I know a lot of people aren’t big fans of this “holiday”, my husband included. But, I happen to love it. We can forget in the chaos of everyday life to take a few minutes to tell the ones we love simply that we love them, or do a little something extra to show we care. Valentine’s Day is a nice reminder to take those few extra minutes to make our loved ones smile.
I am so lucky to get to spend my life surrounded by these 4 crazy, loveable, wonderful people. Today I will take a few extra minutes out of my day to make each one of them knows just how much they mean to me. Love you guys!
She is rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ !!
Nora has recently acquired a new skill, rolling from back to front. She has beat her sisters to this skill by quite a bit. Neither Maya or Anna really enjoyed being on their tummies all that much so they lacked the motivation when it came to learning this skill. Nora, however, adores being on her tummy and has from the very the beginning. She is quite content to spend time playing on her tummy.
Every time I put her on her back she flips right over onto her tummy. She is even becoming a tummy sleeper! As soon as I lay her in her crib, even if she is asleep when I do it, over she goes! This is so different from her sisters, it is crazy. Her core strength is incredible for just 4 months old!
Nora is so happy about this new skill of hers that she wants to practice it ALL THE TIME!! Including in the middle of the night when she, and I, should be sleeping. Last night she was up for over 2 hours in the middle of the rolling over in her crib to her hearts content. I love that she is so proud of her new skill and wants to perfect her technique, but hopefully the novelty wears off soon and she goes back to sleeping through the night. Mama is tired (yawn). It is a good thing she is cute
As soon as I began showing with Nora the general public took that as a sign they could come up to me and say any and everything they wanted. Apparently when you are pregnant with your third child, especially when your other two children are the same sex, you will be subjected to some borderline rude comments. Here are a few of my favorite (spoken sarcastically!) questions/comments I get to hear almost daily…
Are you finally getting a boy? Obviously, now that I am no longer pregnant I don’t hear this one anymore but it was bestowed on me frequently while I was pregnant. I mean, are you serious with this question! Is it not possible to be satisfied, or (gasp) even be happy with all girls?
Your poor husband, he didn’t get his boy Yes, I’m sure Lorne would have been happy to have a boy, but is he disappointed that he got three beautiful girls instead, NO!
Wow, all girls! (Spoken in a sad voice with the pity head tilt) Again, what is wrong with girls? I’m actually incredibly happy to have ended up with all girls for your information.
Will you guys try for a boy? Apparently it is the 1700s and we must have a boy to carry on the family name and work on the farm in order to be happy. Seriously! No, we will not be trying for a boy.
Wow, you really have your hands full!! Yes, I do sometimes literally have my hands full, like when I walked into Target this morning with Nora in the Ergo, Anna on my hip and my other hand full of reusable bags and my purse! However, most of the time I have it all perfectly under control. I don’t really need a strangers opinion on my work load.
Are they all yours?! Ummm, no, I just thought I’d bring a couple of extra kids to the store with me to make my trip extra fun! :/ Seriously, it isn’t like I have ten kids or something! Since when did three kids become some unmanageable amount?
What I take away from these ridiculous comments and questions is that many people still live in the dark ages when the only acceptable offspring were males. And, having three kids makes me some sort of crazy kid lady who can’t possibly manage all the work. It takes a lot of will power not to respond with the snarky, sarcastic comments floating around in my head. Instead, I politely smile and walk away as fast as I can because I have my hands full raising my 3 girls and mourning the fact I don’t have a son I don’t have time to deal with the insanity and reeducate people
The ever adorable Miss Nora is 4 months old!! Already! Time is going by so quickly.
Height: 24.5 in (50th percentile)
Weight: 13lbs 4oz (30th percentile)
Head Circumference: 16 1/8 in (60th percentile)
Nora had a bit of a tapering off the last couple of months in her growth. She grew, but not as much and fell on the percentile charts for both height and weight. The doctor isn’t concerned at all as she is the picture of health and kiddos often settle into the growth based on their genetics at this point. What I find most interesting about her current stats is that they are almost identical to Anna’s at 4 months. Up until this point I had assumed she would follow in Maya’s foot steps since she was hanging out at the top of the charts, but it is beginning to look like that may not be the case. It will be interesting to see how it ends up.
Nora is such a doll. It is no secret that she is a sleeping champion. Her current schedule consists of her sleeping 11-12 hours at night and taking 2-3 naps during the day. She typically naps for about an hour in the morning, then has another long 2ish hour nap in the afternoon, and caps it all off with a quick power nap of about 20-30 minutes in the late afternoon early evening. She goes to bed between 6:30 and 7pm at night and on most nights sleeps until 6:30-7:30am. (Don’t hate me ). All that sleep can probably be attributed to her being a little busy body when she is awake. She is “talking” up a storm and has begun to exercise her squeals. She loves her floor play, especially tummy time. She can roll from front to back and is trying very hard to go the other way. When she is on her tummy she can spin herself around to reach her toys. While on her back or sitting in her bouncy seat she reaches for toys and plays with them. I love watching her play, she gets so excited when she sees a favorite toy and can reach it
She has entered the “everything must be in my mouth” stage and is drooling like crazy. She has begun to giggle, which just melts my heart every time. She has a some what discerning sense of humor but when you can get her laughing it is the best sound ever! Maya and Anna just adore her. Maya loves to read her stories and show her new toys. Anna loves to cuddle with her and talk to her. Nora is one lucky little girl to have 2 amazing big sisters.
And we are lucky to have her! She is perfect and makes me smile every day. I love her to pieces
For comparisons sake I thought it might be fun to see what Maya and Anna were like at this age. In looking through photos I learned that all 3 girls looked a lot alike at this age.
Maya at 4 months (height: 25.75 ins, weight: 14lbs 4oz)
Anna at 4 months (height: 25.5 in, weight: 13lbs 6oz)
2 and a half. Our sweet little Anna is 2.5 years old today.
Height: 33 inches (5th percentile)
Weight: 26 lbs (10th percentile)
What can I say about my petite little sweetheart. She is spunky and inquisitive and has a huge heart all rolled up into a tiny little package. Anna came into this world as a tiny little peanut and has stayed a tiny little peanut ever since. Two most common statements from strangers we encounter while out and about are “My goodness she is beautiful.” and “She is soooo tiny!”. I’m sure one day she’ll be envious of her sisters and their height, but she shouldn’t be. Tiny is the perfect size for her I couldn’t imagine her any other way.
Anna is every bit a 2 year old these days. She has very strong opinions about things and she isn’t afraid to voice them. She may be tiny but her voice is big when she wants it to be. Being a little sister has taught her to stand up for herself and that the world works best when you share. She is sweet that way, and likes to share (most of the time). If someone is sad or upset it concerns her and she has to do something to make them feel better. Her kind-hearted nature has allowed her to grow into her new found roll as big sister very well. She adores Nora and spends much of her day playing with her, talking to her and asking to hold her. They are kindred spirits, you can just see it in their interactions already.
This is such a fun age. It can be incredibly frustrating at times. Parenting a 2 year old take a kind of patience most of us lack. But, it is also so incredibly rewarding. Watching her grow and learn and find her place in the world is so wonderful. Seeing the world through the eyes of a 2 year old, especially such a sweet, intelligent and inquisitive one is like nothing else.
Happy 1/2 Birthday sweet girl!