Happy 2nd Birthday Sweet Norah Grace!

Today is our baby girl’s second birthday!  It is so hard to believe that two years have passed since Norah entered our lives.  My favorite aspect of parenting is getting to relive childhood through your child’s eyes.  From the magic of Santa to the simple pleasure a lightning bug brings, it has been amazing and humbling to be a part of Norah’s life.  It seems like it was just yesterday that I wrote her 12 month update.  In a similar vein, I’m going to write a little blurb about each month this year!

August:

After Mike and I went to Maine for a vacation, it was time to head back to work.  Norah began her second year in the Ladybug class.  Check out this first day of school pic!  We moved into a house and loved spending our free time on the weekends cleaning up the yard.

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September:

We traveled to Annapolis for a fun weekend away with friends, then I spent several weekends away from home for a birthday trip and work conferences.  Mike and Norah spent lots of quality time together and I missed my baby so much!  We also got to see Tom and Rachel’s baby girl Kenzie!

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October:

We went a fun family wedding in Baltimore, then Norah took her first trip to South bend for an ND football game. Plus, our little Ladybug was a ladybug for Halloween.  Norah walked to about two houses for candy and thought it was the best thing ever.

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November:

This was a huge month for Norah as she began walking in earnest!  She would take a few steps here or there, but was always more comfortable crawling.  We also celebrated Thanksgiving!

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December:

December was a whirlwind month of holiday celebrating.  We had a blast selecting and decorating a Christmas tree, opening advent calendars, reading Christmas books nightly, and baking lots of Christmas cookies.  Christmas was celebrated at our house this year, and we loved having everyone in our house for Christmas dinner and opening presents.

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January:

Happy New Year! We celebrated with the Weidmans and had an awesome night together.  Norah went to her first Capitals hockey game.  There were some snow days off of school and we took advantage of our new activity tower to do some cooking in the kitchen!  We also started our second round of swim classes!

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February:

Our 18-month old made brownies for her friends for Valentine’s Day, and we traveled to Boston to visit Shane and Amanda.  More snow days commenced and I brainwashed Norah into rooting for the Hoosiers during basketball season.

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March:

We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and took Norah’s first international trip to Mexico!

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April:

We celebrated Easter at our house in addition to Michael’s birthday.  Mike ended up being out of town for a bit, so Norah and I spent some fun weekends together.  And we took Norah to her first Orioles game!

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May:

May in the Wittman house means one thing: Derby Day!

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June:

We had our last day of school in June and then Norah and I began celebrating summer in earnest.  Check out that last day of school pic compared to August.

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July:

In July, we traveled to Kentucky for the annual Wittman-Newton Houseboat extravaganza.  Then the Archers came to visit and we got to visit all of the DC sights!

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August:

We traveled to Colorado for one last trip with a lap infant (children under 2 fly free!) and returned home 2 days before Norah’s second birthday!

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The last 24 months have been incredible.  Incredibly amazing, scary, exhilarating, exhausting, and precious.  We have been blessed with the most sweet, loving, and independent little girl.  We learn more about her personality every day and fall more in love with each passing minute.

Happy birthday sweet baby girl! We love you so much!

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