Saturday, July 12, 2008


Perhaps "freedom" isn't the most appropriate expression...but I feel like I am DSC00371starting to finally understand exactly how to deal with a needier baby.  We both give Lennon loads of attention, because if he doesn't get it, he tends to be a little "sad".  This is ok, but I really feel that to deal with a baby like this and keep your sanity, you have to find their schedule and go with it.  Or notice small nuances about what does or doesn't keep them happy and try to remember them.  We've figured out that Lennon just really needs us nearby a lot.  Even sometimes when he's sleeping.  I am finding ways to make these night time needs fewer and farther between, but I also have to be there for him if he needs me.  He's a baby.  He needs security from his parents the most right now, so that later on, he'll know that we have been there for him always, and we'll continue to beHe's been enjoying eating so much.  I think part of his new found happiness comes from his daily dose of carrots and rice cereal.  He is the baby that cries in between bites because he's so excited for more.  Noel was not so ravenous for food, so this is pretty hilarious to watch for the first time.

It's been quite interesting for us to have two children with very different baby personalities.'s almost as if they're little humans. ;-)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Savvy Auntie

Are you savvy? Are you an auntie (or a godmother, or a mom who's an auntie, or a friend of an auntie)? You MUST check out Savvy Auntie! Our gal Melanie has created such an amazing website. You just have to check it out for yourself! Savvy Auntie will help you network with other aunties, find fun things to do with your nieces & nephews, and of course, things to buy them!

Give a shout to Melanie and be a Savvy Auntie!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The String on My Finger

I need to remember...
that in many ways...
he's still a baby.
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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Something Borrowed, Something New

Lennon wore Noel's old hat to the Botanical Gardens yesterday. This was us trying it on him. I think this hat is supposed to be for 12-18 months. As I have stated before, they have adult-sized noggins.
"Yes, mom, my teeth are coming in. This is why I cause you to be wet constantly and why I always have my mouth open."
Can you stand the cuteness? Come on, people...that is an angel staring at you.
Noel got a new guitar after his Christmas ukulele was lost to an accident. Note to self: Do not put blankets on top of small ukuleles and then forget about them and crush them when sitting... Doesn't he look like he actually knows what he's doing? One day, I think he'll be an actual guitar player. Right now, he thinks it's cool to look like Dan Zanes, and yes, it is cool.
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Saturday, July 5, 2008



Before the summer of 2005, our priorities were very different than they are today.  When we weren't working, our days and nights were filled with a lot of hanging out with friends, attending shows, and a lot of relaxation.  We had many good times.  We had a little club.  Our friends came over every Sunday and we'd just hang out-watch some 70s TV, or a weird movie...we'd even have theme nights.  We went to concerts.  Lots and lots of concerts.  We saw some amazing people-Dylan, The Stones, Oasis, Bowie, Weezer, the Old 97's...just to name a few.  We traveled-Disney World, Disneyland, Hawaii.  We had so many good times it's hard to recount them all here in a little post.  We were very happy with our little table for two. 


We'd been dating around four years or so when we got married, so we knew it wouldn't be long before we wanted to try and have a baby.  Ten months after we got married, we found out that we were going to have Noel.  35 1/2 weeks later, we welcomed our little 4 lb. 9 oz. son into the world, and our lives changed forever.  It's unbelievable that we can instinctually parent when we never have before.  The first time I held his tiny body next to me, I was overwhelmed with this little life that we created.  He was an amazing baby from day one, and he's a remarkable little boy now.  Just last night, he couldn't sleep, so we brought him in the living room to play for a bit.  He was so happy and full of life.  "Hello, Gidget!  Hello, Moonie!  Oh, Maddy!  (our friend that was over) Hello!  Mommy, Daddy!"  His happy little face, it just makes any trouble melt away.  He is more fun than any day at Disneyland (unless we were there with him...), he is more beautiful than the beaches of Hawaii.  He can scream louder than any girl at a Beatles concert. :)


When a second pink line showed up on a pregnancy test when Noel was 16 months old, we were a bit surprised, but excited at the prospect of another child.  This stubborn baby would keep his big head right under my ribs until the day he came into the world via c-section.  Once again, as soon as he was born, it was as if he had always been part of our family.  Lennon fit right into his role as little brother.  He loves to be held, wants to have someone in his sight at all times, and needs a bit more reassurance than Noel did.  However, as soon as he turns on his crooked grin and adorable baby giggle, the little misanthrope melts my heart.  I am anxious to see the evolution that will take place when he becomes more active and interactive with Noel, but I remind myself that I should enjoy his "babiness", because it will be over before I know it. 


Years ago, before our lives were overtaken by primary colors, Dan Zanes, and lack of sleep, we would talk about having children, and would sometimes think that this was the most insane idea in the world.  Why would we want our lives invaded by something that needed constant attention?  Why would we want to give up our days of concerts, trips, and sleeping in?  In retrospect, these questions make me feel very selfish...and I was.  At that time in our lives, we weren't ready to be parents.  Now, a little more than three years after becoming pregnant for the first time, I can't fathom our life without these two wonderful little boys.  Everything about them exudes joy, and happiness, and unconditional love.  They are more precious than anything that money can buy, and I would graciously give up anything in the world for them. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Babies and Big Brothers

Today I took Lennon to his FOUR month appointment.  Where has the time gone?  I still can't believe he was born that long ago...and there are times when it seems like just yesterday.  He is doing well.  Definitely big, healthy, and he was by far the cutest baby in the waiting room, with the best personality.  I do think he drooled more than any baby present.  He also laughed big, huge laughs when I tickled him and giggled for the nurse.  He's already flirting with the ladies.


Just like his brother, he is a solid, chubby baby at 17 lbs.  Also like Noel, their head size is 100%+.  According to some study, this means your kids will have higher IQs...All I know is I've never been able to find a winter hat in a toddler size that will fit Noel's giant head.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Bye, Bye, Baby

I've noticed lately that Noel has started being confident. When he's been somewhere often enough and is comfortable with the people, he will walk in like he owns the place. I first noticed this when I would take him to work with me. At first he was shy of everyone, then he became familiar, and would walk up to the same woman every time and ask her for an apple, that she'd gladly give him.

I took him to the park the other day, and I noticed that he did everything with confidence. When we started to get in the car, he said, "Go to park," with a big smile on his face. When we got there, he said, "Hold hands, parking lot!" He knew the drill! When it was safe to be "all done" holding hands (in the grass), he let go, and ran ahead of me. He kept yelling, "I'm wunning! I'm wunning!"

I watched him run in that big field, and even though he still looked small, I know that he is slowly leaving babyhood behind, and is becoming a confident little boy.

Below is a list of things that Noel used to say before he talked like a "big boy":

RIP Noelisms