16 years ago, two kids stood next to each other and committed their love and their lives to one another.

These two kids were young, happy and in love. The life that stretched out before them seemed so abstract. At 21 it is hard to imagine what life will be like when you are “old”, or like 30 ;) These two kids had plans and dreams and ideas of where life’s path would take them. But the real deal, the path they followed was better than anything they imagining that day as they vowed to love, honor and cherish each other.

Life’s path has twisted and turned through many adventures before bringing us to today. 16 years later we find ourselves living on the west coast, in a beautiful home with our 3 beautiful girls. Life has been good to us.

Lorne, thank you. Thank you for standing with me 16 years ago and thank you for standing with me every day since then. That 21 year old girl you married was madly in love with you, but that love is pale in comparison to how much I love you now.

Happy Anniversary babe!! Here’s to many, many more years together.

This past weekend Maya hit a big milestone, one she has been waiting a long time for. She lost her first tooth!!

The story behind how she lost her tooth is one that will keep us laughing years to come. Her tooth had been wiggly for a few weeks but late last week it started to get really wiggly and it was apparent that she would have her first encounter with the tooth fairy in the not too distant future. All weekend she was fiddling with it and asking over and over again when it would finally fall out. Sunday evening, at that twilight part of the day when the sun is going down and it can be hard to see, the kids were out front playing with a few of their neighborhood friends. They were all horsing around and one of Maya’s friends jumped up and started to run without realizing that Maya was right in his path. He ran right into her, the top of his head hitting her mouth. You can imagine where this is going, right? Maya started crying and trying to spit something out, that was her tooth. The impact had knocked out her tooth. At first she was really mad and upset but then it hit her that her tooth had finally fallen out, the thing she had been waiting forever for! She was all smiles after that!

She put her tooth in a little baggie with a note to the tooth fairy that this was her very first lost tooth and hung it from her bed post. That night the tooth fairy crept into her room and left her an adorable, mini sized note and $5 dollars (she got a little extra since this was her first lost tooth and the circumstances were a little out of the ordinary). She was so excited the next morning to find the treasure in her little baggie :)

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As I mentioned in her birthday post, and as I mention every month when I do these monthly write ups, time is flying by at an incredibly pace. I truly can hardly believe my little baby is already a year old.

Weight: 18lbs 1oz (24th percentile on the breastfed baby chart)

Height: 28.5 ins (26th percentile)

Head Circumference: 18 ins (72nd percentile)

Nora is rocking the peanut status. As her doctor said at her well child check up the other day, she decided to grow her brain these last few months instead of her height and weight ;) .  Nora is almost exactly the same size Anna was at a year!

Nora’s well child check up went well. She is hitting or exceeding all her expected milestones. Like her sisters before her she is ahead on verbal communication. Apparently, Lorne and I breed talkers. I’m going to say they get that from their dad. The doctor said she looked perfect and the only small concern that came up after her finger prick blood screen was slightly low iron levels. Low iron levels are fairly common in breastfed babies so we left the appointment with a long list of iron rich foods to try and hopes that the next finger prick blood screen at 15 months shows improved numbers.

Nora has been busy this month learning to talk and making progress on the walking front. She is very chatty and already has a few words she says, or at least sounds she makes to mean certain things, including mama (mommomma), dada, balloon (boon), dog, bye bye (sometimes), hi, that and more. She also communicates well with nonverbal ques like pointing, out stretched arms when she wants up, etc. I have to say it is so nice to have good communicators at this age. It usually isn’t hard to figure out what she wants between her verbal and nonverbal ques.

But, she isn’t only working hard on talking she is also really trying to figure out walking. She crawls like a little speed demon and is quite the accomplished climber. Recently she figured out how to stand on her own without having to pull up on anything. You should see the pride on her face when she does. She stands there waiting for praise ;) She can walk pretty well holding onto our hands or pushing something in front of her and yesterday, while I was at a meeting at Maya’s school, she took her first couple of independent steps. It won’t be long now.

This is such a fun age. I love watching her explore and learn. She plays so well independently and with her sisters. She adores our cat Penny and our neighbor’s dog. She loves going for walks and pointing out all the trees and birds she sees. She loves to dance and will dance to any music be it the little tunes her toys play, someone in the house singing or songs on the radio. Her two favorite songs right now are This Is How We Do by Katy Perry and Knights of Shame by Awolnation. Both are guaranteed to get her moving! She laughs easily and loves when she makes other people laugh. She is super cuddly and loves to snuggle. She often ask to be picked up or crawl into my lap just so she can snuggle into me. She also gives kisses (those big open mouth baby kisses) and has started blowing kisses too. If I could pause time for a bit right now I totally would. I just can’t get enough of it all.

I know time is going to continue flying by and before I know it I’ll be writing a post about her at 2. For now I’ll just keep trying to soak it all up and tuck the memories of these moments away in my mind for later when I miss having a baby around.

On this day, one year ago, the sweetest little bundle of baby was born.

Sometimes in life we are given little gems. Little surprises that weren’t necessarily on our radar, or in our plan, but end up being exactly perfect. If I had planned for this baby and dreamed of her I couldn’t have ever imagined how perfectly she would fit in our family. She feels like she has always been here, though it still feels like just yesterday I was holding her in my arms for the very first time.

From day one she has been this calm, happy, inquisitive, snuggly baby.  Watching her grow this past year has been such a joy and a blessing. I am so incredibly grateful to be her mommy.

 

Happy 1st Birthday, Nora!! I can’t wait to see what the next year, and the many years after that, have in store for you.

 

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.

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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.