Sunday, November 29, 2009

November 29th, 2009

Nora's almost 11 months old!

Still waiting on picts from T-day, but here are some I took earlier this morning:

Friday, November 27, 2009

November 27th, 2009

We're home from Thanksgiving! On Thursday we drove to my brother's house and had Thanksgiving dinner there with his family. Nora's cousin Connor was especially cute, tending to her needs with stuffed animals and binkies.

Then we drove up to Grammy Tinas to spend the night; just in time too: Nora gets cranky riding after dark, and it was plenty dark before we even got there. Another hour and a half on the road would have been torture for all of us. The next day we visited Mimi Terri and headed home, well after the initial shockwave of tourists would have hit Bangor for Black Friday events. Can't say I missed Bangor this morning!

Pictures later, I didn't take any myself, so Grammies, Aunts and Uncles will have to send me what we have. It's time for us to relax in our own home!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Nora and Olivia

Today we went for a walk in the park, quite possibly the last nice-weather walk of the year.

Nora loves the kitty, and Olivia is very tolerant of Nora, a much better state of affairs than we expected at this time last year. Olivia is stubborn and intolerant of most people...except Nora. It's weird, but we're not complaining!

November 22nd, 2009

Got some picts and even video to upload in a bit, stay tuned!

Nora's come down with another cold; not H1N1 as far as we know, since she doesn't have a fever and is generally just very snotty - like I was last week, and Erin seems to be at times.

We're also having trouble finding the vaccine, even though Nora is considered the highest of the at-risk groups. Schools have it - for school children. Including the University. Daycare providers on campus are getting it because they deal with at-risk infants. But the infants actually in the high risk group - well, they're not school children or adults that deal with infants, so they're (insert inappropriate, sarcastic remark here). If anyone knows of anywhere that actually has it and will give it to infants over 6 months like they're supposed to, let us know.

We will be checking this link ( frequently for updates.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

November 15th, 2009

Just a quick update:

I'm sending the NextGen College Investing Plan paperwork out in the mail tomorrow, hopefully within a couple weeks the account will be open and anyone who wants to contribute can send funds directly to it.

Nora's been a very picky eater lately. She's being a little more assertive and independent, wanting to feed herself and having more input as to food choices (apparently). It's nice that she's developing, but at the same time it's taking more effort to keep her fed. She can be sneaky too, like if we put puffs and banana on the highchair tray, she'll selectively choose the puffs. Not only that, but when Erin smooshed a couple puffs with a banana, Nora figured out how to separate them in her mouth, swallowing the puffs and spitting out the banana. Frustratingly talented infant. Erin bought her some 'dippers' tonight that are like spoons for infants (tiny little dipping 'spoon' with a HUGE handle), and we've been mixing finger-foods that Nora can pick up herself with her spoonfed options that she'll also be able to dip into with the dippers.

Tonight we all went out to shop at Hannaford, and Nora was a pleasure for the whole trip - awake, looking around, fascinated by everything and everyone, and not at all frightened by anything or cranky. It was actually fun to go shopping with my daughter (how long will I be able to say that, I wonder?).

The cat is less of a beast, she doesn't seem to bite or scratch as often, and even play-fought with Erin last night the way she does with me, all without either of them getting too upset at the other and causing physical injury. So I consider that improvement. Olivia still won't stay off the furniture she's not allowed on (desks, coffee table, kitchen table, etc) but it's not because she doesn't know better - she's just stubborn.

Nora's over her cold we think, and I'm almost over mine, but it looks like Erin picked it up last and has just started suffering from it a few days ago. We've single-handedly supported Kleenex over the last few weeks and killed a number of trees in the process (to the trees: sorry!).

Thursday, November 12, 2009

November 12th, 2009

"The future's so bright, I gotta' wear shades."
(Daddy was an 80's child)

Nora helping Daddy study.
The book: Essentials of Business Driven Information Systems.
Shiny cover! Very interesting!

A note on Christmas: we've already started shopping for Nora's first Christmas. If you want to know what we've gotten so that you don't inadvertently duplicate a gift, let us know!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Second Tooth!

We have tooth #2, right next to the first one! We think that helps explain her crankiness this week; it's been a brutal few days, between sickness and teething. I've had on and off migraines since last weekend.

According to this website, there was a study done about baby teeth, and Nora matches the list, having now had both of her lower central incisors at 10 months as a preemie.

Off-topic, here's a link I found interesting about the way babies communicate differently based upon the language mom speaks:

AFP: Among "60 healthy newborns ranging in age from three to five days..."

..."half the babies were born into French-speaking families, and the other half were in German-speaking families as they grew in the womb."

"French newborns tended to cry with a rising melody contour, while the German tots wailed with a "falling" tone, a signature feature in each language, the study found."

"Newborns are probably highly motivated to imitate their mother's behavior in order to attract her and hence to foster bonding," the study notes.

"Melody contour may be the only aspect of their mother's speech that newborns are able to imitate."

Further off-topic, we have this link: "Teens are more likely to behave badly if their parents expect them to, a new U.S. study has found." Well....duh. Adults need to stop lowering standards for adolescents.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

November 5th, 2009

Nora is now over 10 months old! And her parent's 2nd Wedding Anniversary is next week!

We've all been a little under the weather lately; Nora came down with a cold last week, and has been downright miserable for a while. I don't often get sick, but I'm thinking that the lack of sleep has depressed my immune system and made ME completely miserable for a few days. We're both getting over it now though, working our way through the sniffles and congestion. Erin's been fine, which is odd, since she's usually the first of us to come down with something.

Nora's eating cottage cheese now, in very-very small quantities (she still doesn't like it very much), mixed with other things like juice and cereal.

We've been looking for fresh Mangos to feed her, but apparently they're not in season in either hemisphere, we'll have to wait a couple months.