Friday, July 30, 2010


It is crazy to watch Nolan develop. On Monday he was sitting with his Boppy, supported, and even fell over (which he REALLY didn't like). But he's getting there. Yesterday at music class he sat up on his own for most of the class. It's like watching a plant grow daily. He is having so many little milestones daily (like the snorting). He's eating Apples, Pears and now Bananas as well as rice cereal. He loves the cereal. The rest of the stuff, he is warming up to it. He is sleeping really well on his own. He is playing in his exersaucer and jumparoo toy, he's sitting up, he's interested in (eating) blocks and rings. He's actually playing with things. It's really cool to see him figure things out. I'm so amazed by him daily.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Another First

Last night I was making dinner and Dave and Nolan were being crazy. Laughing, making raspberry sounds, just acting like two little monkeys. I heard Nolan start laughing really hard and then Dave laughing really hard then I heard a giant SNORT and then a slight pause then Dave laugh even harder. I asked- 'Dave, was that you?' and he is laughing too hard to respond.

After he collects himself he explained that not only was it Nolan but he scared himself while doing it.

My son... the snorter... The funny part is, Nolan does scare from gutteral sounds. Clearing your throat, coughing, sneezing or sniffling, he jumps out of his skin. I wish I could have seen his little face when he realized that sound came from him!

Why isn't there a line in the baby books to write when THAT happens. Baby's first snort... 7/27/2010. Love it!

Welcome to Margeaux Shannon Ford born 7/27/2010 at 6:58pm! We are so happy to welcome you and can't wait to meet you!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Magic Sleeping Pants

We have always swaddled Nolan to sleep. So when we decided to 'sleep train' Nolan I was stumped what to have him sleep in. We couldn't swaddle him since he needed to learn how to self soothe. He sure loves his toes and feet so I wanted him to have access to them in case that brought him comfort with his sleep efforts. Footed PJs were out of the question. Besides it is too hot to have long sleeves and pants on. And if he is wailing for hours, he'd work up a sweat.
After skyping with my parents, I thought about what my mom said--she thought he'd be too cold in a onesie. I didn't know what to do. My mom was right. In a onesie he would be too cold. So we decided he could wear a onesie and pants. We came upon some striped pants that makes him look a bit like a prisoner.

After one night of very successful sleep training, Dave and I were amazed. We couldn't believe how well he did. We figured our success was because of his magic sleeping pants. But the naps were really the test. So for each nap, we put on his magic sleeping pants, read a book and rocked until he is drowsy and placed him in his crib. And after a day of great napping, crying no longer than 9 minutes at each nap attempt, we were amazed! He is a sleep genius! And those pants are magic.

Nolan's second night of sleep training was amazingly better than the first! He fell asleep in about 8 minutes, at 7:45 or so and slept until 6:30am without a peep all night! Turns out the kid needed to be spread out, not swaddled. Every time we check on him he looks like this. Sprawled out, taking up as much space as he could. And check out those pants!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Is it too early...

to consider Ferber a success? Here is a picture of a well-rested big boy. One who put himself to sleep after 10 minutes of crying. And one who woke up 4-5 times last night but put himself back to sleep within 12 minutes each time. (we only 'ferber'ed one time!) Yes, this is a boy who did not eat in the middle of the night for the first time ever. This is the boy who at 7am, Mom and Dad went in to rouse him for the day.
This is the boy who Mom asked Dad to peek in to make sure he's breathing a few times last night. This is the boy who is napping this morning after 3 minutes of crying and has been asleep for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

What bittersweet excitement this is. This is the start of my freedom during naps. No longer will he need/be allowed to nap in my/our arms. So sad too. This is also the end of my nursing. My last feeding to convert to formula was the middle of the night feeding. But he didn't eat last night. So that's it for that. Wow. Big changes! Dave and I are so proud of him!
Wish us luck for this afternoon and tonight! We are not considering this a 'win' yet.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Big Weekend

So we have a big weekend planned! We're going to make some apple babyfood and sleep train Nolan. Yes, sleep train. So the kiddo only falls asleep when we're working at it. Rocking, singing, humming, pacifying, bouncing etc. And sometimes he still fights it, although it's been getting better. But we can't keep working this hard for sleep. He needs to learn to put himself to sleep which he doesn't do unless he's on a walk, in a car or in the swing (sometimes). And he needs to learn to sleep unswaddled.

So we're hunkering down, we have no plans out and we're hoping to tackle this problem, starting tonight.

Wish us luck!

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Whew, it's been a whirlwind of a few weeks. Between Dave's busy time and tons of helpers, visitors and donated food (thank you thank you thank you) and then my mom's visit, it's been crazy! And since Nolan doesn't really have a schedule, it's been hard to get him to settle back into one.

So he's been gobbling up the food. He's having thick rice cereal and frankly can't seem to get enough of it. He's already maxed out of his formula allotment for each day, and that doesn't include the one feeding he's nursing too! The kid loves to eat. He gets that from me. Or from his Dad.

We agreed we'd try 'food' this weekend together. I have a feeling he's going to love it. I think we'll try with apples since his dad loves apples. Then move to peaches, pears and melon. Can we do melon yet? So long as we puree it? It's so delicious this time of year.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Bad Camera angle

Last night my mom, Dave and I watched as Nolan perfected his raspberry. He worked on it, it was fun to watch him try to figure it out but he did! And while sometimes he can get his lips to flutter and sometimes he can't, he is just like his mom. I have to work hard to get that sound to come out. Well here is a sideways view of Nolan showing off his new trick!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Visit with Gramma

Nolan and I have had a really great visit with Gramma this week. From play dates to music class to visits with Nolan's cousins, it's been a really nice visit and we'll be sad to see her go. Thank you Gramma for coming to visit!
Nolan really love eating the cereal! It's really fun to feed him, he's a champ at opening his mouth and closing it, I guess one could call that 'chewing' if he was eating something that wasn't watery mush. But he really enjoys it.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

He Likes It, He Really Likes It

Today was Nolan's first meal. Rice Cereal and formula... Mmmm... He was ready, look at him helping direct the spoon to his mouth! This is his first bite... And this was his first reaction to it...

But eventually his reaction got better and better. He knew when to open his mouth and when to swallow.

We were so proud of him. He was quite proud of himself too. We were happy. He was very happy too. I look forward to trying again tomorrow. I think he does too!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Offering a hand

Nolan is getting better and better with the bottle. He's even been helping us hold it. Check out this! Before I took this photo he was holding it all on his own! What a big boy. And he looks SO cute!
Tomorrow we're offering him cereal. Wow, that's exciting! I hope it goes well and I hope he sleeps more. I can't read his hungry cues any more since he chews on his hands all day long.
Our visit with Gramma has been wonderful. And she's as stumped about his sleeping 'issues' as we are. At least we've got one constant sleeping routine established. So he's sleeping from around 7:30pm-3:00am then eats and then sleeps until 5:30/6:30, gets up and plays with Dad for a short amount of time and then gets another 1 hour or so of sleep. Then he's up, has a giant bottle and then snoozes again from around 8:30am-11:00am in the swing. But that's all for sleep for the day. Maybe a nap in the car if we're going somewhere but nothing more than a few minutes here and there... but he's happy and cheerful if he gets his morning sleep. Strange, but working.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Big Boy

The doctors visit went well. He's a big boy though! 15 lbs and 2 ounces and 26 and 3/4 inches long. He has more than doubled his weight since he has been home and we learned all sorts of new and interesting information about babies this age. The doctor says he's long and lean. Hopefully he'll keep that body shape for his whole life.

Monday, July 12, 2010

4 months old

Now that Nolan is 4 months old, the world changes. Four months is a milestone for many reasons but one is we can offer him food.

He's recently converted over to formula and has done so with almost no interruption. Except I didn't know how much I should be giving him. Turns out I was giving him like half of what he should have been getting. No wonder he didn't sleep! So after reading documents the doctor gave us (and didn't read 2 months ago), he's getting more food which has meant an easier job sleeping.

Soon we'll introduce cereal. I'm excited (at the idea he might begin to sleep through the night) and saddened (that he's growing up and is soon going to be eating food!). It's also very unlike me to move to something new before I have the current situation figured out. But I think that's parenting- never really knowing what you are doing, just trying to figure it out as you go.

So I have the cereal, I have the spoons. Gramma is coming to town tomorrow so hopefully she'll offer some advice on what and how we should do this. Don't worry, there will be plenty of photos!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Finally cooling off

The weather is finally cooling off. Whew, what a week of HOT HOT weather.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Dare I say it?

Today was the first one in what feels like weeks that Nolan had a really good sleeping day (so far, it is 8:50 pm). The quantity of sleep was less than expected BUT he did fall asleep with people over and talking etc. I was elated. Small victories, right? Yay big boy Nolan. He IS 4 months and 1 day, after all... It is pictures like this that make me see my Grampa in Nolan. Does anyone else see that?

Friday, July 9, 2010

Is He Teething?

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if he's teething I'd be rich! It's funny because as a new parent I really have no clue what is going on until AFTER it happens. I don't really read the books about what to expect and am unsure when certain milestones occur - when do babies start crawling?

So Nolan drools like crazy. I've talked about that. He also chews on everything. Toys, hands (mine, his, yours if you let him), blankets, wash cloths, towels, books, furniture. It's crazy. And everyone asks if he's teething. I have no idea. Until the kid gets a tooth, I'm just going to keep saying 'no'. It seems early to get one but I really have no idea.

My guide is other babies. James has two teeth and sits up but doesn't crawl. He's 6 months old. So crawling probably will occur after 6 months and teeth before. But who knows?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Fun with a Dragon Puppet

I've always loved playing with puppets. Before we had Nolan I would talk with my hands as though I had a puppet on my hand. Dave thinks I'm absurd. I think it's hilarious. Now that we have a child it is appropriate for me to play with puppets. And Nolan really loves it.
On his exersaucer is a dragon puppet. Dave and I thought he'd be afraid of it but when it 'comes to life' Nolan LOVES it! It nibbles on his arm and makes funny sounds and Nolan just thinks it's a hoot. So does his Mom!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

He devours books

We live in a nice little town with a nice little library. Our town is lovely and I especially love it because there are not a lot of box stores and most stores are locally owned etc. BUT as a result we don't get great tax revenue etc... So our library is cutting back on services etc. This upsets me terribly since I love this town and one of the reasons was when I moved here in 2003 I fell in love with the library.

When Dave and I moved in together, we moved to the neighboring town. Dave fell in love with THAT town library. We have since moved back to the town I especially love. Ever since we joke that he hates our town library. We can borrow from all libraries and often Dave's library has books available that My library doesn't. That is the case for this month's book club book- The Little Prince. So I mosey over to Dave's library and look in the card catalog and turns out the book club book can be found on the children's shelf. So I head to the children's section of Dave's library and the librarian greets me, helps me find the book and asks if I've received a baby gift from the library? A present? My goodness! I tell her that I am not a resident of this town. She laughed and said, we don't discriminate. And gives me a little gift bag: What an adorable little gift. The bag is the alphabet. How cute for a library present. And Nolan just LOVES those baby faces books. And the Born to Read bib? Adorable. Also included was the pamphlet about how important reading is to children, a list of the baby activities Dave's library offers and a library card application (which we can't use because we don't live in that town, but still). Seriously- what a great idea!
Nolan just loves books. Well, he really loves putting them in his mouth. In this chair, while munching on his new book he managed to have two streams of drool run down the book length and dribble onto his leg and onto the counter. I'll consider that 'reading' for now.
(notice he still has one hand on his right foot... he loves that right foot!)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


We got a pool for Nolan a few weeks ago. It cost $8 so why not? Even if we used it one time it'd be worth the $8. I mean, seriously, what can you get for $8 these days? I spend $8 on a trip to Starbucks! Dave doesn't. He spends $1.50, but me, with my Grande two-pump non-fat vanilla latte and a cinnamon scone - it comes to nearly $8. I digress...

So we got this pool that is 3 feet around and 1 foot deep. Not bad, that's a good size for a little tyke like him. So Dave sets up the pool and starts cracking up at the warning label. So I read the Warning labels.

If you can't read it, they say:

Warning! This is not a life saving device. blah blah. (Hello! It's a POOL. If someone were drowning are you going to throw a pool at them? Come on!)

Next one is decent- don't leave kids unattended. Yep, good advice.

Warning! Do not dive into this pool. (Did I mention it's 1 foot deep? If there is an idiot who would dive into this pool they probably couldn't read so what's the point in mentioning this one?)

(my favorite) Do not leave toys inside pool when finished using. Since toys and similar items might attache a child to the pool.

Attache? seriously? You think similar items might attache? That doesn't make any sense? Do you mean ATTRACT? Oh boy. Dave and I shook our head in disbelief. We thought the no diving one was funny until we read the Attache warning.

We will be sure to protect Nolan from the dangers of this pool. Thank you for the warning, pool manufacturer?

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Party Animal

Nolan is a party animal. When we go to parties he 'turns it on' and is an absolutely adorable baby. He'll be held by anyone, laughing and smiling the whole day. Yesterday Nolan and I went to a neighbor's picnic and I only knew a few people. I was worried how he would handle the heat and all the poeple and frankly how I would do (how do I eat and hold him, etc). But before I was even introduced to people they were practically begging me to hold him. He was a delight. Most people didn't mind him drooling all over them, especially if he flashed his toothless smile. Today we went to Luke, Jenna and Brian's picnic. And it was HOT. Wow, 93 degrees today (and should get hotter as the week progresses). He was fun and cute when we first got there, then he got sleepy. He took a snooze in the air conditioning and then we changed into our swimming outfits and went in the big pool for the first time ever. And he enjoyed it. I won't say he loved it. But after a few minutes he was smiling, especially when we made motor boat sounds. I am not sure if he just enjoyed cooling off or if he liked the pool but I sure enjoyed it too.

Photos of us in the pool are en route. Hopefully they will get posted soon.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

New Things In Nolan's Life

Nolan has lots of new things in his life, one of the new things is bib-wearing. The kid drools like it's his job. I mean BUCKETS of drool pour out of the kids mouth. He's a happy little baby and sometimes when he smiles it just pushes all the drool out of his mouth like a wave. I've held him and had the drool run down my back. Dave's had it run down his arm. It's gross. So all those cute little matching bibs that came with adorable little outfits... yeah, I get it now.

When we first got the outfit/bib combo I wondered- how many bibs does one kid need? But seriously Nolan goes through about 2 a day. When he soaks one all the way through we switch it out. We probably could let it air dry and reuse it but since we have so many, why not go through them all. I am not sure how he feels about them but I KNOW he loves this one.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Can you guess which is which?

I can't believe the plaid overalls are almost identical! How cute!

Thursday, July 1, 2010


This week Dave, Nolan and I took a 'staycation' where we stayed home but tried hard not to do any chores or stuff that needs to get done. It was really a challenge but I have a list of things I want to do 'when we get back' from our staycation. It was wonderful, filled with nice walks, a dip in Nolan's pool, a picnic at Elizabeth Park, some nice snuggle time and some really fun play time. Now it's back to real life and back to tackling a big issue for us- Nolan's sleeping. He fights sleeping all the time. Napping is a struggle and bedtime is a nasty struggle. I don't get it. We're not sure what to do about it but it is going to be a hard night when this kid realizes we're putting him in his room and leaving him there until the next morning. No more singing, rocking, humming, swaddling, jiggling, pleading, begging and crying. We've decided to do it. We just need to figure out the 'when' now. Probably mid-to-late July. Seriously, it's ridiculous how much he fights it. He'll cry cry cry and then one of us will go in and pick him up and he'll fall right to sleep. We know it's the right thing to do, we need to psych ourselves up for it.