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Biggest topic of conversation in our house this week: putting urine in the toilet.

{yet another addition to the things-you-underestimate-about-parenthood list}

Norah’s school has a fabulous approach to toilet learning, and Norah has just taken to it like a sponge. This week, though, we {and they} started to be more consistent about having her sit on the toilet and encouraging her to go. I’ve now joined the mommy club who tells the world that my child put her urine in the toilet!

{we’ve taken the lead of her Montessori teachers on terminology here. Urine is what is coming out of her body, and a toilet is what she is sitting on. No other way about it!}

She’s a long way from being “trained,” and we still put her in diapers for going out. But, it won’t be long before she figures that out, too. I’m just excited that we’ll have one out of diapers before the next one gets us back in them!

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To my sweet Norah, on her second birthday,

May you always be….
As sweet
As kind
As smiley
As feisty
As loving
As smart
As swimmy
As dancey
As beautiful
And as happy

as you are today on your 2nd birthday.

All my love,
Mama

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As Norah’s birthday celebrations continue, so does the arrival of her visitors! This weekend, we spent some time with Grammy and Auntie Em, and boy did we have fun!

Norah knew that they were coming, and apparently somewhere along the way I had mentioned that Grammy was bringing mangos. The things this smart little girl remembers is amazing, because as soon as we got home from school, a chorus of “Grammy? Mangos?” rang out and continued for most of the evening as we waited for their arrival. Luckily, Grammy knows her granddaughter and brought three mangos, raspberries, and strawberries! A fruit-loving girl’s dream.

On Saturday, we went to Morrill Hall, one of Norah’s favorite places. She had a blast showing Grammy and Auntie Em all of the animals and fossils!

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We also got to eat at HuHot, and Norah even filled her own bowl full of her favorites: steak, chicken, tomatoes, carrots, two pieces of broccoli, peas, and mushrooms. She was a happy camper!

We also got to make Norah’s second birthday cake: Great-Aunt Mary’a yummy cupcakes {chocolate cake with a chocolate chip cream cheese filling. They are, in a word, divine}.

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Norah is starting to get the hang of blowing out candles, though she still appreciates some moral support.

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She loved her new farm animals, her rain coat and boots, her mop, her scrub brushes for washing vegetables and dishes, and her Dr Seuss books. But most of all, she loved seeing and playing with Grammy and Auntie Em!

The highlight of this week: finding out that out lives are going to change forever.

Littlest baby love, due October 2015.

We love you already, sweet little one.

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While timing isn’t always something that we can plan on, we have been wanting and wishing for another baby for several months. My mama heart has been aching for a baby, and it has been more difficult than I would have imagined to wait for “the perfect time.” And as it turns out this isn’t it, but it is still amazing and beautiful and wonderful.

It was half expected, half not, but wholly loved and wanted.

On the morning I found out, I half-heartedly decided to take a pregnancy test, mostly out of pure hope. As soon as I looked up and saw it was a faint positive, I was instantly awake and alert! I called for Peder, and said “I’m pretty sure that’s a positive” as I handed him the test. Seeing him slowly realize what I was talking about and grow a big grin on his face was priceless.

We spent the rest of the week in various stages of shock and excitement and anxiety and eagerness and amazement. We ended up telling our families and some close friends much sooner than we did with Norah, in part because we’re seeing everyone this week for Norah’s birthday. But being this is the second baby, everything is, of course, more laid back and relaxed, including the revealing of our secret 🙂

We did do something fun for my family, as I couldn’t resist the opportunity with their visit this weekend. We told my mom and Em by putting Norah in her “Big Sis” shirt and waiting for them to see. It didn’t take long, and was such a fun way to share our news.

By the end of the week, we were already dreaming and thinking about who this little one will be and what our life will be like come October.

The only thing we know for sure: it will be wonderful.

Norah-roo is a very lucky little girl.

Although her second birthday is still over a week away, she has managed to plan 3 birthday shindigs with all of the people who want to celebrate with her! This weekend, we had the first birthday visit when Peder’s mom came to stay.

We of course made birthday cake (carrot cake, harkening back to her first birthday celebration), topped with a candle that Norah picked out herself (in orange).

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Then, on Valentine’s Day we bundled up and went to the zoo. For a girl who loves animals and has her own zoo habitat on the stove {for animal magnets}, this was heaven.

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I’d say the festivities are off to a great start!

As busy as our lives are, we try to be active (beyond just chasing after a toddler). We aim to get in a few yoga practices a week….and it’s been apparent that a little someone has been watching us!

We’ve been doing yoga together for a while–

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…although let me tell you, it makes my practice a lot harder when you add a baby!

But after watching us for so long, Norah’s now interested in doing more than just hanging on for a ride. She had a lot of fun this week showing us her down dog:

And even tackled a tricky leg extension:

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She knows tree pose, mountain pose, and forward fold, among others–and ironically is not all that interested in child’s pose. She’d much rather use mama or daddy as a jungle gym!

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It’s one of our favorite parts of the night!

We had a legendary week of snow last week, after two big storms hit us hard. The perk of being a family of teachers: we still celebrate snow days!

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It all started with a big Sunday snow, which resulted in a mini-snow-day of its own when it canceled church. We stayed in, and only went outside to play. Our outdoorsy girl loves being outside, so we bundled up to go scoop.

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Norah even got to build a snow fort with daddy after the first snow.

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…that only improved in height with each snow day!

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To our bewilderment, the cold temps and high winds meant that a snow day was called for Monday at 4pm on Sunday for both UNL and LPS! A teacher’s dream.

After a quick day back at work, though, we had another day off on Wednesday for our second big storm. A bonus Snow Day 2.0!

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Needless to say, it was an awesome week.

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We went to Morril Hall’s Nebraska natural history museum on campus this week to spice up our Thursday evening. Boy did it ever! Norah’s an animal lover as it is, so she had a blast seeing all of the taxidermied beasts. She was scared of the duck figurines on the outside of the bird exhibit, but lovingly waved “hello” to the tiger tucked safely behind the glass.

We had a great time digging for dinosaur bones and playing archeologist, too. Turns out she has quite the love for “da-da-saurs.”

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We can’t wait to go back!

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)