Wednesday, September 27, 2006

All By Myself


I have finally mastered the blog and am writing and adding pictures on my own. We'll see how it goes. Cora is laying beside me cooing, or rooting me on! It probably won't look as neat as when Kevin adds pictures, but oh well!

Cora is really talking today. It's like she added these new sounds to her repertoire overnight. It's cracking me up. There is nothing more beautiful than the sound of your child's voice for the first time. It's amazing to hear her go at it. She gets so excited when looking at our couch, our
living room curtains, or the trees outside the window. She starts to smile and coo. So fun!

I caught some of those smiles on the camera this morning when I was changing her. They are so cute! Did you know that we just love her so much? Well, we do!

Also...Cora slept through the night last night. She's been doing very well, sleeping 5-7 hours at a time. Last night she slept 8 hours and 45 minutes! I couldn't believe it. Hopefully we'll keep it up.

-Mindy





Thursday, September 21, 2006

Whoa Baby!

I took Cora to our Lactation Center here in town to have her weighed on Monday, September 18. I was very surprised at what I found out. She was 9 lb. 10 oz. I had no idea. I was thinking 8 something. We have moved her up another size in clothes now. She is still wearing some of the newborn things but also 0-3 months. And no more newborn dipaers! The ones are a little big, but we have so many of the next size in our diaper stash that I decided to make due and move her up. The ones aren't nearly as cute as the newborn diapers! I had no idea how many diapers we would go through. I wish I would have kept track of how many newborns we used. Our contribution to the landfills! I also never thought I would be pooped on so much and not be completely grossed out. She likes to surprise me when I am changing her and squirt on my hand. Oh well!


She is starting to hold her head up for longer periods of time when we are holding her. She also is starting to lift it just a little when she is on her tummy. The problem with tummy time is that whatever she is laying on is interesting enough to just look at that she isn't interested in lifting her head up to see other things. It's pretty funny. She just stares at the blanket. She does alot better when we are holding her.

She is smiling so much now. It is the best thing ever. And the little sounds that she makes are incredible. I try to imitate them back to her when she does it. Mommy doesn't sound as cute as Cora! She is talking more and more each day. She gets so excited. The best thing is in the middle of the night when I am utterly exhausted and want to crawl back in bed...THEN
this little beautiful person whose diaper needs to be changed starts grinning at me and cooing. It certainly makes it worth it. I wouldn't trade that for sleep any day!


We had our 2 month check-up on this past Monday. Cora is now 10lbs. and 22 1/2 inches long. Her head is 15 in. It was a difficult appointment since she got her immunizations. She cried hard during the shots, so did Mommy, but was fine afterwards. She wasn't fussy and didn't seem sore the rest of the day. She did take a long nap. We also had to have an x-ray taken of her head. She had a bump on it from delivery. The bump is going down and is now hard. Our doctor wanted to be sure that it isn't near a soft spot. If it was, it could cause that side to not close properly. We were pretty sure it wasn't but wanted to make sure. IT ISN'T! She's fine. She may always have a small bump there, but it is nothing to be concerned about.

-Mindy


Cora with Dobbie and her great-aunts:



Cora's first bottle feeding. She did great! "Wait daddy, something's different about this."

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Thankful

I wanted to post some pics of some things that we have been so blessed by
for Cora. First, of course is our beautiful baby girl who is so smily! She
is starting to hold her head up while laying on her tummy. Her little neck
continues to grow so strong. She can hold it up for much longer times while
holding her too.


We have been so blessed by all of the wonderful things people have given us for Cora. We had a small shower on Tuesday evening. It was thrown by 3 very special cousins of mine. The shower was for my dad's side of the family and a few special friends from the church I grew up in. Not only have we received very nice gifts, we have also gotten so many hand-me-down clothes. Our little girl is set! We are overwhelmed with everyone's kindness as is our guest bedroom where most of it is right now. Thank you so much to everyone!

We also are so blessed with family who cares so much for our little girl. Dobbie (Kevin's mom) helped me so much in preparation for our baby. Over spring break last spring she helped me paint Cora's nursery. We used pale sage green and yellow since we didn't know what we were having. I love her nursery so much. Now we accent with pink! Dobbie also made some beautiful things for Cora's nursery including the curtain, bumper pad cover, bed skirt, and 3 beautiful baby quilts. Dobbie is quite an accomplished quilter. Cora's dresser belonged to her great great grandfather Leander Flick. The shelf was made by Papa, Kevin's dad. We also have a tiny dresser that belonged to Cora's great grandmother, Emily Shafer. The Beatrix Potter prints belonged to her great grandmother, Abby Nesler. Her room is full of things that belonged to or were made by family. How wonderful and full of love!

We have also included a new pic of Cora with Grandma Danner. We are blessed in that Grandma is still holding her own. We continue to have Cora
around her especially when she is being noisy so Grandma can hear her. I
lay her on Grandma's stomach so they can feel each other. Still no sign of response, but I know she can feel her and hear her.

That's all for today! We love you all!

-Mindy



Saturday, September 09, 2006

Busy Week!

Our little Cora is going to be so used to going all of the time. This past week has been so busy. Unfortunately, I think this isn't the best scenario for our little peanut. She tends to be very fussy after a few days of being so busy and not being home. Friday we were able to stay home all day and just enjoyed being home together.

Cora got to welcome the preschoolers on their first day of preschool Tuesday. Cora and I made an appearance at the beginning of class. I plan to drop in a few times during class this month so that the little preschoolers will be used to seeing me. Hopefully when I go back in October it won't throw them too much then. I can't believe how fast September is going. I want it to slow down!

We also spent time with the grandmas and grandpas this week. It used to be that when I went to my parent's home to help with my mom, my dad would run most of his errands or mow the yard and be out most of the day. Now he stays home and loves on Cora most of the day. He does run some errands and meets the "coffee group" for a bit in the afternoon. But now he isn't gone nearly as long! I wonder why! We also spent an evening with Dobbie and Papa. Thank you to Dobbie who now has decaf coffee on hand for Mommy! This is quite a sacrifice for the Flick's who don't drink decaf. Even Kevin bought me a bag of decaf for at home. This is very thoughtful and much appreciated!

Saturday Cora and I went to see our friend Maddie play in her championship soccer game! Her team won and took first place. Way to go Maddie! Her little brother Timothy is absolutely head over heals in love with baby Clora. Yes, you read that right, "Clora." That is what he calls our peanut! Too cute. (Timothy is 4.) He gets giddy whenever he is around her and all he wants to do is hold her. He kept saying over and over, "That's a beautiful baby!" He is so gentle with her and gives her lots of kisses on her little head. He also likes to "pet" the baby. The second time he was able to see her after she was born, he asked if he could pet her piggies and today he asked if he could pet her head! It is so precious!!!

Cora also slept in her crib for the first time this week. She took an afternoon nap in it on Friday and I tried to have her sleep in it overnight on Friday, but that didn't go as well. We'll keep working on it! She is very interested in this new room though. It's so fun to watch her eyes explore all of the things in her nursery.

I am also so excited to say that she is smiling back at us so much. She gets a kick out of it when I talk to her and play with her nose. She starts grinning and can't stop. Oh, my heart just melts. I think if she could ask for anything at those moments, I would give it to her. There is nothing like this little tiny person who is a part of you, smiling back at you with such love and adoration. It's amazing! She's also beginning to make small cooing sounds. It's so cute!

-Mindy

P.S. Deep Thoughts from a New Mom.....You know you're a new mom when your toe nails aren't getting painted anymore, just touched up! I just keep layering Very Berry on my toe nails. It is quicker than taking the old polish off and putting on new! In the weeks before I had Cora, I kept my toenails and feet up to snuff, wanting them to look nice for labor! HAHA!!!! What a joke! Who cares what your feet look like when you're pushing a watermelon out! And now there's just no time!




Sunday, September 03, 2006

Our Baby Is Getting Big!

Today I watched the video that we have recorded of Cora so far. I know it's hard to believe but we don't have that much especially compared to our pictures. Haha! I can't get over how much Cora has changed in 5 weeks. Being with her everyday makes it so hard to notice the changes. I am amazed at how she is filling out and getting bigger after watching the video. Even today at church I heard many comments about how much bigger she looked. She's starting to lose the newborn look, although she is still pretty little compared to other babies her age.

It has been fun moving her up a size in clothes. We have access now to a whole new wardrobe. It feels like playing dress up! But she's so cute, that it doesn't matter what she has on! Dobbie got her a very precious ducky dress and sweater set that she wore to church today. Oh my goodness, did she look adorable. I accented with a headband with a bow on it. That has helped with the question, "Is it a boy or a girl?" I have had at least 3 people ask that when I had something pink on her and wrapped in a pink blanket. Hmmm? So the bow should help when we're out and about.

We had a busy weekend. Dobbie, Cora and I spent the day together on Friday after my postpartum doctor's appointment. (Which I am happy to say, Mommy's doing wonderful!) Dobbie had some errands to run so we went along. It was a fun day. We didn't get home until 10:30pm. Saturday Kevin, Cora and I went to a family get together at my cousin's home in the evening. My aunt's were fighting over who got to hold the baby. Too funny! We visited Grandma and Grandpa Danner afterwards for about an hour. Today we had church and then a friend of mine who used to live here but moved a year ago stopped in for a visit and to see Cora. It was good to catch up. Cora and I made cookies this afternoon for Daddy!

Right now Kevin is trying to put Cora to bed, but she is fighting it for all it's worth. We are trying to get her to go to sleep without her pacifier because when she does sleep with it, I am up putting it back in her mouth all night long after it falls out and she starts crying. She doesn't like to fall asleep without it and lets us know very clearly. Poor Daddy! It's so nice to take turns during these times.

-Mindy










Cora's bow slipped over her eyes on the way home from church.