Sunday, May 25, 2008

What's New With Nora

Nora is now 9 months old, and although she isn't crawling yet and is, frankly, nowhere close to walking, she has been quite busy this past month mastering several new "tricks." Here's what Nora has been up to lately as well as our plans for the coming weeks.

-When something is dropped or if there is a loud noise, Nora will say, "Uh Oh" right on cue. Oftentimes, she will continue to say it over and over again.
-She loves to stick her tongue out over and over again very quickly. She looks like a lizard. So cute!
-She can "spin." Nora's not a crawler yet, and I think that may be because she loves to be on her back so much. For months now we have been trying to encourage her to spend time on her tummy, but the second (seriously) we put on her belly, she rolls to her back. She has mastered spinning, however, which means she takes her feet and plants them on the ground and then swings the rest of her body to where her feet are. She basically just makes circles. She's not getting anywhere, but that doesn't seem to bother her. It helps her get a toy or see what someone else is doing.
-I will say, "Nora, where is your nose?" And she will point to her nose.
-I will say, "How big is Nora?" And as I say, "So big!" She raises both hands up high.
-She loves to play pat-a-cake and peek-a-boo. This will literally go on for an hour...she will just go back and forth between both games.
-One of Nora's latest tricks is dancing. When one of her toys plays a song, she will bounce. It's the cutest thing to watch and I've been trying to catch it on video, but naturally she get's camera shy when I do.
-She and her Daddy have a special game of growling back and forth.
-Nora will do the baby sign for "all done" on occasion when she is finished eating.

Jonathan's parents have been in town for the past week and they will stay in for another week or so. We've had such a wonderful time visiting with them, and it is so obvious that Nora loves her Granna and Granddaddy. They love her so much! I love watching them interact with each other.

Nora and I will be heading to New Orleans in a little over a week. I haven't been home for 6 months, so I am quite excited to see my parents and sisters and other family members, as well as catch up with some girlfriends.

We are also planning to take a family trip down to Florida to visit our best friends, the Sevdys, who are getting ready to move to Turkey in a few months. When Nora and I return from NOLA, we are heading down to the beach! That should be so much fun with lots of memories. Can't wait!

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