Saturday, July 28, 2012

5 Years and Counting

Five years ago, I walked down the aisle toward a man who would challenge me, encourage me, understand me, and love me like no one ever has or will. We set off on a journey that I believe has been more challenging and rewarding than either of us expected. But we have taken every step of that journey over the last five years with an understanding that God is with us and will lead us in the right direction. We are closer and stronger today because of His grace. I feel so blessed to call Taylor my husband, and I look forward to what God has in store for our future.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Snip Snip

We took Noah to get his first haircut last Friday. I really wanted to wait until he was a year old, but it was getting really long over his ears and in the back, and we just didn't think we could wait two more months. We went to a little shop called Crewcuts and Pigtails. It was adorable. He got to sit in a firetruck and watch Despicable Me while getting his hair cut. The woman who cut it was great. She moved quickly and didn't try to make him be still. She just worked around his movement, which I think is a real talent. He looked adorable afterward, but looked a lot less like a baby and a lot more like a little boy. He's just growing too fast for me.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

While Daddy's Away

While Taylor was in Las Vegas for a few days for work, Noah and I went to stay with my parents for a few days of relaxing. Noah had a blast playing with his rocking horse, playing in the pool, and swinging on the new swing Nana and Poppa put up for him. He even braved the heat long enough to let us take some pictures around Covington and Conyers. He was great, as usual, and they were sad to see us leave on the 4th to head back home. But, knowing that Noah would soon be back to stay for a whole week made it a little easier to say goodbye.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Littlest Landscaper

After all the work that Taylor did spreading our pine straw around the yard, Noah has decided that it looks much better on the porch and the table. I think we are going to have to have a chat with this little guy about leaving things in their proper place.

Ten Months Old

Noah turned ten months old on the 8th. We are quickly closing in on one year. It's gone by so fast I can hardly believe it. Noah is crawling like a pro, which means chasing him around the house to keep him away from things. He will also pull himself up to standing on pretty much anything, including his Daddy's leg hair. I think his favorite is to pull up on the TV stand and bang on the TV screen. He has mastered walking with his push walker, although steering is still an issue, and seems to be very close to walking on his own. He will sometimes let go of whatever he pulled himself up on and just stand there for a few seconds on his own.

One of our challenges with Noah has been food. The doctor told us at six months that we could start giving him the little puffs or yogurt drops to eat. He only gagged on them. Only now, four months later, has he figured out how to chew these things and swallow them without choking.  He still doesn't like anything with a lot of texture, so that's the next thing we'll be working on.

He is a very happy little boy who has a lot of energy and a lot to say. And he has no volume control, so he says it very loudly. He 'talks' a lot, and I really wish I knew what he was saying. We have taken him to the pool a few times now and he seems to really enjoy it. Well, what I think he enjoys the most is the little toy crab that I bought him. He loves to chew on it. He also seems to really like music. He gets the biggest grin on his face and flaps his arms around when one of his toys plays music or he hears a song on TV. It's so amazing to sit and just watch him play and figure things out. He is such a great baby and we are so blessed to get to see him growing and changing every day.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Funny Feet

I can't really explain why Noah thought my feet were so funny, but it's entertaining to watch.

Father's Day 2012

Taylor's first Father's Day with Noah started with a yummy breakfast of pancakes and bacon. Then it was time to open up his brand new coffee maker that Noah picked out for him. Turns out, Noah knew exactly what he wanted.

We then headed down to Grandpa Larkin's house for a late lunch with the family. Noah was very excited because there were so many dogs in the house. We had a fun day of visiting with Grandpa, aunts and uncles, little cousin Emsley, and a few friends.

Our next stop was actually the next weekend at Nana and Poppa's house. It was another full day of playing for Noah, including riding on the new rocking horse they bought him, and of course, being carried around by Poppa. I think everyone had fun and really enjoyed having Noah around for this Father's Day.