The Adventure Starts Here: June 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

Baby Noah - Week 34

Weight:  23 lbs

Health:  I think Noah is teething again.  He was playing on the floor and I was watching TV sitting on the couch, and all of a sudden he just bit my toe!

Sleep:  This past week he's been getting up once a night normally.  There were a few nights where he got up twice, but I think that was because his schedule had been thrown off during the day.  The one night was after we had gone to the city all day and he just took naps in his stroller or the car.  And the other time was after he had had a very long afternoon nap... over 3 hours!  Wednesday night was the worst cause he woke up multiple times at night and then didn't really nap well during the day... I think the lack of sleep affected me more than Noah.

Clothes:  It seems like he's starting to transition into the next size.  I've started buying him 18 months in Carters.  He still fits in the 6-12 at Gap, but we will need to buy him 12-18 for the fall I'm guessing.

Social:  We had our fun trip to NYC on Friday.  We had a pretty relaxing weekend, taking family walks, playing inside, and going to the pool.  My parents and brother Luke came over Sunday night to go swimming with us.  I wanted to give Luke his graduation card since we weren't able to go to Chicago for the actual ceremony.  We are so proud of him!

On Monday, Noah and I met one of the mom's from the Morristown Moms group and her son.  It was my first time trying Millie's Meatballs and Pizza.  I have seen their outside seating many times on our walks, and always wanted to try it.  Unfortunately it was too hot to eat outside (especially with 2 babies), but the meatballs and pizza were very yummy!

On Tuesday, we headed over to my parents' house.  Noah played with Uncle Luke and Grandpa even let him go swimming in their little pool without a diaper or bathing suit on!  I told Grandpa that if he makes a mess, Grandpa had to clean it up!  Thankfully, no messes needed to be cleaned up!

Sporting the Northwestern Tee Uncle Luke brought him!

Conveniently covered up by bath/pool toys

On Wednesday, we met my friend Jill for lunch again.   Afterwards, we ran a few errands and Noah kept smiling and giggling at people in line.  Usually he just stares at strangers, so it was a surprise when he was smiling back at them!  We stopped by Michaels and I was able to pick up some Project Life stuff... I'm so glad Michaels is now carrying it!

Diet:  This week he tried pumpkin and orange in some Stage 2 blends.  He seemed to like them both.  He also had his first french fry at Shake Shack on Friday, and I gave him a couple when we went to lunch with Jill.  Next I want to give him some string cheese and maybe some little pasta to try.

Noah immediately puts his hands by his ears when he drinks a bottle now.  

Baby Gear Love:   We haven't used it much yet, but we got an iPad holder that straps it to the headrest of the car.  We are going to use it to play Bubble Guppies for Noah during car rides.  Sometimes Noah loves the car, but other times when we are all alone, he gets upset.  I'm hoping watching Bubble Guppies will distract him.  

Daddy Time:   Chris is great and lets me sleep in (til 8:30) on the weekends and he plays with Noah.  While it's tough getting up early, I think Chris really enjoys this one on one time he has with Noah every weekend.  One of the things Chris loves to do with Noah is play tent!

Milestones:   Noah is now able to stand while holding onto the couch.  For a while I would put him there and he would immediately fall.  At the beginning of the week I was impressed that he could just stand there for a while, and then the next day he wowed me by doing it with only one arm supporting him!  It's amazing how one day they are just able to do something new!

Noah has also started moving.  Not really sure how he does it, but I think he basically crawls/scoots backwards and rolls.  Yesterday he was playing on the ground (in the middle of the blanket) while I ate breakfast and the next thing I know he is under the side table... how did he do that!  

Likes:    Noah really seems to love the pool.  And this week he finally started putting his hand in the waterfall.  Before he liked to look at it but wouldn't reach out to touch it.  He didn't even mind that the water was splashing him in the face!  I'm so excited for his swim lessons to start up this Saturday!

This might be something that I like more than Noah, but he's started getting really affectionate lately.  He will reach his arms up when he wants to be picked up.  He will also give me real hugs now and it just makes my heart swell.  He's also started initiating kissing me on the cheek.  He had been opening his mouth to kiss me when I put my cheek to his lips, but now he will actually grab my face and do it on his own.  It's the cutest thing ever!

Mommy:  Not too much was new this week with me.  I did put this mini gallery wall of frames up in the corner of our bedroom.  Now I just need to fill the rest of the frames with pictures.

And because I know it will be time consuming, I've started compiling all of our videos and photos (so far) that I want to use in his 1 year video and slide show.  Boy do I already have a lot... I really need to cut a lot out or else this thing will be 30 minutes long!

Happy 34 Weeks Noah!

Monday, June 24, 2013

NYC - Walking and Eating

We've been wanting to take Noah to the city for a while now.  So we decided to pick a Friday, Chris would take the day off from work, and we would go in for the day.  So I had the brilliant idea to go on the First Day of Summer!  Thankfully, the weather forecast said it was going to be amazing, so we started planning what we wanted to do.  I thought it would be fun to go to a playground and push Noah on a swing, and Chris suggested walking on the High Line.  So I researched parks, and picked Madison Square Park.  I was sold on it when I saw that there was a Shake Shack in the park... it doesn't take much for me, just burgers and frozen custard!  Chris did some research and found a parking garage that was located on 22nd street halfway between the High Line and Madison Square Park.  

We left our apartment after breakfast and got into the city around 10 AM.  We made the walk over to the 23rd street entrance of the High Line.  There is usually an elevator at that entrance, but as we learned before, it was damaged during Sandy and still hasn't been fixed.  Thankfully, we knew this ahead of time and we were prepared for Chris to carry the stroller up the stairs and for me to carry Noah.  We ended up walking about 75% of the High Line and stopped a lot for pictures, to feed Noah, and to try all the yummy food!  Who knew there were so many food options on the High Line... I know I didn't!  Noah even made a friend while he and Chris were waiting for me to get back from the bathroom.  He was giggling non stop at this French (well we think she was French) lady.  It was so cute since normally Noah just stares at strangers without even cracking a smile.  

After spending the morning on the High Line, we made the walk from 10th Avenue to 5th Avenue for Madison Square Park.  It was already 1 PM at this time, so we decided we'd eat Shake Shack first before heading over to the playground.  We walked into the park and were immediately met with a line a mile long!  Noah had fallen asleep on the walk over so we figured what's the harm in waiting.  About 5 minutes into waiting, a shady spot on a bench opened up, so I went to sit down with Noah, while Chris stayed in line.  Chris was in line for an hour!  During that time, Noah woke up, flirted with the girl next to us (he's becoming a real ham!), had a bottle, spit up, had his diaper and outfit changed (it's not that easy on a park bench!), spit up again!, and then entertained himself by chewing on my water bottle.   

Meanwhile, Chris had the boring task of standing in the super long line, without anything to drink.  Even though I had to entertain Noah for an hour, I definitely think I got the better deal!  While in line, some Shake Shack staff handed out sunglasses... apparently they had tweeted that to celebrate the First Day of Summer that they were giving out 250 sunglasses at 1:30 PM. Photo Op!

Finally, we got our food and it was worth the wait!  We had cheeseburgers, french fries, and some "Hopscotch" Concretes (vanilla custard with caramel sauce, chocolate toffee, and dark chocolate chunks... amazing!).  We even let Noah have a couple of french fries so that we all got to enjoy Shake Shack!

Noah was the BEST baby all day!  Even with an hour car ride into the city, walking all over the place in the sun, eating his lunch on the High Line, having his diapers changed on park benches, and having to nap in his stroller.   Despite all of that, he always had a smile on his face.  What pushed him over the edge?  We wanted to take a picture of him wearing the Shake Shack glasses... he did not like it at all!  He instead just wanted to chew on them.   

And on that note we decided we had kept him out in the sun long enough and to just head home.  He fell asleep within 2 minutes of being in the car... I think we made the right decision!  We had an amazing day in the city and I'm so glad to be able to take Noah out and have these fun adventures as a family!

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