Monday, November 30, 2009

Just the two of us



Well, the vacation is over. Chris is back at work and going to class tonight so it's been Noah and I together all day. We had a fun day, but it's a little boring for both of us by around 5:00. I tried to stretch out dinner (chili mac with tuna for me, and carrots with rice for Noah) and bathtime, but my sleepy little boy went to bed before 6:30. Looks like another early morning for me tomorrow.

We saw a lot of changes this week. We have a sitter! He also rolls onto his tummy with ease, and pushes up with his arms. (by the way, I don't think he says 'hi' in this one)



Here is the video from yesterday of Melissa teaching Noah to do flips.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

We Miss Vermont!



We've only been home for a few hours, but we already miss being in Vermont. Noah misses his granddaddy (and so do I, like always), and his Grandma Melissa who made him lots of tasty baby foods and taught him some fun games (I also have a video of her teaching him how to do flips, but it's taking too long to upload so I'll have to post it tomorrow). She was also the inventor of the teething carrot, which is one of the best things ever. It's always hard to say goodbye to my dad at the airport, especially at 5 o'clock in the morning. Maybe we'll get rich one of these days and be able to get out there more than once a year.

That blue telephone in the photo above was one of the best toys ever, as far as Noah was concerned. The phone and granddaddy kept him entertained right there for some nice long chunks of time.



So here we are, back in Tucson. All our luggage made it safely, and we looked pretty chipper for waking up at 3:00 AM and then traveling for a total of about 12 hours.



Just a little story from the airport about Noah's outgoingness: He was smiling and waving both arms at everyone in the Tucson airport today as we waited for our luggage. I put my hand out and started to wave, to show him how to greet everyone. He placed his hand on my as I waved, and look intently at what I was doing. Then, he looked at his little hand, and with his fingers facing him, he started to open and close his hand and say, distinctly, "Hi, hi."

Saturday, November 28, 2009

For Today: a typical Saturday morning bagel



Another saturday, another coffee and bagel with cream cheese at the local coffee shop. Just one difference this Saturday, we were at the local coffee shop in Bristol, and this was a Vermonter bagel with roasted veggie cream cheese. Yum. Melissa's oatmeal looked pretty warm and delicious too though.



The southfacing windows made it actually very warm at our table, and I love the way the place looks so bright.



For Yesterday



These red berries were outside of the Mountain Greens natural foods market, just down the street from my dad's house. They make the otherwise bare bushes look so festive. Everything about being here makes it easy to be in the holiday spirit. Christmas music fits better here somehow. I'm really not ready to go home tomorrow.

There was one little thing that I realized that I didn't put into the six month post that I wanted to share. You may not believe me, but I wanted to remember this one...
Noah waves and says "hi". Seriously.
He's the friendliest little baby, with a big smile for everyone who says hello to him. He's happy most of the time, and last night even though he was so tired he could barely keep himself together, getting his diaper changed and jammies on, Melissa commented that he was still trying to stay happy. Laughing even though he clearly was ready to be done with everything and tucked up in bed.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy 1st Thanksgiving!



Noah ate some pumpkin puree mixed with a little applesauce for his first Thanksgiving feast. He enjoyed it, especially since Melissa added a little ginger for flavor, but this gourd definitely won out as far as most enjoyable thing to put into the mouth.
The weather in Vermont has been beautiful since we've been here. We've been on lots of walks around town and enjoyed wearing our cozy winter hats.



Noah and baby Elias are becoming good buddies. This evening Chris was playing with Noah and making him giggle and squeal, which made Elias giggle. It was so sweet to watch them together. I love how social Noah has been lately. He LOVES attention from just about anybody, and a big crowd of people is when he's at his best.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Vermont fall

I love all the water in Vermont. For someone from Arizona, it's always surprising to see so many little streams running through grassy fields, even this late in the season. Just outside my dad and Melissa's back door there is a spring that runs down from the mountain (or hill) above them.



I love the way it really feels like fall. Everyone wears scarves and boots. I've never been here when the maple leaves were changing though. I'd love to see that sometime. Right now everything is a little gray and the leaves are on the ground but it's still pretty. Those red leaves must be amazing.



I might have put some photos of where my dad and Melissa live before, but it's such a neat old house that I'll post it again. Their house is in the greatest location. It's at the top of a long driveway up the hill so it feels like you're out in the forest. It's only about a five minute walk to downtown, the natural foods market, and everything else though.



Looking down the hill into the little town. I think I could really live here (if it wasn't so far away from my mom).

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

First sight of a waterfall



Noah loves water; streams, faucets, baths, rain; the sound of it is captivating. Today was his first sight of a big waterfall, and he was impressed. It was hard to get this picture because he really didn't want to look away from the water. Too bad it's a little to chilly for swimming this time of year!



This waterfall is right in the middle of town in Middlebury, Vermont. We love going to Middlebury when we're around here for the excellent thrift stores and the great natural foods coop.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Vermont Cousin



Melissa's daughter Sumra has a little baby boy who is about two months younger than Noah. He's a really cute little guy. He was super excited to meet Noah too. We're thinking that next year those two months will be nothing at all, and these two little boys will be running around the house together getting into everything they possibly can. Watch out you poor little dogs and kitties!

It's hard to see because this photo is a little blurry, but it was so funny that I had to include it. Both babies are teething a little bit, so Grandma Melissa gave them each a cool carrot to chew on. What a great idea! Noah absolutely loved it.

A long trip



We were a little nervous about how the trip to Vermont would go, especially with three different flights (yuck!), but Noah did much better than I expected. The third flight had a little crying episode, but otherwise Noah seemed to really enjoy seeing all those people. He was all smiles for most of the trip.



We had a nice seafood lunch in the Houston airport, and then ate our bag of snacks for the rest of the day. I think the third flight difficulty might have been my need to eat...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

IComLeavWe

As you might have noticed, I signed up for something called NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month), so I've been trying to post every day. Well, according to this website, the upcoming week - Nov. 21st to 28th, is IComLeavWe (International Comment Leaving Week). I don't know why the weird acronyms, but it works out very well that today is the beginning because we're spending the entire day in airports today on our way to Vermont!
Anyway, I might as well admit it. I check my own blog several times a day just to see if anybody left a comment. I love to hear what people think, or just see that someone has been here to see what I'm up to. So... if you enjoy reading this blog, and especially if you never have before, leave me a comment this week to let me know you're here :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

6 Months! (tomorrow)

Tomorrow is Noah's half birthday! Six months already. At the pediatrician yesterday he weighed 18lbs. 6oz. and was 27 inches tall. Some new things:

- No more tummy time for now, he is a pro at rolling

- He laughs along with others, in response to their laughs and gestures as though he is in on whatever is going on

- He eats carrots, sweat potatoes and butternut squash, and this new part of the world is open to many possibilities

- Teething, drool, snotty noses, fussing, and other six month things; not the most fun, but still milestones...

- We went out in the evening and he stayed at home with my mom for the first time; he even slept!

I did this post tonight because I might miss doing one tomorrow since we'll be traveling from early morning until late at night... wish us luck!!

Here are some beautiful scenes from Chris' backpacking trip in Aravaipa canyon this week. I can't wait to go check this place out.



Thursday, November 19, 2009

I love my mom



This evening we went out without Noah for the first time. It was a little party for Steve's birthday, and my mom and Gaelen stayed home to babysit. I guess it went alright. My mom bounced him and carried him and Gaelen serenaded him with the guitar.
It was really great to have my mom here taking care of us, doing the dishes, cooking, buying us groceries and snacks from trader joe's, and babysitting her favorite grandchild.
So, I decided to say that I love my mom (actually, she was helping me write this post and she said that's what I should say). Also, Noah loves his mom. He also loved riding around in the cart with my mom at trader joe's and helping her check her list.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

We miss Chris

Chris isn't home this week. He's on a little backpacking trip with his students in Aravaipa canyon.

This is a photo of the canyon from priceline's website:



I can imagine him out there in his little tiny tent, listening to the whispers of middle school students until the wee hours of the night, wondering whether he'll have to get up in the middle of the night for some disaster or another...
I hope he's having a good time, and I can't wait to see the real photos of the trip when he gets back. If it really looks anything like the photos, I bet he'll be wanting to take Noah backpacking there sometime soon.

It's really fun to have my mom here for a few days, but I still miss Chris, especially at night when there's no one else to change the diapers or suck the snot out of little noses.

A Failure...



What's that you say? No blog post yesterday!? That's right. I failed. Oh well, I'll do two today and just pretend it never happened...



This little guy was reaching for food and drooling at dinner yesterday so we decided to try again. Sweet potatoes this time, and he actually ate several bites and was fussing for more in between each one. I guess he'll have to get used to something different from the constant flow of milk. So, in the end, this blog post is actually about a much bigger success. Noah likes food!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

A little birthday party



Our friends' little girl had her first birthday party at the park today. Noah enjoyed it, but I think he's getting a little frustrated at not being able to walk around and play with the other kids.



It was so sweet to be there though, to watch Ani with her first birthday candle, and to taste her first bite of chocolate chips in these yummy banana muffins.



There were bubbles, noisemakers, sand toys, and little kids. It's so fun to go to little kids' birthdays and play in the park. I'm so looking forward to doing all these simple things with the new appreciation of seeing them with the sweet new perspective of a first-timer.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Baby pants marathon!



I found it! ... The time to use the sewing machine, that is. And once I started I just couldn't stop. I wanted to make a pair of T-shirt pants for a friend's little girl who is turning one year old. I found a cool tie-dyed shirt and made them late last night after Noah and Chris went to sleep.



(By the way, I think that's what those other moms do. I figured it out. They just don't sleep). I did sleep though, don't worry. Anyway...
This morning I was inspired to make Noah the fleece pants I've been planning to make for our trip to Vermont. The idea was from the same wonderful website makebabystuff.com. They're made out of the sleeves of an old fleece sweatshirt so I didn't have to do the leg cuffs myself, which made them soooo easy.



They were so fast and turned out so cute that I made these wool ones too. Same idea, from the arms of an old sweater.



Whew! A day of pants. Noah was entertained by his uncle Gaelen, and tried to dress a little more like him. (Just kidding, this cute little Che shirt was a gift from Tasha several months ago :)
They sure look cute though, don't they?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Bikes, bikes, bikes...



I bet you're wondering why, when we have an entire room in our house devoted to bikes, we would need to go to the bike swap. Well, for really cool accessories of course. Chris found a new set of tires for his bike for a really great deal, and Noah had a nice long nap in the ergo. A very good Saturday morning.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Snot-nosed little kid



We had a little bit of a sleepless night last night. My little one has his first real snotty nose, coughing cold. He had a little bit of a fever too, and woke up a lot. Having a stuffy nose is even worse when you have to breathe through your nose to be able to eat. Poor baby.

We had a fun day today though. A little more social than normal for a snotty day (although the snot cleared up pretty early in the morning). We ate lunch with Tasha at a cute little cafe in the Lost Barrio called Tooley's. It was nice to sit out on the patio even though it was a little breezy today.



Later Noah helped me frost some cupcakes for Maya's birthday. I made cream cheese frosting (my favorite) and had some left over so I mixed some cocoa powder in and piped in into this cute little message.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Very Special Day

Last year I heard a food story on NPR about a delicious combination of butternut squash, crumbled blue cheese and pecans. I still remembered it, so I thought I'd try it out. I put a little arugula on the side just to add some more color. Gaelen and Chris thought it was delicious. I thought hm, pretty good but I'm not sure I like that much blue cheese...



This dish is not what made the day special...

Our little boy has been sitting with us at meals in his little chair. He watches every movement, smacks his lips, and drools like you wouldn't believe. We've been waiting until the six month mark to give him any food, waiting until thanksgiving. But, with these beautiful roasted butternut squashes and this oh-so-interested little boy...







we caved.



Noah tasted his very first food. Butternut squash all mashed up in the baby food grinder.

"Yiiiicchhhhhkkkk!!... this is what I've been waiting for?!"

I'm not entirely sure that any of it was actually swallowed. And despite the happy face here, the taste was NOT agreeable. I tried another bite and it was met with the most disgusted faces and actual gagging. I don't mean choking, I mean when something tastes so gross that it makes you gag... maybe not butternut squash next time?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Every Day is Diaper Day



My mom's husband Ron gave me this comic a couple of months ago after we'd been marveling at just how many diapers Noah could go through in one day. It was feeling very relevant again today, so I thought I'd share it.













"Who me?!!"



"Okay, you caught me."