9 and 10 Months

So it seems like every time I post a blog, I say something about being slack. I'll spare you today and get on to the pictures.

I missed 9 months, so here it is.
(December 19th 2010)
Nate was sick with a virus here and he had a fever... still cute as he can be though, if you ask me!

And here is 10 Months Old!
(January 19th 2011)
Andrew and I were getting ready to leave Nate with his Grandma when these pictures were taken. We were on our way to the NC State v.s. Duke basketball game in Raleigh. Since I am a DUKE fan and Andrew is an NC State fan and alumni, we tried to keep it even with the apparel. :)
yay!!! Mommy's team won the game!!! oh wait. is that what he's saying? yeah, i think it is! :)


Here are some things going on in our NOT SO little 10 Month old's life:

- He is starting to have a "longing" for what Mommy and Daddy are eating rather than his baby food... well, except for rice cereal or oatmeal, he LOVES that stuff!

- He has had egg, mac and cheese, ham, chicken, and turkey. He likes most any bread or tortilla you give him (ie: appetizer bread from a restaurant or a quesadilla/taco shell) He LOVES ice cream. He is OBSESSED with ice cream. Any time it is around, be prepared to share. Yes, I know, not the healthiest thing in the world, but we try not to give him too much, and when you see his little face.... you would give him some too! There's many other foods, but that would bore you to death.

- He can say "Mama, Da-Da, Na-Na (which is apparently now his "catch all" word for Mama and Da-Da), Car (sounds like Gar), Hi, Hey, and is trying to say Bye.

- He waives "Hey" and "Bye"

- If you ask him where the "Light" is, he looks and points upward to the nearest light. If you ask him where "Sophie" is, he looks down and tries to find the dog. We have our directions down. Up means Light. Down means Sophie. Prodigy I tell ya. Prodigy. haha :)

- He loves things that spin. Cars, play ferris wheels, wagon wheels, his spinning toy that sings, the old-school rotary telephone toy (like the one from Toy Story)... i could go on and on. And he could spin things forever.

- He loves door stops and doors. I might have mentioned that before, but that obsession has gone NO WHERE. Even in new people's houses, he has found their doorstops. ugh.

- He loves to press buttons on remotes, phones, dvd players, stereo systems, etc. We have an old remote and an old cell phone for him, but he always seems to go after the working ones... smart boy.

- We are making strong "head-way" into this sippy-cup thing, but he would still much rather have a bottle. :/

- His relationship with Sophie, our dog, amazes me every day. Nate has learned to "throw" the ball. Sophie brings it to him, he throws, they do this forever. Nate takes Sophie's bone from here, she lets out a little growl, then licks him in the face and takes it back. They do this OVER AND OVER. Nate loves to play in Sophie's water dish. No, this is not acceptable behavior, it's gross. Yes, we are working on this.

- He loves to pull on anything shiny, whether it be earrings, necklaces, keys... luckily Mommy's earrings come out fairly easily and he hasn't ripped a whole through my ear. :/

- He pulls up on EVERYTHING and has been known to let go and stand unassisted for a few seconds here and there. He walks short distances behind his "Dinosaur" that he got for Christmas (it's a walker). He can also walk when he holds our hands. I don't think it will be long and he'll be running around the house!

- He brings JOY and LAUGHTER to our hearts every day and seeing his face makes everything better. It is AMAZING to me how much he has learned in the past 10 months and time just seems to be flying by. We couldn't have asked for a better son and we are so proud to be his parents!


Let Them Be Little

I can remember when you fit in the palm of my hand
Felt so good in it, no bigger than a minute
How it amazes me, you're changing with every blink
Faster than a flower blooms they grow up all too soon

So let them be little 'cause they're only that way for a while
Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day
Let them cry, let them giggle, let them sleep in the middle
Oh just let them be little

I've never felt so much in one little tender touch
I live for those kisses, prayers and your wishes
Now that you're teaching me things only a child can see
Every night while we're on our knees all I ask is please

Let them be little 'cause they're only that way for a while
Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day
Let them cry, let them giggle, let them sleep in the middle
Oh just let them be little

So innocent, a precious soul, you turn around
It's time to let them go

So let them be little 'cause they're only that way for a while
Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day
Let them cry, let them giggle, let them sleep in the middle
Oh just let them be little

Let them be little


Photoshoot with Aaron Kohns of Gain Composure Photography

On December 28th 2010, we had the pleasure of Aaron Kohns shooting our family pictures. He did a FABULOUS job and I am absolutely in LOVE with them! I wish I had enough room to put all 45 shots up in my house! Aaron is the owner of Gain Composure Photography in Greensboro, NC. He is amazing! I put our pictures in collages so I could get them all on here...



Along with bringing in 2010, January brought us snow, Sophie "kissing" the baby in Mommy's tummy, painting the nursery, and having our 3D/4D ultrasound of our beautiful baby boy.

February brought us maternity photo-shoots and lots of baby showers. We are so blessed to have gotten all of the wonderful gifts for our baby boy!

In March, we celebrated our 2 year anniversary and a due date (St. Patty's Day) that came and went. On March 19th, we gave birth to our 9 lb 2 oz baby boy and named him Nathaniel Ray Downer. Between first baths, first smiles, and sleeping in Mommy's old crib, we found out what parenting really is, and it's truly a blessing.

April brought Duke an NCAA Basketball Championship. It also brought us Easter, and Sophie's 2nd Birthday!

In May, we had Nate dedicated to the Lord. We had his first "studio pictures" made at 8 weeks old, and made his first "Faces of Nate" collage.

June brought myself and Andrew's birthdays, first swims, a night away from Nate while we went to Charlotte, playtime with Sophie, trying cereal, and my Nana and Papaw's 50th Anniversary. Oh, and our 2nd "Faces of Nate" collage.

July brought Nate's first July Fourth and rolling over in our play gym. He went to his first "Family Campout" and slept on GiGi's bed during naptime, wearing his "Shark-Butt" shorts.

In August, we took pictures "singing" opera, riding in our wagon, and "loving" on Sophie. We tried green beans and had our first Ice-Cream Truck experience.

In September, we bought our infamous "monkey hat", learned a new trick to get off the changing table, swung on the swings, played the piano, and turned 6 Months. We also enjoyed our first Miami Dolphins game with Daddy, ate teething cookies, and celebrated Mr. and Mrs. Justin and Meagan Elkes, when Nate wore his first tie.

October brought us Nate's first NC State Game and the State Fair. We enjoyed Nate's first Halloween where he dressed, of course, as a monkey. At the end of the month, we took church directory family pictures. Oh, and "Faces of Nate" collage number three.

We had fun swinging on swings and celebrating Thanksgiving in November. We took a trip to the mountains and picked our Christmas tree and got messy with our food!

December brought Nate's first SNOW! He decided to eat it and Sophie decided to catch it. Nate's first Christmas was wonderful, we had a great time opening gifts, spending time with family and friends, and seeing Santa. Nate found a water bottle to play with in the midst of all of his toys.

Here we are... bringing in 2011! 2010 was a great year, and as you can see in the pictures, a big part of our life was focused on our precious little boy! He is our world and we cannot be more thankful to have him in our lives! Here's to 2011!