Friday, April 30, 2010

It's getting harder...

Life with Nolan is fantastic. But it's getting a lot harder. He is awake a lot longer than before meaning he now needs to be entertained a lot more. This also means email and blogging is a bit more of a challenge. He is also going between 3 and up to 4 hours between feedings which means his crying probably doesn't mean he is hungry. I've deciphered one of his cries as 'I'm tired'. It is a pathetic attempt at a cry and if he had more energy he would yell loudly but then end his breath this wimpy cry. I think it is adorable (note, it is the END of a cry, not the beginning, that I think is adorable). He has been doing this a bit more lately, I don't think he's falling asleep as easily and is way overtired.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

What a treat!

A few days a week Dave is heading to work for a 9am arrival which gives him some really special time with Nolan and also gives me some great morning time. I have a lot of things I try to do in the morning and sometimes they take a long time, other times they get accomplished rather quickly. Nolan doesn't seem to enjoy dawn. When he sees it is getting lighter outside he doesn't go back to sleep like he does in the night. That is ok with us, really, since he is such a great sleeper at night. BUT, it would be nice if he slept for longer than 45 minutes between his wake up and noon.

But with Dave being home a bit longer it gives me time to eat breakfast, pump (sorry if that's TMI) and take a shower. I feel like I have the whole day ahead of me! oh right, I do.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Lazy Sunday

The weather today made Dave, Nolan and I cancel our plans and what a treat for all. We all slept in a little bit, Dave slept until 9! Well, we were up earlier but Nolan and I went downstairs and Dave got some good snoozes in. Because the weather was rainy and cold and because Nolan is 'congested' we opted to skip the March of Dimes walk. I feel badly to have missed it but even moreso bummed to miss showing off Nolan to Dave's coworkers. I know there will be a next time, but he is so fun and cute right now (but very screamy too).
So instead we stayed in, relaxed and had a big dinner (roast beef, potatoes, beans and salad) and it felt like a great rainy cool Sunday afternoon. OH! And Nolan slept in his crib for 1.5 hours today. Of course, Dave put him there... not me... sigh.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

My Evening

Tonight I met up with Cathy and got my toes tended to. Ahh, what luxury. We stopped by the new Irish Pub in West Hartford Center to try out their beer. It was satisfactory: cold and wet. The evening was beautiful and we sat outdoors. What a treat! By the middle of my second beer I was professing my love to it. I missed beer...

Friday, April 23, 2010

'Sick' vs 'Congested'

Throughout our relationship I will declare when I start to feel sick. When I think I'm coming down with a cold. Sometimes my body fights it and wins. Othertimes I get sick. Dave always rolls his eyes with each declaration.

Yesterday I declared that Nolan is getting sick. He, for sure, is congested in his head, not his nose, like me- no fever, pleasant mood, sleeping and eating well, plenty of diapers to be changed. Well, minus the diapers for me. Anyway, he and I seem to have the same thing.

I asked Dave what he thought about the plans I have today, should we cancel them because Nolan is 'sick'. He doesn't play with toys so it's not like he can give his cold to anyone. No one holds him when we're out so he won't be getting germs or giving germs. Dave said, 'Nolan is congested. He'd be fine going out.'

That's when it occurred to me, Dave does not consider 'congested' 'sick'. And I do. And suddenly his eye rolling made sense to me. And Dave is right, just because he and I are a little congested, if we feel fine otherwise then we are not 'sick'. I mean, seriously, look how happy this kid is, does he look 'sick'?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Real Busy Week

Wow, what a week. Tomorrow is Friday. ALREADY! Holy moley. I checked my planner and I can't believe all that was written for this week. Lunch plans, visitors, mom's group stuff. It's fantastic. I loved it.

Today I had my follow up appointment with my OB. It was strangely sad to say goodbye to the group. There was a particular nurse who helped me through a lot. A REAL LOT and I am so thankful for all of her support and when I saw her and introduced her to Nolan, after our warm hug, I nearly broke down and cried. There are a lot of people I don't think I could have handled my pregnancy without but all but this one nurse I continue to be in touch and contact with. Perhaps I will regularly call Shelly, the Advice Nurse, just to check in and let her know I still think of her.

At any rate, I learned what my 'baby weight' retention is. I will soon learn my new CBC (Complete Blood Count) and have been given the 'ok' to resume pre-pregnancy life. Exercise and all. Now if I could just stop eating those sweets....

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Out to Lunch

This week we had the Grandparents and Auntie to visit. Grampa and Auntie arrived on Monday and Nana arrived Wednesday. Each of these days Nolan went out to lunch to meet Daddy on his lunch break. Each time he was a great baby and slept through lunch. He has been in a great mood lately and when I WOOOO at him, he (sometimes) WOOOOs back. That is a really fun and super cute trick because before he WOOOOs, he is smiling up a storm. Although all that smiling and wooing seems to wear him out.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Work Ahead of Me

So I'm working to get Nolan to sleep in his crib. Today he slept in his crib for 15 minutes and then woke up wondering how the heck he got there. I picked him up and he screamed for about 15 minutes.

Again, at his second napping opportunity I placed him in his crib after he fell asleep in my arms. He slept for about 30 minutes, then was awake and making baby noises. Mistakenly I picked him up. He screamed for about 15 minutes again, until I got him to sleep. He's back in there for the second part of his nap. I wonder if he'll wake up again wondering how he got there...

Who is teaching who here? Perhaps he's teaching me to not put him in his darn crib? He does enjoy Big Head Todd and the Rockabye Lullaby CD that has rock songs (Queen, U2, Metallica, Beatles) done in a lullaby sound. Very fun. He likes it.

oops, he's waking again... darn it. It's only been 20 minutes...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Nolan's Bedroom Theme

So we decided on Nolan's bedroom theme. I (er, I mean we) originally planned on sailboats and airplanes but when I went to go buy the stuff it just didn't excite me. And when I started thinking- what would excite me? What would give me the 'happies'? It occurred to me that he had to have a Snoopy room.

When I (er, we) started looking at bedroom decorating stuff, Snoopy was one of the picks but we didn't think it was truly gender neutral. It is definitely boy-gender. And I (we) forgot about it since the set is not sold at Babies R Us, the cult of babystores. I like the idea of not having to buy from a bedroom 'set' in order to get things for the theme. Snoopy stuff can be gotten anywhere, not just from Lambs and Ivy brand.

SO, when all is said and done, Nolan will have a Snoopy room. Complete with a Snoopy lamp. Yes, I won that argument. It is probably the most expensive lamp in our home, but I just HAD to get it. When the stuff arrives and when the room is decorated, I will post photos! So FUN!
I (we) are also working on birth announcements. That is very fun! Here is a photo of Nolan that did not make the cut. He was not a happy baby during this photo shoot...

Saturday, April 17, 2010

So Nice

Wow, is it nice to have Dave back! He had some crazy work hours these past few weeks and it has been crazy. Today we had some really nice and desperately needed family time- no interruptions. I slept in a bit, we had lunch at Max Amore (two workers recognized me from having my shower at that restaurant- they were thrilled to meet Nolan) and watched a movie. The boys are napping on the couch and I did some brief exercising. I'm sure I'll be sore tomorrow but I have to start somewhere, right?

Friday, April 16, 2010

All growed up

OK, it is official, Nolan is no longer a newborn. He is a 0-3 sized baby. A few days ago I noticed how beefy his little thighs were and how his onsies were not fitting right. A few days ago he put on a non-footed outfit and the legs came up to his chunky knees. And today his going-home-from-the-hospital outfit barely fits him, the neck is evidence. So, we will move him into the next phase of clothes.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Today was a good day. We had some good times and bad but all in all it was good. I wish I could get him snoozing in his crib, and just when I think I'm close... the man working in our basement makes a LOUD thud. I blame that guy because he took a long time and not necessarily because the noise he made woke up Nolan. At any rate, we have new basement windows. It only took 2 days... whew, I'm glad that job is over.
Here's a funny photo of Nolan. I took a bunch today and the slideshow seems to be 'the many funny faces of Nolan Thomas'. What a ham!
Oh and we took a walk with the bjorn today. He fell asleep so I consider that a 'he liked it today' sign. :)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Different Goals

Today my goals were different. I traded in 'showering before noon' for 'take a nap'. At first I didn't think either goal would happen- little Nolan was not looking tired at all this morning. He napped for only an hour between 7:30 and noonish. With my throat hurting and my head beginning to hurt I really desperately wanted a nap. I knew if I didn't get one I would be tired but fine, but when you begin to believe you'll be taking a nap shortly, you suddenly NEED a nap. So we got about 1 hour of naptime in.

Our day today was much better than yesterday, tummywise. This morning he had a rough start but the day went on, he was content, even let out some smiles. We tried more of his gear today- the Bjorn, the bouncy chair, swing, mobile in crib, etc. These are all things he is not really always interested in. He liked most today which leads me to believe he's feeling better.
Something interesting happened today on our walk. About two blocks from home he started to scream. And I mean yelling and screaming like crazy. I didn't know what to do. What am I supposed to do? Pick him up and carry him? Or just keep pushing, smiling as though nothing is wrong to the staring neighbors? I picked him up and carried him the last two blocks. But experienced mothers thoughts would be appreciated...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

upset tummy

My poor little guy has an upset tummy. And he is miserable. And tired. But still cute. This was another rough day for him, little sleep, only in short increments because he wakes up screaming. I gave him some drops and tried everything I know, lay on tummy on my legs, lay on back pushing knees to chest, burping, bouncing etc. Today he seemed to like the vibrating chair (yesterday he didn't). He's sleeping in his swing right now. But i need to wake him up shortly to feed him before my big night out! And it is right on time, I need some time away. I hope he's not a bear for our babysitter. Hopefully Dave will get home very shortly after babysitter is engaged. Good luck to both of them.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Last day of Gramma

Today was the last full day Gramma will be here and I think Nolan was upset about it. He wanted to get all the Gramma that he could and decided he was not interested in sleeping. Surprisingly he wasn't a bear about it, he just would doze off and then realize he was missing out on some snuggle or play time and wake up. Even the old faithful, a walk, didn't keep him snoozing for longer than one hour. But he was in a great mood and played on the activity mat a lot. We even got about 3 minutes of tummy-time (lay the kid on belly and watch him try to lift is giant head). Although he was more excited about his hands being so close to his mouth and not flailing around-he WAS able to catch them for a good suck on his tummy. But here's a great photo of his play-time.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tired Girl

I am a tired girl. Dave is working crazy hours. Nolan has had some great nights but rough early mornings. We had visitors (Great Aunt Judy and Great Uncle Rich) in town and Nolan was a bit of a bear, roaring (well, actually mewing like a cat) and yelling. It was a nice visit, I wish I got to see Jude and Rich a bit more and I wish Nolan was cuter than he was but it was great. Nolan took a bath for their arrival so he would smell nice. And look at that big belly!

Only one more day of my mom's visit. It's been really helpful and enjoyable to have her here. Nolan and I will miss her when she's back home. We are a bit off our schedule since I tried to get a bunch of stuff done last week (my hair looks nice finally). And I have big plans to get to a yoga class over the weekend.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Cutting it close

Today I cut it really close with showering before noon. I think I got in around 11:45. Dave is working crazy and my mom is here so my schedule is off. Some things are a LOT easier with my mom here and other things are a bit more challenging. The challenging part is finding a routine. It has been wonderful that she's been here, she's been a huge help and Nolan really loves sleeping on her (as you can tell by the photos).

Here's a sleepy smile- it's almost like we had to interrupt a snoozing session to get him to do this. But he was teetering on being asleep and flirting with us. I'm still working on getting an awake smile.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

10 things I'm happy about

10 things I am happy about...

1. A freezer full of ready-to-cook food (thanks Mom!) for a second time (thanks friends!)

2. A sleeping baby (see photo)

3. An amazing group of friends and family

4. Flip Flops in April

5. New Moms Group

6. Dave - he is an amazing man and I've fallen in love with him all over again

7. Sleeping with the windows open

8. Exciting days ahead

9. Wearing pants with buttons and a zipper (don't ask what size)

10. My life

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Big Scare

I have been dreading giving Nolan the vitamins he is supposed to have. They smell terrible and the first time I gave them to him he coughed up about half. That was a week or so ago. So with my mom in town I attempted the vitamin drops again. Nolan seemed fine for a minute and I even praised him- Good boy! Then he pulled a deep loud inhale and started making the universal "I am choking" motion. I turned him around and patted his back and he coughed a little then made the gagging motion. I turned him upside down and on his stomach and he coughed up a bunch of spit and mucus and was gasping for air, not completely successfully. This went on for what seemed like 10 minutes but was probably 1 minute and after calling my mom to come in and help, I asked if I should call 911. She suggested calling the pediatrician. So we called, they asked some questions, "no, he is not blue" and suggested I bring him in. Five minutes later we arrive at the doctors, he's sleeping in his carseat breathing away and I'm unsuccessfully fighting back tears. We walked into the office, they said 'Nolan is here, go to room 5' a nurse met us at the door to check his oxygen levels and respirations, all were fine. Doctor came in and listened to his lungs for a long time, they were fine. I was not. I promised Nolan I would never make him take those vitamin drops again. I told the doctor I wouldn't give him any more and the doctor laughed and said it was ok to take a few more weeks before giving him the vitamins. That job is now a Dad-task. I refuse. It was so scary. Poor little guy. Now he's snoozing on Gramma. And breathing.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Nolan's First Smile

Yesterday Nolan smiled, on purpose, for the first time. I wasn't sure if the first time was a purposeful smile so I tried to get him to do it again AND HE DID! And I have to say, it is truly precious. I haven't gotten it on film yet, he's been very upset with some gas/tummy aching and was up much of this morning (330-630) so we are pooped. He's finally snoozing so I'm off to get some things done :shower, brush teeth, eat food. The basics. Wish me luck! And I'll work on getting a smile...

ps, the kid is growing. He has grown out of an outfit. That's exciting. What a big boy!

Monday, April 5, 2010

All Out of Whack

We are all out of whack here in our household. Little Nolan slept until 8:30 when I woke him up to eat. I forgot to eat pretty much all day today with the exception of cinnamon buns we had for Easter. Although the irony is my Mom and I made tons of food for the freezer but while making all of that food, not once did any of it enter my mouth. So around 2:30 I realize I should be hungry... I asked my mom if we could have dinner at 4 but she didn't think that was a good idea. So I had a ham sandwich and we'll have left over ham and potatoes from Easter (YUM) for dinner in a while.

So tomorrow my goals are: bathe the kid, bathe myself, eat regularly/several meals, get my haircut (THANK GOD) and go for a walk (or go shopping if the weather is rotten). Wish me luck!

Oh, and seriously, how absolutely precious is this photo. The two loves of my life...

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Weekend

With my parents in town it makes for a bit of a different schedule. Some things are much easier (like my mom cooking an amazingly delicious Easter dinner) and some things are a bit harder, like finding time to blog. Between the visit with the cousins and Aunt and Uncle (and 3 diapers including some pee-spraying) and grocery shopping (Nolan slept through it) we've had a full weekend. Unfortunately Grampa Jack is leaving tomorrow but Gramma will stick around to help out for the next week and a half while Dave is working crazy hours. I wonder if Gramma will be available in the middle of the night to rock Nolan if he's crazy and I'm exhausted... :) Nahh, but she's been awesome helping get food on the table and we have a huge cooking plan this week to fill the freezer of thaw-and-bake dinners.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Meeting the G'rents

Nolan met my parents yesterday for the first time. He did fine, lots of screaming and fussing but my word he's cute and my parents looked past the loudness to see a gem. In preparation for their visit he took a bath and put on one of his few newborn 'outfits'. Although he peed on the shirt before they arrived so we had to change him, but seriously, how cute is this outfit?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Just like Daddy

People say newborns look just like their Dad, its the way nature works to ensure Dads embrace their own children. Not so much humans but, well, sort of. Take a look- can you tell which is Dave and which is Nolan? Crazy, huh?
Big day for us, the Florida Grandparents arrive today to meet Nolan. They have skyped with him but it's different to meet in person. I think they are very excited. Nolan is excited to meet them too. He even put on a special outfit for their arrival. Stay tuned tomorrow for his outfit.