Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Ups and Downs

There are so many ups and downs of parenting. It is perfect that they often come at the same time. It's almost as though the universe is forcing a balance of them.

So the UP is that Nolan has really begun to 'play'. He can sit with one of his new toys and push buttons or open and close it which will entertain him for a few minutes at a time. Yes, a few minutes. You have no idea what joy this is. He is constantly going and going so for him to sit and play for a few minutes is really exciting.
The DOWN is his eating. He is sort of eating finger foods. When he is into the finger foods he rejects the food on a spoon. But sometimes he rejects the finger foods and wants pureed something. And it is frustrating for him and for me. He's wailing in his chair and I'm grabbing the blender to puree what he's eating. Today resulted in tears, for both of us. So after making a deal with him- every meal there will be something pureed and something solid/finger food, I'm praying he'll go to sleep, though I'm not holding my breath.
Nolan is a lot of fun lately and I find myself really enjoying my time with him. He's also very frustrating and I need to remind myself that it is what it is. And it won't harm him if he skips a few meals because he doesn't want to eat what I've got for him.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Day Celebration

Nolan's other Grandparents and family came to visit and celebrate on Christmas. He was totally spoiled this year. Ahh, just the beginning. We had a really great day! Nolan can't wait to meet his new cousin... just a few more months to go!
He had a great time with his Uncle Jim (he has a very fun toy connected to his chin!)

He hammed it up for the camera, especially to get some great photos with his Nana and Grampa!

And of course, Snoopy. He absolutely LOVES this toy. His face lights up when the music plays and he gives Snoopy lots of hugs.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I don't even know where to begin

What fun was had this week! We had so many visitors and Nolan was in playing heaven with all of these people to entertain! But first, we got our tree which Nolan isn't allowed to touch but loves to say 'hi' to it. Every morning he'd crawl to the living room, sit in the hallway and wave to the real tree and the one in the window. He even took a moment out of opening his present to wave to the tree!

Then we got the booze. Yes, it was a little excessive but you can't have too much prosecco, can you? (he learned this by watching me)He had some really nice playtime with Gramma
And Grampa Jack

More stories and photos tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

New Can, New Toy

Nolan got a new pail this week. He fit perfectly in the box. And of course, he chewed on it. I can only imagine how many boxes he chews on this weekend. I am so very excited for Christmas!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Messy Boy

This is a picture of Nolan when he is really tired and eating, the biggest mess is cottage cheese and prunes... I'd like to think he loved it so much he grabbed a handful of it. Unfortunately I don't think he likes cottage cheese. He rubs his face, ears and head when he's tired. He is not as good with getting the food IN his mouth when he's tired (and neither am I). And he has begun to slurp (think spaghetti) his tofu into his mouth which makes a crumbly mess.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Week- Traditions

Wow. It's Christmas week! And this year is especially exciting, not only are we planning our first Christmas with Nolan (who won't understand any of it) but also we are hosting for Christmas Eve with my parents and Christmas Day with Dave's family. You have no idea how exciting this is for me.

Ever since I started hosting my parents on Christmas, for 7 years now, I've been figuring out what traditions I want to keep from my childhood (lasagna for Christmas eve dinner and cinnamon buns on christmas day) and what traditions I want to create (decorating a gingerbread house... then it was cookies... this year sugar cookies but the idea is still evolving). After marrying Dave I got to choose what traditions we borrowed from his family (Carrot Chowder/Tomato soup and their method of stocking gifting- though that will have to change next year since Santa fills stockings, not family.
I just love our mantle. I love the way our stockings and the wreath really make the fireplace look especially festive. I love that Santa will fill these stockings! SO FUN!

Now some of these traditions are 'in the works' but I love them even more. For example, the first year we decorated a gingerbread house the roof slid off, the cookies were rock solid because I bought the kit and there was probably as much saliva on the house as frosting but we didn't care. My parents and Grampa groaned when I told them this was a new tradition (and they had to do it, damn it) but by the end of the day we laughed so much about that darn gingerbread house it was the perfect memory to a newly created tradition. Last year, the cookies were decorated in interesting fashion- some headless, some with babies in their belly and we had so much fun doing it. (some were even decorated in naughty fashion, an homage to Grampa). I was thrilled at the enthusiasm and just love love love this every changing tradition- and we get to do it TWO times, once with each family- SO FUN!

And then there is our very crooked tree. No, we didn't put it up crooked. When we got it home we realized the trunk makes an S type curve in the middle. It looks like it's falling over but it's actually quite secure (and we tied it up to the stair railing). Since it is long and lean it took only minutes to decorate (which made Dave very happy) and only 1/2 of our ornaments- since we avoided the bottom part and our breakable ornaments. Nolan loves looking at the outdoor lights and our neighbor's lighted reindeer but he hasn't really been as amazed by the tree in our living room as much as I thought he would be. However it's only been up and lighted for about 8 hours so we still have time. :)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Gone are the days

Gone are the days of routine like clockwork. This guy skipped his morning nap yesterday and took only half a nap in the afternoon. And based on his walking and the amount of crying he did you'd think he'd be tired and wanting a nap...

but noooooo. We 'walked' about 1/4 miles behind some push toy and even some toys that aren't 'push' toys. We laughed and chased each other, we hid behind toys, we played peek a boo, we went to story time, we chewed on books and still this monster didn't show signs of tiring.

But today he's back on track. thank goodness. I like naptimes. :)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Decorations

We don't' have many decorations but we do have these great Santa hats that sit on the backs of chairs making the dining room look really festive. I put out two and Nolan found them and pulled them off within one day. Then he discovered the pom pom at the top, which is really soft and fuzzy...
And apparently comes apart...

Monday, December 13, 2010

Nine Month Stats

Nolan had is 9 month doctor visit today. But first, please look at this photo... notice the mark on his lower lip--- yeah, he busted his lip on a chair a few days ago. His mouth was bleeding and it was scary for a few minutes. He really liked chewing on the ice pack we had for him. So Doc said Nolan is doing great and is fantastic but what was absolutely shocking to me was Nolan's weight and height. He only weighs 22 lbs and 14 oz. He is only 30.25 inches long. I would have guessed he was at least a 25 pounder. He certainly feels like he weighs more. We were there about 6 weeks ago and he was 21 lbs and 12 ounces so I was surprised he only gained one pound or so. I guess that's what exercise will do.
For those who like percentiles... his weight is the 84% (previously 89%) and 96% for height (previously 99%).

Ok, yes, Sunday was a pajama day. Nolan wore pjs all day, even during the Patriots (4pm) game where he kept his eye on the game while playing like a maniac in the basement.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Good Sharer

We took a trip to Stew Leonard's this weekend as our family outing. Stew Leonards is a grocery store that is known for it's plentiful food give-aways and crazy outlandish decorations- cows that moo, cheese that sings songs, farmers that hang from the ceiling doing backflips, chickens that sing- loads of fun for a kid. And in the baby circuit, they are known for their store-made rice cakes which taste like rice krispies and practically dissolve once you take a bite. We had to get some for Nolan.

Nolan loved them. And loved even more that it was food that his parents could eat too. So he loved sharing them with us. And now when he eats them he's often offering a bite to us.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Nolan the Red Nosed Baby

Many have commented or asked about Nolan's red nose. Sometimes I will respond with 'yeah, it's from his 6 beers he drank this morning'. Other times I tell the truth, it's rug burn. Yes, rug burn. The kid rubs is soft delicate face on the harshest surfaces. Especially when we put ointment on as an attempt to heal- he rubs at it vigorously.

We got the new sheet which Nolan really loves and has been helping but we can't prevent him from doing things like this.

Hopefully he will stop doing this soon. He has definitely cut back but when he's tired he does more of this. I wish he would stop, his face is now rough and sometimes we can see the rough skin on the tip of his nose...

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Sometimes, for whatever reason, clothes get stuck on Nolan's head. I guess it's just the direction that we pull it off. And sometimes it looks like he's wearing a turban. He is such a clown lately- he has this fake (really fake) laugh and he even slaps his knee when he does it. He's too funny.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

What were they thinking?

I often look at some of the toys and books we have for Nolan and wonder how they got 'approved' to be children's toys. Some of his toys are these non-descript animals. Like - is that a bee? Or a Giraffe? Or is that a mouse or a dog or a bunny? Nolan has this great toy he loves and I do too, that has a little bell inside. It's orange with little ears. I have no idea what it is supposed to be so it's hard to refer to it. 'Oh Nolan, do you want your orange animal'? So, take this for example...
Starting with row with the dragon- so there is a dragon... then a frog with a mask and snorkel? what in the world? First of all, frogs don't need a snorkel... they live in water... that doesn't make any sense. But WHY?
Lately I've been looking a bit more closely at his books. One of his books has a bunch of words on each page and each page is themed. So here is one page...
Really? Food and drink has to include cookies, cupcakes, pizza and candies? And we wonder why our children are obese...

So then there is this page... I like this page a lot better. So does Nolan, especially the grapes. But what's up with the carrots? Carrots do NOT look like that. They are pointy at one end and have soft greens at the other. Not carrot sticks. that's weird. I mean, who decided to forgo the original carrot and photograph carrot STICKS instead?

The things my little brain ponders.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Bigger By The Day

Nolan seems to be getting bigger by the day. He is developing and figuring things out and doing all sorts of fun and neat things. Sometimes I look at him and he appears to be a grown boy. Look at this photo:
Aside from the fact that he's sitting on the kitchen floor and less than 3 feet tall, doesn't he look mature? Like he could be a teenager? I think it's the clothes. Some of these kid clothes are absolutely adorable.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Encounter with Santa

Nolan and Santa met today. He was a holly jolly fellow with belly like a bowl full of jelly and smelled like cookies. Nolan was skeptical.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Mama Cat

Lately Nolan has been carrying things around in his mouth so he can crawl and bring it places like a Mama Cat. While this is inventive (or evolution) it cracks me up every time I see it. He generally shoves a paw or hoof into his mouth, does a few vocal bites and then goes on his way.
Sometimes the toy is very large and he has trouble crawling which makes it even funnier.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


When I was a kid my Grampa's neighbor (I'm pretty sure) gave me this stuffed animal and I LOVED it. I think I was in 3rd grade, evidenced by the friendship bracelet that recently fell off it. Monkey was so soft and white and I brought him everywhere, even Australia in 6th grade, even college, even California in my luggage, even back, to all of my apartments and now in our home.
He's just always been one of the many stuffed animals Nolan has until a few days ago.

I must admit I was thrilled that he was snuggling with monkey and burying his face into his soft belly like I used to until I realized... he was just trying to bite his nose.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Holy Moley

Wow, what a weekend. I am amazed- to look in the yard and not cringe at the amount of work we need to do to make it look better. To look in the kitchen and see it clean after 4 days of absolute utter disarray. To look at the to do list and see most of it checked off. Wow. I'm amazed.

The cookies came out great. I needed at least 4 dozen for a cookie exchange on Wednesday. I found a recipe I was excited about- Mexican Chocolate Cookies. I tripled the recipe which after looking more closely at would make 96 cookies and planned to give some to my neighbors (I do that every year). Except cooking the recipe NEVER makes what the recipe actually estimates. So instead I got 5.5 dozen. So I guess I'll be making more cookies in the upcoming weeks. Ah, such is life.
Also this weekend I realized that Nolan had no more food in the freezer I rolled my eyes and 'added on' to my long list to make food (3 lbs broccoli and 5 lbs pears- boiled and smushed, not together). I've been stumped what to do about a new protein. I was bored of pureed chicken so I'm sure he was. Anyway, in a pinch I asked Dave to get some tofu at the store. Whaddya know, the kid really likes it. I think he likes that he can feed it to himself. I cut it into cubes and he works to get it into his mouth. It's slippery, not like a puff but he's getting the hang of it. But it sure makes a mess on his tray and in his little hands.
Oh, and I forgot to mention- I tried to make turkey stock from the bird on Thursday (since I had a little extra time on my hands). It worked really great, tasted delicious and I was thrilled since (added to the list of to dos) we were going to make baked potato soup with our extra 10 lbs of potatoes when we bought 5 lbs. We made twice baked potatoes with half of the extras. So I go to add the turkey stock that was in the fridge to the crockpot and what comes out but this...
It's like turkey broth jelly. I don't know what happened to it but I added some water and the soup came out fine. Boy that looks wrong...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thank you to my husband

Thank you Dave, from the bottom of my heart, for taking primary baby duty so I can accomplish so many of my 'to do' items. Without you I don't know what I would do. On a weekend like this where I feel dizzy with tasks that I've piled on myself you have done everything to help me accomplish these. I love you so much.
We got Nolan a new sheet. It is unbelievably soft so hopefully his raw nose will heal and he can burrow into this sheet all he'd like and not scrape his face and nose raw. The poor kid. He likes it so much even when he's not in bed he still loves touching it. And after a few days of sleeping on it we can see an improvement on his face. Thank goodness.
My 'to do' list is almost complete. The only thing left is to READ my bookclub book and make 9 dozen cookies. amazingly that is not overwhelming. This is my list:
-pick wedding photos for album, scan to disc and mail (just need to address and mail envelope)
-pick photos, format, print calendars for family calendar (project is at the printer)
-yardwork (got the babysitter to come for 3.5 hours so we can clean the yard for winter)
-READ- working on it- plans for tonight -finish bottle of wine and read book
-scan excess photos of Nolan to discs (strangly this is a daunting task and not completed yet)
-label, stamp, address christmas cards (cards are in possession, stamps bought and return labels ready to apply)
-make some christmas presents- unfinished
-get envelopes and mail calendars when finished- possibly tuesday) (can be done all at printers- office depot is amazing)
-make 9 dozen cookies (planned for tomorrow)