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!
On Sunday Maya celebrated her 6th birthday by hosting a fun birthday bash for all her little friends at The Little Gym. Maya loves gymnastics and The Little Gym has become a sort of home away from home for us the past year, so having her birthday party there seemed like a fantastic idea. Plus, they do all the work which was a great added bonus!
The party was a blast. The girls had such an amazing time. It was so fun watching Maya interact with all her friends and enjoying being able to spend time with them just goofy off and having fun. She has made a lot of friends since moving here which has helped her feel very at home here in Seattle.
After playing their little hearts out in the gym the girls gathered in the party room for snacks and cake. The cake I ordered turned out beautifully and the girls loved it!
I still can’t believe she is 6! I’m glad she had a good birthday and got to spend a wonderful afternoon partying like a 6 year old with her friends
Tired doesn’t even come close to describing how I feel today. Exhausted doesn’t even really seem to do it justice. I seem to have reached a whole new level tiredness that doesn’t even have an adequate name for it.
This past weekend was crazy busy and I got to single parent my way through it. The weekend before Halloween always seems to be so busy for us and when you add 2 big girls who decided to get up earlier than normal and a baby who had a rough night into the mix it spells a recipe for disaster.
Saturday the girls attended a Halloween Bash at The Little Gym and Maya had a show performance with her gymnastics team. We spent about an hour playing around on the gym equipment before Maya’s little performance. There were A TON of kids there, chaotic doesn’t even begin to describe it. I felt like I had whiplash by the end of it trying to keep an eye on both girls! Maya’s performance was awesome. This time they did their performance with the older kids’ show team. The younger ones would demonstrate a skill, like a handstand or a cartwheel, and then the older girls would do a more complex version of the same skill. It was fun to watch. Maya is really inspired by the older girls so she loved getting to perform with them.
Here is Maya in mid-handstand warming up for the performance and demonstrating her straddle hang and dismount on the uneven bars.
Sunday we hit up the Halloween Carnival put on by our community. It was held at Maya’s school. They turned the gymnasium into a little carnival filled with games, bounce houses, face painting and a balloon guy. The kids had a great time. Maya played pretty much every game. Anna’s favorite part was the balloon guy, although she was rather confused when he asked what she wanted him to make, she kept responding “balloon”. He made her a little bear and she looked at it with the most confused look on her face. She clearly would have been happy to just get a balloon! A few of Maya’s friends were at the carnival too and she loved getting to run around and spend time with them.
By Sunday evening I was so incredibly tired I couldn’t see straight and my whole body hurt. At least Nora was back to sleeping well last night and big girls slept until I had to wake them up at 7 (of course, since I didn’t have the option of sleeping in!). I think this afternoon calls for a nap, hopefully Anna and Nora agree
This past weekend we went on our first camping adventure of the year. It was actually Anna’s very first camping trip ever as we didn’t get a chance to camp at all last year. After much research Lorne picked Deception Pass on Whidbey Island to be our first camping destination. Washington State is full of beauty and we have certainly seen our fair share of beautiful locales since our arrival last year, but let me tell you, this place was breathtaking.
With Puget Sound, the ocean, and lakes all around, plus gorgeous outcroppings of rock all over the place you really couldn’t ask for a prettier spot.
We arrived at the park Saturday afternoon after a short 1.5 hour drive. Our campsite was awesome, and huge! The girls had tons of space to play and we had our pick of spots to place the tent. We got busy setting up our gear as soon as we got there. The girls had fun
getting in the way playing in the tent while Lorne and I tried to get everything set up and organized
Once our stuff was all set up we headed out to explore the park. We headed to the beach, which happened to be crazy busy and opted to play on the shore of the Sound instead. The girls had a blast throwing rocks in the water and climbing around the mounds of drift wood gathered along the shore. Maya and I had a contest to see who could find the prettiest rocks. It was a great afternoon.
After dinner we headed to another gorgeous spot in the park, it ended up being our favorite (and most frequent) destination, North Beach. Lorne and Maya climbed on the rocks and the girls spent more time rearranging the shoreline by throwing tons of rocks in the water. We also caught a little presentation put on the parks system about whales that featured a huge Gray Whale skull.
Once we’d had our fill of exploring and learning about whales for the day we headed back to our campsite for our first camp fire. We sat around the fire eating s’mores, telling stories and relaxing.
The next was more of the same, lots of exploring the park. We found a nice little spot with a little (mostly) sand beach kind of nestled between West Beach and North Beach. Maya and Lorne spent much of the time climbing around on the rocks. Anna napped for a bit and then had fun playing in the sand and attempting to climb the rocks herself.
After lunch we headed back to our favorite spot, North Beach and explored further down the beach. The afternoon featured more the same, rock climbing and rock throwing.
That evening, after dinner and before we settled down for the evening with another camp fire, we decided to take a little walk over to West Beach. The sun was getting lower in the sky and casting a beautiful light on the beach. We spent most of the time climbing on the piles of driftwood. It was a nice way to end a spectacular day.
Our last day was a short one as we had to head home so we could avoid rush hour traffic. Once the van was all loaded up we headed to the little sandy beach we had found the morning before as Maya wanted to do a little more rock climbing before we headed home. We spent about 30 minutes exploring around the rocks and playing on the beach on last time. The sea was a lot rougher than the previous two days as a result of an onshore wind. It was beautiful.
We really did have an amazing time. Anna loved her first camping adventure. Maya didn’t want to leave. Luckily we have another camping trip planned in a couple of weeks so she doesn’t have to wait too long to do it all again.