Ezra’s First Birthday

It’s hard to believe, but Ezra turned one last week. We celebrated his birthday with family this past weekend. It was fun to have others with us to be able to celebrate together. Here are some pics of the little guy on his big day.

Ezra's First Birthday
Ezra the birthday boy. He’s such a handsome and fun little guy.

 

Ezra's First Birthday
Ezra posing, looking at me as I take his picture.

 

Ezra's First Birthday
My little handsome man. I think this is probably one of my favorite pictures I’ve taken of Ezra.

 

Ezra's First Birthday
Micah sits with his cousin as we get ready for cake eating/smashing time.

 

Ezra's First Birthday
Ezra can stand up on his own, but he refuses to walk much. He much prefers to crawl.

 

Ezra's First Birthday
Ezra and mommy. 🙂

 

Ezra's First Birthday
Ezra getting prepped for cake time.

 

Ezra's First Birthday
Ezra’s trying to figure out why everyone is watching him while trying to figure out what that big thing is in front of him. Is it food? Micah looks on with anticipation and jealousy.

 

Ezra's First Birthday
Ezra starts poking around to figure out if it’s edible. (Micah claps in excitement).

 

Ezra's First Birthday
“Hmm…I think I can eat this!”

 

Ezra's First Birthday
NOM NOM NOM!

 

Ezra's First Birthday
“This tastes so good! I’m dumbstruck that I’m allowed to eat it!”

 

Ezra's First Birthday
From above. I think Ezra’s an icing guy.

 

Ezra's First Birthday
Still stuffing his face. Yum.

 

Ezra's First Birthday
And some for us.

 

Ezra's First Birthday
Present time. (Picture taken by my wife…)

 

Ezra’s First Haircut

It seems like just yesterday that Micah was getting his first haircut. But today Ezra got his first (and long overdue) haircut in preparation for his first birthday on the 23rd!

Ezra's First Haircut
Ezra’s been needing a haircut for a while now. That hair is untamable.

 

Ezra's First Haircut
His hair is very curly and thick in the back.

 

Ezra's First Haircut
Ezra had no issues with getting his haircut. He was chill as could be.

 

Ezra's First Haircut
Unlike his big brother, Ezra finds interest in what is playing on TV.

 

Ezra's First Haircut
Bye-bye curls!

 

Ezra's First Haircut
Ezra being a good boy as she cuts away those locks.

 

Ezra's First Haircut
He seemed to like getting his haircut. We really didn’t know if he would or not.

 

Ezra's First Haircut
Starting to look like a big boy!

 

Ezra's First Haircut
Driving his car through the last lap of his haircut.

 

Ezra's First Haircut
Such a cutie! Still doing well!

 

Ezra's First Haircut
The stylists definitely know what they are doing to be able to cut the hair where they need to without letting the kid squirm all over the place.

 

Ezra's First Haircut
Ezra and the hair stylist really seemed to hit it off.

 

Haircut for Micah
Micah was also getting his haircut. He could see Ezra getting his haircut in the mirror.

 

Ezra's First Haircut
Finishing up those last little bits.

 

Ezra's First Haircut
Ezra transformed into a young little man.

 

Ezra's First Haircut
Here’s the same picture in color.

 

Midwest landscapes, Family, and Wedding Bells

This past weekend Sarah, the boys, and I all traveled out to the Omaha, Nebraska area. We went primarily to go to my cousin’s wedding, but also to see family. My mother just recently moved out there with my brother, so it was also an opportunity to spend some time with them and see their new place. Here are some various pictures from our time there this weekend.

 

Mum's the word.
Here are some wonderfully bright mums outside my grandmother’s new assisted living facility.
Mama and Micah
My grandma (my mom’s mom) was able to see the boys. This was the first time she had met Ezra and the last time she had seen Micah was last year at Thanksgiving.
Boys on the floor
Micah investigates my Aunt’s cell phone as Ezra watches.
Backyard tree
The trees seemed to be right at their peak while we were visiting.
Tortoise and the Hare
Micah and Ezra got to preview their halloween costumes at my grandma’s facility. There was a trick-or-treating event at my Grandma’s facility. So the boys got to preview their new halloween costumes. They are the tortoise and the hare.
Mommy and the costume boys
It was towards the end of the evening and the boys were a bit tired, so getting a good picture was hard to do. Rabbits move quickly!
Daddy and the costume boys
Here’s one with the boys and me.
Halloween family shot
And all four of us!
Mama and Ezra
Ezra the Tortoise liked great-grandma’s necklace.
Mama and Ezra
Ezra liked sitting on Great-Grandma’s lap.
Micah at the porch
While at my mom’s new house Micah really enjoyed going in and out onto the deck, opening and closing the screen door.
Neighbor pond
My mom’s neighbors have a nice little pond with some pumpkins and big fish.
Fall colors
One of my mom’s trees was rapidly dropping it’s orange leaves throughout the time we were there.
Ezra playing
Ezra is able to keep himself entertained pretty well.
Matthew feeding Ezra
Uncle Matt feeding Ezra some lunch.
Ezra after eating
Don’t mess with a man while he’s eating.
Ezra after eating
Nevermind…all better.
Sunset colors
Bright orange sunsets make for dramatic pictures.
Sunset colors
A beautiful midwestern sunset.
Colors through the branches
Sunset with trees that have already given up their leaves for the year.
Fountain
This is the fountain in Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa where my mom and my grandmothers live.
Micah and the Squirrel
The lighting was bad, but here’s Micah riding a squirrel at Bayliss Park.
Micah and the Squirrel
AND kissing one. (He’s so affectionate.)
Mommy and Micah at the Fountain
Mommy and Micah standing at the fountain.
Micah climbing the Fountain
As Micah climbed up on the fountain the air all around seemed to glow orange from the beautiful sunset.
Fountain in Council Bluffs
Here’s a shot f the fountain before the sun had gone below the horizon.
Fountain in Council Bluffs
Here’s a shot of the fountain after the sun went down
Fountain in Council Bluffs
Quite a bit blurry, but this is a handheld shot with the shutter open longer than a second.
Hanging out at my mom's new house in Iowa. The weather was perfect today. Here's a rare shot of me and Micah.
Here’s a rare shot of Micah and me in front of a beautiful tree in my mom’s backyard.
I have the privilege of calling these lovely people my family. #ofkorth
My cousin Becky and her immediate family. Such a lovely group!
Korth Wedding
Becky and Luke exchanging their vows.
Korth Wedding
The newly married couple being pronounced as man and wife.

Korth Wedding

Korth Wedding
My favorite moment in a wedding is just after they have been pronounced husband and wife. The bride and groom always glance at each other and flash each other the most authentic and best smile of the night.
Korth Wedding
Some of the lights at the wedding.
Korth Wedding
These are some of the epic wedding decorations. These paper bells were each individually made and strung up by various members of my family in preparation for the wedding. Amazing idea – and a lot of work!
#latergram from last night at #slowdown.
This is outside at Slowdown – the venue where they were married.
Grandma and Micah and the pumpkin
Grandma and Micah make a Mr. Pumpkin Head jack-o-lantern together.
Grandma and Micah and the pumpkin
Micah and grandma putting on the various facial features of Mr. Pumpkin Head.
Ezra and his drum
Ezra and his drum.
Post-Wedding get together
A post-wedding family get together.
NFL football in the morning!
NFL football in the morning!
Morning brother snuggles.
Micah and Ezra sharing some snuggles in grandma’s chair.
Birds
Some birds on a grey day in Nebraska.
Micah and Grandma
We stopped for a bit at my grandparents’ lake house. Here’s grandma and Micah walking down the hill to the water.
Micah and Grandma
Another shot of grandma and Micah.
Beaver Lake water tower
The Beaver Lake water tower.
Beaver Lake
Beaver Lake.
The Beaver Lake House
The house.
Sarah at Beaver Lake
Sarah looking out the window towards the lake. She spotted a bald eagle!
Ezra on the Floor 3
Ezra chillin’
Ezra on the Floor
Ezra sitting around like a boss.
Hanging out at Beaver Lake
Ezra snuggles with Grandma while Micah gets consoled by mommy.
Beaver Lake
A look out towards the lake.
Micah and Great Grandma
Micah’s sitting with his other great-grandmother.
Ezra and Great-Grandma
Ezra and great-grandma Seaman met for the first time on this trip. They are over 94 years apart in age!
Ezra and Great-Grandma
Ezra hanging out with great-grandma
Mommy and Ezra Book Time
Mommy and Ezra reading together.
Mommy and Ezra Book Time
Mommy and Ezra reading.
Mama and Ezra
Ezra and great-grandma Knott.
Grandma and Ezra
Ezra and grandma.
Grandma and Ezra
Ezra, grandma, and Micah sneaking away…

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.
Daddy and Ezra
Daddy and Ezra bonding.
Ezra Yuuto Seaman
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!)
Ezra Yuuto Seaman
With hat on.
Ezra Yuuto Seaman
Without hat.
Ezra Yuuto Seaman
Finally laying down to rest after a busy couple of hours.
Ezra Yuuto Seaman
Is that a smile?
Ezra Yuuto Seaman
Laying on daddy’s bed for various poses.
Ezra Yuuto Seaman
Playing coy.
Ezra Yuuto Seaman
Waving his arms around.
Ezra Yuuto Seaman
What a cutie!
Ezra Yuuto Seaman
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.