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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Friday, May 15, 2009

Generations of Family

This week brought to me a realization of how blessed we are to have multiple living generations of family to enjoy. My Mim, Nathan's great Mim, is going to be 80 this year and on Monday we visited her for Mother's Day. I've really been thinking about how wonderful it must be for her to have taken part in all of her grand children's weddings and just this week she has seen all of those grandchildren have children of their own! WOW!! It brings tears to my eyes to imagine how that must feel for her. I know how it feels for me.

ATTENTION ALL COREY COUSINS -- I'd like to coordinate our schedules and have a professional photographer take some shots of us, the children and Mim. What an incredible 80th birthday gift! Dave and Maghan - please let me know when plan on visiting in the upcoming months.

This is the newest member of our family ~ Jake. He is simply beautiful and sweet as pie! Look at that perfect face and those cheeks! And, he has curly hair! We think he inherited the Labanese genes. We'll see.
It's hard to imagine that Nathan was 3 pounds lighter than baby Jake when he was born. My sister and I were talking about it and how we couldn't remember him that small. I'm glad. I don't really want lasting memories of my little tiny vulnerable son who was struggling to eat, existing under lights, and living in a plastic box. I'm glad those memories are fading. They're in the past ~ forgotten a little more with each passing day.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Dear Nathan

For the past 16 months, I’ve had such a great time being your mother! My favorite part of each day is seeing your little face when you first wake up – your squinty little eyes and sweet sleepy smile just warm my heart. I made up a little song that I sing to you in the morning – it goes like this:
Good morning to my angel
Good morning to my love
Good morning to my Nathan
My gift from God above

You seem to like it but I'm not sure if it's because it’s your song or just because you love music!
It doesn't much matter.

I’ve learned so much this past year about the importance of being a mother and the gift of family. When mommy grew up she didn’t have a mommy and never really thought she needed one. It wasn't until I became your mommy that I really got it. Children need their parents – both of them. I can’t imagine what your life would be like if either your dad or I weren’t around to care for you and I hope I never do. In the spirit of daily life and family I thought it would be a neat idea to give you a glimpse of your life at 16 months young.

We spend our mornings having breakfast (your favorite is toast and eggs but we tend to have oatmeal a lot because of the cholesterol), then you have therapy almost every day and then a nice long two hour nap. After nap time we have lunch (we do go out to lunch quite a bit together – your favorite place is the Cheesecake Factory. You also love mac & cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches). After lunch we have some fun! We do all sorts of activities from walking, going to the park, visiting family, shopping (mommy’s favorite), or simply playing fun games in your toy room. Our afternoons are all about you! Then, you sometimes go down for a late afternoon nap while mommy gets dinner ready. When daddy comes home we have some awesome family time together. You and mommy are super lucky to have daddy. Seeing the look on your face when he comes home is so sweet. In that moment, the meaning of life is so real and pure ~ we are blessed. After dinner, it’s all about you and daddy ~ a special time for both of you.

I am so proud of your strength and what you’ve accomplished this past year. You started taking steps at about 14 months and are really getting good at it!! You’re an inspiration to us all.

Another pretty significant realization for me this past year has been the diminished importance of Down syndrome in our lives. Yes, you have therapy eight times a week and we keep up with your routine doctor appointments but your diagnosis no longer consumes my thoughts nor am I fearful of your future. I’m exited and looking forward to each and every opportunity that life brings. I am also looking forward to that first brick wall that society sets in our path. I just read this great book and my favorite quote from it was that “brick walls are there to show us how badly we want something.” I look forward to those brick walls! Bring it on! I'm Mommy sledgehammer!

In therapy this week, you made me my first-ever Mother’s Day gift!!! It's a cup with wild flowers planted in it ~ you colored the paper wrapped around the cup and even picked out the pink lady bug for mommy! Way to go ~ I totally love it!! And, there is even a flower sprouting up! Thank you angel.