I wanted my kids to grow up tough without unnecessary superlatives being thrown at them from all directions. But recently, I have found myself falling prey to that which I never wanted to do, and I can run from it no longer. Here it goes . . . my son has the most names that I have ever known anyone to have. There it is. I said it. I am now one of those parents that I never wanted to be.
My "son" recently celebrated his first birthday. I have begun referring to him as "son" as he has accumulated so many names I don't even know what to call him anymore. It will be amazing if the little guy doesn't grow up with identity issues as a result of his many nicknames. Whatever his name is, Rachel's mom, dad, grandmom, uncle, and my mom and sister joined together to celebrate his first year of life.
|Opening up some birthday gifts.|
It has been a good year for my "son," and exciting of late to observe his personality form in front of our eyes. A few adjectives that come to our minds when thinking about this little man of ours are aggressive, determined, and social. He will do whatever he has to do to get what he wants and he likes other people to be around while he does it.
And to celebrate our little guy with many names, I have listed below his numerous aliases along with cute pictures (not in any sort of order) throughout his first year of life.
Matthew Hyatt Downing II
Teo (short for Mateo)
Te Te (short for Teo)
T (short for Teo)
|Doesn't he look comfortable?|
Deuce (off of him being a II)
Jr. (even though he is not officially a Jr., he still gets it from time to time.)
|Enjoying his birthday cake and some chocolate.|
Segundo (The II in Spanish)
|A couple of hours after he was born.|
Gundo (abbreviating "Segundo" in Spanish)
Precioso ("precious" in Spanish and a favorite term of people looking at him as they pass by.)
Gordito ("little fat one" in Spanish, and a term that was reffered to him more when he was younger and his cheeks were even fatter.)
|Had to include a naked bathtime picture.|
Son (my go to name as of late, which is only confusing him more.)
|Look at those cheeks.|