It is hard to believe that we are getting ready to celebrate Norah's first birthday this Saturday even though her actual birthday isn't until Tuesday. I think I am in shock that she is about to turn one. Where has this year gone? It has gone by too fast, I will tell you that. I fear that her whole childhood will feel like a whirl wind and that is why I try my best to soak up every moment with my sweet girl. Even the not so great moments - I always try to keep it in perspective. She is such a gift and I am so grateful and blessed to be her mommy.
Now onto the gushing and pictures :)
Her vocabulary has been growing quite a bit over the last month or so. Every time she says something new it amazes me even though Chris and I are probably the only ones who can actually understand what she is saying! Book, moo, buzz, hi!, deer, Zeus, dog, ball, mama and dada are on the list these days. You can ask her what a bee says and she will answer back with "ZZZZZ", it's so stinkin' cute! She is taking longer and longer stretches of walking unassisted but still prefers to hold mommy's hand a lot of the time :) We have recently moved on from bottles - she just decided one day that she was done with them. It is so weird but from what I hear from other mamas, I should be grateful that she weaned herself and I didn't have to take the beloved "baba" away. She is a sweet girl and will give kisses, nice slobbery ones, or a hug if you ask. She loves to flirt with people in public as long as you don't get too close. She also has quite the little temper and gets MAD when she doesn't get her way. I have to restrain myself from laughing at her little tantrums sometimes because it is so cliche - you know, the all out back arching, leg kicking, scream fit that you expect to see in the toy section of Walmart. Yea, we've got that here and she isn't even one yet. Am I in trouble?? We are also struggling with a bit of separation anxiety but I hear that it gets better. She does not like me out of her sight much at all and leaving her to go the doctor is hard. I usually end up crying, too. I just feel so bad that she is so upset but I know that she usually calms down after a few minutes.
Here are some recent pics!
A little light morning reading :)
She loves the pool and apparently splashing is very funny!
Hanging out in the ball pit at My Gym.
Yay for swings (at My Gym)!
Did Hollywood call?