Friday, November 26, 2010

Just had to share

This is what greets me every morning as I go upstairs to change his diaper and give him his first breakfast! I don't think I was ever this cute when I was his age! I hope that he'll always be this happy and sweet!

He's now 4 months old, and approaching more mobility, introduction to solid food, and we suspect that he'll be an early talker as well!

For his first thanksgiving, he was only able to stare as us as we ate and smelled the food cooking, and I know that must have been difficult, but I think he knows that his day at the dinner table is coming soon!

I feel so bad that he's plagued by eczema right now, and not much is helping. I only hope that he'll grow out of it soon.

Tomorrow we are going to Shenandoah National Park for some walks on the trail and a chance to breathe some fresh air, it'll be Noah Maxx's first time on the mountains and I hope that he'll enjoy it! Pictures will be posted later, so stay tuned!

We are so thankful that we've got such a great boy with us!

Old School Sesame Street

We're working on a dvd collection for Noah, in an attempt to avoid some of the more obnoxious fare on Nick, Jr. in our future. We bought the Old School Sesame Street dvd that has shows from the first few years. Due to our internet/cable being out for a couple of days we put in the dvd and watched the very first episode of Sesame Street. Way cool!!

There was a cartoon character that gave a disclaimer at the beginning that pretty much stumped us. He said that these dvds are for adults and that the old Sesame Street episodes are no longer for educational purposes for pre-schoolers. WTF?? How could that possible be true? Well, after watching two episodes we realized that the old episodes are totally subversive - I mean, there are children riding bikes without helmets, and actually running around having fun. God knows kids today can't be allowed to see such things - they might revolt!

So, we highly recommend these dvds!!

There was also a 20 minute program about how the show was started and the ideas behind it. Sesame is from the phase "open sesame".

Rollin

Our little boy is officially rolling over, even if it's just from back to front for now. He's also working very, very hard on controlling that hand he's had his eyes on for so long. He's definitely right handed, has been from day one. I didn't think it'd be that obvious this soon.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving

Usually, before I blog, there are thoughts that roam around my brain until I find some that I like and think go together and then form some sort of order. Then I'll sit down and type away and see what actually comes out.

First, there are just no words to say how thankful I am for Noah. That he exists. That he's ours. That he's healthy and happy and growing and sweet and smart and strong. That he smiles and laughs when he sees us. If you have read any of my old blog, you know that every year for eight years I said how much I wanted a house and a baby. When you want something for so long, there's always the chance that reality won't be what you imagined. Being his mom is exactly what I imagined it to be, if not a little better.

Which leads to this new-found contentment inside. It's kinda strange for me. I'm not sure I can say he's made me a better person, yet. But I think the process has at least started.

The three of us are staying home this Thanksgiving. We decided that flying to Texas for Thanksgiving or Christmas with a four/five month old would be too much. We're headed to Austin at the end of March and my family will meet us down there for a lot of food and fun. I'm a little sad for my parents, that they don't get to be with their grandson on the holidays, but they understand.

Noah and I did the grocery shopping for tomorrow on Monday. I apologized to him that this year he doesn't get to eat any of the good stuff. I told him he's got a month to master sitting up and maybe he'll get something good on Christmas.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Tip For Other Bad Moms

Sigh. We really suck at the fingernail cutting. I'd say at least half the time our poor, poor boy ends up bleeding at least a little. One day I really nicked it and, apparently, baby's blood doesn't clot very well, and it just kept bleeding. Two napkins later I remembered the little thing of Gorilla super glue and that there's this stuff called liquid bandaid and just went ahead and super glued the end of his little bleeding finger. And it worked.

We later bought some of the liquid bandaid stuff, called New-Skin. We had a chance to try it this morning. It didn't really work very well. It smells just like clear nail polish. I think nail polish would dry better. So, we just used the super glue again.

For little bleeding fingers I'd say use super glue, then clear nail polish, and then the liquid band aid.

Oh, and we're using these really cool baby nail cutters that have a l.e.d. light on the end and everything.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

16 Weeks

He's growing and changing slowly but surely. I love watching the little changes and am in no hurry. Although, it'll be nice when he can sit up and can start eating solids. I think he's going to love it. Some nights at dinner, Nerdstar will have him in her lap and he'll watch each bite go from her plate to her mouth. It's so cute. It'll also be nice when he can sit in a grocery cart and not have to lug around the car seat.

He's 95% done with pacifiers now that he's 95% mastered sucking his thumb instead. This means he's now swaddled with one arm out and he's really good at getting to sleep. The other morning he woke up at 5 a.m. and was just lying there talking to himself for a while. He pretty much wakes up anywhere from 5 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., I'd say 5:30 being the most common this week. The good thing about that is that Nerdstar gets to spend some time with him before going to work. The crazy part has been when he's gone to sleep at 4 or 5 p.m. and seemed all set to sleep through the night - except we had to wake him up about 7 or 7:30 to feed him and change him and get him ready for bed. He's missed a few baths. He goes back to sleep well if we wake him, so it hasn't been a problem.

I love that he wakes up happy and gives us big smiles when we go get him out of bed. I've never been a morning person, so all of this ass early waking up is tough on me, but his smile sure does help make it better. I told Nerdstar the other night that my 16 year old self is laughing her butt off that I go to bed at 9 p.m. on a Friday and Saturday night. My 30 year old self is probably laughing just as hard. I'm more amused at taking naps at 8 a.m.

He's not quite rolling over yet. He's been more content to lay on his back and check everything out and watch the dog. He's getting better at tummy time, but mostly likes to lay there and suck on his arm.

Yesterday we went to a friend's house with about six other moms and their kids for music time. He loved it so much. He sat on my lap and chatted up a storm and wiggled around. I guess our little fellow is going to be a social dude. I hope so.

Then this morning he was getting much closer to rolling over and just seems to ready to be in motion. I think he'd rather go straight to walking, he loves to stand up on our laps. Maybe seeing all the other kids yesterday inspired him.

His poor eczema is getting better with the new meds, but it seems to just keep popping up in new spots on his face. We hope and pray he grows out of it eventually.

I'm still so very happy to have my handsome boy to spend my days with.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Punk rock baby


Hairstyling by Cetaphil lotion!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

15 Weeks

Our boy is so sweet and adorable and we ask ourselves all the time how we got so lucky. I still say it's because I spent nine months rubbing her pregnant belly and telling him to be happy and mellow.

We've gone to six ounce bottles and that seems to have made him happier. He rarely cries due to perceived starvation now. And some days it actually means he's eating slightly less because it's one less bottle in 24 hours. He's still a long, skinny dude at 15 pounds. He's also sleeping through the night, but the time change has slightly messed things up. His last nap of the day is now at about 4:30 or 5, but he hasn't been waking up from them at 6:30 or 7 like we need him to in order to do his last bottle of the day and change him and get him ready for bed. So, the last two nights we've had to wake up him for about an hour. This also means he's waking up for the day about 5:30 in the morning. Which makes sense to him, he's been asleep for most of the past twelve hours. But as long as he's eating and sleeping well and happy, it's hard to complain.

The sucky part is that Nerdstar generally gets home from work between 5:30 and 7 pm, so she's not getting a lot of time with him in the evening. But, the 5:30 am wake up means she gets more time with him in the morning while I try to get just a few more minutes of sleep!

He and I have pretty simple days together. He spends time in his sit-up chair and tries to play with a couple of the toys on it. There's one where he can spin this ball and he likes to do that. He's really working on his dexterity. It's neat to watch the small but steady progress. He's still not a fan of tummy time, but doesn't scream about it either. He much prefers to lay around on his back and stare at his fist, do some crunches, and squeal. Then he'll get sleepy and take naps. Then he wakes up and eats and if it's a day of running errands we do them then. That cycle repeats about four times a day with some swing time thrown in. The swing has a tray thing that has buttons and lights and music. I think the music is too loud for him on the setting with the lights, which is sad because he likes the lights. There's another setting with softer music, but no lights, and sometimes that puts him to sleep. When he can sit up, we'll find him something similar but that only makes sounds when you push the buttons, I think he'd like that better.

He's still kinda easy to startle, but that's because he spends all his time in a relatively quiet house with me. I might have some music on, or talk radio, but never anything loud.

He's also great in the car and when we go shopping or out to eat - kinda zen and mellow and just likes to watch people and everything going by. I'll be happy when he can sit up and I don't have to lug the car seat onto the shopping carts.

He's starting to track/watch Ramen dog. It's pretty cute.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Squealing

He's been squealing for a week or two now. He tries to see just how high pitched he can get. This is just a small taste. I'm not sure if he's trying to be a dog whistle or the next Mariah Carey.

He's also started sticking out his tongue. It's pretty funny. He likes to lick his swaddle, or his bibs, when they're up near his chin.

video

Thursday, November 4, 2010

He's Just So Cute

I tried to get a good one of him smiling. This weekend we'll have to get the Flip out and video tape his smiling.