17lbs 6 oz - 90-95%
26 inches - 90%
Head Circumference 75%
Yep, my big, tall boy. I'm thinking just like his daddy. Once Noelle got out of her preemie stage she also was in the 90% for length. Definitely not this early. Our little Michael is such a joy in our lives and he's changing so much.
He rolled over for the first time a week or so ago. You can tell he just wants to move.
When the doctor saw him she said he was pretty strong. He's definitely not a flimsy baby, is what she said. She said he was pretty sturdy too :).
He's so alert and curious about everything. And he has the most bright blue eyes. We're trying to get a good sleep schedule going because he would stay up forever if we let him, he seems to hate missing out on anything.
Noelle is so sweet with him. She's always hugging him and saying things like "It will be okay baby Michael" or "Good job bud."
Michael and Noelle look so much alike. And some days he looks exactly like his daddy.
He's starting to love putting things in his mouth.
He loves it when I sing to him.
Today we tried rice cereal and he LOVED it. Besides getting just a little messy he swallowed every bit of it. He is eating a lot lately so I was pretty excited to start the cereal. I think he will love baby food.
He loves to sit up (with our help still) and whenever he is lying down he does "crunches" to try to sit up himself.
His favorite toy is a burp rag. He's so happy holding one and just brings it right to his mouth.
He doesn't take a binkie, although Noelle still tries to give him one every once in a while.
Sometimes he sucks his thumb.
He's sleeping a lot better lately.
I know I said this already but he is just happy and content with things. I'm not saying he doesn't get fussy once in a while but his whole demeanor is just happiness. He certainly makes our lives happier and I just can't picture it without him.
Thanksgiving was great. My dad's side of the family got together this year at a church. There is TONS of food and afterward we just have fun and hang out. Oh and play dodge ball. I didn't play this year which I kind of regret but no big deal. I do regret not taking any pictures but oh well. Noelle didn't eat a whole lot, no surprise there. Damin (Noelle's Grandma Fullmer) was there and during meal time she didn't care about anything else except being with her. Noelle had lots of fun. This day is always so exhausting but it was great also. I also made some very yummy sweet potatoes, eggnog pumpkin pie, and pumpkin cheesecake. That night Noelle went to bed pretty early and I headed over to my parents to look at the ads for black Friday. To make a long story short I actually stayed the night at their house and my sister Taylor and I watched a couple episodes of Walking Dead. Yep I stayed up all night and totally regretted it the next morning. But I got some pretty good deals so I guess it was worth it. It was fun to go with my sisters. I came home and even though Michael (husband) had a rough night with the kids he let me sleep about four hours uninterrupted. He is my favorite. Rebecca, Michael's sister also came up from Provo and stayed with us for a few nights. It was fun to have her here and Noelle LOVED it!
Noelle is doing pretty good. Just growing up so much. She has kind of been pretty clingy and has been following me all over the apartment. I think it's sweet sometimes, but other times I really wish she would just play by herself. She got really good at playing by herself then it changed. I think it's still a little bit of "I'm not the baby anymore and I want mom's attention." I think some Christmas presents will help with some independent playing. She doesn't nap very well lately but she still needs them. Even without a nap we still have quiet time. Usually it's me making her sit on the couch to watch a movie so I can rest or get stuff done. Sometimes she falls asleep on the couch. But the no nap transition hasn't been too bad. When she doesn't take a nap I put her down earlier for bed, so that's nice. She is a sweetheart but has certainly shown some attitude in the recent months. Sometimes she doesn't hesitate to hit me right in the face if she doesn't like something or just because. I don't like this so much. It's getting better I think. She remembers everything lately so we have to really be aware of what we say around her ;). She came up to me today and (without any prompting from anyone) said "Thanks for being my mommy." This was accompanied with a big hug and kiss. It just melted my heart. She kept saying it. And I would reply by saying "You're welcome. Thanks for being my daughter." Moments like those make me forget all about the hitting in the face moments. Oh my Noelle. We love her.
Michael and I have been pretty good. Michael is pretty busy these days. The semester ends soon so that will be nice. He could really use a little break. I could use him home during the nights also. But I'm so grateful to him for sacrificing his time and relaxation to better himself and our family. We're excited for Christmas and Noelle loves the tree. Her and I will just sit in front of it and we'll talk about the different ornaments. Since three years ago we started this tradition where we get an ornament for each child every Christmas, also an ornament for the family. And this year Noelle knows which ornaments are hers and she loves it. We also played The First Noel and she realized they were saying her name and she just lit up.
I'm taking more pictures these days with my new phone then with our camera (because it's so much more convenient) so most of these are from my phone. I have some cute videos that are on my phone but haven't figured out how to post them yet.