Sunday, November 23, 2008

Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Pacifier

This video was taken about 20 minutes ago, I thought I'd strike while the iron's hot and get it in a posting. So far we've only heard a few random baby talk noises from Nora - a "coo" here or there - but nothing substantial. As you can imagine, it's hard for her to get a word in when her big sister is Fiona. This afternoon, while Fiona was napping, Wendy and I were spending time some quiet time with Nora. As you can see, she took advantage of having our full and undivided attention.

Funny thing is, right before Nora started chatting, we were discussing what to get her for Christmas. Is it just me, or does she say "Wii" somewhere in there...?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

1 month old

Nora turned one month yesterday and we marked the occasion by forgetting to take a picture.
Isn't that the typical story of non-firstborn children??

The past month Nora has changed quite a bit. She has, well, grown. We have noticed that nearly every day she feels a little heavier, her cheeks plump out more, and she gains adorable rolls all over her body. From our lame estimates (aka bathroom scale and Dad), she weighs 11 pounds. It felt like years before we were able to see that kind of growth on Fiona. In fact, she never had a single roll in her lifetime, including the bread kind!

Nora is a good baby. She (clearly) loves to eat, cries only when she is hungry (go figure), cold or tired, she started social smiles this week, and has the neck muscle strength of an adult. Nora loves to be held close, only sometimes likes her pacifier, can find her parents in a crowded room, and is greatly entertained by her big sister. Sleep is another issues altogether. She doesn't do that a lot, much to her parents dismay. Newborns should sleep for an average of 15-20 hours a day and Nora has a total of maybe 8-10, all in short increments. We never had that problem with Fiona, so we are finding ourselves slightly perplexed. We are keeping our fingers crossed that one of these days it all kicks in and everyone sleeps well.

Here are some overdue pictures of Nora, we promise to get more.

(This was a cat nap for both of them)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Family fun day?!

Well, Mommy finally got some sleep. Thanks to Daddy and a clever/at times torturous invention called a breast pump, I slept for 6.5 hours--uninterrupted. Amazing! Since that hasn't happened in months, I wasn't sure what to do with my energy and positive attitude. I came up with the wonderful idea of the four Boldischars going out for a few hours. The only place we have been all together before now was the doctor's office. I thought we could all use the fun.

Enter Family FUN Day. I coordinated showers for the tall people, breakfast for everyone, clothing changes for the short people. It was a bit of a hassle to get winter gear on everyone and out the door. Jim was in charge of Nora and I had Fiona. I was outside getting the stroller in the back of the car when Fiona started fussing next to me about something in toddlerese (a language of its own, for sure). I was flustered and actually said out loud and not in my best tone "Fiona, its family fun day. There is no fussing today--we are going to HAVE FUN". I actually channeled Clark Griswald--sad.

You will be happy to learn that we all made it to the mall and back. I cannot say it was all that fun, but dang it, we all survived.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Three weeks: Tired, tired, tired

Nora is now three weeks old and we just love her so much.

Now is she would just sleep longer than two or three hours we would love her a lot more. :)

No seriously, we are tired here in the Boldischar house. Well, the adults are, the dog sleeps all day and so far the girls don't need sleep to survive. We knew these days were coming and they are definitely here. Nora likes to eat--a lot. Given the three week growth spurt we are dealing with, she eats every two to three hours to the minute. It takes her one hour to eat and fall asleep, so you do the math on the remaining time. NOW throw into the mix her new habit of noisy sleep. Noisy, you ask? I mean, snorting/coughing/moaning/groaning/and a mix of other animal-like sounds that come from the sweetest little person ONLY overnight and right next to our bed. Don't forget that her favorite time to eat is from 5:45am-6:45am, just in time for her older sister to wake up shouting out our names.

If I ever sleep long enough to go into REM sleep, I might dream of a nice five hour stretch of sleep....


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Random Encounter

Talk about a complete 180°.

Today, Wendy is at a baby shower, and she took Nora with her. I've spent the past 24 hours telling Fiona how she and I were going to sit down and watch the Vikings-Packers game together. I even played the Skol Vikings song for her this morning.

You see, even though I am convinced that the Vikings will never win a super bowl, either in my lifetime or Fiona's, I still enjoy watching the games. It must be some masochistic thing, because they consistently frustrate/annoy/depress me more than they don't. BUT, since we moved down here to Bears Country, I have had limited opportunities to actually watch a Vikings game. Usually, the Bears game takes precedence over the Vikings. I was thrilled to find out that today's Bears/Titans game was being broadcast on CBS. Last night I saw a commercial on Fox promoting the Vikings/Packers game at noon.

SO, this morning Fiona and I were shopping for groceries, and in the middle of Super Target she decided to start singing, "Skol Vikings!" I was half embarrassed, half brimming with Minnesota Pride. After all, she and I are the only native Minnesotans in our family - Wendy and Nora both have IL birth certificates. We left Target right around noon, drove home, and I whipped up some lunch for us to eat in front of the TV. At 12:10 I turned it to channel 12 (Fox) and expected to see the neon green Metrodome Turf. But I did not.

Instead, it was a movie. And not even a good movie, or decent movie, or - is this asking too much - a movie I HAVE EVER HEARD OF. It was "Random Encounter," starring Elizabeth Berkley and Who-Gives-A-Shit Johnson. I couldn't believe it! I mean, this isn't a Vikings-Seahawks game or something. It's Vikings-Packers! Aside from the Bears, those are the two biggest teams in this geographical area! And it's an NFC North game!!!

So, here I am, once again forced to get my Vikings updates via Yahoo! Sports. And of COURSE it's a game where we happen to get two safeties in the same quarter - what are the odds of that, one in a billion?
Enough of this won't do any I need to get back to the TV. Elizabeth Berkley's character just got framed for murder! It's starting to get good.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Mommy Jr

Here are two pictures of Fiona during her first week as a big sister. After witnessing a few feedings & diaper changes, she was ready to step in for Wendy at a moment's notice! Needless to say, Fiona has a natural maternal side. She'll make a great like 30 years.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween Fun

We had a nice Halloween: Nora got dressed up for the occasion, Fiona had lots of fun ringing doorbells, and Casey enjoyed eating our rotten pumpkin.