Friday, July 5, 2013

nolan at 6 months.

I have become one of those mothers.  The mother who thinks they have the perfect, most adorable baby in the history of the world.  I used to think I was pretty honest with myself, pretty objective, that I could admit the faults of my children, but as Cole and I sat discussing over lunch how undeniably adorable (surely no one could think otherwise!) Nolan is, we realized how far gone we truly are.  We are smitten, and bias aside, he is prrretty awesome ;)  Here's why:

At 6 months he:
  • rolls over both ways
  • smiles at pretty much anything that moves (and some things that don't)
  • is wide-eyed, alert, and engaging
  • blows raspberries and smiles this goofy double-chinned grin when you do it back (total boy humor)
  • eats solids like a beast (so far three types of cereals, sweet potatoes, and squash)
  • stretches out after a feeding and smiles as I rub his belly
  • sucks his left thumb 
  • sleeps through the night (6/7 p.m. to 7/8 a.m.)
  • loves toys and gets excited to see Sophie the Giraffe
  • has a happy disposition and laughs easily
  • is a drool-monster and likes to gnaw on your fingers if they get close enough to his mouth
  • loves to watch Lily and smiles at her, even when she's not looking
  • rarely cries except when he wants to be picked up or he's rolled over onto his belly for too long
  • likes when we sing, play pat-a-cake and other "games" with him
  • likes to stand and has strong legs
  • likes to cuddle
Nicknames include:  Chubs, Chubbers, Wolen, and Noly Woly.  I love when I rub his soft chubby cheek or give him a kiss, and he'll just look straight ahead and smile this soft, little smile.  It melts my heart every time, and it's like he's saying, "I know you love me, Mom."  Happy 6 months, Nolan.  You are one special little guy, and you are absolutely right, we adore you!

a week of visitors.

We kicked off July just the way we like--with lots of visitors!  My dad and stepmom came and Lily took full advantage of having a captive (and permissive) audience present.  She wanted Papa to do everything with her and for her, and he willingly obliged.   Cole and I got spoiled with brunch at the historic Menger Hotel downtown, Magnolia Pancake Haus, Texas de Brazil, and The Gristmill (all delicious!).  Not to mention the fancy dinners my dad whipped up in our own kitchen.  We're already wasting away now that they're gone ;)

Lily got a new pool from Nana and Papa, which we put at the end of her playset outside and made a slip and slide into the pool.  Every day she rips off all her clothes and diaper and runs naked to the back door to "Play pool!"

Even a princess has to brush her teeth (new heels courtesy of Nana and Papa)
Both worn out after 6 hrs. of nonstop play

This kid's hair cannot be tamed
A few hours after my parents departed, Cole's brother Ryan and his girlfriend Lauren, arrived from Houston to party with us on the 4th!  In true American style, we celebrated at our favorite Mexican restaurant, Rosario's, and then caught some fireworks at Woodlawn Park.  I really really love our family and am so grateful they took the time to come out and visit us!  Please come back soon!

Petland may be our new favorite place to visit