Cutting teeth

Little miss finally has a little tooth poking through. She was gnawing on daddy’s finger last night and he felt something and lo and behold there was a teeny tiny tooth peeking it’s head out.  You can’t quite see it yet but you can feel it!

I have to admit I love her little gummy smile and seeing teeth in there is gonna be weird.  But  know I’ll grow accustom and think her tiny teeth are adorable; I as I do with everything else. 
Poor girl has been a little fussy but I’d say she’s taking it pretty good!

Video: Army crawling

Little miss is on the move!

Whenever I stack her blocks, she finds it ABSOLUTELY necessary to knock them down, she loves it. ¬†So I decided to stack some out of her reach and see how she would get there. ¬†She army crawled her little booty across the floor and knocked those blocks down! ¬†I can’t leave this girl unattended for even a second anymore; who knows where she will end up! ¬†Baby-proofing the home is in full force.

She’s SO close to crawling too. ¬†She can now pull her knees under her to get on her hands and knees, just doesn’t quite have the strength to coordination to crawl yet; but it’s close! ¬†And just today as I sat her in the laundry basket to keep her entertained and contained, she pulled herself to standing! ¬†So, needless to say Cory lowered her mattress so she wouldn’t be pulling any tricks in her crib and falling out. ¬†This girl is getting stronger and smarter EVERYDAY!

Time is a thief

Nora is literally growing up right before my eyes.  I swear everyday she learns something new.

Here I sat her in her crib, as a usually do while I do my morning face routine, and as I looked over she had pulled herself to the side and was trying to pull herself up to standing!! ¬†She has yet to get herself to the seated position so I’m still safe in that regards, but this girl is working hard!

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I’m hoping to get her interested in helping out with the chores from an early age.IMG_5387

She was more than willing to climb into the hamper!

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A week or so ago I tried giving Nora some food on her tray for her to try and feed herself. ¬†She proceeded to grasp the food with her whole hand and ‘rake’ it towards herself. ¬†She didn’t seem quite ready. ¬†But just the other day we tried it again and she was using her forefinger and thumb as pincers to grab the food and was reaching for the spoon to feed herself.

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Needless to say not much food actually went INTO her mouth, but its a learning process and again the textures are good for her to discover and feel.  I keep telling myself that as I cringe at the mess.  I better get over that REAL quick.

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Cory and I were putting up a shed in our backyard and brought Nora out to get some fresh air. ¬†She did so well playing by herself and keeping herself content. ¬†I snuck this picture while Cory was holding up one wall give me ‘the look’ of ‘seriously you’re taking a ¬†photo while I’m waiting for you and holding up this wall’. ¬†“Sorry, I had to” was my response.¬†
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We had a lunch date with some friends and Nora thoroughly enjoyed herself; sitting in the high chair playing, trying daddy’s soup and looking adorable! ¬†Seriously, that face!!

IMG_5357While I am enjoying EVERY minute and EVERY new discovery and milestone, it makes me realize more and more how time is quickly changing my sweet baby.

Sensory Boards

I’ve been looking on Pinterest at many Montessori¬†(link to what Montessori is) activities to start with Nora. She’s a smart girl and I want to challenge her to learn as she plays and develops. ¬†I’ve always enjoyed learning and I want to instill that in Nora; that it’s important but can be fun too.

Today I made her a sensory board; which is basically a board with different objects on it for Nora to discover and feel; each object having a different texture and shape.

Here is the board:

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I used Scrabble tiles for her first name, and foam letters for her middle name, buttons and different fabrics.IMG_5393

and googley eyes, straws, bubble wrap, feathers, felt, and foam numbers
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Nora loved it (so much that she ripped about 3 things off in the first 5 minutes-apparently I didn’t hot glue them down well enough). ¬†I was SO surprised at how long it kept her entertained and now I want to make more boards: a soft one with soft objects, hard board, smooth and rough, etc. ¬†I’m learning that using senses is such an important aspect of the learning process and development in babies (thanks much to my teacher sister-in-law).IMG_5395

discovery bottles

I’ve been trying to start to come with fun new ‘things’ for Nora to discover and new activities for us to try.

I made some discovery bottles for her and so far her interest is ‘eh’. ¬†But I’m hoping in time she will enjoy them more and the activities I have in store.

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In the bottle with water I put glitter, buttons and shells in a Voss water bottle.
Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetIn the other bottle (a tea bottle I bought from Starbucks- obviously this wasn’t my first intention when buying the bottle but its now actually getting used) I put feathers, wooden beads, wooden N O R A letters, ¬†and J A N E scrabble tiles. ¬†I’m hoping in the future this will help her identify letters and objects as she has to search for them.