Friday, July 25, 2014

Celebrating Nora


For 2.5 years we waited for this little girl -- for our Nora. We waited and waited and waited. And we had to say goodbye to 4 angels before we saw her face. Have I ever mentioned before that 5 is my lucky number? Because it is. And, I don't just feel lucky to have Nora, I feel like I am honestly in the presence of a miracle.


Maybe Henry feels that too -- on some level. Maybe that's why he is so so in love.



I will never stop celebrating Nora -- the miracle and the love. Ever. So, without further ado...


We Proudly Introduce


Nora Marjorie Kavanaugh


Born June 18, 2014 at 2:06 a.m.


7lbs. 12oz, 20 inches long


With love,


Morgan, Nicole, and Big Brother Henry


Never stop celebrating. Thank you Tiny Prints for helping us share our celebration!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Story Telling

For awhile now, our bedtime routine with Henry has included telling him a story. Morgan and I just make them up and include people or things he likes. Unlike a book, Henry has to follow the story without the use of the pictures and can imagine the scene anyway he likes.


Recently, we've noticed that Henry has been dictating to us what should happen in these stories -- who the characters should be, what they are doing, etc.

So, we started asking him to tell us a bedtime story and here is my favorite so far --

"There once was a little girl named Nora Marjorie and a little boy named Henry Morgan. (In a low angry voice) Then, along came a big dinosaur that ate Nora and Henry! Ate them, ate them, ate them! Hahahaha!"

Seriously, this kid! 

Do you or your children enjoy storytelling? 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Watermelon Seed Counting


I'm trying my best to keep Henry entertained this summer as we adjust to baby Nora. So, we've still been doing Montessori inspired tot school as much as we can. One of the trays that we've been working on this summer has been watermelon seed counting. 



On this tray, the child is asked to count a specific number of seeds to place on the watermelon slice. The number depends on the number shown on the corresponding cards -- anywhere from 1 to 20. Henry has really enjoyed this activity and I wanted to share it with all of you! 




So, I created my very first clickable printable! While I used a felt watermelon, the cards and wooden beads as seeds, the printable contains everything you need to recreate this Montessori inspired counting tray -- the watermelon, the cards and seeds. 

Find Printable Here! 

I hope you enjoy this printable and that it's the first of many to come!


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Nora -- 1 Month Old


I just can't believe that we are already here, 1-month-old. Wow, that went fast. It has seriously been the most joyous month of my life. It's been hard, it's been an adjustment, but there has been so much joy. 



Nora is the sweetest baby. I don't have official updated growth stats since there's  no doctors appointment this month. But she is growing. She is officially out of all newborn sized clothes and wearing size 1 diapers. She is rocking some serious old man hair right now and some serious baby acne. Nora's eyes are still blue -- much lighter than Hen's ever were. 



Personality-wise Nora has been really easy going so far. She lets us know if she needs something, but she's very easily calmed. She pretty much just eats, sleeps and poops (a lot!) Nora is nursing great, but is a constant snacker during the day -- eating every hour or more. I think I've finally figured out most of her cries and noises. She is cooing and chatting with us and is constantly on the verge of a big smile -- but we haven't had a true social smile yet. 


But, she's been taking good naps and sleeping really well at night, so I won't complain. She's usually been sleeping 2.5-3.5 hour stretches. Last night, she even did a 5 hour stretch! Nora sleeps in a Rock 'n Play in our room. 




Nora loves hanging out in her "happy place" -- her changing table -- and staring at the black and white images. She also loves staring into the mirror next to her floor bed. She also seems to enjoy being outside and taking baths. Nora tolerates her bouncy seat and sometimes a paci. She is not a fan of tummy time, and is starting to fuss now when Henry gets too close and loud. Nora is also a little diva about pooping -- she hates pooping in a wet diaper and will cry until a new one is put on and then immediately poop. 



But, full blown crying is not something we've heard a lot of. She is fussy in the evenings but still easily soothed. Once Nora gets what she wants, she is content. It's been a welcomed change from what we were used to. Although, I am starting to suspect that maybe she has a food allergy, but I'm not 100 percent on that yet. 



I'm sad that my tiny squishy newborn is quickly growing. She's no longer the newest of the new, but I'm so thrilled that she is here. Nora is wonderful and I can't wait to see what the next month holds. 


Monday, July 14, 2014

Montessori Inspired Baby Care Basket



Henry has been in love with babies for as long as I can remember. Real babies, baby dolls, he loves them all! In order to help him feel included after Nora's birth, I made him this Montessori inspired baby care basket. It allows him to safely use real baby care items and practice being a big brother. 


The baby care basket was really easy to pull together. The basket includes a baby doll, a swaddling blanket, a burp cloth, a set of mittens, a pair of socks, a onesie, a newborn diaper, and a hat. These items are placed in a large basket. Henry has access to the items whenever he wants. They are all real baby items, so he is using the exact same things I use with Nora. 


I try to encourage Henry to use his baby care basket when he is frustrated that I need to spend more of my time with Nora. It also helps Henry learn care of self skills, as he learns to put the socks, the mittens and other clothes on. 


Plus, it's a wonderful way for him to feel included during this time of transition. And, nothing makes me feel better than that! 


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