Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Many people couldn't come for a variety of reasons. However, you were not alone Nora. All four of your grandparents came. Lucky duck! And your BFF Ashley came with her parents, of course. The Wagman family rounded out our attendees. We ate and drank fall food, picked pumpkins, decorated the pumpkins, migrated down the block to the Fall Fest carnival and milled around town.
The time together was rich with laughter and memories. How you are treasured Nora. You are fiercely loved by family, friends and our community. I am incredibly thankful you are growing up surrounded with so much love. What blessings these pumpkins reminded us we have.
Monday, September 27, 2010
2009: 6 months
2010: 18 months
You said your first sentence last Wednesday. I called Daddy to tell him I was leaving work at 5pm and it's an hour commute home (on a traffic free day). You got on the phone to say hi and clear as could be you exclaimed, "Mommy come home!"
I cried at my desk.
On Saturday you went to your first real friend's birthday party, Tomas turned 3. You and Tomas are in the wagon together.
By real friend, I mean another child whose parents your father and I aren't friends with or related to. You met Tomas at daycare with Ms. Patti and instantly the two of you paired off and became friends. Some days Tomas wouldn't want to play with you or got mad if you touched him. Other times Tomas would get very upset and didn't want to be around you. You don't understand why, but it doesn't prevent you from still being his friend. Tomas was recently diagnosed with autism. Tomas barely spoke or made any attempt at verbal communication besides crying. One day you waved to Tomas while saying BYE! over and over again. Tomas waved back and said "bye." crisp and clear. Cue the tears from all the adults watching. Since you started talking, so has Tomas. You are one of the only people he verbally communicates with. He gets excited when he sees you and you become equally thrilled. I feel so thankful to watch your relationship blossom. It makes me realize that I am not the only person who thinks you're special. Most kids would be frightened by another child who doesn't always act the same as everyone else. You are not rattled at all. You love Tomas for who he is and accept him completely. Once again, I am humbled by the way you act and think I can do better to treat those with special needs with more dignity and respect and love.
Other things I don't want to forget about 18 month old Nora:
- How well your diction is developing. 'Tur-tle' is my favorite. You say it so sharply.
- You say Stan with an "ahn" so you sound British. You call almost every dog Stan, including Brandy.
- You use the word 'dinner' when asking for all meals.
- Although you repeat the words 'breakfast' 'lunch' and 'snack' perfectly.
- You try to say 'octopus' and every time its hilarious.
- You love shoes and socks. However when I go to put them on you eat your toes and laugh manically. You take them off when you are in the car for more than 5 minutes.
- Barney is the only thing you ask for anytime we turn on the TV. You immediately begin asking for Barney as soon as we get in the van.
- You love to play with other kids and frequently engage others in play.
- You probably use close to 100 words correctly. Your language has just exploded. You probably understand twice if not triple that amount.
- Books and flash cards are your favorite. You sit while we go through your flashcards and repeat each word, most are perfectly repeated.
- You can pick out colors / shapes / body parts pretty accurately. Where did you learn all of that?!?!
- You love the number 2. You count, "one- TWO!"
- You insist on praying at each meal and always join in on the "amen" its priceless.
Last year at Fall Fest, we had just moved up here and had no idea the adventures that we would go on. Fall is here again and we're glad.
Friday, September 24, 2010
We were so proud of all of you. The king and queen had to judge the rest of the floats / acts in the parade. You watched each float and waved at everyone. We had cotton candy and even met a green dog!
Your father kept saying "this is why we moved here."
So our daughter can be in parades?!?! But I think your father was really talking about a sense of community. We belong here and its nice to feel at home.
This weekend is going to be full of fall fun. Tonight is Midnight Madness in downtown (close the streets to cars & shop until midnight!), FallFest Carinival (last one of the season), and our Pumpkin Picking Party on Sunday.
Welcome Fall!!! Even though we're experiencing a heat wave with 90 degree weather.
Monday, September 20, 2010
You are in love with Elmo. Most recently, you insist on reading to Elmo and his friends. You carry Elmo around, gather up some books and make a nest somewhere. You sit down and read to Elmo and whoever else you decide to pick up, tonight it was Jingle Pig and Big Bird. The other day it was Slumber Sheep and your Boyd's Bear. Your stuffed animals are like your friends and you enjoy playing "school" where everyone sits in a circle for story time. You are the teacher and "read" to all the students. It makes me smile to watch you. After a long day where I'm not sure I cracked I smile, you make me laugh from the moment I step in the door.
You love books. You treasure books and its the only item we have issues with you sharing. You will share food, toys, balls, crayons... but books, no way. You state very clearly with fierce determination, "book mine!" Your brow furrowed with worry as you take off running with your book clutched tightly in your fists. How can I take a book from you?
You are so obsessed with books, magazines, newspapers, newsletters. Anything that is meant to be read. Did I tell you, Mr. Jerry read the wine festival magazine to you the other day... three times! It only had wine ads and descriptions of local vineyards!!! Then when we got you a real book, you had Mr. Jerry read that, Daddy, Mommy, Ms. Jessica and the neighboring blanket!!! I'm not kidding. I finally stopped you when you asked our neighbors to read it AGAIN after they had obliged you once.
What are we going to do with a book worm who won't share???
Well at least you share your books with the stuffed animals... baby steps.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
And off to the grocery store we went... where you received many compliments on your Stars Wars shirt.
Nice side pony tail.
Close up of the shirt Daddy dug out of the back of your closet that was bought for you on clearance over a year ago!
Playing with Chewbacca.
Thank you for loving us Nora. Sometimes it might be difficult to understand why Daddy does things but never think for a moment his intentions don't come from the deepest part of his heart; because when it comes to you, they always do.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
There is something so wonderful about a crisp fall day, fresh local wine and good friends that makes this event perfect every year. The joy and relaxation were welcomed reliefs after a stressful week for your father and I. Playing with you, really just being with you is a centering experience. You are the reason we work so hard and push ourselves. You are the reason we put everything we have into this world... for time with you today and tomorrow.
We are already looking forward to the 2011 Maryland Wine Festival with our two year-old!
September 2009: Almost 6 months old