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I’ve been wanting to include a recap on her counting abilities, as much of January has focused on her counting everything in sight!

She had mastered two a few months ago, and it is still by far her favorite number. Everything is two…two eyes, two hands, two belly buttons–and every morning, she inevitably asks for two vitamins {we only give her one :)}

This month, however, her number skills took off! She can reliably count to 3, and I think she understands 3 conceptually, too. But in terms of memorization, she can go all the way up to 9! 10 is a bit of a challenge, and when she’s really excited, it sometimes comes out “8 10 9!” 😉

Needles to say, her mathematician daddy is very proud 🙂

2015 will be the year of business trips for Peder! I grew up with a dad who traveled a lot for work, and it was always so fun to have Girl Time while he was gone. This year will have Peder traveling 4+ times for various talks and conferences, which means that Norah and I will have lots of quality time together!

Another adventure that the third week of January held was Peder’s first trip to Texas for a conference. We were lucky to have my mom and sister come down to stay with us and keep us company for a couple of the days.

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We went shopping, ate out, and even sewed some gifts and made Norah some new pants.

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It was a great weekend!

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Turns out, I’m a sucker for anything baby-related with numbers on it.

I haven’t bought the baby any books, a onsie with a literary reference…nothing.

But, if it has numbers on it, I apparently must buy it for Peder the baby.

For Christmas this year, I gave Peder an adorable onsie that pretty much sums up how excited I am that Peder gets to be my baby’s father:

I HAD to.

I HAD to.

And, of course, some wooden magnetic numbers complete with mathematical symbols. Even though the baby’s not here yet, and even though it will likely be months/years til the baby can really play and learn from them….we immediately set them up and proceeded to play with them for a good 15 minutes.

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Yes, we’re children.

Saturday, November 3rd:

Today, I’m grateful for grad school.

(A tired, collective “Sure!” ought to be resounding from anyone who has ever made it through a Master’s or Ph.D!)

But really, I’m so grateful that Peder and I have the chance to continue with school and learn everything we need to in order to succeed in our fields.

In math, it’s almost ridiculous to suggest that Peder could accomplish all of his goals without a Ph.D, and I’m ridiculously grateful that his program provides us with a house, food, and everything else we need in order to be here right now. Without all of the long (long, long, long) hours Peder puts into his math, there’s no way we would be able to do everything that we do here. More than likely, we wouldn’t be here! For his dedication and for his scholarship, I’m incredibly grateful.

If one graduate degree weren’t enough for us, I’m also grateful that I also have the opportunity to go to grad school right now. Even though everyone says that English degrees are one of the most transferable degrees you can get in undergrad–

I respectfully, completely disagree.

English is awesome. I clearly believe that, or else I wouldn’t be here! But an English Lit degree on it’s own, with no focus, is useless. You have to be driven to apply that degree–in publishing, in writing, in education, in something–in order to make the most of the skills you’ve learned in this discipline.

Therefore, I’m terribly grateful for the opportunity to get my teaching certification and my Master’s in Education in order to pass on my love of reading and writing. I am so, so blessed to be in the program that I’m in, to be learning the things I am. I wouldn’t be the same person that I am without the instructors, the colleagues, and the students that I’ve met in the last 2 years. I can’t imagine being in any other field, and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to focus on grad school right now so that I can have a wonderful, fulfilling career later.

Even though the nights are long and I couldn’t even tell you the last time I didn’t have a paper due, I still think the grad school years are some of the best of our lives. After almost 6 years of professional studying, I think we’ve got this down!

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)