Monday, May 31, 2010

These pretzels....

Are making me thirsty*.

*Disclaimer: We did not give Nolan pretzels. Well, not yet. I did however let him taste a chocolate bar last week. The look on his face was a mixture of excitement and bliss. But don't tell dad; he knows nothing of this.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Pool is Open

Today we took a trip to the neighborhood pool. And against my better judgement, I just uploaded a picture of me in my 'momsuit.' Hey, it's a cute picture of Nolan. He enjoyed himself and only nearly drown twice - even with Ben and I keeping a close eye.

The backyard pool is much safer. And from the comfort on playing in inches of water, you can also harrass the dog.

And when that gets old, you can run around in the sprinkler (and eat dirt).

Happy Memorial Day everyone.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Denver Dining

So, here's a post about food. Really good food. And the most important meal of the day. So if you are ever in the Denver area, I suggest you get yourself to Snooze for some yummy breakfast. Since our days in Naperville I have dearly missed a good breakfast. Seriously, those pumpkin pancakes at Egg Harbor were so yummy, and sometimes you just want a good Sir Dugan frittata. Alas, most of NWA breakfast dining options are pretty terrible (looking at you Village Inn). Nolan had a couple of pieces of my food, but he focused on his YoBaby yogurt.

Ben had some breakfast burrito with chorizo and avocado. It was really good -and I'm not a huge chorizo fan. I do, however, love black beans...those were in there too.

I should have taken the picture before I started devouring my food. I got pancakes. I love pancakes. Ben does not. Something about wet bread. Well, he had a bite and he liked them. I loved them; so much so, that in PeeWee style fashion, I might have married them. From L to R: chocolate chip with a whole bunch of cream on it, pineapple upside down cake and sweet potato. Yummers!!!

So, if you are ever in Denver, get yourself over to Snooze. And go early; they get crowded.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Go West Young Man

This past weekend we traveled to Denver to see Emily. She has moved with work (again). She lives right in the heart of downtown next to Coors Field and has the cutest little apartment. We got up early and drove to Tulsa to catch a direct Southwest flight. Since we woke up so early and I was able to keep N awake during the drive and while we waited to board, once we took off he was straight to snoozeville. And didn't wake up until about 10 minutes before we landed (of course, it was only an hour and a half long flight).

When we got to baggage claim, he had some energy to burn. If you've never traveled with a baby, my only recommendation is check your luggage (prior to this trip the last time I checked luggage was 2006 - when they totally banned liquids on the plane for that short while). It was all Ben and I could do to get ourselves, a stroller, Nolan and the diaper bag through security. It would have been an disaster with carry on luggage.

When we got to Emily's she had a ball waiting for him. The next morning he ran around and played and played and played with the ball.

Once we got ready we went and had breakfast at Snooze (yummy, btw) and then headed to the Denver Zoo. This was Nolan's first trip to the zoo. And being a candidate for mom of the year, what did I do.....temporarily lost my camera. Fortunately, Emily had hers. Lifesaver!!! Nolan was asleep for the first 20 minutes of our zoo experience, but then he woke up.

Just in time for the giraffes. They were by far his favorite 'dog' that we saw. To a 12-month old with a dog, everything with four legs is a dog. And then there are birds. Those are the only two animals we know.

He tired of being in the stoller, so after the great apes exhibit, decided to push the stroller around and attempt to take out some zoo patrons in the process.

So Emily held him. He just loves Emily.
Then we headed to get some lunch and went to the park to eat it. Nolan LOVES pickles. They are really the only solid food he will eat. He did swallow a couple of pieces of turkey on the same day. Progress!

While I finished up my lunch, he and Emily played.

That afternoon we headed up to Lookout Mountain. Getting there was not fun. Nolan was grouchy, but upon arrival, he found lots of fun things to touch.

The stuffed animal pit creeped me out a little bit (germs), but he wasn't screaming so we played for a bit with these. We were going to hit up Red Rocks, but he got pretty mad with the 2k elevation change and started screaming, so we just headed back downtown.

And had some dinner. It's always feeding the little monkey without a highchair. (Oh, and Emily bought him a balloon - he loves balloons).

After the adults had dinner we were going to walk to the downtown jazz fest. Turns out what we thought was the jazz festival was actual the Jose Cuervo games. Probably not where you want to hang with a toddler so we headed back to Emily's by way of Coors Field.
And on Sunday we got up and played around the river for a bit and then drove to the airport to head home.
The flight back wasn't as smooth. To start, Denver is a slightly bigger airport than Tulsa so security took longer. Once we boarded, Nolan wasn't the slightest bit tired, so the next 45 minutes were spent removing all of the seatback materials and throwing them (I felt a little sorry for the lady next to Ben getting the menu thrown in her lap every 10 minutes). He finally fell asleep near the end of the flight and slept until we picked up our luggage.

We made it home in time for him to start hardcore teething again. No one is sleeping and there is a lot of poutsies. Currently, we are 4 teeth in. I guess that leaves about 16 more baby teeth to go. Good times.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Goodbye Sweet Baby Curls

Well, for the record, I don't know that there were ever any curls. Just a lot of hair. Not so much a mullet....there was a party all the way around - absolutely NO business to be had on Nolan's head. Here he is last week prior to the trim.

He's pretty adorable, if I do say so.

Giving the old haircut one big smile in the mirror before it's gone.

Toward the end. It's shaping up to be a nice little boy cut. For the record, there were no tears. Just a lot of squirming. Ben and I had to take turns holding him...and the whole cut took about 10 minutes. Thanks Michael at Blue Door & Co. for making this easy. (She has two boys...I'm pretty sure that's why she was so awesome). It's not perfect; we wanted to fix up the front a little, but he was having no part of that. Maybe next time.

Playing outside is so much easier when you can see where you are going.

Unrelated to the haircut, Ben and I went to see Iron Man 2 on Saturday afternoon. It was slightly better than okay. I like RDJ and think he's pretty adorable, so it was really win for me either way. But while trying to park the car we tried to turn into a space and this was parked there. Not a motorcyle, but a bicycle. With no chains or anything. This has to be one of the stupidest things I have ever seen. I'm sure there is a bike rack in the area. Wonder if the bike was there when this person got back to it?

Monday, May 17, 2010


he likes to feed himself.

And boy is it messy.

As you may notice, he got a haircut. Fun pics to come soon.

Monday, May 10, 2010

A lot can happen in a year.

So it's official. Nolan is one year old. We had a birthday party the weekend before his actual birthday. He only fed me icing off of his cake and then started throwing it around the dining room - at which point, the cake was taken away. Just as a note, if you plan your pregnancy, try not to have your baby 8 days after your birthday (or 8 days from any family birthday) one week, we ate THREE cakes. The party was just a family event. I figured this was the one year I could keep it low key and he wouldn't be devastated.
He liked opening gifts more than eating. I mean, seriously, who doesn't like cake? I'll tell you child. Which comes as a shock because I eat something sweet EVERY SINGLE DAY. (Note to self - I need to spend more time in a gym). At heart, he's a Cubbies fan, but since the Orioles are in a different league, he can wear the outfit Kimberly sent him.
At his one year "well" baby visit, he was 30.5 inches long and 22 lbs, 8 oz. Still right in the 50th percentile. When asked how he was doing with solids I laughed. Out loud. He has some weird aversion to most foods. Again weird, Ben and I eat ALL OF THE TIME! He still nurses about 6 times a day. I get tired just typing that. (If you have any strong feelings against breastfeeding your child this long, maybe you should see what the AAP or the WHO have to say about it). Turns out, a lot of kids who have late eruption of their teeth (he got his first tooth just before 11 months and a second one just before his birthday a third came in shortly thereafter, and we're still working on number four) don't take to solids that well. We're hoping he'll be eating table food by junior high. Now, we offer him food about 5 times a day. Most of the time he doesn't eat it. Sometimes he does. Like greasy mexican of a table. He ate a ton of this stuff. After he had already eaten a pretty hefty dinner.
And he's walking full on these days. You'll be doing something and then he's all BAM! up in your business. When 2 seconds ago he was three rooms away. Ben says he's stealth.

And no post would be complete without a picture of him torturing the dog. All Greyson wants to do is sleep. Nolan does not like sleep. Sleep is for losers (and most certainly not for moms...or dogs).