in explanation of my hiatus, or: what it's like to have a 'spirited' baby

Obviously I've done a terrible job updating the blog for approximately four months, and even before that, it was pretty spotty.  All I can say in my defense is that parenthood is no joke, especially when you have what is called in most holy-moly-help-me-anybody-help-me parenting literature as a 'spirited' baby. 

Don't get me wrong: I love Nora and I love her crazy personality, but it is just that: crazy.  This child never stops moving.  I know that you think I am exaggerating: I am not.  It takes us at least 90 minutes to get her to bed.  She wakes up between 3 and 7 times per night (some amazing nights have only been 2!...some not-so-amazing nights have been 10).  She learned to walk at just over eight and a half months.  She wants constant interaction.  Today, she is ten months and she toddles around everywhere, stands up on her own without anything to hold, and climbs everything.  The other day she dove into the banister on the steps, cried for a minute, and then tried again.  She has exactly zero chill and it's hilarious, but it's also exhausting.

Here's a list of other things (besides updating the blog) that I have not done since she has been born, strictly because I don't have the time when I'm chasing her around everywhere:  
-opened any mail within 3 days of it arriving
-shower regularly (disgusting, but some days it just doesn't happen #momlife)
-cooked dinner more than twice a month
-edited pictures within two months of taking them
-exercised (that doesn't involve making sure Eleanor stays alive)
-slept more than a few hours at a time
-watched a movie
So, without further ado, let me catch you up as much as I can over the next few posts.  Here's a brief look at July (Nora at 6 months):

pool parties with cousin Mary and Aunt Amy

first tiny fam vaca! we went to the lake for a few days, just the three of us.

then Travis, Blythe, and the Malone boys joined us and this happened.

Nora showed her Hufflepuff pride.

Nora INSISTED on walking everywhere.  Crawling is for suckers.

We literally did this for 2 months.

Loved walking on her own in her Joovy Spoon.

Still amazingly stunning.

Loving on Dad.
 Next post: August...

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