Thursday, June 2, 2011
So much has changed in the last month, I feel like I have a whole new baby! Nora is a speedy little crawler, and she could get into anything if I'd let her. Our house is officially Baby-Land, with gates, corrals, outlet covers, toys and cheerios everywhere. She is constantly moving. She can walk one-handed and stand up on her own. She cruises around everything and she has even taken one step on her own (although I think she might have just lost her balance). Her newest thrill is dancing. Whether standing or sitting, as soon as she hears music she bobs up and down or back and forth.
She has also started "putting away" and sharing her toys. I have found her filling buckets, bread pans, orange cones and shoes with toys. She loves to move things back and forth and fills my lap with toys.
Annora has a growing fascination with her feet. If she is standing, she likes to pat things with her feet or she will put her feet up when she is sitting at the table. She loves when I play with her piggies.
She is becoming so goofy, and I think she has her parents' strange sense of humor. Sometimes she will laugh just because of the way I look at her.
I can't believe that this is my last monthly post before her first birthday. Every day I wish that I could just press Pause on Annora and keep her from growing just a little while longer. Just long enough to catch up. I don't think I'm ready for her to keep growing and I'm so afraid that I'll miss something or that I'll forget the most beautiful little moments.
It makes me sad to know that she won't remember this time. She won't remember all the cuddles and story times, or how she fits so neatly between my arms, pressed against my chest.
People might make fun of moms for being cheesy and emotional, but there is never any time that I have been more happy and fulfilled and full of love than when I'm holding my child. I never understood that before I had Nora, and I never would have. That's also why moms have ladies retreats and go to Mama Mia together. We need to be around other people who are the same kind of crazy.
Emotional mommy stuff: CHECK
Up next: BRAGGING
Cool stuff she can do:
walk while holding one hand
stand alone (while clapping, too)
make monkey and elephant noises, and woof
fill things with toys and share
drink from a cup
play peekaboo and hide and seek
Favorite things of assorted varieties:
wheeled push toy
pictures of people, especially babies and people she recognizes
tomatoes, asparagus and cheerios or any food on the floor
emptying the dishwasher and the pantry
being carried on our shoulders
being tickled by feet
Two on the bottom, two more on the way on the top