Yesterday was Nora's 9 month birthday which means she is on the homestretch to the big milestone- ONE YEAR. Looking back through all the weeks and photos and posts, it all seems like a blur to me. I read a quote about motherhood somewhere: the days are long but the years are short. In this case, the weeks are short. Now that winter is over, we've been spending a lot more time outside which passes the days much faster. I find myself looking forward to a few hours at home alone with Nora, playing idly as the time we have been doing this kind of thing is less and less lately.
|We took Nora out for lunch last week and ate on a sunny patio. She is so easy to take places as she is so content to just look around at everything... as long as she has something to chew on and play with, that is!|
I don't want to be all cliche and tear up that my baby is growing up. I'm happy she is growing up and learning new things and each stage she comes to, I meet with excitement and anticipation. However, as we get closer to her first birthday, we also get closer to the time when I go back to work. I DON'T WANT TO GO BACK TO WORK. The end. I mean, I do and I don't. I want to go back to work for the socialization and the challenge and to help contribute financially to our family. If only there was a way I could do all that and be with Nora all the time... I was talking with a friend about this and we both wondered why women were so adamant that they should go to work in the first place- damn the feminist movement! Now us women have to work and be housewives at the same time!
I am kidding. I am grateful for my job and the opportunities I have as a woman and a mother. But right now it is hard to imagine spending my days away from Nora. I feel a little better though, because we have a plan in place for September, when I go back. Nora will spend one day with each of her grandmothers and the third day with Mr. Tweeds as he has days off mid week. I think it will be the best possible scenario- she gets to spend 3 days with the next best thing to her Mama, the three people that love just as much as I do! ;) Well, maybe not quite as much as I do... but pretty close.
More than ever these days, I find myself bursting with pride at my little smarty pants. Could there be a smarter and funnier baby than she is?! I'm bragging, I know, but if we have the right to brag about one thing, it is our children. If you don't brag about your children, start bragging. I get it! Nora is trying to communicate with us more and more every day. She copies our expressions and sounds and actions like crazy. She is so curious and strains her neck to check out an interesting sound or see something new. If only we were all so driven to figure out the unknown.
She is so active too. She absolutely does not stop moving while she is awake. She is always grabbing for something, rolling around, swivelling on her bum, trying to stand, trying to look at something, play with something and make noises. She has such strong little legs and a crazy grip when she gets a hold of something.
As for our sleeping... Nora is still giving me a run for my money. I think I was seriously spoiled at the beginning and I am paying for all those 12 hour stretches I got for so long. Our goal is to get her nights sorted and wean her from night feeds by June 1st. As of right now, she is an expert in midnight snacks, 3 am snacks and waking up for the morning at the crack of dawn! Somehow, although annoying, it hasn't affected me like I thought it would. I guess your body just adapts to the sleep you are able to get. I feel for the women in the States who have to go back to work when their babies are 3 months old. If I was working with these night wakings, it would be a whole other story. What a gong show their lives must be getting a 3 month old off to daycare after 3 night wakings! I really don't have much to complain about.
|Mr. Tweedle built Nora the swing set of all swing sets last week! Look at this thing! What was supposed to be a "little" lean to for a baby swing turned into quite the fortress. Nora loves it!|
Nora has finally dropped down to 2 naps a day and she can stay awake for about 3 hours now. We are consistently having naps at 9 am and 1:30-2 pm with the morning nap about 2 hours most days and the afternoon nap about an hour. It is so nice to finally have a sense of how our day will look and when I can plan to meet up with people or make appointments.
Mr. Tweedle and I are just as smitten, if not even more so as every day goes by with our little monkey. I can't remember what it was like before we had Nora. She makes us both so happy it's silly. Happy 9 months to my sweet Nora June!