Saturday, January 26, 2008


I couldn't think of a more appropriate title for this entry. To start, our little bugger is becoming quite the adventurer these days. He has discovered so many new secret places while exploring around the house. Like his forte under the dining room table and his favorite place to hide toys, behind Dada's chair. He is so sneaky too! If you are paying attention to him, you'd think he was a statue sometimes. But walk away for a few seconds and he is gone! Run the vacuum or sweep and he is like a cat chasing after a mouse. I have been really getting a work out these last couple of months, and happy to be doing so!

He also has a new interest in puzzles. He likes to help pick up the pieces for Dada. Shhh! Don't tell but I found a missing puzzle piece down Noah's shirt when getting him ready for a bath. Hee! Hee!

So back to why Kaboom is so appropriate ! A few days ago, we were all sitting in the family room catching up on the day's events. Noah was playing at his stand behind "make a lot of noise" Elmo toy ,wiggling his cute butt to the ABC song for the millionth time. When all of the sudden, he decides to take a side step towards the coffee table and KABOOM! It was like watching a slow motion film, he tumbled and bonked his noggin on the table. Oooowie! A slight delay and the music began. Oh how terrible I felt :( But what can I say our bugger is a fighter. He only required a few hugs and kisses and he was back playing with Elmo....again.

I would really be stretching the truth if I proclaimed this was his 1st boo-boo. Actually, it's his 1st self inflicted one. But honestly, Noah can thank his parent's for his 1st set of boo-boo's. First, it was the darn car seat buckle. Why are they so darn tight between the legs? Well as you probably envisioned, I snapped the buckle and pinched his leg! Ugh, my stomach just about turned on that one. Not to mention it was right after his doctors appt. where was already stabbed with two needles. My DH shortly followed suite and pinched his other leg. Oh why does this child still love us so?

OK, the second half of the KABOOM story is still ongoing. For the last 4 days, Noah has been in the trenches with an awful stomach bug and upper respiratory infection. It started with the upstairs plumbing springing a leak and then KABOOM, explosions every hour from the downstairs plumbing. Oh my, poor little bugger can't even log in a decent nap without an explosion interrupting him.

Ironically, even as lethargic and sick he is, our little "stinker" has really enjoyed his multiple baths each day. I, on the other hand, have been up to my eyeballs in dirty laundry and waste disposal management. I did find comfort with a comment made by Noah's doctor the other day. She said "His symptoms are very common with all the kids were are seeing these days." I smiled and thanked her.

Here is a picture of how our little bugger has been feeling the last few days. His best buddy Cody has not left his side.

Even though Noah has been under the weather, he still continues to amaze us. He is now signing the word "more" appropriately and it's soooo adorable! I gave him a pretzel the other day, and always keep an extra on hand. Well, he took the 1st pretzel and was looking at the second one in my hand. After a moment , he started to sign MORE! With great pleasure and a huge smile I gave him the second pretzel. He also is starting to curl his little fingers when waving bye-bye. He just continues to melt our hearts.

Well, if you made it this far I thank you for gutting it out. All in all we are doing fine.

Cheers- Terry

Monday, January 21, 2008

Love & Hate

Aiden's mom, Stephanie over at A is for Aiden. tagged me with this meme.

1. Being a Mommy!
2. Noah's sweet touches as he falls asleep.
3. Bathtime with Noah
4. Noah's giggles, will put a smile on any one's frown...guaranteed!
5. The way Noah looks when Dadda walks thru the door...priceless!
6. The way Noah shares all his food his Cody
7. The unconditional love Noah gives us!

1. Waiting rooms
2. Ignorance
3. When my boys are not feeling well.
4. People who feel sorry for us because Noah has T21
5. When my DH leaves the toilet seat "up"
6. I HATE to see children struggling with their health. Adults too!

I'm suppose pass along and tagged other people. I'm going to spare everyone this go around until I become more comfortable with navigating around the blog. I do want to thank Stephanie for thinking of me and allowing me to participate.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Happy 15 Months Noah!

It's snowing today and absolutely beautiful out. We took Noah out to catch snowflakes and he loved it. I wish I video taped it, but sometimes the best moments can't be captured on film. I believe that was the case today.

15 months old today and we have lots to celebrate! I'm so proud of Noah. To start, I would like to announce our little bugger can climb up two steps all by himself. We have been working on this since he started to crawl back in November. And what motivated him to accomplish such a feat....

For those wondering, it's the Victoria Secret catalog. He is definitely all boy! He is also starting to point and loves to "beep beep" mama and dada's nose. OK, he doesn't say "beep beep" we do and he giggles every time. He even points to Cody's nose (our dog), since Cody doesn't know how to say "beep beep", Noah keeps pointing and waits until we say it.

His favorite time each night is bath time(mine too). He gets so excited that he stands at the tub reaching over the tub waiting for the bubbles to rise. Once in the tub , he is like a slippery monkey. Won't sit still and always putting his face into the bubbles. I can't manage to get him to drink water or juice from anything (bottle or cup), but stick him in the tub and he slurps up the bath water like a champ. Go figure.

Still waiting for his first tooth. I swear he has been teething since birth, but nothing...nada. I dream all the time about his teeth. The crazy thing my DH just told me the other week he too dreamt about little bugger's teeth. Are we going mad?

As for me, I'm trying to stick to my exercise & diet goals. Treadmill 3 times per week and watch what sneaks passed my lips. We are going to Florida soon and I barely fit into my winter clothes let alone squeeze into summer clothes. Oh well, regardless still looking forward to the time away and warm weather even if I only fit into my turtle necks.

OK that is all the beans spilling out tonight. Cheers, Terry

Monday, January 14, 2008

Finally a blog...

I finally crawled out of the stone age and created a web page to journal my son Noah's adventures and ok mine too!

I'm a first time Mommy and enjoying every moment. I have a wonderful DH who is the greatest Dad ever. I would be remiss if I didn't mention Noah's best buddy Cody. He is our 7yr old yellow Lab. In between being a mom & wife, I also work for a wonderful company who really cares about their people. They were generous enough to allow me to work a flexible schedule. A schedule which allows me to take Noah to all his appointments and spend more time with him.

Noah is our first child and surprised us by joining us 4 weeks early. No need to go into the details of labor, just a quick mention that we didn't know the sex so we were pretty excited for the arrival. Come to find out there was one more thing we didn't know about. Our dear Noah gave us yet another surprise, he was born with Down Syndrome (T21).

Initially, I felt so lost,confused and well lets just say overwhelmed. It didn't help that we left the hospital without him ,as he would spend the next month in NICU getting adjusted to his new world. Slowly but surely people(who we didn't know) started reaching out who really understood. Don't get me wrong my family and close friends were there too but just in a different way.

Noah will be 15 months old on Thursday. I'm still scratching my head wondering where the time has gone. Since the day Noah was born, he has shown us the beauty of the unexpected. He has taught us that patience allows us to cherish each moment longer.

Over the past 15 months, I have met so many wonderful people in association with our son having DS. Quite honestly, many of my new found friends are "cyber" friends. Even though I have not actually met any of them, I feel a strong bond with them. Friendships I never would have discovered without Noah in my life. I'm grateful to know such kind, caring and loving people. They all have their own special ways of reaching out to offer support, advice,prayers and encouragement whenever needed. Thank you T21 board friends for inspiring me to come out of my shell to share Noah's amazing trek through life.

My hope is to continue to post regular updates on Noah and life events in general. I also will post more pictures as I become more familiar with customizing the blog.

Stay tuned........Cheers - Terry ( Noah's Mom)