Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Flight & Fire

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Noah has been very happy these last few days. He's been quite the little character. He was in his stroller and purposefully kicked at each of my hands with alternating feet on purpose. He was intentionally trying to kick each one of my hands when I placed them near each foot. He thought it was a game, and I couldn't believe he could attempt such a thing. We'll have to practice that more, maybe it might help him down the road with his legs and feet. I hope it is something I can get him to repeat.

Last night Noah got to watch the slurry fire fighting airplanes at the airport take off from the runway and load up for each run. The planes would alternate just as one was leaving one was coming in, they weren't skipping a beat trying to fight this fire that we have going on close by. Noah loved all the action, he loves any opportunities for airplanes. I of course covered his ears, He would have probably been fine otherwise, but it's what mommies are supposed to do - protect all body parts the best they can. And he didn't seem to mind my extra caution with his ears, he just was so into his airplane watching moment.

We're hoping that the fires get under control soon, we hear reports of property loss and hope that everyone closest to the fire stays safe. The smoke has been a little difficult to handle here at the house. It sounds like more slurry planes are going to be added to the fight today, however due to the smoke and the smell, I'm not sure we'll be watching the skies as much as we were able to yesterday. Noah may just have to settle for listening to the action without a visual.

Noah also had a long night last night, he was up for a good while for no good reason. Noah still doesn't sleep through the night, we've had maybe 2 or 3 times in his entire life where he managed to just by luck, but we're up at least once, most often twice each night giving him a bottle and soothing him back to sleep. Noah still doesn't put himself to sleep. We have to hold and snuggle him until he falls asleep. He still has that startle/fall reflex so when he falls asleep he'll startle himself awake, and he has a hard time calming his arms and legs down unless you're holding him. I often wonder if this will get better with age, or if we'll still be trying to hold him years from now so he's able to fall asleep comfortably. I try to take comfort in knowing that even children that do not have any physical problems like Noah, still aren't good sleepers at his age. Yet in the mornings it often leaves you feeling like there isn't enough caffeine in the world to help you make it through the day.

"I feel about airplanes the way I feel about diets. It seems to me they are wonderful things for other people to go on."
— Jean Kerr