One of Norah’s great loves is the playground. Now that she is solidly mobile {and independent}, she just loves climbing the structure, sliding down slides {of any difficulty level}, and swinging on the swings…oh, the swings! Mom and dad don’t always love the park quite as much, as her daredevil nature sometimes requires more participation on our part than we’d sometimes like, but man does our girl love a good playground. 


So… it’s been a while. 

A month. 

Life has happened, and life has been busy. But in between, we’ve done some awesome things. 

We went to the omaha zoo (with daddy this time).

We spent lots of time at the library. 

We spent a lot of time at Pioneers Park (aka the Buffalo Park). 

We love having the Lincoln zoo open again (and visiting with Grammy and Auntie Em).

And we had a wonderful, full, and rich Easter celebration with family. 

Turns out little babe loves to dye Easter eggs and is a pro at finding them! She still talks about finding eggs in the yard and opening them to find little surprises. 

As you can see, we’ve been busy having an amazing month! 

Norah had her first school performance this week! Prairie Hill does an all-school event once every month, and this month they had a talent show. Norah’s class (18 months – 3 year olds) sang “Jingle Bells” with their teacher and even shook small jingle bells on stage. It was adorable, particularly when Norah stood on the stage after everyone else had left, wanting to sing it again 🙂 

Stay tuned for a video to be added soon! 

Top 10 things we did on spring break:

1. Went to the park with friends:

2. Built a cardboard box barn (and stocked it with animal friends).

3. Went to Pioneers Park and fell in love with buffaloes.




4. Went to St. Paul NE to visit my Grandma, Aunt, Uncle, and Mom.

5. Played in the sandbox.

6. Played in the park {again}.

7. Went to the Omaha zoo.







8. Enjoyed having Daddy home after two weekends on the road!

9. Played in Mommy’s classroom.

10.   Had entirely too much fun!

The most wonderful moment of the week? Seeing little baby for the first time.

We had our 8 week appointment with the midwife at 7w6d. We’re going back to the same birth center we used when we had Norah, and it was so nice to walk into a familiar place. we even got to meet with our labor nurse from Norah, which was wonderful!

They have two new midwives on staff, who we will see as we move along. I really liked the midwife we met with for our first appointment, Lindsay, and we also got to meet briefly with the other one, Rachel, as well. I’m excited to continue to get to know them!

The best surprise: seeing baby. We aren’t planning on doing the 20 week ultrasound scan this time, so it was a surprise to hear that we could see baby so early to check on its dating. Everything looked wonderful, and we’re looking forward to hearing it’s heartbeat at our 12 week appointment in April.

Grow baby grow 😉

Boy, has this week been a doozy. Let’s recap:

1. Peder was out of town for Friday-Saturday-Sunday at a conference in Chicago. 

2. Norah gets an ear infection Sunday night. 

3. Because of her fever, Peder stays home with her on Monday. 

4. Because her fever still hadn’t broken, Peder says home on half of Tuesday and I come home early for the other half. 

5. Norah’s cough gets worse and causes her to throw up her lunch right after I get home {and right into my lap}. 

6. Peder leaves for an invited talk in Utah for Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Saturday. 

7. When her fever STILL hasn’t broken and her cough is bad enough to make her gag, I take her to her pediatrician on Wednesday. She has a “nasty, bulging” ear infection and early pneumonia. Got drugs. 

8. Fever breaks Wednesday night (yay!) but she’s up with a coughing fit from 3-6 am. 

9. Norah stays home on Thursday. 

10. Norah finally starts to feel better on Friday and would have graduated to “staying home with dad”…but dad’s still gone. So mom stays home again. 

11. Spring break next week no long contains as much of a “break” as I had initially thought it would. 

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!


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,



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!





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}.


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


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.


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.


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Our family

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Norah’s words & signs

Mama (7 months)
Dada (12 months)
Kitty (11 months)
Book (12 months)
Bird (12 months)
More (13 months)
All done
Cheese (12 months)
Fish (12 months)
Norah (14 months)

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)