Baby D Makes Three

born December 27, 2012

month 12

better horribly late than never, right? this post was written on December 28th, but it took until now to get it posted.

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dear Cora,

Happy Birthday my sweet girl! this has been such a fun and special month for us. you seem to grow daily, and learn new things as well. you had your first Thanksgiving and your first Christmas! you saw so many family members and loved on so many people. you are such a sweet girl and you love and are loved so easily.

let’s start with the really fun stuff first. you took your first step on December 6th! and then one week later, on December 13th, I picked you up from daycare and your teachers told me you had been walking around all day! you are on the move now, girlie. you toddle around pretty good, and while crawling is still the fastest way for you to get places, you take such delight in popping yourself up and walking a few steps, falling down, and then popping right back up. this has definitely been a huge milestone and we are loving watching you toddle. next week, I’m sure you will be running 😛

and then you got your first tooth! I felt it on December 8th and it popped through later in the month. now it is this tiny little white square in your mouth. i love seeing it there because it means soon you will be able to eat more table foods, but I will miss your completely gummy smile. this period of babyhood goes by so quickly.

you started signing “more” this month which is such a help for me when you are eating dinner, but you aren’t as consistent with using it. you also started getting very picky about eating this month. I don’t know where that came from. all of a sudden you are spitting bites of food out or refusing them altogether, and when I bring the spoon or fork to your mouth you will arch your head back and carefully inspect what is on it before eating it, in case I am trying to trick you by offering you a new food. 😛 I hope this doesn’t last long because there are so many yummy foods I want you to try now that you are getting teeth. and I’m a little worried you won’t eat your birthday cake – I think I’m way more excited than you about this, but I really want you to go crazy with it.

we are definitely in separation anxiety mode and you are getting sad when mommy and daddy leave you anywhere, but the good news is that you are getting sad when daddy leaves you and not just when mommy leaves – you are less resistant to daddy this month which is a relief – that mommy’s girl thing you were doing was really hurting daddy’s feelings.

you love to turn the lights on and off and you especially love to push the garage door button when we get home from daycare. as we walk close to it, you bounce in my arms and laugh/squeal. then I will say “push the red button” and you try your hardest a couple of times and then finally get it and laugh and bounce some more. you also really  love taking things out – of anything. baskets, bags, laundry baskets – anything that has things in it, you like to take them out and fling them behind you. it’s adorable. especially the laundry – I spend so much time folding the laundry and placing it in the basket and the you come over to “help” and throw it all out.

the size 3 diapers are finally fitting great and you are wearing size 6-9 month clothes..

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Cora – walking! phoebe, the refrigerator magnets, getting into cabinets you aren’t supposed to, fluffy blankets.

Me – you!

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oh yeah

oh yeah, I blog here.

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It feels like forever since I’ve blogged. I think it has been forever. It’s like Cora turned one and suddenly, there is no more energy or time to put the effort in. but that’s not what I intended. I still haven’t posted the month 12 post. Mostly because we wiped the computer and I lost my program to make the collages. I need to figure out a way to do that. The longer I’ve waited to write a post, the more daunting the task has become. So here I go. radio silence broken.

It has been a rough month for our family.  I don’t think I’ve handled it well. I’m moody and stressed. But while the month was rough, it was also beautiful and blessed. I got another promotion at work. I get to return to the team and manager I really enjoyed working with, and do the work I really enjoyed doing. For more money. I start on the 31st. We’ve spent some quality time with friends. We’ve spent quality time as a family.

Cora’s sweetness abounds. Her new favorite thing is for us to kiss phoebe. She holds her out towards our face and isn’t satisfied until we say “kiss phoebe!” and audibly plant kisses on her little face. Then she holds phoebe to her own face and gets kisses from phoebe. She also loves to share. Anything she is eating, she will extend to you for you to taste. And a couple of times this month she has come this close to getting her pacifier in my or J’s mouth. 😛 she gives hugs freely now but is still very reserved about kisses and almost never gives a kiss when asked (and the rare exceptions are for daddy – she’s only given me one kiss when I’ve asked for them).

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Merry Christmas

We woke at 4:30 this morning and while I was hoping for a few more years before the excitement of Christmas woke us quite that early, I didn’t mind. Much. Cora was able to fall back asleep around 5:30 and so was J but I’m wide awake. Counting all my blessings. It’s quiet and dark and the sound of Cora’s white noise machine is soothing. There are 3 stockings hung by the chimney with care. And Santa has been here while we slept. I have always loved Christmas but there is something extra magical about this first Christmas as a mom. Something surreal and wonderful. I will be spending the day wrapped in peace, love, and joy. Christ was born in Bethlehem and I will celebrate Him with my tiny babe. I wish the same for you and your family. Merry Christmas to all. With love from the Ds.
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month 11

IMG_7140dear Cora,

I can’t believe how close you are to turning the big O-N-E. the past 11 months have gone by at warp speed and my head is slightly spinning. you are changing daily and are such a joy in our life. we are so excited for your first holiday season. you’ve been wearing santa jammies since the end of October so you can tell how excited your mommy is about Christmas this year. everything is a little better, a little brighter with you around to share it with.

you love playing with your mommy and daddy and laugh all the time now. you wave “hi,” “bye,” and “nite-nite.” you are pretty consistent with signing that you are hungry, and you sometimes sign when you are all done. you “say” no constantly by shaking your head, you point at things that interest you. you are trying very hard to stand up by yourself. if you are holding on to something, you will let go for a few seconds at a time. you are also trying really hard to climb. we are constantly stopping you from getting your little knee up on your play table and your daddy even caught you trying to climb out of your crib this month! you do this really cute thing when you are playing in the living room if I sit on the floor with you. you will alternate between playing on your own, and coming to me and crawling in my lap to give me a hug. you have started hugging really hard if you are the one to initiate the hug. you struggle and wiggle away if your daddy or I initiate the hug. you also occasionally give big kisses.

you still don’t have any teeth! every time you get really cranky, I think to myself, maybe this time it will be teething, but it never is 😛 you are so fast! you can walk around the coffee table to steal a remote, or climb halfway up the small staircase before we realize what you are doing. we moved our living room back to the carpeted room in our house as that stairwell can accommodate a baby gate.

this month you helped your daddy celebrate his birthday and celebrated halloween. you were the cutest fluffy duck anyone had ever seen. and that costume was so warm. which was perfect since we went to our church’s harvest festival and it was a little chilly. the amount of people was pretty overwhelming to you so you cuddled a lot, but you definitely had fun people watching. this month you also had another sinus infection and pink eye 😦 but the antibiotics kicked in quickly and knocked it out. besides the few days you really didn’t feel good, you are still sleeping great! you don’t nap very well at daycare so sometimes you are pretty cranky when we get you home in the evenings, but we are getting pretty good at working around your moods.

girlfriend, you love to eat. and get so excited every time there is a new food to try. you especially love snacks and goldfish and graham crackers have become some of your favorite things. you would eat them at every meal if I let you.

you have been going through a huge mama’s girl phase the last 6ish weeks. you scream and cry when I leave the room and hurt your daddy’s feelings by not wanting to be held by him. as much as I love knowing how much you love me, I can’t wait for this phase to end. it is exhausting for all of us.

you are wearing size 3 diapers, although they are still a little big. the 2s were getting too small though, and your skinny little legs make transitioning sizes hard 😛 you are still wearing size 3-6 and 6-9 month clothes.

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Cora – standing, “walking,” playing peekaboo, waving, “saying no,” playing on the coffee table, play table, and walking toys.

Me – hearing you laugh, seeing your big gummy smiles, cuddling, watching you learn.

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no

my baby turned 11 months old today. I overslept and didn’t have time to give her bottle and cuddle her. she had to feed herself. and I was equal parts sad and proud. I have felt out of sorts all day because that cuddle time in the morning grounds me and prepares me for the day. without it, I’m left wandering. and yet, my sleepy babe held her own bottle and drank the whole thing without spilling a drop while I rushed about to get ready. a month ago I would have been late to work, with no other option but to feed her myself. sad and proud.

tomorrow is thanksgiving. I have been looking forward to letting her eat thanksgiving food all year. she still doesn’t have any teeth. but she will enjoy mashed potatoes and stuffing, and probably some other goodies.

on a rushed trip to carters last night a sales girl told Cora that she has the most beautiful blue eyes she had ever seen. Cora told her no with her wrinkled nose and head shake. the sales girl and I laughed. while feeding her dinner, Cora started crying and saying “maaamaaamaaamaaa.” so I said, “I’m the mama.” Cora told me no. with tears and a head shake. I almost cried myself.

no is a new favorite word. and my only response is no.

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changing

dear Cora,

yesterday morning, I got you out of your crib, and you had changed overnight. your facial features were just a little bit different. the expressions you make a little more pronounced. it is amazing and terrifying, the rate at which you change. I spend whole minutes every day trying to memorize everything about you, because tomorrow you will be a different little girl. you are funny and sweet and kind. you are also stubborn, hardheaded, and determined. you are becoming so much more communicative. you wave now to say “hi,” “bye,” or “night-night.” you sign when you are hungry most of the time. and you sparingly sign “all done.”  this weekend you learned to shake your head to say “no.” and used it. a lot. your daddy and I giggled every time you shook your little head at us and whispered under our breaths “uh oh, what has she learned?”  you tried to share your bottle with me a few times on Friday evening, and almost popped it right into my mouth because I was not expecting it. and on Friday night when I asked you if you were ready for bed, you waved to say “night-night” and then looked frantically around because your daddy was not in the room and you always say “night-night” to him before you go to bed. I love these sweet moments with you, and am so thankful I get to be your mommy.

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peekaboo

yesterday evening I had one of those experiences as a mother that I just want to bottle up and keep forever. it may be one of my favorite memories of Cora to date. we were all snuggling on the couch with the fluffy blankets we have on it. Cora pulled the blanket up to be above her head and I heard her start to giggle “heeheehee” so Jason and I started saying “where’s Cora, where is she?” and she giggled harder, and kicked her little legs in excitement. Jason pulled the blanket down and we exclaimed, “There she is! Peekaboo!” and she absolutely rolled with laughter. we played peekaboo over and over. completely instigated by my fun-loving girl. every time she pulled that blanket up, her giggles would ring out in the room, and her legs would kick excitedly under the blanket. and my heart grew 15 sizes. I have had a hard couple of weeks. I started a new job two weeks ago, and it has been a harder transition than I anticipated. spending an evening playing peekaboo with my baby girl was exactly what I needed. and the fun we had last night has kept me going through this last work day of the week.

I tried to get the fun and games on video to share, but every time the camera came out, she stopped playing. so I put the camera away. and soaked up the fun we were having. and tried my hardest to commit that moment to my memory forever. November is always a month full of thanksgiving for me. I love to count my blessings every year. this year, my blessings have multiplied exponentially, and having fun with my daughter is just one of the many things I am thankful for.

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month 10

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dear Cora,

happy 10 months, dear one!

this month has been so full of fun. you love playing, and singing, and dancing. when we sing to you, you dance and clap. you waved bye bye for the first time on the 23rd. it was the funniest wave, you just put your hand up and held it there. too cool to actually wave your arm around 😛 you also signed “all done” after I signed it to you! I think that means you are starting to really understand it, and hopefully will use it more and more. you also sign “hungry” now, which is fantastic, unless you do it at the grocery store when we aren’t even half way done shopping 😛 luckily, puffs always save the day.

you are a total champ at pulling yourself up to standing, and we had to lower the crib to the lowest height this month. you are growing like a weed. I feel like you are so tall now. when you pull yourself up on your play table, you can reach so much farther. you are also getting a further reach at the coffee table. no cell phone, remote control, napkin, or cup is safe with you around 😛 we really should get rid of the coffee table, but I don’t know where I would put my glass 😛

you got an ear infection this month and are taking antibiotics for it. you were such a sad baby for a few days, it broke my heart. you also had basically no appetite, and weren’t eating very much. it worried me a lot, so we went to the doctor and he prescribed antibiotics. once the antibiotics kicked in, your appetite started to come back and your mood improved a ton. you are back to eating your normal amount, and drinking all of your bottles.

you still don’t have a single tooth! even without teeth, your pediatrician gave us the ok to start feeding you some softer table food. you had rotisserie chicken, bread, cheese, green beans, and baked potato this month. you love picking food up and feeding yourself, but you do get a little frustrated that you can’t get the quantity of food you are used to eating in the same amount of time 😛

I worry that you are almost done breastfeeding. I really wanted to breastfeed for a whole year, but then pumping was so awful so I stopped doing that. we have made it a whole two months longer without pumping, which is kind of a miracle, but you get less and less interested every day. I’m already starting to grieve the loss of that special time with you. giving up breastfeeding means you are growing from my tiny baby into a little girl, and I’m just not ready.

you are sleeping great. your bedtime is around 7 pm, I nurse and feed you a bottle at 9 and then you usually sleep until 6 am when I nurse and feed you another bottle. most mornings you go back to sleep after that and sleep until Daddy wakes you up for school around 7 am. I am so thankful you are turning into such a great sleeper.

you are so expressive lately! you make the funniest faces, and “talk” really loudly. it’s quite funny and entertaining. you also rarely sit still for me to take photos of you anymore. most of the time, I get at least ten photos of you crawling closer to the camera and/or reaching for the lens. 😛

you are still wearing size 2 diapers, and 3-6 and 6-9 month clothing.

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Cora – standing, playing with anything you aren’t supposed to, crawling super fast, anything that makes sound or plays music.

Me – sleeping through the night and snuggling you in the morning.

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month 9

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dear Cora,

you are 9 months old! You have been here with us for the same amount of time I was pregnant. It is amazing to think that you have been in our lives for 18 months. this has been the best time of my life. I love you so much.

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this month you started clapping, pulling yourself up to standing and you signed your first baby sign. you clap when you are happy or excited, and it’s really fun to clap with you. you will stop clapping, watch us clap for a minute, and then get a huge smile on your face, bounce a bit, and go back to clapping. you are also, a champion at pulling yourself up to standing on furniture. you did it for the first time on the couch, but now, you pull up on everything. I am so scared of our coffee table now because it seems that every single surface is a big square edge that I’m scared you will hurt yourself on. you are also extremely quick at pulling yourself up on the coffee table and then grabbing something you shouldn’t have. your favorite things to go after are cell phones, remotes, and beverages.

you have been signing “all done” to us. we noticed you doing it when you were eating it, but it’s not with both hands so at first we weren’t sure it was an actual sign, but the more you did it, the more deliberate it seemed. you even did it during a diaper change, which cracked me up! We checked with Ms. Angela at daycare, and sure enough, that is what you are saying. now we’ve really beefed up how often we sign to you, in hopes that you will pick up more signs…we just want to know what you need/want.

you have been sort of a weird eater this month and I kept thinking maybe it’s teething, but you are 9 months old and there isn’t a tooth in sight! you haven’t really wanted to eat solid foods at dinner time. you will take a few bites and then scream your head off for the next 20 minutes, no matter what I try, you will not eat. so you nurse and/or take a bottle. a couple of times this month I have been too exhausted to even try the process, so I’ve just made you a bottle and once you drink it, then I put you in the high chair to eat puffs or mum mum bars. I tried to give you cut up ripe banana, but you were not loving it.
all three of us got sick this month. you had a cold, and then daddy and I caught it too. you were all better in about 3 days, but it’s been two weeks and I am still coughing, although my runny nose seems to be improving greatly.

we took you to Monterey for Labor Day and spent the night. Grandpa and Jen were there and we stayed in the same hotel with them. I was worried about the car ride, so we went the weekend before and bought a bigger car seat for you, in hopes to make the trip more comfortable. you slept the WHOLE drive to Monterey. that’s three hours! We were very relieved. you loved all of the walks we took in Monterey – the weather was perfect and you slept in your stroller a lot. you also loved playing on the hotel bed with us. you were not very happy that we slept in the same room though. you were definitely bothered by us being there and kept waking up and crying. I was so tired and not getting any sleep, so I finally pulled you into the bed to sleep with us at about 6 am and got about an hour of uninterrupted sleep.

when we got home from the trip, it took a few days for your sleep to adjust back. we had quite a few nights of crying for over an hour in the middle of the night, and you just wanted to be held. but this month you improved greatly at self-soothing and putting yourself back to sleep! you have been sleeping through the night for the past two weeks! now if you wake up in the middle of the night, you put yourself back to sleep within 10 minutes or less. it is FANTASTIC and we thank you for that. you are now going to be around 7 pm, we feed you one last time around 9 pm, and then you wake up anywhere from 5-6:30 am for the day. we are still trying to figure out how to get you to nap better at daycare.

you are still wearing size 2 diapers, and size 3-6 month clothing. I realized this month I had so many cute summer clothes that are in size 6-9 months that you won’t even get to wear. I put you in a couple of the things, but they are so big, some of them were impeding your ability to crawl 😛

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Cora – crawl ball, blocks, the iPad, stuffed animals

Me – when you snuggle, or put your head to my lips to get a kiss, sitting in the front yard with you while you watch the world, how happy you are

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month 8

IMG_6424dear Cora,

8 months old, baby girl. wow. you are such a little explorer!

you are officially on the move. you crawled for the first time on your 7 month birthday! and that week you started army crawling. each day after that you got closer to actual crawling, and when you were 7 months and 3 weeks old, you did it! and haven’t stopped since. even while you were army crawling, you had no problem getting around. we had to put up baby gates to keep you confined to the bottom level of the house. we also have one upstairs to keep you contained on the top-level when we are up there. we still have no idea what to do about the middle level or our living room as the openings are far too large and awkwardly shaped for traditional baby gates.

you said ‘Dada!’ oh we were so excited. we had been doing our usual, ‘say mama, say dada routine and you were definitely trying, moving your mouth like you were trying to make the right shape and then you said ‘Dada!’ you said it again the next night, but so far intermittently since then. now hurry up and say Mama!

you started eating stage 3 foods. it is thicker and has chunks. we are very impressed with your ability to “chew” your food instinctively. you also eat puffs now. it is such a great distraction for you. we put you in your high chair and put a couple on the tray and you worked very hard to pick them up and get them to your mouth. you learned how to do it so fast. at first you would pick them up and not even attempt to put them in your mouth. then as soon as you figured out where they needed to go, you would pick one up and open your mouth, but still not make it there. now you are a pro!

you also started sleeping a little better this month (finally! :P). we figured out that you just weren’t getting enough to eat at bed time nursing alone, so you kept waking up because you wanted to fill your tummy up more. we started giving you a bottle of formula after you nurse at about 10 and you are usually only waking up once a night (anywhere from 1-4:30) and then usually waking up to eat again around 6:15, but sometimes I have to come wake you up to feed you before I leave for work. your bedtime has also crept up so now you are going to bed closer to 7 than 8 most nights. you will sleep until I wake you for your bedtime feeding, and then wake up for a middle of the night feeding, and again for your morning feeding, but usually you go back to sleep until Daddy wakes you up to get you ready for school around 7. so you get close to 12 hours of sleep a night. you still aren’t the best napper at daycare. you usually take either just one hour-long nap, or two thirty minute naps there. at home you will take a 2 hour nap and another 1 hour nap in the same time period. I guess you are just too curious about everything that is going on at school to sleep that well there. I’m still holding out hope that it will change and you will nap better because you are in a much better mood when you get good naps.

we lowered your crib because you started crawling and were getting really close to pulling yourself up using the side of the crib.

you visited your great-grandfather, Sonja, and Mimi this month. and had a very fun time showing off your crawling skills. you also helped your cousin Gavin celebrate his second birthday. you had so much fun at his party.

you still don’t have any teeth! I bought you a baltic amber teething necklace this month that you wear and it is supposed to provide natural pain relief, reduce inflammation, and accelerate healing during teething. it also is supposed to help boost your immune system. we aren’t sure if it actually works, but it looks pretty cute on you, and you haven’t even noticed it’s there, so haven’t pulled on it or anything so we are leaving it on.

you are still wearing size 2 diapers, and sizes 0-3 and 3-6 month clothing, but I think you are finally getting too tall for the 0-3 month onsies. the pants still fit you great though.

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Cora – this play and learn table, you love to stand and play with it, electronics – you have become very interested in the iPad, cell phones, and remote controls, anything that plays music when you push buttons, especially this vtech discovery nursery farm piano toy. it was a hand-me-down, and it’s getting a lot of love. 

Me – picking you up from daycare, rocking you to sleep, playing with you

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