Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Nine Months: A Letter.

Dear Nora,

You turned NINE months old (a couple weeks ago...oops!)!!
Here are the highlights of your ninth month, little lovey.

-Your first tooth pushed through this month on the bottom front right, and the bottom front left tooth is coming in right behind.  You've been a touch grumpy this month from it, and I don't blame you.  Ouchie.
-Not sure on your weight and height at the moment, but you have definitely moved into 12-18 month clothing officially.  Your size three diapers are looking a bit snug, too.  Big ol' girl.
-CRAWLING!  You learned to crawl this month, and you can't be stopped!  After a few weeks of tentatively trying to figure out the timing of moving your little arms and legs, things finally clicked and you were off!  You chase your big sisters all over the house, you come and find me and sit at my feet to play, and we find you in the most random places now that you are mobile.  It's a whole new phase, baby!
-You say "Da da da da" alllllllllllll day long (figures...), but you have started to kind of say "Mba mba mba" after I ask you to say "Mama"....soooo maybe?!  ;) 
-When you are happy, you rotate your ankles and feet in endless little circles.  I love this and don't want to forget it.

-You are now eating more solid food than you are nursing, and those sessions have dropped to only about 3-4 times a day.  I nurse you in the morning, once sometime in the middle of the day, once sometimes in the evening (maybe), and then we still get you out of your crib for a dream feeding around 10pm.  I just can't let go of this quiet snuggle quite yet.  ;)
-As far as food preferences go, you still like just about everything, and you are getting better at finger foods like Mum Mum crackers and little puffs.  I think we'll introduce a few soft veggies this week and see how you do there.
-I've started letting you practice with a sippy cup with a bit of water in it, and you actually seem to understand what to do with it.  

-Not much new to report here, except you seem to have decided that napping in the car ain't going to happen anymore.  Sigh.  We tried driving out of town during your nap times thinking you'd just nod off,  Bummer.  Perhaps a fluke?
-You still go to bed for the night around 6-6:30pm and wake up for the day around 7am.  You take a morning nap around 8:30am, an afternoon nap around 12:30pm, and sometimes you'll need an evening catnap around 4:30pm.
-One of my favorite things is when I go in to get you out of the pack and play in our closet (hey, don't's quiet back there ;), you will push your head up against the mesh, and, when I push my forehead to yours, you just crack up laughing!!  You'll roll around laughing and then get back into position to head-bump over and over again.  Love this.

-This has been a full month, baby!  The biggest event was when you got tubes put in your ears and FINALLY got relief from the constant ear infections.  Whoever said nursing babies don't get ear infections never met my three girls!  ;)  You were so sweet in your tiny hospital gown, and Daddy took good care of you at your early morning surgery appointment.  All went well, and you feel so much better!  
-We went to Emery's school's Fall Festival, spent a weekend just me and you while Daddy was on call at the hospital and the big girls were at Mimi and Papa's house, celebrated Delia's third birthday with fairy costumes for you and your little cousin Charly, took lots of long walks and spent lots of time outside soaking up the beautiful fall weather, and we also spent a long weekend at the lake with Nama, Aunt Schmoo, Uncle Brendon and Charly!  Phew!  So much fun!

Nora girl, you are precious to me.  You are beautiful, quiet, snuggly, happy and just plain wonderful.  Not sure what I did to deserve such sweet girls, but I thank God for you each and every day.

Love you forever,

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Eight Months: A Letter.

Dear Nora,

You are eight months old this month!  Here are some highlights:
-You weigh around 20lbs or a little more and you are around 29 inches long.
-This month you have started getting up on all fours and rocking back and forth or hurling yourself forward to retrieve a toy.  Mostly, you just scoot around all over the house...backwards.  ;)  You get stuck up under the furniture all the time!
-You can allllllmost sit up unassisted.  Big girl.
-You are in mostly 12 month clothing and wear a size 3 diaper.
-Little voice!  You say "Da da da da" all the time, and you make a funny little smacking noise that sounds like you are trying to cluck like a chicken.  You have developed lots of different laugh sounds, and you blow raspberries all the live long day.  :)
-Sadly, you have been suffering from ear infections off and on this entire month, and you haven't felt like yourself.  We are on the road to tubes just like your big sissies, and I am SO ready for you to have some relief from the pain and all the meds.

-You have cut back on nursing this month (not sure if you are not needing it as much or if it is just a byproduct of allllll the painful ear infections).  You nurse when you wake up for the day around 7am, once or twice throughout the morning and afternoon, once before bed around 6pm, and I still snuggle you up for a dream feeding around 10pm...because I can.  And I love it.  :)
-As far as baby food goes, you'll eat anything!  Not even really sure what your favorites are, because you seem to like everything we've tried so far.  Actually, I take that back.  You weren't a fan of Mum-Mum crackers or puffs when we tried those.  You looked at me like I was nuts for putting them in your mouth!  ;)

-Not much has changed with your sleep.  You wake up for the day around 7am, nap in the morning and afternoon (sometimes a catnap in the evening), and you can't make it past about 6 or 6:30pm.
-You move all around while you sleep, but your favorite position is on your tummy, curled into the shape of C...just like your sissies.  :)

-You and I went to OKC for a weekend to see our Nama, Schmoo, Uncle Brendon and baby Charly.  We had a couple of family dinners with Daddy's family, and we went to our neighborhood block party.  Lots of family time this month!

Sweet Nora girl, you are just so go-with-the-flow and pleasant that we all want to be around you, especially Emery and Delia.  You have been so sick this month, and even then you have been so sweet and happy.  There were rough days, but you sure handled it like a champ.  We love you so much, sweetie girl! 

Love you forever,