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)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Lots of Hair

You wouldn't believe it but Nolan has lots of hair suddenly. His hair is very thin (and blonde) so when he's in the stroller the static makes it stand up in the back of his head. Sometimes it is messed up in the back- we call that his feathers. Check out these fun bath photos! There's some hair for you (and his tounge- what a surprise)!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I don't have time right now

to write the blog that I want to write. The one that everyone writes now about how thankful they are for all the really wonderful moments in their life thus far and for the moments that are sure to happen. I really want to write that blog for this kid. Man I love him. After meeting and falling in love with Dave I was certain I couldn't love any more than that. But then this came along and...
well, I've fallen in love even more. With this monkey and with Dave. I am so thankful for so many things right now I can't even begin to attempt to list them ... because I have too many darn projects in the works right now and a bookclub book to finish that I FINALLY just received yesterday.
well, look at that- I guess I did write a 'thankful' blog.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Child Proof?

It seems like the child proofing products attract Nolan. There are some cupboards and drawers that are free for him to open and close and he could care less. But the ones with locks on them... oh they are so inviting. He loves the one in the kitchen and often can be found chewing on the hanging straps.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cozy to Bed

How cute and soft and snuggly do these pjs look? And how happy does this little guy look? Seriously he's so fun right now I just can't take it. He's really moving around pulling up on everything and sometimes letting go (and falling). He's still loving books and figuring things out. He's still eating and sleeping great. So fun!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Mom Blew It

We've been trying to do a family activity each weekend to be sure we get out of the house and to try new things in the area. This weekend we decided to go to a children's museum. So on Friday I got the pass from our Library to get us in for free. We let the little man nap in the morning and head up to the museum arriving about 10:45.
Turns out, the museum opens at noon. NOON. On the weekend? Noon. Seriously? Boy, Mom really blew that 'outing'.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Nolan found a new game which I was certain he'd discover eventually. It's funny when he just sits there and pulls them all off, looking at each one as though he's trying to decide which to choose. He often chooses the one in his mouth. It's an Elmo puppet in a book. He loves it. his face lights up when you make the puppet 'work'.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Favorite Toy

Nolan loves the dishwasher. He loves playing with the flap where the soap goes and it's the perfect level for him to stand up and play with.
He is SO the 'likes-the-box' kid. Toys everywhere and he loves the non-toy items like the dishwasher.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

From This to That

Most days Nolan wakes up around 6:30 and plays for about 1 hour before he quickly grows tired. And I mean really tired, after bouncing in his jumperoo or now crawling around and pulling up by the time 7:30 rolls around the kid is zonked. This is often what he looks like for his morning meal. Hardly keeping his head up, resting gently in his hand. Sometimes is head rolls down and the only way you would know he's still awake is that he continues to open his mouth for food and kicks his feet. But AFTER his nap, he is revived and ready to go! While he did stand in the crib on our never-to-be-mentioned-again-trip to San Francisco he hasn't begun doing that in his crib at home. Or at least we haven't seen it. Lately this is what we find when we hear him awake after his nap.
Look out world! Here he comes!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas Cards

This year will be (hopefully) the first of many years we send Christmas cards. I've been thinking about these cards and wondering a lot about them- should we get professional photos taken? Should it just be Nolan? Or Nolan and his parents? Surprisingly I didn't have a difficult job choosing what birth announcement we'd send but for Christmas cards if just seems more challenging- I have no idea why.

Of all the different photo websites out there I use shutterfly.com I've always used it, even when my old roommate worked for snapfish I stuck with shutterfly. I love having all my photos at quick glance and the quality of the prints are really special. Most of my artwork in my house are prints from shutterfly (they do larger prints too). While I'm very happy with the products I've purchased from them I've only gotten prints of my photos, not any of the other amazing things they have- photo books, mousepads, cards etc.

So when I saw that Bloggers get 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly... sign up: http://bit.ly/sfly2010 I absolutely did! So now I just have to choose from my favorites which one I want to pick! So my three favorites are these. Please tell me which you think I should choose:

Peppermint: www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/cards-stationery/peppermint-bliss-christmas-card-5x7-flat?sortType=1&fa=8&storeNode=93476&fe=1&fb=1&fc=1

Cocoa: www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/holiday-cards/snow-flurries-cocoa-christmas-card-5x7-flat?sortType=1&fa=8&storeNode=93476&fe=1&fb=1&fc=1

or more standard: www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/cards-stationery/frosted-frame-christmas-card-5x7-flat?sortType=1&fa=10&storeNode=93476&fe=1&fb=1&fc=1

I'm leaning toward the last one...

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Nolan has become a fast master of crawling. He is very mobile and getting faster by the day. However his new trick is pulling himself to standing and he is doing it EVERYWHERE and on EVERYTHING. He pulls himself to standing on the bed, shower curtain, mirror, jumparoo, pillows, tables, cabinets, dishwasher (his favorite) and yes, the stairs. Oh boy...


Thursday, November 11, 2010

What to do next

With the weather getting cooler and the prospects of walks and playground visits close for the year teamed with the Autumn classes Nolan was signed up for coming to an end I need to find more stuff for us to do.

I try to take my job as Mom seriously. It's important for Nolan to have a range of activities he does- whether it's playing at home or interacting with other kids, it is important for him to have those experiences. I don't use the week to do chores or run errands. I rarely sit with him and do something else while he is playing. My job, during the week during the day, is to be his Mom. To teach him things and to allow him to experience things. Although I also don't want to enroll Nolan in a slew of activities and burn he (and me) out having some regularly scheduled activities would be helpful.
So, Borders and Barnes and Noble both have storytimes during the week. That's nice- Nolan really enjoys books and we encourage reading so I like that idea. Luckly there is a BN about 5 minutes from our house. I guess my biggest task will be to go in and out of BN without spending money... there is a Starbucks inside. I've met some great people with babies Nolan's age who are interested in doing things too which is nice. But figuring out a new curriculum for him is a challenge. And playing in the house is fun but not all day. If anyone has any ideas, please share!

Otherwise we can always play with the computer camera like we did yesterday after Skyping with my parents.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Our Little Entertainer

After debating for a few days whether to blog about all/any the bad things that happened on this trip I am still undecided. I can not avoid writing about the trip though--- the wedding in Bodega Bay, CA was for Dave's friend Greg. It was a really wonderful wedding. The church was beautifully old, photographed by Ansel Adams. The ceremony was Filipino Catholic which included some beautiful customs. The reception was entertaining, lovely, sentimental and delicious, complete with a fantastic first dance (including all of the wedding party and two MCs)and a full roasted pig- YUM! Nolan, Dave and I donned our fancy clothes and put on our happy faces. The wedding was fun. Nolan was an entertainer, like always. He seriously turned on the charm. He looked absolutely adorable in his button down white shirt (mental note, do not feed sweet potatoes before dressing child in white shirt). He really loved chewing on my necklace which I had to remove after 5 minutes of wearing and was a good little boy for the reception.
Please note: Nolan's bloodshot eyes are not from a hangover, he just opted to not sleep which unfortunately the red-eye fixer on photoshop does not cure. This is his 'sexy' pose in his fancy clothes.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

And THIS Little Piggy did not WEE WEE WEE all the way home

The wonderful things that happened this past weekend in San Francisco will hopefully, when we have some distance from it, be what we remember- seeing our friends get married, spending time with friends, meeting their new family members.

I actually don't even know what to say about this trip except it will be our last travel outside of our timezone with Nolan for a very very VERY long time. I'm not sure what we were thinking but waking up at 3am West Coast Time wasn't one of them until last week... and no, the time change didn't help.

At one point Dave said 'Mistakes Were Made' which had us laughing about our disaster of a date last year. We did laugh a lot, we worked VERY well as a team. We made lots of mistakes, beginning with planning the trip and ending with turning the heat off (it was 48 in our house when we got home). Considering all of it, tears sprang to my eyes only two times, once at the wedding and once when our plane touched down in Hartford again.

We are so happy to be home. Our backs are happy to be home. Nolan is happy to be home. Unfortunately this is what our fridge looks like so we definitely have to do some shopping...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Funny Kid

Yesterday was one of the first days it was truly cold. When we woke up the temps were in the 40s and stayed that way for most of the day. While it's not winter-coat-cold, it is hood or hat cold. So we bundled up and went to the playground for a swing.

Nolan didn't seem to even notice his hat but when I put the mittens on him it was as though he no longer had hands. He didn't hold onto anything, he just held his hands out- making swinging a little bit of a challenge.

Eventually he used his hands but then slumped in the swing like this
And stayed that way for several minutes until I pulled him out assuming he was tired. But he wasn't. So I put him back in for more swinging and he slumped like this again. What a funny kid.

Monday, November 1, 2010

A Little Bookworm

When Nolan wasn't feeling well (we couldn't exactly put a finger on what specifically was wrong)one of the ways we could tell he wasn't feeling 'himself' was that when we read him a book he didn't try to eat it. He always tries to eat the book which makes reading a chore. When he was sick he let us read 3 books in a row, just leaning back and looking at the pictures.As it turns out, that had nothing to do with him being sick. It is just a new phase Nolan has begun. He loves to read books. When we sit on the chair near his bookshelf (which I LOVE) he stares at the books as if he is trying to tell us to read them to him.

And it's adorable. Some books he laughs at when we open the page. Other books his body language says 'Not this one'. He is really enjoying the lift-the-flap books and he seems to really love Pat the Bunny (my favorite book as a kid)- except he does try to eat the flowers when he should be smelling the flowers...

While this is a wonderful period in our lives what it also means is he'd rather be reading books than sleeping... which isn't so wonderful. But it's all part of growing up and we are loving every minute of it.