Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Hannukah!

Look at my big girl lighting the candles!! Ok, not really, this pic makes her look closer than than she really was.

That would be a reindeer bath towel.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

My Bucket Head

December began with teething, teething and more teething. It happened at a fun time too, right when we were getting rid of her morning bottle and transitioning her to a new class room at school. For a good 2 weeks we had a very cranky whiny sleeped deprived baby. In the 1 year old classroom they eat at little tables and sleep on cots on the floor. What I wouldn't give to be a fly on the wall in there, especially when she started this. And we were amazed, she did it. She sat at the table and ate her food and started napping my longer than she was in the cribs in the infant room. She was not happy about it for a few weeks, missing her teachers and her friends but when I dropped her off the other day she could not get rid of me quick enough. They are doing so many art projects, she probably brought 8 or so home around x-mas and lots of reading signing, and dancing. Her signing really picked up, along with her vocabulary. She has probably said at least 1 new word every day since early December. I know, my baby is a genius. ;-)

So here is Ms. Bucket Head at 16 months having a little fun in the kitchen while mommy tries to cook dinner....

Hello to all my fans out there!

Then Norah helped put up the x-mas tree. She got really into it, deep in concentration with her daddy. And when it was done she said "tree".

Norah's present from her Granny Janny and Papa NeNe arrived early. We were going to wait until Hannkah (yes, we celebrate both!) but the box was taking up too much space.

Doesn't she look so precious in her chair? We also went to my sister's house for dinner and so they could give Norah a Hannukah present before they moved out of state. She got to seek and destroy non-baby proofed territory.

Daddy and cousin Ziggy.

Look mom, cables and buttons!!

Munchin on a gram cracker.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Surgery #3. Thanksgiving. Etc.

November kicked off with Norah, 15 months old, and learning to eat candy. One might think... why would that be a good thing? Well, it isn't! But we learned that she will eat fruit flavored things, even if she will not touch actual fruit or juice. Here she is raiding the Halloween leftovers...

Caught in the act!Then pissed when I won't open them for her.

Then on 11/13 she had her 3rd surgery, to separate the fingers on her left hand. All went really well and we did not have to do the daily bandage changes this time around. After the required 11 days of surgical wrap she was free to do as she pleased which was a nice break for everyone.

This time she was a little more aware of what was going on so we opted for the happy juice. She went bonkers by the time we got to the pre-op room and was acting like a complete looney toon.

Meeting with the anesthesiologist again. Yes, she deals with needles.

And this is the front view of her face.... a very very stoned baby.

Then in post-op recovery with mommy.

A little over week later she was back to her happy self.
Thanksgiving was spent with the family of Norah's Aunt Liz & Uncle Mikey, close friends that I went to school with. I was bad with the camera that night and did not take many pics or not many good ones at least. The food was good and we had a fun time playing with Liz's dad on the floor... someone is ready for his own grandaugters to be born! Then at the end of Nov. we did a picture session for Norah's first x-mas card. That was challenging, I must say. We moved all over the house and even tried bribery.... and lo an behold, chocolate got a smile.

I shall not be ashamed that I used bribery... or that my baby loves chocolate. A little treat now and then never killed anyone...Tada! Final photo for those of you that have not already seen this...

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A day at the park

Norah, blubbles, park. I am tired. This is my 9th post today. I just can't keep up with the blog. Anyone know of a site that lets you upload more than 5 photos at a time and does not put 40 lines of blank space between each one?

Norah is 15 months now and very busy. She is full on walking all over the place and getting into everything. The dishwasher, the trash, the fridge, the cat food (yeah, she ate that a few times last week) I have to keep a constant eye on her. She throws huge temper tantrums at a whim and then wants snuggles and kisses the next minute. Our most recent victory included getting her to wear and walk in shoes. Woo hoo! Okay, the little things make us happy. It is still amazing to hear her giggling and gibbering around the house. Barnabas and I appreciate every minute of it even if we don't love the screaming. She has surgery #3 this Thursday the 13th to separate the fingers on her left hand. We are anticipating it to go smoothly and for it to be outpatient again.

Adoption #2 is hitting the usual speed bumps. Nothing really exciting to report. We are still trying to get our dossier to ET by years end so that our official wait can start for Norah's sissy.

My favorite pic this month. =) Now it is freezing outside so it will be a while before I can go crazy with the camera again.

Ducks by our house.

Duck butt!

Our friends, the Misfits.