Saturday, September 07, 2013

15 Month Update

First Scraped Up Nose
Cora will be 15 months on Monday...  Her life lately:

Sleeping - much improved!  Most nights, she sleeps 7/7:30 until 5-6:30.  If she wakes before 6, I can usually nurse her and get her to go back to sleep.  She struggles some on her school mornings as she doesn't get to nap until after 12.  It works well that she just goes Monday and Wednesday as it allows her to take two naps on the other weekdays and catch up on her sleep.

School - Jacob or I are now dropping her off at friend's in the morning as part of a carpool.  This may be helping with less tears once she arrives at school.  When I pick her up in the afternoons, she seems happy.  Of course she can't give me much feedback, but overall we feel good about the new set-up.

Eating Habits - Nurses 4-5 times a day, so less than the last few months.  She's always been an under 5 minute nurser, but lately, she really loves to nurse and can hang out for a while, so I've taken to reading, something I haven't done while nursing since she was 3 or so months old.  As for food (as in all things), she knows what she likes.  At the moment:
  • Cora Favorites: bananas, peaches, nectarines, plums, apples, any melon, dried figs and apricots, plain oatmeal, eggs, cheese, bread, tamales, pasta, meat, mushrooms, sweet potato wedges, and grilled vegetables
  • No Thank You's: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, applesauce, most things on spoons, salad
Talking/Learning - This girl KNOWS what she wants and while her vocabulary is waiting to catch up, she uses a lot of "UH-UH-UH" and gesturing and pointing to make sure you are getting her message.
  • In the morning we hear: "dankie" (blankie) which she drags all over the house, "wawa" (water cup) "mamama" (mama milk) "dja-dja" (Jack-Jack) and "Da-dee" a lot
  • At the table, we hear "da-doo" (thank you), "ah-dee" (all done), and a lot of "wawa"
  • During the day, she'll come up and say "tinkee" when she wants to be changed (sometimes) and "all kee" (all clean) when she's clean
  • On walks, she still gets very excited to see "DOG-gie" and "birdee"
  • She now knows cows say "moo", cats say "mew" and dogs say "wuff-wuff"
  • She can say "I wuh woo," sometimes unprompted :)
  • She can point to her belly button when asked and her nose
  • She picks up her favorite books and backs up into your lap for you to read to her
  • She loves, loves to organize (I'm so proud!!) and can spend a long time putting things into a container and taking them back out
She loves destroying our bookshelf!

Personality - she's a little extra clingy lately - maybe an effect from being left somewhere all day for the first time?  She also gets her feelings hurt easily and will collapse on her bottom, drop her head to the floor, and cry big drop tears.  She'll recover fast if you also drop to the floor and open your arms for a hug (she dramatically gets up and toddles over to collapse in your arms.) :)  


Jacob took Cora and Jack to his mom's house for a weekend visit while I was on a quick trip and he was amused to find Jack and Cora entertaining each other in the back seat.  Watching their relationship grow is really special and fun.  As Cora is easy to offend, we are continuing to learn to take true stock of a situation before issuing judgement.  She'll grab a toy and toddle-run away, but Jack is increasingly patient with this.  (We're working on getting him to show such patience at school!)  But the sweetest moment happened last week, when Cora grabbed a toy for the 3rd or 4th time, ran away, leaving Jack so frustrated he dropped his head down to the floor, visibly upset. Cora saw his response and paused, looked down at the toy, and then walked back and gave it to Jack.  I loved watching this response :)  Her teacher (who was also Jack's first teacher) say she lights up whenever his name is mentioned and says an enthusiastic "Dja-dja!"  I pick Jack up first and he always runs into her school saying "I want to be the first one Cora sees."

Love them both so much!

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