Thursday, July 29, 2010


Yeah, not the holiday. As in the Lloyd Christmas haircut. Nolan has a haircut scheduled for tomorrow, but Ben just could wait and hacked off some of the bangs - giving him the finest Caesar haircut you've ever seen. Mr. Impatient.
Today we went outside to enjoy a little cookie action from the always delicious Carbajal Bakery. Double-fisting.

Greyson is always trying to steal Nolan's snacks.

A perfectly good chocolate chip was sacrificed to the hair (I'm sure he's upset about the trim too). Quite the mess was made eating Nolan's share of the cookie.

I got a little bowl of water for him to splash his hands in, but he poured it all over himself. So I just got out the baby pool to get him nice and clean.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

15 Months

Today our sweet little Nolan is 15 months old. And what an amazing 15 months it has been. I think back to the days where he was just a little nugget on the ultrasound...and now he is destroying our house on a daily basis. And as exhausted as I am, I am loving every single second of it. I went to college and majored in engineering (obviously if I were focusing on the Mrs. degree I would have picked something a little easier). Never in a billion years did I think I would be a full time mommy. I've never been as passionate about anything in my life as I am about this little boy. And shocking (maybe not), I'm really good at it. Don't get me wrong, I'm still my neurotic self - obsessed with a clean house, not much patience for stupidity, etc., but with Nolan I'm a much more mellow version of me.

So, recently our little guy has started gnawing on the side of his crib. Now, if this were a real piece of furniture, I would be freaking out. Fortunately, this is a piece that is out for a baby (maybe a couple) and then gets put away. I could care less that he is trying to eat his way out.

Barefoot at the doctor's office. Germaphobe Shelley gets over germs real fast when Nolan is around. If he's not jumping into a cesspool at the wastewater treatment plant, I'll probably get over it.

After today's visit (that's a big smile for a little boy that just got stuck three times). Nolan is 24 lbs 6 oz (50th percentile), 32 1/2 inches tall (90th percentile) and his head is 19 1/4 inches in circumference (90th percentile). Some of the things he is up to these days.
  • He loves water. Drinking it, bathing, going to the pool, finding puddles, playing in Greyson's bowl, standing in the rain. If it involves the potential for getting wet, he loves it.
  • He is eating a lot more: oatmeal, waffles, Cheerios, goldfish crackers, chicken, turkey, string cheese, yogurt, homemade mini-meatballs, salsa, pasta, and much more. Some things he still won't swallow: avocado, quinoa, mashed potatoes, asparagus, banana, whole milk...and sometimes ice cream.
  • Sleep is still hit and miss. We're doing better with two naps a day. The morning one is the longer of the two - he's usually down for just over an hour. The afternoon nap is too short (like 30 minutes) if he takes it at all. And at nighttime, he's still getting up most nights around 1 a.m. After a little check-in from mom, he usually goes right back to sleep for another 5 hours.
  • Some words he says: Ball, Mom (not in reference to me but referring to a balloon), Mama, Dada, Dog, Bird, Bat, Hello, Bye-Bye, Down, Toes, Nose, No and Good Girl (in reference to the dog). I swear sometimes I think he has just said 'Thank You' and today he may have said 'Yellow'. He seems to do much better when repeating words that start with a B.
  • He wears a size 4 diaper and 12-18 month clothes, although I'm still putting him in some 9-12 month stuff and he has a couple of rompers that are 24 months that he has worn. He has a little foot - a size 5....barely.
  • This week it was suggested that he move up to the Level 4 Gymboree Class for 16-22 months. He is just way too active for his Level 3 class. They work on two-way communication in Level 3 and he's pretty bored with it. Level 4 is problem solving. I have mixed emotions about it. He's already pushed a kitchen chair up to the kitchen sink and tried to climb up on top....I'm sure in an attempt to turn the water on. I don't need him to figure out how to get in my car and back it out of the garage.
  • He has started giving big hugs and kisses on the mouth.
  • He started biting, pinching and hitting. How on earth do I stop this?


Thursday, July 22, 2010

One of those weeks

First, an obligatory cute Nolan shot. Most pictures of this kid are cute. Even the ones of him crying. I take those as a reminder so 15 years from now I will remember that he did act like a total turd sometimes.

Ben's been out of town this week. And he has an all day golf tourney tomorrow. That translates into lots of fun for me. Now, if you work in a real job you're going to think this is all whiney of me. 'Poor Shelley. She is just tortured staying home all day with that baby.' Yeah, I get it. But it's not as easy as you would like to think. He has all day to mess up the house and he usually has a big meltdown before 9 a.m. And then there's just the rest of the day. Don't get me wrong; I am so blessed to be able to spend this time with him. Every day he changes and I get to be there for all of them. But those days when there are no backup, those days are exhausting. But Ben is back now. Mini-Ben has been here all week.

He's just so cute.

So, on top of the fact that I was on full time Nolan duty all week, I had a major dental emergency this week. I was born without some teeth (7 & 10 in case you're curious), so I now have a series of bridges and veneers and a small fortune of dental work in my mouth. I had them redone about 3 years ago and despite my dentist telling me they would NEVER move, they did. So we were in the process of moving them back. Nothing like being a 30-something wearing an orthodontic appliance. (And I worry that while reading to Nolan I am going to have a lisp and he is forever going to say words incorrectly).

Now this bridge that wasn't supposed to move is also made out of very strong porcelain. The kind that doesn't break. Unless it is in my mouth. Where it wasn't supposed to move or break but it did both. While my husband was out of town. (And diapers would have been good because I wanted to poop my pants when it happened).

So after an emergency dental appointment on Tuesday (thank goodness my in-laws were available to watch Nolan for a couple of hours that afternoon while I was at the dentist) and trying to keep my tooth from falling out for two days, I had another temporary bridge put in today on the right side of my mouth. It's not nearly as pretty as the one that was there before. I have to wear it for three weeks. And make sure it doesn't fall out. For the next three weeks.
Oh, and Ben is never allowed to go out of town for 4 days ever again.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

He Doesn't Do Floors

Well, unless if by 'do', I am meaning throwing stuff all over them. In that case, he totally does floors. It is H.O.T. here in Arkansas. I'm sure it's hot where you are too. I waffle back on hating the heat and hating the cold. I guess I could move to Hawaii, but then I would hate not having seasons. But right in this moment, I would like nothing more than to slap the mess out of this heat and tell it to get on outta here.

But Nolan, he wants to play outside. I guess it's fun. So we go outside into morning temps probably only rivaled by those in the fiery pits of hell. Well, then there's the humidity. Win - Win. Something like that.

After 20 minutes, I was hot and hungry. So I let Nolan play on the patio under my watchful eye while I fixed my cereal. He was content to play with the old broom and swiffer while I ate. These are his favorite outside toys. He would only rather be in the pool or trying to poke the dog's eyes out. I've got to figure out a way to teach them that these tools can be used for cleaning the floors he so quickly destroys on a daily basis.

Then he gave me kisses through the door. The door that I'm sure the dog has licked. (I should probably clean that door off). That might be one of the funniest pictures we've taken in a while.

And then there's lunch. I have the hardest time with lunch. I am open to any lunch time suggestions. Usually it's just some torn up chicken or lunch meat, cheese and crackers. Today I made him a grilled cheese, but he wanted no part of it. So I made him a chicken and cheese quesadilla. It was love at first bite. Between that and the tomatoes from the salsa, I think this is the closest to a complete meal I've gotten in a long time.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Model Baby in the A.M.

We got an exceptionally early start this morning. By 8 a.m. we had finished breakfast, pulled several snacks out of the pantry and logged at least an hour of playtime. After a third diaper change and getting dressed for the day (well, we had the shirt in hand...I just couldn't get him to sit still long enough to get it on), we decided to head upstairs for some semi-independent play - this includes pulling things out of the desk and harrassing Greyson while I check my email.

Throwing around these two balls provided at least 43 seconds of entertainment.

On to a playing a little music on the computer.

Why does this picture remind me of something off of America's Next Top Model?

Finally, on to giving Greyson some love.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Dinner Flair

If you know me, you know that I love to cook and bake. I just never do it. When it was just me and Ben, I hated making all of the food to then have to eat it for five meals or throw it away. Now, with Nolan it's hard to find the time to make anything other than cereal, a sandwich or frozen waffles.

But tonight I did find some time to make dinner. It was really good. I would not say I'm a huge fan of stuffed peppers....really stuffed anything. The only thing I like stuffed at dinner is my tummy after a yummy meal.

Tonight we had stuffed bell peppers and Black Beans and Coconut Lime Rice (from the May 2010 Southern Living):

Stuffed Bell Peppers
4 Bell Peppers, sliced in half with seeds and white removed
1 lb. ground turkey
1 box Zatarain's rice
1 can rotel tomatoes, drained
Shredded cheddar cheese
Boil peppers for about 9 minutes and then cool in ice water. Pat dry.
Brown turkey in skillet
Cook rice according to directions.
Mix cooked turkey, rice (I only used 1/2 of the cooked rice), and tomatoes and stuff into peppers. Top with cheddar cheese.
Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Black Beans and Coconut Lime Rice (recipe courtesy of Marian Cairns in the May 2010 Southern Living)
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1.5 cups chicken broth
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 Tbsp. butter, divided
1.25 cups basmati rice
1 small onion, chopped
1 poblano pepper, diced
2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 lime
2 green onions, thinly sliced
.5 cups chopped fresh cilantro
Preheat oven to 350. Bake coconut on single layer on baking sheet for 8 to 10 minutes
Bring broth, next 2 ingredients, 2 Tbsp. butter and 1 cup water to boil in 2 qt saucepan. Stir in rice. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook 15 to 20 minutes until rice is tender
Melt 1 Tbsp. butter in medium saucepan; add onion and pepper and saute for 5 minutes. Stir in black beans, chili powder, cumin and 3/4 cup water. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.
Grate zest from lime and squeeze lime juice into bowl.
Fluff rice and fold in lime zest and juice, coconut, green onions and cilantro into hot cooked rice.
Serve bean mixture over rice.
(The recipe suggested topping with lime wedges or mango or sour cream. It was fine without the toppings).
*The plate may look a little dirty. This was my second helping.

Monday, July 5, 2010

I love long weekends

I don't have a 'real' job. So every day is pretty much the same for me. But I love it when Ben is home for a long weekend. That extra day is always so much fun for all of us. Emily came to town this weekend for Ben's birthday and the 4th of July. We love it when she visits!

Nolan loves it almost as he loved eating this dirt. The kid refused to eat cake for about 2 months, but shoved a handful of this right in his mouth. Weirdo.

And this picture cracked me up. I mean, could these two look anymore alike?

This was at about 8 p.m. just before bath and bedtime. N was in the best mood. Proof that you don't have to be sour when you have wet pants (or no pants).

And he was quite tickled with himself.

In other news, the Japenese beetles have arrived. This is a birch in our backyard - we taking it out, so I'm not too worried about the destruction of it. I caught these two lovebugs in the act. Snacking and getting busy. Nice.