Tuesday, April 8, 2014

No, No Noah

This little guy is a mover..and a climber...and a all around go-getter.
We've said the phrase, "no, no Noah" a few times in the last several months. He understands exactly what that means...and usually turns to look with an "innocent" face, eyes looking upward while tilting his head down...then proceeds to do whatever it is he was doing! He doesn't seem to have any fear. Thankfully, he's a happy, curious boy...who has frequent moments of being a lovable, snuggle-bug!

In February for about a month..he had a rough go of it with feeling well. We had a couple trips to the doctor/hospital for testing and that was just a bummer. He had viral pneumonia...then bacterial pneumonia. He just wasn't "himself" for a quite awhile...poor buddy. And Christian was so sympathetic some days and say, "Poor Noah....he has ammonia. That is just too bad. Poor little buddy."

These two pictures were during that time he was not well...his eyes have the 'look'. But he still would smile!

He is a decent eater...nothing to brag about, but comparing it to his older brother I won't complain! Some of his favorites are bananas, pizza, hotdogs, meatballs, cheese, macaroni and cheese, yogurt, raisins (especially covered in yogurt!), dry cereal, yogurt melts, and a variety of the baby food fruit (its so easy to take with!) He drinks lactose free milk..and that seems to agree with him much better than whole milk. He was a pretty big fan of my frozen yogurt at Braums...so proud...of course he claimed it as his own!!

Some days he will roam and roam...find books and browse through them, go into Christian or his room and play..and other days, he likes to be my little shadow. He doesn't talk much at ALL. I know he can say mama...he has several times..but definitely choses not to anymore. He says "dada", "shut", "yigh" (light), "cli" (click....car seat, or high chair), "ni-gh" (nice), "hot", "go", "shh" (shoe...he LOVES shoes!), "siigh" (out'side'). None of these words are by any means on a daily occurrence, but he will use them. He will sign 'please' and sometimes 'more' and 'thank you'.
He may not say very many words...however, I KNOW he understands much of what we are saying. He is very expressive with his eyes..or shaking his head 'no'...or just following whatever directions we are saying. And if he even THINKS you might be leaving or going outside...he will make a break for the door to join you!

Don't get the idea that he isn't vocal just because he doesn't use words!! The boy SINGS his little heart out some days :) He loves music. He will climb up on something, usually the couch, and stand there singing and clapping his hands when the music is on. He will also help me play the piano at any given opportunity. He will also use that ol' voice to let us know if something isn't going as it should...he has a pretty good squawk and feisty side to show off if need be!

He hasn't mastered sleeping all night on a regular basis. It's just not his thing...but I'm open for his mind to change at any time. (Actually within this last week, he has slept at least a solid 8 hrs..once even 12!!) He usually takes a 1.5-2 hour nap..sometimes a little longer in the early afternoon. He loves to sleep with his music on, and his white blanket (although not against other ones when the white one is not around). My favorite is when he just wants to rock...and not necessarily go to sleep during the day.
He is a HUGE fan of his Grandpa (and Daddy..and many males in general)! He'll give most anybody attention (usually its a big bashful smile). He also loves Cleo, my parents dog. He will squeal and smile so big when we pull in the driveway and he sees Cleo running around. Being outside is probably his favorite thing to do..swinging, going on walks, just roaming around. He likes to wear his hat...although I've discovered if it doesn't have a strap underneath his chin, it is very difficult for him to leave it on right now! When inside, he is perfectly content getting into the small areas that he knows he's not supposed (ie behind the couch, in closets, etc.) or climbing out of or on top of any thing he can. He is very skilled at climbing out of his high chair while being strapped in and the tray is close to his body. I thought for sure the one day I had done it tight enough so I could go get ready...only to come out to find him on top of the kitchen counter top! He is also very fond of going into the laundry room (and it is a BIG deal when we don't let him!)

Noah, you definitely keep things lively around here. We love you so much! Your smile, your laughter, your squeals, and your playful spirit bring happiness to all of us!

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