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Norah’s growing up {way} too fast.

She’s going to be a month old on Sunday, and she had already gained a pound over her birth weight by her two week appointment.

{cue mommy tears}

But it’s bittersweet, because even though I already hate to leave those tiny newborn days behind, growing up means that she’s starting to do all sorts of amazing, cool things.

Like hold her head up during tummy time!

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Pretty impressive, in my book.

And yes, my book is based entirely on a sweet, strong girl who totally holds my world 🙂

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Today was a pretty fun “first”–Norah’s first holiday.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, sweet girl!

And happy three-week birthday <3

And happy three-week birthday ❤

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a huge holiday, but it’s still a fun one. My family has always done a little something to celebrate as I’m a little Irish {less than a quarter–enough to warrant green milk at breakfast and green sprite at dinner}. So even though today was a fairly normal day, Norah will be eating her first round of traditional corn beef and cabbage {second-hand} later tonight.

We started the day by doing one of Norah’s favorite things–watching the window.

This girl looooves light!

This girl looooves light!

While we were still in bed, I intentionally thought about wearing green today and wondered what I could put Norah in {not knowing her gender prior to d-day, we have plenty of green apparel}. However, by the time we got up and got dressed, this is what we ended up in:

Still adorable.

Still adorable.

And I ended up in grey. Apparently I’m teaching my daughter to dress just like me–having every intention to dress up for a holiday, and then completely forgetting save for a teensy bit of accidental color. At least that itty bit of green on her onsie saved her from getting pinched at church?

After making it through Norah’s first full-length church service {successfully!}, we braved the grocery store for our first full-length shopping trip. Peder has ran out for groceries one time without us, and we had tons of family helping us out with meals and grocery runs during her first couple weeks, but we finally had to do a larger trip today. She was a champ! I wore her in the sling and she slept the whole time, attracting the “aww!”‘s of many fellow shoppers.

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Then, of course, we had to go back to real life for the rest of the afternoon {which includes Peder studying and Norah & me snuggling}. But we sure are looking forward to corned beef and cabbage tonight–and the rueban leftovers tomorrow!

And I’m loving it.

With my Norah--my favorite place to be

With my Norah–my favorite place to be

Sweet Norah is just perfect.

I know we’re biased, but she is!

The last 10 days have been just incredible. She’s already learning and doing so much, I regularly get sad that it’s all going by so fast. Peder’s aunt (the amazing Catharine at Bliss Photography showcased in our maternity photos) came by and asked if I was having any of the weepies, and when I replied, “Ehh, just a little,” Peder went, “Um, a LITTLE?!”

But seriously, mommyhood has been so much better than I ever thought it would be.

-She eats like a champ, and has mastered breastfeeding from day 1. So much so that she gained a whole pound by day 9! My beautiful little eater. Personally, I think this is her little treat to me for causing so much pain during labor 🙂

She can breastfeed laying down, in my arms, football hold, standing, walking--she's a pro :)

She can breastfeed while I’m laying down, in my arms, in the football hold, while I’m standing or walking–she’s a pro!

-She’s finally starting to fill out her newborn-size clothes–partially aided by the cute fluffy butt we added today! First day in cloth diapers. We’ll see how this goes 😛

-She hardly ever cries, and even then–it’s just a whimper. And usually it’s an indication that she’s either a) hungry, or b) about to make a mess in her diaper. Both problems we can solve!

-After only a few nights of middle-of-the-night playtime (that started at the same time she used to start dancing in my belly every night!), she’s now settled into an amazing routine of eating at 8 or 9 and sleeping through until 1am, or even 2 or 3 sometimes! Mommy and Daddy are blessed with sleep, and are so glad that we can keep her in bed with us and feed her quickly before we all fall back asleep.

Sweet, sleepy princess

Sweet, sleepy princess

-She loves to be held, and really only sleeps well when she’s in someone’s arms–but we don’t mind. She’s used to being carried in my belly; why should I expect her to love being away from me all of a sudden! Plus, she’s sleeping on me right now and I’m fully capable of typing and {not} working on my homework, so I’ll take these baby cuddles for as long as I can 🙂

Norah-roo

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Our family

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Norah’s words & signs

Words:
Mama (7 months)
Dada (12 months)
Kitty (11 months)
Bear
Bath
Book (12 months)
Bird (12 months)
Baby
More (13 months)
All done
Cheese (12 months)
Fish (12 months)
Norah (14 months)

Signs:
Kitty (10 months)
More (10 months)
All Done (10 months)
Bird (12 months)
Dada (11 months)
Mama (13 months)
Train (14 months)
Please (14 months)
Carrot (13 months)
Banana (13 months)
Fish (12 months)
Horse (14 months)
Goat (14 months)
Thank you (10 months)
Milk/Noms (12 months)
I love you (15 months)