A look back at the past year of Ezra’s life.
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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 the birthday boy. He’s such a handsome and fun little guy.
Ezra posing, looking at me as I take his picture.
My little handsome man. I think this is probably one of my favorite pictures I’ve taken of Ezra.
Micah sits with his cousin as we get ready for cake eating/smashing time.
Ezra can stand up on his own, but he refuses to walk much. He much prefers to crawl.
Ezra and mommy. 🙂
Ezra getting prepped for cake time.
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 starts poking around to figure out if it’s edible. (Micah claps in excitement).
“Hmm…I think I can eat this!”
NOM NOM NOM!
“This tastes so good! I’m dumbstruck that I’m allowed to eat it!”
From above. I think Ezra’s an icing guy.
Still stuffing his face. Yum.
And some for us.
Present time. (Picture taken by my wife…)
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 been needing a haircut for a while now. That hair is untamable.
His hair is very curly and thick in the back.
Ezra had no issues with getting his haircut. He was chill as could be.
Unlike his big brother, Ezra finds interest in what is playing on TV.
Ezra being a good boy as she cuts away those locks.
He seemed to like getting his haircut. We really didn’t know if he would or not.
Starting to look like a big boy!
Driving his car through the last lap of his haircut.
Such a cutie! Still doing well!
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 and the hair stylist really seemed to hit it off.
Micah was also getting his haircut. He could see Ezra getting his haircut in the mirror.
Finishing up those last little bits.
Ezra transformed into a young little man.
Here’s the same picture in color.
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.
Here are some wonderfully bright mums outside my grandmother’s new assisted living facility.
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.
Micah investigates my Aunt’s cell phone as Ezra watches.
The trees seemed to be right at their peak while we were visiting.
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.
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!
Here’s one with the boys and me.
And all four of us!
Ezra the Tortoise liked great-grandma’s necklace.
Ezra liked sitting on Great-Grandma’s lap.
While at my mom’s new house Micah really enjoyed going in and out onto the deck, opening and closing the screen door.
My mom’s neighbors have a nice little pond with some pumpkins and big fish.
One of my mom’s trees was rapidly dropping it’s orange leaves throughout the time we were there.
Ezra is able to keep himself entertained pretty well.
Uncle Matt feeding Ezra some lunch.
Don’t mess with a man while he’s eating.
Bright orange sunsets make for dramatic pictures.
A beautiful midwestern sunset.
Sunset with trees that have already given up their leaves for the year.
This is the fountain in Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa where my mom and my grandmothers live.
The lighting was bad, but here’s Micah riding a squirrel at Bayliss Park.
AND kissing one. (He’s so affectionate.)
Mommy and Micah standing at the fountain.
As Micah climbed up on the fountain the air all around seemed to glow orange from the beautiful sunset.
Here’s a shot f the fountain before the sun had gone below the horizon.
Here’s a shot of the fountain after the sun went down
Quite a bit blurry, but this is a handheld shot with the shutter open longer than a second.
Here’s a rare shot of Micah and me in front of a beautiful tree in my mom’s backyard.
My cousin Becky and her immediate family. Such a lovely group!
Becky and Luke exchanging their vows.
The newly married couple being pronounced as man and wife.
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.
Some of the lights at the 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!
This is outside at Slowdown – the venue where they were married.
Grandma and Micah make a Mr. Pumpkin Head jack-o-lantern together.
Micah and grandma putting on the various facial features of Mr. Pumpkin Head.
Ezra and his drum.
A post-wedding family get together.
NFL football in the morning!
Micah and Ezra sharing some snuggles in grandma’s chair.
Some birds on a grey day in Nebraska.
We stopped for a bit at my grandparents’ lake house. Here’s grandma and Micah walking down the hill to the water.
Another shot of grandma and Micah.
The Beaver Lake water tower.
Sarah looking out the window towards the lake. She spotted a bald eagle!
Ezra sitting around like a boss.
Ezra snuggles with Grandma while Micah gets consoled by mommy.
A look out towards the lake.
Micah’s sitting with his other great-grandmother.
Ezra and great-grandma Seaman met for the first time on this trip. They are over 94 years apart in age!
Ezra hanging out with great-grandma
Mommy and Ezra reading together.
Mommy and Ezra reading.
Ezra and great-grandma Knott.
Ezra and grandma.
Ezra, grandma, and Micah sneaking away…
The summer is going to be gone before I know it. Time really is flying by. Ezra’s getting bigger, Micah is definitely getting older. Life is good.
Here are some recent pictures of the boys:
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.
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
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:
Ezra fresh from the womb. Sarah’s midwife happy to show Ezra off!
Soon after Ezra was born they put him on mommy’s chest to cuddle.
Within a few minutes of Ezra being born they put him under the warmer to clean him up a bit, and take footprints.
Ezra adjusting to the warmth and the bright light.
Footprints are taken and put on cards for us to keep.
Sometimes Ezra looks like a grumpy tortoise, and it soon turned into a nickname for him when he makes this face.
Sticking his tongue out.
It all happened so fast, I think both of us were a bit stunned that Ezra had arrived so quickly.
Linda, Sarah’s midwife, is awesome. She also delivered Micah.
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.
Ezra hanging out in the warmer, getting ready for his first bath.
Ezra getting scrubbed down in his first bath.
Ezra’s first new hairstyle.
Daddy and Ezra hanging out.
Daddy and Ezra bonding.
Hanging out with mommy.
Cuddling with mommy.
Ezra reacts to mommy’s kiss.
Mommy and Ezra cuddling. (I think this is SO sweet!)
With hat on.
Finally laying down to rest after a busy couple of hours.
Is that a smile?
Laying on daddy’s bed for various poses.
Waving his arms around.
What a cutie!
In the carseat and ready to go home!
Ezra’s last moments in the hospital. Ready for our adventure into the world.