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Monday
Aug012011

Reflections on Cora's First Year

Cora only hours old

Cora Rose turned a year old last week. A whole year! As I reflect back on the last year of her life, here are a few things I want to remember:

  • Giving birth to her.
  • The first time she had the hiccups outside of my body :)
  • The first time she raised her little arm up above the side of her berth and Eric and I both got to see it.
  • The tinkle of her baby laugh.
  • The experience of nursing her (the good and the bad!)
  • How excited she gets when Eric comes home.
  • The first time her eyes twinkled brightly and she announced, "All done," at only six months old.
  • How she would sit on the floor and excitedly sweep her legs out and back when she was happy (which was often).
  • The first time she kissed me.
  • The first time she really looked at me.
  • Her stripey pajamas.
  • Riding in a cart for the first time.
  • Brushing her teeth for the first time.
  • Frank and Larry, I don't miss them.
  • The lilting sing-song of her voice as she sang on my back as I carried her in the Ergo.
  • How she loves to prop her feet up on the table when she drinks her milk.
  • The only baby I know who loves water being poured on her face! Bathtime is a joy.
  • Her first trip to Catalina.
  • Watching her walk more than four steps for the first time. Such fierce determination!
  • Her little "claw" hand and how it scratches and reaches up high on tables and places she can't see for anything interesting to pull down and investigate.
  • How she squeals when she sees cats, dogs, and other little children.

Cora at 6 months | Cora at 12 monthsI am so grateful that Cora is here, that she's healthy, and that she chose us as her parents. I love you boo boo bear.

Reader Comments (3)

She's a keeper, she is. <3 I think she stil looks like a Kewpie Doll and everytime I see one I think of her.( I see them more often than you'd think!)

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCIdnie

Definite Kewpie doll, and just all around doll! She is such a beauty and such a sweet little soul. Happy Birthdat Cora, we'll see you at anchor somewhere!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterboatbaby

my gosh she's a cutie. Like absolutely gorgeous. I love your last two photos of her and your list for her. Don't we each have our own lists and we treasure them deep in our hearts. I find it amazing that my mama has a list for me, and now I have a list of my favourite moments for my own little girl. Oh and I love your photo of cupcake and sand eating. Def a fav. Happy Birthday Sweet Cora! We will play together some day!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

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