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I’m a bit behind on getting this posted this month. We’ve been busy enjoying this glorious summer!

Our simply irresistible Nora turned 11 months old a little over a week ago. I cannot quite wrap my head around the fact that in just 3 weeks she will be 1! This past year has flown by at crazy warp speed. This time last year I was hugely pregnant and worrying that Nora would decided to arrive early and interrupt Maya’s first day of school and now here I am making plans for the big First Birthday celebration.

Height: ~28.5ins (50th percentile)

Weight: ~17.5lbs (10th percentile)

What can I say about this gem of  a baby that I haven’t said already. She is truly the sweetest, happiest baby I’ve ever met. It is rare to see her without a big, beaming smile on her face. She hardly ever cries, and when she does she always has a good reason. One of her favorite things to do right now is to crawl up to you, give you a snuggle and then roll into your lap and lay down. She did it with my friend’s 8 year old son the other day, he happens to be one of her favorite people, and it was the sweetest thing ever!

This kid is an explorer. She is all over the place. She mastered the stairs and is always taking off upstairs. However, she hasn’t figured out how to come back down so she’ll sit at the top of stairs and yell “MAAAAAA” at the top of her lungs until I come get her. In the last few days she has started climbing onto our fireplace hearth and into the little kid chairs we have. She can even climb back down so I’m guessing she’ll have the down the stairs thing figured out before too long. Walking is not far away for her either, I’m sure. She can stand independently with no hands, for quite a while too! She can also walk while pushing something or holding onto someone’s hands. I’m so not ready to have a walker. I’m happy if she decides to take her time, but knowing her she won’t :)

Nora loves food. Eating is one of her favorite things to do and giving her something to eat is the easiest way to calm her down if she is fussy. Her favorite foods right now are fruit of any kind but especially strawberries, peaches and grapes, peas, bread of any kind, waffles and pancakes and pirate’s booty.  She loves pirate’s booty so much she can even recognize the bag and goes crazy if she sees anyone with a bag of it!

Even though she is eating big people food like a champ Nora is still getting most of her nutrition from breastfeeding. She is still nursing about 6-7ish times a day and showing no signs of slowing down. I nursed both other girls until they were 20 months old so I’ll likely do the same with Nora. Since she is my last baby I am in no rush to speed up the weaning process. As long as I am nursing her I can pretend she is still my little baby and not growing up super fast right before my eyes.

Photo: No hands!

This last month of her first year will fly by in the blink of an eye just as the 11 months before it. Before I know it we’ll singing Happy Birthday to our little 1 year old and watching her make the biggest mess ever as she dives into her birthday cake. I get a little teary eyed thinking about her leaving babyhood behind and becoming a toddler. I’m not ready for the baby phase to be over. In the beginning when you are sleep deprived and rocking a helpless newborn to sleep their first birthday seems so far away but then you blink and they are suddenly these little independent beings who are learning to walk and talk and it is hard to remember them as that tiny little helpless buddle they were such a short time ago. Sigh.

Our sweet baby Nora. Our third and last baby is already 10 months old. Time is going by so incredibly fast. It seriously feels like I was just in the hospital having her and yet here we are just a couple of months away from her first birthday.

Weight: ~ 17.5lbs (about the 25th percentile)

Height: ~ 29ins (about the 50th percentile)

Nora is seriously the happiest baby. People are always amazed how content and smiley she is. She very rarely cries, and never for no reason. She wakes up happy, chatting to herself in her crib. When I put her down for a nap she never cries, she just babbles away until she falls asleep. Her personality is so relaxed and sweet.

This month has seen more leaps and bounds in the development department. She is a super speedy crawler and is all over the place chasing her sisters or the kitty. This past week she master climbing the stairs. She hasn’t figured out how to get back down but she can climb up the stairs at warp speed. She loves exploring both indoors and out. While we were on vacation last week we found ourselves at the beach (a rocky, pacific northwest beach) and she crawled all over the rocks and climbed around on the driftwood.

Although she is curious and adventurous and a mover, she is also incredibly sweet and loves to snuggle. In the midst of her play she will randomly crawl over to me for a snuggle or to give me a kiss. She adores her sisters and loves to watch them play and tries to play with them. I love watching them all play together.

Thanks a tooth explosion in the last couple of teeth Nora now has 5 little teeth and I’m pretty sure she is working on a couple of more as we speak. Those new little teeth are helping her advance her foodie status. The girl loves to eat. She loves to feed herself so she is pretty much completely off purees and is eating all finger foods. She loves fruit of any kind, cheese, bread, yogurt, waffles and pancakes, corn on the cob is a huge favorite, she’s tried ham and turkey and likes most vegetables she has tried. I’m still breastfeeding and that is going really well. This third go around with nursing has been so easy. I haven’t run into any challenges, which has been nice.

Nora is such a joy. She embodies happiness and you can’t help but smile when around her. We love her to pieces.

Our Anna, our spunky, sweet middle daughter is 3 years old.

Weight: 27 lbs (10th percentile)

Height: 34.5 ins (below the 5th percentile)

Anna came into this world as a tiny little peanut and she is proudly still rocking her peanut status. She may be tiny but she packs a lot of personality into that tiny package. She is strong-willed, determined, adventurous, and sweet. When she sets her mind on something there is no talking her out of it. She is stubborn to the bone this one. We butt heads frequently as she is growing into her 3 year old attitude but she can still be a total sweetheart too. Snuggling under a warm cozy blanket with us is still one of her favorite things to do.

Though she has a weird fear of slides she is pretty much not afraid of anything. She’ll ride her balance bike down the steep slope of our driveway with both legs up, going super fast, and jump off the curb. She loves to be outside playing with her friends, riding her bike, going on hikes or just sitting on the grass blowing bubbles or coloring a picture. Her favorite thing in the world is her blankie (and the 6 or so other cuddly blankets she as accumulated over the years). She loves to play dress up and loves playing with her kitchen and doctor sets. She is a little performer at heart and loves to make people laugh. She is fiercely independent and takes great pride in being able to do things for herself.

Anna is a wonderful sister. I can see that sometimes she is 100% the  middle child and rebels a bit against that status but most of the time she adores her sisters and does a pretty good job of getting along well with both of them.

There is so much love about our little Anna. She is smart, spunky and sweet. There is never a dull moment with her. She makes us laugh daily and gives the best hugs. Love you to pieces Anna Banana!

Our incredibly adorable Miss Nora is 9 months old!! It has been three quarters of a year since she joined our crazy little family. I can hardly believe it, time is whizzing by.

Weight: 17lbs 1oz (31st percentile)

Height: 27.5 inches (45th percentile)

Head Circumference: 17.5 inches (70th percentile)

Nora had her 9 month well baby check up with Dr. H yesterday. She will given the seal of “Perfect”, not that there was ever any doubt ;) She is growing well. Rocking the somewhere in between peanut and average size range. She demonstrated several of her recently acquired skills including waving at the doc when she came in the room and clapping and cheering when found out it was a shot free appointment :) The doctor was very impressed with her development and was not at all surprised she was already pulling up on furniture and trying to cruise. Her predicted that Nora would be an early walker, we shall see.

As I mentioned last week she has recently had a milestone explosion. Learning to crawl, sit up, pull up, walking on her knees while holding onto something, clapping and waving all mastered in a couple of weeks. She is all over the place and super fast. She can hands and knees crawl but prefers her own little version of the army crawl to get around, she is so, so fast. She spends most of the day pulling up on things and trying to figure out how to use that as a means to get around. It will not be long now and she’ll be cruising. She is already stretching out to reach close by objects and trying to figure out if she can go from one thing to the next without having to sit down and crawl. Once she figures that out there will be no keeping up with her! She is one determined little girl.

As much as she loves to explore and play she is also super cuddly. She loves giving me hugs and kisses. Every so often, in the middle of her play, she’ll crawl up to me and climb into my lap for a snuggle. I love it!

She is the sweetest, happiest baby. The big girls adore her and play so well with her. She recently graduated to having a bath in the big tub and Anna and Maya fight over who gets to have a bath with her! And Nora adores her sisters every bit as much as they adore her. She watches them and loves to join them in their play. It is so wonderful to watch them all interact. Melts my heart every time.

We love you to pieces baby girl!

Photos courtesy of Brenda Joy Photography. Thank you so much for capturing Nora’s sweet and adorable 9 month old personality so perfectly, Brenda!

A couple of weeks ago Nora was up 2 or more times every night for a week. I remember during one of my barely conscious zombie state shuffles into her room in the middle of the night thinking to myself that one of these days she was going to bust out a new skill, or was growing like a weed. There had to be some reason for the frequent wakings, right ;)

Well, sure enough about a week later she started sitting up really well on her own. I put her in a seated position for a little practice and she was able to stay like that as long as she wanted. I figured her new skill had been mastered and sleep would return to our home.

Sleep did return, but in true Nora fashion, she wasn’t satisfied with just one milestone. No, she needed to hit 3 or 4 in one week. She is a rock star afterall and has a reputation to maintain ;)

A couple of days after mastering sitting up well on her own she figured out how to get herself into a seated position all by herself. She was back and forth between crawling and sitting like a pro. This new skill was followed a few days later by starting to pull up on things. She started with the first step on our stairs, moved to pulling up on the fireplace hearth, then her bed and now anything and everything she can! she can’t quite get to her feet, she pulls up to her knees, but she is trying so hard to reach that next step. I cannot keep up with this one!!

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Who knows what she had up her sleeve next!!