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The End of an Era

Zachary has worn glasses for, what seems like, his entire life. He was 11 months old when we found out he needed them, and given his strong prescription, he usually wears them from the time he wakes up in the morning until the time he goes to sleep at night.

While I was really disappointed when we first found out he needed glasses, we quickly got used to them, and, at this point, they’re as much a part of him as his bright blue eyes.

We’ve been extremely lucky, and have been able to keep the same frames for the past four years. They’re a soft, flexible plastic, so they’ve been able to withstand a lot of abuse. Honestly, we have two pairs, one blue and one black, but he wore the blue ones almost exclusively.

But the time has come to replace them. The fabric strap that goes around the back of his head is starting to fall apart and he’s old enough now for “big boy glasses.” We ordered them last week and picked them up today.

I’m finding it harder to say goodbye to the old frames than I thought I would. His funky blue glasses have always seemed to highlight his personality and I feel like making the transition to “plain” frames would somehow diminish that. Not that glasses have anything to do with his personality, but their individual style certainly give you an immediate idea about the person. Although, we picked the coolest, funkiest frames we could find, so I think we’re on the right track.

I put together a little slideshow of Zachary and the adventures he’s had with his glasses through the years, and at the end, you can see him rocking his new frames. I can only imagine the photos I’ll take in the coming years of him wearing them! Hopefully they last as long as the old ones did!


  • First Birthday 1 of 11
    First Birthday
    I think there might still be cake between the lenses and frame.
  • Disneyland, Part 1 2 of 11
    Disneyland, Part 1
    His first trip to Disneyland, he thought he was one cool dude.
  • Strabismus Surgery 3 of 11
    Strabismus Surgery
    This is one of my favorite pictures of him. Just before he went back for his surgery, but a minute after they gave him the "happy" medicine. He was so loopy.
  • Las Vegas 4 of 11
    Las Vegas
    First trip to Sin City. He wasn't a fan of the water show at Bellagio.
  • Palm Springs 5 of 11
    Palm Springs
    He had a blast playing in the water pad at our hotel.
  • San Francisco 6 of 11
    San Francisco
    Sitting on the dock of the bay...watching the ships pass by Alcatraz.
  • Baseball Game 7 of 11
    Baseball Game
    Enjoying a Minor League game in Sacramento.
  • A Big Brother 8 of 11
    A Big Brother
    So excited to hold his baby brother for the first time.
  • Boating 9 of 11
    Boating
    Taking a trip out to see the dolphins and sea lions.
  • Disneyland, Part 2 10 of 11
    Disneyland, Part 2
    Our most recent trip to Disneyland...meeting Buzz was definitely a highlight.
  • New Glasses 11 of 11
    New Glasses
    Yep...that's about right. Looks like his new glasses fit right in.

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