Our new baby boy is named Zachary Brandon. He was born on November 25,
2002 at 3:19 p.m. at West Houston Medical
weight at birth was 7 pounds and 5 ounces. His length was 20
inches. The circumference of his head was 14.5 inches making him too big
to pass through Cathy's pelvis. That's why Cathy had a scheduled caesarian
section. Here are some pictures of our new baby. We hope you enjoy
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tries out a swing in a playground. He seems to be really enjoying
himself. The occasion was a potluck get-together hosted by the Katy
Filipino Club on March 27, 2004.
following four pictures were taken in a studio when Zack was one year old.
In this picture Zack poses as the birthday boy.
gets ready to play some baseball!
is the autumn baby in this picture.
is a close-up shot of Zack. What a smile!
picture was taken on Zack's first birthday (November 25, 2003). Here we
see him sitting in his high chair wearing his birthday hat. Zack got to
eat ice cream cake for the first time. Yum! Yum!
an age of 7 months Zack has fun on his boppy pillow. He is able to roll
over both ways by this age.
and mama spend some quality time together. Zack is 5 months old in this
takes his first taste of solid food at an age of 4 months. He seems to
enjoy the rice cereal but he doesn't quite have the hang of eating from a spoon.
an age of 13 weeks Zack can spontaneously smile. He's also beginning to
develop hand-eye coordination. He can track the movement of his hands with
tries out his Easter Bunny outfit. He is twelve weeks old in this
picture. As you can see, he has started to smile without any prompting by
Christmas season we were fortunate to be visited by the Christmas Baby who is
one of Santa's helpers. The Christmas Baby brought us lots of presents for
Christmas, but the greatest gift of all was the Christmas Baby himself!
The following table gives a summary of the major events in Zachary Marking's
Life Story of Zachary Marking
|Born in Houston, Texas with a weight of 7 lbs. 5 oz.
||Nov. 25, 2002
|Released from hospital
||Nov. 28, 2002
||Dec. 2, 2002
|Underwent phototherapy to treat his jaundice
||Dec. 3-5, 2002
|Reached minimum weight of 6 lbs. 4.5 oz.
||Dec. 9, 2002
|Received social security number
||Dec. 10, 2002
|Umbilical stump fell off
||Dec. 13, 2002
|Admitted to Texas
Children's Hospital due to low sodium levels in blood serum.
Preliminary diagnosis is Congenital
Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH).
||Dec. 23, 2002
|Released from Texas Children's Hospital. Treatment
includes adding salt to formula and hydrocortisone.
||Dec. 27, 2002
|Reached a weight of 8 lbs. 10 oz.
||Dec. 30, 2002
|First appointment with endocrinologist reveals that Zachary
does NOT have CAH. Other possible diseases include HypoAldosteronism
(HA) or PseudoHypoAldosteronism (PHA).
||Jan. 3, 2003
|Reached a weight of 10 lbs. 9 oz.
||Jan. 15, 2003
|Reached a weight of 14 lbs. 10 oz. (twice birth weight)
||Feb. 20, 2003
|Diagnosed with PseudoHypoAldosteronism
(PHA) by the Endocrinology clinic of Texas Children's Hospital
||Feb. 28, 2003
|Able to roll over from lying on back to lying on tummy
||Jun. 1, 2003
|Reached a weight of 20 lbs. 0 oz.
||Jun. 25, 2003
|Able to sit upright with no external support
||Jul. 25, 2003
|Reached a weight of 22 lbs. 0 oz. (triple birth weight)
||Oct. 25, 2003
|Was able to crawl on hands and knees
||Dec. 25, 2003
|Was baptized in the Philippines
||Jan. 24, 2004
|After one year of trying, the Lifton
Lab at Yale University failed to find mutations for PHA in Zachary's
||Feb. 26, 2004
|Was able to walk well without assistance
||Apr. 25, 2004
|Evaluated for speech delay by the local school
district. The preliminary diagnosis is mixed
receptive-expressive language disorder.
||Mar. 22, 2006
|First day of Special Education class at Jowell
Elementary School. Enrolled in PPCD
(Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities).
||Apr. 26, 2006
|Re-evaluated by Cypress-Fairbanks Independent school
district and diagnosed with autism.
||Oct. 24, 2006
|Started an intensive in-home therapy program using Applied
||Mar. 5, 2007