I'm really behind on updates for each of the girls (as in I still need to do Lucy's 3 year update from June😬). But since Norah just had her update last month, I figured I'd bust them out before I forget all the sweet details from each of their ages.
We went to the doctor for Norah's 5 year checkup and everything looked great! I couldn't find her growth charts that I set aside, but she was 42 inches tall and 42 lbs, so around 30th percentile for height and 60th percentile for weight! The doctor said that he guesses she won't be very tall as an adult based on her height patterns for the last few years.
For Norah's 4 year checkup, we had the option of doing her kindergarten shots a year early if we wanted, but I opted to wait the extra year because I just felt bad about her getting shots. So this year was the dreaded time. I didn't tell her anything about shots until the nurse came in and was preparing everything right before. She suddenly realized what was about to happen and wailed in protest. It was so sad, but luckily the nurse was really quick.
She wasn't very happy about it for a long time and wouldn't let me near her arm and leg to try and get the bandaids off. She kept saying, "you can take them off when [__insert future time period here_]". Eventually I just had to pull them off before she noticed what I was doing. 😬
The rest of this post is in no particular order, and definitely not chronological. 😝
I took this picture of Norah after nap time one afternoon, and I think it will be one of my favorites for a long time.
Norah and Lucy are so fun to watch together. I was using my tripod one afternoon to take some photos, and once I was finished, they used the tripod as a microphone and were pretending they were in primary giving talks. They took turns whispering in each others' ears, prompting the other what to say next.
After thinking about it for over a month, and for a few different reasons, I decided to take the girls out of preschool for the rest of the year and just teach them myself at home. We loved Mrs. Stephanie and how she was so kind to both of the girls.
Norah has pretty much taught herself to write. I've worked with her on reading, but she sounds out the letters herself and writes them. It's so sweet to see all her notes that she is constantly writing to me and everyone else.
My Aunt Theresa is undergoing treatment for breast cancer right now and I was talking to Norah about it, so she decided to write her a note for Valentine's Day. It says, "Norah loves Theresa. I hope u feel better. Happy Valentine's."
The second note is when she and I were going to the store for a few things so she decided to write them down. Mushrooms, milk, onions. 😂
She is constantly writing notes that say "I luv mome (mommy)" 😇
Pretty much the entire month of January, someone was sick at our house. The girls got the flu and poor Norah was throwing up constantly. One morning, everyone was feeling really lousy, so we turned on some movies and took turns snuggling on the couch. It was getting close to nap time, but when I looked over I saw Norah asleep like this, bowl ready in case she needed to be sick. 😢
Just before Christmas, we had gone to the mall to get some pants for Ryan and so I was just browsing around with the girls while we waited. We went up the escalator and Norah immediately saw this red dress that she just HAD to have. She kept begging me to buy it for her, but after looking at the price tag, I definitely didn't want to get it. So I grabbed something for me to try on and told her that she could come in with me and try hers on too.
It was so darling, and she just loved it so much. I told her we weren't planning on buying it that day and that we'd have to put it back. Oh boy, did she lose it. She wanted that dress so bad and said she would NOT take it off and even tried to run out the dressing room and away from me. I was able to get her back into the room and she finally just sat and cried at her reflection.
I really wish I had just bought the dress for her, it was so sweet how much she loved it. But perhaps I will take her shopping and she can choose one to make up for it.
Norah's favorite thing to do right now is play barbies all together. I always have to play Ken, and we usually end up putting on a concert for all the other barbies. She will take a tune and then put in random words. She usually is shy about singing by herself in front of other people, even me, but if it's her "barbie" singing, then she usually doesn't care, especially if I go first. haha One of these days I will have to try and catch it on video, her little vibrato is just too sweet!
She also has loved playing games recently like Spot It and Mancala. She loves when she and I are able to sneak away for some "Special Norah time" and play one of these games before Lucy and Jane find us haha.
Norah loves anything to do with art. She goes through so much paper with all the coloring, painting, and writing she does. When I showed the pediatrician a picture she drew while we were waiting for him, he was really impressed and said that he normally wouldn't see work like hers until kids get into first grade or so. But we do have many artists in the family, so I'm not surprised, just proud! 😊
Norah is a big helper around the house. The other day I was feeling extra tired after getting up several times in the night with each of the girls, and I told Norah I was just going to lay down on the couch for a few minutes before starting to clean up and make dinner. But then Norah turned music on the TV and cleaned everything up all by herself! It was the best little surprise and I was so grateful for her thoughtfulness!
She is such a momma's helper when we are out running errands or at the children's museum. The other day we were at the museum and I gave the girls lots of notice before it was time to leave. I try and prep them at the beginning of every outing and ask, "what do we say when it's time to leave?" and they'll respond, "okay, mom!" Well, when we were trying to leave this particular day, Lucy was starting to resist and Jane was copy-catting, so I asked Norah if she could be a good example and help me get them to the car. It was funny to see her try and help me and, once she realized that she couldn't physically help get them off the floor, sort of look bewildered. It was almost like she understood a mom's frustration when her kids throw tantrums. Anyway, she is so helpful with things like that and is always very cheerful about it.
I love our sweet Norah girl and I'm so proud of her! ❤️