Nathan is Hebrew and means "gift from God" - we couldn't have been more blessed than to have been chosen as his parents!

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Baby Steps ~ Oh the places Nathan will go!

Notes to Nathan: Nathan I don't think this video will print in your book but it's of your first little steps! You've been taking steps for about a month now and you're doing awesome!! Daddy and I are so proud of you little man!

On another note, you almost gave your mom a heart attack today! We hosted a play group for lunch this afternoon and while mommy was cleaning up and our guests were getting ready to go home you sat patiently in your high chair. Right up until I happen to glance over at you and there you were ~ STANDING UP BACKWARDS in your high chair!!!! Yeah, I freaked out! Thank God you didn't fall. I have no idea why you weren't strapped in. That's not like mommy to forget but maybe with everyone over I did. I must have. Won't happen again.

Nathan's First .19 cent Tie

Today was Easter picture day for Nathan and one thing I've come to learn as a mom is to buy early! So, about two months ago I purchased Nathan's outfit for his Easter pictures including his first tie!
In preparation for today, I decided to get Nathan's shirt, hat, and tie all ready yesterday but I couldn't find his tie!!! I looked everywhere ~ I mean in all the drawers, closets, summer clothes, spare room ~ no tie.

So, I figured before we went to get his portraits taken we'd buy a new tie. Right - like there would be any left! Silly mommy. There were ties - just not the one I had originally picked out. It took me a long time to settle on that tie! But then, we got a break! The child manikin was wearing that exact tie! The only one in the store!! Jackpot. I explained to the clerk what happened and asked her to check and see if it was his size and it was!!!

Unfortunately, neither the clerk or myself could get the tie off the manikin - the clip was stuck. She eventually got it off because she broke it! Oh man ~ we were so close! She showed me how I could "make it" work and then sold it to me for .19 cents. I'd say it was worth every penny ~ wouldn't you?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Oh The Places You'll Go......

"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” Dr. Seuss

I decided before Nathan was born to not theme his bedroom ~ I thought Nathan should make that choice when he was old enough. Although, if I had chosen a theme it would have certainly been Dr. Seuss but there was nothing available - I checked. That is until now. Pottery Barn Kids bought the rights to Dr. Seuss and just last month launch their new line! And, you guessed it ~ Nathan is about to have his own Dr. Seuss bedroom! We went today to get a few things but they didn't have much in the store. Apparently, I'm not the only mom that's been waiting for this theme. So, we'll order the bedding and other things online and begin designing Nathan's Dr. Seuss pad!
I'm so excited! We've even decided to use Dr. Seuss as the theme for Nathan's second birthday! Always thinking ahead!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Separation Anxiety & The Cheerio Culture

This past week has marked a turning point for Nathan ~ he is experiencing separation anxiety. The few hours that I've been away from him this week have been marked with crying and anger. Believe it or not, the therapists are thrilled because they say most toddlers with Down syndrome don't experience this type of anxiety.

Nathan's Aunt Kathy has been the recipient of his crying and she was feeling pretty bad about it until the therapists gave us some counsel and advice on how to handle these situations. Unfortunately, Nathan is beginning to associate his Aunt with mommy leaving so, we've had to make a concerted effort to change our behavior and simply visit without mommy leaving.

Funny story - the other day, we went over to my sister's so she could go run an errand and as she was leaving she waved bye to Nathan and he started clapping and smiling! Like, yeah mommy is staying and Aunt Kathy is leaving!!! bye bye It was cute.
Look at this child ~ standing all by himself! I tried to get some video of him taking steps but the battery on the video camera was dead! It's charging as I type this. I'll have video in the next few days.

We're in the market for a camper and today while shopping, Nathan was testing out the fishing boats! We love camping and would like to do more of it. We're really not sure what to buy - we don't want a big camper or to spend a lot of money but we would like to have a bathroom. Just something to make lots of fun family memories in (that's warm and dry).

When I first saw this cheerio on Nathan's forehead I immediately thought of the caste system in India! Don't ask me why. If you aren't familiar with that system it's used in India to basically determine a person's social status. Nathan has been accepted into the banana nut cheerio caste and therefore, granted all rights and privileges as such. (disclaimer - the caste system has been outlawed in the Indian Constitution although, still recognized in rural India.)