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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cereal, anyone?

We have had so much fun the last couple of days as Noa has ventured into the world of solid foods. I didn't think it was even possible for a 3 1/2 month old to want solids, but it got to the point where I was feeding her every hour...and she was still hungry after each feeding...time for something bigger and better I guess! And boy does she look cute in her little 'bumbo' seat.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Summer Travels (and a Blogging Break--sorry!)

Hi Guys!!

Sorry about the long anticipated blog update...life is just Crazy!!! So, here we go. Here is an update on summer so far in the Hewlett house! Our last update was back in June, so I will start with July just to get us all on the same page.
4th of July was spent in Long Beach Island, NJ (Jersey Shore) where my brother lives. This was Noa's first time on the beach--and it was great! She was a beach bum for sure. :) She slept on a blanket under an umbrella, and we even had a tent for her when the sun just got too hot. My brother also loved taking care of her...it was a really great time.
We also spent much of the weekend watching the Phils sweep the Mets (wahoo!) and enjoying good beach-y food. Bryce also had his first deep sea fishing experience with my Uncle Chris. He only threw up once, and he did end up catching a big old blue fish! Overall, he was glad for the new experience!

We also had another trip to the beach when we went down with our church body for ocean baptisms and a day of fun. We ended up just going in the evening, but it was nice to eat my favorite pizza and fudge in the world, and walk on the boards.
Most of our summer days have been lazy and calm. Noa and I work on sitting up, we go to Baby and Me Yoga and learn all sorts of streches and poses. She is also laughing and smiling and trying to talk. She does lots of "oooooohh"-ing and will often make her noises while I sing...I like to think she is trying to sing along with me!
Noa is also sleeping 12 hours a night...which is pretty much the best ever. She is an AMAZING sleeper, and super good with eating now too. Our biggest struggle as of late has been her carseat...this girl just does not like being restricted in this seat! :( Too bad it's the law. We learned this the hard way when we decided to take a trip out to Ohio and PA for not one but TWO weddings in one weekend!
Bryce sang in one wedding, and was a groomsman in the second.
Our friend Chelsey was the first to get married that weekend. She was a beautiful bride, (I unfortunately don't have a good picture of her though). We were also able to meet up with many of our college friends including Erica, Maggie, Steve, and Ash, and we stayed with Bryce's Aunt Rhonda and Uncle Brian-- It was great fun in Ohio!
Noa was also an angel...seriously, she was just so good, except for that whole carseat thing...that picture at the top is also from Chel's wedding. But, towards the middle of the reception, it was time to hit the road again for the second wedding of the weekend. Bryce was a trooper, driving through the night and getting us to Media, PA around 2 am. The second wedding was another college friend Dan, and his wife Anna Jane.

Well, besides that...life has just been the usual busy around here. Bryce got a pay raise at work and still has many church responsibilities--both of which are good but time-consuming!! He is also recently trying his hand at baseball, which he hasn't done since high school, but he is doing really great and loving every minute of it.
I am enjoying my last couple of days of maternity leave and working on finding baby-sitters for a couple hours a day while I work. I am finally getting anxious to get back in the swing of things! I will start with meetings in Valley Forge next week.
I guess that is it for now~again, sorry it took me so long to get this out there--I promise to work harder at keeping it updated!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Some Photos and an Update :)

Noa's first month FLEW by...seriously--so crazy. Here are some photos from our first few weeks home.

All is well here--I have made the decision not to go back to work just yet. I think I need some more time to develop a better schedule with Noa, and figure out how to work and have a little girl at home. Today I went for a run. The first time since before we got pregnant. I lasted about 15 minutes--pathetic, but a good start. :)

Bryce is doing well. He is crazy busy with responsibilities, and being a part of our church's softball team. He is the pitcher, and an all-star one at that. Noa and I enjoy watching and cheering.

Noa is doing well. She is smiling a lot more now and responding a little to our talking to her. She is a great eater, and sleeps most of the night--just gets up once around 4 am. She is also taking to her baths a little better. She screamed bloody murder the first couple times, but now she is kind of liking it. :)

Bryce and I had a date night this past weekend. (His idea, and my mom's help with baby-sitting---so nice!) We went and saw a friend of ours in a play, and then had a great dinner out an Italian restaurant in Philly. It was great!! So refreshing. :)It is good to feel a little more human.

I think that's all for now-write more later!
My favorite little smile...

Family Photo
Mo-hawking it

I love how focused she is. :)

Saturday, May 30, 2009

On being a Mom...

A one-month-old's mothers thoughts on Motherhood...

*Someone will forevor depend on me for their well-being. That is one crazy thought! I keep thinking that this will end soon...like I will give her back to her REAL parents soon. I just can't seem to wrap my mind around this!

*I will never get out of the house as quick as I want to--ever. I have never understood this about mothers until now! WHY CAN'T WE GET OUT OF THE HOUSE?!

*I no longer go shopping in search for items for myself. I can't tell if this is self-lessness, or my subconscience need for my kid to look cute and have cute things. Ha. Probably a bit of both...

*I have never wanted to protect someone/something so badly in my whole life! From the biggest of dangers or innocence-robbers, to the littlest case of diaper rash--I just don't want anything to happen to this little girl...

*I feel like I don't have much else to talk about...why does motherhood dominate a new mom's world? Isn't there anything else we can talk about other than poop, hiccups, or breast-feeding? (I know this one will change soon...once I start getting my life back, it is just making me laugh a little)

*I have never been so in love with someone! (excluding Bryce maybe... :) )

*The expression "Time flies" has taken on a whole new meaning...I can't believe how quickly children grow and change and learn new things!! Happy 1-month Birthday Noa!!

I promise to put some new pictures up of her soon!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Hewlett family gets a little bigger...

So, we took a hiatus from blogging...just too busy for awhile! But no worries--we are back and better than ever!

Please enjoy the journey through pictures--there are about 40 so keep clicking Next Page so you can see them all!

So the madness begins...
What a night! This was one of the more pleasent moments...

It's a girl!!! Noa Claire Hewlett--born April 30, 2009 at 10:36 am.

P.S. I love this shot and I'm so glad Jen captured it!

So intense--you can't help but sob...at least I couldn't!

What a feeling--to hold your baby for the first time!

So glad she's here!

6 lbs 7 oz!

It's tiring getting through the birth canal...

Grayson loves babies
Nate and Noa

Jen and Riley--Ri totally predicted Noa would be a girl

Speak no evil...

Billie and Noa

My mom is asking for joint custody of Noa...
Granpa Jim....Noa is always flailing her arms like that!

Seeing Laurie with Noa made me cry alittle--we have been friends for 13 years!

Renee and Noa

CJ and Brody...Brody is getting practice for when his little sister comes in September!
Jenni and Noa
Rob visiting...

So in love
One of the first times she opened her eyes...

My favorite picture of Noa so far...

Not a fan of being put in her carseat, but she does love the car rides!