I know it has been forever since I've updated. Norah is so stinking busy now, that the only real time I have to update is on the weekends when she is napping. She is in her bed now attempting to nap, but apparently the books in her room are proving to be too tempting. Gah...oh well. Anyway, onto an update.
The last post I had was back in January. We were beginning the bink bink weaning. Well, January's weaning didn't go well because she got sick. She had so many ear infections, so on MLK day, we got her the ear tube surgery. Which she did amazingly at. She got another ear infection shortly after (that drained out of her ear..ew!), so I decided that it wasn't the right time to wean.
My next plan was to wean her on my Spring Break in March. I wanted to be home with her during the weaning process so that I didn't have to put that on her teachers at daycare. Well, at the very last minute, my parents wanted me to come down to SC for Spring Break, and I wasn't about to wean while I was down there, so that was a no-go.
My next plan was to wait until Good Friday weekend in April because I would have a three day weekend to try and wean her. Well, on March 29th I just decided that I had had enough of it. I knew she didn't need it because it was out of her mouth within seconds of falling asleep, and she didn't depend on it any other time but nap time and bed time. I kept thinking that she just looked too "old" to have a bink bink in her mouth. Our pedi advised us to wean her from it by the time she was two. Here she was 20 1/2 months old, and I was sure that if I didn't wean soon, then she would throw an even bigger fit in a few months. So, one night, I just decided to try it. I poked a hole in the tip of it and gave it to her. She recognized there was something wrong with it immediately. She got angry and threw it. I said, "Sorry, that's the only one I have." I offered it to her again. She threw it again, I told her I loved her and I walked out. She whined/played for 45 minutes (never got to hard crying), and she fell asleep and woke up at her regular time. At daycare the next day she chewed on the same bink (with the hole) for an hour and fell asleep for two hours. Bedtime that night I did the same stuff. She whined for 10-15 minutes, then fell asleep. The third night she whined for a minute or two. Ever since then we haven't had a problem. She occasionally will have a difficult time at naptime (simply because she wants to play), but we got rid of them and didn't look back. I love it! No more binks!
Since we got rid of the binks, and we knew that we were giving my sister a crib in a few months, we decided to transition her to a toddler bed a few weeks later. I scored an awesome, white wood toddler bed off of craigslist for $35, bought the bedding from JCPenney, and set it up. She was soooo excited. She kept jumping on it and saying, "ya yah's!" Which is her way of saying, "Norah's". So right before we put her in bed, H got the amazing idea of setting up the video camera in her room and recording it on night vision. Norah is very curious, so we were sure that we were going to get some good stuff...we soooo did. If you Youtube jlburnell's channel, you should see the videos. Hilarious stuff. She did everything but go to sleep. The first night it took her over an hour and 12 trips by us coming in there for her to go to sleep. The second night was about 20 minutes with 3 trips, and by the third night, the novelty wore off and she hasn't had a problem since. She rarely gets out of her bed at night. Naptime is a different story, but for the most part, she is good in there.
So, our itty bitty girl is getting so big. She is talking so much now that it's hard to believe she's not even two. I couldn't even begin to list all of the words that she knows. When we were down in SC in December, we wrote them down and got to 75 words before we just stopped. She EASILY has 150+ words, if not a hundred or two more. She is stringing three and four words together now. My favorite might be when she says, "Bye mama, see you later!" :) She melts my heart.
I'm going to attempt to try and update this a little more frequently. I know I don't have a TON of reader's, but I like to have this for myself, too. It's like a second memory bank. :)