Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Going Pro? Not just yet...

Yesterday evening while Chris was in class, Noah and I were having a nice relaxing evening together. He was getting tired and I was looking forward to a few hours of time to myself.

Since I'm getting pretty good at it (4 months experience you know), it was no problem to get his diaper on, and then put his little jammies on. "Oh, I'm getting so good at this," I thought smugly.

"Oh, but wait a minute. I forgot to put corn starch on his bottom." (Which is part of my oh-so-wonderfully well-thought-out routine).

The moment I opened the diaper it happened. Pee somehow completely bypassed the diaper and squirted all over the front of my shirt, all over the changing table and all over the wall. In the midst of my trying ineffectively to keep the pee contained I forgot that I had already opened the container of cornstarch. Noah expertly kicked it over and had it all over his legs and feet by the time I could even react. In less than a minute there was pee everywhere, cornstarch everywhere, and definitely a loss of the tranquil atmosphere I was going for.

So, I suppose incident probably sends me back to my amateur status. Better luck next time :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The littlest bike mechanic

As we become more adept at babywearing, I tried out our Moby wrap in a new way last week and it turns out that it's awesome. Noah loves to see what's going on. This one is totally hands-free, and he doesn't even have to wear clothes underneath :)

Chris discovered the greatness of the Moby this morning when he was able to do both of his favorite things (playing with Noah, and fixing a bike) at the same time.

Father and son with their matching hats working on the bike together. They were so cute out there on this beautiful Sunday morning. This lasted long enough for me to clean the kitchen and dining room. Even the floors!

P.S. I was so excited when I figured out how to wear the Moby this way that I had to take a picture of myself in the mirror. I wanted to get Noah smiling, since it's so cute. I forgot that you'd be able to see me too. Soooo, if you've been wondering how I get those great smiling baby photos...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Gotta love those gums!

I just can't get enough of those little gums showing themselves in big baby grins like this one.

Also, check out this sunsuit that one of my grandma's friends made for Noah. Gram says it's just like what my dad used to wear. It's super light and airy, perfect for Tucson.

Monday, September 21, 2009

4 Months!

I can't believe it's been four months already.

Noah is growing so fast. We have his four month appointment on thursday, so I'll be able to update on height and weight and everything then. For now, some milestones:

- He smiles a ton, even for the camera, as you can see

- He can sit up using his hands, although it only last for a second before he topples over

- He has full control of his hands. Watch out!

- He laughs. Really laughs. The sweetest laugh ever. It happens especially when someone is counting in his face

- He naps in his own room

- Also, he bites :) He doesn't have teeth yet, but he's working on them, and he will chomp on your fingers with all his might

He still loves bugs, and this colorful book about them. He loves a lot of other books too, just not quite as much.

Lately he's really looking at the pictures, and reaching out to touch things that are colorful. He also watches us intently when we eat. Yesterday Chris was eating some pie, and Noah watched his spoon go up and down, up and down. It won't be long now until he's eating some mushy things too!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

We turn GREENer

I've been proselytizing about cloth diapers for a while now. I feel great about, and I've read that manufacturing plastic diapers takes twice as much water. But still, these diapers instruct you to do two full washes and an extra rinse. Saving water or not, in Tucson it is entirely too painful to watch all that precious water go straight down the drain. Especially considering that we have this scrawny, half-dead, pathetic looking cottonwood tree trying to grow just outside of our laundry room. So....

Voila! All the laundry water from the second wash and extra rinse, plus all the water from our regular laundry, can help this cottonwood tree and our desert willow thrive.

I don't feel so bad about the extra (and yes, necessary) rinse. Everybody wins! We even bought 'soap nuts', a plant-derived detergent substitute, and made our own liquid detergent out of them so there is no actual detergent going out onto these lovely trees.

Just you wait, pretty soon this Tucson yard is going to be a wetland paradise.

And of course, don't forget daddy's little eco-friendly helper in his Earth onesie.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Noah's room: A start

We're working on a room for Noah (who has a lot of stuff...). Since he's about to start rolling around, being put down on our bed for naps isn't going to work for much longer. I was worried about how he would react to the crib, surrounded by bars. He loves it. The soft mattress and sheepskin and lots of animals to keep him company.

We're working on organizing and making it a fun place for a little boy. Sadly, our pretty guest room is no longer. We still have the couch :)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

We finally master the red sling

I always thought that I would carry my baby in a sling. I loved the idea of the tiny baby in there just sleeping against me. Hah! Noah did not agree. When I tried to put him in he would kick and scream, not wanting to be lying down, and not wanting to face me. I almost gave up for a while, but I finally discovered the sling's greatness. He likes to face the world, see what's going on, and the sling is the perfect way to do it. Now I can hang out laundry, water the garden, etc. and it's an enjoyable experience for both of us.

By the way, thanks Louisa, for this lovely sling!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

My opinion on sleeping

I realize that this isn't the most flattering photo of me, but I just have to post it because I think it's so sweet. I love the way we both have our arms up, and our green sleeping t-shirts.
Chris took this before Noah and I woke up one morning. It's how we sleep every night. I know many people think it's not safe, I'll have to retrain him later, etc.
I think it feels like the most natural, safe, comforting, special thing in the world. I wouldn't give it up for anything. Also, although you might think I'd sleep better if I had more space, I find that I have a difficult time sleeping at all if he's not close by. I've also read that babies pattern their nighttime breathing by the breathing of other adults in the room. He definitely sleep much more deeply if I'm right there.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Glo's Garden: Late summer

I took this one (below) back in June. The difference is pretty amazing.

Flagstaff isn't an easy place for gardening, as many of you know from personal experience. My mom has mastered it though, I think. Look at these leafy plants, and this corn!!

Over the weekend we went up to Flagstaff (which I already mentioned). We ate tons of veggies from the garden and played outside in the nice cool mountain air. Noah was looking a little old-man-ish with his pants pulled up and his tall socks :)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Coconino County Fair

I stole this photo from Fran's facebook profile. I just couldn't help it. Chris is just such a good photographer! This is from Labor day weekend. We got to take the babies to the Coconino county fair! I used to enter an art project every year, but hadn't been in a long long time. It was fun to go back and see how little has actually changed. I think Noah enjoyed it, although this was taken just a few minutes before the sound and lights of the rides area caused him to have a little bit of a melt-down. He recovered though, and was asleep by the time we got to the parking lot.

Monday, September 7, 2009

A pretty stop

Phoenix labor day traffic foiled our plans for a smooth trip to Tucson with a sleeping baby in the back. After about four hours in the car, this baby was having none of it. We finally decided to pull over for a break just as we were coming up to Picacho Peak. We've driven past here who knows how many times, and we hate the gas station, so we thought we'd check out the little state park. It was just around sunset, and we were surprised by how pleasant it was. We'll definitely be stopping here again!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Smelling like a mom

I don't have a photo for this one, but I'm sure you'll have a nice mental image.

I had a meeting for work with my boss today. The first important thing I've been to in weeks.
I went in to the office a little early to print out some things I needed to prepare. Noah was sleeping in his car seat when we got there. When he woke up I pulled him out and set him on my lap to keep reading.
I looked down, and there was the yellow mustard poop oozing out of his diaper and all over the front of my pants!
I went into my meeting with brownish stains splotched all over the front of my pants, and smelling, as my boss put it, "like a mom."

Oh yeah, and did I mention that it was the first time he'd pooped in about 5 days?! (apparently this is normal for a breastfed baby his age) Can you believe that timing?!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A sneaky kiss

I meant to post this photo with the other anniversary photos, but it snuck away from me somehow!