Nora has been talking up a storm and asking lots and lots of questions. In fact, she's asking so many questions and so constantly that I'm about to go completely bonkers. It really needs to get warm so we can run around outside (because I think that might help solve some of it). I suppose it's wonderful that she's so inquisitive, but I get a lot of repeat questions within the same three minutes. That's enough to make a woman throw up her hands and say things like, "I just answered that question! Accept my answer!"
She's also been obsessed with twirly dresses (which are in short supply around here) and princess-type things since February. I think she picked that up from cousin Reagan at the Dill Family Christmas that we had in February.
She's also learning how to share with Henry, and she's learning that she doesn't like it much. This (above) is a typical face when she kindly passes off a toy to Henry (after he's asked properly, of course).
Nora loves to take pictures with my camera, and she's actually pretty careful with it. I should probably wash that mirror, eh? Gross.
She also likes to take pictures of people taking pictures. It's a "thing."
Nora has also been doing some serious boundary and patience-testing. We're getting a lot of push-back when it comes to just about everything. She's generally a really sweet kid, but she is having her moments. I'm blaming it on serious cabin fever. We need to be able to get outside and breathe in some fresh air. I think that'll remove the crank, post-haste.
Her memory is nearly too accurate (and long-term) because we can't catch a break when it comes to hoping she'll forget about something (for example: if she gets a balloon from somewhere, we typically throw the balloon out after a couple of days. When she realizes the balloon is gone, holy crap. God, help us). We have to be sharp, like, all the time when it comes to that sort of thing.
She's also very nearly potty trained now. (Now that I've acknowledged it in print, I'm sure she'll regress.) She's been sleeping at night without a diaper which is HUGE. Most nights have been dry. I've been having to get up with her in the middle of the night quite a bit (she wakes up before she wets the bed a lot of the time). I suppose that's all well and good since I have to wake up at least once in the night right now, anyway.
This guy is both stinking sweet and cuddly and terribly rough all in a tiny package. I recently had to buy a special cover for the switch on our HVAC system, if you know what I mean. (The little dude was shutting it off every single day. Sometimes, thrice.)
There's been a lot of this going on (above). He really likes to pick on the dog, and the dog loves to lick his face off. So, it works out for both of them. It grosses me out pretty well.
Henry's also been chatting up a storm lately. My favorite thing that he's been doing lately is informing me that he is, indeed, "being a bad boy."
I'm not even kidding. Here. Check it out. He says it in this video (below).
So, not only does Nora tattle on him all the time, but he's tattling on himself. It's working out at the moment.
He also might have yes and no confused. We'll ask him a question, and he'll say, "Nooo."
Then, we'll ask, "Do you mean yes," and he says, "YES!"
Sometimes, we think he's being funny, but sometimes, I'm not so sure about that. He does seem to know to yell, "NOOO!" when something is happening that he doesn't want.
He also gets all dramatic and funny when he needs a diaper change. He always informs either Willis or me of his "situation."
So, that's handy, too.
The kids have been playing together really well lately, and I can only hope that this continues as they'll share a room soon and this baby boy will arrive.
Also, it just needs to warm up outside. Desperately. For so many reasons.