Sunday, January 31, 2010

Have you ever?

Seen anything cuter than these two? And the fact that they are just smitten with each other makes me so happy.
We're still snowed in. I think most roads are fine, but the road in the neighborhood are horrible; I don't even think I could get 50 feet past my driveway (Ben did an excellent job of shoveling off the's totally clear now). In the past I might have risked it to get over the cabin fever...maybe a trip to Sonic for a diet vanilla coke. But with the precious cargo, I'm not taking any chances.

Friday, January 29, 2010

And so it continues....

the snow. Good times.

Yes, there are very yummy things in the fridge. Nolan enjoys staying warm inside in his pj's.

Freezing rain then sleet and now snow.

My finger got pretty cold doing this.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

9 Month Well Baby Visit

Nolan is nine months old today. So far, it's been such a fun journey. We've been so lucky that he really hasn't been a sick baby (well, other than the eczema, reflux, random cold, etc....but small things). I've also been very fortunate that he has been a good eater and I have been able to exclusively nurse him for the last nine months.
I wake up every morning thrilled to be his mom.

The doctor's appointment fell right at nap time. I guess we're lucky he was not in a foul mood.

Sitting in the waiting room with daddy. There are lots of fun things to look at on the walls.

Hanging out in the appointment room waiting on Dr. Harvey. Love those chunky legs.

Like I mentioned, fun murals are very distracting to a baby and might make a photo with him looking at the camera nearly impossible.

So, all and all, it was a good visit. He weighs in at 20 lbs, 8 oz and is 29 inches long. Pretty much 50th percentile....but so far from average.

Friday, January 22, 2010


So, in the last month, we've had some slight issues with N having accidents at night. Somehow, in a 10-hour window he manages to tinkle so much that he fills up and over the diaper. If I change him when he wakes up at 4 a.m. we are usually good. But sometimes I don't feel like changing a diaper at 4 in the morning. I just want to get back in the bed.

Any suggestions on how to stop this from happening? It happens a few times a week. He gets fresh clean sheets every third day or so (lucky him). It was happening every night, but I went to a larger size overnight diaper and thereby eliminated some of the problem. Currently, I am using Pampers Overnights in a Size 4. He usually wears a size 3. Would using another diaper brand help?

Well, here he is in all of his cuteness.
Not crawling here. Just slapping the tile. And that tv in the background. Yes, I was watching CSPAN. They were talking food stamps (now the program is known as SNAP). I could go on and on about socialism in this country....but I won't.
Working those swollen gums over. He threw the spoon and bowl on the ground no less than 15 times this morning after he had his breakfast.
And when can I trim up this hair? Notice the lovely side fringe. And it's long in the front too. I was told to wait until he's a year old, but I worry that he's just going to look so bummy if I don't do something about it soon.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Don't Call It A Comeback

I've been here for years.

Despite my lack of blogging, I've been here. It just seems such a daunting task to go through the camera, pick out pictures and say things about stuff. The last three months have been good (maybe a little not so good too). There was Thanksgiving, Christmas, snow and a whole bunch of stuff in between. I got a new camera - the Canon SD780. It's pretty great and tiny. I wanted the D50, but let's be honest, it's expensive and I'm cheap. I still have the film SLR and if I want to get fancy, well, I'll just get my film developed.

Nolan still has no teeth. He still nurses way more than the literature says he should. He has a head full of hair and probably weighs in around 20 lbs now. And I just love spending my days with him. It's gotten easier. We try to get out of the house every day. Some days that is a challenge. Like when it was really cold a couple of weeks ago. I reminded myself that I 'braved' two Chicago winters. Yeah, that didn't make it any easier.

I've started going to the gym again. Well, on more of a routine. I've convinced Ben to take two longer lunches during the week so I can go around noon. If you live in NWA and are looking for a gym, I highly recommend Fuse in Bentonville. It's clean. I'm big on clean. We were members of another gym when we lived here before and it was not clean. Edward Health in Naperville spoiled me. Fuse doesn't spoil, but it does keep me content. I'm trying to get into a running routine again and pick back up with some weight lifting.

So other than house stuff, baby stuff and gym stuff, I've really just been hanging out. I'll try to be better about the blog. My mom asked me for a while about updates. Finally she just stopped asking. I put pictures of Nolan on Facebook, so she gets a little fix there.

So, here are pictures of 'Little Toot' (don't ask me where the name came from) over the last several months.

Ben figured out if he set him in the sink, he really couldn't go anywhere. He however, did end up with wet pants.

His love affair with Greyson has grown stronger. She tolerates him, for now.

Still loves to jump.

The first walk around the neighborhood in the wagon.
We've tried a lot of new foods. So far we've had sweet potatoes, butternut squash, parsnips, green beans, sweet peas, leeks, asparagus, cherries, blueberries, peaches, mangoes, pears, apples, bananas and avocado. This is N with cherries all over his cute little face. Despite what you see, a lot actually went 'down the chute.'

These monthly pictures get harder and harder to take.

We went back to Mississippi and visited with friends and family. We pretty much covered the north third of the state in a week. Ben and Daddy went duck hunting. Here they are with 'the kill.' Well, most of it.

We also got to see Brett, Kelly, Emma, Hudson and Logan. Hudson is such a sweet little boy. In this picture, he's definitely the easy baby. Even though my child is sleeping, things quickly turned around and I was bouncing all around Little Dooey.
Christmas Socks!!!

Emily came in for the holidays from Charlotte. Nolan just loves her. So does Greyson.

So, I had to do a little rearranging of the tree. Something tells me next year I won't have any ornaments on the bottom three feet of it.

Nini got Nolan the wagon for Christmas. He was clearly excited about it.

Favorite things to play with: my hair, kitchen items.