Sunday, December 30, 2012

Noah by Nikon

This year for Christmas, my Mom got my husband and I the Nikon D3200 camera (aka the Ashton Kutcher camera). So of course, I started taking pictures of my Noah Bear right away. And I must say, it takes pretty awesome photos. Just check out these uber cute shots of Noah:

He's gotten SO much better with tummy time. He used to absolutely hate it and now he just kinda hates it. Every time I laid him down, he would just face plant or let his head droop over the side of his Boppy pillow. And now he actually looks up at us!

Look at that mischievous little smile. Wonder what he's thinking :)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Santa Baby

Merry Christmas!


10 Weeks Postpartum
What I'm Wearing:

What John's Wearing:
Shirt by Lacoste
Jeans by Diesel

Amid all his gifts from Grandma, Grandpa, and Uncle Andrew.

Noah had a wonderful first Christmas - full of family, presents, and naps :)

In Daddy's arms, his favorite place.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas Eve!

10 Weeks Postpartum
What I'm Wearing:
Pleated Chiffon Blouse by LC Lauren Conrad

What John's Wearing:
Jeans by Deisel

This is Noah's "ok, I've had enough taking pictures" face.

What Noah's Wearing:
Plaid Flannel ShirtPenguin Corduroy Pants, and penguin socks all by Gymboree

How cute are these penguin pants?!

If you look closely, you can see his penguin socks peeking out.

Such a happy and handsome little man.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Twins

Before Noah was born, I always wondered what he'd look like. Would he take after John or me? Would he have light skin or dark skin? Blue eyes or brown eyes? A pointed nose like John's or a flatter "Asian" nose like mine? To this day, I still have no idea who he looks like. Honestly, I don't think he looks like either one of us! People always tell me that he definitely looks like me, but I just think they say that because he doesn't look anything like John. I mean, other than the dark hair, I'm not sure what the similarities are. We don't quite share any of the same facial features and his skin is quite light compared to mine.

However, my Mom pointed out that his first baby picture looks very similar to my first baby picture. So we dug out the old picture and put them side-by-side and she was right - we do look quite similar!

Noah on the left, me on the right


Same hair, same facial expression, same eyes, same nose. Yup, he's definitely my son!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Lil Pig

My son loves to eat.

Whenever I tell people how many ounces he eats at each feeding, they're always shocked.

One time, when Noah was only 6 weeks old, I had to feed him 10.5 oz before he was finally satisfied. Most babies only eat about 4.

This is what he looks like after each feeding.

This really alarmed us, so we called our pediatrician's office. The nurse we spoke to said, "That's WAY too much!!! A 6-week-old should only be eating about 4 oz!" She scheduled an appointment for Noah to see the doctor immediately.

Turns out we had nothing to worry about. The doctor said that Noah simply has a high metabolism. He said he would only have been worried if Noah "looked like the Michelin Man" but clearly, he does not. Then I mentioned the nurse we spoke to and he said it really doesn't matter how much he eats per feeding - what really matters is how much he eats in a 24-hour period. On average, he eats about 35 oz, and the doctor said that was completely fine. He did say however that that was more than what most babies his age usually eat, but he said it was perfectly normal for him since he has a high metabolism. Lucky for him in the future if he stays that way - he can eat whatever he wants and not gain much!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Happy Two Months, Noah!

Happy two months to my Noah Bear!

 

2 Months

9 Weeks Postpartum
What I'm Wearing:
Crystal Eyeglasses Necklace by LC Lauren Conrad
Earrings from Banana Republic

And boy, what a two months it has been...

 He weighs about 12 pounds now. His favorite thing to do is EAT! He eats about 5 oz every 2 1/2 hours. I've been trying to get him to sleep through the night, but he still wakes up for his 3 am feeding.

He smiles now, which is always so much fun to see.

Daddy always says he has "the most kissable cheeks." It's true.

video
A short clip of Noah. About 24 seconds in, he makes the cutest noise, which is my absolute FAVORITE!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hello Again

8 Weeks Postpartum
What I'm Wearing:
Necklace from J. Crew

Hello everyone! Sorry I've been away so long. As you can imagine, motherhood keeps me quite busy :) Noah and I have been doing very well. He's about 12 pounds now and growing happier and healthier everyday. I'm currently working on getting him to sleep through the night. I'm using the methods from the book On Becoming Babywise, which emphasizes the use of feed-wake-sleep cycles throughout the day. Noah has taken very well to these cycles and has become a MUCH happier and less cranky baby as a result.

He smiles and makes the cutest noises now, which is such a joy. He loves the outdoors and enjoys sitting in his swing on our balcony.

He's the ultimate champion of the staring contest. He seriously never blinks! His eyes are like saucers. Cute during the day, but not so much at 3 am when I'm trying to get him to go back to sleep.

Even though John is currently a student at UF, he hates the Gators. So no, he did not get him this onesie, but a dear friend and former student of ours did - thanks Alex! John doesn't care much for it, but I think he looks adorable in it.

This boy has the most GORGEOUS eyes ever! When he was born, they were grey, and I personally still think they look grey (even when I took him shopping with me the other day, a sales associate in the fitting room exclaimed, "Oh my gosh, are your baby's eyes grey?!")  John, on the other hand, thinks they're beginning to turn brown. In case you never noticed, John's eyes are blue and mine are brown. We've always thought about how cool it would be if Noah's eyes turned blue, but we all know that brown is the dominant color. Either way, he is absolutely gorgeous! I could stare into these eyes all day.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Why, hello there.


5 1/2 Weeks Postpartum
What I'm Wearing:
Belt from Anthropologie
Necklace from J. Crew


This year, I'm thankful for the most wonderful little boy. Noah brings so much joy into my life. He is sweet, cuddly, and absolutely adorable. I love you Noah! Thank you for making Mommy and Daddy so happy.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Milestones

Last week, at the encouragement of my friends Richelle and Chris, I decided to set out little goals for myself (milestones if you will) that will help me overcome my fears of motherhood. First on the list - taking Noah out to lunch...without John. You see, I always felt that I had to have John right next to me every time I took Noah anywhere, to help me feel calm and secure. Last time we took Noah to lunch, I was just so paranoid - I was sure that at any moment, Noah was going to start throwing a fit and cry uncontrollably and everyone in the restaurant was going to look at me and think I was a bad mother. It turns out that I had nothing really to worry about that day, but that still didn't stop me from scarfing down my food in record time and insisting that we go home ASAP.

So last week, Chris, Richelle, and I all took Noah out for lunch. It wasn't so bad really. Sure, he did cry a little, but I was still able to enjoy lunch with my friends. While we were there, I decided to try another milestone - changing his diaper in a public restroom. This is yet another irrational fear that I had - not being able to successfully change his diaper while others mothers looked on, judging me for my lack of skills. Of course, deep down, I know this is ridiculous - I've changed his diaper numerous times already, but the idea of putting him on some foreign changing table had me fearing that somehow, this time it would be different and I would forget everything (have I mentioned that this was an irrational fear?) Anyway, that task went without a hitch. Two milestones accomplished in one day - I was on a roll.

The next day, I decided to take him for a walk around my neighborhood. This milestone was easy enough. We had ourselves a nice little stroll around the lake where I live. I pointed out all the geese and trees to Noah while he slept, oblivious to my attempts to keep him entertained. Oh well, it was good exercise for me.



After our walk, I set a goal to take him to the mall the next day. It would have been milestone #4. However, that afternoon, Noah kept spitting up. A LOT. And it was filled with mucus. Worried, John and I decided to take him to our pediatrician that evening. Turns out, Noah had his first cold. Poor thing. That night was miserable trying to get him comfortable enough to go to sleep. Needless to say, the milestones were put on hold until Noah felt better.

A couple nights ago, our local mall was having a celebration to kick off the holiday season, which included musical performances followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree and a fireworks display. John and I somehow manage to miss this event every year, but I really wanted to make it a goal this year to go and I thought it would be even more fun to take Noah with us. So we set out to accomplish milestone #4 - taking Noah to the mall, just the two of us. We've taken Noah to the mall a few times before, but each time we had my parents with us, which always made me feel calm because I had two experienced parents with me who could help me out if I began to feel overwhelmed. But the other day, I was feeling confident. So John and I set out to the mall with our bundled little bundle of joy. We had a really great time (at least John and I did - Noah was completely knocked out the whole time, even during the fireworks - thank goodness!) It'll surely be fun to take him to events like this in the years to come.

5 Weeks Postpartum
What I'm Wearing:
Sweater from the Gap

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lil Bit Is Now Big Bit

2 Weeks Postpartum
What I'm Wearing:
Gap camisole

Yesterday, my agenda only consisted of running to the grocery store in the morning and then to Noah's 2 week doctor's appointment in the afternoon, but I was still excited for the opportunity to get dressed up and put on some makeup. I think this is the first non-maternity outfit that I've managed to squeeze my post-baby body into and I will fully admit that I'm sucking it in in the picture above. However, I weighed myself while I was at the grocery store and I was pleased to find out that I had lost another 4 pounds, bringing my weight down to 128 (only 13 more pounds to lose before I'm back to my pre-baby weight!) 

So the day started off with the outfit you see above. Well, thanks to my son, who literally projectile pooped and peed all over me and the dresser (ah, motherhood), I had to change into another outfit (goodbye cream blouse...whatever was I thinking wearing you around a newborn). 

Later on in the day...
What I'm Wearing:
Gap tee

So Noah's two-week checkup was yesterday. The doctor said everything looked good and he was healthy, but...he had gained an entire pound and the doctor informed us that this was above average.  A few days after birth, babies are supposed to lose a little bit of weight and then be back up to their birthweight by two weeks. Well, our son had instead gained weight. So the doctor suggested that we not feed him too much, which confuses me even more because he ALWAYS seems hungry, even when my maternal instincts tell me he's had enough (but goshdarn, I always give in to his hunger cues - smacking his lips, sticking his tongue out, gnawing on his hands). What's a mother to do?! Any advice is greatly appreciated!

I've started doing some research on parent directed feeding (PDF), which is basically a happy medium between hyperscheduling (feeding a baby every X number of hours no matter what) and demand feeding (feeding a baby every time he or she cries). I really want to start incorporating PDF so I can get Noah on a schedule and get him sleeping through the night (because mama needs her rest, too!) Wish me luck!

And now for what you all really came here for...pictures of Noah!

Sleeping in Daddy's arms.

Sleeping again.

As you can see, I don't have much luck capturing him when he's awake.

My little monkey man...on the way to his two-week checkup.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

9 Months in Review






I thought it would be fun to put all my baby bump photos together in one place so I can easily see the progression, starting from week 14 all the way to week 39 (I really wanted to take a week 40 baby bump photo, but seeing as how I was in labor, well, I was a bit preoccupied). I remember writing in week 23 that I already felt my belly was so ginormous. Ha! Little did I know how big I would actually get...

I weighed myself yesterday at the grocery store and I'm happy to report that I'm down to 132 pounds (I've already lost half the weight I gained. Yay!) I started trying on some of my old clothes to see if I could fit into them. So far, pants are a no-go. I still can't quite button or zip them up, so I've gone back to using the 'ol hairband trick. I'm optimistic though. I mean, it's only been a week and I haven't hit the gym yet, so I imagine that once I start working out again, I'll tone back up. Wish me luck!