Friday, September 30, 2011
Nolan is really into zippers and well, dressing and undressing himself. Sometimes we find himself half unzipped or pantless in the morning. Sometimes we find him with both of his legs stuck in one leg of pants he's trying to put on. I hope we can figure out how to get him ot keep his pjs on as the days get colder- duct tape works for the diapers but not sure how it will work with the pjs...
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Trying to mirror Libby, Nolan attempts to jump off of the curb. Since he just mastered jumping in the past few weeks, this proved to be a very challenging task.
He thought about this jump for a while. Eventually he stepped off the curb and then jumped.
Close, my dear, close.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
As Dave pointed out, I took not one single photo of a live animal. And Dave now refers to this zoo as the Cee-Ment zoo since the pictures I took are of the kids with cement animals. Sorry!
So I think this was Nolan's first game of tag. Or at least it is the first documented game of tag. This was so funny, the globe statue is the first one you see as you enter the zoo. And the last one you see. So this was at the very end of our day- I can't believe they still had so much energy!
They kept running in circles, giggling and laughing and screeching. It was so cute!
Then Libby caught up to Nolan and ...
Got him! With lots of tickles and more giggling.
They are so much fun to watch together. So funny and Nolan just adores her, a mom can tell.
Monday, September 26, 2011
So yes, more zoo photos. What was really fun was to watch Nolan and his pal explore. It seems like mostly Nolan watched her to see how to react.
Or waited for cues from us like "Nolan, hold her hand". They were very cute and very fun to watch.
Especially when they discovered this gorilla statue/bust. They both seemed to explore it the same way, touch it then climb on it.
Two little monkeys, what silly gooses.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Other big news from the zoo- Nolan sat on a horse on the carousel!
And while he does look a bit terrified, it's fair to point out he was utterly exhausted too.
After a single ride sitting in the chariot, aka loser seat, Nolan showed some interest in sitting on an emu. I realized I didn't have a ticket to ride again and thought about buying another as we walked off the carousel.
But then it occurred to me that he might not get back on so I sat him down on a horse (a boys first ride should be on a horse anyway, not an emu) that goes up and down and he did a great. (we paid after)
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
After the peacock cut outs, Nolan and his pal ran around to every statue they could climb on and did just that.
While it was really cute to watch him do this, it felt weird that there was a real live tiger roaming just a few yards away from the cement turtle that we could watch. He was way more interested in this.
He did get on the turtle with some help.
And Nolan was thrilled about this giant gator and made the chomping movements when he saw it but was completely stumped as to how to get on it. So he got a lift. And he stayed there for a while unsure how to get off of it. His pal was not stumped and climbed all over the gator.
Two little monkeys
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I think I can probably do a whole week's worth of blogs from photos of Nolan and his pal from the zoo. It was so fun and exciting for them. This zoo was great, it was not busy and the cost was marginal, add that to a gorgeous day and it felt nearly perfect.
But getting toddlers to do anything you want them to do is a challenge. Especially when the camera is involved.
But looking at the outtakes in succession makes for a comical story.
This is just the beginning of our trip to the zoo. In fact we haven't even seen any animals yet and these monkeys have probably run about 1/4 mile. We were all tired by the end of this day.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I've been thinking about how much fun Nolan had when we went to someone's house and he played and stacked big blocks into tall towers. You remember those big cardboard blocks that look like parts of a brick wall?
I considered how much space they would take up and how long they would keep his interest and still haven't gotten them.
And really, after this I'm not sure if we just need to leave our shopping purchases on the floor for longer or if he really needs some big blocks
Monday, September 19, 2011
My birthday was last week. It's funny, this year it just didn't feel as exciting as in the past. Perhaps because I'm old or perhaps it's because I don't spend every day with/talking to the same people who might remember if I remind them daily for a week leading up to it that it's my birthday. Or perhaps I'm just learning to be subtle- though not likely.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Nolan has begun to offer his stuffed friends snacks. What I love about this video is that Nolan is doing the chewing for Bear. Also that we FINALLY got him on video saying 'raisin'. He says 'raisin' by wagging his tongue back and forth in his mouth (same with melon/watermelon). I have no idea why he started doing this but it's hilarious. You also hear him say 'brown'. He's learning his colors but isn't great at identifying which color is which, kinda like his mom. Nolan has also begun saying 'yes' by nodding his head. I've been working on this since he has 'no' down perfectly. Anyway, enjoy this clip and sorry for the lapse~!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Nolan has taken his diaper off two times now. I mentioned it to some of my friends with older children and a few suggested using duct tape. One said she brings her daughter to Target to pick out what color duct tape she gets for her diaper. Another said it was recommended by their doctor! So after carefully considering how to use the duct tape (tape the diaper to his skin? Wrap the tape all the way around the diaper? Around the diaper and up over his shoulders?) we figured we'd try this approach.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
This weekend Nolan watched studiously while Dave mowed the lawn. During the entire time of Dave mowing the front yard, Nolan did this.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Recently I've noticed that Nolan doesn't really know what to do in the sand box. I'm not sure why, he generally walks around watching other kids (sometimes with his hands behind his back like an old man) or pushes trucks around in the sand.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Nolan has begun to pretend play. Interestingly his pretending is mostly feeds his stuffed friends (well, and mowing the lawn,carpet, sofa, etc).
Here he is feeding Bear. I'm not sure why he has bear up in his high chair but he must have been pointing and grunting to him.
It is really cute to watch Nolan play like this. It's really the first delicate/compassionate play we've witnessed.
(aren't his crossed feet just so cute?) He continues to pretend feed his pals.
I just love this part of parenting. This age is really fun, every day it's something new and some new skill he's acquired along the way. Really amazing.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Everyday it seems like there is something new with Nolan. He's really into buckles again and dinosaurs (still). He is starting to say words that we say. So this week we worked on colors. His two favorites seem to be blue and purple. He thinks everything is blue except for those things that are purple. He's really into puzzles right now too- shape sorting, board puzzles and stacking/nesting cups which makes for some periods of time where he is playing with one item. Let me repeat that. This is making for periods of time where he is playing with one item.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
One day we decided to skip the beach and head to the playground. Nolan had a BLAST on all of the toys. He especially loved the Zebra, a word he can say, sort of, because it was really loose and rocked back and forth.