The circus act continues...!

November 02, 2015

I have too many funny things I just need to record about Nora that I just had to write. Plus, I do miss this even though it took me about 30 minutes to choose and upload the 8 photos I am including in this post! Seriously... there has got to be a better way! I have been thinking about writing here again and I am planning to do more regular posting again, mostly because it is just such a fun way to record our lives and I love to scroll back and look at the pictures and entries. For the time being it will likely be very sporadic, but in the new year I MAY have more time to write weekly.

If you follow me on instagram, you have likely seen all my snippets of updates and Nora things. You have likely heard our big news, too-- Baby number 2 will be arriving in March! That is part of the reason I had to stop writing in the first place- I felt so terrible for most of August and into September that I just couldn't do anything than what was absolutely necessary. I napped every day when Nora napped, which used to be my etsy and blogging time, and was in bed shortly after she was every night. I was nauseous, had migraines, had no appetite, stopped exercising, was extremely tired and I just didn't know how I would get through it... but thankfully about the middle of September, I came out alive and well and am now almost 20 weeks along!

At 18 weeks- feeling way bigger than I was last time at 18 weeks!

I have many different feelings about the new baby. Of course, feelings of joy and gratitude and excitement are the first things that spring to mind! But, I think a lot about how it will affect Nora. I never had a sibling growing up- I had step siblings who came into my life when I was 8 years old and I refer to them as my real sisters now, as it seems they have always been there now and they are both such a big part of my life. But as a little girl, I remember spending a lot of time with adults and all the attention I used to get. I got A LOT of adult attention, much like Nora does now. I spent a lot of time crying over her pending lack of adult attention and things I may not be able to do with her anymore once the baby comes. And then I realized that she is going to love the baby just as much as we do and she will have a lifelong playmate, something I never really had. Miss bossy pants is going to be so excited to have someone to lead around and call her own. It will be so special to see them together and of course, my baby will always be my baby, I'll just have two instead of one!

My life feels like it is in constant fast forward right now. I have always been really organized and good at time management, total type A personality, as you know. You have no idea how hard it is to feel like I can never get organized or caught up and never quite put in enough time to things that are important to me. I haven't done anything creative in the last 3 months, I have barely cooked, unless it is a fried egg, canned soup or grilled cheese sandwich, and I am not getting enough sleep. My week consists of working 5 days, shuffling Nora to her various childcare places, prepping for the next day, and trying to make inspired and educated decisions about our new house interior while grabbing bare necessities for groceries somewhere along the way. It is mayhem. Well, it's my mayhem, anyway. I am a total homebody and introvert and I can't STAND not having "me time", even if that means one hour in the evenings where I have nothing to do. "Nothing to do" is not a phrase I have used in the last 3 months. It's quite the opposite and it's been really, really hard.

However, Tom and Nora keep me going and of course, the thought of being in our brand new house with a new baby and my sweet Nora June, with a whole year of maternity leave, in a matter of months is enough to light a fire under my ass and get me off to work every morning to continue the circus act that is life right now! If you were thinking of building a house, teaching kindergarten full time (FOR THE FIRST TIME) and being pregnant with a 2 year old at home and a husband who is away 4 nights a week, I'm not going to lie to you and say it will be a breeze.

When I need a pick me up, I look at this picture, or just go and stand in there and I feel instantly better- look at all that cabinet space!!!! And it's BRIGHT! It's not a basement!
Anyway, on to the more uplifting things and the whole reason I wanted to write here in the first place- NORA! She is so funny right now, you guys! I am so lucky that she makes me laugh so much because at least I have that. I don't even know where to begin. She is talking up a storm and the things she says are so funny and smart, I just can't believe it. Tonight she was trying to put on her own pants and she says "Help me! Ayudame!" (which is "help me" in SPANISH?!) I guess Dora is good for something! I laughed and laughed! She played a whole game that she was heading off to work and first she put on one of Tom's work shirts, a swimsuit, some pointy flats of mine, her puffy vest and a toque and says, "Bye! I go to Lake Louise!" (where Tom works). Then she sat on the floor distracted by her books for a little while and when she got up, she says "I came home from work!" We said "how was your day?" And she said "Good. I did crafts."

A chip off the old block, that one, she LOVES crafts! She goes to daycare once a week and the daycare told me they can't keep enough craft projects on hand for when Nora is there. She could sit and paint, glue, cut, stick, colour, ALL DAY. It's so cute to see all the fun things they send home with her. She loves colouring, although the "only colour on paper" phrase that I say about 1000 times a day hasn't quite stuck into that terrible two year old brain of hers and we somehow have pencil, pen, felt, stickers... all over everything in sight, even Tom's back when he took his shirt off last night!

Speaking of terrible twos, although she is adorable and funny and smart as a whip, it doesn't come with out its challenges either. She can drive me mental at the end of a long day (or the start of one!) with the typical "I want water, no not in that cup, I pick the cup, I pull them all out of the drawer, I spill the water all over my shirt, I need a new shirt, no don't wipe up the water, I wipe the water, oops I wiped it with your coat, now I need a new coat, now we both need new outfits, no not that outfit!, now I want toast, I'm not leaving until I have toast...." I could go on and on! She is also not yet potty trained. I think she could be potty trained by now if I really had the time to devote to helping her. Isn't that bad? I am too busy to try and help my own child use the bathroom!? Honestly, I am getting really sick of the diapers, but the thought of weeks of constant accidents and remembering to ask her every five minutes to use the toilet might send me over the edge right now. I have made myself a promise that she will be potty trained before the end of 2015. She has a potty and uses it on her own occasionally. She will do it at daycare because she likes doing what the other kids are doing and they have a sticker reward chart for using the potty which motivates her. She likes running around with no diaper on, but has yet to let us know when she is about to go (although she always knows when she has a diaper on...) and often waits to go until she has a diaper back on instead of using the potty we have at home. It's just a matter of cutting off diapers all together and actually making the commitment to doing it. Soon...

She LOVES music and singing and knows so many songs now, it's adorable. We have some Raffi CDs which I love too, they totally bring me back to my childhood and still know all the words to them and it makes me so happy to hear her little voice bellowing out the chorus to those songs. She can sing "you are my sunshine" from beginning to end and I die every time she does because it's just so cute. She can also sing the whole song of the ABCs and Twinkle Twinkle. And on the topic of the alphabet, she is pretty much a genius because she already knows 4 letters and the sound they make and many words that start with the same letter! She sees an N and says, N N N Nora! N for Nora and nice and nose and noodles! She often comes up with new N words on her own. She also knows M for mommy, D for daddy and dog and G for Gammy and Gran. She spots them everywhere! Yesterday we were at the pool and she pointed out the D and the N's in the NO DIVING sign on the pool deck!

What fun we had for her first time Trick or Treating on the weekend. She figured out pretty quickly what was going on when her bucket was filling up with candy by the minute! We all dressed up at clowns this year, just like our real life little clown we deal with every day. I have to say, she was the cutest clown I have ever seen, even though the costumes were pretty thrown together and half assed. She said "trick or treat" and "thank you" at every house and even though 10 houses was plenty for us, she could have kept going all night!

Some more of her favourite phrases are "please don't, excuse me!, oopsie doopsie!, that's FUNNY!, probably...., maybe go XXX?, help me!, I waked up! (as she is supposed to be falling asleep in the first place) and silly xxx! (referring to whoever is teasing her)". There are a million more that I can't do any justice out of context.

Needless to say, I am counting the minutes until I have more time to spend with her and devote back to my hobbies and "me time". Even with a newborn, I will feel more sane than I do now, right?!

Until next time.... Thank you for all your support and for keeping with us on instagram!



August 21, 2015

I am overwhelmed by so many things right now!

Overwhelmed that my baby is now 2, talking in full sentences and not so much a baby anymore at all,

Overwhelmed with denial that I have to go back to work full time in 2 weeks 

Overwhelmed with sadness that I'll be missing Nora so much while I'm working

Overwhelmed with happiness that she has grandparents to take care of her and love on her as much as we do

Overwhelmed with joy over the pay cheque I'll be getting after 2 long years of much less moolah coming in!

Overwhelmed with excitement that we will be moving into our new house in a few months

Overwhelmed with decisions we have to make about our house finishings

Overwhelmed with the enormous task of trying to finish painting ALL the siding for our new house with Nora running around

Overwhelmed with disbelief that my Etsy shop got too popular for me to handle-- it is closed temporarily while we deal with all the other things going on right now

Overwhelmed with disappointment that I haven't kept up with this blog and have left you all hanging for the last month, like I said I wasn't going to do! 

Overwhelmed daily by the number of things I seem to have on my plate and looking forward to just starting new routines so I can stop worrying about them all!

Overwhelmed with gratitude for all of you that have stuck with me and this blog for as long as you have. THANK YOU!

I am signing off for a while, a few months, perhaps. I am not sure when I will find the time to feel motivated and devoted to writing here again regularly, but I hope this isn't goodbye forever. 

Thank you again for keeping up with it all this time! 


Nora June, 23 Months

July 08, 2015

One month until she is 2! How did that happen?!

My favourite comedian does and says so many funny and interesting things all the time.

Here are the Top 10 from this week:

1. Swam with me to the dock at our local beach and slid down the big waterslide with me into the deep lake!

2. Ran through the sprinkler saying to herself "rain, rain, go 'wayyyyy!"

3. Exclaimed "THUNNNNERRRR!" and hid under a blanket whenever she heard even the smallest thump like a cupboard door or footsteps.

4. Repeated "OH GOD" several times after hearing me say it when we made a wrong turn in traffic. (Oops!)

5. POXCLE! POXCLE! on repeat all day every day.

6. Made a concerned face and furrowed brow saying "OH NO! Heavvvyyy!" as she watched me haul 5 bags of toys, towels and snacks out of the car to the beach. When I asked her to carry her life jacket, she said "NO, too heavy!!"

7. Recited her entire Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme book to herself on a long car ride (in toddler language, of course, and ridiculously cute!)

8. Counted to 14!!! I heard her counting her "guys" (little people) and she went all the way to 14 without skipping a beat!

9. 'TICKER!-- she loves stickers right now!

10. And her favourite word of all- MOMMY! All different expressions, emotions and tones... ALLTHETIME. If I had a dollar for the number of times she has said that word... oh boy!

With her buddies Findlay and Luca on Canada Day

Checking up on the house building

Watching Daddy ride in the Calgary Stampede Parade

Beach day with my beach bum!


Weekly Nora- Summer Lovin'

July 01, 2015

Summer is here and it feels so good to have a whole 2 months off with my little monkey! We spent the weekend at our friend's cabin at Premier Lake and it was HOT HOT HOT. Luckily the little swimmer didn't want to get out of the water! 

Happy Canada Day!


This week in pictures

June 24, 2015

You guys! She is becoming a big girl before my very eyes! You should hear her talk. And she sits at the table like a REAL person now! And licks ice cream from a cone! And GROCERY SHOPS!

The sub floor is on our house! Did I tell you we were building a house? Well, we are. Today is my last day of school for SUMMER and I am hoping to do some more blogging about our house while I'm "off" for the summer! Stay tuned and thanks for reading! 


Nora, 22 Months Old

June 10, 2015

At 22 months, Nora is still our going concern. She says so many more words and phrases now, it’s awesome to have her communicate with us in a new way. She can actually ask what she wants or tell us what hurts, or why she is crying. It opens up a whole new level of understanding for all of us. Plus the fact that it is incredibly cute and funny!

She is such a little character, it’s hard not to smile and laugh at absolutely everything she does. I hate to be “that mom” that thinks their child is the funniest and laughs at everything they do and then tells you about it a million times, but I think I am? Sorry, I can’t help it! 

Some of our favourites include:
  • the Dora dance- at the end of the show, Dora and Boots dance to this song saying “we did it, we did it!” after they finish their little trip they go on each show. Nora LOVES that dance and she twists her body back and forth yelling and singing “did it! did it!” She bends down really low and goes way faster than the actual beat, of course!
  • “GET UP!”- she has started to tell us to “get up” if we are sitting in a chair and she wants something or if one of us is still in bed in the mornings. 
  • “Pay DOH”- She loves play doh these days and she will sit in her high chair with the play doh and cutters for about 30 minutes quietly playing with it. I love watching her because she talks to herself and makes up little stories to herself. She will say, “sqqqiiiishhh!” or “cut cut cut” or name all of the cookie cutters and then all of the words she associates with those cutters. 
  • “Scaaaaeeeddddd!” for Scared- she is beginning to actually know the meaning of different feelings now, which is really interesting. I especially like that she can express them in words too! She will say scared, sad, mad, funny, goofy, silly, crazy, laughing, hugs and love. 
  • “Oh no!” which she exclaims several times throughout the day for various reasons! 

This little monkey fell off the bed and bumped her head! (see the black eye!?!)

She has been really into baby dolls right now too. I two cute little cradles and some new doll clothes at the thrift store and garage sales on the weekend and she LOVES wrapping them up in blankies and carrying them around. She just wraps them and unwraps them, puts them in the bed and out, on the coffee table, and then on the floor. I actually saw her lift one up above her head, swing it down again and then kiss it! Too cute!

She LOVES singing and music and is always demanding me to “SING!” I have sung to her before bed and naps since she was born and now as soon as it’s nap or bed, she states in a matter of factly voice- SING! She also sings to herself and I love, love, love listening to her. She can sing Twinkle, Twinkle and No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. They sound a little off, of course, but she gets the gist of it!

Nora has also learned a few colours and numbers! She can count to 4 and knows red, blue, green and pink. Our car is “RED!!!” and the chair in the backyard is “BOOOO!” She doesn’t pronounce her F’s all the time, so “four” and “floor” sound like “hore” (translate also to a bad word! lol) She was pointing to a little princess toy she had saying, “pincess, hore!” Bahaha! When she counts to four, it’s “one, two, three, hore!” 

She still eats anything and everything, but she has her favourites- waffles, watermelon, apples, berries, mango (which she mixes up the word “Dingo” with, a character in one of her books). We are still giving her a bottle at night and in the mornings. I tried to break the habit and switch to a sip cup and she quit drinking the milk! So, I am sticking with the bottle for now. She isn’t even two yet and what’s the harm, really?

She is our shining star and I often wonder if I will always look and her and think about how wonderful she is and how much joy she brings us. Does that feeling every wear off?


Weekly Nora

June 03, 2015

Sorry for the lack of writing this week! It's report card season and I have a million hoops to finish this week! I'll post more updates next week when Nora turns 22 months old! 


Weekly Nora

May 27, 2015

This is her face when I tell her to smile! She is such a ham, although in this case, I'm pretty sure she thinks she is smiling! 
She looks like such a big girl in this pic! And she is still GROWING so fast it's INSANE! She is still a giant and growing out of clothes every week/month. I haven't weighed her in a long time, but I am sure she is well over 30 lbs now. She is also taller than all kids her age.
There's that "smile" again! 
It has been so hot here, that we've spent a few days at the splash park! "plassss parkkkk!" Nora has a ball there and it's a really fun and stress free way to kill an afternoon!

I just had to take this picture because Nora'a grandparents bought her this pretty sweet water and sand table brand new, but the monkey goes straight for the box of garage sale books and plops herself down to read instead! Books are THE ONLY thing that makes her sit still. It's pretty awesome :)

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