1.30.2012

Great Giveaway!

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1.23.2012

10 Month Update

Our Girl has had a huge few weeks!

On January 9th, she started clapping for the first time. Once she figured it out, it quickly became a favorite activity of hers.

Then that weekend we left her with Grandma and Grandpa G. and she started waving. She gets on rolls with waving. She’ll wave to everyone in the room at one point in the day and then the next time you’re around people she won’t wave at all.

On Sunday at church (22nd—her 10 month birthday) she would put her hands on her head when you asked, “Where’s Nora’s head?”. She did this several times for the women in the nursery, but it hasn’t stuck, so I don’t think she really knew what the question was or how to answer it, just realized for a few minutes that when they asked that, she was supposed to touch her head.

Last night (still the 22nd) she started responding when you ask “How big is Nora?” by stretching her arms way up so we’ll say “So big!” She has done this pretty consistently both yesterday and today and enjoys the game.

This afternoon we were playing with a ball and I was talking to her about it and told her it was a ball. She responded with “bah”. Later, I showed her a different ball and after I said “ball”, she repeated the same word, “bah”. I am relatively convinced that she is mimicking me and is starting to pick up on what a ball is and trying to say it.

Tonight she was walking with one of the guys at church holding her wrists and he helped her get her balance and she stood on her own for about 5 seconds.

I also noticed after dinner tonight that her 8th tooth finally broke through (this one was tough). It’s her bottom right tooth, just to the right of her center two.

She has also started pretty convincingly saying “bye-bye”. She says the same thing that sounds pretty clearly like it whenever she waves. Tonight she was crawling around the gym at church and she crawled over by the exit and waved and said “bye-bye” to everyone leaving. Tons of people saw and heard it and we were all laughing at her send off.

She is a huge cheese for the camera. I can hardly get a candid shot of her because as soon as she sees a camera (or my phone turned sideways, for that matter), she cheeses it up!

She cruises everywhere and has no problem switching from one piece of furniture to the next, turning around or anything else. She is a major explorer, crawling under and behind all kinds of things and from room to room. She no longer cries when you put her down and walk away, she just follows happily along.

She eats anything you’ll give her and we’re starting the process of weaning from bottles. She is doing great with the sippy, but still ends up with a wet shirt.

We can’t keep socks on her and bows are impossible these days.

When she smiles really big or laughs you can see her teeth and it’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

Most days after she gets up and eats, she and Daddy play and rough house for a while and then go up to Mommy and Daddy’s bed where she cuddles in the crook of Daddy’s arm, sucks her thumb and they watch the Cosby show.

She is too tall for most 9 month onesies and sleepers.

She is sleeping well again. Occasionally she wakes up in the night, but goes back to sleep easily on her own. She hasn’t had a night that she needed us since she was sick after Christmas. She still sleeps a ridiculous amount, but sleeps well at night and gets cranky without all her naps, so we haven’t tried to take them away.

Pretty much she’s awesome and is growing up way too fast! I wish I had some more/better pictures for you, but I haven't downloaded them from my camera in a long time. Hopefully I'll catch you all up soon, if not on here, then on facebook.

1.18.2012

Best.Eater.Ever

So...it's official. Our daughter will eat anything.

When Nora woke up from her nap this afternoon she just couldn't wait for Daddy to make her bottle, so I handed her a cracker that I was eating. Salsa & Sour Cream flavor. Somewhat spicy. She ate it without a second thought.

This evening we took the gift card we got for Christmas and went to Bonefish. Nora had her mum-mums while we waited on our food. Then she ate a jar of squash while we ate our bang-bang shrimp. I didn't offer her any simply because it was a little chewier than I thought she was ready for. When our entree came out, she HAD TO HAVE SOME. She was so funny. So...parmesan and pecan crusted rainbow trout? She probably ate a third of mine. Steamed green beans? Loved them, crunchy, ends on and all. Spaghetti squash? She ate more than I did (I didn't care for it much, but Nora was in love!).

So not only does our kid eat anything you'll feed her, she also apparently has a hollow leg. Is there such a thing as an almost-ten-month growth spurt?

Btw, stay tuned in the next few weeks for some 1st birthday party plans...I bet it'll be the first time you've seen this theme...
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Goodwill

I'm a Goodwill shopper and proud of it. We've nabbed many the awesome find there over the years. Today I made my first trip there with NR in mind. I had to wade through a bin of clothes, but came out with some cute things. We are going to the beach in March and I've had my eyes peeled for some warm-weather things. I snagged some warm weather and some now-weather items. I got:
1. A cute 2-piece summer outfit. One of those with shorts and the apron-style top.
2. A sun hat that looks brand new inside and out
3. A pair of purple cotton tights with ruffles on the booty.
4. A long-sleeved t-shirt
A little oxyclean and a run through the wash and they'll be good as new! I'm really excited about my finds today. The best part? All 5 items came to a total of.....drumroll please.....$2.14!!!!!!! Why buy new?!

I'm also a fan of some local secondhand/thrift shops, Once Upon A Child, yardsales and hand-me-downs. The clearance rack doesn't hurt my feelings, either.

How about you? Are you a thrifter, or can you not bear putting something on your little one (or you) that you don't know where it's been?
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1.07.2012

9 month update

Actually, it's a 9.5 month update, but I really wanted to get some things written about NR so I won't forget what she's doing and what she's like right now.

Her little personality is really blossoming every day! She is very sweet and tender-hearted. She seems to get her feelings hurt easily. When we tell her no or swat her hand (especially when she's touching things on the TV stand) she cries like you've broken her heart. She definitely has favorite people. Daddy, all 4 Grandparents and our friend Cheryl are her favorites. She's never short a smile for anyone, though. She's incredibly friendly still and has not seemed to develop stranger anxiety.

Things she likes:

  • Our pets--she is always reaching for our dog and cat to pet them. She really does quite well being gentle most of the time. Tank (the dog) is not her biggest fan, though. We keep a close eye on him because even though he usually just walks away if he's tired of her, we don't want to chance her pushing him too far.
  • Wheel of Fortune--we don't let her watch TV, really, but Zach and I like Wheel of Fortune so it's usually on in the evenings and Nora is obsessed with it! When she hears the crowd say the name at the beginning of the show, she crawls over to the TV and pulls up on the stand to watch from as close as possible. At this moment, we're planning a Wheel of Fortune 1st birthday party.
  • Peek a boo
  • Clapping (your hands, not hers)
  • Getting her picture taken

Things she is doing:

  • Pulling up on everything. Actually she uses objects as support and stands up. She's not standing on her own yet.
  • Walking a few steps with a walking toy
  • She (finally) can get from laying to sitting on her own and has been for a while now. It was like a switch flipped and she figured it out. She was crawling a little and pulling up before she figured it out.
  • She pulled up before she crawled
  • She is exploring--she follows us all over the house (and when we stop, pulls up on our pants legs). She also crawls from room to room to explore and play.
  • Figuring out toys. She has figured out buttons and doesn't just pound on things the way she used to. She plays with things a lot more the way they are "supposed" to be played with.
  • Says "mama" and "dada" and is working really hard on "dog" and "arf arf"

Things she's not doing that I thought she might be by now:

  • Clapping
  • Waving bye-bye

We went to the doctor this week and she weighed in at 22 lbs, 4 oz and was 28 3/4 inches tall. She's on the 90th percentile and he thinks she'll walk before she's 1 based on her standing and stability. She had the stomach flu starting right around Christmas and had that for a little over a week. It was the only major health thing she's had. She had a small allergic reaction to the flu vaccine, but we weren't surprised since I'm also allergic to it.

All in all, she is the most laid-back, easy to care for, most fun kid I've ever been around. She is just a delight in our lives and we are so happy to have her in our family.