Nora turned 2! It’s hard to keep track of all of the different things she’s doing and saying because she is doing and saying so much. But here are a few highlights.
When you ask Nora how old she is, she says, “Twenty months.” I guess that’s when she learned the concept.
She is incredibly silly and hyper, but can still be a little shy in public. She might yell, “hi!” from a shopping cart, but as soon as someone approaches her, she tucks her chin to her chest and looks down, or moves her tongue in and out of her mouth in this lizard-like way.
She has all of her teeth except for her 2-year molars.
She started occasionally talking in first person. “I dropped it.”
She likes to point at things and say, “This is my….” As in, “this is my fire truck. This is my monkey.”
She is still quite a climber. If I turn my back, she’ll be sitting on the dining room table. She is also really wild sometimes. It’s hard for me to bring her upstairs with me because she slams doors, hides in rooms, jumps on beds and giggles maniacally.
She loves to have birthday parties with her dolls. She sits them down, leans down and says in a high voice, “You want cheese?”
When we arrive somewhere in the car she says, “Here we are!”
She is 90th percentile for height and 50th for weight.
After getting a vaccine at the last doctor’s appointment, she told my mom a whole story. “Nora’s crying. I have a boo boo. On my knee. Nora’s sad. Hug Mommy. All better.”
She’ll drop something on the floor and say, “What happened?” as if she had nothing to do with it.
She still insists on taking shoes and socks off in the car, even if it’s 8 degrees out there.
I hear her having a conversation with her toys in her crib. “Sit down! Say hi mommy daddy! Whoa baby, what happened? What you doin’ baby? One more time baby. Hi baby. Ready? Get up! High five! Hooray!” She also tells her baby to be careful, lean back, clap your hands and eat. “You want apples?”
She’s still a great improviser. Right now, she’s in her crib singing, “Old MacDonald had a… Daddy.” And “old MacDonald had a… bear.” I’ve also heard, “Twinkle, twinkle little… sit down!”
She is really trying to understand where everybody lives — that “Nana and Poppop in Delaware” and “Grammy and Papa in Boston.”
She is full of energy, which sometimes means she’ll hug you around the neck, grit her teeth and shake from side to side. She also likes to open her mouth over your face and nuzzle. I think she’s part bear cub.
She’s sweet and silly and lovable and I love her!
Here are some pics:
Can you believe it? She’s going to be 2 years old next week!
This is a really fun age. Nora has really started talking a lot over the last few weeks, and suddenly, we have these great and hilarious conversations.
She’s affectionate, very silly, happy most of the time, sweet and adorable. She’s also very shy sometimes – like in her MyGym class or storytime at the library. When I was a kid, I was really goofy at home, but my mom tells me my teacher said I didn’t speak in school. So, I get it. She likes to take it all in first before warming up. But sometimes she’s extremely outgoing, running the hallways, yelling “hi!” to everyone she passes.
Here are some of the things Nora has been talking about:
Nora: “Sonny’s crying.” (Sonny is a classmate at her nursery school.)
Me: “Why is Sonny crying?”
“Ask for Daddy.”
“Did you say, it’s okay Sonny?”
“It’s okay Sonny.”
(Same thing with Eli, another kid, but he “ask for Mommy and Daddy.”)
“Nadine’s crying.” (Nadine is her teacher)
“Why is Nadine crying?”
“Ask for Rachel.” (Nora’s aunt.)
“Why is Vivien crying?”
“Ask for Brian.” (Nora’s uncle.)
Me: “Maybe Vivien’s laughing. Is she happy?”
Nora: “Nora’s laughing.”
“What does Nora’s laugh sound like?”
“Tickle tickle tickle! Hee hee!”
(She started saying this in the car):
“Here comes cows!”
“Here comes ducks!”
“Here comes doggies!”
“Here comes fish!”
“Here comes Nora!”
(I picture this really awesome parade.)
“I love you so much!”
(She squeezed me around the neck and said this. Heart strings!)
(In the bath, referring to the stuffed moose in our room):
“That’s a big, big moose.”
“Hug both!” (She pulls Mommy and Daddy in for a hug.)
(Songs she sings in her crib with a Mommy cameo):
“Twinkle, twinkle little Mommy!”
“Old MacDonald had a… Mommy.”
“Happy birthday to… Mommy.”
(Other songs she likes):
Hokey pokey, itsy bitsy spider, if you’re happy and you know it, Shabbat Shalom hey! (She goes to a Jewish nursery school.)
Here are some pics:
Good: When Nora says “hug! And squeezes me tight.” She so snugly and sweet.
Hard: She does this when she can’t sleep in the middle of the night and it’s impossible to ignore at 3am. “Mommy! Hug! Hug!”
Good: She says funny things. She sits her toys down at her small table and says “birthday party!” And starts singing happy birthday to you. She also feeds her dolls (Food! Baby!”), she shoves them in drawers with a blanket and says “night night, sleep tight” and puts hats on them: “Raggedy Ann! Hat on!”
Hard: She had her first fever recently and it was the worst. I just hate when she doesn’t feel good. Her nose was all red and she has a little rash on her face. She was crying a lot more than usual.
Good: Her songs are the coolest. “ABababc! H I gg abc!” “Old menonal. Farm. Ee I ee I oh! Moo moo heya. Moo moo heya. Old menonal. Farm. Ee I ee I oh! “
Hard: She requires that we listen to these songs over and over again in the car and won’t take no for an answer. “Ee I ee I oh. Ee I ee I oh. Ee I ee I oh. Ee I ee I oh.”
Good: She can say what she wants and doesn’t want. “Ba na na. Peese.” “All done dwive. (Driving)”
Hard: “All done” is her favorite thing to say so I hear it all day long. While I’m changing her diaper, trying to brush her teeth, wipe her nose, put her in the stroller: “All done! Hug! Hug!” When she wakes up from her nap she yells “All done! Mommy! hug!” (As you can see, many of the hard things are also good things because she’s pretty dang cute– and dang clever too.)
Good: She still says night night to people and things before bedtime. The other night she said “night night. Watch Dora. Night night. All done.”
Hard: She takes every puzzle out of the cabinet and throws all the pieces on the floor, removes all magnets from the fridge and throws them on the floor, takes Tupperware from the kitchen drawer and throws it on the floor, empties all crayons from their boxes and… (I think you get it.) And worst of all– food on the floor. Now, people tell me this is a phase and will pass, but it’s not passing! Everything we make just gets casually thrown off the high chair. Carrots, apples, bread, cheese, pasta, apple juice, milk. And lately she’s been saying (in an exasperated tone) “Nora. No, no, no.” Or “hey hey hey. Peese don’t do dat.”
Good: The other day, on a road trip, I was trying to teach her to say “no thank you” instead of “all done” but she didn’t seem to get it. We all sang row row your boat and then daddy said “doesn’t mommy have a nice voice?”
”No thank you,” Nora said.
Here are some of the funny things she says and does:
“It’s okay, Abby”: She likes this Elmo book where Elmo comforts his friend Abby because she messed up her magic trick. Nora sounds so cute when she says it — sounds a little like “Sokay. Abby.”
“Night night oh maaan! (Swiper catchphrase)”: At the end of the day, Nora says “night night” to activities and things. “Night night, Swiper. Night night, Dora. Night night run, run, run. Night night hiccups. Night night swing. Night night it’s okay Abby.” And the funniest one: “Night night, oh maaan!”
“Ee I Ee I oh!”: She’s obsessed with Old MacDonald and shouts this at us from her little throne in the backseat. If we try to listen to the radio or anything but Old MacDonald, she shouts, “Ee I ee I oh!” She also likes to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Row, Row Your Boat. (She sounds Canadian when she says boat.)
Occasionally she likes to speak in a squeaky falsetto. So she’ll be like, (squeaking) “Dora, Dora, Dora!” (Catching a theme? She’s a little obsessed with Dora these days.)
When you ask her to roar like a bear, she sounds just like a little bear cub. Her impression is getting really good!
She also likes to say “Cookie monster” in this hilarious gruff voice.
She makes us feel good by laughing along with us (with lots of enthusiasm) whether she understands the joke or not.
She has this giddy/insane laugh when she gets something she wants, like she’s been stranded on a desert island.
She seems so big lately! I think she grows inches every night! She’s so much fun.
A few weeks ago, Nora and her friend Olie were playing together in the baby pool when Olie fell face first into the water. I thought I heard Olie crying, but when I looked down, I saw it was Nora. Olie was fine, in fact. Her mom picked her right up out of the water. But Nora was really upset (and in fact, she wouldn’t go in the water for a little while after that.)
A similar thing happened the other day when a little boy she’d just met at the playground bumped his head on the monkey bars. He started rubbing his head and whining a little and there was Nora pointing at him and crying too.
It could be that she’s afraid that she too will fall in the water or bump her head, but I also believe that she is showing empathy. I asked her speech therapist if this was common toddler behavior and she said, “no, that’s just her personality.”
I hope she’ll always feel and be willing to express her compassion for others because I think that’s such a wonderful quality. She’s a sweet little girl and I’m very proud of who she is becoming.