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Christmas (Part II)

This was quite literally “The 12 Days of Christmas” in our house!  We had Dave’s family here for a week and a half and celebrated our first Christmas at our house on the 20th with Dave’s sister and family in attendance.  We had a wonderful celebration…we were all tired (especially the babies), but we made some beautiful memories!

 

Christmas continued on the 24th and 25th when we took Dave’s parents and grandma to my parents’ house on Cape Cod.  I love that our parents get along so well and have so much to talk about.  Here are all of the grandparents …

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We took pictures in so many configurations (mom, dad, and baby; grandparents and baby; grandmas and baby; etc…)!  Noah James was a trooper and was patient through all of them as he was passed from one person to the next. 

Here’s my family…

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And here’s 4 generations of Dave’s family…

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I could go on and on with the different arrangements, but I’ll spare you!  Smile

Needless to say, we had a wonderful time and made even more memories!

We’ve been getting back into a routine this week, but with Dave off from work until the New Year, Noah and I aren’t quite back to out normal routine yet.  And we’re heading back to the Cape today to spend New Years Eve with my mom and brother so that will change things up for Noah as well.  I never realized how important routine is to a baby and come Monday, I have to start working with my Little Mister on getting him back to his normal sleep/awake routine.  Noah James has been a fantastic napper, but since the Christmas, his daytime naps have been few and far between…and never alone in his own bed.  With Dave and the rest of the family around to hold him while he sleeps, this has been okay, but once I am alone with him again, he needs to nap on his own again!  That will be Noah James’ New Years Resolution: “I will nap in my own bed again!”

Before I say goodbye to Christmas 2010, I have to share a couple of the greatest gifts I got (aside from the cutest baby boy ever!).  Dave got us tickets to see Jersey Boys next week!  My mom will babysit and I will have my first date night since Noah arrived!  I can’t wait.  I have been dying to see this show…and getting out for some alone time with Dave makes it even more exciting.  I will be wearing my new “Mom” locket that Dave gave me so that I can keep my sweet baby with me even when I’m away from him. 

I also got a new Ergo carrier just before Christmas.  And with the infant insert I needed for Noah to fit in it waiting under the tree, Noah and I are now ready to get some house cleaning done together! 

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He was so cozy, he fell right to sleep!

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Since there are things that excite me other than baby gear, I have to share the very, very generous gift my parents bought for me. 

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I am now the proud owner of a Vitamix!  I love this machine as much as I thought I would when I was reading blog after blog of its wonders and capabilities.  When Noah starts eating solids, this kid is getting homemade baby food!  And in the meantime, I am using it for so much more!

I’ve made all kinds of fruit and veggie drinks:

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This one had spinach, orange, apple, celery, frozen mango and frozen cranberries, along with a handful of ice.  It looked like pea soup, but it was wonderful!

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I’ve also made banana soft serve, which I’ve attempted to make before with a regular blender. But nothing creates the smooth texture of this machine! I added some chocolate protein powder and ended up with chocolate ice cream!  I took a picture, but its too fuzzy to do it justice.

What amazes me about this machine is not just its ability to crush ice and make smoothies that are actually “smooth”, but it also can take hot liquids.  Two nights ago, I made soup.  No stovetop involved.  Just broth, spices, and handfuls of different veggies blended until steaming hot!

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I did add some left over egg noodles to the soup after it finished “cooking” in the Vitamix, but I had it plain yesterday, it it was really good all alone too. 

I know this machine is going to get a lot of use.  I was lying in bed last night thinking of different combinations of fruits and veggies that I could throw into it today!

I feel very lucky this Christmas.  I got some lovely gifts and some wonderful time with family.  But my most wonderful gift this year, next year, and all the years to come, is this little one…

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Doesn’t get any better than that!

Happy New Year to you all!  I’ll see you next week!

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3 Months Old

It’s hard to believe that Noah James is 3 months old today.  In some ways it feels like the time as flown by, and in other ways, it feels like he has always been here.  He is smiling and cooing and pushing up on his elbows, all milestones we would want him to reach at this point.  He also loves to take in the scene around him.  I have taken him to a couple of play groups and he watches with eyes as big as saucers, as the other babies sit up, play with toys, crawl, and walk. 

This past week he has taken in a lot of excitement.  Dave’s sister and her husband flew out here with there twin 15 month old boys to celebrate an early Christmas.  I have such admiration for Lisa and Aaron…trekking across the country, from Seattle to Boston, with not one, but two babies.  And not babies that sleep soundly in your arms for hours, but babies who need to move and be entertained.  They also brought them to a home that is not yet baby-proofed, which meant that the boys needed to be watched every second.  This was definitely not a vacation for these parents who, on top of everything else, had to deal with helping their toddlers adjust to a 3 hour time difference!  But they did it!  And it was so worth it to have everyone together.  Noah loved meeting his cousins and watching them do all the things he is preparing to do in the not so distant future. 

Here is Oliver…                            And William…

 

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And 2 very tired parents! (Amazing how un-tired they look here for all the work it took to make this trip happen!)

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Check out these macho dads… (yeah, that’s a burp cloth on Dave’s shoulder!) Smile

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Along with Lisa, Aaron, and the boys, we have Dave’s parents and grandma here with us as well.  They will be able to stay through Christmas Day, so we will head to my parents’ house on the 24th to celebrate with them.  But while the whole gang was here, we celebrated Christmas at our house. 

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Noah got to meet his Great Grandma which was really special.

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And he got to see his Grandma Jan and Grandpa Joel who he hasn’t seen for a couple of months.  It was really special for them to have all three of their grandsons together for the first time. 

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My mom came up to spend this pre-Christmas Christmas with us, so we were overflowing with grandmas!

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Even though it wasn’t quite December 25th, Noah wore his 1st Christmas duds…

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He was very stylish!

Also making him stylish was his newest accessory.  Sophie the Giraffe! 

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Don’t ask me why this rubber teething toy (that looks very much like a dog toy) is so hot right now.  Apparently the skinny legs allow teething babies to hit their back molars. And the softness of the rubber is supposedly more soothing than harder teethers out there.  But if you ask me, this toy is so hot because: 1.  celebrity kids have it and 2.  it is just a really cute giraffe!

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Noah got lots of books, toys, and hugs this weekend, and he is in for more of the same when we join my family in a couple of days. 

The holidays are crazy and busy and stressful.  But they are also so magical.  We are so blessed to have amazing families.  There is no tension or dread that some people feel when they have to spend time with their families.  Just love and excitement.  Noah lucked out being born into this group!

I’ll be checking in again after our second Christmas celebration.  But for now, from Dave, Noah, and I, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

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Whirlwind December

I don’t know where this month has gone!  I had high hopes of posting more regularly, but just getting through my to-do lists in preparation for the holidays has taken up each day.  Even the smallest tasks can take forever to accomplish on days when Noah James decides that he must be held every.  single.  second!  Fortunately, most days he has a good morning nap, when I get in a workout, and a couple of cat naps and play sessions in the afternoon, when I can get through some of the to-dos.  It is completely exhausting, but it only takes one of these to feel like its all worth it!

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Noah is loving his play mat.  He talks to his animal friends and gives them big smiles.  Tummy time isn’t his favorite, but he takes it in small does and is getting better and better at holding himself up for longer periods.

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He is also enjoying his bath time now.  He is still a bit small for his tub and needs to be supported, but he is starting to really relax and enjoy it.  This tub is bucket-shaped and recreates the womb experience.  When he sits down in it, he completely relaxes.

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Unfortunately, as soon as the bath is over, he screams bloody murder!  Noah hates being naked and doesn’t stop screaming until he is fully clothed again.  I don’t get it!  I thought kids loved to run around naked!

On to other things….

Dave has had a lot going on at work and has had to travel a lot this month, so my mom has come up for a couple days each week to help me tackle the Christmas shopping, wrapping and planning.  Noah is a born shopper!  He is so good at the mall….taking everything in when awake, and then falling sound asleep.  Thanks to my mom we have gotten a lot done and I am feeling more prepared for the holidays. 

As an aside…it’s been really cold here and taking Noah out to the mall and running errands every day requires a hat.  Unfortunately, Noah James is not a fan of having things on his head.  Even really cute ones.  This picture makes me laugh…  My little Sherpa  Smile

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For us, the holidays will begin this week when Dave’s sister and her family arrive.  That means 3 baby boys under one roof!  Fortunately, Dave’s mom, dad and grandma will be here as well.  That’s a lot of arms for holding babies!  We will have an early Christmas at our house while Dave’s sister and her family are here, then after they leave, we will head to the Cape and celebrate again with my family on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day. My head is about to explode trying to arrange my gifts so that there is something to open at our house vs. something to open at my parents house, something for Dave’s birthday (on the 20th) vs. something for Christmas, something from me vs. something from Noah James vs. something from Santa… It goes on and on!  But after many drafts of my lists, I think I have it all worked out!

My workouts have helped me keep my sanity.  In truth, I would have time for blogging, but I would rather spend Noah’s napping time getting a good sweat.  I am finally running consistently again and it feels great.  I’ve done a couple of 10 milers and I‘ve now gotten to where 6-7 miles feels normal.  It makes a huge difference in how I handle stress.  I wake up going through all that I need to get done and I feel the panic set in.  Some would say, “well, get started on the things that are stressing you out!”  But for me, getting in a good workout first calms me enough that I am able to mobilize myself.  Otherwise, I stand in the middle of the living room completely overwhelmed in not knowing where to start. 

Despite all of the stress, this is the most wonderful time of the year.  I love Christmas and knowing that this is Noah’s first Christmas makes it even more special.  He’s too little to really take it all in, but that hasn’t stopped me from wanting to introduce him to all that Christmas means to me.  He helped decorate the tree while we sang along to Christmas music…

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He helped hang his very own ornament…

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He’s watched me wrap presents, and hang his stocking.  And he loves the Christmas lights on the tree.  He can stare at the lights endlessly!  I love how every little thing is a learning experience for him!

Its been a crazy month and it will only get busier when we have a full house!  But this is such a special time.  I have already received the most amazing gift ever!  Nothing under the tree can compare to this!

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