The Adventure Starts Here: May 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

Baby Noah - 30 Weeks

I usually try to take a posed picture of Noah each week for the title picture, but it seems this week just got away from me.  We really weren't just sitting at home much this week!  This picture was from our day at Grammy and Grandpa's house on Saturday and he looks just like I did as a baby!  If you disect Noah's features, he really does look like me and my younger brother as babies.  But then there are times when he looks JUST like Chris.  I really do think most of his expressions are Chris'!  Aren't genetics amazing?

Weight:  21 1/2 lbs

Health:  We were back at the doctor this week when Noah got a rash on his stomach.  He tried Multi Grain Cereal for the first time Wednesday morning, and when we were getting him ready for bed that night, we noticed that he had red blotches all over his stomach.  When they were still there Thursday morning, I called the doctor and had him check Noah out.  The doctor said he can't be sure if it's a food allergy, but since Noah isn't showing any other signs (fever, fussiness, etc) and isn't bothered by the rash, he suggested just stopping the multi grain cereal for now and trying it again in a few weeks.     


And we can't forget about those teeth! The painful teething seems to be over now that those two teeth are through.  He's still drooling a lot and likes to chew on things, but the crying has stopped and it doesn't seem like he's frantically looking for something to bite on.  

Crying:  Noah really doesn't cry much (unless he's hungry or tired), so we couldn't miss the opportunity to take this picture when he randomly started crying for maybe a minute while we were playing.  I have no clue what brought it on, but he's cute even when he cries!

Sleep:  Sleep got better this week thankfully!  Saturday night he woke up once and Sunday and Monday night he slept through the night!  He is now back to waking up once (usually around 3 or 4) and then sleeping til 7:30... I can totally handle that!

Clothes:  Wearing size 6-12 and 12 months (in Carters).

Social:  We had a busy Memorial Day Weekend as you can read from Wednesday's post.  On Tuesday, we went over to Grandma and Grandpa's house again and Noah was able to see Luke when he got home from work (Luke was away Memorial Day Weekend).

On Wednesday, we went to a playgroup through the Morristown MOMS group.  It was at one of the mom's houses and Noah got to "play" with 3 other little kids.  He really just sat on the floor and played with a few toys, but it was fun for me to be able to chat with some other moms for an hour or so.

We also went to lunch with our friend Elena on Wednesday.  She had seen Noah wearing his mustache shirt last week and requested that he wear it to lunch.  She brought her mustache on a stick and they had a little photo op!

Even though he looks sad in this picture, I promise you he was having a fun time!

On Thursday, my best friend Marlaina came over and we went out to dinner.  We had originally planned to eat outside, but since walking to the restaurant was ridiculously hot, we opted to sit inside the air conditioning.  We did however stop for frozen yogurt and eat that outside :)   

Diet:  Noah obviously tried multigrain cereal this week and the cereal won.  Noah also tried a few "real" foods this week.  He tried a small piece of watermelon on Saturday.  He swished it around his mouth for a while, but didn't realize he should swallow it and ended up spitting it out.

We let him taste some sugar free vanilla frozen yogurt on Sunday, and he seemed to like that.  He's also starting to get the hang of eating puffs and now knows how to swallow them.

I also gave him some tiny pieces of banana, but he just let them get really mushy in his mouth and it looked like it came out with his drool.

He also got to try a blueberry banana puree.  Chris was excited to feed him blueberries in a blue bowl with the blue spoon.  He was a little disappointed when the puree didn't really look that blue lol.

Baby Gear Love:  Noah has started to get really into his toys this week.  He likes to play his piano, play with his blocks, and sit at this toy when we go to Grandma and Grandpa's house.   

We haven't used it yet, but we did just order this chair for him.  Now that Noah is going to start eating some more real food, I want to start eating dinner together as a family.  Right now, Chris and I often eat dinner just sitting on the couch.   I'd really like to start the tradition of a family dinner at the table every night.  

Daddy Time:   There was a lot of Noah Daddy time this past weekend.  Noah has been going to bed earlier and earlier this week, so Chris really only gets an hour with him on weeknights.  Chris can't wait for weekends!  We are also going to sign Noah up for a swim class this summer and Chris is gonna do it with him.

Noah and Chris watching Bubble Guppies

Milestones:   Noah is getting so good at sitting!   He also loves to stand on our laps.

Likes:   Noah likes balloons!  Here is staring up at the balloon...

Noah also likes mirrors... or maybe he just likes looking at his pretty face (I know I do!)

Mommy:  The Wheel of Fortunes that we went to aired on Thursday and Friday.  On Thursday we were never shown, but on Friday you could see us in the audience!

Chris and I are going to a wedding this weekend.  My good friend from college, Amy, is getting married on Saturday.  She was a bridesmaid in my wedding, and I'm so excited to go and have a fun night with my college friends.  It will be the longest I've been away from Noah, but I know he will have a blast with my mom.  The wedding is in Philadelphia, but we still plan on driving home that night.    In preparation, I even went and got a manicure and pedicure this week... it was very much needed!

Happy 30 Weeks Noah!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Memorial Day 2013 Recap

I get excited for Memorial Day Weekend every year.  I always think that it's gonna be super hot and it's going to be a real kick off to summer.  It's kind of like how I think that when April comes we will actually get some really nice Spring weather, and instead I am left disappointed with lots of rain and sometimes even a snow storm for good measure.  Why do I always forget that weather on the East Coast is unpredictable?   While I have had a few Memorial Days where all we've done is sun bathed by the pool, I am usually let down with some Spring-like weather at best.  

Because of Noah this year, we had some lofty plans that would require some good weather.  Chris had the Friday off from work in addition to Memorial Day Monday, making it a 4 day weekend!  I wanted to take Noah to a nearby zoo on Friday, go to our pool for the first time Saturday morning and then BBQ with Grammy, Grandpa, and Uncle Justin in the afternoon, spend more time at the pool on Sunday, and finish the weekend off at my parents' house on Monday.  Our plans weren't totally ruined, but alterations were made.  

We knew from the forecast that Friday and Saturday were not going to be nice.  Not only was it not beach weather, but it was rainy and windy.  We spent Friday morning playing inside and then we made a trip to Babies R Us... exciting huh?  Thankfully, playing with Noah is pretty fun and we always enjoy doing anything that involves spending time with him :)

On Saturday, we didn't get to go to the pool on the first day it "opened".  I think the only person there the whole time was the lifeguard, who spent the day in the club room.   Chris has prided himself that he's been the first person in the pool, on the first day it opens, every year since it opened (2010).   That did not happen this year.  While I didn't plan to go in the water, or even have Noah go in (the water is still very cold at the beginning of the summer), I was bummed that Noah didn't get to wear his super cute swim trunks and hats this weekend! 

We still went over to Chris' parents' house on Saturday, but instead of BBQing on their deck, we ate lunch inside.  Despite the rainy weather, we still managed to have a lot of fun!

Finally, better weather came our way on Sunday.  It was sunny and in the high 60s.  While it still wasn't pool weather, I was just happy that we could spend some time outside!  Chris had a bunch of things he wanted to do with Noah.  We took a walk to a new bagel place and Noah sat in a restaurant wooden high chair for the first time while we ate our breakfast!  He's constantly moving that I couldn't even get a shot where his hand wasn't blurry!  

We then had some fun playing inside (and only napping for 45 minutes)!  I guess he knew that we had a fun day planned and didn't want to miss anything by sleeping!

In the afternoon, we went out for a walk.  Chris wanted to show Noah where he gets the train every morning and take a picture showing how close our apartment is to the train station (we live right on the tracks).  

We timed it so that we were gonna be there when a train would be coming in.  We were a little worried that it might scare Noah, but he was totally fine.  I think Chris was more excited about the train than Noah was!

Then we began our walk...

We stopped for some frozen yogurt at Strawberry Fields and were even able to eat it outside.  We even let Noah have a taste of some sugar free vanilla frozen yogurt... I think the cold surprised him a little, but otherwise he seemed to like it.  

Noah then stared at the less than impressive water fountain.  

By the end of the walk Noah was fast asleep.  We decided to sit by the pool, which no one else was at, until Noah woke up.  I felt kind of silly sitting by a pool wearing yoga pants and a sweater, but it was nice to be outside in the sunshine.  Chris and I discussed how that when you have a baby in a stroller you feel less awkward doing a lot of things... it kind of gives you a free pass to not be super cool anymore.  

Chris then wanted to watch the Indianapolis 500 with Noah.  Noah was more interested in biting on Chris' finger :)

Monday was definitely the best day of the weekend weather wise.  Noah once again didn't nap very well in the morning, so we headed over to my parents' house a little earlier than we planned.  Noah had some toys that he got for Christmas that we had left there because of space.  He is now old enough to play with him and had fun with his Disney Train!  He is getting so much better at sitting up on his own now!

After a nap and lunch, we headed outside.  Outfitted in shorts and his Mets hat, Noah was thrown into the air (lightly), given countless piggy back rides, fascinated by the sprinklers, and distracted by any car that drove by.  For an almost 7 month old, it was pure joy!   I am ready for summer filled with laughter and chubby thighs (his, not mine)!

That evening, Chris and Noah suited up and watched the Mets vs. Yankees game on TV.  Chris even surprised Noah with a new baseball balloon, since he seemed to love the Mother's Day balloon so much!  Noah obviously didn't stay up til the end, but Chris was thrilled that the Mets beat the Yankees 2-1!

While this was not exactly the Memorial Day Weekend I had originally envisioned, like most things, the alternative turned out to be better.  We had a fabulous four days of trying new things with Noah and spending time with our families.  I hope everyone else enjoyed their Memorial Day as well!

 Chris took this picture during our walk and we thought it was fitting for Memorial Day

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