Friday, March 31, 2017

Pate the Five Year Old

*forgot to publish this!

My sweet boy. You are a whole hand now! You were so excited and counted down the days on your tractor calendar by your bed to when it would be your birthday! I can't believe how much our lives have changed in five years.
When you were a baby, people would stop us and say, "Yo baby so juicy!" and now you are the one loving on our baby girl.
When you were a baby, you always went to sleep so well and when I tried to rock you to sleep, you would rock for a few minutes, then point to your bed and want to lay down. Now, you want the lights off, door shut, Blue quiet. But....sometimes you ask me to lay down with you. Then you ask me what my favorite part of the day was and you tell me yours.
When you were a baby, you didn't talk very much at all. Now, you have lots to say and have many conversations. Especially with your cars and trucks. I love how you have the bigger ones be the Mama and Daddy and the little one the "son."
When you were a baby, you loved to eat canteloupe and blueberries. You still love fruit, especially apples, grapes, strawberries, oranges, and bananas. But not canteloupe or blueberries.
When you were two, you knew right away how to drive your little tractor. Now, you fly through the field on your four wheeler and are a great driver!
When you were a baby, we were so amazed how you walked at 10 months. Now you are super fast and can even beat Alabama in a race. But only when you have on your "fast shoes."
You love to play outside, "play" football, ride your bike, drive your four wheeler, play with your animals, play with your cars and monster trucks, read books, play games (you are the master at Memory) and watch TV.
We love you so much, Usry Pate, and are praying for the man God has called you to be! I pray you will follow Him with your whole heart and love Him more than anything else! We are so blessed to have you as our son!

Mattie Mae is One!

Mattie Mae,
This was seriously the fastest year of my life! How in the world is my baby already one? It feels like just the other day we were meeting you for the first time and falling in love with your sweet beautiful face! We are just thankful beyond words that God saw fit to add you to our family. We love you so much and I am overjoyed and honored to be your Mama!
We celebrated your birthday a day early on Wednesday because Daddy is working the outage at his new job at Plant Vogtle and only has one day off. We went to see the animals at the zoo! You saw the gorillas, elepahants, and  giraffes, We all had a great time together!
On Thursday, we woke up and gave your presents from Alabama. She bought you some tissue and puffs. You LOVED pulling out all the Kleenex. Dream come true! We played and sang and had a fun day. Nana came over with Papa Ralph and Mimi and brought you a little party. She had a balloon, and a present (a mama and baby giraffe, and a cute outfit), and yellow cupcakes with a 1 candle. That was so sweet of her. She wanted you to have a cupcake on your birthday. You had no trouble at all knowing what to do with that cake! ha! You ate it and wanted more!
At one, here are some things you are doing:
You can stand up alone, but have only taken one step. You just fall to the person if we try to get you to walk to them.
You still have NO teeth.
You can say Mama, Dada, bye, stop (a much needed word in your vocabulary!). We also think you say other words like there, alabama, kah kah, and "i did it"
You like to wave and clap. You dance when you hear music.
You wake up many times at night. But, I've been hoping that the one year old birthday would be magical like it was for Blue. You slept until around 4:30 this moring! #allthepraisehands
You love your Mama and if I'm not available, your Little Mama, Alabama. You have just started to occasionally want to go to Daddy.
You are a screamer. Like ear piercing. We've got to work on that "more" sign.
You like to play with your toys. Your favorite things are taking items out of something or putting them in. You also like to play with your house and your walking toys.
You make us laugh everyday with your funny faces and mannerisms.
The boys are all over you all the time. Pate's name for your is Cutie Pie. He must say it 20 times a day. You are quick to let them know when you've had enough. They love you so big!
Alabama carries you around, gets your dressed, plays with you, watches you, and loves you so much! She made you a birthday card that says you're a birthday princess and has a bible verse "You are worth far more than rubies!" So sweet! She loves for y'all to match as much as I do!
Side note: it's now 8:52 and you're still asleep. #morepraisehands
You are beautiful and I just love to stare at your sweet face! I think you look a lot like Alabama, but like Pate, too. Your hair is long enough for a big ponytail on top and a big bow and I just love it!
You wear size 12-18 month clothes and size 3 shoes and size 3 diapers.
We love you and are so excited to watch you grow and learn! I know God has a special plan for you and I pray you will follow Him all the days of your life. You are the perfect baby of our family and we are so glad you are ours!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

6 months

9 months

So, I got a little lot behind, but here's the latest!
Mattie Mae, you are nine months old! How can it be? Weren't you just born the other week? Well, now a days, you are doing lots of new thing. You stand up in your crib, you have pulled up on the couch, you wave hey and bye. You had your first Christmas and enjoyed opening the gifts and playing with your new toys! You weigh 18 pounds, 6 ounces and are 28 inches tall. You wear 9-12 month clothes and size 2 or 3 shoes. You can get to sitting from laying. You started crawling this month, just in time to get to the Christmas tree. You also had your first ear infection and cold. boo. You want your Mama most of the time and are excellent at finding all the tiny things on the floor. You still wake up at least one or twice a night. You love to eat baby food, yogurt, advocados, and nurse every 3 hours. We love you sooo much and are thankful beyond words to have you as the baby of our family.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

22 Questions with Pate

Interview with Pate at 5

1. What is your favorite color? Blue

2. What is your favorite toy? Blaze

4. What is your favorite TV show? Blaze and the Monster Machines

3. What is your favorite store? Toys R US

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? turkey and cheese

6. What is your favorite thing to wear? superman shirt and fast pants

7. What is your favorite game? football

8. What is your favorite snack? fruit snacks

9. What is your favorite animal? tiger

10. What is your favorite song? Jesus Loves Me

11. What is your favorite book? Blaze book

12. Who is your best friend? Caleb

13. What is your favorite restaurant? Mexican

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? play football 

15. What is your favorite drink? Sprite

16.What is your favorite candy? gummy worms

17. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pancakes

18. What do you not like to do? take a picture

19. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? tiger and bunny and eeyore

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? a football player

21. What is your favorite movie? Cars

22. What was your favorite part of being four? going to the museum 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Sunday Funnies

Yesterday, Pate asked me something about how God and Jesus were the same thing, while we were riding in the car. I said, "Yes, they are the same but they're also different," as I tried to explain the Trinity to him in four year old terms. I was telling him about how God the Father, God the Son, Jesus, and God the Holy Spirit are three different people, but one in the same. Alabama says, "Yeah, Pate, you know, just like that stuff in our bathtub. It's shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. 3-in-1." Lol!!! 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

5 months

Sweet baby, you are 5 months old now! You're growing up way too fast to be the last baby! You weigh 16 pounds and wear 3-6 month clothes. Some of those are a little tight now. Your hair is getting a lot lighter. I still think there's a little bit of red in it, too. You haven't got any teeth, but drool constantly. You can reach for toys and love to put necklaces, etc, in your mouth. You have held yourself up with some assistance a few times. You got in the pool for the first time when we went swimming with Ana and John. You sleep in your crib now, except when you were sick this past month. :( You had yucky congestion and a cough. You do a "silent laugh" which is so funny. You found your toes and love to play with them while you're on your back. You can also roll to your side but haven't rolled all the way over. You do turn all around though!  You like to play in the exersaucer now and are walking around with it! You still play with the baby gym and sit in the bumbo, too. You love your passy but have also sucked your thumb a few times this month. We went to church one day and forgot it and you sucked your fingers and went to sleep. I was shocked! You're such a sweet baby and everyone tells me how beautiful and how good you are.

You did not want to sit here for this picture. You kept pushing up with your feet and falling over. 

After church

Swimming in your cute bikini

Atlanta for Papa's birthday

My favorite Carter's outfit

B and JJ came to see us!

The first day of school in your Beaufort Bonnet outfit

This little piggy

Date night with Aunt Ashley, Uncle Wal, and Annabelle

Celebrating my birthday at Sconyers with the family

Pate climbing up to check on you. Sweet brother. :)
 We love you more and more every day. I'm just so very thankful for your precious life. I know God has great plans for you and I'm excited to see you grow! Just not too fast. :)