Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Noah's Favorite Activities

Noah is 12 weeks old now, and we want to share some of his favorite activities with you:
* Sucking his fingers, knuckles and hands
* Studying his feet and watching his toes move
* Smiling at everyone
* Cooing - the house is never quiet when Noah is awake! His favorite cooes are "a-goo," "ahh," and "ooh"
* Looking at himself in the mirror - today he saw his feet in the mirror and was very excited!
* Studying the pictures in the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
* Listening to rattles and bells
* Watching his dog Emma
* Going outside in the backyard and looking at the flowers, trees and grass
* Going on daily/nightly walks around the park and neighborhood
* Swinging
* Kicking
* Standing up (when we hold him and he stiffens his legs)
* Sitting in his bouncy feet - one of his favorite places to study his feet
As you can see, Noah is quite a busy boy! He is currently going through a growth spurt, so he is eating a lot and often. The drool is still non-stop. He is now quick to roll over whenever we put him on his tummy. When we put him on his back, he rolls halfway so that he can sleep on his side, but he doesn't seem close to completely rolling over from his back to his tummy. One funny thing that he does when he sleeps is he spins around in his crib. We put him to bed with his head under his mobile, but when he wakes up to eat, his head is on the opposite end of the crib -he spins around 180 degrees! Here's some pictures from the last week. Enjoy!
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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Noah Meets His Cousins

Noah had so much fun getting to know his Uncle Dave, Aunt Stephanie and cousins Travis, Connor and Jacob. They came all the way from Phoenix, AZ to meet Noah and spend some time relaxing in North Carolina. The boys had plenty of time to hold Noah and make him laugh. Sometimes Noah would laugh at them even when they weren't doing something silly! Aunt Stephanie especially enjoyed her baby time, and we loved giving her the chance to rock him to sleep and feed him his nightly bottle. We kept the boys really busy. Highlights of their time here were our trip to the US National Whitewater Rafting Center. Matt, Dave, Travis, Connor and Jacob all went whitewater rafting while Stephanie, Laura and Noah watched from the shoreline. We all had a great time and loved the experience. We were also impressed by the facility - we highly recommend it as something unique to do in the Charlotte area. The boys also had a great time tubing on Lake Norman. And they have a new favorite restaurant in the area - Midtown Sundries! We ate there twice, they liked it so much! Noah is a very blessed boy to be loved so much by his cousins, uncle and aunt! We were sad to see them go, but they had to travel to Florida to see Uncle Mark, Aunt Tanya and cousins Morgan and Colton. We're sure they're having a great time in Florida.

Noah went in for his two month appointment and he continues to be growing at a fast pace. He currently weighs 14 lb. 3 oz, so he gained a little over 2 pounds in the last month. Laura thinks that's the heaviest two pounds she's ever felt! We also learned a new way to describe the many fat folds under Noah's neck - just call it "redundant skin." That sounds so much better than fat folds! With the summer humidity and Noah's constant drooling, it's really hard to keep that "redundant skin" clean and dry, but we're doing our best.

We have a lot of pictures from the last week - here they are!
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Thursday, July 5, 2007

The Busy Life of a 9-Week Old Baby

Noah is 9 weeks old and doing great! He is smiling a lot now. He's predictably going 6 hours between feedings at night, but once in a while he gives us a nice surprise and goes 7 or 8 hours. He really likes riding in the car - as long as there is motion. He doesn't like red lights or the gap in time between when he goes in the car and when the car starts moving. Once the car starts moving he likes to look out the window, then he falls asleep in a few minutes. Laura and Noah have been keeping very busy. We've started going to a morning women's bible study (Noah snored through the whole thing this week), lots of errands, walks around the neighborhood and park, and spending time with friends. Noah seems to have his best naps when we're out and about, so we like to keep on the move when we can.

We had a great fourth of July - Matt ran in the Firecracker 5K, and we had a fun afternoon hanging out with all our friends at a picnic in the park. There were about 44 people there, including kids! Wow! We are all so excited that Laura's brother Dave and family are coming to visit us tomorrow. Noah will meet his Uncle Dave, Aunt Stephanie and cousins Travis, Connor and Jacob. Here's our pictures from the last week.
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