• My firstborn
  • 2005
  • Columbus, OH
  • Intelligent: Too smart for his own good
  • Outgoing: Will play with anyone
  • Emotional: Will hug anyone and cries easily
  • Stubborn: Is always right

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mom2mandn
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 19:34:05

    In 2011, Nate somehow became convinced that Uncle Jeff is the smartest person in the whole family. Now, Uncle Jeff is smart, mind you, (and single, ladies!), but smarter than me? Smarter than dad? Smarter than Grandma Peggy? I don’t think so… Even Uncle Jeff is not sure what he could have said to make Nate think this way (Although we think that his ability to do cool Star Wars impressions is a contributing factor.). Yet Nate persists: Whatever Uncle Jeff says is gold. Apparently I don’t need to ask my son, “What would Jesus do?” but try “What would Uncle Jeff do?” instead.


  2. Sarah Sucher
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 01:55:54

    Your description of Nate sounds just like my firstborn, also a boy, also born in 2005! I only wish we had an Uncle Jeff too that he’d listen to 🙂


  3. Mom2MandN
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 23:34:20

    Words cannot describe the experience I had today, cooking Ramen noodles for 48 first graders as part of their study on the Chinese New Year. Not only cooking them, but cooking them in a circa 1970’s roaster that was leaking water faster than it was retaining it. Every time I lifted the lid I got a facial. I also cannot begin to understand 48 kids pushing and cutting their way through the line in attempt to get some sodium-laced squiggly mush. But Nate was so happy to have me there, so I guess that is all that mattered.


  4. Mom2MandN
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 17:03:17

    So last night was the first night that Nate went for the “I’d rather go to bed early than even try my dinner” choice. (Fans will recall son 2 chooses this all the time). The boy wouldn’t try Chicken Cordon Bleu. Hello? It was chicken, ham and swiss cheese arranged to look like a fruit roll up! What’s not to like? So it worked out that he had TONS of sleep for his basketball game this morning. … And he was in much better spirits then when he was screaming “yuck” and “nasty” at the top of his lungs last night. Little does he know that dinner in about an hour will be “re-served Chicken Cordon Bleu.”


  5. Mom2MandN
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 16:00:56

    So today is the type of day where Nate — having given up sweets for Lent — demands leftover pasta as an after-school snack. Mom should have followed her first instinct of immediate shirt removal; but alas, I did not, and now there are several splotches of marinara sauce all over his WHITE uniform top. After he removed it so I could attack it with a stain stick, he came up with another idea since he is half-naked: a live reenactment of the sinking of the Titanic in the bathtub, using legos, and another half-naked preschooler screaming “Sink! Sink! Sink!” They are about to grab the tablet, find Youtube, and play Celine Deon in the background. Ouch. And somehow I have this awful feeling there will be a small flood on the bathroom floor to contend with once they are done… Thank God I have plans to have a drink with some friends tonight. 🙂


  6. Mom2MandN
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 14:57:43

    Nate is notorious for leaving his money all over the house. At any given time he has no idea how much of his own money he has because it’s in the bathroom, stuffed in toys in the basement, and pretty much underfoot. This morning we gave him this old bank that I got Christmases ago and didn’t want that counts–your–change. What a great time occupy-er! He has spent all morning and most of the afternoon loading penny after penny into that thing. Toss in some random quarters, dimes and nickels and the kid has over $20 in change! That’s at least one Titanic book/toy and enough gum to last until halfway through 2nd grade!


  7. Mom2MandN
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 22:48:58

    Today Nate informed me that he was really looking forward to his First Reconciliation. When I questioned him why, he told me that he was excited about the punch and cookies he would get after telling the priest all the bad things he’s done!


  8. Mom2MandN
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 19:46:51

    I just caught Nate cutting Matt’s hair in an attempt to make him look more like a ninja! Luckily I intervened before any real harm was done.


  9. Mom2MandN
    Dec 30, 2012 @ 12:47:52

    Keeping in the theme of my last post, this morning Nate dressed from head to toe in black. When I questioned if he was doubling as Johnny Cash, he glared at me and informed me he was the black ninja from Ninjago. Well of course!


  10. Mom2MandN
    Jan 10, 2013 @ 19:55:02

    Nate has just declared himself a fan of the California Roll. Now if I could just not be pregnant, Denny could be off Atkins, and Matt could eat something besides a chicken nugget, we could all go out for a nice sushi meal!


  11. Mom2MandN
    Aug 25, 2013 @ 12:24:05

    I’m really not sure which was worse, potty-training Nate five years ago, or cleaning out his new pet turtle Winston’s aquarium. We should have named this guy “Sir Poops-A-Lot.”


  12. Mom2MandN
    Jan 29, 2014 @ 15:29:28

    Famous words from Nate: “I’m not sure if I want to design video games or sell hot dogs in a stadium. I guess it depends whether or not I want to go to college when I grow up.”


  13. Mom2MandN
    Jul 12, 2014 @ 19:06:20

    I may well be the first victim of suicide by teenage Disney programming. And could someone puh-leez explain to me why my 9-year-old son is enjoying these pre-teen female angst shows so much? Who writes this junk???


  14. Mom2MandN
    Mar 18, 2015 @ 16:21:42

    Nate’s new frequent after-school snack: pickles and ice cream. I guess I’d be worried if he weren’t the wrong gender and also completely still believing girls have cooties.


  15. Mom2MandN
    Jul 01, 2015 @ 14:24:22

    Nate’s never been great about giving us papers from his book-bag. When we’re being better parents, we remind him to give us his work or go through his book-bag for him. And when we’re being his usual parents… well… we don’t.
    We’ve been running around like c-r-a-z-y this June and I finally got a free moment to go through Nate’s book bag, seeing that school’s been out a month. And here is what I found: about 50+ papers I should have seen from throughout the school year, 3 pencils sharpened down to the nub, 4 crusty half-rolled up socks (none of which made a pair), one gym shoe with the toe worn through, several clear plastic candy wrappers, a still-wrapped package of Smarties (I may keep those) with a love note from some girl (Seriously?!? He was NINE at the time.), and a handful of powdery and moldy raisins (They may have even once been grapes that failed to ferment into anything usefully drinkable.).
    I’m not quite sure but it was kind of like Christmas at the thrift shop… And if you’ve read any of my Facebook posts, then you know this was eerily reminiscent of my semi-annual purse clean-up. Let’s face it: This kid is MINE.


  16. Mom2MandN
    Feb 06, 2017 @ 09:17:49

    This quote seriously takes the hat trick, if you catch my puck 😉 :
    “If I ever become a really good hockey player I’m just going to knock out all my teeth on purpose so I don’t have to date… or go to the dentist.”


  17. Mom2MandN
    Oct 18, 2017 @ 22:03:33

    So this happened this morning: Nate borrowed his dad’s electric razor and shaved off his whiskers right before school. For the first time. Like it was No. Big. Thing. What?!?!? No father/son ritual? My baby…!


  18. Mom2MandN
    Nov 22, 2017 @ 08:56:11

    Someone just got up and made himself sunny-side up eggs, which I never make. His first-ever attempt was not that bad. Impressive!


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