Tuesday, September 12, 2017

12-15 Month Update

our Noah is 15 months old! time has been flying by, but it has been the best months of my life. Noah is as happy as can be, sleeps 11-12 hours at night, and gives cuddles all day long. What more could I ask for? here is a bit about our Noah bean:

-he loves to put everything in his mouth
-says mama, dada, and a bunch of other gibberish I cannot understand
-he loves to growl
-he loves to laugh
-he loves bath time and always squeals when he hears the water turning on
-he hates getting his diaper changed and usually fights me
-he loves his morning green smoothies
-he loves raspberries and peaches. If he sees them in the fridge, at the store, if someone is eating them, etc.. he will just stop, point, and stare until someone acknowledges that there is a raspberry or peach in the same vicinity as him.
-he eats veggie packets of pure spinach and kale, however, he has a hard time eating veggies not blended up - weird kid!
-he loves homemade sweet potato fries
-he loves LOVE Moana
-he loves to wave hi, bye, and blow kisses
-he is still drinking out of a bottle and i'm really struggling taking it away from him because it is such a comfort
-has been off of a binky for months. Decided one day he was over it
-handles long car rides in his car seat like a champ
-loves to climb and get into everything
-if he had it his way, he would open and close cabinet doors all day long. He isn't too interested about what is inside, he just loves opening and closing things
-he loves to climb the stairs
-he loves his aunt Abbie and anytime she gets home from work he starts squealing and runs straight for the stairs - thanks a lot, buddy!
-along with the bath, he loves water. We took him swimming at a friends house and he could have just laid like a dead fish and floated all of his problems away
-he loves when Travis or I read him books. His favorite is "ten tiny toes."
-he loves to put his hands above his head and wait until people yell, "touchdown!"
-he loves mac and cheese
-he loves to hide mom and dads shoes random places all over the apartment
-he loves to hide his little plastic balls in any crevasse he can find. I found one lodged in my shoe, between water bottles in the fridge, one in my underwear drawer, and plenty other places
-he loves to walk around with his hands behind his back like an 80year old man. First time he did it, Travis and I laughed until we had no more tears. It is the funniest thing
-he loves going running with mom
-had his first play date with new friends; Mccall and Addilyn

he is developing such a fun personality and we are just loving being parents! We also said goodbye to my Grandma Ivy this month. Ivy married my grandpa when I was 12 (but was dating him since I was 8), and has been in my life as long as I can remember. Now that my grandpa is going a bit more senile and is in a nursing home, she is going back to Atlanta, Georgia, to join her kids. I don't blame her, but she is the sweetest person I know and I'm so sad to see her go. I'm glad she got to see and spend time with Noah before she left.

15 month visit: Weight 23.5 (32%), Height 31.1 (48%), Head 18.6 (51%)

Family Pictures

We got family pictures taken in June. The last time we had family pictures taken was when Travis and I were engaged, so let me tell you, those were outdated! We had an amazing photographer and i'm so happy with them. Love this little team of mine!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

12 months old!

Noah Wolfgang Siebenhaar
Turns 1 years old!

Our sweet Noah turned 1 years old on June 5th. It is a bittersweet year because I will miss him being small, but I am also anxious on moving past an exhausting year that was spent mostly in a doctor's office and 5 hospital visits. Since he was born, he has had 2 surgeries under anesthesia, 36 hospital/doctor's visits, 4 medications, 4 countries visited, 8 airplane rides, and 8 teeth teeth! depending on how you look at it, it seems like we've had 1 accomplished year, eh? he has transformed into such a happy baby who always smiles and laughs. He is such a joy to be around. I often find myself emotional; not emotional because he is getting bigger, but because I truly have experienced a different kind of love and joy i've never had in my life (different than love from your partner). Despite the hard year, we had many up's and happy moments and to me, that trumps all. So thankfully for this little boy. A little about our Noah at 12 months old:

-he has found his tongue and crawls around with it out all day every day
-he loves being praised. We have a little toy where you put the square into a square hole and when he successfully takes it out and puts it in, he crawls as fast as he can to us to give hugs. He knows when he's accomplished something and wants a hug for it
-he can point and will point at things he wants -- milk, crackers, etc.
-he can sign "more," and when i'm feeding him it really helps me understand if he is done or not
-he is obsessed with baby signing time. Its a movie (you can get off of amazon) and it teaches infants to sign. I love it because it's not over stimulating and he loves starting at all the babies that can sign. I highly recommend, although all of the songs will be stuck in your head daily.
-he can stand on his own and walks along the couches extremely fast. He will be walking in no time.
-he loves to make noises with his mouth. I can't describe it, but a new noise is coming out of his mouth all of the time.
-he loves to be held and it can be quite exhausting.
-he loves to eat, but particularly doesn't like eggs.
-he loves his bath time
-he loves to be tackled by dad
-he LOVES reading and will stop doing anything if i'm holding a book. He mostly loves to flip the pages.
-he loves opening and closing things. I'm frantically running around the basement after him trying to baby proof things I never knew he would be able to get into.
-He loves to give kisses and will kiss his little nieces on the forehead.
-he hates shoes and anything to do with them.
-he hates being dressed and will throw a fit when i'm trying to put his clothes on.
-he loves when I brush his teeth. He mostly likes to chew on the rubber toothbrush.
-he is starting to not be a fan of his carseat.
-he loves to dance and bump his bum in the air.
-he loves his toys and will play independently for an hour without needing me - really helps when i'm working from home.
-loves going running with mom and will gasp constantly when he sees cars passing by.

12 month visit: Weight 22.3 (41%), Height 29.75 (50%), Head 18.25 (50%)

Europe 2017





We had such a blast going to Europe for just shy of a month. We traveled and ate our hearts out. We went with Travis' family, so with 7 of us, it sometimes was hard catering to everyone, but we saw some incredible things. Everyone keeps asking me what my favorite part was and I honestly have tried to pin point the most enjoyable part of the trip for me and I can't. I loved it all. I think because I have traveled so much already in my life and have lived in foreign countries, I was used to the face pace day-to-day of traveling, where I do think it exhausted most of the others in our family. I just love culture so much and soaked in every second we were there. Traveling with an infant was less than perfect, but it was so worth it. I always heard to travel as much as you can before you have kids, but I strongly disagree with that statement. All of the countries we went to were so catering to us and the people just went nuts over Noah since he was blonde and blue eyed. It was such a fun experience to see things you've learned about your whole life (or seen in movies -- hello Sound of Music!). I can't say enough about Austria's gardens/landscaping, Germany's architecture, Switzerland's beyond gorgeous scenery/waterfalls/alps, and Italy's history and food! I am putting together a movie from our trip and am excited to post it here once i'm finished, it'll give a cooler perspective of everything we saw. I wish I could sit and write every ounce of information I retrieved from this trip, but I would be writing for ages. I fear that if I don't write it down somewhere, i'll forget and i'm sure that's what will happen. I think that's why I love video and pictures so much because it really helps me relive the moments after time has passed. I have friends that went to Europe before us and left a little treasure hunt to find euro's at a castle that they hid -- it was so fun! just for the sake of my memory, i'm going to list where we went. If you ever go to any of these places, I will die of envy. I can't recommend enough to just go and do it if you can. Don't let kids hold you back. I mean, maybe your job will, but that can always be arranged too :) I saved vacation for 2 years and I was DYING when we went because I needed a break so badly:

Salzburg, Austria
Munich, Germany
Rhotenberg, Germany
Bavaria, Germany
Lucerne, Switzerland
Interlaken, Switzerland
Lavertezzo, Switzerland (a MUST go)
Venice, Italy
Florence, Italy
Rome, Italy
Cinque Terre, Italy

I have so many fond memories of everything we did and I already miss it so much. I also miss eating gelato every single day 3x a day, but my body doesn't miss it :). We stayed in airbnb's the whole time and it was nothing short of a great experience (except for one in Italy, but i'm trying to forget it). I hope that when I have more time, i'll come back and edit more about what we did, but again, probably not. I've already spent like 2+ hours going through pics and doing this post, so i'm going to go snuggle my baby now. Hope you enjoy!