Saturday, August 29, 2009

Catching up!

Obviously things have gotten a little busy (hmm...frantic?) at the Barclay household lately and I have not been able to post anything in the last couple of weeks.

I have been back at work for 2 weeks, which has been going very well. Noah has been having fun with his babysitter, Ashley, and her son, Zachary. The whole arrangment has been working extremely well until we found out this weekend that they will be moving back to Michigan very soon due to some difficult circumstances, so now we are scrambling to find a new babysitter. Having to get Noah up, ready, and dropped off somewhere will sure make mornings more complicated. But we'll make the best of it.

Noah is now eating sweet potatoes, carrots, avocado, and bananas. He is beginning to get the hang of eating now. He loved the super sweet bananas but had a hard time settling down for bed afterward, so we will save those for breakfast next time! So far, he has liked everything but seems to have a little trouble with the carrots. Maybe it is the texture, not sure. I started adding a little formula to each bottle to begin the transition. My current plan is to stop breastfeeding completely by 6 months but I have a nice stash of frozen milk to carry him for a while too. (And, honestly, I think it has helped him sleep longer too.) Just when it finally became easier, breastfeeding became even more inconvenient with my work schedule. Noah can actually finish nursing in less than 30 minutes now! Sometimes it only takes 20, if he's not fighting with me too much! It's a little stressful with all the planning and preparing I have to do for my work days.

We weaned Noah off his 2:00am feeding and he can now make it from 7:00pm to 5:00 or 6:00am. Not that I don't have to get up and give him his pacifier or rock him back to sleep some. Night wakings have become a problem the last couple of nights. I'm praying its just a short phase and we will soon be able to actually enjoy the loss of that feeding! Naps are still only 30 minutes to an hour, 3 times a day. I know the pediatrician wasn't worried about it but Noah's mommy would really like it if he would take a couple of 2 hour naps everyday!!

Noah is able to roll from his back to his side now. Pretty soon he'll be flipping over onto that tummy! If I leave him laying on the floor, I sometimes come back to find him facing 90 degrees in the other direction. He tries so hard to sit up and to crawl. I'm sure that strong will and determination will get him there soon. Wonder where he gets that from? ;) His excited squeals, shrieks, and belly laughs are too cute.

Lots of traveling! Last weekend we visited Mamaw and Papaw in Wichita Falls and Noah traveled well and slept great. We are excited about our trip to Tulsa and Arkansas coming up this week. A little nervous, but hopeful it will go well. It will be Noah's first plane ride. Any tips? I'm concerned about feeding him and how in the world we're going to be able to check enough baggage to get all his stuff there. Another post to come about that one!

Happy boy!




Yummy sweet potatoes!



Friday, August 14, 2009

4 Months Old!

These monthly updates seem to be running together! I cannot believe how much changes around 4 months. Noah's not my 'little' baby anymore...he's becoming a BIG baby now! Which is a little sad but lots of fun anyway!

His stats at his 4 month checkup this week:

Weight-14 pounds 5 ounces (25-50%)
Length- 24 inches (10-25%)
Head- 16.25 inches

Noah did great at this appointment. I got some Lidocaine for his legs and gave him Tylenol before we left. He only cried a little and has been feeling much better as compared with the last round.

He has started letting out some big laughs over the past week. Daddy is quite the comedian at bathtime. He no longer wants to just sit up when pulled by his hands--pulls himself to a full standing position now! Very proudly I might add. Must get a video of that. Noah is drooling all over the place and loves to stuff his fists in his mouth. We gave him his first sample of formula this week (mixed with breast milk) to make sure he's not allergic and is not. However, he made a terrible face and spit it. It's just not like Mommy's milk! :)

I go back to work on the 17th and will try to keep up the breastfeeding a bit longer but can't make any guarantees since it might be difficult to manage the pumping. My mom visited for a couple of days this week since she goes back to work next week too. Noah and I loved playing with Mimi and all her help. Mamaw helped out before she went back to work too. All us school employees. :)

I have been happily making baby food all week and freezing it. I love it. So far we have cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, plums, and pears. I figured I should make it while fruit is cheap and I still have breast milk to add in. Noah is a hungry little dude so I imagine he'll be chowing down before the 5 month post. Tonight Noah had his first "solid" food. We tried some rice cereal and I'm not sure that it was a successful experience but it was funny anyway! See below.

Noah sleeps now from around 6:30 or 7:30 pm until 2:00 or 3:00 am, eats, sleeps until 5:30 or 6:00 am and then gets up around 7:30 am. We are beginning to wean him from the first feeding since his pediatrician says he doesn't really need it. Bedtime became SO much better after we "ferberized." Naptime, however, is pretty bad. I have given up on the crying it out for now because he just screams for an hour, which is when I am supposed to get him up if he doesn't fall asleep. It's just too hard. So we are doing the best we can and he isn't getting much daytime sleep.

Portraits from August 1:

Doesn't Dominick look like a little game show host in this one? Let's make a deal buddy...


Ah, the unexpected family portrait that nobody dressed for but we all kinda coordinated anyway. I'm not happy that the girl only took one shot and that I managed to do a marijuana blink during it. Oh well.





Sup, dudes.



First eating experience. Are you people crazy?



You'd think we put pickle juice in it.




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Saturday, August 8, 2009

08/08/09

Well, its been one year ago today that we set off on our Birthday Bash Cruise to the Bahamas with our good friends, Brian & Stacie, on 08/08/08. It also happens to be the one year anniversary of the day we found out that a little stowaway was on board the Barclay Mothership.


One year after our unexpected discovery, life has totally changed at our house! While we long for the days of beach vacations and nights of sleep to return, we have the most adorable soon-to-be 4-month-old as the result of a long year of hard work!

Mamaw and Papaw acting surprised when we told them we were expecting by giving them this little "gift."


This is the only baby item I could find in all of the Bahamas to celebrate the momentous occasion! And now, he is wearing it with a smile on his sweet face. :)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Family Day!

I declared August 3, mine and Jeremy's official birthday, as a family day! This means that both Mom and Dad are off work and the three of us spend the day playing. And play we did!

In the afternoon, we loaded up with suits and SPF 50 and headed to a friend's house to go swimming. Noah loved it! He was too cute. See videos below. After swimming, we swung by Cold Stone Creamery to pick up the ice cream cupcakes I was craving! Yum. And Noah had a good car seat day and good nap day as well! It was also pretty cool that Noah was 3 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days old on August 3. I love weird number things.









We also busted out Noah's jumperoo, which he really likes for a few minutes until it makes him mad. I think it must be tiring. Notice the dangling feet. Oh well, it will fit better soon.

I love that you hear him chuckle at the end of the second video!

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Monday, August 3, 2009

29 and 32

Happy Birthday to us! What a great weekend we've had! I'll even have to split this into 2 posts.
We started off Saturday, the 1st, with celebrating Mamaw's birthday (Jeremy's mom). We met up with Dominick and Sophia so Noah could have his picture made with them and ended up with some family shots as well. And the kids were all really good! I'll have to post those next week after I pick them up. Then we had lunch and birthday cake at our house.

Next, Jeremy & I took off on a little "birthdaycation" while Mamaw and Papaw spent the night with Noah! And he did GREAT for them! (I'll have to update the sleep progress later but things have definitely improved. :)

Anyway, his mommy and daddy headed for downtown Dallas and had dinner at Cuba Libre with Jeremy's sister and our friends Kelly and Ross. It was awesome! I ate so much. Plantains and black bean dip for appetizers, grilled mahi mahi with mango, roasted veggies, and rice, and of course some kind of ice cream dessert with fruit. And a blackberry mojito, which was very tasty! :)


Then we spent the night at the Adolphus Hotel, where Kelly and I briefly crashed a glamourous wedding reception. I'm pretty sure I'll be appearing in the wedding video. Oops. I slept great until the wee hours of the morning where I started waking up every 30 minutes. By the time we got up, I was ready to get home and see my baby! When asked what it felt like to be away, I said it was strange, sort of like we rewound the clock a few months and had our former life back. And I thought about Noah and wondered how he was doing and missed him the whole time! And he really didn't seem to notice that we were even gone...hmmm. He was in great hands and we so appreciate Mamaw and Papaw giving us a night off and time together.


A is for Amy...or Adolphus, whatever.


Here's to Tim and Ashley, may they have a long and happy life together...please don't tell them we were at their reception. Kelly and I could not get over the size of this flower arrangement. The picture does not do it justice.


I cannot believe I am 29 years old. Where did the 20s go? It's my last year of this decade. Life got really good around my 26th birthday so I will be sad to see them go next year. :) Turning 30 means you're really.... a grown up.
More to come....