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..

favorites

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

Me – you!

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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.

favorites

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 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.

favorites

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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month 7

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dear Cora,

Happy 7 months baby! you are closer to a year than you are to my tiny newborn I brought home from the hospital now.

you haven’t slept well this month, but the first week of the month was AWFUL. you would wake up either in the middle of the night or the very early morning and you would scream and cry unless I was holding you. we spent a lot of time trying to sleep on the couch :P. I blame your cold, followed shortly after by your 6 month vaccinations.

you learned how to pick up your pacifier and put it in your own mouth! it is pretty awesome. I’m hoping soon you will be able to find it yourself in your crib in the middle of the night.

dr. Arif prescribed steroid cream for your cradle cap at your 6 month check up and it cleared it right up. no more scratching! it is pretty amazing. I love not waking up to new bloody spots on your head from you scratching yourself so hard. I’m sure you love it too.

you went swimming for the first time on your first 4th of July! you loved being in the water, and you even kicked and moved your arms like you were actually swimming when we held you on your belly. you are definitely our water baby. Grandpa Page and Jen came to stay with us for the 4th of July. you loved having them around, and the extra attention, but were cranky by the end of the visit; probably a mixture of teething, the sinus infection we didn’t know about yet, and not napping well. you spent the 4th of July with both Grandpas, Grammy, Uncle Kyle, Aunt Jess, cousin Gavin, Nate and Lily, and new friends. you tried watermelon for the first time. I cannot even describe how excited you were about it. I gave you a triangle and you just went to town on it, and tried to bite me a couple of times when I would try to pick the seeds out before you got to your next bite. you were covered in watermelon, and screamed when you finished your piece because you wanted more, but I wasn’t sure what it would do to your tummy, so I only let you have the one.

you can sit up unassisted for pretty much as long as you want now. you do still fall over from time to time, though. and you’ve learned that if I say “are you ok?” and you cry, I will pick you up. it’s pretty funny to see you scam me. even if I use a very upbeat tone to ask, you will still go from fine to crying until I pick you up.

you have loved to cuddle and sit with mommy and daddy on the couch this month. if we are sitting on the couch and you are playing, you will fuss until we pick you up and bring you to the couch to sit between us, and will resume your playing from there. I love the extra cuddles!

you are SO close to crawling. you get up on your hands and knees and rock back and forth. you just haven’t quite grasped the concept of moving forward. you are actually pretty good at getting around backwards, you scoot yourself, and roll to where you want to go.

you started blowing raspberries. the first time you did it, it was in response to your daddy telling you he loves you. it made me laugh so hard. and now you do it a lot, especially when you are happy.

speaking of happy. you usually are. especially when I get you out of your crib when you wake up in the morning, or when I pick you up from daycare. I will pull you in tight for a hug and you will squeal with delight and then bounce in my arms like you are jumping for joy. oh how I love these moments.

the cough you got with your cold and pink eye on the day you turned 6 months lasted and lasted. and then got worse. so we took you back to dr. Arif and he diagnosed you with a sinus infection :(. my poor baby girl. you had ten days of antibiotics to clear it up, and they worked great, and you actually didn’t mind them, they must taste good :P.

I feel like you have been perpetually teething for months now, and yet, there are still no teeth to show for it. you still love chomping on Sophie or Mushroom.

Mimi came and went to church with us, so you got to stay in the sanctuary instead of going to the nursery to play with her. you loved the songs, and that Mimi held you and played with you the whole time. She sewed a shopping cart/high chair cover for you and I was so hoping we could use it for the first time while she was here, but you fell asleep in the car and slept the entire time we were at lunch!

you tried so many new foods this month. dr. Arif told us you were ready for the foods with protein and any stage 2 foods, and that we could give you a new food as often as every day, so we just went to town. you love food, and we want to expose you to as much as possible. this month you tried: pears, peaches, prunes, apple juice, watermelon, avocado, macaroni & cheese with veggies, chicken and apples, turkey with sweet potatoes & whole grains, chicken noodle, chicken & rice, and beef & vegetables. you even had peas again, and didn’t have any reaction to them, just gobbled them up like you do all other food. we had problems with avocado and the purees that have rice in them. they upset your tummy so we’ve cut those out.

I started giving you puffs last week, hoping they would keep you occupied at restaurants, and when we are eating dinner, and also hoping they will help you learn to feed yourself. you will play with them, but you don’t even try to put them in your mouth. you put EVERYTHING in your mouth, especially things I don’t want you to, but when I give you food, you push it around your high chair tray, pick it up and wave it around, and throw it on the ground, but it doesn’t go anywhere near your mouth. you silly girl. I know you know it’s food though. because if I’m holding one you will open your mouth for me to feed it to you.

your school had a talent show this month. all parents were invited. your daddy and I were pretty excited to see what “talent” your class was going to show off. your teachers brought you all out and you “sang” twinkle, twinkle, little star. which basically meant you all sat there looking extra adorable while your teachers and all the parents sang the song to you. oh so sweet.

you are still wearing size 2 diapers, and sizes 0-3 and 3-6 month clothing.

favorites

Cora – stuffed animals, especially blue (who we bought you for being such a trooper through your shots and sickness), watermelon, sitting, babbling.

Me – your smile, sleep, cuddles, weekends when I get whole days with you!

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twentyeight

“I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22” – err. 28. I turned 28 two days ago.

Dear 27,

Thank you for a healthy pregnancy. Thank you for a natural labor and birth. Thank you for a healthy daughter. Thank you for motherhood. Thank you for more love. Thank you for more kisses. Thank you for more patience. Thank you for more grace. Thank you.

Dear 28,

I hope to get a little more sleep. I hope to be a better wife, a better mother. I hope to continue to find time to be silly with Cora. I hope to find balance with my time. I hope to spend alone time with my husband. I hope to have some me time. I hope to make new friends and spend more time with old ones. I hope to grow in my faith. I hope.

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A new chapter

My last day as a stay at home mom has come and gone. I now nurse my baby girl at 3 am, knowing I must get up in 2 hours and head to work.

I am incredibly grateful I was able to have 5 whole months at home with my love bug, most new moms are not this lucky. And yet, it wasn’t enough time. Perhaps no amount of time would ever be enough.

Baby girl, I loved every minute of our time together. Even on days when I was exhausted and you were cranky, I still loved it. I know you will have so much fun at daycare. You will make friends and learn new things and have even more people who will love you.

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Bump Update: 36 Weeks

36 Weeks

How far along: 36 weeks

Baby’s size: large cantaloupe (19 to 22 inches, 6 pounds)

Total weight gain: 35 pounds

Maternity clothes: same shirts with regular pants, although now that I am officially on maternity leave, it will probably be yoga and sweat pants from here on out 🙂

Stretch marks? yeah same clusters, but they seem to be less angry-looking this week

Sleep: has not been very restful or comfortable

Best moment this week: so much good stuff happened this week. my work threw us a lovely baby shower, I finished my last week of work, and we had our childbirth class which was very informative.

Food cravings: pretty much sweets of all kinds

Food aversions: cucumbers are not my favorite thing anymore, which is weird, I usually love them in salads

Gender: ribbons and bows

Symptoms: so tired, my back aches pretty much all the time, heartburn is wicked, and I’m pretty sure little girl is right on my bladder because I feel like I spend more time in restrooms than out of them.

Belly Button in or out? still technically in, although very flat

Wedding rings on or off? off

Happy or Moody most of the time: pretty happy

Looking forward to: some rest this week, re-packing the hospital bags (the childbirth class gave me some different ideas), and getting the house more in order

What I miss: sushi. my lovely coworkers gave J and I a satori gift card at our baby shower – they thought we could use something for us and not just for little girl. I am so excited.

Movement: yep. she’s been getting the hiccups way more frequently and she likes to throw private dance parties

Doctor’s appointment: on tuesday

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Bump Update: 35 Weeks

How far along? 35 weeks. today marks 35/35: 35 weeks down, 35 days until due date 😀

Baby’s size: large cantaloupe (19 to 22 inches, 5.5 pounds)

Total weight gain: 31.5 pounds

Maternity clothes: still wearing pre-pregnancy pants/skirts with maternity tops

Stretch marks? yes, they seem to be getting larger. that’s a bummer.

Sleep: awful. I was awake for at least an hour at 3:30 this morning. for no reason. boo.

Best moment this week: thanksgiving, although I missed seeing my mom because she wasn’t feeling well. we also put up our Christmas tree. and I saw twilight breaking dawn 2.

Food cravings: all the yummy thanksgiving food this week

Food aversions: nothing this week

Gender: pink pink pink

Symptoms: fatigue, hip pain, backache, heartburn, shortness of breathe

Belly Button in or out? still in

Wedding rings on or off? off 😦

Happy or Moody most of the time: happy

Looking forward to: my work is throwing us a baby shower this week

What I miss: not struggling to pick things up off the floor

Movement: oh yeah, she’s a mover

Doctor’s appointment: went really well, although dr. L put through a wrench into our plans for how much longer I am going to work. I was planning on working the first two weeks of december and then taking off, but, dr. L has recommended that I don’t work in december at all. he thinks spending more time laying down in the last month can help prevent preeclampsia. so this coming friday will be my last day at work.

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Bump Update: 34 Weeks

this smile says “this is as good as it gets when I don’t feel good” 😛

How far along? 34 weeks

Baby’s size: pineapple (19 to 22 inches, 4.9 pounds)

Total weight gain: 30 pounds

Maternity clothes: on top yes, bottoms are still pre-pregnancy with the beband.

Stretch marks? same ones that appeared a few weeks ago

Sleep: I actually slept a LOT this week being sick. I was surprised, but relieved.

Best moment this week: we had some photos taken by our wedding photographer, Allison Lal. I can’t wait to see the results.

Food cravings: chocolate covered peppermint jo-jo’s from trader joes. I love/hate this time of year and all the yummy holiday goodies that come out.

Food aversions: nothing

Gender: girlie girl

Symptoms: heartburn, backache, fatigue. I was sick this week so that was no fun.

Belly Button in or out? still technically in. even the top part that was completely flat last week seems like it is more in 😛

Wedding rings on or off? off for safety, but I did wear them at our photo shoot and they were fine.

Happy or Moody most of the time: being sick has left me pretty moody this week

Looking forward to: feeling all the way better, Thanksgiving, spending time with family.

What I’m procrastinating on: packing the hospital bag (not sure why, I’m just totally dragging my feet on this one)

What I miss: being able to pick things off the floor

Movement: yep, little one definitely likes to move-it, move-it

Doctor’s appointment: on tuesday. looking forward to it.

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baby shower

our baby shower was beautiful. I can’t thank my mother – and sister-in-law enough for all of the hard work and preparation they did to make it so amazing. this post is going to be pretty photo heavy to show you just how wonderful it was. the food was delicious, the decorations were amazing, and the games were so much fun! thank you to everyone who came to celebrate this baby and who showered us with love.

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little girl is all set for next season thanks to Aunt Kristy

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one of the games…sculpt a baby in 90 seconds

sister-in-law. and hubby lurking in the background 😛

artwork made by my sister-in-law of one of my favorite sayings for the nursery. “no one else will ever know the strength of my love for you. After all, you are the only one who has heard my heart beat from the inside.”

my gramma, dad, and I

my mom, and J’s grandma

my amazing sister-in-law used photos of J and I to make the silhouettes for this game card – I’m not sure why this one picture keeps turning on its side

this one is a little awkward of me, but behind me you can see where there were diapers set up to write funny messages on for our late night changes, and there was a onsie for everyone to sign as the guest book – that will go in the shadow box with some other items.

I am sad that we didn’t pay attention to what photos were being taken though. I didn’t get any with my mom, or with my mother-in-law, and there isn’t a good one of J and I. so that is a bummer. oh, and my dress? I made it. it was my first sewn garment and I’m pretty pleased with myself. there are of course, a couple of things I don’t like about it, but overall, it was a successful first attempt at sewing clothing. and there were people who complimented me on the dress before knowing I had made it myself, so I would consider that a win 🙂

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