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2010 August » The Adventures of Noah and Lia
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Aug 272010
 

More progress despite some setback and a very busy schedule. I’m encouraged:) We’re refinancing the house so we spent most of our evenings this week cleaning like we’ve never cleaned before. We wanted the house to show perfectly so the appraiser gave it the best marks he could. It worked – sort of – but that’s another story. Due to this cleaning frenzy I didn’t have a ton of time to work out but I think the cleaning in itself was activity enough!

So first, mixed results on the goals:
– Stay on the water bandwagon…i have to consciously remind myself: I did better this week but not perfect. I’ve added coffee into the diet too just to survive!
– Try one new healthy recipe with Quinona in it!….I looked one up yesterday, does that count??
– Stretch every night and try to get my legs back in order…yea,failed at this one. By the time I got to the end of the night I was spent
– walk with Noah every evening, work up to a light jog…we got in one walk and one bike ride.. plus LOTS of cleaning

Next, Stats by the week:
Week 1 – 142lbs (7 weeks postpartum)
Week 4 – 140lbs – ouch…no excuses, I have a new workout regime and a new resolve for eating healthy…we should start seeing that number drop.
Week 8 – 135 – Hallelujah! Real progress now! I don’t expect it will continue at this rate but we’ll see.
Week 12 – 133 – time to get back to counting calories:)
Week 15.5 – 136.5 – taken on Monday (hence the .5 in 15.5 weeks) NOTE: this is on a new scale which disagrees with my old scale so we’re kind of resetting a bit.
Week 19 – 136.0
Week 20 – 134.5
Week 21 – 132.5 – okay, we’re on a roll here!

and finally, the Goals this week are:
– Stay on the water bandwagon…i have to consciously remind myself
– Finally try that power house grain Quinona!
– walk with Noah every evening, work up to a light jog.

I’m finding that my eating habits are changing with all this calorie counting -for the better! I’ve managed to keep the junk out of the house and replace them with lots of fruits and veggies to munch on. When I do slip I can accommodate that slip by eating better later. I don’t deprive myself of snacks, I just find ones that are lower in fat and calories like 100 calorie Skinny Cow Fudge bars or Jello with fat free Cool Whip.

Anyways…I’ll leave you with this little treat – Noah saying good morning.

I was trying to get a little work done before we headed to daycare but his obsession with my keyboard made that impossible so we decided to play with the webcam instead:)

Aug 262010
 

So the time has come to try to get Noey falling asleep on his own without me rocking him to sleep. The doc mentioned at his appt on Monday that we really need to break the habit now otherwise he’ll be a bear to deal with later. My problem is – I LOVE LOVE LOVE when he falls asleep on my chest. I love staring at his little squishy face and smelling his hair as he sleeps. And I hate to hear him fuss or cry. But alas, unless I want to be rocking my 3 year old to sleep, this has to happen at some point and I suppose now is as good a time as any!

Now, I’m not a cry it out fan – AT ALL! Like I said before, I can’t stand to hear him fuss or cry but the only way we were going to get on this self soothing train is to allow some fussing and potentially a little crying -yikes! I don’t subscribe to any one particular sleep training method, but rather I’ve found something that seems to be working for us. A little Ferber, a little Weissbluth, a lot of mommy kloep:) Now, we just started this three days ago but it seems to be working!

First, I’m very aware of how much sleep he’s had for the day and will adjust his bed time accordingly to make sure he gets at least 12 hours of sleep (preferably 13 or 14 hours). Second, as he gets home from daycare (or throughout the days on the weekends), I’m watching for his sleep queues. It’s pretty much a given that they start to show up within an hour or so of being home or within 2 – 3 hours of him being awake. For naps, we simply head off to a quiet spot and I’ll hum to him until he starts to nod off. Then it’s down on a blanket or in his crib if that’s near. For bed time, we start with a set bedtime routine as soon as he starts to show sleepy signs so he knows it’s time to wind down. We’ll have a bath, a gentle conversation or song while getting him dressed, a bottle or a story (depending on if he needs the bottle) and then it’s into the crib.

Since I can’t stand to hear him cry my method was to let him fuss all he wanted but if he started to wail, I’d rescue him, rock him until he stopped and put him back down. Rinse and repeat. The first night it took a while to get him to sleep. He was pretty tired and probably had fallen over the “over tired” wall which meant he fought me tooth and nail! I had to rescue him twice and he fussed for another 30 min before finally nodding off. Night two only had one rescue and 10 min of fussing. Last night no rescue or fussing AND he slept clear from 7:05pm until 6:30am! A first in this house (even though I was up at 3 and 5 to check on him).

Plus, we tried it for his nap this AM and he fussed for about 20 min (with some crying that I couldn’t get to because I was in the shower) and then was out. I felt bad having to wake him to go to daycare – he was so soundly asleep. Another benefit of this is that when he does wake up, he’s more able to put himself back to sleep. I heard him up once last night but after about 2 min of fussing and rustling (probably burying his face in the mattress) he was back asleep. Normally we’d have to go in and rock him again!

So, I can’t say for sure if this is the ticket but so far it seems to be working!

Aug 242010
 

Sorry Facebook friends, you’re going to get a double dose of these since I just posted them there as well:)

Photographing a 6 month old is tricky business! He just kept moving on me! At one point I corralled him in the crib but all he wanted to do was suck on the bars. Plus, he won’t smile unless he can see my face which is obscured by the camera. I move the camera, make him smile and by the time I get the it back up and in place, he’s stopped. Cheeky monkey!

Ignore the snot encrusted nose, I only had a chance to fix it in a few of the shots:)

Aug 232010
 

And here we are again, another month has moved on by at light speed! Our little Noey is 1/2 a year old now – how is that? I have a baby that’s half way to being a full year old…oi vey…whoa is me…someone tell me how to stop it, he’s growing too fast!

Today was his dr’s appt and our little man is turning out to be a tall skinny monkey with a big noggin, just like his daddy! 95% for height (28in), 50% for weight (17.5lbs), and 95% for noggin size (18 in – almost big enough to fit the toddler bike helmet I bought him!)

Here are some more fun facts about our Noey at 6 months…
– he’s found his feet and loves tasting them. I think he surprised himself when the toes wiggled while he was sucking on them
– he can roll back and forth with ease but really prefers to be on his back when we force him into floor time (unless, that is of course, I’m trying to change his diaper. Then it’s everything in me to keep him in one spot)
– he can maneuver himself to get whatever he want. He generally uses his head as a pivot
– He’s nearly sitting on his own! Put a toy infront of him and he’s all set otherwise he tends to roll around.
– he loves loves loves his exersaucer
– he loves loves loves green beans but hates peaches
– sleep is hit or miss…sometimes he’ll do 7-3 then 3-6 but others he’ll do 9-1 then 1-6 or 7…regardless he gives us one nice long snooze and then short one.
– he prefers to sit stand to being on his back or belly
– he’ll play the piano or bang on your keyboard if you plop him in your lap. I think I’ve even heard him sing once or twice while banging on the piano!
– he went to his first football game and his first ocean experience this month
– he’s drinking 25-30oz of formula and eating 1/2 jar of fruit in the AM and a full jar of veggies in the PM

I could probably go on but I know you all want pictures:) Here’s the first part of the shoot…I have more but haven’t had a chance to edit them yet.

Aug 222010
 

I love when an opportunity just kind of drops in our laps and my wonderful hubs has the wherewithal to say yes even though he couldn’t consult with the master schedule (me)!

His program lead had two Redskins tickets for yesterdays preseason game against the Ravens and couldn’t use them. Hubs figured that if we had anything scheduled, we could move it for this since this was a very rare opportunity and we’d probably never get to do it again. I’m so glad he said yes! I’ve never been to an NFL game and what a great way to start Noey out on the road to loving football:) I was sad it wasn’t for our Steelers but I figured we could root for the Skins and not betray our black and gold too much (since we don’t face them in the regular season.)

So, DH got the tickets but wouldn’t tell me where they were. All he told me was that we had a Platinum parking pass (the best pass you can get). You can kind of deduce where we were based on our pass (they don’t give Platinum passes to regular seats). However, he still wanted to surprise me and kept it a secret. After arriving at the game, DH led us over to the special doors designated for Suite users/owners and said, “yup, I think these are the right doors” (with a big ole grin on his face!). We were going to watch the game from his company’s lower level suite!!

Turns out they have a double suite right on the 50 yard line! I’m so spoiled now – how can I go back to a regular stadium seat after that? They had all the food and beverages you could want. Stadium seats, bar level seats, and plush leather seats by the TV’s depending on how involved you wanted to be with the game. There were 4 different flat panel tvs – two broadcasting the live field feed and two broadcasting what network TV was showing.

I felt odd having Noey there so far after his bedtime but he did perfect! He entertained folks with his cute smiles and laughs and then promptly fell asleep around 9:00 (which was only a little later than normal). Everyone adored him and commented on how happy he was. I was just happy we had a long 2 hour nap together in the afternoon which lead to him being such a happy baby!

Overall it was a great treat! I told DH to let the guy know that if he ever needs to offload those tix again we’ll happily take them!!:)

Aug 202010
 

Okay, this is a little late because I had to pay homage to our 5 year anniversary:)

There’s been progress this week despite having some pain in my legs that kept me from being really active (or going to the gym at all). I’ve been SUPER careful with what I’m eating and have been sticking to just fruits and veggies and protein.

I met some of my goals but others suffered because of my legs…
1. continue drinking the water -yup! got that one working! I’ve been putting lemons, limes, or cucumbers in the water to switch it up. I also bought club soda to try somethign different. Sparkling is refreshing!
2. get 1 more serving of fruits and veggies a day into my diet – yup, worked that one too! On some days I even got 2 or 3 more servings thanks to amazing fresh cantaloupe, strawberries, and blueberries!
3. go to boxing twice this week – FAILED:( The pain in my lower legs is really hindering doing anything. I did do a bunch of ab work most nights and some squats but anything else was too painful.
4. run 4 miles for the week (likely in 2 2 mile runs). – FAILED:( But I did get some walking in…and heavy housework which burns calories:)

Stats by the week:
Week 1 – 142lbs (7 weeks postpartum)
Week 4 – 140lbs – ouch…no excuses, I have a new workout regime and a new resolve for eating healthy…we should start seeing that number drop.
Week 8 – 135 – Hallelujah! Real progress now! I don’t expect it will continue at this rate but we’ll see.
Week 12 – 133 – time to get back to counting calories:)
Week 15.5 – 136.5 – taken on Monday (hence the .5 in 15.5 weeks) NOTE: this is on a new scale which disagrees with my old scale so we’re kind of resetting a bit.
Week 19 – 136.0
Week 20 – 134.5

The Goals this week are:
– Stay on the water bandwagon…i have to consciously remind myself
– Try one new healthy recipe with Quinona in it!
– Stretch every night and try to get my legs back in order
– walk with Noah every evening, work up to a light jog.

Let’s see how we can do with this!

Aug 202010
 

We take a break from our regularly scheduled Summer Shape up check in to reflect on some of the most amazing years of my life so far – warning: this will be very long but I promise some pics to make it interesting:)

So, 5 years ago today I married my love! It’s been a crazy 5 years of marriage with many milestones in a very short period of time. We’ve lived in California, road tripped back to NoVa, bought and renovated a house, got a dog, traveled to Europe and had a baby! We’ve had adventures aplenty and thousands (yes, thousands) of pictures to document it!

I thought I’d take this post to recount how we met and subsequent proposal story for everyone to enjoy:) I may even slip some pics in there to keep it interesting!

The meeting
Hubs was roommates with two of my best guy friends from highschool. I’d been to their apartment a few times over the holidays (three separate years) and it finally took my 21st birthday to get us together! See, all my previous trips to their place just happened put me either a day early or a day late to meet him. I’d seen pictures of him and knew his major (he was a HOT geek – I just knew we’d have tons in common) and was begging his roomies to introduce him but alas it didn’t happen – until that fateful night! Hind sight being 20/20 it’s best that we met when we did because neither of us would have been ready for the relationship that ensued if we’d met earlier. Anywho..I digress…we (his roomies, my BFF, and myself) were all heading out of my 21st. They suggested we stop by their apartment and grab the infamous roommate since he was in town. Needless to say, I was excited! We started up the stairs to their kitchen when I pulled my BFF aside and called dibs on the hot geek (childish I know but if you’ve ever seen my BFF – she’s hot and I just couldn’t take any chances). She had no problem stepping aside – hot geeks weren’t her type:)

Everyone was gathered in the kitchen when I spotted him. I maneuvered my way into his conversation circle and I guess you can say I just kind of butted in:) Little did I know what I was starting! After a while we all decided to test out my newly minted legal ID and head to the bar. I spent most of my night trying to get hubs to dance with me (he claimed he wasn’t much of a dancer – i proved him wrong!). By the end of the night we were inseparable.

Not the first night but close to it...

Funny side story: I gave him my number at the end of the night we met but he lost it! He ended up calling everyone in the phonebook with my last name until he found me!

The Proposal
We’d been dating a while. Heck, we even moved across country and moved in together. I told him that I wouldn’t do either of those unless he was completely committed and planned on marrying me at some point. Obviously he agreed since we packed up our lives and moved from PA to CA after graduation.

I knew it would be a few years before he proposed – we’d just started our real jobs and had lots of saving to do. So, I waited patiently…and waited…and waited…:) After a while every special even got me super excited because that could be it! Well, time and time again it wasn’t and I was really getting anxious. I wanted to marry him and I wanted to do it now! To quote When Harry met Sally “when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible” – yea, that was me!

Finally we had an awesome trip planned to Canada to spend the week in Banff National Park. Now, we shared a bank account at this point and I knew what he had in savings. It hadn’t changed so I figured that it wouldn’t happen here either. I came to terms with that and went off to enjoy myself. Little did I know what he had planned:)

I should have been tipped off when he was sweating bullets going thru customs or when I tried to clean out the wrappers from his backpack and he freaked out on me. I should have also caught on that he didn’t take that backpack off for more than 10 seconds (it even laid next to his head when we slept..) I really should have caught on…but…I’d resigned myself to the fact that it wasn’t happening so I was oblivious…

His first attempt to propose was thwarted by an over friendly hiker. He started in on all the reasons why he loves me and it was so sweet when suddenly “tromp…tromp…tromp…Howdy ya’ll, you think this is a good place for camping” rings out behind us. Yea…way to kill the mood dude! Anyways, we go on with our trip and on the last day we take a canoe ride up the Bow River. He insists we pull off, beach the boat and go for a little walk to get more pics of Mt. Rundle. I resisted heavily – i didn’t want someone to take our boat or for it to float away. Really I was just too lazy to get my arse out of the boat:) Anyways…he convinces me, beaches the boat and we go walking into the field under the mountain (I still had my life vest on at this point…I was sure this would be a quick side trip).

He hands me the camera and tells me to take more pics, he needed to do something. With much complaining (we had a million pics of this mountain already) I turned around and started to snap some shots. Next thing I know he’s whispering in my ear about how much he loves me. I turn back and he’s on his knee spouting all kinds of wonderful things that I only partly remember today – “From the first time I said it until now and forever, I love you” then he asked me to marry him.

Shocked, I thought he’d just gotten caught up in the beauty of the scene and that he really didn’t have a ring on him (because I saw his bank account) and was like “of course I’ll marry you” like it was nothing. Then he pulls out a wad of socks and starts unwrapping. It wasn’t until then that I realized he had planned the whole thing! He had the ring wrapped up in like 10 hiking socks in the bottom of his bag this entire time! I think I said “oh my God” like a hundred times as he unwrapped things…I was shaking and just generally freaking out! He’d done it! He’d actually proposed!

Turns out he used his credit card to buy the ring (one I don’t have access to) – sneaky boy! And to top it off, a phone call to his “mom” at the start of our trip was really a phone call to my dad to ask for permission. He didn’t want to chance doing it any earlier because my mom and I are close and I’d totally figure it out if she knew. He had to get me out of the country first!

The Wedding

The wedding was perfect! They say that rain on your wedding day is good luck. Well, we had thunder, lighting, and torrential downpours…so, we’ll have lots of luck!!

photo credit: In-Vision Studios

photo credit: In-Vision Studios

Fast forward to today…

Okay, now this has gotten really long! After the wedding lived it up in Cali for a while. Then we packed our bags and headed back East to be closer to family. Within a few months of moving back we bought our first house. A year later got a dog and two years later had little Noah.

One big happy family...

Okay, if you’re still with me here you must really love me:)

Aug 182010
 

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about cloth on this blog and I figured some of you may be interested in how we’ve done traveling with them this summer (mom, you can stop reading for now…I’ll post more Noey pics later:) ).

Most of our trips have been weekender to my parents or in-laws (or a quick trip to the beach). In those cases it’s pretty easy – I just wash everything Friday morning and make sure I bring enough diapers to cover the weekend. Then I end up washing when we get home on Sunday. No big deal there. I take both wet bags and a duffel full of diapers (pockets and prefolds).

For our longer trips, we’ve only done two of them – one with access to a washer and one without. I have to confess that for the trip without a washer (to San Francisco) we did use disposables the whole week. It was just too much to ask DH to find a laundromat to wash them mid week and even though we have family and a number of friends out there, I’m not about to go knocking on one of their doors begging to use their washer to wash poopy diapers:) It did remind me though why we do cloth – that week we had to use diaper cream almost every day to keep his bottom from getting red!

My biggest success was our trip to the Outer Banks with my parents. We had access to a washer and dryer so I figured it’d be no big deal to keep using cloth and you know what? It wasn’t a big deal:) I took half of my pockets (6 of them), 2 fitteds and 12 prefolds with 3 covers. In the end I didn’t use the fitteds – I stuck with the pockets for outings and night time diapering and prefolds for any other times. I ended up washing on the 2nd or 3rd night there and then again on the 5th or 6th night there. I did take my laundry detergent with me but not the dryer balls. They just dried without anything and were totally fine.

Overall not much different than when we’re at home and totally doable!

Aug 172010
 

While rocking in the chair with Noey after his 4 am feeding I typed this into my iPod…

I love…
The way he smiles in his sleep
Rubbing my cheek on his soft hair as he takes his bottle
His tiny smushy lips
His dreamy giggles
His breath on my neck as he snuggled
His post bottle, pre bedtime snooze on my chest
The scratching he does with his little hand as he falls asleep
The big sighs he gives in his sleep when I lean into kiss him
That he’s a belly sleeper
Burying my nose in his hair and inhaling the melon scent from his bath
How he coos in his sleep
His little snores and snorts as he changes position
The peaceful look on his face…

He’s growing and changing so fast that I don’t want to forget a second of what it’s like when he’s this small and so willing to snuggle on my chest.

Aug 162010
 

So, our summer travel season is just hitting its stride! This past weekend we drove down to Virginia Beach for a volleyball tournament for DH and I decided that since we were making the trip, that we should make a weekend out of it:) The commute not withstanding, we had an awesome time!

I have to say, I forgot how nice Va beach is! It’s been forever since I’ve been there in the evening and actually this is the first time we stayed the night at the beach (instead of in Newport News – 10 miles outside of the shore). After DH was done at the tournament, we all got ready (Noey in PJ’s) and set out to find dinner on the boardwalk somewhere. We saw lots of bands setting up and knew we were in for a treat later. We ate dinner watching the clouds change color over the ocean and listened to some Buffet courtesy of the two guys at the bar.

Noey dozed on and off in his stroller as we walked up the boardwalk stopping to listen to a magician or a band. We even saw some folks that we knew getting packed up after the games had ended and stopped to chat. No night at the beach is complete without ice cream so we just had to stop (sooooo blew my diet this weekend…back on the wagon today!). In the end, Noah fell asleep for good around 9:00 and we continued to walk around on the boardwalk and listen to some of the bands playing until 10:30 or so. I was happy to find that I wasn’t the only mom who had my child out at such hours:) We saw many a stroller pass us with sleeping little ones in them. I mean, if he’s going to sleep, why lock ourselves in our room – he can sleep just as well in his stroller as he can in his pack’n’play:)

I think what I liked about Va beach is that it was very family oriented and had lots of entertainment in the boardwalk area. There aren’t many (if any) arcades but there are lots of bands, theater actors, and other performers as well as small carnival rides here and there. Plus, you have miles and miles of beaches to hand out on and listen to the surf. I’m anxious to go back and spend so more time down there when Noah’s a little older (and can enjoy the beach instead of just laying around and eating sand)

The only damper to the weekend was the trip to and from. The commute to and from was awful – I’m never letting DH control the navigation again (we headed out the opposite direction we needed to be going just to try to circle around traffic – it didn’t work!). We both concluded that unlike in California where you have amazing mountains, national parks and beaches within a weekend trip, the East coast really just has their beaches. The mountains here are pretty but not your typical vacation destination for folks (unlike Cali where Tahoe is a fine place to vacation for a week) and since there’s really only one North/South artery (and only 2 or 3 east/west ones) you’re destined to sit in traffic somewhere – that’s the reality. I do need to remind him that even in Cali we had horrible traffic on the way to Tahoe and Yosemite….especially if you left after work on Friday:)

It’s definitely not a deterrent but rather our new reality living on the East Coast.

Aug 132010
 

I need to get this out quick since I’m running late in packing the car for yet another weekend trip…we’re booked clear thru the end of Sept at this point…:)

There as been progress this week although I was scared, as of last night the scale had still not budged. Never weigh yourself at the end of the day – I swear you’re holding like 2lbs of water weight! Anyways…we’re back on track. Two boxing workouts, a biking and a running work out plus very (I stress VERY because it was unlike me at all…so proud:) ) sensible eating.

Stats by the week:
Week 1 – 142lbs (7 weeks postpartum)
Week 2 – 138lbs – woohoo!
Week 4 – 140lbs – ouch…no excuses, I have a new workout regime and a new resolve for eating healthy…we should start seeing that number drop.
Week 6 – 139.5 – okay, .5 lbs! I attribute that to the fact that i’m putting on muscle and muscle weighs more than fat right??:)
Week 8 – 135 – Hallelujah! Real progress now! I don’t expect it will continue at this rate but we’ll see.
Week 10 – 134 – 1 lb…i’ll take it!
Week 12 – 133 – time to get back to counting calories:)
Week 14 – 132 – still not believing it but until i get a new scale, we’re going with it:)
Week 15.5 – 136.5 – taken on Monday (hence the .5 in 15.5 weeks) NOTE: this is on a new scale which disagrees with my old scale so we’re kind of resetting a bit.
Week 18 – 137.6 – thank you beach…
Week 19 – 136.0

The Goals this week are:
– continue drinking the water
– get 1 more serving of fruits and veggies a day into my diet
– go to boxing twice this week
– run 4 miles for the week (likely in 2 2 mile runs).

Let’s see how we can do with this!

Aug 122010
 

So, I’m a bit obsessed right now with this whole Nothing but Nets thing my mom is doing. I love making baby things! Today I tried my hand at making a tutu and since there were no other females in my house that it would fit, I used my Vizsla:) I mean, why use a stuffed animal when you have a real animal who’s game!!

She was not amused...

Aug 122010
 

Here he is modeling one of grandmas creations….yes, it’s purple…no, he’s not a girl (despite what the lady at the lighthouse asked..)

Soon you’ll be able to get your very own hand painted or appliqued onesie….

(am I beating this topic to death yet?? is it at least made more palatable by including adorable pictures of Noah??)

Aug 112010
 

It may not seem like it based on the pics so far but we did make it to the beach!:) DH and I went running in the AM’s on a few days and generally went back down later in the day for at least a little bit. Due to the excessive heat, we only took Noah with us a few times and either early in the AM or later in the day.

I have a video of him putting his toes in the ocean but all he did was scream because it was cold…cute but heart wrenching at the same time. Poor kid…such torture:)

Aug 102010
 

So I wasn’t around on Friday to do this for real and honestly I debated on whether to do this at all this week considering my number but alas..that’s why I’m putting this up there…to motivate my butt to keep working on it. I didn’t plan for it to be a struggle but it has been. My motivation is waning and the scale number creeping up doesn’t help at all!

So, without further adieu…137.4

That’s up a few lbs from my last weigh in and despite running on the beach while on vaca, water retention and good food have gotten the best of my progress.

I’m recommitting myself this week and even made it to the gym yesterday (every bone in my body hurts now). Plus, I signed DH and myself up for a half marathon in May. We have some time but at least I have some reason to get my tush out there and lace up my running shoes. This strategy worked well two years ago when we did our first half, let’s hope it works as well this time round – having Noah is an added challenge.

Plus, I stopped by the grocery store for more fruits and veggies and healthy/low cal snack items. I’m enjoying a bowl full of grapes at the moment – a step forward. I’m trying to remind myself that I don’t need chips or even pretzels and that grapes, strawberries and cucumbers are better…..repeat to myself…”125…125…125….” (my goal weigh for those who didn’t catch on)

Crossing my fingers that Friday’s scale reading is better…

Aug 102010
 

We figured out that Noey just wants to be part of the action and the more time he spends up right rather than laying down the happier he is. So, during one of our crafting times, my mom and I put him in the high chair with all of his toys to keep him entertained and he’d hang out, playing, talking and just generally having a good time.

Aug 092010
 

…we do! I’ve mentioned before about an upcoming fundraiser my mom is spearheading and my contribution will be to the bassinet booth with hand painted and appliqued onesies. We used our time at the beach to make progress in our efforts and took over the rather sizable dining room table (and thus relegated everyone to take their meals at either the bar or the smaller kitchen table on the other side of the room)

There’s just something relaxing about crafting and painting…it was the perfect way to spend the hot hot hot mid day hours

Aug 082010
 

This coming week will be full of posts about our trip! I could post them all in one post but that would make this post super long and I’m sure I’d lose many of you by the end of it. So, at least this way I can spread the torture out to maximize the effect…haha.

Here’s the happy family before a heavy storm rolled on thru…:) Yes, the pic is blurry – it’s not your eyes. In our haste, we didn’t notice that our lens was not focusing correctly…oh well, this will have to do..

Lesson 1 from the trip: Leave early or leave late…do not, DO NOT, leave at 8am from Northern Va and expect a normal trip. Traffic once you hit the last 30 miles was horrific! There were people walking faster than we could drive!

Aug 012010
 

8 hours in a car with a 5 month old has the potential to be a real miserable situation. Thankfully Noah was cooperative and aside from one meltdown (while on a bridge with no option to stop of course) he made it the whole 8 hours with a smile on his face!

Happy Baby!

Our goal was to leave at 4am to avoid much of the traffic but things never go as planned. Around 8:00 we finally pulled out – Noah with a full belly and fresh diaper. He promptly fell asleep and I’d hoped it would be for a good part of the start of our trip but alas, he was enthralled by the passing scenery

This is how he spent much of his waking time. Alternating between talking to me (when I was in the back) and his toys (when I sat up front with daddy). He’d get fussy when he was hungry and I’d crawl back to feed him a bottle. We only stopped long enough for the grown ups to get some food and change his diaper.

Even the dog was calm and collected…

Towards the end (where it took us 3 hours to go 30 miles ) we’d started using the GPS to find alternate streets just to feel like we were moving. Noey started to get really restless right as we drove out on to the bridge that connects the mainland to the OBX and ended up all out wailing by about mid span (mind you, it too 30 min to get across the 3 mile stretch). DH took hold of the GPS and as soon as we were off the bridge, we were short cutting thru neighborhoods in hopes of finding a place to stop to change and feed little man. After a quick change, I put a naked (save for a diaper) Noey back in his carseat and off we went.

8 hours after we started we finally pulled in to our new digs for the week! Now, I’m ready for some fun and sun and relaxation:) Posting may be sporadic but I’ll do what I can:)

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