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, July 30, 2009

Dr. Suess Decor (A Sneak Peak) Part I

When I knew I was pregnant with a baby boy I decided to not have a themed shower or bedroom for Nathan. I liked the classic looks and didn't want to put my decor in a "box." One day my Aunt asked, "if I was to do a theme, what would it be?" My answer: "Dr. Seuss" It's fun & different! The only problem was there wasn't anything Dr. Seuss but there is now! In February of this year, Pottery Barn Kids launched a children's line, which includes crib sheets and bedding but not much else. They have a few wall hangings and accessories but they're all way over priced (surprised?). So, I bought the sheets, a few pillows and then got really creative!!!!!

So many of my friends have paid a lot of money to have artists come into their home and paint murals on their children's walls and I just love them! I thought long and hard about how to do something just as cool with a very minimal budget. Before you go any further, I have to admit that I don't have a single artistic bone in my body! I'm creative and can improvise ~ that's my strength. I decided to give this painting thing a try! Wait til you see we were able to accomplish!!!

I'm revealing our paintings one at a time and a little at a time ~ this make take some time (I'm still painting)!! I'll reveal how we were able to do this when we're all finished showing you the fruits of our labor. This was a tremendous amount of work. Much more than I had ever anticipated.

I started out with the classic Cat & the Hat ~ I wanted to paint this picture. I found it on the Internet somewhere. Daddy drew it up on the wall and then I began to attempt the painting replication.

We're well on our way here. I took more pictures of the process for some paintings but not too many for most.

Here is the end result! Pretty good right? OH YEAH! Lots more to come!

This picture sits at the corner of Nathan's crib. It's actually pretty big and once you see what's next to it ~ you'll get the full scope of it's size. That's to come...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


I've been stressing out lately about sending Nathan to preschool when he's three and he's only 19 months old (almost)! Isn't that silly?

I'm beginning to become concerned because Nathan's used to being home with me and placing him into such an unfamiliar environment for any length of time is terrifying for me to think about. I'm afraid of what the world holds for him and how he'll be received (without me). He's safe at home and free from ridicule.

While talking to another mom, who also happens to have a daughter with the same designer genes, I told her that if Nathan didn't have Down syndrome he would be going to preschool ~ no questions asked. She said, "then you have to send him." She's right. I treat Nathan just like I would any other child and this is no different. My greatest fear is not being there for him if he needs me. Even typing this is difficult for me ~ just thinking about it makes me sick to my stomach. I can't protect him from everything in the world and I need to let him learn and play with the other kids. It's another crossroads in the world of tough decisions that are not easy to make.

What I've decided to do is ease Nathan into being away from me ~ ok I'm easing myself into it too. I'm going to try and find a program where Nathan can just play with kids for a few hours a few days a week beginning in the fall. Not a program for children with special needs (which would be free) but a traditional setting where he can interact with all types of children without mommy. I'm not sure where that's going to be but I'll figure it out. If we start now by the time he's three we'll both be prepared for a few days of preschool a week (not everyday).

I just can't believe that Nathan is old enough for me to be making these sorts of decisions. Time really goes so fast!