Dear Norah,

I seriously can’t even believe you are one! How strange! Started out as a pudgy 8 pound 14 ounce baby girl.

And now you have turned into this sweet, squirmy, smiling toddler.

Just look at your sweetness?! This year has been so fast and so slow at the same time. The beginning was lots of adjustments and really we are still doing that. As you grow and change, so does everyone else in the family. Especially Oliver. You two are so cute together (when Oliver is having fun with you.)

You are a funny little eater lately. You used to eat anything I put in front of you. Now you are much more choosy. You love fruit, especially applesauce, blueberries, strawberries, oranges and grapes. You like oatmeal, yogurt, buns, cheese, toast, lasagna, crackers, and multigrain cheerios. You eat scrambled eggs sometimes. Other sometimes foods are peanut butter sandwiches, meatballs, bananas, chicken, peas, and corn. I am worried about how little you eat. You are so tiny!! We are just getting you onto a bottle right now and you take it not bad. I decided that we are going to be done breastfeeding. (I just couldn’t do it today on your birthday!) You don’t have a single tooth.

You love books lately (although far too many have been ripped at your hand lately). You are the squirmiest baby!!! Equal to what Eli was (and he was like holding a wet live fish.) Unless you are tired or sick you don’t just sit on our laps content. You are always moving. Even putting you to sleep involves bouncing. You sleep pretty good in the van! Sometimes it drives me CRAZY how squirmy you are. Especially in church!

I am trying to help you switch from two naps to one. It really hasn’t worked out well this past week, but we are still working on it! You are ready for bed around 630-7 every night and up at 630-7 every morning. You sleep through the night now about 75% of the time. I’m hoping that when we stop breastfeeding it’ll be all the time. (But I’m not holding my breath!)

You recently learned the stairs are something fun to climb up. Which makes hanging out in the basement more of a workout for me. You will play for a while but then as soon as I stop paying attention you are over there, giggling, onto the steps.  You love to cruise around the coffee table and couches but if we try and get you to hold our hands and walk , you immediately sit. You really have no interest in walking at all.

You only say two things. “Hi Dad.” And “Mum mum mum”. You make lots of noises but nothing else seems to resemble actual words!

You love to watch your older siblings. Especially Oliver. You just love following him around. You loooove when anyone crawls on the floor with you. A big smile breaks out on your little face every time. You light up our house. We just love and adore you.

I have enjoyed the last year of watching you grow from a newborn into a toddler. We are so happy to have you in our home and in our hearts little one.

Love Mom.