Monday, September 8, 2014

Life with Nolan

Preface: I wrote this post before Henry was born...but still wanted to post it for memories!
August 27, 2014

With baby number two almost here, I took a look at our family blog this week and squirmed when I saw that my last post was April of 2013. Looking back has brought so much joy in just reminiscing the olden days.  A lot has changed since April of 2013. We moved to a new city with a much bigger house. While I love our new house the endless projects have had been going crazy through my nesting phase. As I would stress out about our house and trying to make it beautiful, Paul reminds me, Rome wasn’t built in a day and after praying about it God revealed it’s not about what your house looks like on the inside with the beautiful d├ęcor it’s the family and the memories that make a house a home!

Nolan is now almost 2. I look back and can’t believe how fast he has grown. He has turned into a little toddler, cute vocabulary, tantrums and all! He is very opinionated and likes things his way. He is only a cuddle bug a night right before bed time, otherwise he is running 90 miles a minute. His vocabulary is expanding each week and I love hearing him pronounce new words! The new word of the week is Pony. His pronunciation of Pony is precious! He is SMART! I mean really smart. I am sure all moms and dads think this about their child/children. I am jumping on this bandwagon too. Sometime he says things or does things that blow my mind. I stop and think how did he know to do that or where did he learn that from.  He loves animals and loved to make the animal noises. My favorite is when the Food Lion commercial comes on tv the one with the lion is walking down the street and I hear this big Roar come from the kitchen!

Nolan is a great eater, but he has been from day one! The only veggie that he despises is broccoli. I can’t much blame him, because still to this day I only like mine when I have cheese melted over it! He goes to school every day and we moved him just a couple months ago to a church right down the street. He loves his classmates and his teachers. He just doesn’t like being dropped off. His little routine is so funny. He gets out of the car all excited, we push the button to get into the school, walk down the hall get in front of our class and the melt down kicks in… Sometimes he just lean against the wall, but most of the time he lay down in the hallway. He doesn’t cry, he just lays down. All of his friends rush to the gate to tell him good morning, but sometime he needs an extra hug from dad or mom and a hand off to the teacher to go look at the birds out the window. We know he loves it, because when it comes time to be picked up he doesn’t want to leave!

He loves to read! If we would let him, I think he would read or have us read all his books every night at bedtime. I have had to start hiding books from his room, so we don’t have to read 20 books a night. I give him the option of reading three books before we rock, sing and say our prayers…then I give him the option of putting three to four books in his bed so he can read them if he wants. Some mornings when we wake up I can hear his little voice in his room reading his books, when I peer in he is siting up reading and happy as a clam!

For a long time he was all about Daddy! Daddy this and Daddy that. He only wanted Daddy at bath time and bedtime. He would even go so far from pulling me out of his chair at night and telling Daddy to sit. For the last couple of weeks, though Paul has been working crazy hours and has not been here at night. Nolan has become super attached to me! Which is great and not so great with the new baby almost here. Everything is now Momma, Momma. It’s so funny to hear him walking down the hall or waking up in the morning yelling for Momma – Momma! It does melt my heart – I can’t lie.

We are excited for the new little boy, but I can not lie, I am sad. My one on one time with Nolan is almost over. It I think too hard about it, I tear up. I know it’s going to be hard on him and us, but I think to the future about how much he will love having a playmate for life and someone to play choo-choos with, jump of the couch into the pile of cushions or run around naked in the front yard through the sprinklers!