We Miss You, King Family!

Here are a few pictures from this morning, King family. So sad to not be with you!
We love you! Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas

Nathanael shares his Christmas cheer with all of you!
Merry Christmas!


Worn out

We sure saw lots of this in Boston:
And then he'd pop back up like this:
But he couldn't hide it long.
Even while eating


Dear Nathanael (8 months)

My dearest Nathanael,

We absolutely love the special family of three we have become! Your daddy and I frequently look at each other and say, "I love our son." This month you returned to your New England roots! We have had quite a full month, traveling to and from Boston, missing your Daddy for ten long days, and a couple weeks of sickness thrown in there as well.

Amidst all of that, you continue to grow and change with fervor! We estimate your weight at a little over 20 pounds (60th percentile) and your length a little over 28 inches (70th percentile). When you've been healthy, you have been eating massive amounts of solid food, but with our travels and your illness, we've only expanded your repertoire into yogurt and a few bites of bread. You've started showing interest in feeding yourself this month. You try (without much success) to put Puffs and Cheerios in your mouth; you have learned how to drink from a sippy cup on your own (though your preference is for us to hold it for you), and you've even attempted to help feed yourself with the spoon a few times.

When it comes to physical development, we think your first word should be, "Walk!" It seems you could be happy all day if we simply walked you around the house non-stop. You are so close to crawling, but you haven't figured out how to move forward instead of backwards when you're up on your hands and knees. We are thankful that despite our travels and your illness, you continue to sleep well through the night and during your two naps, with only a few difficulties now and then. One night when you were sick, you even slept 13 and a half hours straight! You are learning to understand many words. You generously give your slobbery kisses when we say "kiss" -- even to Mr. Bear and the dog! You know who Mama, Dada, Grandpa, Grandma, dog, and cat are. We're working on sign language, but I'm not sure if you're into that yet. You are quite the chatter now, babbling multiple sounds all day long. It's adorable. You fill our home with much laughter and smiles.

Here are notable events from your past month that we want to remember: letting Abby (the dog) lick you; seeing (but not eating) your first Thanksgiving turkey; great flights to and from our beloved Boston; doing much better with "strangers"; play time in Boston with Felix, Eden, the Stump kids, Eli, Ameliah, and Angela's Asher; two weeks of fun staying with your Uncle Andrew & Auntie Angie; bubbles with Nick & Deb; admiring Boris the turtle; loving on Mama's former colleagues at Tufts; a couple Sundays back at Hope Fellowship; unwrapping your first Christmas gifts; helping to decorate the Christmas tree (rather watching Mama decorate); rocking in Grandpa's chair; and skyping with Dad.

Nathanael Alim, your life is a gift. We praise God for you. Happy eight months, son!

your daddy and mommy

Nathanael Alim - 8 month old
And a few outtakes:

Highchairs can be sentimental

How many times did I see Miss Eden in this highchair? Too many to count... I found it quite sentimental to feed Nathanael in Miss Eden's highchair while in Boston. God truly answered years of prayers with these little ones! And in a few short months, Miss Leah will be taking the seat of honor! Thanks, Thomasons, for loaning Nathanael your girls' chair (and toys and crib) for a couple weeks!



Boston Moments

And in the moments where Nathanael and I were not busy meeting people, here's what we did.

Playing with Eden's toys
Drinking from a sippy cup
Silliness on the couch
Exploring more furniture
And we can't forget about eating our clothes


Boston Friends

These pictures are really random. It turns out I was horrible about remembering to take pictures of Nathanael with all of our Boston friends. I'm glad I have a few, but I wish I was able to capture all of the special moments we had there!

Admiring Deborah
I love his expression of awe as he's looking at the older boy!
Playing with Eli
Jessie & me with our babes
The famous Auntie Angie


Charming all passengers

Nathanael really was an amazing air traveler. On the way to Boston, he was a little noisy before he finally fell asleep for his afternoon nap, but one of the passengers around us (an elderly gentleman actually) stopped us after we landed and told us that Nathanael was a wonderful baby on the flight. Wow, that was a relief to hear!

Here is our little charmer waiting to board the plane in Kansas City.

Traveling back without Greg was a little more difficult. I had been praying three specific requests: (1) that Nathanael would not be difficult when trying to go through security alone, (2) that we would have an empty seat next to us on the flight, and (3) that Nathanael would sleep well for most of the flight. God graciously answered all three with a huge YES. What a blessing!


Christmas with the Bryans

Uncle Andrew and Auntie Angie spread a little Christmas present cheer while we were in Boston. This boy is just old enough to enjoy unwrapping gifts! (Can you tell it was almost time for him to go to bed? ha ha)

(sorry this one is out of focus)



Babble, babble, babble

Here's what you'll enjoy about this 30 second video clip: Nathanael babbling (he just started this a few days ago), Nathanael smiling, Nathanael rocking back and forth on his hands and knees, and as an extra treat, mama babbling. Enjoy!


Back in Kansas

A few days ago Nathanael and I returned from a couple weeks in Boston. (Greg remains for another week!) I took some great photos, but I forgot my camera cord to share them with you while we were there! Ugh! So I will simply have to share some pictures over the next couple of weeks. Unfortunately, Nathanael came back with a cold that has really wiped him out (and his mama!) for the last few days. He still manages to be as adorable as ever though. Here are two of my favorite photos from our first day back in Kansas. He was rocking back and forth so much that I cut off his head in the first photo!