Thursday, July 30, 2009

14 lbs 12 oz

This morning Noah had his 2 month doctor's appointment. He is now 24 inches long, and weighs 14 lbs, 12 oz.

He's in the 50th percentile for head circumference, the 75th percentile for height, and the 90th percentile for weight. He's a chubby little guy :)

Kiss for a Cousin

Noah has a new baby cousin who we got to meet on our trip to Amarillo. He's a tiny little guy, he weighed just five and a half pounds or so in this photo. As you can see, Noah likes him. Or at least, Noah seems to like kissing other babies.

He sure made Noah look big. His daddy also got a little laugh out of Noah. I guess the braided goatee was a new one for him.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

First time in the pool

Swimming for the first time!

We took Noah swimming in his Grandma Patti's pool. He loves to splash, which means he splashes himself in the face quite a bit. He doesn't seem to mind at all.

I have more photos from Amarillo to upload of Noah with some new little boy cousins almost the same age. Hopefully tomorrow.

Also, we have his two month checkup tomorrow, so we'll know exactly how big he really is, and whether is is unusually big, as people keep saying he is.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

We love roadtrips

We packed up the fit and headed to Amarillo this week. Noah was great in the car, sleeping most of the way to Albuquerque. We played with my cousins and hung out with Colin and my Aunt Jennifer. Noah was into playing transformers with the boys.

The next day was Amarillo, and we found some surprisingly pretty rest stops along the way. I love these photos that Chris took of me and Noah.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Two Months!

We haven't had Noah weighed since he was 4 weeks old. Now he's already two months old, and we were just itching to know whether he had really grown as much as he looks like he has. Yesterday at Target we bought a digital bathroom scale. I pulled it out, stepped on, saw my weight, and then picked up Noah.

Wait a minute, I'm not great at math, but I weigh more than 14 lbs more when I'm holding Noah?!
This can't be right...

So I ask Chris to try (he is good at math). How much more does Chris weigh when holding Noah? 14 lbs 6 oz.

So, give a little for the diaper, which might actually weigh close to 6 oz, and he weighs approximately 14 lbs, seriously. That means he's gained another 3 1/2 lbs in the last month. No wonder his poor skin (and the small diapers) can't keep up.

Two month milestones:

- Head holding, which is quite a feat with a big baby head and nonexistent baby neck!

- Rolling from back to side

- Smiles, smiles, and more smiles

- A few little giggles here and there

- Much more interest in colors, objects and (uh-oh) even the television...

- Grabbing (and have you seen the length of mommy's hair lately?! Bad combination?)

Happy Two Months!!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sesame's Prayer Flags

Remember these prayer flags? They're the ones we spent valentine's day last year writing all our hopes for Sesame's birth and life on (see the post here). They're starting to look tattered from the strong wind. I think that means the prayers are effectively flying out into the world. Now Noah (formerly Sesame) is captivated by the colorful flags flapping in the wind. It's really cool to see how much he enjoys being outside already.

Whenever the breeze blows in his face he closes his eyes and sucks in his breath. It's so funny to see, and imagine what it must feel like to have wind in your face for the first time.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Taking up more space

Azrael, our cat, used to be the center of attention in the house (at least she could pretend that she was). Ever since Noah was born though, naturally, she's been feeling very ignored. Especially now that he's getting more vocal and more of a presence, she's started to wonder who (or what) he is. He hasn't noticed her much yet, but I forsee some tail pulling in the future.

He's starting to grab at some of the toys, and just today we noticed that he seems to like sitting up.

The monsoons are starting to make laundry a little more of a challenge (at least when things start out hanging on the line and the dryer is full), so our nice comfy chair ends up looking like this.

It was cleared off quickly though, when it turned out to be a great place to sit and watch the lightning storm.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Today Chris and Noah went out together to give me some time to work. Chris has a better time with Noah if they're out and about, mostly because Noah sleeps well in the car and the stroller, and when he wakes up he isn't so bored. Chris just takes a bottle along with a couple of ice packs, and they're gone a few hours.

It's so hard for me to be away from Noah for so long. I miss him like crazy.

Even worse, most of my job is transcribing interviews that I did over the phone. In the interview I was transcribing today I could here Noah screaming his little head off in the background. Ouch!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Summer Salad

I think I may have posted this salad last summer, but I was inspired by Gina's wild summer salad idea and thought I'd make this favorite of Chris and I. It's called a half and half salad (half salad and half pasta). Just cooled pasta, your favorite lettuces, cheeses, tomatoes, olives are good, and whatever you like. It makes a nice light dinner, but still good and filling with the pasta.

We've also been doing some fun things with morning bagels. Hey, when you're pretty much stuck in the house most of the time, you have to be easily entertained...

We've actually been taking Noah out and about quite a bit. He's great in the car seat, but often complains when we stop at stop lights. He doesn't understand the purpose of traffic laws just yet. We go to Summit hut (as Chris mentioned), home depot, target, of course the mall, and other air conditioned places. We also went up to Pima Community College this evening after the sun went down to join tons of other people doing an evening walk around the track. Noah didn't make a peep for the whole mile, and had such a great look on his face when we would turn toward the wind. He seems to love being outdoors (a good thing for him, considering who his parents are), and we're super excited to try out our new tent sometime soon.

He was so patient this morning while we doddled around trying to get ready that I couldn't resist this photo.

Just in case you don't already know, there are some great stories and a really cute video of Noah splashing in the tub. Click here.

One more.

Looking up at (what else?) the beetles, and hugging this monkey blanket that we think is so cute. He also has monkeys on his shirt.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Master Multitasker

Can you find Noah in these pictures?

Chris is mastering the multitasking, as you can see. Emailing/baby watching, bike fixing/baby watching. Who knew?

One baby thing that takes his full attention though. I don't think he minds too much.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Happy summer days

This first photo is, of course, looking at the dancing beetles. They are still Noah's favorite thing. He has a few other toys that are getting close though.

The awesome fish was a gift from Jed and Tracy (hand-crocheted), the fire-truck, of course from Grandpa Dennis (he's a fireman), and the Tarantula from Granddaddy Steve (not because he's a tarantula though, I don't think).

This one (below) was a moment of playing "where's the baby?" - I throw a blanket over Noah's face and then pull it off. Amazingly, it entertains him for long periods of time.

We've been playing the game a lot, and learning how to entertain a baby (almost two months old now, no kidding).

Early mornings are the best. We just stay in bed for a long time and Noah smiles at us and we play games.

The winnie the pooh gown is one of our favorites. The first time we put it on Noah he was a few days old. He looked at us like we were ridiculous, which may be true. But the little pooh hands are just irresistable.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Baby Emery's Big Cheeks

My Gram sent me these photos when she saw that I mentioned Noah having big cheeks. His are nothing compared to these, but I think they just might get there if he keeps eating all day like he prefers to.

This black and white, taken by my uncle Eric, looks quite a bit like Noah though, I think. It's amazing how much he can look like me, like my mom, like Colin, and especially like Chris all at the same time.

Check out this one that I already posted the other day, but couldn't resist the side by side.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Baby Shower

I don't mean your typical baby shower, I mean a baby in the shower...
This morning Chris was taking a shower and Noah, being the amazing aim that he is, peed all over my shirt. I thought, okay, I'll have to take a shower, and then I'll give Noah a bath...
A few minutes later I got into the shower too, with Noah. I wasn't sure how Noah would react to water spraying on him, especially the way it kind of sprays your face, but he loved it. He wasn't sure about being held directly under the stream at first, but got used to it. And, he seemed to love the spray on his face. I think he was mostly hoping more of it would spray into his mouth. We all got clean in a fraction of the time!! I told you we're adapting.

Obviously I couldn't take my camera into the shower, but here are some cute ones of Chris and Noah getting dry.

Another shower this afternoon in the form of a heavy monsoon thunderstorm was definitely welcome around here. It's supposed to be around 107 here this weekend. Maybe we won't be going for any walks...

Just a little aside, here is a cool photo I took today of one of Chris' sunflowers with the storm coming in the background (I don't know if you remember, but the foundation of this blog was really photos of the yard, before Noah came along to spice it up).

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

For comparison

It already feels hard to remember how teeny Noah was. I was looking at how long he looked on the changing table, and couldn't believe how much bigger he is already.

1 week:

6 weeks:

He can bounce the bouncer on his own by kicking, instead of just slumping down in it.

1 week:

6 weeks:

Sorry I didn't get a full body shot, but check out those cheeks!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Tummy Time

Tummy time, so I have read, is an important activity for babies' development. We've recently started trying to let Noah have more tummy time. It's good exercise for his neck, and supposedly will help him get ready to crawl.

Here is what he thinks of it:

Mostly because he spends most of the time smushing his face into the beautiful tummy quilt that his grammy made for him.

Chris gives him a little encouragement...

And finally a little relief..

Things are going well. We're adapting to this new lifestyle. For example: I did this entire post with the use of only one hand...