Wednesday, September 4, 2013

happy five months, Cora Elise!

Cora, I cannot believe this photo from the beginning of the month and then this one from the end!  You have grown so much and we love you to pieces baby girl! 

I love your hair and your pretty eyes.  

I bought this little sunshine outfit before I was ever even pregnant with you just because I liked it so much (and it was on clearance!)  :)  It was so much fun to see you in it at last!  

When Daddy was out of town you and Brother and I went to the Denver Children's Museum together.  You were such a trooper.  

You are giving us such great big smiles!  You especially like being on your changing table.  You're "talking" and laughing and giggling and we love it.  You've also found your lips and you purse them up and make all kinds of movements and sometimes sounds with them.  

(Also, I love this vintage sheet turned changing pad cover!)

You look so cute in your Christmas present from Uncle Edmund and Aunt Cecy and your bow from Mrs. Tamara.  

Poor baby girlie, you just get to chew on Katy doll while we eat gelato after church.  Just one more month till solids sweet baby!  

You and your brother are interacting more and more.  Sometimes you cry when he is hovering as I think you may get a little claustrophobic, understandably but other times you laugh and smile.  He is enjoying you so much!  He knows which toys are "big" and which are "small" and should stay out of your reach.  He is a very good big brother!  

He likes to include you in playing with he and I which I find very sweet.  On this day everyone was supposed to be wearing necklaces and "vests" but we settled on this cape for you.  :)  

We have been so blessed by many hand me downs and you look so cute in them!  

And you got this "Nana's Little Cutie" shirt at our church shower and this was the first time you got to wear it - for a playdate with Nana and the boy cousins at Monkey Bizness!  

You did sooo much better when you got your shots this month.  You were very brave and Mama was very thankful!  

Oh sweet girl,  I remember this day well.  You *would not* nap!  

Sleeping has been an interesting subject this month.  Pretty much, we got into some bad habits in July while we were traveling and such that were encouraging you to get up multiple times a night and it was wearing us out!  You have been doing really well going longer between day time feedings and putting yourself to sleep and you are sleeping much longer stretches at night now!  Thank you!!  Mama appreciates it so much!  

You stayed with brother and our sweet other "grandma" while Mama and Daddy went on a date.  You were such a good girl.  

Look at you in this SUPER cute outfit from Mrs. Pat!

This is the day that David was telling you that God and Jesus will always take care of you!  Such a precious, precious moment!

Oh baby, girlie!  You love to have any kind of cloth item.  You scrunch it and hide your face under it and then take it off.  You were so cute laying on the bed with Mama while I went through some clothes playing with this laundry bag.  

Sacked out!  

You're drooling a ton (as evidenced by Daddy's shiny arm!)  You have a hard time going to sleep at night whether we rock you or put you in your bed but it's getting better!  

You are able to pull this little birdie down all by yourself and you'll do it over and over.  It's fun to hear that little noise coming from the back seat when we're driving.  You also love to reach up and try to get the canopy of your car seat.  

You went through a time of not really caring much for your swing one way or another but you have really been enjoying it lately!  

Brother was making a "gum ball track" and he wanted you to check it out which you seemed happy to do.  I love these jammies on you too.  I can't remember who gave them to us but they are nice and thick and warm and cozy and those little hot pink ruffles are adorable.  You need nice cuddly jammies because you don't sleep in your swaddle anymore.  Big, big girl!  

I definitely had to monitor this closely but the two of you were having so much fun!  You were both laughing and you were trying so hard to get Brother's face in your mouth!  

I am so glad you two are friends!  

Brother even gave you a bottle for me one day and you took it like a champ!  

He really likes for you to be nearby!  

One night though David got to spend the night at Nana & Ducca's with the boy cousins for a sleepover so you got to go to breakfast with Mama and Daddy!  Daddy was proud to be out to breakfast with "his girls".  We love our Daddy!  He's a keeper for sure.  

You held Daddy's hand while he was feeding you a bottle.  

All smiles!  

Every once in a while you will still put yourself to sleep while you're playing first thing in the morning.  It's really sweet.  

bath time for a pretty girl!

You got to stay with Brother at Nana and Ducca's on this night and you did a great job without Mama nearby.  It doesn't hurt that you love your Nana and Ducca!  

taking a snooze in your sweet little bonnet during church 

You seem to enjoy riding in the Ergo on hikes or just in the neighborhood, in stores, etc.  I enjoy having you close.  

bestest smile!!

hiking with Mama and Daddy and David at Seven Bridges

I love snuggling with you at home or on the go.  It is so cute when you get your thumb.  

It started raining on us on our hike but your ROSK (Rain or Shine Kids) cover kept you snug as a bug in a rug!  

pj Saturday at home

You still enjoy your bouncer and play vigorously with the toys.  We did try out your Johnny Jump Up Seat this month too and you're enjoying that as well.  You even sit up on your own on the floor for at least thirty seconds at a time now.  

Most people say you look like your daddy but every once in a while someone will say they see me.  

We say all the time how you are *such* an easy baby and how thankful we are!  

You *love* your feet and I love that you do!  You still don't roll over much but you sure can entertain yourself rolling around on the floor and holding onto and chewing your feet and anything else you find nearby.  Twice now you have been rolled over onto your tummy when I've gone into get you out of your bed and those were the first times you had ever rolled from back to tummy.  When Daddy went into your room just now where you are sleeping we discovered why, you're sleeping on your tummy!

David was saying, "Boz is back on duty!" while putting this play frying pan on your head.  

You went to cradle roll for the first time!  They said you did very well!  

You are enjoying playing on your tummy more and more!  You like to play with the vintage fisher price apple that chimes when you rock it back and forth.  

You are very interested in books and often read with Brother and I.  You will handle and chew on any board book we let you get your hands on.  You've also begun chewing on Sophie the giraffe a lot.  

You like to be where the rest of us are so we usually sit you in the bumbo in the kitchen while we are getting dinner ready and you are quite content and sometimes even talk to us.  

You and Brother both like to play with this tea set.  

One day we did (very closely supervised) water play with you and Brother and you had a good time splashing around in the water in the sheet pan.  

You love, love, love your Ducca! 

You have become super interested in food and cups and try to get your hands on them!  :)  

We love you so much, baby girl!  We are so thankful to have you!!

love, Mama


Ashley said...

Love the pictures! She's a pretty little lady!:)
BTW, I know Jeanette C. from church too!:)

Dina said...

I love her! She is the cutest thing!

Karen Gibson said...

Such precious, precious photos. I love them all but one of my favorites is the one where Big Brother is kneeling over her and she has her hands on his face. Priceless.

Kori said...

Wow. Picture number 2 is Dad! Love it. David looks like mom's family and Cora like dad's. So sweet. I also adore that bottom picture with Ducca! She is so precious.

BR said...

Best post ever!!! Awesome portrait of you on the hike! Thanks for taking the time to write! What a blessing Cora is to all of us! Love you all!