Nolan’s First Birthday

It’s been a while since I posted new pictures, so I’ll try to play a little catch-up and show you some from my mom’s visit.

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This was taken during Nolan’s dedication. My mother did a beautiful job planning and officiating it, and in this photo, she was anointing Nolan’s head with oil. Although you can’t see it, he was really grinning at her.

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Nolan behaved pretty well during his party, despite the sugar rush and the fact that it interfered with his naptime. (He decided to forego the nap entirely that day… oh joy!) Here he was bouncing up and down on his Great Aunt Marty’s lap while we cut the cake.

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Nolan still isn’t much interested in holding his bottle even though he does with the sippy cup, but Grammy Rita got him to hold his own bottle not once but twice.

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This was Nolan’s favorite birthday present, a little drum with big buttons that light up and play steel drum music. He pushes each button squarely with his index fingers, and seems to especially like the yellow one.

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My mom has an elderly friend in Colorado named Nolan, and I guess he wears hats like these all the time, so when we saw a baby one for sale, she insisted on getting it to take photos. 🙂 Our little Nolan cooperated just barely long enough to snap a few before pulling it off.

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We were invited to stay one night at my aunt and uncle’s beach house in Rockaway Beach, a project that has kept them busy for the past 5 years or so. It was great to get away from Salem for a little while, and Nolan was a great car traveller (but it may have helped that he had his mama and grammy in the back seat to entertain him!). This photo marks his very first visit to the beach, which he totally missed because he fell asleep in the stroller on the walk over. He wouldn’t have gotten to see much anyway, because it was misting, and we kept a blanket draped over the stroller to keep the wet off.

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I was most worried about how Nolan would do with sleeping, being away from home. He took his nap in the afternoon laying on my chest while I watched Sense and Sensibility, and got incredibly warm and sweaty, almost beet-red, even after I pulled the blanket back off of him. The body temperature thing is ultimately what caused us to stop co-sleeping with him, and sure enough, he spent the entire night squirming around, rolling into me, and pushing off the covers. I did not get much sleep, and he woke up for good before 8am, something our little late sleeper has never done in my recollections.

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Here Grammy Rita is tickling Nolan and getting him all riled up just in time for bed. Sabotage?

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I think Nolan had a good birthday, and he did very well being away from home on our beach trip. He even got to taste his first Dungeness crab, freshly caught within the hour.


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    Rita and Nelson

    I LOVED THE PICTURE OF YOU AND NOLAN AT THE END SO MUCH. BOTH OF YOU LOOK HAPPY AND SWEETNESS EXUDES FROM YOUR COUNTENANCE.. I WILL TREASURE THESE RECENT DAYS IN MY MEMORY AND THE SPECIAL MOMENTS FOREVER. LONG DISTANCE GRAMMIES NEED TIMES LIKE THESE. THE SWEETEST MOMENT FOR ME DURING THE DEDICATION WAS WHEN NOLAN LOOKED INTO MY EYES WHILE I ANOINTED HIM WITH OIL AND BLESSED HIM. WHAT A LOVE! IN JESUS, ON THE GOOD FRIDAY MORNING. MOM (ALIAS GRAMMY)

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