Saturday, November 30, 2013

Noah Just Lost His Mind

We had a nice, quiet Thanksgiving here at home this year.  We cooked all our favorites for the day and are enjoying the leftovers.  Who needs scented candles when there's a pot of soup simmering on the stove all day with the turkey bones in it? 

It's also been really cold again so far this winter.  We went to the park with Noah Thursday, but it was 34 outside with a cold wind blowing, we made it about ten minutes.  Friday, it was 44 and we were there about forty minutes. 

I'm not a fan of this holiday weekend because of all the traffic and the crazy people out at the malls and restaurants.  It makes it hard to just get out of the house and do something. 

So, we've been inside a lot.  Noah's been watching Curious George episodes on amazon prime for a while now.  I found the Curious George 2 movie on netflix for him.  He's watched it twice a day, at least, for five days now. He wakes up and asks for "George - elephant!"  The good thing is it allows us time to relax, make our coffee, figure out breakfast while he watches it. 

It's also made it tempting to buy a cheap tv for him so we don't have to watch all of that George with him.  But, no.  Some people would say it's bad enough he's watching so much tv.  At least we can use it as a time for being together, quietly, and snuggling. 

In the past week or two, Noah has really started using the word STOP.  If we're talking to each other and not him - STOP.  Or just doing whatever it is he'd rather we didn't - STOP!  He never really got into the typical toddler NO phase, I guess this is what he's doing instead.  I guess I use "stop" with him more than I use "no".  This morning, Ching was going to head upstairs, and Noah was all "stop, stop, stop" until she said "what?" He wanted her to get his vitamin for him.  Heh. 

Noah's also lost his damn mind a couple of times lately. 

The other night we were watching George and I asked him if I could light the fire in the fireplace.  He said "ok!"  Then, I did, and he started shouting "STOP, turn it off!!  Stop!  No!  HOT!" and running around the room.  WTF?  We'd had a fire in the fireplace the week before and it was fine.  I can only guess that the fire starts off bigger than he'd seen before and it worried him.  He wouldn't go upstairs to get away from it though.  About ten minutes later, it was all fine. 

Yesterday, he amazingly slept until 9 a.m.  Woohoo!  We finally went to the park and got a late lunch, so we decided that instead of a late nap and staying up until 11 pm or so with him, we'd skip the nap and put him to bed early.  This doesn't happen often, but it happens.  About 7 pm we tell him it's bath time.  We get him in the bathroom and on his little potty - and then he loses his mind.  He won't get off the potty, won't get in the bathtub.  Nothing.  I finally have to carry him to his room, but on his diaper and pajamas and put him in bed.  I think it took him 15 minutes to fall asleep.  Poor boy.  He slept until 8 this morning.  No more skipping naps!

I put on FB that parenting would be much easier of the rules didn't change all the time.  But they do, just like Noah does.  And, really, I guess that's a good thing. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Noah These Days

Let's see.  What to say about Noah these days.

His most annoying habit these days is closing any door in the house he passes that's open.

The flip side of this is that in the past week he's also started knocking on doors and saying "who's there?" or "who's home?"  I assume he picked this up at school.

Something he's been doing for a while, that I assume - and hope - is common for his age is having his favorite little things that he sleeps with and/or takes in the car with him.  It can be this little airplane toy or his glow worm or two long, blue duplos stuck together, or his Jake book.  The one good thing is that he is willing and able to go find/get them most of the time.  But, it does also mean we have to sort of at least have an idea of where they are to tell him to go look.

Remember about four to six weeks ago when we tried to put new shoes on his feet and he reacted as if we'd set his feet on fire.  Fun times.  Well, Saturday he got his shoes wet and they weren't dry by the time we wanted to go somewhere.  So, we got the new shoes, put them on his feet, and he's been happy to wear them ever since.  Woohoo.  I guess he realized they were more comfy than the old ones.

We're also fond of remembering the days when he was a nice, quiet little boy.  We listened when people said that probably wouldn't last.  It didn't.  Boy does he jabber a lot.  I'd say we're up to understanding about 40% or so.  He's constantly learning new words and phrases.  I still think part of his problem could be his brain working faster than his mouth.

He still watches quite a bit of Curious George, and a little Sofia, but now he's in love with Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

Last week I was eating a little cheese pizza for lunch and he ended up eating about 1/4 of it.  Tonight, Ching had some steam bag corn and he helped himself to a few bites.  So there is hope that he will expand his list of foods beyond 20 things.  His absolute favorite food right now is Jello.  Thankfully, he didn't mind all that much when we were out of it.

Oh yeah.  Potty training.  We have NO idea how it works.  Thanks to pre-school, he's started using his potty chair several times a day.  Mostly we have him use it in the morning before getting dressed, before and after his nap, and then before his bath.  He's getting better at pulling down his pants and pull-ups.  He's not to the point where he says, "hey, let's go potty" yet.  But, he's doing better at this point than we thought he'd be.  We just don't really know how to "move the process forward".