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Crazy hair

We love having the boys’ hair long (and I love the Justin Beiber references even though Michael does NOT), but man do they get bed head!  We have to wash their hair in the mornings for this reason.  But it is a small price to pay. :)

Here is what happens when you put your winter hat on and your hair isn’t completely dry yet:

One month

On January 15th Simon turned one month old! (What?!?)  So cliche but it goes SO FAST.  Is it evident that I have a newborn in the house by the fact I’m posting his one month picture when he’s almost 2 months in real time? :)

Two weeks…

to One Month!

Can you tell his brothers love him??  I have some pictures of just Simon on the blanket, but as soon as the boys caught wind of the photo session they surrounded him and smothered him with love. :)  Simon no longer fits in NB clothes, and looking at his stats compared to Trevor’s stats as this age, I think we may have another chubby baby on our hands!  Gotta love the chub. :)

Simon’s little personality seems to be super serious/mellow (hello, mini Michael), and he likes to study everything around him. However, I guess you have to be super curious when you have two brothers frolicking around you constantly!  Our sister Emily babysat Simon (first time I left him with anyone!) and she said when she fed him he looked up at her with a furrowed brow, like “wait, you’re not my mom….and this is a bottle…”  I’m still getting to know Simon very well, especially during our nighttime feedings. :) But some nights they stretch to 4 hours apart, so hey, I’ll take it!  Anything is better than the 2 hour thing…yikes.

We love you Simon Isaiah! :)  Happy One Month!

Brotherly love

Seeing all three boys together makes my heart full.  They genuinely love each other.  When Simon is crying, the older two will often try to soothe him without my help.  When I watch them interact with each other I see glimpses of the future when they’re grown.  I pray that they remain close friends like I am with my sisters,  that they are godly men confident of who they are in Christ, and that they will be leaders of the next generation.  I just love being their mom and I cherish each moment I have with them. :)

Trevor's "Z" picture: Zielke brothers
Trevor's "N" picture: New brother

Christmas, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Wow, having a baby around a holiday kind of backfired on me.  I thought mixing my FAVORITE holiday with having a precious little baby would be the best thing ever.  But I kind of feel like I missed Christmas!  I was so focused on my new little bundle, the holidays kind of swept by me.  Baby blues, extreme exhaustion, and house arrest sure didn’t help either. :)  Last thing I remember I was counting contractions December 14th praying Peanut Wilkie Zielke would just come out already, and before I knew it January 1st had come and gone.

But how can I help but be incredibly grateful for all God has done in these short 3 weeks?  Our family of 5 has had many precious moments together as we get to know our newest member, and each day I feel a little bit more capable of being a sane mom of 3. :) Sweet little Simon is already growing and changing, and we love him to pieces!

We have been so blessed by your visits, emails, cards, gifts, and meals in these first few weeks.  Thank you so much for being so kind and generous.  We love you!

Great Aunt Debbo
Simon is mad, but I thought my mom looked really pretty :)
Our friends the Beirnes came to visit, and Betsy and Martin were precious with Simon

I just had to post more than one of these "Brother" pictures from Christmas Eve. Too funny :)

they love Grandma Julie :)
our first family photo!
Christmas Eve with the Tyrer clan!

Peanut has arrived

He’s here!

While Peanut Wilkie Zielke and Eyeball Smart still get said every once in a while, we now lovingly refer to this precious boy as

Simon Isaiah Zielke

8 lbs and 7 oz

19 and 1/2 inches

Born 12.15.2010 at 8:05 a.m.

”…you who I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”  Isaiah 46: 3-4

(Isn’t the Peanut ornament absolutely perfect?! My friend Abbi brought that to him at the hospital and I love it!)

While I will spare all the male readers much detail, lets just say my body has been getting ready to spit Simon out since the week of Thanksgiving and quickly progressing each week since then!  After a lot of discomfort and one embarrassing trip to the hospital only to be sent home, I started to think he wasn’t going to come early after all and that I would make it to my Christmas Day due date.

Then Tuesday night (well, Wednesday morning the 15th) I woke up around 2:30 to an intense contraction. I walked around to see if they died down at all, but when I started to cry through them, Michael and I headed to the hospital.  We got all checked in and situated by 5:00 a.m. and by 7:30 a.m. I had super intense feeling to push!  The Doctor was in doing a C-Section, so they had to call back the Doctor that just changed shifts, he changed back into his scrubs, and was back just in time! Three pushes and Simon was out!  I remember Michael saying, “He’s here!”  And I looked down and couldn’t believe it!  Never had my labors been that fast!

I was immediately in love.  My third son was here, and he fills my heart with much joy!

My mom has been here from San Antonio since last Saturday and we are so thankful for all her help. We are also thankful for all of you who have visited, called, brought meals, and prayed for us.  We love you!

I will put more pictures up soon, I just wanted to get a quick post up sooner than later. :)