Nora Turns 2

Happy Birthday to my spunky, beautiful little Nora who turned 2 years old today. Dad can’t believe it’s already been 6 months since I made the last video. Time sure flies. God is good.

Nora 18 Months

Happy Mother’s Day Andrea, you’re an amazing Mom to our little Nora. She’s done a lot of growing up lately. Here’s my video from the last 6 months.

Nora 1 Year

I made this for Nora’s 1st Birthday, but it took a little while to post it. We love our fun little bundle of energy.

Twelve Months

This month Nora is eating 1 bottle at bedtime and having solid finger food at breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner (I feel like all I do all day is feed this child), pooping many times a day (I thought this was supposed to slow down?), and sleeping from 7:30 pm – 6:30 am (with NO wake ups…the day has come!!!). She weighs 21 lbs 10 oz (75%) and is 31.75 inches long (99%). Nora has gone from a few steps to easily walking all over. She almost never crawls. We have had many bumps and bruises this month but no major falls. Her favorite word is uh-oh. Our baby has turned into a toddler with a mind and opinion of her own. We enjoyed her first birthday party with many family and friends. This little girl is so loved! I think this will be my last monthly update. I hope to return to a little more regular blogging, but we will see.

Eleven Months

This month Nora is eating 4 bottles (eight teeth meant the end of breastfeeding for us) and having solid finger food at breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner, pooping a couple of times a day, and sleeping from 7:30 pm – 6:15 am. She weighs 20 lbs 3 oz and is 30 inches long. Nora got her eighth tooth and survived a multi-day road trip to Indiana to visit lots of extended family. She loved playing with her cousins and began standing by herself, sticking her tongue out, pointing at things, and dancing to music. We think her first word is doggy because every time she sees a dog, Nora points and says, “gee”. Right at the end of the month Nora stood up on her own, took her first steps, and slept through the night. What a month!

Ten Months

This month Nora is eating every 3 hours and having solid finger food at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, pooping at least once a day (or more if she eats corn!), and sleeping from 7 pm – 6:30 am. She weighs 19 lbs 6 oz. Nora is much more aware this month watching animals at the zoo and imitating things that we do. Jesse and I had our first night away to celebrate our anniversary while Grandpa and Grandma watched Nora. We started swimming lessons, and Nora even dunked her head under the water. With two trips Up North, we spent lots of time outside and in the lake. The saddest part of the month was having hand, foot, and mouth disease in addition to getting three new teeth. One of the most fun things is that Nora will now turn the pages when we are reading books.

Nine Months

This month Nora is eating every 3 hours and having solid finger foods at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, pooping once a day, and sleeping from 7 pm – 6:45 am (with one feeding around midnight and sometimes a second toward morning). She weighs 19 lbs 1 oz (64%) and is 29 3/4 inches long (98%). Nora went from crawling to pulling up to stand in less than two weeks. Two weeks later she was walking along the furniture, and one week later she was holding on with only one hand. She figured out how to stand in her crib the same week she got her fourth tooth. Night sleep is an even more distant memory for mom and dad, but we finally have a daytime schedule with two one and a half hour naps. Nora has started to wave and charms people everywhere we go with her cute curls, smiles, and waves.

Eight Months

This month Nora is eating every 2-3 hours and having finger food solids at breakfast and dinner, pooping once a day, and sleeping from 7 pm – 7 am (with 1 feeding between 2-4 am). She weighs 19 lbs 6 oz and is 28 inches long. She started the month up on all fours rocking and finished the month being able to crawl. She spent about two weeks army crawling in the middle. She has also started drinking water from a straw cup and is wearing summer clothes. For Father’s Day we celebrated by going to Nora’s first Twins Game. We only stayed for a couple of innings because she hated the loud cheering.   Another first was swimming in a swimming pool which she loved. She did get her first top tooth. The cutest thing is that she has started to clap. She does it every time she sits up on her own.