Monday, March 31, 2008

Snapshots of Last Week

Playing with my aquarium friends, who I've now started gibber-gabbering with.

My very first golf club! Thanks Gigi!

Playing on my belly after my bath. I love bath time!

Meeting cousins Crystal and Rachel

Just hanging out with Mommy

Monday, March 24, 2008

Noah's First Easter and Reaching Another Milestone

Noah had a great first Easter. Because he's now more than 6 weeks old and cold/flu season is behind us (the doctor advised us to keep him at home for at least 6 weeks), we were able to take Noah to church for the first time. He did great during the service and slept about 99% of the time. He woke up after all of the songs, so I think he really enjoyed the music. After church we went home, took some pictures, made sausage & biscuits, did Noah's first Easter basket, then relaxed on the couch for some college basketball. It was a great day. And Noah set a new personal record for number of outfits worn in a day at he was on top of his "pee and/or spit-up on Mommy/Daddy/myself" game.

Noah is really starting to show his personality more and more and is smiling a lot. He's starting to really watch us closely and will always turn his head when we're walking around the room or talking to him. His new favorite lullabye is (and I'm not kidding), a slowed down version of the UT Alma Mater. It's like magic and puts him to sleep or calms him almost instantly when I'm holding him.

In another piece of breaking news... Noah rolled over by himself for the first time on Saturday night (Mar. 22). He was lying next to me in our bed sucking on his paci and it kept falling out and he was getting frustrated. He uses a paci very rarely, so when it falls out, I usually put it right back in to appease him. But after a few times, I wanted to see what he'd do if I didn't retrieve it right away when it fell out. He kept moving his mouth toward the paci trying to reach it and was wiggling his arms and legs frantically. After a few seconds, he made it to his left side and then, plop..rolled over on his belly. Tyra and I were both watching him and it was awesome. We tried the same paci trick two more times and sure enough, he rolled over both times. Of course, we gave him a standing ovation.

Noah also had fun watching the Tennessee/Butler game with Uncle Andrew and me yesterday afternoon as the VOLS scored a 76-71 overtime victory and advance to the Sweet 16!

Watching March Madness...what we did all weekend!

Mommy and Noah before was in the 30s on Easter morning, so Noah's Easter outfit had to be "winter-ized"

Sleep Boy during church

Noah's First Easter Basket

Ready for a nap after a busy day.....

2 Minutes Later

Friday, March 21, 2008

Meeting More Family and New Pictures

Noah got to meet great-grandmother Momette, Aunt Amy, and cousins Leah and Benjamin this week. Leah made him and Gabi homemade blankets, which we love. We're glad they got to stop by on their way to Gatlinburg for spring break. Here are a few more pictures from this week. As you can tell, he's becoming a camera-HAM!

Noah Loves March Madness

See how happy he is that March Madness is here? Go VOLS!

Monday, March 17, 2008

No Pinches For Noah Today!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Noah's First Month - in video, picture, and song

I made this video using I-Movie. It was a lot of fun to make. Hope you enjoy...

Monday, March 10, 2008

Weekend Fun

Noah had an eventful weekend. We finally got around to testing out the breastpump on Saturday, so Noah enjoyed his first ever bottle feeding. It was fun for me to get to feed him, but we made a bit of a mess.

Then, later in the day, Noah took his first bath in his baby tub. We'd been just giving him good sponge baths, but he liked this way better.

We also set up his aquarium play mat, which he loved! It's got a blinky light thing that plays music that captivated his attention for about an hour straight. Here's a picture and brief video. This bought us some relaxing dinner time, which was nice!

Noah also got to watch (on TV with Mommy, while Dad went to the game) the VOLS cut down the nets after winning the 2008 SEC regular season championship. This is the first time since 1967 that we've won the SEC outright (we've tied for it a few times since then), so it was exciting. It was also Senior Day - the last home game for departing seniors Chris Lofton, JaJuan Smith, and Jordan Howell. Before I left for the game, Noah and I had a pregame pep rally and we sang all of the UT fight songs, so needless to say, Noah had his game face on!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

4 Weeks Old Today

Today is Noah's 4-week birthday, and it seems like it's flown by. Over the past week or so, he's changed so much and is so alert now. We're so blessed and have loved watching him grow (a lot!) during this past month. His personality is starting to appear, and almost all of the time, he's a happy, very observant, and talkative (i.e. grunting) little boy. Some other things we've learned about him:

- he loves to nap on his tummy while Mom or Dad holds him
-he loves being held where he can look at your face..not a big fan of being cradled unless he's eating
-he loves to eat!
- he loves his bear mobile on his pack n' play...but he's as equally frustrated as Dad that the mobile doesn't move on its own
-he has a cowlick on the back of his head
-when he wears Orange on UT gamedays...we win!
-his eyes are still a dark grayish-blue and have yet to start changing much
-he's a big fan of the TV
-he loves to have his hair washed

Anyway, these are just a few tidbits.

Tyra and I took Noah in to the doctor for his 4-week checkup today and he's still growing very well and healthy as can be. He weighs 12 lbs, 3 oz and is about 22 1/4 inches long. He's gained almost 2 lbs since his last appointment two weeks ago. He does so great at the doctor visits, and has never been fussy or cried at all when being checked. At his next appointment in one month, he'll get his 2 month old shots.

Getting ready for the TN basketball game

Having fun on the changing table

All ready to go for his One-Month CheckupWhat 'chu lookin at?!