Saturday, March 10, 2012

What Nathan's Been Up To

Mitch and I have not been up to anything very exciting recently, just parenting, schooling, housework and jobs. Well, we have been up to other things, but I'm saving that for the next post. Well, the next two posts that are writing themselves in my brain.

Right now, I'll just share some pictures we've been taking as our weirdo winter got even warmer!

Nathan has been smiling more and more for the camera....something I've waited forever for! Being able to have pictures of our own children, no matter what our budget is, is the whole reason I got into photography. I love doing shoots for other people, but I started doing that to pay off/save up for some lenses and camera toys I wanted. Now it's just a really fun way to help support us!

Anyway, these next few pictures are straight off the editing at all! I wish the light looked like this in my house every day!

PS--most of these are for grandparents' sakes, since they've been on facebook for awhile :o)

I love his little smiles, even if he isn't looking straight at the camera :o)

He loves to play on the couch!

Just chillin'

Love this!!

This picture has no photographic value whatsoever (out of focus, overexposed face, distracting light from front door on left side), but can we talk about how awesome it is that I CAUGHT this face!?

Everyone on FB tells me this is a total Mitch face, and the more I look at it, the more I see it!! He looks just like Mitch did in pictures from his little boyhood!

With his "friend", as we call it. We're on #2 since he was born, and even this guy's almost worn out. That funny triangle is ALWAYS in his mouth! This is one of the few things that comforts him when he's nervous. Which, let's face it, is almost all the time!

These pictures are also straight off the editing...they could have been a ton better, but I honestly just don't have time to edit every snapshot! This was about the tenth time he tried to sneak under the gate, wanting to play on the stairs.

"Yes, mom, I'm stuck. Again. You just gonna stand there?"
"Really, mom, the camera!? Right NOW!?"

"I'm not learning my lesson even though I'm crying so so hard!" (you can see Apollo looking on in confusion on the left)
Yup, he definitely did that about five more times that day. We're trying to spend lots of time on the stairs so he knows how to go up and down them. Because let's face it, sometimes (rarely) the gate doesn't get latched. I want him to know what to do when he comes upon an open gate, instead of just barreling down the stairs like he did a couple days before these pictures. Note the bruise on his's now gone, but there's still a little dent there. Poor guy and his soft bones! (Don't worry, we had him checked was a good sized dent when it happened!)

Today we played outside with daddy and Apollo. Nathan loves being with his dad. Whenever dad is doing something fun, Nathan has to be one of the guys! He tried to clean guns today with dad and his friend Mark...turns out no one lets him touch anything! Darn it!

Little feet in cute sandals, all ready to play!

Idaho in March without needing a jacket...what!?

Walking around all tough...and 100% boy!

Love his little eyelashes

He loved to find little rocks and pick them up...silly kid.

These boys are buddies...

...At least Nathan thinks so. Poor dog gets nearly abused every day! Nathan sure has fun with his doggie!

Climbing the steps to the front door

Sticking his fingers through the slats in the porch

I guess they're fun to look through, too! Silly kid!

Had enough yet? No? Still missing your grandson? Yes? Okay, let's keep going and get me caught up :o)

Nathan recently got a new car seat. He's about five pounds away from growing out of his baby one (that goes up to 30 lbs), but his little hips and shoulders are just too snug, and he's gotten too BIG before he's gotten too HEAVY. So, we still had our tax return in our bank account and thought there wasn't a better time to dive in and make the big purchase. Here is Nathan before and after:

Snug as a not-usually-so-happy bug!

He usually hates this; it was probably obvious that we weren't actually driving anywhere, and dad was making faces in the back window :o)

The little strap adjuster had met its match and was at the very end of its tether...this is as far as it goes!
Long story short, we tried and tried to get this car seat to install rear facing in our car. We ran into two problems along the way:
1) our car (an older Camry) is too small for such a tall car seat to be rear facing, and Mitch was eating the steering wheel because he couldn't scoot his seat back at all.
2) Nathan's legs were too long for rear facing: he couldn't stretch them out at all, and got mad about that FAST. It wasn't a problem in his baby seat because we had the seat base reclined as far back as it went.

So, since Nathan exceeds the minimum requirements for turning a child forward facing, we went ahead and did it. 
 Note: When I was little, the recommendation was 1 year the requirement is 1 year old, but kids are 5 times safer if they sit rear facing until they're 2 years old, so that's the new recommendation. Needless to say, I fought off tons of guilt until I realized it just wasn't going to happen the rear-facing way!
Looking around and around!

So excited!

I slowed down my shutter speed to remember how fast he kicked and kicked in excitement! "I can swing my legs!!" On another related note, between the before/after pictures he made a mess of his cute Robeez running in the mud. I washed and dried em, almost ruined em, got great advice of how to fix them on FB, and now they're all better :o) I didn't feel like putting real shoes on him and he wasn't playing outside at this point, so on go the slippers!
Looking and looking :o)
Soft new car seat fabric! He wouldn't stop rubbing it!
But soon, it was back to oh-so-serious business on his Buzz Lightyear cell phone :o)

Just a couple more, then we're done, I promise!

Nathan the cranky boy (a nickname that's slowly fading, thankfully!) has always loved his baths. It's so cute to see him run to the bathroom door when he's messy after a meal or we talk about taking a bath before bed. He knows what's coming, and makes the most of his time!

So excited! On tippy toes and everything! Look at those clenched little cheekies :o)

Grab a pic, run and catch. :o)

He's recently started this game of pouring water on his's hilarious and he laughs after every time!
 Well, that's it! Those are all the photos I have for the ten people that read this blog :o)


  1. Love that cute little bum.We're going to miss you guys so much when we leave!

  2. oh my goodness he's SOOOO CUTE! k my favorites (let's see if I can remember back to the beginning lol) the one of Nathan and Apollo from behind. Looks like it could be in a magazine. Just a boy and his dog. And let's be real all those first ones with the natural light BEAUTIFUL! and of course the lil bum pictures :) I loved all the bath ones. So cute. I'm so excited to have a one year old. But I'm still enjoying the (almost) 4 month old too :)

  3. These are awesome! He is so stinking cute!!! :)

  4. don't forget to include me in with the grandparents! i miss facebook soley for the pictures :/

    he is SO adorable.
    That is the BEST carseat. we have that one, in a different pattern. Rocco recently made the switch to forward facing because of his legs not having room either! haha

  5. Wow, you are such a good photographer. I guess it helps, too, when you're photographing pure CUTENESS! I love your blog. :)

  6. Great pictures Alaina! I love catching up on the things going on there!

  7. Emma was such a big kid that she grew out of her car seat around 10 months and the doctor said we could put her forward facing if she was at the minimum weight for the seat so don't feel bad...we did it at 10 months and it made car rides a lot more bearable for us. He is getting so big! I LOVE the bathroom pictures!!!

  8. Oh my gosh! I LOVE the bath time pics! TOO cute!

  9. He is so darling! and what fun you have so many pictures! Can't wait to see more of your cute life!


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