I've decided to blog a week in the life of Noelle. Starting today, my goal is to document the week's daily activities in words and pictures to have as a keepsake for us and to give our family and friends a glimpse into our everyday lives. One picture is posted here to the right, the others you can see on our Picasa Web Albums page here. I hope you enjoy it! Mondays are long because we have no planned activities, so sorry for the novel!
6:45 AM - Noelle starts calling for Daddy and won't stop saying his name until he opens her door. She helps Daddy let the dogs outside, they play a while and have breakfast, and Mommy gets to stay in bed until 7:15. I sit with Noelle until she finishes breakfast while Daddy gets ready for work. She can be a slow eater, because the girl talks.
7:40 AM - Daddy leaves for work, lots of "I love you, Daddy!" and "Have a good day, Daddy!" I turn on a show while I get breakfast, and another while I take a shower. This morning's choices were Dora the Explorer and Pinky Dinky Doo. She started watching a show in between that happened to be on TV called Lazy Town, but a few minutes in pronounced that the show was "too grouchy."
9:30 AM - I suggest that we go to the zoo, and she likes that idea so we gather up our things and head out. We went to the zoo's playground first, which is a rare treat because it tires me out to have her run around in there. It's a huge wooden castle style playground, lots of little passageways that are hard for a pregnant woman to get through!
12:15 PM - We left the zoo and I was feeling lazy, so we stopped for lunch at Burger King. She basically orders her own lunch, telling the man she wants milk and chicken nuggets.
1:30 PM - Home for a story and naptime. At 1:45 I hear her light switch on, I go in to put her back in bed. A minute later she keeps calling out "Mommy! Can you hear me?" I go in again, she says her baby doll would like to swing with her after nap. I say okay, she finally goes to sleep.
3:15 PM - I hear baby doll fall out of bed, which wakes up Noelle. Naptime was too short.
3:20 PM - Swinging on the front porch. Sans baby - I guess she changed her mind.
3:30 PM - I decide to try watercolor painting on her little table outside. She's slow to warm up to the idea, but eventually gets very into it, so I decide to strip her down so she can paint her arms, legs, and tummy. This was followed by bathtime, as you might have guessed! I added some bubble bath to help get all the paint off faster. Then another episode of Dora while I clean up from the painting project.
5:20 PM - Daddy gets home, playtime until dinner is ready. I leave at 5:40 for a meeting, so thanks to Daddy for logging the rest of the evening!
5:50 PM - Dinnertime. Noelle gets a time out at the end for playing with her "big girl cup" of milk which led to spilling it. During the time out, Andy hears crying alternating with "Daddy?" from Noelle's room. He goes in to find her arm stuck in her changing table cabinet at the elbow. He semi-sternly scolds her about putting her arm in the cabinet, but when he extracts her arm he hears "thank you daddy". "Thank you." "Daddy, thank you." and can't help but laugh and hug her.
6:15 pm - Noelle finds an invisible bug friend she names "Corty" whom she keeps with her the rest of the night, even taking him to bed with her.
6:45 pm - Andy reads Noelle and Corty a story, then puts her (them?) to bed.
10:00 PM - Crying, but we don't have to go in there!
10:18 PM - Crying again, we do have to go in there. I hope she sleeps the rest of the night!