Thursday, March 26, 2015

Are you her nanny? And other less annoying thoughts.

I feel like more has happened in the past few weeks of motherhood for us than has happened in the previous 6 months combined.

Aside from the day Norah stopped eating at night (cue angels singing), and the day she went to just four bottles a day (more angels), there haven't been any life changing milestones. Sure she laughed for the first time and did other cute things, but those weren't really changing our day to day.

Lately though, I feel like she is mastering new skills left and right. She has THREE teeth that have poked through. Sits up like a champ. Can prop herself up on her hands and knees, and I can tell she is itching to crawl. She can roll over like a pro, and even spin around on her belly and scoot backwards, but no forward motion yet. She hands up things. Her dexterity gets noticeably better every day. She is starting to love eating purees. Every day, it's something. And she is just so proud of herself over all of it.

I know people say that once they start crawling, you are in for a world of trouble because they are into everything, but I can't wait. Lets face it: Norah is basically my best friend know that we are spending every day together sans any other regular human contact. The idea that she will be able to get around better, show preferences to things, etc, will make our days so exciting. Will jokingly asked me last night if Norah had replaced him and others as my "best friend", and the answer is definitely YES haha. I cannot put into words how much I love spending time with her. I never (NEVER EVER) thought I would be giving up time with friends or date nights to be with my baby 24/7, and though we still get out a good amount, a lot of the times I just don't want to.

In other news, someone asked my yesterday if I was Norah's nanny. "Um, excuse me?" !?!? I text a few friends and was assured that they had never had any one make this assumption toward then. I have jokingly thought in the past that sense my child is pretty much as pale as a ghost, and has blue eyes, that someone might wonder about our relationship… but she looks pretty much JUST like me… so I thought that would be avoided. Maybe this person was thinking something else. God knows what. But I will tell you this, I didn't appreciate it.

I don't want to ramble too much since we have Norah's 7 month update right around the corner, but I wanted to write today about how much fun this age is. I have all the hopes and dreams in the world for this little girl and I hope we are doing the right things to make her the best she can be. We love you Little Pea!

Monday, March 23, 2015

It's been a while

 Remember when I used to blog? Because I don't. Serious, I feel like I haven't written a well thought out post in months. I feel like as with most creative things in life, blogging comes in ebbs and flows. Sometimes I am all about the ole blog, sometimes I just want it to go away so I don't feel guilty for not updating it. I will always be a faithful reader to my favorites, but I just sometimes can't keep up with my own.

We have been keeping really busy with life lately. Will with work. Norah with growing and learning and just being the most all around sweet, adorable, and hilarious baby alive. Me with helping them accomplish the above, the dogs, the house, friends, an Rodan+Fields. You guys. I absolutely love Rodan+Fields and I wish I would have started doing it a year ago when I first started thinking about it. Such a game changer. To have something in my life that helps others, helps me, makes me feel good, and is *gasp* FUN, that I do on my own time, that earns me money? Yes, please.

I also need to baby proof. For the first time in my parenting journey, I just don't have the energy to figure out how to do something. I see myself spending about seven minutes on Amazon, ordering some stuff, and hoping I cover the necessary bases. I just don't have the energy to research anything else right now. Norah is also in a big girl carseat. And still not sleeping through the night. Facepalm.

And that's all for now. I just wanted to pop in and say I am still alive and don't give up on me yet!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

6 Month Update

Oh Norah. Every month just gets better and better with you, and I know that will probably be the trend for many months, if not years to come. I get just a teensy bit sad thinking of how fast time passes, especially when we pack up a size of your clothes, but that is overshadowed by how wonderful it is to watch you grow. You are learning and doing so many things. One day you will have absolutely no clue how a toy works, and the next day you've mastered playing with it like it's been your favorite for years. 

You are such a happy baby and absolutely love me and your daddy talking to you and smiling at you, which we can't get enough of. Sometimes when strangers try to hold you, or just when we're around the house alone, you burry your head in my neck and hold on tight, and it melts me into a million pieces. With all the things you're learning, you seem so big, like a real person. But then in certain moments you seem so fragile, and I can't believe that there will be a time that you will make your own choices and be OK out in the world without me. I promise to always love you, support you, give you what you need, and be your Mom first and your friend second. I want us to always be each others best friend, and you to know that there is nothing that could happen on this earth that will ever make me not love you.

Weight: 16 pounds. 50th percentile.

Height: Need to look at fill this in! Pretty sure 25 inches? I can't remember, but it's 50th percentile.

Nicknames: Nor, Boog, Noodle Noggin, P

Eating: 4 bottles a day. We try to get in baby food twice a day, but that doesn't always happen. You prefer puree mixed with oatmeal cereal, but trying to get you used to just straight purees.

Sleeping: It's getting better. Not all night yet, but I can just tell it is on the horizon. You nap three times a day for anywhere from 45 min to 2 hours. The nap lengths are all over the boards, but you almost always take all three and it's almost always at 9am, 12:45pm, and 4:45pm.

Diapers: Up to size 3. We still like Target brand for daytime, but I've decided we don't like their overnights and your dad agrees. So back to Pampers Baby Dry for night.

Clothing: We are still rocking 3-6 and 6 month clothes, but I bet you will be in 9 month sleepers any day now. Some how we ended up with A TON of 6 month clothes. Especially pants. So I hope those continue to fit for a while.

Social: You love to get out of the house. We've had some lunch dates and run errands. Nothing too exciting that comes to mind. We also had some people over to the house, which you enjoy, but like to keep close to us instead of being passed around. You really notice the dogs nowadays, and Holly is your best friend. Sadie is still a less than amused with you, but you like her anyway.

Likes: Pretty much any toy, sneaking peeks at the TV. Being danced with or playing airplane, being on my shoulders, things like that.

Dislikes: Being hungry or tired, some strangers.

Firsts: Sitting up all my yourself to play. Pushing up all the way for long periods of time on your arms. Rolling over much easier.

What we're looking forward to: Full nights of sleep. Warmer weather to talk walks.

We love you peanut!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

a first + an update

Today marks the first time something happened that should have happened a long time ago. I dropped Norah off with her grandparents for the day just because. I don't have anything I have to do. Besides clean, and just get things done I've been day dreaming about doing for weeks now. I'm old so this excites me.

Who knew having a baby could take up so much time? I mean I knew. But I thought I'd be able to multi task. That's kind of a joke.

Not that things are in complete shambles. But I have pretty high standards for myself as far as what gets done in a day. And it is going to feel soooo good to meet those standards. Even though now I'm leaning toward just laying on the couch all day.

Blogging has taken a back seat, obviously. And that's ok. But it's nice that this ole blog is still here when I do want to come ramble on and update the few friends that I specifically keep up with on this medium!

So what the heck have we been up to? Staying warm mostly. The snow was great for a while, but I'm officially over it. I am ready to take Norah on walks and break out my shorts (not that I can fit them probably), and be able to leave the house without worrying about 76 layers for the baby.

I've been selling the heck out of some skin care. I met and exceeded my goad for my first official month as a Rodan+Fields consultant, and I can't wait to keep the momentum going.

In other breaking news, I officially hate cooking dinner. I think it's because after 4 bottles, 2-3 attempts at baby food, making Will's lunch, throwing together my breakfast and then lunch, and four dog food fill ups a day- by the time dinner comes, I just. Don't. Care. Hoping that once the weather warms and I get my mojo back I will rediscover my love for cooking.

My attempts at being offline as much as possible lasted all of seven seconds. I'm just a person that loves social media and electronics. It is what it is.

Another fun thing I've been doing lately is waking up around 2am for NO REASON, then not being able to get back to bed until maybe 4:30am. It's awful. Norah usually gets up around this time, so there's that small silver lining that I am already up anyway, but there is no reason I need to be up for two hours. Speaking of this, I was SURE by six months she would be sleeping through the night. No cigar. We are close though, I just know it. Speaking of six months, I'm working on that post.

We booked a vacation to Lake Michigan this summer and I am pumped. The house is adorable and I can't want to watch my baby play in the sand.

Thats all for now. What have you been up to?

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