It's here... her first birthday. I'm not going to lie, I've kind of dreaded this day and there is a lump in my throat. It came too fast. Every day I look at her and I can't believe how much - and fast - she's grown. I've loved every minute of this past year with her , all her different stages and milestones, and I look forward to all the ones ahead, but I just wish time would move a little slower. I feel like before I know it I'm going to be writing about her 18th birthday post and that feels like a stab in the heart.
Nora has meant more to me than I could possibly write down. She is a sweet, cuddle-bug who is always down to flash a smile (or a roar - thanks to her brother on that trick) and she loves to make people laugh. She carefully watches the world around her, assessing all the moves that the older make, jumping in once in awhile to try out something new, becoming braver everyday.
When I'm holding her, she lets me just stare at her and she studies me back. She will giggle after awhile, or pet my hair or caress my face. I kiss her cheeks like 109 times a day. I don't want to forget a single thing about her sweet baby face.
She is finally working on her two top teeth to make a grand total of 4 teeth! But regardless of teeth, her eating skills have taken off! From refusing most pureed (baby) food, she now prefers to munch on any form of meat and/or bread. Girl likes what she likes.
Nora is not quite walking yet, but she's close - she can walk around furniture or holding onto my hands or pushing a toy. It's been more fun to dress her up now that she is standing more, sturdier. Her dresses aren't constantly pushed up around her waist from being a gooey, yummy little baby, so I guess that's one good thing about growing up. :) That and she is a ton of fun. She talks back to us in her own little noises and loves to crawl all over me, like she's trying to wrestle. It's pretty funny.
She let's us know when she doesn't like something, She basically yells at me in baby talk. It's kind of funny, so it's hard to take her seriously. But she's not a fan of getting her diaper changed... maybe this will lead to early potty training?!
Oh Nora. You are perfect in every way. Smart, funny and oh-so-sweet. Don't grow up to fast. I can't handle it, but you'll always be my baby. We love you SO much.