Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A new day

Today is a new day and I thank the Lord for seeing the three of us to it.  Cora is doing much better today.  Her fever finally broke. Praise God!  I'm continuing to give her meds right now to keep the fever down and to ease the pain.  I think she may have a sore throat, too, as she doesn't have much of an appetite today.  Hopefully, this too will pass.  Thank you, Holly, for your prayer and to others I know have been praying for Cora AND us as well. 
And on a side note for those who are curious, we found out how much Cora weighs now--my mom said she's a little piglet.  Ready??  19 pounds!  We go back to the doctor when Cora finishes her Amoxycillin.  We'll find out then whether he thinks she's just right for her height or whether she really is a piglet.  Either way, we love our plump little biscuit!

Monday, January 29, 2007

"My ear hurts" and other things I wish babies could say

Why can't babies come out talking?  Crying is so hard to decipher.  Cora has so many different cries.
1. The mad cry----means "Someone has wet my diaper again!"
                                            "Get me out of this swing!"
                                            "The boy who picks his nose is trying to hold me again!"
2.  The hungry cry---who are we kidding-its obvious what this one means
3.  The tired cry---means "Yes I know I was supposed to go to sleep about three hours ago, but you all took me out again and broke my schedule.  Please put me down and let me go to sleep."
4.  The awake at 4 a.m. and noone will play with me cry
5.  The pain cry
Unfortunately, the last one isn't so easily decipherable.  (so what if I just invented a word.)  Cora was steaming hot yesterday and we couldn't figure out what was wrong with her.  We checked her temp and it was 103.  She's never been over 101 as far as I can remember.  G went to the store and bought extra thermometers just to be sure ours was working.  103 was correct.  So, we headed to the e.r.  Turns out Cora has an ear infection.  I was afraid she was going to leave this world on the way to the hospital.  How I long for her to be able to tell me what hurts when she's so upset.  While I might not be able to fix it i could at least know that things aren,t as extreme as her cry makes them sound and I can have a better idea of how to get help.  When we know she's in pain our hearts hurt. 
So right now , our little baby girl with the beautiful personality is feeling blue.  Today she has slept and cried, slept and cried.  She's taken her bottle and eaten her solids, but there's no spunk in her little body today.  Please pray with us for our little angel.   I know there are parents in this world who have to deal with much worse and I am thankful that the Lord has been faithful to give us only what we can bear.  I'll post some more when miss Cora's get-up-and-go comes back.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

growing way too fast!

If you aren't a parent already, you will find that once you become one people tell you all the time to enjoy your baby because they grow up way too fast.  They are not kidding!!  Cora has gotten sooooooo big! She just turned 5 months old this week and is weighing in at a hefty 16 lbs easily.  Just yesterday it seems she was just a tiny little ball rolled up on my chest.  I want to push the slo-mo button on her, but I can't find one anywhere. 

These days Cora is learning new things.  She has FINALLY rolled over and has been working on sitting up for a few weeks now.  She can sit up for almost a minute with no support.  Who knew I would ever be excited about watching someone just sit...babies are amazing little people!  She is starting to laugh out loud now, too, and let me tell you JOY---there is nothing like the high you get from hearing your little one laugh.  I know tomorrow she will be crawling, or so it will seem like tomorrow. 
As for personality, Cora is a charmer! She is soo sweet and friendly.  She will let pretty much anyone hold her and is perfectly content as long as she is dry and fed.  As much as it kills me to admit it, she is definitely a daddy's girl.  You should see how her face lights up when he walks in the room.  I can leave her at the sitter's all day and walk in to pick her up and she justs looks at me like "Oh, hey, mom.  Did you come to watch me play with my friends?"  Geron walks in and she kicks her legs and grins like "Daddy! Daddy! Daddy! YEAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"  She wants to know exactly what's going on at all times.  And sometimes that means 4 a.m.  I remember the first month when she slept through the night---it was nice.  Nowadays she wakes up around 3 and wants to giggle and play.  Of course, we don't---and it breaks her heart, but eventually she accepts the fact and goes back to sleep.  The girl, who has acquired several nicknames---Daddy's latest being "Pookie Bear" and Mommy's favorite "Biscuit"--is a talker, too.  If anyone can translate baby please come visit and help us out.  I think I get the jist of what she's saying most of the time, but I haven't quite figured out "ya ah eeee ah ah" yet. 
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of some new friends, two due in February and one coming around her birthday in August.  We also look forward to hearing news from afar---Kate Alvis, let us know when you've arrived!  Josie and Seth have made it into this world healthy and beautiful, praise the Lord for that! We trust He is taking care of our soon-to-be friends as well.  As for little Miss Cora, she is the oldest and youngest baby in our church.  Please hurry and get here,  new little friends! 
So, things are good and exciting here, but are progressing way too fast for Mommy!  New mommies and daddies, enjoy these days--they don't last forever!