Thursday, September 30, 2010

9 Weeks

Our poor boy had his 2 month check up today and his first set of shots. He did great getting his shots, only cried for a minute and then was fine. I swear this kid is going to be all - ok, you can cut my fingers off, just don't make me late for dinner!

He now weighs 13 pounds 10 oz. Chunky. He's 23 1/2 inches long.

We're well into week 2 of me being a SAHM while Nerdstar gets into her new job. While this is certainly the most tiring job I've ever had, it's also the best. I've never been a "baby person." I don't love babies in general. I'll probably like yours if I know you, but have never oohhhed and awwwed over them. I always said if I had a kid, I wouldn't mind starting out with it once it could walk and talk. Nerdstar's just the opposite, she likes them at this age and would hand them over at the age I prefer.

So, here I am at home with this absolutely adorable little boy - and in some ways I think we're both bored. He can't sit up yet. He can't play with toys. He doesn't really care about story time. He does "talk" a lot. When I read him stories he usually babbles along more than he listens. He's not into music, which is just as well for the poor thing, neither of his mothers can sing. He does love to be held so that he can stand on his legs, or so that he can sit up and look around. Thankfully, he still likes the swing and will nap in it. He still sleeps fantastic at night, but isn't too interested in naps during the day. I still get the feeling he's just waiting until he can be mobile. He's not hyper or restless or anything, just not into laying around. I'm so glad the warm weather will return at just the right time for him in the spring.

One thing I wish we'd done before he got here was to learn how to go to bed early. We've both been night owls our whole lives. It's very hard to adjust our bedtime from 11 pm or later to even 10, much less the 9 pm we should be going to bed. I guess enough of these early mornings will eventually reset our clocks.

He's still the cutest, sweetest little thing we've ever known. We can't believe he's only been on the outside with us for two months, it's like he's been a part of us forever.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Funny

While we love that he's so talkative already, we do find it a little disconcerting that he loves to talk to the characters on his crib bumper as much as he loves to talk to us.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Heh

Fortunately, unless he wakes up starving, our boy wakes up happy. So, most morings I say, "Hey Sweetie, what do you want to do today?" And of course, the answer in my head is always this.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Beach Getaway

Being the bad moms that we are, we very seriously considered a 3 day Vegas getaway before Nerdstar starts her new job on Monday. There are some really good places to eat in Vegas that we've never tried. Not to mention poker rooms and craps tables. Although gambling one at a time wouldn't be AS fun. Heh. The deciding factor was that we didn't want to subject him to airplane germs yet.

So, we decided to hit the road to Ocean City, about 3 1/2 hours away and go listen to the waves roll in. We had no idea what all was there, or where we'd stay. We found a great Holiday Inn and gave little Noah his own bed and he did great!

It was really windy this morning, but we went down to the water for a few.


This was our view about 5 pm yesterday when we got checked in.


This was about 8 am this morning before we headed out to breakfast and the beach.


We've been to Atlantic City, Virginia Beach and now Ocean City on the East Coast. If we never go back to Atlantic City, that's fine with us. And I think we decided we'd rather rent a little place on the beach at Virginia Beach than go back to Ocean City.

If it's ever up to me, I love going to Monterrey, CA and sitting and watching the sea lions on the rocks. If it's ever up to Nerdstar, we're going to Hawaii. She's been, but I haven't.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Future Foodie

We've had our suspicions that Mr. Noah might be a foodie, other than the only time he cries is when he's hungry. He couldn't care less about wet diapers or being tired, just hungry. Then there's the fact that he often wakes up just as we're actually about to eat. Not just when we're cooking, or if we're at a restaurant, waiting for the food, nope when we're just about to start eating. Like if he can't have the good stuff, we can't either.

Yesterday, Nerdstar brought home an ice cream sandwich for me and a cone for her. He sat on my lap and watched me eat just about every bite of the ice cream sandwich. Then Nerdstar sat down next to us to eat her cone. Now, he's starting to track things with his eyes, but boy oh boy, you should have seen him track that ice cream cone when she moved it back and forth for him. I told her it's a good thing he couldn't lunge for it!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Buzz Cut


We have a picture of Nerdstar from when she's a few weeks old and they're shaving her head with shaving cream and a straight razor. It's the cutest thing! I had hoped to shave his head completely, so that his hair will grow back in even thicker, but that wasn't to be. His cradle cap is getting better, but not great yet. So we just shaved it really short. I absolutely love it!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

9 Years Later

I try to keep politics and such out of this blog. But I'll put a link up to my post about this 9th anniversary of 9/11.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Six Weeks

Our little Noah is six weeks old today. And I know I use the word adorable all the time, but he is truly so very adorable. He's "talking" to us and smiling sometimes - although he smiles the most and the biggest as he's falling asleep. If we only knew what he was dreaming of.

We put him in his bed last night while he was mostly awake and he put himself to sleep, that's cool. He's on a decent schedule for eating and sleeping, in that we couldn't be any luckier. He had a rough time of it last night, not sure if it was gas or constipation, but even in his fussiness he would calm down and sleep a little while I held him.

I find it fascinating that it takes babies so long to trust us. That he cries every time he wakes up and is hungry and doesn't stop until the boob or bottle is actually in his mouth, even picking him up isn't enough for him to know food is coming.

It's nice that he can see better. He's still not crazy about tummy time, but he'll lay on the bed and stare at the ceiling fan. I put him on his back on the floor this morning and he wiggled and stretched and had a good time. We don't want to buy one of those little things babies lay in that have the toys over it because I think he's too wiggly and will outgrow it too soon. So we're trying to find a way to hang some toys across his crib - it's got lots of room for him to wiggle and would be a good height for him to reach out to when he starts doing that. He finally paid a little attention to the mobil this morning and seems to like looking at the bumper in the crib. I can't find anything I like, so I think I'm going to get a stick to put across the crib and then find some neat toys to hang from it. I'd love any suggestions.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Nicknames So Far

Nerdstar still calls him Pinhead and Little Man.

I call him mostly Handsome, then Little Fella, Farty Butt, Munchkin, and Piglet.

Monday, September 6, 2010

New Pics

Our boy is getting noticeably bigger and heavier. He's also been "talking" to us for the past few days. And his baby acne seems to be on the recovery side of things.

Last night we were all hanging out in his room for a little while. I've had sleep music on his iPod for months. I finally put some awake time tunes on there the other day. I swear this was during AC/DC For Those About to Rock. Heh.



How adorable is that sweet little face?


We liked this one because it looks like he's putting his hand over her mouth to make her stop talking. Which is funny because I'm the one who talks his ears off, not her.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Dealing With Idiots

I don't understand how hard it is for some people to simply do their job. Ugh. And really, I'm writing this on behalf of poor Nerdstar, who's actually having to talk with these people all the time.

We had forgotten that the hospital put the wrong date on his "proof of birth" letter, and since we sent in the forms for his birth certificate the other day, figured this wouldn't matter. Then her HR wanted something proving he was born so they could add him to her insurance, so she faxed that little letter off not even thinking about the wrong date, until they called and said, um, nope, that won't work. Of course, the lady at the hospital who can fix this mistake (as opposed to all the people who work there who apparently can't fix the mistake) is out today, and only works part time anyway. This wouldn't be such a big deal if there wasn't a $270 bill from the ped. office waiting to be re-filed with the insurance company. Plus, once we get his birth certificate, if it's wrong it's $10 to get it fixed. Ugh.

But the real winners in the idiot department are the folks at the disability company. Nerdstar's having to play middle man between them and the doctor's office billing dept. For reasons completely unknown, and in spite of calling her almost every day up until he was born, to see if he was born yet, they can't seem to get right his actual delivery date and when benefits should have started, as opposed to when they seem to have arbitrarily started them, etc. And the doctor's office wants no part of finding whatever form they sent out in July and dealing with any of it.

Add in complete uncertainty regarding her current job and either of two other job prospects and constantly changing requirements for said jobs, well, lets say we're not having a lot of fun on this front either. We had been planning on her starting a new job on the 20th of this month. That's now looking a lot more iffy. They're going to have her take a language test, and we're just praying it's not the same one she failed at her last job. (There are several different language tests for her type of work.) While I'm thrilled to have her home for as long as possible, financial uncertainty is never fun.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

So Far

Today he's five weeks old. So far he's like his mama Nerdstar.

He loves to eat, or at least, the only time he cries and then screams is when he's hungry. Other than that he's not fussy. She said she doesn't cry when she's hungry, but I said she would if someone else was in charge of her meal times! She's still complaining that after being in labor for around 17 hours, the first thing the nurses told her was that she missed dinner and all they had was crackers and ginger ale.

He loves baths. He loves to just lounge in his little plastic bath tub and let us run the warm water over him. He's even starting to like having his hair washed. It'll be fun when he can sit up and sit in a bigger tub and splash around!

He's still so mellow. When he's awake he still prefers to just sit on our laps and stare into space. Nerdstar can do quite well at staring into space.

And, of course, to me they're both just so, so, so cute.