Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Little Farm

We had another fun-filled weekend around the Hayes' household. Really, every weekend should be four days long! Alex and Noelle had a good time with PlayDoh (yes, I bought it instead of made it). They even made a PlayDoh greyhound!
PlayDoh fun!

On Sunday, we headed over to a wonderful attraction in Tilden Park, Little Farm. Little Farm is exactly what it sounds like, a little farm =) I believe it's largely volunteer run. It's free to walk through and feed the animals (bring your own celery).

Unfortunately, we didn't get many animal pictures because we were busy bolstering Noelle's confidence - she was scared of most of the animals. It makes sense, from her perspective. She's so tiny and had never seen anything close to the size of a cow! So, we played it low-key and did a lot of watching from a distance. There was one animal Noelle did love, a chicken that was just her size. Noelle even reached out to pet it several times.

The not-so-scary chicken

On the way home we stopped by Trader Joe's and, more importantly, See's Candy. Noelle received a piece of chocolate and this is what she looked like when we got home:

More chocolate, please!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy turkey day to everyone! We hope you had wonderful Thanksgiving celebrations. Or, wonderful Thursdays, if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving! =)

We had a wonderful, low-key family Thanksgiving. The day started a little rough. Noelle was up (with Alex, thanks hubby!) at 5:30 am with some teething pain. By 8am, she looked like this:

Who says you can't sleep sitting up?

It was a bit of a rainy morning. We made the best of it, though, with some quality time at the park:

Rocking the track suit.
Can't get too much swinging!

We've already had two big turkey dinners this month. First, when my parents visited and second, at a friends house last Sunday. So, ready for a change of pace, our Thanksgiving this year was lasagna.

It just wouldn't be a holiday, though, without homemade pumpkin pie (thanks, Trader Joe's, for the easy directions!). Noelle looooves pumpkin pie. I think it just may have been her favorite part of the day!

Homemade pie and a silver fork, it doesn't get better then this =)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Week with Mommy

Since Alex was out of town this past week, Noelle and I had another hectic/crazy/destructive/wonderful week together. As usual, household destruction was near the top of Noelle's to-do list.

The bathroom officially became Noelle's favorite room...

...though, this Lazy Susan isn't bad either!

Since Noelle's day care provider had a personal day on Thursday, we even had an extra day of mommy/daughter fun. Noelle accompanied me to the weekly Thursday lunch out with my co-workers... because a baby is just what everyone needs with their beer to unwind from the stressful work week =) My colleagues were good sports though, and Noelle dolled out the requisite amount of cuteness to make a mommy proud.

This evening we were graciously invited to an early Thanksgiving celebration at the home of one of Alex's colleagues. We took this opportunity to show off Noelle's new dress. How adorable is she in the dress/hat/shoes combo?!?

I couldn't be much cuter!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Coat Weather and Sign Language

Finally enjoying her cool weather clothing!

It has finally gotten a little cooler in the Bay Area. I am not a fan of hot weather and am relishing the relief. Noelle is finally able to enjoy all of the cute little coats she has received! 

She was an especially big hit in her rain coat (left picture above). That picture is from Friday, when it rained all day on my day off with Noelle. We made the best of it, though. I took her to Target and let her walk up and down the aisles to her heart's content. I think she did her own little mini-marathon! We celebrated after with a yogurt (for her) and latte (for me).

Unfortunately, our long weekend was dragged down a bit by Noelle dealing with a double header; cold and teething. To add insult to injury, it was her lower molars giving her trouble (supposedly the worst?). She spent most of the weekend living it up in her jammies... and wrecking the bathroom, as usual.

I may be sick, but I can still have fun!

One wonderful turn of events this weekend, though, was Noelle's increasing use of signaling what she wants. The past few weeks she has gotten very good about asking to be picked up (raising her arms over her head) instead of just yelling at us. I know it's not much, but it's soooo nice to get the baby equivalent of 'please' in place of all that noise.

One of the babies at her daycare uses baby sign language. Clearly, his parents get a gold start... since Alex and I never bothered instilling this practice. Noelle, for her part, though, picked up the sign for "give me more, please". (Okay, I added the 'please'. I like to think I have a polite baby). Anyway, the gesture is bumping her little closed fists together, to signal that she would like something that she sees.

Even this one simple gesture has already made our lives much smoother. Gone, already, is the loud demanding when she wants another bite of what we're giving her, or the bottle she sees on the table. She just bumps her little fists together and, like magic, more of whatever she wants appears. She loves it. Of course, there are some limits to how well this little trick works. Ice cream got a lot of fist bumps; carrots, not so much =)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Early Thanksgiving and Christmas

 Grandma & Grandpa Brock

This year, we're heading to Long Island for the holidays. Of course, that doesn't mean baby girl gets any less celebrating with my side of the family. Instead, she received and early Thanksgiving and Christmas this weekend with her Grandma and Grandpa Brock.

Noelle focused on developing her present-opening ability; a very important childhood skill. Pretty soon she'll be an old pro at it =)

That's a lot of wrapping paper for one baby girl.

 Noelle, modeling some of her loot.

One of my favorite presents was a DVD of "The Snowman". I remember watching this VHS many, many times as a child; at the very least every Christmas. Here is Noelle enjoying her first Snowman experience with Grandpa.

Watching her first DVD, "The Snowman", with Grandpa

Alex and I received many wonderful presents as well; but none so good as free babysitting! We actually got dressed up and made it out for a wonderful dinner together. Thanks, Grandma and Grandpa!

Ready for our big dinner out sans baby girl.

No holiday weekend would be complete without a heavy emphasis on food. Noelle got to play with pumpkin seeds (from pumpkin pie making). It wasn't quite as fun as play-dough, but still entertaining. What I found funny was the huge change in Noelle since her first pumpkin experience last Halloween, when she was only 6 weeks old.

Halloween 2010 and 2011: She doesn't fit in the pumpkin anymore!

Noelle continued to do her part to keep the dairy industry alive and well by meeting her daily quota for cheese consumption. The rest of us overdid it as well, with our Thanksgiving/Christmas spread. It was a wonderful holiday weekend!


Thanksgiving/Christmas spread