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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.


Cora the Escape Artist

See this little angel-love-muffin? By day she is a 10.5 month old.

By night (and by night, I mean, all the time actually) she is a super escape artist. Here, let me show you.

Exhibit A:

"Ha ha mom! Custom lee cloth to hold me in? I SCOFF at your handiwork!"

Exhibit B:

"Like a stroller could block my mad skillz mom. Whatevah, whatevah!!"

Exhibit C:

"But moooooom, this is big enough for me to fit through!"

Hrrrmmm. My child, you are not only showing us your keen awareness of the world and all its escape routes around you, but also how much you love being busy. Busy, busy, busy, that is Cora at 10.5 months.

Here is what trying to go the bathroom is like, on a boat, with a 10.5 month:

Oh, if you try to put things that are not baby proof on the middle of the table, Cora does this:

And if you push them further to the center of the table, she does this:

"Oh sweet, the Kindle!"

She loves to make messes:

Then leave the scene of the crime:

And climb up into my lap, which of course makes my heart melt:

Oh, and as an escape artist in training, here are more ways she is trying to figure out her world:

Grabbing mommy's tools.

Navigating mommy's workshop.

Practicing her climbing skills.

What do you do with a baby super hero like this?

You love her, that's what.


Baby-proofing the Boat ~ DIY Baby Gate (Custom)

Here are four reasons why I needed to make a baby gate for the boat:

On one side of the boat there is the electrical panel, the stairway out of the boat, the sliding cabinets holding tools and solvents, the trash can, the recycling bag, and the galley floor. It's a dangerous, dirty world, and Cora did not need to be a part of it any longer.

I had a gate up by Easter, but it was so plain, white, and boring.

Never fear! Crafty mommy is here!

I picked up a charm pack of It's a Hoot fabric by Momo for Moda from Lily Bella Fabrics and got to work.

Why yes, the backwards "J" has now been corrected dear readers :)

Not too shabby, eh?

Now Cora can practice her A,B,Cs whenever she'd like.

Cora's world to the left, Cora's no-no zone to the right.

Of course, I did not forget about the other side of the gate:

That's right folks, it says, "Boat Sweet Boat."

It's thick enough to roll up tightly and stay put along the starboard side of the cabin.

It's offical - Cora likes it.

The details:

I used Sunbrella interior fabric in Natural for the main square and some matching cotton cloth to make two additional squares. There are two wooden dowels in the vertical hems to give it shape. I sewed the letters onto the cotton squares and then sewed each square onto the Sunbrella.

I used the same method of attaching the gate to the ship as I did for the lee cloths (shock cords, hog rings, and ringer pliers, with rotating hook clasps.)

And if you've made it this far, enjoy this cute video of Cora crawling along the cabin sole.


Baby-proofing the Boat ~ Custom Lee Cloths (Part Two)

(You can read the first part of the lee cloth posts here.)

Once she figured out the end of her berth was still open...

And once she could pull herself to standing...

And turn her clothes tub upside down...

And make a total mess of things.

Well, I knew it was time to really finish the lee cloth in her sea berth.

I used the last square of Phifertex I had left, and the remaining pieces of Sunbrella to make the end piece.

She plays happily, and safely in here, just like a baby would in a crib.

Glad to have this project finally finished!


A Mother's Prayer for Its Daughter by Tina Fey

Tina Fey hard at work

First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches.

May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the Beauty.

When the Crystal Meth is offered, may she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half And stick with Beer.

Guide her, protect her when crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming in pools, walking near pools, standing on the subway platform, crossing 86th Street, stepping off of boats, using mall restrooms, getting on and off escalators, driving on country roads while arguing, leaning on large windows, walking in parking lots, riding Ferris wheels, roller-coasters, log flumes, or anything called “Hell Drop,” “Tower of Torture,” or “The Death Spiral Rock ‘N Zero G Roll featuring Aerosmith,” and standing on any kind of balcony ever, anywhere, at any age.

Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance. Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes And not have to wear high heels. What would that be, Lord? Architecture? Midwifery? Golf course design? I’m asking You, because if I knew, I’d be doing it, Youdammit.

May she play the Drums to the fiery rhythm of her Own Heart with the sinewy strength of her Own Arms, so she need Not Lie With Drummers.

Grant her a Rough Patch from twelve to seventeen.Let her draw horses and be interested in Barbies for much too long, For childhood is short – a Tiger Flower blooming Magenta for one day – And adulthood is long and dry-humping in cars will wait.

O Lord, break the Internet forever, that she may be spared the misspelled invective of her peers And the online marketing campaign for Rape Hostel V: Girls Just Wanna Get Stabbed.

And when she one day turns on me and calls me a Bitch in front of Hollister, Give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends, For I will not have that Shit. I will not have it.

And should she choose to be a Mother one day, be my eyes, Lord, that I may see her, lying on a blanket on the floor at 4:50 A.M., all-at-once exhausted, bored, and in love with the little creature whose poop is leaking up its back. “My mother did this for me once,”she will realize as she cleans feces off her baby’s neck. “My mother did this for me.” And the delayed gratitude will wash over her as it does each generation and she will make a Mental Note to call me. And she will forget. But I’ll know, because I peeped it with Your God eyes.


-Tina Fey

An excerpt from Tina Fey's Bossypants