Thursday, May 20, 2010

Family Photos

So for Mother's Day I asked for some photos of our family and especially of Nathan because he's never had "official" pictures taken in his short little life. It would be a time to celebrate our son Nathan and have a few nice photos as a family of 3 before we expand to a family of 4. My husband was glad to oblige and got our friend Devin Maddox of Charles Smith Photographers ( to help out. Here's a few shots from the session:

I think Nathan looks like quite the little man! He did really well up until the very end when we couldn't get him to sit still for even the slightest moment. All in all considered, the shoot was a success. So thanks Devin for your work!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Nathan's 15 Month Check-up

We went for Nathan's 15 month check-up last week and here's the stats:

Height: 31 3/4 in (50-75%)
Weight: 21 lbs 13 oz (10-25%)
Head Circumference: 18 3/4 in (50-75%)

This guy is getting big! He truly is turning into a little boy who is on-the-go!

Love this face!

Showing off one of his favorite toys--a dog--and running towards me excited and squealing!

I am really enjoying seeing Nathan's personality develop more and more. He is just FUN most all the time! I just laugh sometimes seeing this little fellow toodle around the house discovering things. Lately, he's been extra interested in wearing his baseball hat every time we leave the house. We have it hanging on a hook by the door and he excitedly points to it when we're leaving, so I put it on for him and it just about makes his whole day! Now, he doesn't leave it on the whole time, but hey it's cute seeing a little guy in a baseball hat anytime.

He is also an emptying and filling master. He loves to take things out/off and put them in/on all kinds of containers. His frustration is starting to show more when he can't get things "just so" and requires help when he doesn't think he needs it. I think that's a mama gene :) He says all sorts of words now: mama, dada, dog, go, car, hi, bye, tuh (light), tah (cat), ball, done, gone. He can sign: more, all done, and please. I'm not too overzealous with the sign language, but these few have been helpful so far. Lastly, this guy is loving the spring weather. He has always enjoyed being outside and he is really loving it now! We try to go on walks or to the park quite often so he can burn up some good energy.

We sure love our big boy!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Lawson at 34 weeks

Can't believe our second little man is almost here! Here I am at 34 weeks:

It's been great for me to be pregnant again! Everything has been smooth sailing so far just like with Nathan--strangely similar. Now, I will pray that there is no ice storm in June when Lawson arrives! That would be TOO similar...

I have my next Dr. appt next week and will go in for weekly checks after that. Phillip says he can go ahead and come :), but I say to stay in and cook as long as possible. We don't want, as my pediatrician said, a "wimpy little white boy" making an early appearance! No, we certainly don't want "wimpy" in the same sentence with a Bethancourt boy.

We're working on getting Nathan's big boy room together and the nursery back in shape for a newborn. I'll put up some pictures of Nathan's room when it's together more. It's still willy-nilly right now and you wouldn't want to see it I promise. Soon we'll get two car seats in the car and bags packed for the hospital! So excited for Lawson to arrive!

Cali Trip

We got the chance to go to visit Mammaw and Grandpa in California in early April. Nathan really enjoyed himself, despite having a cough and runny nose, he persevered. We visited the aquarium, Pebble Beach, and even ventured down to the water at Carmel beach for Nathan to touch the ocean for the first time. The weather wasn't totally cooperative, but we tried to make the most of it.

Grandpa and Nathan checking out some fish

With Dad at the penguin exhibit

Mammaw showing Nathan what it's like to be inside a wave

An family photo at the beach (it was freezing and windy, but you'd never know from our smiles!)
Close-up of Nathan's first black eye. Given to him by the coffee table right before we left for Cali. Ouch! But he was a tough little guy

The west coast was good to us. We also enjoyed In-n-Out twice, a cruise on 17 mile drive, some outlet mall shopping, and just all around fun. Too bad California and Kentucky have to be so far away from each other! That east coast to west coast travel is a bear! For future reference the Phoenix airport had several things to keep kiddos entertained including some climbing toys and a big puzzle board. Great way to burn off some little boy energy!

Thanks Mammaw and Grandpa!