Baby Nora: 11 Months

Nora's birthday is tomorrow, and I can hardly believe it. I've been majorly slacking with getting out the real camera to take photos, so all I have this month (really, last month) are a bunch of iPhone pics. Right after Nora turned 11 months, she and I took a trip to Indiana for the Persimmon Festival. Nora saw her first parade (and waved at most of the people walking by), went on a hayride, picked out her first pumpkin, ate persimmon pudding, and loved seeing her family in Indiana :). 

We stopped at our favorite local store Appleacres and snapped a few fall photos. They turned out to be a couple of my favorite photos of her to date! Nora was loving the pumpkins!

So for a quick update on Nora: 

Meal time has been the biggest change this month. Nora is eating everything that we do now, which makes it so simple! She is beginning to show some dislikes, but they are usually random (i.e. one day she will devour an entire banana, and the next day only eat a few bites). Her favorites this month are pears, strawberries, and pizza! We are starting to wean and are down to nursing 4 times a day - morning, after each nap, and before bed.

She hasn't gotten any new teeth (still 4 on top and 3 on the bottom). I'm pretty sure she's gotten quite a bit taller compared to the last few months, so I'm eager to see what her growth is at her 1 year checkup this week. 

Nothing much has changed as far as sleep habits go. On occasion we go through a few days of 2 or 4am wake ups and then back to sleeping through the night again. I'm not sure what that's about, but it happens infrequently enough that it isn't an issue. 

Nora is busy as ever. She is always on the move now, unless we are reading books together or she is eating. She's pretty independent and is content playing on her own for decent stretches of time. We've also been having a lot of play dates lately, and she equally loves her friend time. 

Thank you all for following Nora's first year with us! It has been fun to document her growth and development month by month, even though I've been super late most of the time and have missed a ton of things, I'm sure!

Matt and I are both currently sick, so I'm praying that we feel better tomorrow for Nora's birthday. Our families are coming to visit and celebrate with us this weekend, and we cannot wait to see everyone. Stay tuned for a recap :).

+, Lauren Aiken

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