Almost a month ago we celebrated Cora's 1st birthday!
Time is such a funny thing- to be honest, I was really looking forward to her becoming one. Not that I wanted to wish her babyhood away, but the previous six months had been rough and I was more than ready to hit an "older" milestone. Between night wakings (that were increasing instead of decreasing!), so much teething, and several rounds of respiratory sickness, I felt continually exhausted and just couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel. She is no longer nursing and is now sleeping through the night- Hallelujah!
Over the last couple of months she has started standing on her own and cruising, babbles a lot, and her personality has become so big- it's amazing how fast babies change! I feel like overnight she switched to almost-toddler mode and now everything is moving so quickly.
(For example: she hadn't been able to scale the second stair of our sunken family room until one day a week or so ago. A few days after that she scaled the entire flight of stairs to the second floor while I was busy with the older three- God is so good to give us Guardian Angels!!!)
She really has been such a jolly and sweet little babe. She loves her pacifier and being sung to. When Tim comes home after being gone at work she fusses if he doesn't immediately pick her up. For (what felt like) the longest time she wasn't interested in solids until one day she was! Same thing with her bath- she wasn't a fan for the first several months but it was like a switch flipped and now when she hears the bath water she makes a beeline for the tub. She is our first to seek out open toilets and splash away (oh child, if only you knew how gross). She has a penchant for reaching for everything on my dresser and nightstand- and promptly tossing it on the floor. When she smiles really big she has the toothiest grin and I can hardly handle it! She loves diving into soft things and giggling while being tickled and "caught". Her eight-year-old cousin M loves to hold her and it so sweet to see that bond spanning the age gap. If she's getting into something she shouldn't and Tim or I use an admonishing tone she starts fussing and sometimes bursts into tears- all I can say is: temperaments!
On her actual birthday we opened presents, and I went all out with store bought cupcakes. ;) And I inadvertently picked up a gluten-free pack.
But she loved it!
We had some family over for a little party the next day. Evie and Audrey were occupied all morning not cleaning their room, so Heidi got to be my cake decorator helper. :)
It was so precious- when cake and singing time came she suddenly became shy and clung to my sister, wanting to be held.
We love you, Cora Juliette, and hope you had the happiest of first years!