Mother's Day Weekend

May 13, 2015


Nora at 21 Months

May 06, 2015

21 months today! A year ago Nora was turning 9 months, which seemed insane and now I wonder how on earth she is almost 2?!

She does so many funny and entertaining things these days, it's like I have my own personal comedy show all hours of the day! Although, her toddler shenanigans aren't always funny at the time, they are always hilarious in retrospect!

She has just started to string a couple of words together instead of just saying single words, but still mostly just blabbers in one-wording all day long! A typical scene is her going outside and saying the following: park, slide, boom!, swing, swing, swing, swing!, guys, truck, digger, windyyyyy!, dirt, sand, water, water, water!!!!, guys, SWING!!!, RUN!, rocks, dirt, clouds, sky, MOON!, sun, bright!!!!, dark? moon?.....

I could go on and on! She often comes out with all these crazy things that I can't believe she remembers. She loves to bring up the story lines she sees on her shows, mostly Curious George. This week she has been all about the kite episode. George holds a boy's kite and get swooped up in the air holding onto the string. She reenacts this almost daily, running and swooping and rolling around on the floor as if she is holding onto a kite in the air. All the while, shouting KITE! GEORGE! It's just too funny!

She is so full of beans all the time, it's exhausting just watching her sometimes. I have taken her to Strong Start a few times lately, a program for toddlers to expose them to friends, pre school activities and new play routines. She LOVES it. And that is an understatement. The gym is by far her favourite part. They let all the toddlers loose in the gym and take out every ball, hoola hoop and mat and it's a free for all! There are fabric tunnels and big mats to jump and she goes absolutely nuts! I have said it before, but she is not shy one bit and definitely doesn't hang by her mama!

As of tonight, she has finally finished cutting her first big molar. There are no signs of anymore coming right now, but I'm sure they're not far behind. It looked so sore, I wish we could have just gotten them all over with at once. She scared me on the weekend by refusing to nap one day. I panicked thinking maybe she was beginning to cut off her nap, because in the last 6 months, she has been a champion napper, with no fuss going down at all. It was so unusual for her to skip a nap, I freaked out! But of course, the next day was back to normal and has been since then. She just likes to keep me on my toes!

Some of the other funny things she says are:

Supup- syrup
EIEI- farmer
Do that!- let's do that!
Oh ya!
Hopit- helmet
hop hop- bunny
oh wow!

There are so many more that I can't think of right now! We have to really watch what we say now because she has repeated a few less than desirable words the last few weeks! Oops! Tom said "dammit!" the other day and before we knew it, everything was "dammit!" And "tu-pid!" was another one! Thankfully she has forgotten about those now!

Until next week, the toddler life continues... No big deal, just "phoning" her friends, Opie, Ga-Pa and Cinda!


Weekly Nora

April 29, 2015

Off to do our errands on a sunny morning! Nora still loves riding in the backpack... although as soon as she saw something she wanted on the floor of a store, it was "backpack, DONE, backpack, DONE!"
Tasting cotton candy for the first time at the traveling carnival that was in town this weekend!
Throwing rocks at the lake. Her fave! 
Minutes after this pic was taken she was in the nude "swimming" in the pool-- rolling around in the water! It was no where near warm enough for me to get in there, but Nora was all over it! Any mention of her friends Alex and Isaac now, she says "pool!!!!!"

Lovin' the spring!

April 21, 2015


Nora June, 20 Months!

April 08, 2015

I'm sorry I don't have our vacation video as promised! I am still working on it. I spent a lot of time with family over the Easter weekend as well as worked on several new hoop orders I had come in!

Life with Nora continues to get better and better. In the last 2 weeks her vocabulary has increased immensely and there almost isn't anything she won't say now. She comes out with words we didn't even know she would have heard before, which amazes up daily. She isn't speaking any sentences or phrases yet, but the number of words she knows is crazy! I can't get enough of her running around yelling and pointing with real words!

When I think about how much vocabulary she has to acquire in a matter of months, it's mind boggling. She is so fun to watch and listen to and I can almost see the light bulbs going off in her brain all the time. When we are reading, it takes a while to get through any story now as she is always seeing things in the book that remind her of something else, which she either has to go find in the house, point to out the window or say the word a million times. Sometimes I think she even surprises herself with the words she says, because she will say something, and then say it again surprised, and then again louder and then again with another word and so on, just trying out the sound of it coming from her own mouth.

I wish I could just record her talking all day long and show you all because telling you doesn't do it justice. It's so darn cute!

She has two of her "own" words that she has been saying for quite a while and I FINALLY figured out what the exact translation is: "So-wee" is "excuse me" and "Da-toe" is "that one". Now that I realized when she is actually using these words and how, it makes it that much funnier to hear her say them. She was trying to move a chair past the table and saying over and over "so-wee! so-wee!, like EXCUSE ME, move!!!! Also, this week, she was trying to get Tom's attention and she was saying, "da, da, dada, TOM!!! TOM!!!" We almost died laughing!

Our typical day when I am home (and mostly when she is with her grandmothers) involves reading lots of books, going to the park or outside, a walk in the stroller, maybe some errands in town, nap from 12-3ish, several snacks and a smoothie, a big lunch, playing with her dolls, moving things around the house and back again, drawing or colouring (she is just gaining interest in this!), helping me clean and wipe things up (she loves cloths- "cooooooth"! and always needs one at some point during every activity she is doing), visiting Nana upstairs and being a clever little stinker 24/7!

She is still drinking whole milk from a bottle first thing in the morning and before bed at night. She LOVES her bottle. It wasn't my intention to get her attached to a bottle and she doesn't ask for it throughout the day, but at bedtime, she feverishly pants and grunts in anticipation for it and then grabs it in her chubby little hands with a death grip until she sucks it dry! We are starting to think about weaning her from the bottle (we still hold her like a baby and feed it to her), but the routine is just so easy right now, I hate to switch it up!

We have also gotten in to the habit of a few morning cartoons. It's nice for me, because Mr. Tweeds is often away when I am getting ready for work in the mornings and it gives me a chance to shower and get dressed without my demanding little friend waiting for a story! The three shows that happen to be on right around when she wakes up are Sesame Street ("Elmo!"), Dora and The Backyardigans. She quite likes all three and usually watches and play simultaneously throughout all of them. All those kids shows have portions where the kids have to talk back at them or do an action and it's too funny to watch her actually play along with it. She watches 1-2 shows in the mornings depending on how motivated we are to get the day going. We had made a deal with ourselves not to allow any TV for her before the age of 2, but it just didn't happen. When 5:30 am wake ups happen, sometimes you just throw on the TV in a fit of hazy sleepiness and it turns into a habit. I don't think it's doing her any harm and really, she went 18 months without seeing a single cartoon or the dreaded screen time, so I think that's pretty good.

This is what she did when we asked her what she did with the Easter eggs! 

When I think back to Nora as a baby, I think about how every stage had it's challenges but also so many special things to be amazed about. Every stage has been my favourite and I wouldn't go back and freeze her in a certain age just yet. Maybe that will come! Since having her, my heart has grown a million times in size. No matter how she behaves or misbehaves she always brightens my day and puts a smile on my face. Hearing her say "mommy" with a smile and a giggle has to be the best sound in the whole world.


Nora's Beach Holiday!

April 01, 2015

We are back from our relaxing Mexican holiday! I am working on a video of our trip to share with you and a lot more details about traveling with our little busy body... I hope to have it all ready for next week! But until then... here are some pics!

Thanks and stay tuned for more next week! 

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