Friday, July 18, 2008


Ahh...nothing is better on a hot summer day than a cup of crushed ice! In fact, Noah loves ice so much that he says "ice" over and over again as it comes out of the dispenser. He is also starting to say "yes," which sounds a lot like "ice" when he says it.

Noah is officially taking one afternoon nap, and it is a wonderful change to our daily schedule. We go out every morning on some kind of adventure - meeting up with friends, going to the park, running errands, going to storytime at the library... Then, we usually come home for lunch and Noah goes down for a nap around 1:30 or 2:00 and sleeps until 4:00 or 4:30. We decided to sign up for swim classes at the YMCA, so Noah will have 6 sessions of classes, starting next week. It should be fun!

Here's a bunch of pictures from when Noah was eating his crushed ice in the backyard.
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Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Fourth of July!


Our neighborhood has a Fourth of July parade every year, and we had fun decorating Noah's red car for the parade this week. But, this morning Noah desperately needed to take a morning nap (which he hasn't done in more than a week), so he slept through the parade. We pushed him through the neighboorhood this afternoon, and he was his own one-boy parade. He still had just as much fun! Here's a few more pictures.
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Water Baby

Noah loves going to our neighborhood pool. The baby pool is so nice and warm, it's like swimming in the bathtub! He loves it when Daddy pulls him through the water. He also likes to float in his little baby raft. He likes swimming so much that we might even sign up for baby swimming lessons this summer. Here's some more pool pictures.
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Clean Up


All of a sudden, Noah thinks that it's fun to clean up his toys! When we clean up before bath time at night, he'll happily carry one or two blocks over to the bin and put them in, clap for himself, and consider the job done. Then, in true toddler fashion, he'll try to quickly play with any remaining toys before we put them away. Noah can also follow simple commands like, "Please put this magnet on the refrigerator," or "Please put your crayon bin on the shelf." We're quickly realizing he completely understands everything we're saying!
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I Like Your Hat!


Emma has to wear a cone for the next few weeks until a spot heals on her thigh. We told Noah that Emma is wearing a hat, and he thinks that is very exciting! He points to her cone then pats his head, which is what he does whenever he sees anyone wearing a hat.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Puppy Hat

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Let us introduce you to Puppy, Noah's sleeping pal. Puppy has become very important in our ever-changing naptime routine.

Over the last few weeks, Noah has decided he only needs to take one nap, so now we're trying to push his nap later in the day so that he can make it to bedtime without being exhausted. We went to toddler storytime at the library this morning (it was so fun!), and by the time we got home and Noah ate a snack, it was noon - and he was still awake, and ready to take a long nap. We're really making progress! So, hopefully Noah will nap from noon to 2:30 or 3:00 today - we'll see!

Here's Noah's naptime routine:
1) Listen to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom on his CD player. He is completely obsessed with this CD and he does a little dance when he hears it.
2) Walk around the room and do silly things, like wear Puppy on your head, get tickled, pretend to clean the floor and walls with a burp cloth. Note: this is not a relaxing routine - Noah likes to be silly and laugh before he takes a nap.
3) Drink a little water once in a while
4) Brush teeth
5) Read a few books, such as Hop on Pop, Go Dog Go, or Hand Hand Fingers Thumb, end with Goodnight Moon
6) Noah uses Puppy as a pillow in his crib. He snuggles up with Puppy and cries for a while (he seems to need to cry before he can sleep), then happily plays and babbles before he falls asleep.

Here's a few more Puppy pictures.

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