Monday, May 14, 2007

Just the Three of Us

We were sad to say good-bye to Grammy and Granddad Christiansen on Thursday morning. We had a great time with them here, and it was so fun to watch them get to know Noah during his first days at home. On Thursday, we embarked on four days on our own. At first, we weren't sure how we were going to remember to feed ourselves or get anything accomplished (however small) around the house. It turns out that we're a pretty good team, and we've learned a lot in the last few days. Noah's feeding schedule has become fairly predictable - he's eating every 2 t0 3 hours during the day and every 2 to 4 hours at night. If we pay attention to the clock, we can anticipate his feeding needs and not be caught off guard. Noah is still a quiet, contented baby who loves to be held during the day. We have also learned that he has a gassy and fussy time every night sometime between 10pm and 2am (sometimes for an hour during that window and sometimes it lasts for 4 hours - it just depends), so we can predict that's going to be a difficult time. We have learned that we can handle it much better if we've managed to get a short nap before hand. Otherwise, our brains turn to mush and we try to comfort him as we nod off and he is wide awake, screaming!

We've had fun taking Noah out in the last few days. The weather is perfect in the evenings, so we've been going for little walks around the neighborhood. It's like we're the baby parade because all our neighbors stop and get their "baby fix" as we go by. It's fun! We went to a gathering at Jan and Tony's house, and Noah was as happy as a little snugbug in his sling. Laura has been putting Noah in the sling for a little time each day, and he seems to be so cozy in it! We also attend the Parent-Child Dedication at our church on Sunday, and along with 11 other parents, we dedicated Noah and promised to raise him in a way that is pleasing to God. It was a great experience. Here are pictures from the last few days.

Grandma Marilyn is coming to visit Noah this week, and it promises to be another week full of new adventures and experiences.