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February 8, 2016 – 47 Weeks (36 Weeks Corrected)

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Wow, almost 11 months actual and now 8 months corrected.  And I fear my days of an easy baby are slowly coming to an end.  Nora now fights me for diaper changes, clothing changes, naptime, bedtime, and sometimes even pushes her bottle away.  She arches her back and throws her arms in the air, squeals, the whole deal.  This may be normal, but I wouldn’t know, as all those parenting books I had such great intentions of reading are still in a pile next to my bed.

I’ve started thinking about her 1st birthday, March 16th, which will be here before I know it.  I honestly should have started planning sooner, but such is life.  I looked a little on pinterest, but got overwhelmed and had to shut my laptop.  I have no idea how to make her 1st birthday special enough for such a special little lady.  I assume all mommies feel this way!  Do we just invite family?  Or friends too?  If friends too, do we still have it at our home, or find a larger location to rent?  What about food?  And decorations?  And that reminds me, I need to email the photographer to schedule her professional photos!  What does she wear for those???  Oh gosh, so much to think about…  Maybe I’m making too big of a deal out of a lot of this…  Any advice, I’m all ears.

I still only see two teeth, her two bottom in the front.  But from her attitude lately, more must be coming!  Solids are hit or miss.  I feel like some days she is all ready with her mouth open, and other days she has little interest.  She will always eat those puff things though.  Those should be called baby crack.  So odd question…  Everyone told me that once Nora started solid food her diapers would no longer be liquid.  And they aren’t… but I didn’t expect to find a round turd the day after she had eaten some solids.  I guess I thought it would be still mushy but not liquid.  Is this normal for it to be so hard?

My motivation in general seems to be lacking lately.  The laundry is piling up, our master bedroom is a mess, our taxes aren’t complete, Nora’s birthday party isn’t planned, and my new sewing machine is still in the box, but yet, I just look at it all each night and instead plop down in front of the TV or computer.  What is wrong with me?  I’m blaming it on the weather, I’m sick of the cold.  I want to get out with Nora more when it’s warm, walks especially.  I feel like it’s so much colder here than where we used to live, and we get a ton more snow.  And the wind.  I can’t even describe it.  Like can’t walk, sometimes can’t drive it’s so strong.  We’ve had more blizzard warning this year!

Yes, I purchased a sewing machine.  Randomly.  Online.  Just picked one on Amazon that sounded good and had great reviews.  I had this idea, you know, to make the cute stuff I see on Etsy and then open my own Etsy store.  (Stop laughing!)  Keep in mind I don’t really know how to sew.  I mean, I sort of did when I was younger, as my grandmother and mother both sew, but I wouldn’t really know how to just sit down and make something.  I don’t even know how to set up the machine, which is why it’s still in the box!  Well, that and because Eric will freak when he sees it.  Which reminds me, my coffee shop idea is still in the works, more on that another time.  But I think I found a partner!

Nora is getting cranky so more another day…

15 thoughts on “February 8, 2016 – 47 Weeks (36 Weeks Corrected)

  1. Ansel pretty regularly has, as you describe, ’round hard turds’ – and also the occassional rabbit appearing poo! I think it’s pretty common!

    1. Oh… good to know! Here I was thinking we were overdosing on baby crack (baby puffs)!

  2. I cannot believe her first birthday is just around the corner! As always she is so adorable. ☺

    1. Thank you, and I’m still in shock myself! Oh how my life was different a year ago!

  3. As she starts to eat more solids she’ll need to drink water to balance everything back out!

    1. Ah… So yes, I need to get her to take a sippy cup!

  4. I’ve been pinning first birthday ideas lately too. So overwhelming until I just made the choice to do a colour scheme instead of a theme – like, say, rubber duckies- and I feel a lot less stressed for some reason. I’m going with pink and gold. Food and balloons to tie it together. Good luck with planning. I could share some simple ideas if you’d like? Maeve is putting more of a fight lately during everyday tasks. Diaper changes and putting pants are the worst! Learning to be little independent, busy women already 😉 (just like their mommies so we really can’t blame them haha)

    1. So very true on little busy ladies! I did end up picking colors for her birthday, I think we are going with coral/peach, mint green, and gold, which are also her bedroom colors. I might have the strength to check out Pinterest again one of these days for more ideas!

  5. Oh my days are over with an “easy” baby. Every diaper change is a fight. She hates getting dressed/changed. And hates being strapped into her high chair. She can throw some good fits when she’s mad too! Gah. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I kinda think that 0-6 months was easier somehow! I do love watching her little personality grow but sometimes I think that having a toddler will be the death of me 😀

    1. Oh I know, funny how I keep thinking the current stage is harder than the previous!

  6. Fabulous that your girl is expressing her own opinions and likes and desires. SO IMPORTANT for childhood development. (Also a total pain for caregivers so sympathy too.) But it is a critical developmental stage and says you are doing a wonderful job of parenting. She knows it is safe to grow and expand her horizons. There are babies that do not do this. A baby that doesn’t do this should make your hair stand up in horror at what has happened to them.
    SO grind your teeth and celebrate this wonderful development but it is GRAND!!!!!

    1. Okay, I shall grind my teeth and celebrate this! So much to learn with this parenting stuff!

  7. It ate what I wrote. Which was that you are being a wonderful mother because your daughter is growing and expressing her own desires and expanding her horizons. This is wonderful, even if it makes things harder. I have seen children who do not do this due to their environment. Celebrate your daughter’s ponderousness every time … and keep a hand on her leg as she rolls and scoots away during diaper changes. This really is so wonderful and healthy.

  8. The first birthday is really more for the momma than for the baby. At least, this was how I approached Lucy’s first birthday. 🙂 It’s a day for you to celebrate keeping her alive for a year without completely losing your shit. So my advice would be to do what YOU want to do. Big party or small, make sure it is special for you. Because if it is special for you, it will be special for her.

    1. This is really good advice, I didn’t think of it like this before. Thank you!

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