Sunday, August 26, 2012

Look what I found!

Nolan officially found his thumb this week. After a lot of sucking his whole hand, our hands and multiple fingers at one time, he has finally found his thumb. Although it was only for a short period of time he seemed content. I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I am happy that he will be able to soothe himself, but at the same time the pacifier has been great and when he gets older we can at least take that away from him. Hm, I guess we have a lot of time and in reality Nolan is going to be the one to decide which one he likes more anyways. For now, watching him on the hunt for his thumb and finally finding it is not only entertaining but adorable.

This was my last week of half days at work. Tomorrow I have an 8 hour day... Oh. My. God. I have no idea how I am going to be tomorrow, after all it is Nolan's first day of daycare and it is my first day functioning without an afternoon nap. I think we are all ready for Monday. His backpack is packed and ready to go, his supplies are already there and now all I have to do is dread 8am when I drop him off. I know that he will be perfectly fine, but I wish more than anything that we were all lucky enough to be able to stay at home with our little munchkins. Someone told me that in other countries women get the full first year of the baby's life on maternity leave to be with them...and it's PAID! So basically I just live and work in the wrong country. A fear I have is not only that I will miss his important milestones (which they have already been instructed not to inform me of; my baby will have all his firsts on evenings and weekends with his mommy and daddy there to see it happen regardless of when they may have really happened) but also that I will not be able to keep up with breastfeeding. I plan to try my very best to provide it for him, but am scared it will be too difficult. Please wish me luck!

On a happier note we had another fun week! I am seriously picture crazy! I probably take way too many, but I really can't get enough of his little face. He is growing way too fast. He has recently out grown all of his 0-3 month clothing and pajamas. I have rearranged his drawers with 3 month and 3-6 month clothing. Nolan has quite the wardrobe and I am looking forward to dressing the handsome little rugrat in his next new batch of clothing.   Time for a photo dump, enjoy! :)

Afternoon tummy time session!

Nolan spent Monday, Tuesday and Friday with Grandma!

Watching the O's game on Pop Pop's lap!

Exhausted in the morning before going to Mrs. Ginnie's 

Nolan and his newest friend, David :)

A nap is a nap no matter where or how, haha

Play time!

Roxy is keeping guard - So. Cute.


They matched! I called them UCLA fans...

Evening walk with the family :)

It was exhausting..

Nolan's friend, Colby! I love that he sits in his carseat with his little legs crossed! :)

Ready to go to dinner for Aunt Kim's birthday!

Nolan and Colby playing after Kim's birthday dinner.

Colby wanted to eat Nolan..haha!

Being a ham for the camera.

Colby was very intrigued by Nolan. I happened to capture him with his finger in Nolan's mouth. I am sure that Nolan tried to eat it in response.

On Sunday we went to my dads house for a family dinner. We had spaghetti and meatballs/sausage and made my mom's sauce. It was delicious. Thanks Uncle Ryan for making the yummy dinner!

Nolan is always up for a cuddle session with his auntie. Also, thank you Aunt Lainy for making the yummy dinner!
I should have gotten a picture of Nolan and Pop Pop cheesing it up. My dad had Nol grinning from ear to ear. It was so ADORABLE!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

These bills won't pay themselves...

Back to work we went...

On Monday Ryan and I both went back to work. I am working half days for the first couple weeks which has been really nice thus far. Last week Grandpa watched Nol baby a few days and Mrs. Ginnie watched him the other days. Nolan was fine, of course. And I don't think I was too bad, but that is probably because of who was watching him. The real test will come on August 27th when Nolan goes to his first day of daycare... :(

Thank goodness for Mrs. Ginnie! She is watching Nolan 2 days a week for us and that way Nolan will only be in daycare 3 days a week. As much as I would give to be able to stay at home with Nolan, it was a good week. Nolan got to play with grandpa, pick tomatoes with Mrs. Ginnie and he made a new friend, David! David is the other adorable little boy that Mrs. Ginnie watches. He took to Nolan so well and I think they are going to be best buddies.

This week was a really big week for Nolan because he also had his 2 month checkup. He is weighing in at 12 lbs 9 ozs (50% for weight) and he is 24 3/8 inches long (95% for height). Guess he takes after his daddy! He had to get 2 shots :( but he handled them so well. I expected a full on cry, but really it was just a short fussiness that cuddles and a bottle cured!

On Friday, when I picked up Nolan we went to Ryan's school and Nolan got to meet all the teachers and staff that Ry works with. Saturday we dropped Chuggins off at the groomer and we went to the amish market. Last night Nolan decided that he want to wake up every 2 hours and so at our softball games today he decided it was an opportune time for him to catch up on his sleep awhile we played. 

Currently there is crockpot lasagna being cooked (thank you pinterest) and we are preparing for the week ahead. Hope grandma is excited to spend a few days with the little boy this week!

Oh, and incase you were wondering..I have not yet won the lottery.

Thanks for watching me grandpa!

Nolan, David and Roxy having fun awhile we are at work!

Mr. Socktopus and Nol baby, haha

Waiting room at pediatricians

Sound asleep when we got home from the pediatrician. 2 shots wore him out :(

Then it was time to wake up and play!

Amish market

This is my new favorite picture!

Afternoon nap together...(normally we do put him down in his pack n play for naps, but I held on to him since I was away from him at work this week)

3 handsome boys

Chuggins home from getting groomed!

Sunday softball...nap time for Nolan and Colby though ;)

Sunday :)


Sunday, August 12, 2012


Our latest adventure was going to the beach! It was a very short trip, but we got to put our toes in the sand. Nolan seemed to enjoy the sand! We had the perfect day to have a baby on the beach. It was cloudy and 80's! Most would be sad about a cloudy day, but we were definitely excited! Once again Nolan did great with the car ride and was a trooper. This time he had company in the backseat with him for the trip because his Aunt Lainy was with us!

After our day on the beach we met up with Uncle Ronnie and Aunt Michele! Ryan taught PE with Ron. Him and his wife retired at the end of the school year and are now living at the beach (jealous!). We had a great dinner at Cactus Cafe and had the most amazing fresh strawberries with an amaretto cream sauce for dessert. Yum! It is always a great time with them and I hope we can get back to the beach again soon to see them. I know that on Monday it is going to be hard for Ryan to go back to work and not have Ron there with him. I just PRAY that the new guy is somewhat decent because I know that no one is going to live up to Ron's standards and I am going to be the one that hears it everyday. C'mon new guy, please be a good teacher or at least have good stories!

We were only at the beach for 2 nights, but we made the best of our time there! I really was sad to come home and so was Nolan. The night we came home he was fussy about 80% of the evening! I like to think that he was just missing the beach like his mama.

On Friday we grabbed our list for daycare and went shopping. It is amazing how much stuff they need to go to daycare. We spent a nice chunk of money at good ole Target to get everything..I guess it is just preparing us for the payments to come! His daycare will start on August 27th. Thankfully grandma and grandpa are helping us out for the next 2 weeks and I will be working half days for those 2 weeks to ease back into everything. We are also very happy that Nolan will only be attending daycare 3 days of the week and the other 2 days he gets to go to a good friend of ours house!   

So yes tomorrow is the day. Tomorrow I go back to work. I seriously love my job, but I love my little boy a whole LOT more and there is not a single part of me that wants to go back or is happy about it. I am sad to say that I have not yet won the lottery and will be looking for my planner tonight. Thank goodness Nolan has his 2 month pediatrician appointment tomorrow at 11:30 so I will only be there for a few hours and then will be picking up my little munchkin! Although he gets another shot tomorrow...Mondays really do suck! Enough of my complaining and now it's time for some beach pictures!
Our little family (Ry take off the baby bjorn!)

Covering up the baby bjorn with the sleeping baby :)

Look who woke up!

First time touching the sand

Awake for the picture

Nolan and his Auntie

Loving the sand


Alaina and I putting Nolan's footprints in the sand

How cute are they!


Sleepy boy

This just melts my heart!

More pictures Ma?!


Not a fan of the hole as a


Love his little feet!

Please don't make me go to work on Monday! I just want to stay home with Nol baby! Pleaseeeee!!!