Sunday, July 28, 2013

He is getting so big!

It is crazy how big our little guy is getting, he just grows and grows and is learning new things every day.  He can roll from his stomach to his back like a pro and he is learning how to roll from his back to his stomach too.  He loves walking around (with one of us holding up), he'll walk from his room to the living room to see what is going on.  He also loves watching traffic come down the road, he gets mesmerized by the cars!  

He is one happy baby
Getting so big!
Rolls over onto his side
But he isn't too big to pass out in Dad's lap

This Sunday we celebrated Julie's birthday with my Mom at the Broadmoor hotel by getting their Sunday brunch.  Because it was such a fancy occasion he had to wear his fanciest outfit!  Thanks for brunch Nana!  

Showing off his outfit 
The family picture
Noah laughing at Grandpa
A beautiful view this evening

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Roxborough State Park

Julie and I have been wanting to get Noah out hiking and into nature as much as possible, and we had a free Saturday this weekend so found a nice State Park just outside of Castle Rock to head up to.  A post on the internet had told me that the wildflowers were still in bloom because of the rain we have been having.  Turns out this person on the internet lied to me.  Despite the low number of wildflowers, the park was still really neat and Noah had a great time hiking.

We put the kid in the Baby Bjorn (thanks Amanda!), covered him with a thin white blanket to keep him cool and put his little hat on him.  He did great, didn't overheat at all, and even passed out halfway through!  

Julie got a fancy pants picnic basket for her birthday from her wonderful husband, so we packed it up and she found a spot underneath a tree for us to have a picnic.  Julie and I ate then Noah got to eat some carrots and some milk.  Can't complain!

Noah and I by some of the rocks
Julie and the rock formations
Action shot!
The flowers weren't completely gone
But did look a little ragged
The ones in the shade were doing a bit better
In the Spring this is apparently a prime wildflower location
He really seemed to enjoy the hike
Looking North from the overlook
Family shot!
Enjoying our picnic
Julie caught these flowers on the way out


Jan, one of Julie's friends from college, came to Colorado in early July to visit us and play with our baby!  We had a full schedule planned, and my mom agreed to take the kid so the three of us could have a fun day doing fun adult things.

We took Noah to his first ever baseball game, and it was even more fun because it was Jan's first AAA baseball game.  She was excited that we could sit so close to the action, and we even got the cheap seats.  After the game we went to a restaurant that Julie has been wanting to try for a while now, called the Wines of Colorado.  It is up Highway 24, just a little bit up Ute Pass, and they let you try all sorts of wines for free, then get some dinner afterwards.  Julie and Jan enjoyed tasting all kinds of wines, and afterwards we all had buffalo burgers and enjoyed the cool mountain air.

The girls and the kid

Noah isn't great at pictures yet

Ready for dinner!

The next day we dropped the kid off at my mom's house (thanks Nana!) and made our way up to Golden, CO so we could check out the Coors brewery tour.  Normally we drive right up, get on the shuttle, take our tour and drink our samples and that's the end of it.  Unfortunately this is their busy season, so we had an hour wait for the shuttle, so we let Jan do the tour (which is self-guided in the summer, lame!) and and we met her down in the tasting room.  We had to hurry a bit because we had an appointment to appointment with whiskey!

At Coors enjoying our samples
That's right, Colorado whiskey made by Stranahan's in Denver.  They are a fairly new distillery and they make their own whiskey right in the factory and they give tours a few days a week.  You need reservations to go on the tour, fortunately Julie signed us up weeks in advance, because it filled up completely.  The tour is pretty standard, you see the facility, check out the barrels they age it in, and talk about whiskey. The tasting was really nice, the guide gave us a shot, and we sipped it once straight, then added some water and tasted it again, the flavor completely changed.  We bought some souvenirs and went to find some dinner.

The girls at Stranahan's.

The tasting room, the whiskey is all set up for us

The three of us in front of the huge tanks

This won't be ready to drink for a few years

Julie checking out all the barrels

The bottling room and an empty

Out front
Fortunately Breckenridge Brewery is right down the road in Denver.  Even though they are named Breckenridge, most of their beer is brewed in Denver, and even better they have a BBQ restaurant attached to the facility.  We ate some great BBQ, picked up our kid and went to sleep.  It was a great day!

Getting ready for the BBQ
Jan unfortunately left the next day so Julie and her hung around the town while I went back to work.  We had a great time, and hope we get to hang out with Jan again soon!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

He's 4 months old!

Our little guy sure is changing everyday!  He turned 4 months old yesterday, and we headed to the Doctor for his check-up.  His appointment included getting 5 vaccinations, 4 of which were shots in his little thighs.  He did so good until the shots, and then he screamed and screamed and screamed.  The assistant apologized and apologized that she made him so upset, but really it wasn't too horrible and he settled down after a few minutes.  He did look pretty pitiful for a few minutes, but was doing good again when we walked out.  The whole office did hear him and when we checked out the receptionist asked if he was okay! 

His 4 month stats!
Weight : 12 lbs 10 oz
Height : 24 inches
Head circumference : 15 1/2 inches
Latest developments : Rolling from his stomach to his back, sucking on his hands, drooling all over the place, cooing and talking a ton, giggling and smiling all the time, eating real food (apples and peas so far) and holding on to everything he can fit his little hand around.
Nicknames : Pumpkin, Pumpernickel, Bucket, Pail, Noah Pants, Pants, Noah No-pants, Little Dude, Kiddo and Drooler

Getting weighed at the doctor's office

4 month teddy bear comparison picture

Birthday party with all of his stuffed friends! 

Looking at Dad!