Sunday, January 27, 2013

Noah Update and Thoughts on Parenting

I am almost always trying to compose new entries for this here blog.  As you can see, they haven't made it out of my head too often lately.

I'll start with, wow, I thought kids had growth spurts in between times of staying the same size for a while.  Not Noah.  I swear he's constantly growing.  He just seems to slowly always be outgrowing his clothes.

We joke that our dearly departed cat Little Man has somehow inhabited Noah.  When we got Little Man as a kitten, he had huge paws and we knew he was going to be a big cat.  In the past month or so, Noah's hands and feet have gotten noticeably bigger!  On a stranger note, Little Man also loved to hop in the shower when we'd get out of it and drink all the water.  Well, Noah had this habit of waiting until the water drained out of his bath  and then trying to slurp up what was left.

Every night, Nerdstar bathes Noah.  Most nights I'll come up and help a little and hang out with them after bath time.  On the nights Noah runs out of the bathroom and down the hall naked, I think, "Heh, I finally have my own Calvin!"  Although, it seems he might be an equal mix of Calvin and Hobbes.  He's a sweet boy.

Disclaimer:  These next thoughts are representative of exactly two people and imply no judgement on anyone else's way of parenting.

We spend a lot of time post bath talking about Noah, and being parents, and how to raise him.  I am so glad that Nerdstar and I really share most of the same ideas on parenting.  I've always wanted to keep it as simple as possible.  I want my overriding goal to be HAVE FUN.

One idea we run across is that of "toughening up" kids.  Letting them cry it out.  Putting them out into the "real world" to learn to deal with other people and situations.  I'm not a big fan of that idea.

I spent the first five years of my life mostly at home with my mother.  My brother wasn't born until I was five.  I was never in daycare.  I started school with kindergarten.  There were no play dates.   I did just fine when I did start school.  Nerdstar also spent her first years at home with parents and/or grandparents until she started school.  We're in no hurry to put Noah out into the world.  He's a sweet, happy boy.  He does well with people and will talk with strangers.  He still likes watching older kids play, even if he doesn't exactly "play" with kids his own age - that's still normal for two year olds.

A lot of this is that he's still just a little boy.  He's just about to be 2 1/2.  He will have a life time of the real world.  Even a year from now will be different.  But we're in no hurry.

The other thing we talk a lot about is education.  I think I'll save that for a later entry.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Noah Rocking Out


video

Noah's been rocking out/head banging to this video for quite a while now.  Finally got it on video.  He always looks back to make sure you're rocking out, too.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Toto

"Toto" - that's how Noah tells us he wants to go watch Our Neighbor Totoro, again.  If we simply put it on a loop somewhere in the house for him, he'd be very happy.  At least there are three movies to rotate between - Our Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle.

I think Totoro is actually his favorite, which is good, it's the most simple.  Not only does he talk along with the dialogue he can say, he does the sound effects and motions, too.  It's so cute. 

Most of the time I sit on the sofa and watch with him.  I remember the first time watching these movies I had a sort of "huh, that was interesting" reaction.  They aren't as black and white and linear as Disney and Pixar.  But the more I've watched them, the more happy I am Noah really likes them.  It's interesting that all three deal with moving into a new house.  They're about going on a journey and family and love.  And they are just so beautifully made.  We've also watched Ponyo a couple of times. I like it because the main character is a little boy, but it's my least favorite of the four, and I'm still not sure if Noah likes it enough to buy it.  (Right now I have it through Netflix.) 

I almost feel bad for him watching them so much, but it's winter and cold and the flu is out there.  This week is  a little warmer, so we've played out in the backyard more.  Today we might go run around the mall for a while.  Fortunately, he still loves getting out of the house.  Yesterday, after his nap, he said, "Toto?"  I said, "No, we've already watched it."  Then he said, "Store?"  Heh.  I had to say, "No, we're not going to the store today." 

I'm also using it to teach him that other things have to happen first before he can watch "Toto" - like getting dressed or eating breakfast or changing his diaper. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Programming?







We've done a lot of traveling with Noah in his short 2 1/2 years.  He won't remember any of it.  So, we wonder if it's all making an impression and he'll either really love or hate traveling when he's older.  So far he seems to enjoy it, although, like us, we can tell he's happy to be home today - playing with his toys, in his room, and sleeping in his bed!

On this trip, he mastered escalators and moving sidewalks.  In fact, there were many times him and Nerdstar would go back and forth or up and down for quite a while.  This was a good thing at the airport to wear him out some before the flights.  He was also very happy to get to ride on the shuttle buses and the big city bus several times. 

We really made the right decision having a crib in the hotel room again.  I don't want to think about how hard it would have been to get him to sleep without it. 

Trips with my family can end up seeming like a lot of herding cats for me, and this time that was true sometimes.  But overall things went about as expected and a good time was had by all. 

Nerdstar and I have become complete hotel snobs in the past few years, so staying at Circus Circus wasn't all that we desired.  The room was nice and the bed was soft enough, but the crowds did not make us feel all warm and fuzzy towards humanity. 

We had hoped Noah would let us hand him off to Granny and Pa and his cousin Zach quite a bit so Nerdstar and I could gamble a little and go eat some good food without him.  That didn't happen as much as we would have liked, but we made do. 

I'd say one of the biggest things was the three hour time difference.  Between the long travel times and the time difference, we were all tired early. 

Our biggest splurge was going to the buffet at the Wynn hotel.  Oh my.  We're afraid it has ruined all over buffets for us.  The food was really, really good.  This was one of those times we wish we'd had more time, and without Noah.  But the whole family came along, so we couldn't hand him off. 

It was a good trip, it wasn't a great trip.  We're learning as we go - literally.