Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pirates and Teddy Bears

I put my new sewing machine to the test with several layers of fake fur and polar fleece this week. The final product was this pouty little teddy bear. Maybe he was disappointed that we didn't give him any candy?

I'm definitely a beginner so I don't think I'll show you any close-ups, and I probably should have used a pattern, but I think it turned out to be pretty cute.
Earlier in the week I went to the mom and baby group at the birth center where we were having a little costume day. The teddy bear costume was nowhere near finished, so I collected all Noah's skull and cross-bones baby gear (mostly given to us by Dennis and Lisa) and came up with this little pirate. Definitely one of the cutest costumes I've seen in a while.

Chris' costume (actually, the deciding factor on whether we should finally break down and buy a sewing machine; he made fur pants himself) was Pan, the goat-legged man of greek mythology.

This evening we didn't go out. We did carve our pumkins though, which Noah loved (we did not let him use a knife).

The best part was when I wanted to get a photo of Noah touching the pumkin. Well, Noah does not touch things, he sucks on them, and pumpkins are no exception. He's getting so fast!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Up close and personal

There are so many little pieces of baby that I just want to hang onto. Nuzzling my face against his little neck and the smell of baby. Giving him little kisses that make him giggle. Those little hands that reach out to grab everything that comes within reach (watch out for all those thorny Tucson plants!). Eyes that are seeing new things in the world every day with such interest. This friendly little baby who has a smile for everyone he meets.

The way he sucks on his bottom lip. Those little eyelashes. Having a "first baby" to take to mom and baby groups and shower with all my attention. The fact that in the past few days he's started to reach for me with his chubby little outstretched arms. As everyone keeps saying, it just goes by too fast! how can he be so big already?

Monday, October 26, 2009

A little patch of pumpkins

That little pumpkin hat is getting a little tight, so it's a good thing the Halloween pumpkins have come along in time.

The lighting wasn't the best though, so don't be too surprised if you see another little pumpkin patch photo shoot coming along in the next couple of days. Until then, you know I love the photos, but here is a short little video that will just melt you heart. Seriously.

Epic Saturday Mornings

I know it's not Saturday morning, but I was just thinking fondly of this past Saturday morning, and of Saturday mornings in general. Noah and I love the two little days a week when Chris doesn't have to get up early and head out for the day. Slow mornings, especially Saturdays when we almost always mosy over to Epic, are my favorite part of the week.

Noah loves Epic almost as much as we do I think, because there's so much color, activity, and things to look at. I loved this outfit on Saturday morning, which was what inspired the photos. So, if anybody is ever wondering where we are on a Saturday morning, Epic would be the first place to look. We love that place.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Baby sized T-shirt pants!

Chris and I decided that we couldn't wait any longer. It's getting cooler around here (down to mid-eighties, Brrrrrrr...), time to start wearing pants. Our ideas for clothers, costumes, and odds and ends were crowding out the rest of the thoughts in our brains, and we went out to buy a sewing machine. Finally. My first little tester project was a pair of baby pants made out of an old T-shirt (the pattern was from this wonderful website

They're a little rough, and the legs are a little wide and the crotch a little short, but for a first try they're not too bad. He's been wearing them all day.

Friday, October 23, 2009

A quick visit

My mom and Ron came down to help Colin get all his stuff packed up and stored at their house. They were just here for a very short trip, but we had time to go to the Tucson Botanical Gardens for some plant appreciation. Noah had been there a couple of times before, but hadn't been so interested. He loves plants. We went into the butterfly exhibit, which had big colorful butterflies darting around. He couldn't decide where to look! The children's garden was especially fun with things to touch, smell, and listen to. He loved grabbing these windchimes.

Some experimenting with the macro function on my new camera:

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

5 Months

I can't believe this little guy is five months old already. It seems like so recently, but at the same time it feels like ages ago that I was posting my countdown to the due date. He changes so fast.

It's harder this month to pin down milestones. I know there are new things everyday, but they're starting to run together. I'm glad to have this blog to refer back to when I can't remember last week. He's starting to seem so much more grown up. His little sounds and facial expressions are so communicative, and he definitely has a mind of his own.

Some milestones from this month:

- Learning to grab things, not just sort of, but really reach for and grab. He's fast too, and everything is headed directly for that drooling mouth
- Discovering ways to manipulate and get attention, such as coughing when upset; very clever boy
- Rolling over: he's certainly no pro. He seems to be more of an observer than a mover. This morning though, I laid him down on his tummy on the bed and then looked down just as he rolled onto his back

Well, those are the major things that I can think of. It's late now and I need to get some sleep :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Weekend Bisbee Adventure: Part II

On Sunday we started the day with a waffle breakfast to celebrate Juliana's dad, Tom's birthday. The waffles were delicious, especially with all these delicious fixins.

Noah enjoyed himself too. He made friends with Juliana's nephew.

And of course you are all familiar with how Noah likes to express his friendship with a baby friend.

In the afternoon we got a little tour of some of their friends up and coming little artisan chocolate shop/factory. Yum. We tasted chocolate from a few different regions, and saw what the chocolate looks like when it crystallizes without the proper processing. Not to worry though, this can be reheated and it can recrystallize to be just right.

And, as requested, I'm trying to post more photos of me and Noah together. Here is one of Noah in his jammies before Chris went to the concert on Sunday evening. I got to stay home and be mommy, which is just fine with me :)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Weekend Bisbee Adventure: part I

I have a lot of photos from Bisbee that I want to post, but I'll do them a few at a time so it's not too overwhelming. We had a great time this weekend visiting my friend Juliana's family in Bisbee. They have a some great houses up on High road, and were generous enough to let us stay in one while Juliana was visiting (We also stayed in one of their houses that they rent out as a vacation rental for our honeymoon last year: the High Road House).

Helen, Juliana's mom, knitted this great hat for Noah. It's super soft and stretchy so he'll probably get a lot of use out of it. Thanks Helen!!

Noah seems to really enjoy Bisbee. We do tons of walking, and all the houses are sunny and colorful. We didn't go downtown this time, but there was still plenty to look at. There were also a lot of perfect pomegranates hanging from the trees. Noah didn't take advantage of it, but Juliana and I sure did.

Here is a super cute baby spending some down time at our house, the "Hairpin turn house" (situated right at the place where high road turns very sharply). The house is made out of tin, and a bit of a hippi house, but we felt right at home there.

One more thing... I forget to post about our new car. It's a true family wagon and we're loving the extra space!

I also have some photos from a lovely waffle breakfast for Tom's birthday, but I'll save them for tomorrow.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sunset Walks in the COOL Weather

Finally we can go outside and enjoy these beautiful sunsets. I've had a couple of requests for more photos of me so I'm trying to get out from behind the camera and let Chris get a few. Apparently he's better at it too, since I didn't get this billboard sticking out of my ear :)

Noah has been spending a lot of time with his uncle Colin lately (which is great for me). This must be his influence though...

Man, I love this little boy.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Baby fingers and baby toes

I just want to remember these chubby little fingers and chubby little toes the way they look right now.

We're finally getting to enjoy some cool mornings around here lately. Noah doesn't know what to think about socks. He loves to pull on them, and I think he's pretty close to being able to suck on them...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Little Milestone

This isn't your typical kind of milestone (like sitting, crawling, etc.) but it was exciting around here. Symbolic of a new era.

Noah has been showing much greater interest in our cat, Azrael for the past week or so. She's not too comfortable with it, despite being so starved for attention that she'd accept a pat from almost anyone.

Yesterday as I was giving her food and holding Noah, he reached out as I was looking the other way and gripped her tail. Needless to say, she was a little surprised. I don't think she's looking forward to the next few years of this...

Monday, October 12, 2009

Farmer's Market with the GPs

Another week at the farmer's market. Lots of veggies, fruits, and of course, the snooty dogs were there again. This time was much more fun though, since Dennis and Lisa were there with us, entertaining Noah and sampling pastries with us.

I love this one of Noah with his papa and grandpa. Can you see the resemblance?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Tucson Meets Itself Again

Every year that we've lived in Tucson (I think this is actually our fifth. Wow.) we've enjoyed this event called "Tucson Meet Yourself", which locals lovingly refer to as, "Tucson Eat Yourself" because the main reason to go is the many many food booths run by the various ethnic heritage clubs in Tucson.

This year we started with Thai, hit the East Indian booth, sampled some Boba tea, ate friend bananas, and lots more things that I was too full to remember.

Noah has been a great sport through all these outings, car trips, and noisy places. He loves all the action, the colors, and especially the music.

It's been great having some of Noah's grandparents here this weekend. They've done a little babysitting and a lot of entertaining, which I sure appreciate.