Saturday, January 25, 2014

Cora's nine month blogpost - part 3

opening her stocking at Nana and Ducca's

Nana and Ducca gave her a baby doll!  She lit up when she saw it for the first time and continues to do so, it is really cute and sweet.  

Good morning!

{Look at those dimpled hands}

The Saturday before she turned nine months old and before we had our well visit that Monday, Daddy put up this awesome baby gate for her.  Then we found out about her hip displasia and having to be in a cast for three months but we'll still be glad we have it.  

Steelers jammeroos from Mrs. Betty and Mr. Cliff

Cora got the shepherds for the Fisher Price nativity set.

opening presents

Friday, January 24, 2014

Cora - nine months - part two

You got to ride in your big girl stroller for the first time!  You and Nana and I went to the thrift store together and I think you really enjoyed sitting up and looking around - maybe not nearly as much as you liked when Nana was holding you though.  

You and Brother play so well together or at least near each other.  :)  

your first stocking!!

We got breadsticks for you because that is a fun solid food for you to have at this stage, a ball like the one brother had when he was little that apparently disappeared somewhere along the way and new washcloths.  Seriously you get SO excited when we bring a rag to the table to clean you up!  You love to chew on the rags and try to suck all the water out!  

opening your first present from Ms. Donna

silly girl, the high chair straps aren't food but that doesn't stop them from being one of your favorite things to chew on at mealtimes

yea eating!!

You don't seem to like spicy foods much yet.  You will start to cry if you eat one.  I hope that changes as you grow since that is a lot of what we eat in our family.  :)  

So exciting to pat, pat, pat the big box of presents that came from Great-Grandma

I love that you are already "reading".  :)  

bestest smiler girl!  

I loved, loved your Christmas dress.  You look absolutely beautiful in it!

There's that cutie little tongue again!  

You don't really "take" a pacifier but you do enjoy chewing on them and talking away when you find one in your toy bucket.  These are some of Daddy's and my favorite jammies that you have.  

Brother picked out a "big girl cup" for you for Christmas  :)  

Thursday, January 23, 2014

matchy matchy

I need to finish posting Cora's nine month blog posts before she's ten months!  

I couldn't resist sharing some of these photos that we took of the kids last Saturday though.  

At the Just Between Friends sale right after Cora was born, Mandy and I were shopping together and I had already picked out this blue gingham shirt for David and she spotted the matching blue gingham skirt for Cora!  

Last Saturday Adrian indulged me and we scouted around town for a good spot to stop and take some pics.  It really ended up being a lot of fun and I am excited to do it again sometime!  I decided that props are key with kids.  Hopefully next time we can go earlier in the morning or in the late afternoon when the lighting will be better but sometimes with kiddos you just have to seize the moment, right?

I think this was my best pic of the day.

running through the leaves!

He likes to growl at his sister (and most anyone really) these days.

Thankful for Colorado sunshine even in the winter and for my sweet kiddos and husband.  


Friday, January 3, 2014

Cora, happy nine months!! - part one

Google has been giving me fits lately with importing pictures out of order and then it's been tricky to get them in order so I decided to split this post into three parts for less headaches.  

This is one of my favorite ages.  You are so smiley and so much fun!  We love you very, very much sweet girl!  

We had one of these squeezy pouches one day that someone had given us so I gave it to you.  It was sooo messy!  It made me really glad that you feed yourself table foods instead of us using purees.  You didn't seem to particularly care for it either.  You were far more interested in the plastic packaging than the food.  You are typically more interested in trying to eat paper and plastic than food silly girl and we have to keep it all out of your reach.  

You are so close to crawling!!  

Wooden train tracks make the best teethers.  Brother is very good at being your protector and making sure that you don't get any of the tracks that have small plastic pieces.  

You really like to stick your tongue out to the side.  It is SUPER cute!  

Doll baby!  

You are so cheerful and babble and screech happily and laugh at us.  It is lots and lots of fun!  Right at the end of the month you started saying your first word, "Da da".  

There's that tongue again!  

Mrs. Carolyn at our church in Dallas makes these special beaded ornaments that have the month, day and year of your birthdate or anniversary represented with beads as well as that month's birthstone.  I was soo excited that she sent us one for you and it was so neat to be able to put yours and brother's birthday ornaments and Mama and Daddy's anniversary ornament all on the tree together this year.  

I love your concentration!  

Poor rosy cheeks from your diary allergy!

You did Truth in the Tinsel with Brother and I some days when you weren't napping during that time.  You did so good pat, pat patting your Bible and you were really enjoying chewing on this wise man.  

Nana gave you this soft fuzzy outfit before you were even born!

Besides pat pat patting you also started to clap this month and you are *really* good at "one finger".  You are a joy, Cora Elise!

You like to sleep on your tummy.  As soon as we lay you down you flip right over.  You really have gotten so much better at sleeping at night.  If you are not on antibiotics or we're traveling or there is some other sort of disruption you will sleep all night until the 5, 6 or 7 o'clock hour.  Mama is getting used to getting up early and I'm enjoying the time before everyone wakes up just nursing you on the couch in front of the Christmas tree lights and reading my advent devotional and then when you go back down having some time to myself before I am needed so much.  

You love, love love your Daddy (and are quite attached to your Mama).  

You and Daddy have been enjoying some snuggles and sweet naps together on the couch.

You are becoming more of a cuddle bug and we love it!  When you lay your head down on our shoulders it melts us.

 You like to sit in Nana and Ducca's laps during church.  You also really like class.  

You sometimes light up when you see your brother and you are sometimes, rightfully, wary.  :)  He loves you so much but often shows it by being a little too much in your personal space.  

As you gain more independent skills we are trying to emphasize that he is your protector and your friend and we are your parents.  :)