Baby D Makes Three

born December 27, 2012

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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month 6

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dear Cora,

you are 6 months old! a half a year! I cannot believe it. and it makes me so happy and so sad at the same time to write that. you are so much fun! every day with you is an adventure. but you are also growing way too fast.

at your check up you weighed 13 pounds 6 ounces and were 25 inches long. That puts you in the 13th percentile for weight and the 15th for length. you are still our petite girl (even though you eat like a champ!), but you are perfectly healthy.

this month you started going to daycare. you LOVE it! I was so nervous leaving you, but seeing how happy you are, and how much you learn every day makes it so much easier for me to go to work. most days, when I come to get you, you give me the biggest smile! I love it.

you can sit up unassisted for short periods of time if we prop you up – you can’t get yourself into a seated position yet. you are a rolling machine! you roll from your tummy to your back, and from your back to your tummy. you also spin around in circles. you are NEVER in the same place or position that I left you  in when I come back. you are really trying to crawl. you push and reach and snort and get frustrated with yourself but you are getting so close. then I will really be in trouble. watching the older kids at daycare has really encouraged you to try harder to crawl. you don’t want to be left behind.

you grab EVERYTHING in your sight line. you especially love paper, which makes it hard for me to open the mail and hold you. you love touching my drinking glass too, and it’s cute to see you react when the glass is especially cold. you also pull the straw out of my glass whenever you can. you are learning how to put your pacifier back in your mouth when it falls out.

you got your first cold this month. and your second :(. we were all so sad. and then I caught it. we were pretty miserable for a couple of days. I felt so bad for you because you obviously wanted to play and have your normal routine, but you didn’t feel well so you were very cranky. you also got pink eye on your 6 month birthday. the doctor prescribed you drops (which you really did not like), but the redness was mostly gone the next day and was completely cleared the day after that.

you love: looking at yourself in the mirror, having growling contests with your daddy, spinning in circles, rolling from your back onto your side, your jumperoo.

this month you tried some new foods and loved them all. you had sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, green beans, and prune juice. you are a great eater! we love not having to worry about a picky baby.

sometimes when I hold you up on my shoulder and pat your back to burp you, you will put one of your arms over my shoulder and tap my back. oh so sweet.

you started “saying” two-syllable words and using consonants. we hear a lot of “blah blah, gah gah, la la, and na nas”

you learned how to jump in your jumperoo this month. it is really funny to see you jump and get so excited.

Grandpa Page came to visit for one evening (for my birthday) this month and you had fun playing with him. you also spent some time with Grammy, Grandpa DuBray, and Mimi at breakfast to celebrate my birthday.

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

favorites

Cora – stuffed animals, sweet potatoes, sitting, rolling, jumperoo

Me – picking you up from school, your smiles, early morning and late night nursing – when you are sleepy and snuggly.

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how did it get so late so soon?

How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? ― Dr. Seuss

my baby is 6 months old today. where has that time gone? I have been back at work for 1 month. where has that time gone?

I spent my entire childhood hoping time would speed up, that I would grow up faster, that I would be an adult, that my life would begin. and it seemed to take FOREVER. time moved so slowly.

then I turned 18. and I blinked. now I’m 28. I have a husband, a home, and 6 months of pure joy in a tiny baby girl package. I’m afraid if I take a nap, she’ll be 28. with a husband. and possibly a baby of her own.

I feel like I’m standing still while time rushes by me and I have my hands outstretched, desperately trying to slow it down, to grab on to the good times, and hold them tight, before they are gone.

there isn’t enough time in the day to be all things. to be a mother, a wife, a friend, a daughter, a sister,  a coworker, an employee, a housekeeper, a crafter, a blogger. I’m a poor juggler. I am working towards being ok with not getting everything done every day. and focusing on being a wife and mother first. if that means I go to bed, and get up the next day, and the living room is still a mess from the night before, that’s the way it is. I’m trying to soak up all of this beautiful time with a little girl who learns, grows, and develops every day. every night as I’m getting ready for bed, utterly exhausted, and craving sleep, I think, someday, I will want this time back. and that keeps me going.

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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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hot mess

this weekend was a total hot mess at our house.

I ate something bad on friday. so I had stomach flu-like symptoms for most of the evening and into saturday morning.

saturday morning came around, and Cora had a runny nose, and was very congested. it was also 106 degrees by the afternoon (I meant hot mess literally). since Cora didn’t seem overly cranky, we chalked the runny nose up to the change in weather, and went to a second birthday party where Cora enjoyed splashing in the kiddie pool, and J and I melted (did I mention 106 degrees?). over the course of the afternoon, as I used more and more boogie wipes, I started to wonder if this was a cold and not weather related. but she continued to power through it with minimal crankiness.

sunday morning came with more congestion, and a little more whining, but nothing too awful. we went to church as I was scheduled to volunteer in the nursery, and Cora had fun with the few toys I handed her.

sunday afternoon is when the real hot mess hit. this is definitely her first cold. she was congested, runny-nosed, cranky, and having a harder time eating. it was also pretty obvious the teething fairy had visited at the same time. she was inconsolable. she hates having her nose wiped or suctioned, and her poor teeth are hurting her so badly. towards the evening, I started to feel like I was coming down with a cold too. my throat started hurting, and my nose started running. perfect.

it was so hard to listen to my precious, teeny, baby girl sniffle and cough on the baby monitor. and even worse to hear the whimpers throughout the night that to me say, I don’t feel good. I was up way more often than normal, retrieving her pacifier, or just going in to put my hand to her forehead to check for a fever, or to kiss her and hope that my love could magically take the sickness away.

we had a rough night to say the least, and when this morning came, Cora had a small cough and was still congested. my head feels like it’s going to explode, my throat is sore, and my nose is a faucet. J stayed home with Cora as I went to work. I felt so guilty leaving her since this is her first sickness, but I was scheduled to observe an administrative hearing this morning, and I felt I needed to do that as a refresher for my job. I’m so thankful J has a flexible job too, and can stay home with her when I’m not able to.

now I’m counting the hours until I can go home and cuddle my baby, who will hopefully be feeling better.

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month 5

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dear Cora,

you have been 5 months old for a week and I just haven’t found the time to write this post. you seem to grow and change and advance every single day. I am so in love with you.

this month was huge for you in terms of food. you started eating rice cereal on May 9th. to say you LOVE eating solid foods would be an understatement. you do not patiently wait for your next spoonful. you yell if mommy or daddy isn’t being fast enough and you basically lunge at the spoon instead of waiting for it to reach your mouth. super cute. rice cereal didn’t really agree with your tummy however, so we quickly switched to oatmeal and that is much better for you.

you also tried peas and HATED them. you screamed so loudly, and we couldn’t get you to swallow them or spit them out, it made me sad. we kept trying to get you to drink some water to wash your mouth out, but you just wouldn’t. we finally had to get a cloth and kind of scoop them out of your mouth. we will probably try something a little sweeter instead for your next foray into veggies (I’m thinking sweet potatoes).

at the begining of this month you were sucking on your pointer finger and thumb together, and only once found your thumb by itself but you kept gagging yourself because you were sticking your pointer finger in your mouth too far. you finally found just your thumb towards the end of the month but we try to replace it with your pacifier when we see you sucking on it, because we’ve read that pacifiers are better for teeth development, and there is less chance of needing braces (let’s just all hope you didn’t get mommy’s teeth and end up needing them anyway).

you really try to sit up by yourself. you will push away from whatever is supporting you (us, or the boppy) and kind of wobble there. you have even kind of grasped the concept of putting your hands in front of you and holding yourself up that way, but you eventually topple over.

we went to Chico to watch your daddy’s cousin’s Christian and Danielle graduate from CSU Chico. I was so nervous about the trip because it is about a two hour drive each way and I didn’t know how you would do. we left at 5 am and you slept the whole way there! you did great at the graduation too, even though it was a long day, and you slept at the park where we barbequed for a little while. we left to come home around 3:15 and you slept the whole way home! it was fantastic.

this was my last month staying home with you so I tried my best to soak up every minute of being with you. since the weather got very nice this month, you enjoyed sitting outside waiting for daddy to come home from work most afternoons. you really love being outside, and sometimes would get really cranky if we spent too much time indoors.

you had a discovery day at daycare which is basically like a practice run day. I took you at about 8:30 and went home and cried. I was so sad to be without you. but it made it better knowing you were in a great school with people who were going to take really good care of you. you did fantastic! daddy and I picked you up together at bout 4:15 when he got home from work and you were napping but so happy to see us when you woke up.

your ezcema has gotten really bad this month. we switched your soap to what the doctor recommended we use and it just seems to make it worse, so I found something different that is for ezcema and we are trying that now.

for the first half of this month you still wore size 1 diapers but they were getting pretty snug so we switched to size 2s but not all diaper sizes are created equal we are finding. the Luvs 2s were too big, so we tried huggies which work a little better size-wise, but I don’t really care for their absorbency level. you are still wearing size 0-3 clothes (my petite baby!) and we are mixing in the 3-6 month stuff even though they are still roomy.

your sleep this month still hasn’t been great. hopefully that changes soon since daddy and I are both back to work now.

favorites

Cora – any soft stuffed animal, oatmeal, dancing and singing with mommy in the mornings, being outside, when daddy comes home from work

Me – snuggling with you, quick dry nail polish, boppy

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day one

we survived day one. yesterday was not nearly as bad as I had anticipated. in fact, overall, it was a pretty good day.

I woke at 5 and got myself ready, then woke Cora at 6 to change her diaper, change her out of her jammies and into clothes, and feed her. after burping her, she projectile spit up all over me, herself, and the recliner :P. I didn’t even know what to do. J was still asleep so I had to yell and wake him for him to come help me. she was immediately happy and smiley after that, so maybe she was just overfull from her 3 am feeding. I quickly changed my clothes and rushed out of the house, still making it to work on time.

my coworkers had decorated my desk with Disney princess streamers and confetti, a princess crown, and other fun decorations. we had a ‘welcome back’ meeting and everyone brought breakfast foods and we caught up. it felt so special to know I was missed so much.

the majority of my day was spent sorting through the 913 emails I had in my inbox. by the end of the day, I had 300 left, and I’m afraid I’m down to the ones that I actually have to read and can’t just skim and delete 😛

I teared up saying goodbye to Cora in the morning, but I didn’t cry, and I didn’t cry all day. I worked in three pumping sessions into my day, and had an adventure getting my parking access and direct deposit re-instated. I had to leave the 8th floor, and go to the lobby and out to the parking garage to get my license plat number. then from the lobby to the 12th floor to have HR sign off on my parking form, and submit the direct deposit form, then from the 12th floor to the 3rd floor to turn in the parking form to facilities, and then from the 3rd floor back to the 8th floor to return to my desk. I don’t think I have ever done so much floor hopping before 😛

of course the best part of the day was getting to go pick up my baby girl. she was happy and smiley as soon as I walked in, and it felt so good to get a huge smile when I went to pick her up. she was a little fussy when we got home so she took a short nap before we left for bible study.

it must have been a busy, tiring day for her because we went to bed at 9:30 and she slept 7 hours in a row! we got up at 4:30 which is about 30 minutes before I really need to be up, but she nursed for about 8 minutes before falling back to sleep, so I spent a little while cuddling my sleeping babe before work, which was worth the 30 minute loss of sleep.

and now, for day two…

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month 3

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dear Cora,

at the beginning of this month, you became colicky. evenings were not fun for us anymore as you would scream for hours, and we couldn’t find anything that would calm you. you were inconsolable. or if we found something that seemed to calm you, it would only work for a short time. we were so sad. we couldn’t figure out how to help you. after visiting the pediatrician for your 2 month check up (you were a few days older than 2 months), we started figuring things out. gas drops helped immensely. so did swaddling, giving you the paci, and turning on the radio to a static station as white noise.

you got your first shots at your 2 month checkup. you were a pro! you screamed so loud the doctor’s assistant said you were the loudest baby she had ever heard. that’s our girl! but once you got your paci, you calmed down and went to sleep.

we started a nap routine at the very beginning of this month and you really took to it. once you’ve been awake for 2 hours (sooner if you start to get cranky), we swaddle you, give you the paci, and turn on the white noise, and lay you down in your crib or pack and play. most days, you fall asleep within a few minutes. if you cry, we go in and give you back your paci, turn up the white noise, or prop you up on your side.

this month, you really started to enjoy your activity mat. you have learned to hit or pull on the big toy in the middle to make it play music, and you like to look at yourself in the mirror. most of the time, if you are smiled at, you smile back (if you are in a good mood that is). and you are always smiley in the morning. I love coming in to get you in the morning and seeing your big gummy smile. you love playing with your rattle, and you “help” when we get you out of the car seat – you push up with your legs and sometimes this causes you to push your head into the sunshade of the car seat, or bump your head on the carrying bar – but never so hard that you are hurt. you like playing peek-a-boo now, and you love the skidamirink song. you are definitely a morning person, and are happiest when you first wake up. you have learned to “talk” to me to wake me up in the morning instead of crying when you aren’t hungry. I will hear you give these short, loud “ahs” and then you will pause and wait to see if it woke me up before trying again.

on March 20th, you spent your first night sleeping in your crib in your room. you slept better without us. or maybe it was the comfortable mattress, but we have officially moved you to your room, and it has been a great transition, even if it was a month earlier than I had originally planned on moving you. in just three months, you have taught me a big lesson on being flexible 😛

about a week before you turned three months old, you started arching your back and pushing with your feet while laying on your back and you scoot yourself forward. you also rolled over again that week. your daddy put you on your tummy and you rolled so quickly, it took your daddy a second to realize you had done it, and I missed it altogether. three days before you turned 3 months old, you were sitting up, holding on to my fingers, and you pulled yourself up to standing!

you love your hands! every chance you get, they are in your mouth. anything you can pick up or grasp also goes straight to your mouth. it’s pretty cute.

you are still wearing 0-3 month clotes and size 1 diapers.

favorites

Cora – boppy, paci, white noise

Me – crystal geyser, makeup removal wipes – quickly removes dirt and makeup at the end of the day, so I can get to bed more quickly. I just picked up the generic kind, first from target, then from walmart – both have worked great and have removed all of my makeup, although I don’t wear any waterproof makeup, so I can’t vouch for that, extra-large blankets for swaddling – we still need to swaddle, but Cora is getting so tall, it’s harder and harder.

pictures (it seems I have more favorites every month :P):

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month 1

in Cora’s first month of life, she had her first sponge bath, her umbilical cord stump fell off around week 2, and then she got her first real bath. she started to pick her head up after a couple of days, and by the end of the month, she had really good control over it. she really enjoys the bath, and really doesn’t like tummy time. most of her day is spent sleeping, but everyday she spends more time awake and alert. she started to respond to the sounds of J and my voices, and she began to focus more on us when we held her. she cries only when she is hungry, tired, needs a diaper change, or needs us to move around, or hold her in a different position. she also struggles to have bowel movements. but when she cries, she SCREAMS. she definitely has a great set of lungs, and isn’t afraid to use them. sometimes it is almost humorous how loud she gets. other times, it gets me pretty frazzled because I just don’t know what I’m doing wrong, or what I can do to comfort her.

Cora is wearing newborn sized diapers and they were really big when she was first born, but they are starting to get pretty small. she is also filling out newborn sized clothing better.

favorites
Cora – fischer price swing which was a hand-me-down from one of my bosses, the fischer price snug-a-bunny bouncer which is a loaner from Cora’s cousin, fischer price my little lamb bassinet also on loan from cousin G and where Cora sleeps in our room next to our bed, and the moses basket which was a gift from my mom.

Me – Lanisoah lanolin is a god send for sore nipples from breastfeeding, Lanisoah disposable breast pads to help with unpredictable lactating. I had made my own but they really don’t work. the disposable ones are worth it, in my opinion. gerber mittens because I’m too scared to clip Cora’s nails and I don’t want her to scratch her pretty face, summer infant swaddle me swaddle – Cora sleeps better when swaddled but she breaks out of regular swaddles with blankets, nursing tank tops – I think these are way better than bras, and my nursing cover which I made myself and has become invaluable to being able to go out.

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update

I’m a bad, bad blogger. it seems every time I find a moment to think about what I might want to write about, Cora starts to cry, or I realize the dishwasher is full, or hey! I can shower! the past (almost) 6 weeks have been exhausting, amazing, and indescribable.

I’ve had so many sweet mommy moments with this beautiful little girl and I am so grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to stay at home with Cora so far. sleep is getting better. Cora slept for 8 hours the other night, giving me 7 hours of beautiful sleep. and she slept 7 hours the two nights previous to that, and 7 hours last night, so I am grateful for that too. she has actually been a pretty good sleeper from the beginning. she would sleep two to four hours at a time in the night since birth and she has gradually been increasing the time she sleeps. don’t get me wrong, she is a newborn, so we have had our fair share of rough nights. sometimes she is just inconsolable but usually only if she has been overstimulated during the day or is overtired (this mama can’t blame her as she sometimes feels exactly the same way at the end of the day :P).

Cora is also a champion eater. she has a great latch and eats very efficiently. I think the longest a nursing session has lasted is about 40 minutes. usually she is finished in 10 to 20 minutes. I am very thankful she has not had any problem eating or gaining weight. at her 2 week check up, she had already gained all of the weight she had lost back, plus a half a pound. and she just keeps getting bigger and bigger. it’s bittersweet seeing her already grow and change from my teeny tiny newborn to this (almost) 6 week old.

I’m working on writing about Cora’s first month and getting some photos uploaded.

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