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The ever smiley, ever adorable Miss Nora is 7 months old!

Height: ~28ins

Weight: ~16lbs

The best way I can think of to describe Nora is pure joy. She is eternally happy. A smile dons her face most of the day and even through her tears she’ll smile if she sees a smiling face, she just can’t resist. She a very content, very happy baby. And her smile takes my breath away. I may be a bit biased but she is seriously so beautiful.

At 7 months she is working hard on sprouting her first tooth and learning how to crawl. She can sit up pretty well unassisted now and has even begun to trying to get herself into a seated position on her own. She rolls and scoots where ever she needs to go and is up on her hands and knees rocking a lot trying to figure out how to make herself go forward. You can see the little wheels in her head turning. She knows she should be able to do it she just can’t quite get all the necessary parts coordinated enough to move just yet, but it won’t be long.

Just like her sisters she is a talker. She is babbling up a storm and loves exercising her voice with babbles, bubbles, giggles and squeals. Though she doesn’t say it on purpose yet she is saying both mama and dada. Her favorite sound right now is “bla bla bla” which Maya gets a huge kick out of. Between the smiles and the adorable little babbling sounds she is pretty irresistible. We get stopped daily by people who want to oggle over her, and who can blame them!

We started solids last month and she is a big fan. She has tried most of the veggies and we’ve moved onto fruits. Her favorite veggie is carrots and so far she hasn’t met a fruit she doesn’t like. Last night I cut up some pieces of bananas for her and she fed herself bananas and cheerios for dinner. Her pincer grasp is coming along really well and she is getting pretty coordinated. I love watching her reactions when she tries new things. Her facial expressions are something else :)

Nora is such a doll. It is so fun watching her grow and change. This is such a fun age! We love you to pieces little munchkin :)

This past weekend Nora celebrated her half birthday. Our sweet baby girl is 6 months old!!

Weight: 15lbs 6oz (33rd percentile)

Height: 26.5 in (71st percentile)

Head Circumference: 16.75 (56th percentile)

Nora is such a joy, I don’t even know where to begin to describe her. She is just simply full of joy and curiosity. She smiles easily, giggles at all the crazy antics constantly going on around her and spends much of her play time trying to figure out how to get her little body moving so she can keep up with her sisters. You can’t help but smile when you around her. She is so stinkin’ adorable it just melts my heart.

Her development had gone into hyper drive lately. She is rolling all over the place and has figured out she can get to things across the room by rolling to them. She is pushing up on her hands and knees and has begun rocking. She is so close to crawling it is scary. She is sitting up pretty well and can sit unassisted for short periods now. With two big sisters to keep up with it really isn’t a surprise she is trying so hard to become mobile.

We introduced solids recently and she is really enjoying trying new things. The cereal went over pretty well and she actually seems to enjoy it now! She has tried peas and sweet potatoes so far and seemed to really like both. I love her facial expressions when she tries a new food. The look of “What on earth did you just put in my month?” is priceless :) She already seems to be working on her pincer grasp so fingers foods probably aren’t too far off.

She had her 6 month check up today and got a the seal of “Perfect” from her doctor. We already knew she was perfect, but it is always nice to hear it from the professionals ;) Her development is either on track or ahead in every respect and she is growing well. So much changes during this time in babyhood. They grow and develop before our eyes. This is one of my favorite ages and I can’t wait to see what comes next for Nora.

We just love her to pieces and our family truly does feel whole now that she is here.

As Nora rapidly approaches her 6 month birthday we find ourselves in the midst of many firsts, first tastes of food included. The last few weeks I have really noticed her starting to take a big interest in watching me eat. And, if I happen to be holding her while I’m eating she often tries to grab my food or drink and is always very intently watching what I am putting in my mouth. I figured since she seemed to be showing so much interest in what we are eating I would pick up some baby cereal and give it a go.

Today was the big day. While I was at the grocery store I picked up some baby cereal and this afternoon after we picked up Maya from school I gave her her first bites of food. She was…intrigued. I seriously love the faces they make when trying new foods, especially those first few times. When you are used to strictly breast milk I can only imagine what it must be like to taste something so foreign and different.

We’ll call this first shot at eating solids a success. She didn’t love it, but she definitely didn’t hate it either. I’m guessing once she gets to the tasty foods like peas, sweet potatoes, apples and peaches she’ll be a much bigger fan!! It will be interesting to see if she so willingly opens her mouth for the spoon tomorrow ;)

It is no secret that for a while Nora was the rockstar of sleep. She was sleeping 12 hours at night by 2 months old. She was such a good sleeper, and so consistent, that I got lulled into thinking it was a permanent thing. I let myself forget about the very common babyhood demon called sleep regression.

I am no longer in that peaceful, well rested dream world with a baby who happily sleeps away for 12 hour stretches at night. I now find myself smack dab in the middle of an exhausting sleep regression phase. Have I mentioned that I hate sleep regressions!

Starting about 3 weeks ago, right when she started rolling over and discovered that she loved to sleep on her tummy, and right around the time she came down with her first cold and ear infection, she suddenly began waking up at night. At first I thought it was maybe just random and she would go back to sleeping well once she was over her cold. But, nope, cold is gone and she is still waking at night. Some nights she’ll wake up several times and other  nights just once. Some times she’ll wake and I’ll hear her talking to herself and fussing a little over the monitor for a few minutes before she drifts back to sleep. Other times her talking and fussing will turn into full blown “you better get in here right NOW!” cries. Most nights I have to go in at least once and either rock her or nurse her before she’ll go back to sleep.

Sleep regressions suck. I am exhausted. I know this is just a phase and before I know it she’ll be back to sleeping through the night (please!), but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with the sleep deprivation. My brain is mush and I often feel like I’m swimming through mud. As a result my house is less than clean and my fuse with the other girls and Lorne is short (which makes me feel super guilt). Both the other girls had sleep regressions around this age too, which lasted about a month or so. Hopefully Nora’s is much the same and we are on the tail end of it. This mama could use a full night’s rest for a change.

At least one of us gets to nap during the day to make up for the lost sleep at night ;)

 Photo: Watching my family eat dinner is exhausting!

Little Miss Nora is 5 months old!! Can you believe it? I sure can’t.

 

Weight: 14lbs 3oz

Height: ~ 25in

I never would have guessed when Nora was born, my biggest baby yet, that she would end up being tiny like her big sister Anna. Her stats are right in line with Anna’s at this age. She is still sporting mostly 0-3 month clothing, with the exception of pants (as she seems to have her mama’s long legs). A few of her smaller 3-6 month stuff has just started to fit but most 3-6 months stuff is still giant sized on her. It will be interesting to see if she stays on this tiny track like and is itty bitty like Anna or if she has a huge growth spurt at some point.

This month has a been a big month for Nora, lots of firsts happened since she turned 4 months old. She is rolling like a champ. She loves, loves, loves being on her tummy so it is rare to find her laying on her back these days as she can so easily roll onto her tummy when ever she wants. I’ve never had a tummy sleeper before, Nora is my first. She never sleeps on her back anymore. Even when I put her to bed asleep she’ll immediately roll onto her tummy, she is just more comfortable that way. Her core strength is steadily increasing and she is starting to be able to sit unassisted for short periods of time. I can’t believe how quickly she is hitting all these milestones. Time needs to slow down.

Not all her firsts this month were good. She also had (still fighting actually) her first cold and ear infection along with her first round of antibiotics. She was so miserable and I felt so helpless. Luckily with a few days of antibiotics under our belts she is feeling much better. Thanks goodness.

Now that she is feeling better she is back to enjoying her play time. She loves to hang out on the floor and play with her toys or her sisters. She has started to notice the cat and her reaching, grabbing little hands of taken a few clumps of his fur lately. He isn’t as keen to curl up on the floor with her anymore :)

She is seriously the sweetest, most adorable little baby. We love her to pieces. I wish I could slow down time.

Can’t wait to see what this next month brings our way!