Health - Baby girl is very healthy. It looks like she has Johns allergies. He'll start feeling a little stuffy and sure enough, the next morning she'll have a stuffy nose. We'd worried about ear infections because she had been pulling at her ears, but no infections! She's just discovered her ears and thinks they're fun to pull. We're fighting a little bit of thrush on her tongue, but I'm doing all I can to handle that naturally so that we don't have to use antibiotics that'll end up wiping out all the good flora in her little body.
Nicknames - "Pumpkin", "Cor-Cor", "Cora Bear", "Cora Bora"
Teething - I am afraid of what life is going to be like when she finally has teeth come in. She has a tiny little speck of a tooth poking though on the bottom, but that's been there for a few weeks and nothing else has poked through.
Did any of your kids make it to 10 months without teeth? When do I start worrying about this?
Clothing - There are a few lingering 9 month outfits in her closet, but really for the most part she's in all 12 month clothes. I can't believe my little baby is in 12 month clothes!!
Diapers - size 3 disposables, but cloth at home
Eating - Nursing - We're still pretty much the same as last month. A middle of the night feeding. Honestly I could probably cut that feeding but it's laziness on my behalf, it's just the quickest way to get her back to sleep. Nursing first thing in the morning, about nap time, dinner time and then bed time. Beverages - she drinks water and the occasional almond milk from her sippy cup. We're waiting to introduce any juices, at least while I'm still nursing, I'd rather just not give her any more sugar than I have to. Solids - I can't really convince her to eat anything with meat, but anything and everything else shes game for! I've decided that it's about the cutest thing ever when she slurps up noodles!
ZZzzzzZZZ Sleeping - We have made huge progress from where we were with this a month ago, but we have a long way to go. We've gotten her to sleep in her own bed again!!! It took me a full week of very tearful bedtimes and putting her to bed lasting at minimum an hour, up to 2 hours to accomplish this, but I'm so happy! She's still sometimes waking up an hour after we put her down, I can tell it's out of habit, so I try not to nurse her or even pick her up. Depending on how quickly I can get to her after she starts crying, I can get her to sleep again just by replacing her passi and patting her on the back. If she's made it all the way to standing in her crib though, I have to pick her up to get her back to sleep. After that, we usually make it another 2 hours before she wakes up again and from there she sleeps in 2 hour spurts throughout the night until I give up and she ends up in bed with us and then she sleeps great until morning. Small steps...
As John and I've discussed all this crazy sleep mess we've got going on with her, it's been very easy to get really discouraged. I just keep reminding myself that I don't know any high school kids that still have to sleep with their parents or wake continually though the night and all of their parents had different methods of sleep training. So, logically, eventually we will get this figured out and she'll start sleeping through the night. And this too shall pass.
Our Little Socialite - She still has the stranger danger. We went to visit Johns parents, she was very apprehensive about being held by them. Then we went again today for Labor day and she was a little wary at first, but warmed up to them much quicker than she did at the last visit, so progress is being made! She loves being around other babies and children! She usually loves being in church nursery, but this last Sunday was the first time she cried in nursery. When we picked her up between sessions to nurse her, you could tell she'd been very upset with red eyes and puffy cheeks. When we returned to pick her up from 2nd session, she was playing with a shaker toy and having a blast. Hopefully that was a one time deal and she'll still enjoy Sunday School. Right now, it's her only regular socialization with babies.
Likes - The dogs, particularly climbing on Clyde! Music, eating, "helping" in the kitchen (aka pulling everything out of drawers mommy hasn't put child locks on).
Dislikes - Strangers touching her, car rides, being contained (she isn't even really happy in her jumparoo anymore).
New - She drinks out of straws! Honestly she does this better than she drinks from a sippy cup! She is standing on her own, but isn't braving steps without the assistance of furniture to hold on to. She's clapping really well, she'll sometimes wave hi/bye, she's also trying to communicate beyond her only two words (Momma, Dada) by mimiking sounds ("Laaaa" for Love etc). Oh and she has learned to shake her head "no" and seems to know what it means!
Fun things we did - Went to her first Rangers game! Bridal portraits with Aunt Stephanie and her family, met our friend Anuj! Wow... I'm really realizing that it has been a pretty calm/boring month but we're gearing up for fall and I can't wait to share all the fun fall things with our little Pumpkin!
Goings on with Mommy & Daddy - I'm loving being home with her all day! I never imagined I'd love such a simple thing so much! We have our own little routine and play together all day! Next week the Mom group at our church starts and I'm looking forward to that and getting some play dates scheduled on occasion.
John just got a big promotion at work! So, he's been really busy getting ready for that job transition. We're so proud of him and so thankful for this opportunity the Lord has provided him!
Exciting Future - We're moving! And if everything goes as planned, this will be our last "real" move... hopefully ever! More on that later but in the mean time I'm getting that house ready for us and this house ready to move. We're 30 days from the move, but it's going to be a crazy, busy and full 30 days! I can't wait for Cora's first birthday party! It's bittersweet that it's so close and my baby isn't so much of a baby any more. :( and... FALL! I can't wait to share all the fun that Fall is with Coralie! I mean, she was born in October, so she experienced fall last year, but she's so much more active this year, I can't wait!