Wednesday, January 21, 2015

November Pics


They seem to be in different climates…This pic really captures them!


Just handing out in early november


Loving lunch


I never get sick of watching her sleeping


Shirt dress I made her the inaugural Mom’s Night Out at our library


Skateboarding in Bristol



Skateboard Joseph decorated with Bob


More snoozing


First time hunting with Grandpa!


He loved it—they went a couple times, even though it was very cold.  They saw many dear, even scooped  a buck out, but no actual shots.


First real snow!


Nora was not a huge fan at first


This was thanksgiving morning—Joseph delivered a pecan pie, through the woods, to the neighbors all by himself.  Pretty cute!










Think we had enough deserts!


Nora, dad, and Bob


So cute.  That’s all the pics I took on thanksgiving, though we also did you up to Lincoln.  Holidays are extra hectic these days!


Joseph with his sword he and Bob made—which reminds me of what happened on Thanksgiving (apparently I had tried to block it out until I saw this picture.)  We spent the night at the cabin in Lincoln with great gram Nora, and my little bugger Nora was up ALLLL NIGHHHTTTT.  I couldn’t let her cry at all, for fear of waking gram up and it was just a bit tortuous.  Luckily, grandpa Bob is such a huge help—I called him in the morning, and he took Joseph for the day after we visited a bit more with gram.  That way the monster and I could go home and sleep.  Thanks Bob!


A trip to Whirlies world.


Dad’s boots!



So handsome! Getting ready to go to Sunday school for the first time. (We are pretty lame and just participate in our local church activities when they offer programing for children, which only happens every once in awhile being they are a very aging, dwindling congregation.  This was an advent series of Sunday school times.)


Sledding and playing in the snow after!


And this is what we found when we got home.


Just so cute.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Random Nora updates (16 months)

  • Thanks for the awesome outfit GG!  (Great-grandmom Selma took us shopping and picked this out for Nora when we were visiting in December.)  It’s more fun then I like to admit dressing the Noranator.
  • Favorite things include picking up “trasshhh” and throwing it away.  You have to be careful around here—anything on the floor might be deemed “trasshh.”  She also loves cleaning--wiping counters, floors, etc…(I am aware this helpfulness tend wear off as they get older.)
  • She is finally showing real interest in books for her age group (as opposed to her fascination with all Joseph’s books).  To get her interest there have to be pictures of animals or babies though!
  • Speaking of which, one of her very favorite things these days is our kitty.  “Tea” is how she says it, and she follows him around pretty much all day and gets very excited about everything he does, including yelling “NOOO” at him if he gets on the counters.  She is starting to show some caring/awareness of others with him (what is called “theory of mind” in psychobabble) —she gives him precious items (like her paci) and toys and makes him beds so he can go night-night.
  • If she wants to get something she can figure out a way to climb up and get it.  Not convenient.  Sometimes all she wants to do is climb, climb, climb.  Since we are stuck inside with only chairs and couches this can be a major pain.   I will be taking her to open gym soon!
  • A week ago I decided to put my foot down and work on her nighttime sleep patterns.  One night was rough, crying on and off for quite a while, but since then things have been SOO MUCH BETTER!  (Fingers crossed we keep moving in the right direction). Right now she nurses, then is in bed by 7.  She wakes between 2 and 3 AM and I rock her for about a minute without nursing, just using the paci, then she nurses again between 5 and 7 AM.  Sometimes she goes back to sleep for long periods, sometimes she is up for the day.  I am very happy with this!
  • If I need to I can leave at any time now, dad can even put her to bed.  Freedom! (Ok—still haven’t done an overnight without her, but maybe soon?)
  • She loves talking about poop and pee and asks to sit on the potty all the time, but hasn’t actually had any success.  It’s very cute though. 
  • We have a Christmas card where there is a newborn baby and the mom and dad are kissing.  Nora loves the card and caries it around talking about kissing and babies.  Two of her favorite things!
  • Most of the time she is a pretty good eater and attacks whatever I put in front of her.  I make an effort to offer whatever I am having to her, even if it doesn’t seem like kid food.  At Christmas she took her plate, with everything on it and attacked!  She also loved the smoked salmon and brie.  She’s fickle though—if not in the right mood she won’t touch something she loved the day before.
  • The beginning of little curls!  Grow hair, grow.  Hair and eye color are still changing/undeterminable.  Hair is a reddish/brownish/blond and eyes are greyish/greenish/brown.  What a muddle.  A cute muddle!
  • We are really starting to communicate and it is so exciting. She is very clear about her yes “yeshh” and “NO” each accompanied by a head nod.  In this we can “talk” a little about what has happened or is going to happen and she will usually repeat one word from our discussion over and over.  For example: yesterday after going to the Dr. she kept yelling “shott” “owww!” She has also just started putting two words together, such as “peas juice.” Fun times!