I know, I know.... I haven't posted in a while. In the past two weeks Noah got sick and then was nice enough to pass it along to Dad, but as of today we are all feeling better. It's pretty amazing how many accomplishments Noah has pulled off in such a short period of time. Here is a timeline (might be TMI for non-family members):
July 10th - Noah said "da da" when Dad came into the room!! Later that day he said "baby" when he saw a picture of one. It took two more days, but then he said "mama".
July 10th to 20th - Noah mastered his walker and is now flying around the house yelling and laughing.
July 14th - Noah pooped in the toilet! There have been many more since, he obviously can't indicate when he has to go yet, but Mom has good intuition.
July 21st - Noah figured out how to get back into the sitting position from laying down.
July 23rd - Noah pulled himself to a standing position.
Yesterday (July 26th) - Noah was standing and holding on to Dad when he decided to let go and stand by himself!! Lasted about 3 seconds, but it seemed like forever... now we are starting to do some serious baby proofing.
And now what everyone really wants.... pictures of Noah (and one of Popeye).
Sliding Rock is a popular swimming area and we have been there a few times already. This image doesn't paint the full picture, off in that horizon are 12 foot waves (sometimes bigger) which explode when they hit the lava rock stretching out toward them. It's these waves that perpetuated the name Sliding Rock, as the big waves break on shore locals will fall back into the wave and slide for 50 yards or so as they are pushed by their force. As fun as it may sound this is not something for kids or the faint of heart, it usually results in bloody knees and feet and also runs the risk of being swept off the rock. If you are swept off the rock here there is little hope, many people and even groups of people who have turned their back on the ocean have been lost.
That being said, at low tide it's very calm near the shore and there are plenty of warm little pools to relax and drink coconuts in. You can also collect snails to eat, but it seems the locals always beat me to them. That's OK by me, from what I'm told the best ones are out toward the end of the rock and I am not about to risk death for escargot.
On one of our trips to Sliding Rock we saw Popeye....
And last but not least, one of the many ridiculous faces that Mom and Dad get to see everyday. For some reason Noah really enjoys plastering his face up against the side of his play pen resulting in very amusing faces...
TIPS FOR FUTURE A.S. RESIDENTS: Double check everything in which you are relying on other folks for. Mistakes are common, but after the initial start up of most things they can be managed on your own. Right now there is only one bank on the island (ANZ), rumor has it a new bank is opening (Bank of Utah) I don't know much yet, but I would recommend going with the new bank whatever it may be. This will help avoid any international transaction fees with your home bank and there is no way the service could be worse than ANZ.
The Jaskowiak Family
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