Noah loves fall

by Ray Chen in

Maybe it's the cool weather or maybe it's all of the leaves that we get to play in, but Noah really loves the fall. We make big piles of leaves and run through them or just throw the at each other. When we have some extra time, we setup a little fire in the fire pit and roast some marshmallows. The only downside: the sun sets too early.


by Ray Chen in ,

It's been really cold here the last few days and we've pretty much been home the entire weekend. I decided that I wasn't going to let the weather make the weekend a wash, so I decided to have some photography fun!

When Noah was six months old, we got a 'new' couch. One of the best things about this couch was that i was long and white and offered a fun place to take pictures. I decided to use a similar setup to try and highlight some of Noah's favorite activities.

Lately, he's been very active. He does summersaults, jumps off things, and runs everywhere! That's not all the surprising, though. What's amazing is that he can now sit quietly as we read through several books. I never though he'd be able to do such a thing. Of course, he still loves to eat, so that's not big news.

Today was also the first time since Noah's really been mobile and independent that I've actually tried to setup all of the lighting gear. There were one or two close calls, but he was generally very respectful of what was mine and off limits. I think I'll be able to try taking more creative pictures in the future. After all, our boy really does love himself.

A post about snow, but really about vanity

by Ray Chen in

We got some snow last week and had a chance to play in it. It's not the first snow of the season, which is probably a good thing. The first time it snowed, we had a really hard time getting Noah to put on his snow pants and mitts. I think he learned his lesson after the first time it snowed because when he saw the snow this time, he exclaimed, "SNOWING!" then ran to the closet and said, "SNOW PANTS!"

He was so excited to go outside, but the temperature outside was around 13F, so we had to wait until closer to lunch time when it was around 23F. When we finally could go out and play, I had these grand visions of putting Noah on his new sled and sliding him down the snow banks from the parking lot.

As is usually the case, reality didn't match my imagination. In fact, most of our conversation went something like:

Noah: Carry! Carry! Carry!
Me: No, Noah. You have to walk. Doesn't the snow look fun?
Noah: Carry!
Me: Noah, do want to touch the snow?
Noah: CARRY!
Me: Noah, I'm not going to carry you. Do you want to inside?

I eventually got him to play in the snow by letting him throw snowballs at me, but my ultimate goal was still to get him on the sled. I tried all sorts of tricks like going on it myself, using it as a shovel, piling snow on top of it. Nothing worked. I gave up and we went in for lunch.

In the afternoon we went out again, but this time with Yilin. We tried showing him how fun the sled can be by pulling one another, but he didn't like it. We tried just plopping him on the sled, but he'd thrash himself around. Finally, mostly as a joke, I said to Noah, "Hey, do you know what would be really fun? If we made a video of you on the sled so you could watch it."

Without even thinking about it, he said, "Yeah!" and moved towards the sled. I actually had to stop him so that I could take my phone out and record him. The video is the first time he got on the sled. I can't believe it actually worked.

You'll also notice that we're pretending to swim. That was another tactic we tried to get him on the sled. We made believe that all of the snow was a giant pool. Pretending that something is a pool is one of the ways I try to tire him out.

December Recap

by Ray Chen in

This December was pretty great. Our little baby is definitely a toddler now and is piecing multiple words together. This month Noah began to ask for things 'nicely'. Some example of things he asks for are:

  • 'Can I have bagel please?' -- usually followed by 'BAGEL! BAGEL! BAGEL!
  • 'Can you have lap please?' -- this translates to 'Can I sit on your lap please?'
  • 'Can snack please?" -- at some point he lost focus and skipped all the unimportant parts

December was especially awesome because Noah got a chance to spend a lot of time with both of his aunts. It was great for him to get to know the rest of our family especially since it feels like his long term memory is beginning to mature. It was also a good break for Yilin and me as there were more people around to keep him busy.

We celebrated Yilin's birthday with a super excited boy exclaiming 'BIR-DAY!' and really eager to blow out the candle. Noah loves blowing out candles. We even sometimes light a candle and put it on a dessert just for kicks or make a fake cake with fake candles out of blocks.

Noah's imagination is also fully active now. He'll randomly say 'whooo whooo', 'cheep cheep', or 'meow' and look around in bewilderment asking 'where?' as he looks for the owl, bird, or cat. Most of the time they're either hiding behind his neck or in pocket. He always lets the go, but they frequently end up pooping (usually on my head).

I've also started to try keep his energy levels under control by introducing various obstacle courses. They usually involve things like going under a stick, climbing up the couch, crawling through a tunnel, and running into me. We commonly refer to this game as 'crash' -- probably because we usually have to stop because he ends up crashing into something.

Yilin has also ramped up Noah's learning time. I won't pretend to know it, but I'll say that we have a lot of Montessori books and activities now. The picture of Noah playing with the rice is actually one of the Montessori activities.

If you want to see more pictures from December, check out our flickr gallery.