Noah Update

So, it’s been a while and I thought I might let you all know Noah is up to (and let Jeremy know what he has to look forward to; congratulations, Jeremy!).

Noah is 18 months old now. And with that came his 18 month checkup. Noah still excels at head circumference (90th percentile), but it definitely looks more in proportion with the rest of his body. And he’s still moderately long (33″ I think; 75th percentile) and thin (24#; 25th percentile). He had his final vaccination until he is 5 years old (which I can proudly attest to the fact that he took like a man unlike his father, who, I distinctly recall, had to be held down by several nurses for his 5 yo vaccinations).

He just got over hand, foot and mouth which, if you are like my mother, most people seem to think is an animal disease. And, it’s not. In fact, after a fever, the infected develop lovely sores on those particular body parts. Seems painful, and if Tony, a 35+ yo man is any indication, is very painful (he had it so bad that he had to carry a cup around with him to spit into because it hurt too much to swallow even though he was on heavy pain meds).

He’s been walking a while now. And now he’s starting to run. Everywhere. In fact, we have a fun game that we like to play – can Mommy or Daddy catch me before I make it into the street? We all enjoy this; mostly because he doesn’t ever win. I am still faster than him but dreading the day when he out-paces me.

Adding to this stunning repertoire, Noah, lover of balls of any size, has learned to throw balls not only at the cat, but also up – as in up on the counter and up over the baby gate at the top of the stairs. In both cases, this is followed by an ‘Uh oh!’, some whining and finally some screaming and crying if said ball is not retrieved rapidly enough. In addition to throwing, Noah has started to kick the ball (much to his soccer loving mom’s delight). And this is hilarious to watch – it involves kicking all the way up to the ball. And sometimes this in precise process ends with a minor miscalculation in the foot trajectory resulting in stepping on the rolling ball and falling. Which we don’t usually seem to mind.

Noah has an expansive vocabulary. He can say mama (mama), daddy (dadi or dada although this term might apply just as well to mommy as to daddy), apple (ap), milk (ma with a hand squeeze like he is milking a cow; not to be confused with mama for mommy), ball (ba), more (ma; not to be confused with milk or mommy; it’s like Vietnamese – tonal and context dependent), Chex (as in the cereal; cheh), cracker (crack), bah-bah (bye-bye, or don’t let the door hit you on the way out even though you weren’t planning on leaving), train (choo-choo), car (beep-beep), blanket (or more specifically, his blanket – kie-kie), dog (dawg-dawg), bird (boyd, with a Brooklyn accent) and many more that most people would never be able to understand unless they were with him day-in and day-out.

In addition, he knows a lot of body parts. In fact his favorite body part is the eye; and he loves to tell you where your eyes are. Mostly by jabbing his finger in them and saying ‘aye! aye!’.

Noah is happy (when not ill or teething madly) and very social. Due to some issues with our previous daycare (like them being asked to leave their current residence – for the second time in less than a year), we had to switch. And was Noah phased? Not unless taking a 2 hour nap the first day indicates that he was under a considerable amount of stress. And he never seems to have time to bother saying goodbye in the morning when I drop him off; he just runs to the toys and starts playing, not even looking up when I try to say bye. Some might take the fact that there child does not seem to be bothered by the fact that their parent is leaving for the day, but I like to think of it in this manner: I am raising a well-adjusted child who knows that his mommy and daddy love him and are not leaving him; or, that the daycare has a greater quantity of toys to play with. Besides, he is generally excited to see me when I pick him up in the afternoon.

Anyway, there is a lot more that you are probably missing out on if you are not here, but I don’t have the time to go into excruciating detail here. So, stay in touch and you will not be surprised when I tell you that Noah is contributing to the family income with his own car detailing service. Or whatever…

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~ by Ephraim on March 27, 2008.

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