Nora Monthly

Three months of Nora

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Nora is officially out of the newborn stage and on into regular old babyhood! We’re coming up on some of my favorite months so I’m really excited. 🙂 We are obsessed with this little girl and everything she adds to our lives!

Here’s what’s new for Nora at three months old…

Weight & Length: She didn’t have a checkup this month so I’m not sure about her percentile rankings and all that, but I weighed her myself at home and she’s right around 12 lbs, which is about a pound and a half bigger than last month. She’s filling out here and there (especially in her deliciously round belly) but at a much slower rate than her chunky big brother ever did. Very petite, this one!

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Clothing: She’s still in 0-3 month/3 month stuff right now and size 1 diapers. We have yet to break into her 3-6 month stuff but that’s okay with me because she has so many cute outfits that fit her right now! I’ll be sad to give them up.

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Hair & Eyes: Her eyes are still quite blue and her hair is mostly dark brown. I think it might be lightening up a bit (sometimes I see reddish tints) but overall it’s still the same. I know we have awhile to go but I can’t wait to see the texture it will be! Curly? Wavy? Straight? I also can’t wait to get more adorable hair bows for her because I’m a bit of a bow hoarder.

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Sleep: Well we’re finally hitting a rough patch with sleep. (The perfect angel sleep couldn’t last forever I guess.) Her sleep at night is still usually awesome…she sleeps from about 7:30pm-3:30am, eats, sleeps again until around 6:30am, eats again, and then wakes up for the day around 7 or 7:30. But her naps. Ohhhh her naps. She will only sleep for 30 minutes at a time. Like on the dot. She cannot get herself back to sleep unless she’s in the baby wrap or in her swing or sometimes the stroller. Basically she needs to be lulled back to sleep or else she’s up after half an hour. I’ve tried just dealing with it but then she’s needing to sleep every other hour and it’s absolutely exhausting (and near impossible with a toddler in tow) to spend 10 minutes rocking her and carefully getting her down only to have her wake up again 30 minutes later. And since I don’t feel like she’s ready for intense sleep training just yet, we’re basically just taking advantage of the swing or the baby wrap or the stroller once a day so she at least gets one good nap in. The rest of the time I still do try to have her nap in her room so she gets used to it but honestly this is just where we’re gonna be for a little while. As long as it’s not messing with her nighttime sleep, we’ll make it work.

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Eating: Still nursing around every 3-4 hours, but she’s really so particular about when she’ll eat. She doesn’t nurse for comfort like Jameson did…if she’s upset (which usually only happens when she’s overly tired) there is absolutely no consoling her until you can manage to rock her to sleep. She usually only nurses to sleep before bed and during the night. Otherwise, she absolutely refuses to nurse unless she’s actually hungry. I like that she knows what she wants but I’ll admit it was much easier to comfort Jameson and get him to sleep and I kinda miss that hahah.

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Milestones: She is sooo close to real belly laughs! She does this funny squeaky laugh/cough thing when you tickle her and she squeals in delight when you’re playing with her. I’m dying for a real, honest-to-goodness laugh though! Any day now, I bet. 🙂 Tummy time is still ehhh (she mostly just lays her head down and sucks on her hand haha) but she’s getting really good with her fine motor skills. All at once she noticed she has hands and can use them to swat the toys on her playmat or bring a soft toy up to her mouth when she’s in her bouncer. But since she’s not super great at it yet, she gets really annoyed when she can’t quite get her Sophie Giraffe exactly where she wanted it to go haha.

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Loves: Warm baths, the Solly Baby Wrap, her playmat, her Minnie Mouse stuffed animal, Sophie Giraffe (although it’s kind of a love-hate thing), watching Jameson, when Alex plays guitar, and when I talk to her or kiss her face or make silly sounds.

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Hates: Being tired (who doesn’t?), when she can’t get her toys all the way to her mouth, and when a loud scary noise happens (she gets the saddest look on her face, sticks her little lower lip allllll the way out, and just wails). Sometimes she hates her carseat too but she’s gotten much better about it.

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Communication: Smiling all the time, almost laughing, cooing and squealing. We’re slowly seeing bits of her personality and loving every second of it!

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Things I want to remember: The way you smile at me in the morning when you wake up all bright eyed and bushy tailed, that cough/laugh you do when I tickle your ribs or legs, how Jameson calls you his “baby sisto,” how big you smile when I start talking to you or kiss your cheeks, that face you make when you’re trying to grab Minnie Mouse on your lap (lips all pursed out), how Jameson shouts “NOWA’S AWAKE?!” with glee any time you wake up from a nap, the way your eyes get suuuuper wide when I make that high pitched sound with my tongue, and the way your daddy says “Hi Newt!” to you every time he comes home from work.

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We love you a bushel and a peck, sweet girl! More than yesterday, more than just this morning! These past three months have been so extra happy because of you. You are a joy in our lives and we’re so so so SOOOOXISCJIDSFIWG thankful God blessed us with your sweet, fun, beautiful self.

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Two months of Nora

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It’s hard to believe our littlest love is already two months old! She continues to be such a sweet and joyful presence in our lives. She’s full of smiles these days and keeps us all swooning over those baby blues. What a beautiful little blessing she is!

Here’s what’s new for Nora at two months old…

Weight & Length: At her two month check up this week she weighed in at 10 lbs, 9 oz which is two and a half pounds more than she was at her last checkup (at 2 weeks old). She’s in the 28th percentile for weight, 88th for height (!!!), and 42nd for head circumference (glad that’s evening out haha!). I compared her stats with Jameson’s from the same age and they were the exact same height, but he was already three whole pounds heavier than she is! I kind of miss those extra chubby cheeks, but Nora is just a dainty little lady and that’s okay too. ❤

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Double chin game is strong.

Clothing: She’s in size 1 diapers and 0-3 month stuff pretty solidly now, with the occasional newborn item still fitting if it runs big, and the occasional 3 month item fitting if it runs small. My favorite places to shop for her are Target and Old Navy but I love buying her handmade bows from small shops online. It’s so different and fun shopping for a little girl!

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Hair & Eyes: Her hair is still dark brown and wavy and her eyes are still blue! I never thought I’d have a blue eyed babe but it looks like the blue is here to stay for now! She’s constantly getting compliments on how gorgeous those eyes are, which I completely agree with.

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Sleep: She’s still such an angel with her sleeping habits. She isn’t on a super set nap schedule during the day yet (which I don’t mind a bit) but she’s so good about napping wherever we put her. She doesn’t need to be rocked or anything. She likes to have her binky and her blankie and she’s good to go. She’s pretty much down for the night around 8pm and wakes up between 7 and 8am. She gets up once or twice a night (more like just once a night these days) and goes right back to sleep after a quick snack. Easy peasy, this little one!

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Eating:  She nurses every 3-4 hours during the day (not nearly as often as her brother used to at this age). Besides that, there’s nothing much to report in this category. Everything is business as usual!

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Milestones: She’s been bringing her hands to her mouth a lot more now, and her head and neck control is getting better by the day (she doesn’t need much support anymore when I’m holding her upright). She’ll even push up on me with her hands if I have her laying on her belly on my chest. She is not a fan of tummy time in general though, and will only tolerate it for a few minutes at a time before she starts whining and burying her head into the floor haha. So I don’t push it too much. I feel like I was so on top of things with Jameson (too on top of things), knowing exactly which milestones were supposed to happen when and getting him to practice every day. But with Nora I’m like “eh, she’ll get there when she gets there.”

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Loves: Music, her binky and blankie, her playmat, kisses, watching Jameson, and she loves when people (especially me) talk to her. And she’s a big fan of naps in the Solly Baby Wrap.

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Hates: Not a fan of her car seat on occasion and doesn’t like when people are too overbearing haha. Homegirl needs her space.

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Communication: She’s so smiley these days! She smiles at pretty much anyone who talks to her, but I get her smiles most often (lucky me!). She makes sweet little cooing noises and laughs in little squeaky gasps. It’s so cute! No true giggles yet but I’m so excited for that. My favorite thing right now is her scrunchy nose smile…

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Things I want to remember: Your double chin, your scrunchy-nose smile, the way you open your mouth so wide and try to eat my face when I kiss your cheeks, the way you quietly watch my every move as I’m hurrying around the kitchen making breakfast for Jameson in the mornings, how excited you get the second someone starts talking to you. how you attack the binky when it gets close to your lips, and how gooooood you smell. I could sniff ya all day, is that weird? Oh well.

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Dem crazy eyes. 
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“FA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LAAAAAA!!!”

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We’re all so in love with you, sweet girl! I can’t wait to get to know you better in this coming month. Happy two months, baby!

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One month of Nora

IMG_7475Happy one month to our Nora Joy! ❤ You guys. This girl is a dreeeeaaam! How obsessed is too obsessed because I am TOTALLY OBSESSED with my daughter! She is the sweetest little thing. So calm, so easy going, so so adorable. She has us all totally in love.

As I write this she’s really closer to being a month and a half, but man is it hard to stay on top of with things when you throw another kid in the mix…even if that kid sleeps half the day. There always seems to be a ton of stuff to do. I feel like I’m just now catching up on all the cleaning and regular house stuff I kind of ignored in our first few weeks home.

Oh well. Anyway. This is a Nora update so let me get started on all the wonderful things about this sweet girly…

Weight & Length: She didn’t have a one month checkup so the most recent stats come from her two week appointment. She was 20 inches tall (45th percentile) and 8 pounds even (51st percentile), which is 10 oz more than her starting weight. 🙂 Her head circumference is the only thing well above average, placing her in the 67th percentile (she can thank her father for that big ol’ noggin. More room for extra brains though, right?!).

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Clothing: She’s in 0-3 month stuff for the most part, although some of her newborn things still fit. She’s pretty skinny everywhere except her little belly, which is adorably round. It makes it kind of tricky to find onesies that aren’t too tight around her middle and still fit her teeny arms and legs. Although to be honest I keep her in pj’s 95% of the time.

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Hair & Eyes: She was born with lots of dark brown hair and those typical newborn gray eyes. Now sometimes I can see tints of red in her hair when she’s in the sunlight but I have a feeling it will stay fairly dark for awhile. Maybe a deep auburn someday? That would be gorgeous. It curls here and there too but not nearly as much as her dad’s hair does. I’m thinking it’ll be closer to my hair texture (wavy now, but ringlet curls when I was little). Her eyes have gotten bluer and bluer and I’m thinking they’re going to stay super light, which is surprising to me! Alex has brown eyes, I have green, and Jameson has dark hazel so I figured hers would be somewhere in that range too. But nope, girlfriend has the most beautiful baby blues. They totally melt me!

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Sleep: I have to remember to thank her when she’s older for the blessing she has been in the sleep department. She goes down for the night around 8, wakes up around 3am to eat (and goes right back to sleep), eats again around 6, and then gets up for the day between 8-9am. Sometimes she only wakes up once during the night to eat! I feel like we totally skipped the hazy newborn sleep deprivation phase. She’s amazing. And even with all that good sleep at night she’s still napping like a champ really anywhere we put her during the day. The interesting thing is that she actually prefers not to be rocked to sleep (which is 100% different from her brother). Give her a blanket and a binkie and put her down by herself and she’s out within minutes. It’s the strangest thing. I’ve never met a baby like that before. She really loves having her own space at times. Of course she does like to be snuggled too but in general she is super low maintenance when it comes to sleep.

IMG_7633IMG_7472Eating: Nursing pretty much every 3 hours on the dot during the day (sometimes sooner if she’s a little grumpy). Another difference between Nora and Jameson that I’ve noticed is Nora will not nurse if she’s not hungry. With Jameson, I could pretty much use it to soothe him even if he had just eaten half an hour ago. Not the case with Nora. She actually gets kind of mad if you try to feed her before she’s ready haha.

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Milestones: She has surprisingly good head and neck control for a one month old and she’s way more in tune with what’s going on around her these days (when she’s not sleeping that is, haha). She follows us with her eyes and turns her head to different sounds or new voices. We’ve gotten a few true smiles from her and once or twice I heard her giggle in her sleep, but no real laughs just yet. I can’t wait for that day though. 🙂 Baby laughs are the BEST.

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Loves: Sleeping (of course), kisses from all of us (Jameson is especially sweet with this!), snoozing in the baby wrap, her binkie, holding onto something as she falls asleep (usually my shirt or this little bunny lovey we have), music (especially when Alex plays his guitar), and listening to mommy’s voice.

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Hates: I’m having a hard time coming up with something she hates. Honestly she is such a happy, content little thing. I guess she’s not fond of her carseat sometimes and she does really despise having her nose cleaned out. But besides that she’s really a go-with-the-flow kind of kid.

She did sort of hate this outfit at first though hahaha.

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Communication: She’s so much quieter than Jameson was. He was always grunting or making some sort of annoyed sound haha. Unless she’s hungry or getting tired, she’s pretty much quietly observing everything around her. She makes little cooing noises here and there and I can tell the difference between her different cries now. In fact I actually get excited when she cries for real because it’s so rare that I hear her little voice!

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Things I want to remember: Your quizzical face (eyebrows all the way up, lips in a little “o,” big blue eyes as wide as they can go), how you grab onto my shirt when I’m holding you and you’re falling asleep, the way your whole little body relaxes and you sigh the second I pick you up, the way you watch my every move so intently as I’m holding you, how unbelievably sweet your brother is with you (asking where you are the second he wakes up in the morning, begging to hold you all the time, smothering you with kisses and hugs, and doing his best to help you when you’re upset), the way your hair curls up right at the top of your head, how your daddy calls you “Newt” haha, how sweet you smell all the time, and how you’re calmed instantly when you hear my voice.

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Who disturbs my slumber?
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Will sleep anywhere.

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“Happy” Thanksgiving.

IMG_7651Processed with VSCO with s2 presetOh Nora, we just love you so much. You are such a beautiful blessing to our family and we adore everything about you. I can’t believe there was ever a time you weren’t here with us! You complete us so perfectly. Happy one month, sweetheart! ❤

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