Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lots of Firsts!

Whew, I'm still recovering from our whirlwind trip down to Austin this past long weekend.

We all got up about 5 a.m. Friday morning to catch a 8:23 flight. I really wish the flight had been a couple of hours later, but there just wasn't anything. We packed all of his stuff into a cool bag and one of Nerdstar's old army map bags. Then we got all of our stuff into one decent size carry on. Then there was the stroller. It was all manageable. We packed 3 bottles and a banana and some apple sauce. It timed out just right that he was ready for a bottle as we got seated and settled. Then he checked everything out for a while and then took a nap. He was a little fussy the last 40 minutes or so, but it wasn't anything terrible.

We got into Austin just in time for lunch at Whataburger. Yummy. Then we hit the hotel and waited for my family to come down from Dallas and Nerdstar's sister and her hubby to come over from Houston. I knew the weekend was going to feel a lot like herding cats.

Friday ended up feeling really long because Noah didn't take a nap, and we couldn't either. But, we all went out for dinner and it was good.

This is just a gratuitous cute pic!

Saturday the three of us, my brother and nephew went down to Magnolia's for breakfast and to meet up with a dear friend who had moved out of the country several years ago and her hubby. It was so great to see them. They brought Noah the cutest little stuffed camel fro Dubai.

Then we headed back to the hotel so gather all the family up and hang out at the pool so my nephew could swim a while. Unfortunately, it ended up being a little cooler in Austin than we hoped. I should have known it would be though, it was always cool and windy on my birthday.

Speaking of which, our friend's trip to the states from Dubai for her friend's wedding, and it being the weekend of Nerdstar and my birthdays was what set this whole trip in motion.

We all had lunch at this little Taiwanese place we used to frequent all the time. More yummy.

It was Saturday while hanging out with family we discovered Noah has decided that Nerdstar and I are the only ones who can hold him. Uh-oh. Poor Granny and Pa and Uncle Jason and Aunt Jennifer! He'd laugh and smile at them all day long, they just couldn't hold him. Which was tough on Nerdstar and I - we were hoping to hand him off more!

Saturday evening some friends of Nerdstar came into town. So Sunday we all went down to Zilker park and had a great time watching the kids run around.

Noah got to swing for the first time. I think there will be a lot more of that if it ever warms up here at home!

Everyone headed back home Sunday evening but us. Our flight wasn't until 5 p.m. Monday.

At 3 p.m. Sunday I was perfectly fine. At 3:30 I had a bit of a sore throat. By 5 I had the shakes from a fever. Ugh. This isn't the first time I've gotten sick from the germs on a flight, but it usually happens after I get home. Thankfully Zicam and advil worked wonders. I'm still recovering and congested and weak, but so much better. I was glad to feel good enough to get through the flight home!

Sunday evening another dear friend of mine came to visit. I realized how good for the soul it is to hear the voice of old friends. Emails just aren't the same.

Monday we finally got to sleep late. Then we took Noah to a chinese herbal medicine place we used to go to when we lived in Austin called Turtle Dragon. We're just hoping we can do more than manage his skin problems waiting to see if he grows out of it. The man gave us this chinese herb liquid to give Noah twice a day - and it does not taste good. Poor baby. He's good about taking it, he just makes this sad little "yuck" face and sound when he does. We gave him some orange slices after to help his mouth taste better. He also gave us a wash and ointment. He said if those don't work by the time we're about out, then we should consider having the blood test for food allergies done. We're hoping we don't have to, but will if it's necessary.

Anyway. Noah was so amazing on this trip. On the flight home last night he checked out everyone/thing on the plane and then slept for 90% of the flight. It was good that it corresponded so well with his normal evening nap time! He had trouble sleeping Friday, but after that it was all really smooth. He's always so happy to be out and around and seeing new places and smiling at new people.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Tough Love

For the past two or three days, Noah's been kind of a pain in the butt when drinking his bottles. He's squirmy, chews on the nipple, and just generally takes way too long to finish up. I've tried a few times to get him to hold the bottle on his own, but he hasn't been too interested.

Today, I decided to be tough on him and I put him in his "lounge" chair, handed him his bottle, and told him to drink it.

He Did!! Twice!

Conversation With Noah

For maybe a week now we've been having these kinds of "conversations" with Noah. They usually last longer than this, but he knows when the camera is on and it changes his behavior.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Noah's skin dilemma

Just got a call from mama Beth, who was on her way back from the dermatologist with Noah Maxx. This is probably the last time that we'll be bringing him to the dermatologist, since not only was it quite a distance away from our home, but she's also another one of these doctors, in the effort to make as much money as possible, schedules 10+ patients in the same hour to been seen, and because of that, Noah and mom waited for over an hour to been seen.

Noah has eczema, and that has been chronicled in the past entries. Not only does his eczema flares up like a moody woman, but the worst of it has been the dryness, itchiness, and flakiness of his scalp. I can't tell you how many times that he had scratched his scalp so hard that there were bloody scratchmarks on his scalp. We've tried just about everything that the pediatrician recommended, cortisone based cream/ointment, dandruff shampoo in small amount to wash his hair, non-soap cleansers, you name it.

To the previous commenter who had stated that it's a food related thing, may I just respectfully disagree with you, since there has been a very limited amount of food that Noah has actually tried, and yes we did try soy formula.

Back to this particular dermatologist's opinions, she stated that Noah's skin has simply not been moisturized enough, she recommended that we use a thicker form of this already very thick lotion/ointment, mix baby shampoo and dandruff shampoo together and brush his scalp with a toothbrush during baths to get some flakes off, prescribed this oral medication for itch (but it might cause drowsiness), and asked to see Noah again in three weeks. (Chances are very low that will happen.) She had also stated that Noah's skin dilemma is something that will get better as the weather warms and he gets older....I certainly hope so!

Just trying the best that we can to help the boy feel less itchy, and hoping that his eczema is something that will get better with time!

Short Update

Hi everyone! This is Noah Maxx's other mom chiming in to say hello! Just wanted to say how happy I am that Noah Maxx's 7 months old, more mobile than ever, and also showing a bigger range of his charm by making his goofy smiles and letting out big laughs whenever he can!

I also think that he has inherited my love of food, evident in how often and how much he has eaten so far, the only difference is that he's not showing a lot of weight gain, since he's primarily growing in height. Folks like myself now will only grow in waist size and not height.

I love spending time with him as much as I can in the mornings and the evenings. Even if the mornings sometimes can vary between 4:30 to 6:00!

We're just so amazed at how good of a baby he is and has been, from his happy personality, to how good he naps, plus everything in between!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

7 Months

Our little boy isn't so much a little boy anymore. He's got two bottom teeth. He's tall and skinny (I'd say at least 28/29 inches tall). He's about to outgrow all of his winter clothes, which are 9 month old size. We bought him a bunch of new clothes last weekend, most of them for warmer weather and they're all in the 12 month size. I'll be glad when he can run around in t-shirts and diapers! He'll just be glad when he can run around!

Every night when we go to bed, we talk about how cute he is, how good he is, how amazing he is! We honestly can't believe our luck. Although, I am getting closer to taking just a little bit of credit. More than anything, I'm so glad he's still a happy, mellow kid.

He and I have a pretty good routine most days. He's still eating about every three hours, still napping pretty well most days, and the rest of the time is playing in his big boy chair, rolling around on the floor, or in his bouncy chair. Hopefully soon it'll be warm enough to spend some time outside. Nerdstar has a good early morning and then night time routine with him.

He still loves going out to restaurants. We went to Joe's Crab Shack a week or so ago and he had the best time ever watching all the lights and stuff hanging from the ceiling and watching all the people. He loves watching other kids run around and you can just feel how much he wants to run around with them. Now that the weather is better, I'm working on taking him to at least one of the mom's group meetups each week. It's good for both of us!

I waited so long to have a kid, and I can't express how happy I am he's a part of our lives. I love staying home with him and playing with him and watching him grow and change all the time.

Just the past couple of days, we started tickling him and it makes him laugh a lot. I love it.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tooth Number 2

I was pretty sure the tooth next to his first one was coming in - and we can finally clearly see it.

Two teeth on the bottom!