Last week, we took her to get pictures taken for Easter and her birthday. I shared the Easter pictures last week, but her birthday pictures turned out adorably as well!
On Nora's actual birthday, I took her to her 2 year check-up at Dr. Joe's office, and though Nora was not in a very good mood, she got a clean bill of health. She weighs in at 29 lbs 12.5 oz (75th%ile) and 35.75" (90-95th%ile). If Nora's height follows the "double at 2" rule, she will grow to be between 5'9 and 5'10! Thinking about 5'10 future-Nora makes my heart burst and ache at the same time.
The rest of her actual birthday was kind of quiet, which was probably a good thing.
Saturday was Nora's birthday party. It was scheduled from 11-1 because nap time is around 1:00, and Nora is always at her best pre-nap. I decorated the living room the night before, falling into bed finally just after midnight. Nora was very excited to wake up to a living room covered in Sesame Street characters. Around 10:15 I got her into her party dress, and at 10:30, Jessica showed up with the most awesome cupcakes I have ever seen.
At precisely 11:00 the guests started arriving, just as I was tying Nora's balloons to our lamp post.
Nora's guests included her friends Amelia and Ella, as well as Jessica, Jason, Madison, Caitlyn, Nhyle, Amelia's momma, Allison, and Ella's grandmother, Donna. As well, Dede and Grandpa stopped in for a little while.
Nora and her friends had so much fun running around the back yard and playing with Nora's new water table. They also did a great job eating their lunch nicely at the table outside and digging into their cupcakes later on. Notice the wardrobe change once we moved in side. This is because Nora got drenched while
Nora was very thankful for the presents her friends brought for her. As you can see, in this house, Elmo never gets old.
Later, some of us "struck a pose" for the camera.
After her friends left, it wasn't too long before Nora was fast asleep in her crib for a nice long afternoon nap. Allison says Amelia fell asleep before they even left our drive way! Those girls wore themselves out! When Nora woke up, we took her picture in her chair with her Dolly, just for old time's sake. When I asked her if she wanted to get her picture taken with her Dolly, she yelled "OK!" and ran to her room to get Dolly and to climb into the chair. Dolly looks so small next to Nora these days.
We ended our birthday fun outside with balloons. Is there any other way?
I read a quote recently that really resonated with me because it says a lot about my relationship with Nora- what it is and what I hope it will become: “She discovered with great delight that one does not love one's children just because they are one's children but because of the friendship formed while raising them.”
Nora, your Mommy and Daddy love you so much, and while we will always be your parents first and foremost, I hope that one day, you will also consider us very treasured friends.