Sunday, September 16, 2012

1st day of preschool!

A big milestone in the Olsen household last Tuesday...the first day of preschool!  We would have loved to have given Abby the opportunity to attend preschool several times a week, during the day, but with our job and daycare locations, it just isn't possible.  We are lucky that our local ECFE program has an evening preschool, just for families like ours.  It isn't a lot, but hopefully attending one night a week will help get Abby feeling prepared for Kindergarten next fall.

She was a bundle of nervous energy Tuesday afternoon before her first night--apparently, her way of dealing with nerves is to become completely goofy.  Once she finished her first night, though, I think she was relieved that it was really not that much different than the ECFE classes she's been attending for awhile now--even the same teacher.  Her main worries were that she'd have to work hard and color a lot.  Oh my...just wait until you're out of preschool, kiddo!

Here she is, all ready for preschool:

She told me on the way home from daycare that day that she either wants to be a kitty or teacher when she grows up (this was in her goofy state before we went to preschool that evening...).

Here is Abby with her buddy Alex, and in front of the door to preschool:

Friday, September 7, 2012

6 months old

It's official--Norah is halfway to a year...  I know I say this every month, but I really can't believe that she is already 6 months old.  This age and the next few months was my favorite age with Abby, and it has been so much fun with Norah, too.  She is really growing and changing and developing her own little personality.  She is the happiest baby, and has been so flexible with starting daycare last week.  We had to do some serious sleep training last week, as she was recovering from a sinus infection, and had gone backwards in her already not-so-good sleep habits.  Thankfully, Dave took the reigns at night and shut our bedroom door so I could sleep while he listened for her in the living room.  After several rough nights of cry-it-out, she FINALLY is sleeping through the night with no interruptions...knock on wood!  Another big deal has been sitting--I still wouldn't leave her unattended, but Norah is getting more independent and can sit for a little bit on her own.  She now prefers playing in this position over laying on the floor.  The exersaucer is her favorite thing to sit in and play with, but she gets upset if she's in it too long or if she wants attention and can't see someone.  Norah has started trying some different foods, and has loved most of what she's tried (green beans seem to be her least favorite, and pears are her current favorite).  We can already tell that when Norah is mobile, she will be into EVERYTHING!  She already wants to grab everything within reach (cords, her window blinds when she is on her changing table, jewelry,...basically anything she shouldn't have.  She is curious and quick, so we'll have to do lots of extra baby-proofing in just a short time, I'm sure.  Here are some 6-month pictures we took of Norah on Monday:

Dave took her in for her 6-month checkup on Thursday.  He said that she charmed everyone in the waiting room and was great at her appointment.  She didn't react quite as badly to her shots this time, but was just a little fussy at daycare today.  She continues to be a little peanut, weighing in at only 12 pounds, 14 ounces--3rd percentile (Abby was 15 lbs., 15 oz. at the same age!).  She is 25 inches long (25th percentile).  You'd think with her big appetite, she'd be growing like a weed, but she actually lost a few ounces in the three weeks since we went in for her sinus infection in August.  We're a little puzzled, but Dr. Mark didn't seem concerned.  We love our little peanut, and while I love my job, I miss spending each day with her!