Baby Norah is 4 months already!

Monday, December 9, 2013
4 months last week. It seems I've only been updating this blog at the monthly markers for Norah. I promise we have other kids, and other interesting things going on to update about, but, that's of course just it. Not enough time in the day, that's for sure.

Little Miss Norah is now 4 months and is ::

-lifting her head really well and maintaining great head control while sitting in the exersaucer and when being held.
-tries sitting herself up in the swing and when in laps.
-smiles and laughs all.the.time. I can't get enough of her sweet smiling baby face
-laughs at her silly older brother
-sleeps through the night in her own room
-drinks about 6 ounces a feeding
-has made very little attempt to roll from belly to back
-rolled back to belly once, tonight, in fact!
-loves being held
-loves Row-Row-Row your boat, so-big and pat-a-cake
-falls asleep really easily for naps and snuggles
-speaking of naps, still in the swing
-still swaddled at night. beginning to bust out occasionally
-reaching and holding onto the toys that dangle from her play mat and small rattles -loves bath time and splashes water all over with her feet

I don't know her actual stats since her appointment isn't until this Friday, but I'm guess she's quite average to above average. Compared to the 3 month picture, she's definitely put on the adorable baby chunk this month and I love it. We're done with kids. Like done done. But I still look at her and get sad for all these "last time" baby things. There's definitely a reason people refer to their last kid as their "forever baby".

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Yes, I know how gorgeous her Christmas dress is! I'm all about the trendy gold this year!
 
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Happiest baby ever!

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As you saw on fb, Claire joined in on the fun on this day. All for the promise of playing Hungry Hungry Hippos. It was magical.


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Like, seriously, for the first time ever she understood "first this, than that". "first picture, mommy, then hippo game". Yes, she's moved on to calling us "mommy/daddy", and has crazy awesome language now.

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Not all my attempts were successful. Couldn't get Norah up on this one. not even with a head swap.

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Back to the best.baby.chunk.ever
 
 

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Again, happiest.baby.ever.


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Norah Caroline is 3 Months!

Friday, November 8, 2013
Time continues to pass.

Just yesterday, I peed on the stick, I swear. But alas, no, we've already reached 1/4 of a year.

We all know how fast Christmas comes and goes. By that point, she'll be nearly 5 months. sitting, perhaps.

SLOW.DOWN.TIME.

Please.

Anyway. I only took a few. And I only have this one I posted on fb the other day for now, as I'm in the middle of crazy busy season.

At 3 months, Norah is

-engaging with all of us with great eye contact, giant smiles, and even has given us some beginning giggles! Oh, I love it.
-lifting her head up pretty good, but has made no real attempts to roll from tummy to back yet. She either gets lazy and just lays there, or gets upset quickly and needs to be put back to her back.
-still naps in the swing. It's easy. It usually gives me 3 solid afternoon hours of work time, so I'm not messing with it yet.
-2 nights ago, we moved her to her crib! yay! The first night she woke up twice shortly after I put her down, but then stayed sleeping until 4am. Last night she was up again at 10 minutes to 4, but quietly whimpered back to sleep until 5. daylight savings time messed us up. she was good to sleep until 6/6:30 before.
-getting her arms out of the swaddle here and there, but nothing like Claire was yet at this stage. I remember we cut it with her cold turkey right around 4 months.
-still is our easiest kid. she doesn't know how to throw stuff, steal things from the other kids, see things at Target she wants and throw a fit over it, or demand candy, TV or the ipad, so yeah. she's easy. i ran errands today from about 9-11:15. fed her before we left, and not a peep out of her (she was sleeping some and awake). claire, on the other hand...
-she's not liking defrosted milk, just like claire. this will likely lead to only one solution, and I thank you all in advance for not judging me for it. at this point, i'm not seeking out the gold medal for breastfeeding.
-likes the playmat on the floor. she'll sit there and accidentally swat and kick at the toys for quite a while before she gets bored.
-just started bringing her hands together and to her mouth. hasn't quite found her toes yet.

she so perfectly completes our family.

happy 3 months baby girl.


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Norah at 2 Months

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Of course this post is a little late coming. But I figured I shouldn't fall off the wagon with baby number three so quickly.

At two months Norah is smiling and cooing quite often. She's awake for longer periods of the day. As with all the kids, the hours of 5-bedtime seem to be the hardest and it's typical that she doesn't want to be put down right when I need to be making dinner. or, usually, eating said dinner.

Sleep wise, she given us a string of sleeping through the night nights, and if not, is only waking up once. After the big party weekend is over here, I think we are going to transition her up to her cute little nursery. She's also finally staying down after I put her down for the night. Up until this point, I couldn't get her to go down until 9:30 at the earlier. Finally, she's staying asleep once I put her down between 8:00 and 8:30.

She loves bathtime, laying on her activity mat, and looking at everyone. Tummy time is not so desirable these days, but she is lifting her head pretty good when she wants to.

Still rocking the baby mohawk and has a bad case of cradle cap, just like the other two did. Baby acne came and went quickly though.

She pushes herself up on her feet if you hold her upright and has really good head control.

Falls asleep like a champ in the car and is mommy's rockstar shopper. I swear I could take her any where for any length of time. She was AMAZING on her first plane ride a few weekends ago. Ate and slept and didn't utter a peep on either flight. The people seated around me were impressed.

Henry and Claire continue to love on her, argue over holding her and who gets to wipe her spit up (yep, I kid you not) and love to lay on the floor with her when I put her down on the activity mat.

She weighed in at 12 lbs and was 23 inches long at her 2 month appointment.

Takes milk from a bottle pretty ok. And, she drinks defrosted milk. Thank.God. Claire did not. Don't ask me about having Ryan eventually throw it all out. Ugh.

She's getting baptized this weekend. :)

Now some funny faces.


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Daddy informed me he was NOT a fan of this gymboree shirt. Oops.


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Soccer.

Friday, September 27, 2013
Henry had his first soccer game two weeks ago. It was a little rough in the sense that he was nervous and didn't want to do much and just kind of stood on the field (which was vastly different than what he did while at the community center soccer skills class from July-August). Admittedly, I was a little upset at first, since he had previously done so well. Thankfully, I've got this great husband that helped me pull it together and we worked on ways to encourage him and get him over the fact that dozens of parents were now screaming "kick it", "run" "go, go go!", etc. as well as the larger number of kids flocking around the ball.

Last weekend's game was cancelled, so his second game was last night.

We did our best prior to the game to coach him on trying his hardest, running as fast as he could, and to not worry about all the mommies and daddies since they were all just excited for their kids. And that all he needed to do was try his best to be a sneaky squirrel (namesake to a board game he got for his birthday, which also coincides with their team name: The Super Squirrels) to try and catch up to the ball and kick it. We wanted him to get excited about it, just as he was at the community center class.

This little dude did a total 180 and ran his little heart out, even making contact with the ball a few times! The coach gives a medal to a kid each game (each kid will have their turn to get one), and last night's kid got it because he scored a goal. So now, unfortunately, Henry's equated getting a medal with scoring a goal, and therefore was sad that he didn't score a goal. We had to explain for like 20 minutes last night that he WILL get a medal, but that we don't know WHEN, and it may or may not be for scoring a goal. And that it's ok if he doesn't score a goal, as long as he runs and tries his best. We are obviously total newbs at this since it's our first kid in his first organized sport, so hopefully we're steering him in the right direction?

And as a photographer, I'll take all our soccer games at 6pm during the golden hour please!


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Yep, he's the runt of the team.

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Love this one. Like big, big, puffy heart it. and the similar one that follows. (So glad the husband has such awesome pictures with his kids. *wink, wink, nudge nudge*)


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 It's a miracle I got any pictures, trying to contain the less-than-interested Claire. Thankfully, Minnie always comes with. In case anyone doesn't know yet, she definitely got the memo that she's almost two. definitely.


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Norah, at 1 month.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Our 3rd baby is already at the first month milestone. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. It DOES go fast. You blink and they are in preschool. I have so much deja vu holding Norah like I'm holding Claire again, because, really, it WAS just yesterday that Claire was the baby, right?

At 1 month Norah is:
-Still pretty sleepy. She pretty much wants to be sleeping or eating. With a clean diaper. That's all she asks. Easy baby so far.
-Last night we got our first stretches of 4 hours, which meant that after feeding her when we went to bed at 9:45, she was up at 2 and 6. So, for me, just once "during the night", so I'll take that.
-Starting to focus on objects in front of her and follow them. Henry thought this was pretty cool the other day.
-Seems to enjoy tummy time and lifts her head up slightly when on the floor, and really well when on someone's chest.
-According to our scale, she's already at about 10 lbs! As you can see in these photos, she appears to be getting her fill of milk.
-Loves the swing and sleeps in there during the day.
-For the time being, is in our master bathroom at night. We plan to move her to her crib when she's consistently sleeping through the night. However, if she appears to not be following suit and sleeping through the night around 2 months of age like big brother and sister did, I'd be inclined to move her up there sooner.
-Baby acne has started up a bit. Both Henry and Claire had it bad, so I assume she will too.
-Catch lots of sleepy smiles, and there may have been 1 awake smile the other day.
-Likes to hear this fish music toy (Ryan's FAVORITE) and this other little musical toy that was one of Claire's favorites.
-When awake loves to stare at faces.


Those cheeks!!!

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And that hair! That hair! That is literally all it wants to do. There's no putting it down. I love it, because it makes her unique! And as was promoted on fb with an IG photo, it definitely is some shade of strawberry blonde.

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Norah's Birth Story and *some* of our hospital pictures.

Monday, August 19, 2013
Hard to believe we've had a newborn for over two weeks already. I had my last OB appointment on Tuesday, July 30th. Little did I know that after much worry and stress over what day the following week I'd be having Norah via scheduled C-section, that she'd actually want to make her appearance on her own 3 days later.

Thursday night on August 1st, right after dinner, I started getting timeable, but not totally painful contractions. Once I started timing them, they were about 5-8 minutes apart, and within an hour, I had had somewhere around 15 or more. I called the hospital, and they wanted to come in and monitor me. At 38 weeks, 3 days, I was far enough along that if it was labor, they would perform a C-section. We got pretty excited.

Thankfully, we've been lucky enough to make some great friends down here and we had a family who was more than willing to help out and watch the kids. The kids ended up spending the night with our friends--their very first sleepover! And the both did great!

Anyway, they monitored me for a while, as the contractions continued and my doctor made the call that we *could* deliver Norah that night, but since I had last eaten at 5:30/6:00pm, the anesthesiologist wouldn't let it happen until 2am that morning. My doctor advised us to go home, get some rest, and come back right away in the morning if they were still timeable.

They continued throughout the night, and into the morning, only they were now about 10-15 minutes apart. I was disappointed, thinking it was slowing down and was ready to tell Ryan to just go to work and we'd wait and see throughout the day. Ryan decided we'd go get monitored anyway, just to see what they'd say.

By the time we got to the hospital (around 8 or 8:30ish), they were, in fact, coming closer again, at about 8-10 minutes apart. After monitoring me for a little while, they called the doc, and he pretty much said "Let's do this". I had prepared for it by not eating breakfast that morning, lol, just in case.

And just like that, the nurse was putting my IV in (my labor nurse was phenomenal, and originally from Minnesota), they got me all prepped, brought Ryan his scrubs, and the only thing we were waiting on was for my doctor to get there, which was going to be at about 11am.

Knowing there wouldn't be anyone to take pictures for us (which, the most important ones to me were the ones of the kids meeting Norah and the five of us together for the very first time), I had lined up another photographer to come take hospital photos. She was there from right before (was not allowed in the OR), and then stuck around with us for about 5-6 hours that day. I don't have those pictures back yet, but I've seen them, and the ones of the kids make me cry. So glad I made that decision.

Anyway, so they walk us back around 11:20 or so, give me the epi/spinal combination and it was baby time. As exciting as it is, and even though I went through it twice previous to this (with Henry's being a little harder to remember), it's still pretty nerve wracking to be sitting on a table waiting for major surgery to happen. I cried quite a bit, was shaking, and a little nauseous.

Once they gave me some Zofran, I felt a lot better and more relaxed and waited for those first cries. It took them a bit longer than it did with Henry and Claire to get Norah out (which was apparently due to her larger head).

She didn't cry immediately, but once she started, she didn't stop until she was all wrapped up and held. Unlike our other hospital, they did all the assessments and measurements right in the OR room, so the three of us were together the entire time.

Once I was all fixed up, we were wheeled into a temporary recovery room where I got to hold her for the first time. After about an hour or two in there, I was wheeled into our post partum room.

Ryan brought the kids up a few hours after that. The OR pictures were taken by Ryan, of course, and then the rest are a combination of him or I during our 3 day hospital stay (we went home Sunday night).

We are so blessed. More pictures will come later. :)

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