Wednesday, August 31, 2011

8 Months

At eight months Cora is...

...sitting up well. She is unable to pull herself into a sitting position yet from lying, but she can stay sitting for quite a while and play with toys or look around at things in front of her.

...waving. Her first wave was this last week when we stood at the window and waved at Daddy as he got into the car to go to work. Since then she waved at Gramma and at one stranger (usually she gets shy in front of strangers, but one lady got her to do it). kisses. She loves to kiss her stuffed animals, especially a white bear she just met named Irene (the bear was actually a wedding gift to us from our nieces but it is a new toy for Cora). She leans in and puts her mouth on said bear but doesn't pucker yet.

...stringing together consonants and vowels with more than one syllable and different inflections to achieve much more sophisticated babble. And adding raspberries in there too.

...taking only two naps a day instead of three. She started doing that a little after 7 months.

...bracing her feet on ledges when she is sitting on a lap or in her high chair.

...standing on her own for a few moments if you lean her chest against a steady surface.

...just being the cutest baby on earth.

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Latest Videos

I like to take little videos of Cora even if there are not of anything all that interesting, so I can look back when she is older and remember how she looked and acted at certain stages. Here are a few recent ones. 

Banging toys. Taken 8/4/11 at 7 1/2 months.

Giggly girl. Taken on 8/15/11.

Here is Brigita ruining my video with her incessant barking. Just needed to get that on record.

Cora loves her pink, stuffed dog. She is always smiling at it when we get it out. And she giggles when we make it give her kisses. Taken on 8/17/11.

First Tooth

It's that time for Cora's little smile to change forever. *sniffle* I will miss the toothless smile, but there's no stopping that first little bugger from coming in (that sounds terrible - I am, in fact, happy that my child is developing normally). ;) 

We have been feeling it for about a week whenever she chews our fingers, but now you can definitely see it. She has been fussier than usual but nothing like what I was expecting. Most of the time she is still her happy, smiley self.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sitting Up

Cora has been half sitting up for a while now where she can stay upright for a few moments only before falling backwards or to the side. She stayed longer if there was something in front of her that caught her attention. 

Today we went to a mom's meetup at a park and all the other babies were sitting up by their mommys, so I put her blanket in the grass and sat her on it to see what would happen...

Baby Edward crawling over to say hi

Baby Edward (10 1/2 mos) and Baby Bennet (7 mos)

on the verge of crying (don't leave me Momma, I can't do this by myself!)

getting distracted by Megan so I can take pictures...

...and this is right after Edward tried to "kiss" her and then she fell over backwards and cried
My big girl! 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Finally Another Pediatrician Appointment

We missed Cora's 6-month appointment in Chicago and now finally have our insurance issues ironed out, so today she went in to meet a new doctor. I LOVED it there! I am really excited. She barely cried at her shot (they had incredible distracting toys) and both the pediatrician and the nurse had wonderful bedside manner. They talked to Cora like she was a little person (which she is) and let her know what was going on and what they were going to do. I really like that. 

Plus this doctor is really into preventative medicine, so he gave me a list of vitamins and such to be on (since she is still nursing). I really like that too.

Anyway, here are the stats for 8 months (they round up I guess): 50th percentile for head circumference again, 18.6 lbs (63rd percentile), and 27 inches (70th percentile).

I would include a picture, but the peanut is sleeping after her stressful morning. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

This Is Not My Home

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us...

...We wait eagerly for...the redemption of our bodies. 

For in this hope we are saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently....

...And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose...

...What then shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?! He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all - how will He not also...graciously give us all things? ...Christ Jesus who died - more than that, who was raised to life - is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword...?

...NO! In all things we are more than conquerors, through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8

Thursday, August 4, 2011


Ugh... The sickness has been going around our house. First Cora and I had a cold, now we both have gastroenteritis and Sean is getting the cold. I shouldn't complain because I have not been sick since before I was pregnant - a pretty long stretch for not even a sniffle. 

But I HAVE to complain! I just hate being sick so much. I am such a bad sick person. I don't want to do anything but then I feel restless like I want to be doing something. Cora has been making me feel guilty for wanting to be so blah. She is just as sweet and smiley as always, even between vomiting episodes. She is mostly over that part, but not completely 100%.

I won't bore you with anymore details. I am so ready to be better. Enough already! Boo!