Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 29, 2015 - More Milestones

This week Grace lost her first tooth!  The new tooth had already come up behind it and we were just waiting for the little one to come out.  How did she manage?  She was trying to pull apart some small Legos and used her teeth to bite thing she knew the Legos were covered in blood and her tooth was in her hand!  It was very incongruous to see a very bloody, but smiling, mouth!  The tooth fairy managed a visit that very Grace is just using her tongue to try and loosen more teeth!

Aya, who since her fever last week has been sleeping HORRIBLY again (hours of crying at night, waking up every couple of hours, ack!) and wanting to almost exclusively nurse, has been very busy on the developmental front.  This week she has really been trying more and more to stand on her own, she is also waving sometimes for hello and sometimes for goodbye (no consistency yet!), and today she called me Mama!  Last night actually - during a very long session of inconsolable crying (new teeth possibly?) - she was saying "Mama...Mama...Mama" and Kristoffer thought she was asking for me.  But I've just heard her make the sound without necessarily meaning me for the last few weeks so I wasn't sure.  But this morning she crawled right to me saying "Mama!"  It was awesome and almost made up for all of the sleep I have not gotten lately.  I'm telling you...when it comes to our babies and sleep...let's just say it's a good thing they are (or were) so cute!

We have a few sickies in the house still...Aya is at the tail end (I hope) of her virus but Noah and Kristoffer picked it up so are a bit under the weather.  But we are so excited to welcome Kristoffer's cousins Aja (same pronounciation) and her son Mads who will visit us for 4 days before going on safari next week.  We hope our immune systems will rally and that we'll have a great Dar weekend.

I wonder what milestones will be next!?

*Edited to include that Aya is also playing peek-a-boo a lot these days (hiding herself and finding others), has gotten really good at bending down to pick up something while holding on to furniture with one hand and then popping back up again, and she kneels quite a lot.  Should we take bets on when she'll be standing on her own or walking?

Monday, January 26, 2015

January 26, 2015 - The Dark Side

Yesterday was Noah's Birthday Party! 

I tried to get what I could in the US back in November to help with our Darth Vader theme.  Otherwise, Dar is always a challenge to go too crazy because of what's (not) available.  I think it turned out to be fun for Noah and his (and Grace's) friends.  He even invited many teachers from his school and 3 of them came!  

For food we set up half the table with healthy snacks (the light side) and half the table for less healthy options/treats (the dark side).  At the very least, Kristoffer and I thought this was very funny.
 The Star Wars coloring station, before the kids arrived...
 Light Sabers and Star Wars Masks for all!
 Noah was inititally wearing his full Darth Vader costume, but gosh it's hot where we live so that did not last even until the party started.  He went with a paper Vader mask instead.
 We started off with light sabers and balloons - trying to keep them up in the air...

 ...which turned into a full out light saber war against Far!
 Noah enjoyed opening up some really great presents!

 During some down time there was a lot of coloring...
 Then we had a big Lego tower building contest.  Grown ups first!  While the Imperial March from Star Wars played in the background, they had to build as high as they could!
 Kids were not supposed to be helping, but that was hard to control!

 In the end, Noah's teachers from Nordic School won!
 Then the kids also had a contest - it was really loud and fun!  Luckily, Noah was on the "winning" team and at the end he received a treasure map to go on a treasure hunt for goodie bags.
 The kids followed him allll around our house and compound searching for photo clues...

 In the end they had to put together a phote puzzle to find the final location of the treasure.

 We ended with Noah's second Darth Vader cake of the week (had to get my money's worth from the cake pan I bought!) and Noah enjoyed another round of birthday songs in 3 different languages (see the video below for a snippet of each!).

He was a happy guy and we all had a great day!
(Now we get one month off before Grace's birthday!)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

January 22, 2015 - Noah's Fourth Birthday!

And then suddenly! This little baby, our sweet Noah Dean, was 4 years old.

The day started around 5:15 am.  We had a full family party before Grace left for school at 6:30 am. Noah was VERY happy with many, many, many Darth Vader and Star Wars and Lego presents.  He did not like his pirate costume and told me I should give it to someone else.  He loved the little Toothless dragon from Grace.  He loved some new TMNT gear. He ate "dinosaur oatmeal" from America for breakfast :)

Noah brought a big watermelon to school to share with class at snack time.  He got to raise the Danish flag and was sung to in 4 different languages by all of the teachers and children.  He was extremely shy and kept his back turned away from them, but he was singing along and smiling to himself. Far went to work late to be there - definitely a highlight for Noah.

I went back to school in the afternoon with a Darth Vader cake - practice for his party on Sunday - and he was sung to again, this time in 3 languages (he stuck with Danish, Swedish and English but ditched the Norwegian).  

Back at home, Grace decided to skip her after-school program to spend time with her birthday brother.  I thought that was very sweet.  They watched a Lego Star Wars DVD that Noah received and they played with some of his new toys, read his new books, ate popcorn together.  It was lovely.  They got to decorate their own cupcakes for after dinner, and as I type this they are up past their bedtime playing Legos and having an absolutely wonderful time.  So far, life is good on the other side of 3. 

As for this sentimental Mama...the highlight of my day was when Noah's class was singing to him at cake time.  I was next to him and at some point during the singing, he just put his hand on top of mine and looked at me with a little twinkle in his eye. It was the sweetest if he could feel my emotion and acknowledged, "I know, Mama.  I am growing up quickly.  But I'm still yours."  I will never forget it.

We love you, our sweet Noah.  We hope all of your birthdays make you this happy and that you are always this sweet.  Have a wonderful year!