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 :)


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!

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