it sometimes. It’s one of his greatest skills.
Ezra toes
His chubby legs and feet sticking out of the bottom of the bouncer.
Ezra toes
He bounces back and forth, back and forth, back and forth…all day.
Micah face
Close up! (Yes. I know it’s not in focus.)
Ezra jumping
Happy Ezra.
Micah sitting
Micah has really started to be better at playing independently of me. He’ll sit and “read” to himself. He’ll throw balls around the apartment, he’ll play with his cars. It’s been fun to see him grow more independent.
Micah drinking
One of Micah’s favorite snacks are peppers. Here’s one of your typical shots from a normal day. Standing around drinking from his cup and eating red peppers off his table.

Meet Me at My Park

A group of moms from our church meet every Thursday at various parks throughout the city. Each mom chooses a park near them and each week everyone travels to a different park with their kids to hang out. They call it “Meet Me at My Park.” Today the moms all met up at one of our local parks, Welles Park in Lincoln Square. Because it was nearby, I decided to swing by with my camera to grab a few shots of the kiddos.  I took my time getting to the park, meandering and taking pictures of things along the way.

Here are some of the shots from the day:

Flowers

Flowers

Flowers

Flowers

Flowers

Reflection

Reflection

Brown Line

Pumping Station

Pumping Station

Sky and roof

Davis Theater

Davis Theater

Roof

Tree, Light, Shadow

Tree, Light, Shadow

Tree, Light, Shadow

Micah, Ezra, and mommy

Micah on the Playground

Micah on the Playground

Micah on the Playground

Behind bars

Micah in the Swing

Micah in the Swing

Micah and the Fountain

Micah and the Fountain

Micah and the Fountain

Micah and the Fountain

Micah and the Fountain

Micah and the Fountain

Mommy and Ezra

Micah and the Fountain

Micah and the Fountain

Tree and Sky

Schaumburg Boomers

I had no idea that Schaumburg, a suburb of Chicago, had a minor league baseball team. Some friends of ours invited us to spend the afternoon with them at a game on Sunday, and so we went. It was a beautiful day. Here are a few shots:

Sky
We had a beautiful sunny day with just a few clouds
Sky
The stadium was a bit small, but it had two nice grassy areas for families.
The kiddos at the baseball game
It was a hot and sunny day. Micah mostly ran around the whole time – here is the one moment he sat down.
The kiddos at the baseball game
Ezra is often the center of attention these days.
Micah climbing
Micah climbing the stairs.
Micah and sidewalk chalk
There was sidewalk chalk laying around, and Micah made good use of it.
Ezra in his stroller
Ezra chilling, enjoying the game and the kids running around.
Mommy and Micah walking down
Micah and mommy walk down to get a closer look.
Micah and Mommy at Baseball game
Snuggle time at the game — clearly engaged with the play to play action.
Micah and Mommy at Baseball game
Laughing with mommy.
Micah and Mommy at Baseball game
Hanging out on the blanket.
Micah and Mommy at Baseball
Enjoying the game on the blanket.
Boomers pitcher
A pitcher warms up.
Sidewalk memories
Remembering the day.

Meeting Ezra

Ezra was born at 1:33 AM on Sunday, March 23. Due to Sarah’s smooth delivery and lack of any complications, we were able to go home the next day. We decided to come home after Micah, Ezra’s 18 month old brother, had gone to bed. We wanted Micah to meet Ezra for the first time after a good night’s sleep. Sarah and I were so blessed and thankful to have her mom in town to watch Micah. She had arrived the week prior to Ezra’s birth because we really had no idea when he might decide to enter into this world.

So we came home to Grandma, ready and waiting to meet her new Grandson, and Micah sleeping soundly in bed.

Grandma and Ezra Meet
Grandma meeting Ezra for the first time.
Grandma and Ezra Meet
Grandma and Ezra looking at each other.

This morning, when Micah woke up I let him know I was home. This was the first time that he had experienced any real length of time without both mommy and daddy. He seemed pleased to see me, but not really phased. After Mommy fed Ezra in the bedroom, we prepared for Micah to meet Ezra for the first time. I changed Micah into his “Little Big guy” outfit to match Ezra’s “Mommy’s little man” shirt.

I let Micah know what we were doing, albeit very poorly. I told him he was going to go see his “big brother.” Way to confuse the kid, dad! Sheesh… I blame it on the fact that his shirt says “little big guy” on it.

Sarah was waiting in the next room with baby Ezra. We had no idea how Micah would react to his new brother. We assumed he would react poorly, but that was really not the case at all. He seemed quite excited to meet his new brother. His reaction was very cute! (And once again I say that Micah is going to meet his “big brother” — but I eventually catch myself).

Micah meets Ezra for the first time
Micah meeting Ezra for the first time.
Yaaawwwwnnnn
Ezra didn’t seemed affected by meeting his brother.
Mommy and the boys
Micah soon after meeting Ezra, jumped up into Mommy’s lap, snuggled with her and started to study his brother intently.
Mommy and the boys
The moment was so precious that both Sarah and I were filled with joy. I didn’t get it quite in focus, but I think the look on Sarah’s face tells it all. Pure joy. *Heart melted*
Mommy and the boys
Soon thereafter Micah tried touching Ezra’s head. But he’s learning to be gentle.
Mommy and the boys
Mommy and her two boys.
Daddy and Ezra
Ezra looking up at daddy.
Daddy and Ezra
Daddy and Ezra snuggling.

The birth of Ezra

The birth of our second son all started with a little castor oil. With the suggestion of her midwife and with a burning desire to see our second son as soon as possible, Sarah mixed some castor oil into some chocolate milk and hoped for the best.

When you want a baby to be here

It was a desperate moment to kickstart her contractions. Facebook pleas from women who had tried this method before her cried out, “Oh no! NO! Don’t do it!”

But it worked. The contractions started out subtlety. But just a few hours later and we were rapidly running out the door, with Sarah having strong contractions only a couple minutes apart. We were in such a rush I even forgot my coat. After swerving Chicago’s pothole filled roads to the hospital we made it to our destination at about 12:30 AM. The midwife arrived soon after us and told us that we would be having this baby very soon.

After rushing to set up the tools and equipment needed for the delivery, Sarah’s water was broken. Ten minutes, a handful of contractions, three pushes, and a few moans later Ezra Yuuto Seaman entered healthily into this world. (For those who don’t know, my wife is one strong woman. And I’m a proud husband.)

The birth process is amazing. For those who haven’t experienced or witnessed it, it might sound gross or super intense. And it kind of is those things. But, it also is truly awesome – it is a miracle.

I will spare you the “family only” pictures from the birth, but here are some of my favorite pictures from the delivery and the hours following:

The birth of baby Ezra
Ezra fresh from the womb. Sarah’s midwife happy to show Ezra off!
Ezra on Mommy's chest
Soon after Ezra was born they put him on mommy’s chest to cuddle.
Ezra's first moments of life
Within a few minutes of Ezra being born they put him under the warmer to clean him up a bit, and take footprints.
Ezra's first moments of life
Ezra adjusting to the warmth and the bright light.
Footprints
Footprints are taken and put on cards for us to keep.
Ezra's first minutes of life
Sometimes Ezra looks like a grumpy tortoise, and it soon turned into a nickname for him when he makes this face.
Ezra's first minutes of life
Sticking his tongue out.
Family shot
It all happened so fast, I think both of us were a bit stunned that Ezra had arrived so quickly.
Linda, Sarah, and Ezra
Linda, Sarah’s midwife, is awesome. She also delivered Micah.
Getting Measured
After a while we travel up a floor to the nursery, where he get reweighed, measured, and gets his first bath. They also perform a number of tests to make sure he checks out alright.
Baby Ezra
Ezra hanging out in the warmer, getting ready for his first bath.
Baby Ezra
Ezra getting scrubbed down in his first bath.
Fauxhawk Ezra
Ezra’s first new hairstyle.
Daddy and Ezra
Daddy and Ezra hanging out.
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Daddy and Ezra bonding.
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Hanging out with mommy.
Mommy and Ezra
Cuddling with mommy.
Mommy and Ezra
Ezra reacts to mommy’s kiss.
Mommy and Ezra
Mommy and Ezra cuddling. (I think this is SO sweet!)
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With hat on.
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Without hat.
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Finally laying down to rest after a busy couple of hours.
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Is that a smile?
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Laying on daddy’s bed for various poses.
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Playing coy.
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Waving his arms around.
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What a cutie!
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Relaxed.
Ezra in his carseat
In the carseat and ready to go home!
Ezra in his carseat
Ezra’s last moments in the hospital. Ready for our adventure into the world.