Weekly Nora

October 22, 2014

What a week for our little GIRL. She is changing so much again and learning by the minute. Nora started WALKING on the weekend! Yay! She had been taking a few steps here and there as you know, and just like everyone told me would happen, she just got up and started walking. It was too funny. We visited Nora's Aunties in Calgary this weekend and on Saturday evening I was getting her ready for bed and I couldn't catch her to put jammies on. She just wanted to walk in circles all around the room with a giant smile on her face. I was glad that someone else got to witness it with me because it was just too cute!

Helping with the winter tires!
Shoe shopping in Nordstrom
Play food to go with her new DIY play kitchen we have been working on... I can't wait to show you!
On Sunday both of my sisters and I took her to a pumpkin patch outside of Calgary which also had a petting zoo, playgrounds and a corn maze as well as several other fun fall harvest things like train rides and pig races! What a place! Nora was in heaven with all the animals and she was showing off all her sounds. She now knows the animals sounds for sheep, cow, horse, dog, cat, snake and fish. My favourites are the horse and the cat. She makes a really high pitched "Meeeeeeow" with the meeeee part long and drawn out and then the owww soft. The horse is the same but with Neiggggghhhhh.

I can't even handle that fur vest! I bought it at the mall on Saturday and of course she had to wear it the next day! So many people commented on how cute she looked and an old man even wanted to take her picture he loved it so much! 

Since Nora has started walking, I kept my plan to stop nursing. I don't think she was getting much to drink anyway as it hardly seems like there is any milk in there these days. We switched her to a bottle first thing in the morning and I have given her one at bedtime too the last 2 days and it has been totally fine. She hasn't missed it at all! I cannot believe I nursed her for over 14 months. It is crazy to think that I haven't hardly missed a 7 pm feed in that long. Remember this post when I talked about how hard breastfeeding was at first? I remember thinking to myself during the first few months that if I could just make it to 6 months she would start eating some solid foods and things would get easier. I was telling a friend this and they really bursted my bubble by telling me that they still nursed just as much, but ALSO ate food which was even more work ;) Well, as it turns out, nursing wasn't so bad and I became very attached to the idea of it.

I think the hardest part about nursing is that you have to come to terms with the idea that you are your baby's main food source. I used to have thoughts of myself getting into a car accident, and I'd survive, but I'd have to be in hospital and then I'd miss a feed and then what would happen to Nora. It was all OK, because we were going to be fine, but how would anyone know where to get bottles for her and which formula to feed her and how much she needed. I should be there feeding her! It was a recurring nightmare/daydream I had for several months.

I am glad to be finished with it and I am so grateful that it worked out for us and that I was able to feed Nora with "nature's best" for so long. However, time is up and I am ready to have Dad do some bedtimes every now and then!

We had a little battle with food going on for the last month or so and I think we finally broke some bad habits! Nora was in the routine of throwing, actually not just throwing, LAUNCHING her food across the room when she was finished eating or if she didn't like what she was given. For the most part, she still eats everything, but like everyone, sometimes she wants more of something rather than the next thing I had offered her. We tried in desperation to take the food away, put it out of reach for a minute, raise our voices with a firm NO, make eye contact with her and say it nicely, ignore it... nothing worked! Every meal it never failed that her leftovers would get splattered on the wall, all the way into our living room, on other furniture, etc. Finally, I decided to go the mean Nanny Diaries route and every time she did it, I would just say calmly, "don't throw your food please" and take her to her crib and leave her there for about 1 min. She would cry and have a little tantrum and right away I'd go get her and say "let's try again". It only took about 3 days of doing this and she hasn't thrown food in about a week! I knew she was just doing it to get a rise out of us in the first place!

Enjoying one of the finer things in life.. mini donuts!

We are on the Halloween countdown and I can't wait to show you Nora's adorable costume! Have a great week!


Weekly Nora- FALL FUN!

October 15, 2014

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Weekly Nora- 14 Months Old!

October 08, 2014

Our little Nora is already 14 months old! Her little personality is coming through in leaps and bounds in the last month and we can't get enough!

She is just so darn funny, from the way she imitates absolutely everything, to this hilarious "fake" smile she has started to all the little habits she is forming. For the record, she is still not walking, although just in the last few days she has taken a few steps here and there if highly encouraged! I know she can do it and she has almost started walking on her own several times and at the last minute, she catches herself and sits down and laughs!

She is still the happiest little girl ever and constantly smiles and interacts with us. But she is also very independent. It is not uncommon to see her scoot out of the room and find a quiet place to play with toys or books. She is very persistent in her play, she works for a long time to try and figure something like opening a container, pushing a button, turning a switch, etc.

I am back to work finally, as you know and it has been a slight adjustment for us all, but nothing too crazy! I work Mon, Tues and Wed and the rest of the time, I am home. It is an ideal schedule and I am so glad we made the choice to have this happen. With Mr. T working away, I think it would have been a lot more challenging to work more than this. Nora spends one day with each grandma which is going really well and then she has a day with her Dada. I would still rather be home with her full time, but working is good too. I do enjoy my job a lot.

We are in the middle of "transitioning" her to one nap. Why didn't someone tell me that I would come to despise the word "transition"?! For the first week of trying this new routine out, Nora did really well. She fell asleep promptly at about noon and slept until 3 for 3 days in a row! I was shocked! It was the FIRST time in her life that she had actually taken long naps at the "right" time! However, of course she switched that up on me and since then we have just alternated doing one nap a day and 2 naps a day until she gets into a routine again. On the days that she has one nap, it is consistently been about 2 hours, which doesn't seem quite enough to last the whole day. I hope she sorts it out for herself soon!

At 14 months, her favourite things are animals-- she knows "meow" for cats now and it's too funny to hear her say it. She also (still) loves all fruit, cheese, pancakes, toast, pizza and pitas. She loves books, singing and rhyming stories. Her new fave song is "The Cat Came Back" by Fred Penner. She is a walking machine when she holds our hands and wants to run everywhere! She knows the way to the park now and notices it when we walk past. She points and squeals and grunts and LOVES climbing everything! She also gives plenty of kisses and I die every time I get a big wet one for no reason. And, she now has 12 teeth! The molars just shot out up outta nowhere one day and everyday they are bigger and bigger!

I am still nursing her at bedtime. I never thought it would be this hard to cut it off. I just can't bring myself to do so! I decided that I would stop when she started walking, so I'll let you know how it goes.

Although she has grown up a lot, she is still a baby. Our little baby Nora June. She will always be my baby!


Weekly Nora

October 01, 2014

Nora is such a ham! The latest thing is this funny fake smile she does for the camera or when we say "smile!" 

She had her first real horse ride this week, saddle and all! She LOVED it! We took about a hundred videos of her squealing and smacking the saddle for "faster!"

All ready for hunting season!
Back to work Mama goes... and Nora has done so well. It doesn't phase her whatsoever. She loves all the different things to play with at Gammy's house-- my old treasure troll collection!
Walking in the wetlands on a gorgeous fall day. 

She LOVES the playground and tries to crawl into and over everything. She spent ages going back and forth through this bumpy tunnel. She can also climb any stairs on her hands and knees now. 

When things are quiet, I know I'll find her right here. My little bookworm always stops and flips through any books. She points to everything, makes sounds as if she is reading them and looks at every picture. 

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