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Solids foods have been in Corinne''s diet, in some form or another, for several months now, but she has finally decided that having control over what goes in her mouth (and, likewise, what doesn''t go in her mouth) is lots of fun. After all, it''s one of her only means of exerting control over her tiny existence. Basically, Corinne loves feeding herself, and Mommy is enjoying the fact that Corinne can feed herself at least part of her dinner while she (Mommy) finishes cooking the rest of her and Daddy''s dinner.
Corinne has cut her upper right central incisor! The left and lateral upper incisors are close behind . . . and Corinne is such a trooper. It certainly can''t feel good to have four teeth errupting at practically the same time.
Corinne had her 9 month check-up today, and she''s remained quite consistent in her growth. Her stats are:
Weight: 20 lbs 13 oz = 85%
Length: 29.25 in = 93%
Head Circ: 47 cm = 94%
Today was a "good" appointment because she didn''t have to get any shots! I thought she was supposed to have her blood drawn, but that will be done at her FIRST YEAR APPOINTMENT. My, how quickly times has passed.
I recently read a quote by C. S. Lewis: "Notice how we are perpetually surprised at Time. (''How time flies! Fancy John being grown-up and married! I can hardly believe it!'') In heaven''s name, why? Unless, indeed, there is something about us that is not temporal." I think I''m more aware of my own mortality and the presence of God since having a child than I have been in my entire life. What a blessing!
Today is an auspicious day in the White household, for Corinne has learned to crawl! Life will never be the same, particularly for Mommy and Daddy! Good thing I bought all that baby proofing paraphernalia at Babies R Us last week. There is a video of Corinne''s new trick in the video section; check it out!
Time flies! It''s hard for me to believe that it''s been a month since I posted. Once again, I''m sorry for neglecting my baby-blogging duties.
Corinne is changing more and more, each day becoming less of a baby and more of a little girl. She''s been repeating single syllable sounds, her favorite of which is "aye-aye-aye". She has also learned to wave, and she is a very proficient roller. I must admit, I have my doubts as to whether or not Corinne will ever crawl the "regular" way, as she is able to get where she wants to go by rolling.
I''ve also been teaching Corinne some baby sign language. I think she may actually be picking up on the sign for "all done," which I sign when she''s finished eating. In the last few days, whenever Corinne is done eating, she will twist her head away from her spoon and hold her hand up above her head. This is very similar to the sign for "all done," but also very similar to the way Corinne waves, so I''m not sure of her intent. I respond as if she is signing, and just say, "That''s right, all done!" and sign to her. After learning some new signs from my friend Sarah, I''m going to start incorporating "water," "book/read," and "eat."
In three weeks we (Corinne and I) will be going to visit Nana and Papa in North Carolina; we are so excited!!
Exactly two weeks after her first tooth appeared, Corinne''s second tooth has erupted!!! She now has both of her lower central incisors. She is also getting up on all fours, though only for a few moments at a time before she falls back on to her tummy. I can only imagine that very shortly she will be giving me a run for my money.
Today Corinne is seven months old! It is also her first Patriot''s Day. We are fortunate enough to live in Lexington, quite an important town in regards to our nation''s history, so today we walked 1.5 miles down our street to watch the Patriot''s Day Parade!!! Corinne wore protective headphones to ensure that her delicate ears weren''t harmed by the loud noises often associated with parades, and she looked very stylish.
This weekend was also special because Topher''s brother, Jeffrey a.k.a. Uncle Jeff, came for a visit! He had a business meeting today in Waltham, so he stayed with us last night and also joined us for the parade before leaving for home. Corinne and I are going to North Carolina at the end of June to visit Nana, as well as Uncle Jeff, Aunt Angela, and Corinne''s cousins Haden and Dawson. We can''t wait!
The past ten days have been busy ones here at the White house. Corinne has served as a research subject in two trials at the Harvard Lab for Developmental Studies (during one of which she was videotaped for a BBC special, slated to air in the United Kingdom in September). She also had a play date with her BFF Sabine, met her Auntie Neenie (Topher''s sister-in-law Deneen), and took in the sights and sounds of Faneuil Hall from the strategic vantage point of the Ergo carrier, which Mommy and Daddy were obliged to wear, alternatively, all afternoon. There are some pictures commemorating these events for your viewing pleasure.
Corinne visited the doctor today, because she''s had a runny nose since yesterday. I was pretty convinced that said symptom was due to teething, but she developed a cough, so I decided it was better to be safe than sorry. The doctor confirmed what I suspected, that the coughing was due to nasal drainage and not respiratory congestion, so we are continuing to treat her symptoms, and hopefully she will be all better soon. Corinne has been a little trooper through it all!
Easter Sunday is upon us! Christ is risen, indeed! This morning we took a few family pictures of the three of us all dressed up, and after church we went to the house of some friends (Dain and Kristen) who had their little girl (Sabine) baptized this morning. Sabine is just a couple of months younger than Corinne, so they are, of course, destined to become great pals!
Many apologies for the blogging hiatus. As it turns out, it was exactly one month ago today that I last gave an update on our lives, mainly on Corinne''s life. Today she is six months old, and I absolutely cannot believe that half of her first year of life is OVER! She is getting to be so big. At her six month appointment today, her length was 27.25 inches in length (above 95%), her weight was 17 lbs 15 oz (86%), and her head circumference was 44.5 in (90%). She definitely has those big and tall genes!
In other news, Corinne and I had a fabulous visit with my mother (a.k.a. Nana) in North Carolina, two weeks ago. We had lots of fun shopping, walking, playing, and just being together. Nana says we girls are going back to visit in June, and then in September, Daddy will come too!! We''re going to be spending Labor Day weekend on the beach at a house we''ve rented in Folly Beach, South Carolina. Corinne already has a swimsuit for the occasion. We can''t wait!
Corinne is five months old today . . . my, how time flies. It is nearly unbelievable to me that in just eight days, we will mark the first anniversary of the moment we saw her heart beating on ultrasound. She is changing and growing every day, becoming less of a baby and more of a little girl. She is able to express herself in little ways, more and more. For instance, she likes to chew on toys that are soft fabric, particularly those that make crinkly noises. She does not like chewing on plastic toys, even the soft teether toys. Whenever I offer her a toy of this nature, she cautiously tests it, and when she finds it not to her liking, she gives me a little grimace and throws the toy to the floor.
With every milestone, my heart breaks a little. I am so happy and proud to see her growing and thriving, but every new accomplishment is one step toward independence, one step away from babyhood.
This afternoon when Corinne fell asleep on my chest, I thought about how I really should put her in the crib . . . we are, after all, starting to transition her to a "by the clock" routine and trying to teach her that all sleeping takes place in the crib. Then, I remembered that God tells us not even our next breath is certain. That was when I stretched out of the couch, cuddled my little girl close, and wrapped us in a blanket.
Corinne seems to have gotten a bit better with strangers; since her hour long crying episode at community group, she has braved the church nursery, book club, and her little friend Frankie''s birthday party, all of which were occasions which called for those who are Not Mommy to hold her.
In other news, I had to return the hospital grade breastpump I was renting, so last Thursday when I stopped by the lactation center, I casually asked for a weight check. Well, just fifteen days after her four month doctor''s appointment, Corinne had jumped from 14 lb. 0 oz. to 15 lb. 6 oz.!!! That was very exciting for me. She also seems to get full very quickly when nursing, and doesn''t need to nurse as often. The only problem is that she has been falling asleep earlier and earlier in the evening, but she''s still only sleeping for a 7-8 hours stretch . . . thereby, if she falls asleep at 8:30 p.m., she is pretty much guaranteed to wake up by 4 a.m. Bummer.
As previously mentioned, Corinne has been experiencing stranger anxiety for about two weeks. It appears to have reached new heights, as last night during our church community group Corinne went into hysterics about thirty seconds after being handed off to a friend of ours, and was thereafter inconsolable, off and on, for the next hour and a half.
Last week when I (Jennifer) told the pediatrician that I thought Corinne was experiencing stranger anxiety, she looked at me like I had two heads. She recovered quickly, however, and said that more likely Corinne is just figuring that Mommy is different from Everyone Else. Hmmm . . .
I also talked to my mom about it, and she said that this is the age when babies often start to grasp object permanence, but only in a one-sided fashion; that is to say they recognize when someone leaves, but they cannot grasp the concept that the person who has left still exists when out of sight and will, in fact, return. Corinne seems to have no problem with me leaving the room. She only gets upset when other people are in the room, and particularly, if I attempt to actually allow one those people to hold her.
I feel torn, because on the one hand I want to expose her to other people, and so what if she cries? On the other hand, I don''t want to subject people to my screaming child, and I don''t want her to be a distraction. I was planning on putting her in the church nursery this Sunday because she''s been too loud during the service, but I have a feeling I may end up getting paged shortly after I drop her off . . . because she won''t stop screaming.
Today was Corinne''s four month check-up! She is doing so well; she weighs 14 pounds, is 26 inches tall, and her head measures 42.7 centimeters!!! It is hard to believe that she has grown 2.5 inches in just under two months! She is starting to show signs of stranger anxiety, which is a little early, so hopefully she will be over it that much sooner . . . not sure how logical that analogy is, though. The pediatrician says her development is perfect, and breast milk is still all she needs at this point to grow big and strong.
Many apologies for the posting hiatus! With all the holiday hustle and bustle, posting had to take a back seat! Corinne spent her first Christmas in Iowa with Jennifer''s brother Lindy''s family. Corinne got to meet her cousins Candace, Jordan, Alyssa, Sera, Ashli, and Lucas! Lucas, who is older than Corinne by 364 days (his birthday is September 22), is Jennifer''s great-nephew!
Corinne got lots of great presents and had a fun time having everyone fuss over her and take turns holding her. She continues to grow and change so much every day . . . Jen had to buy her some 6-9 month size onesies because she is getting so tall! Her next pediatric appointment is January 23rd, at which time she will be weighed and measured, and she will unfortunately get more shots. We will try to keep the page updated before then, as well.
Corinne had her two month check-up today! She is growing like a champ! She weighed 11 pounds and 9 ounces, measured 23.5 inches long, and her head circumference is 40 centimeters. She is in the 60% for weight, 81% for height, and 74% for head circumference. She is still exclusively breastfed, so these growth stats are wonderful! Today Corinne got an oral rotavirus vaccine, which must have tasted good because she loved it. She also got three shots, which she did not love, but who would? Her next appointment is not until January, when she will be FOUR MONTHS OLD!!!
Yesterday Jennifer went to see a lactation consultant regarding Corinne''s weight gain and milk intake. It was a very valuable experience! Corinne now weighs 9 lb. 3.3 oz when her tummy is empty, and she weighed 9 lb. 6.2 oz after eating! She is taking in just slightly less that she probably needs, so Jen is using a hospital grade breast pump to help make a little extra. For now Corinne will receive that milk in bottles after she nurses, but hopefully the pump, combined with some herbal supplements, will boost Jen''s milk supply enough that Corinne is able to take in all she needs just from nursing.
By the way, Corinne''s weight gain indicates that she gained over 12 oz in 12 days, which is right on target!
Today Corinne was weighed again, and she had gained just enough (.5 oz per day) to satisfy the pediatrician! Her weight is now 8 lbs. 7 oz. Hopefully she will be at least back to her birth weight at her one month check-up on October 24.
Today is Corinne''s due date! It is so unbelievable that she has already been with us for two weeks and one day. Life is crazy, not much sleep, and she is pretty much the focus of our days and nights. Things are better than they''ve ever been! After waiting so long for a child, and going through times when we weren''t sure we''d ever have one, waking up at 3:00 a.m. to such a sweet little face is more than we could have ever hoped for.
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."
Today Corinne went to the pediatrician for her two week visit. Corinne lost quite a bit of weight after birth; while some weight loss is normal, she lost more than average. Her discharge weight on September 22nd was 8 lbs 10 oz, and on September 24th she was at her lowest weight of 7 lbs 15 oz. She appeared to be gaining ground accordingly with subsequent weighings, as they showed she was gaining .5 oz to 1 oz per day, but at today''s appointment she had only gained 1.5 oz in one week, putting her at 8 lbs 4.5 oz.
Corinne is now on a strict two hour feeding schedule, and Jen is also pumping after every feeding in an effort to establish a large stored supply in case Corinne ends up needing supplementary feedings after nursing, to ensure that those feedings will consist of breast milk rather than formula. Her next weight check is on Wednesday, October 10th. She needs to have gained at least 2.5 oz for the pediatrician to be satisfied, although we would really like to see her gain 6 oz to be back at her discharge weight.
Corinne Eleanor White entered the world on September 21, 2007 (her great-grandmother Clare''s birthday) at 2:17 a.m. She weighed 9 lbs. 2 oz. and measured 21.25 inches long. Jen''s labor was hard from the beginning, probably due to induction, but progressed quickly and smoothly, and thankfully Corinne was able to be born vaginally, as we had hoped. Praise the Lord for the gifts He gives us!
Tomorrow morning Jennifer will be heading to the hospital to have a cervical ripening agent administered. This is an outpatient procedure. At today''s appointment Jen''s OB told her she didn''t really need it, but that it could cause her to go into labor without the need for pitocin. Therefore, we''ve decided to give it a try! Jen and the baby will be monitored for an hour after the drug is administered, and if all looks well, we will head back home. If she does not go into active labor by Friday morning, we will return to the hospital for Jen to be admitted and start pitocin via IV. Then it will only be a matter of time before Corinne is here! We can hardly believe we are finally at this end of this long journey.
Please join us in praying for a smooth, complication-free vaginal delivery.
The induction date has been set! If Jen does not go into labor before, she will be induced on Friday, September 21. This is very special as it is the birthday of Jen''s late grandmother, Clare. Jen will be 37 weeks 6 days at this point, and a pregnancy from 37 weeks 0 days is considered full term. The baby is still measuring in the 97th percentile, and her weight is estimated to be right at 8.5 lbs!!! She also appears to have a good amount of hair on her head, based on the ultrasound. Today Jen also found out that she is 1 centimeter dialated and 50% effaced, and the baby''s head is engaged in her pelvis. The OB did say it is possible that Jen will go into labor before the induction date, but there is no way to predict these things, of course. For now we are anticipating meeting Cupcake next Friday!
Cupcake''s arrival will most likely be sometime between September 19 and September 26. Today our OB told us that because Jen''s blood pressure remains in the high-normal range, albeit stable, allowing the pregnancy to progress past 38 weeks only carries increased risk, not increased benefit. Therefore, at Jen''s 37.5 week appointment on September 19, her doctor will decide what method(s) to employ in order to start the induction process! It is very exciting to think that in just three weeks we will very likely be holding our little girl!
Today''s ultrasound and OB appointment were pretty uneventful. Cupcake is still measuring big, in the 95th percentile. We didn''t get a weight estimate today. We also didn''t get any pictures, because she''s so squished in there that it was impossible to see more than just a tiny part of her face! The technician had a hard time just getting the images she needed for measurements.
Jennifer saw a doctor in the practice other than her primary OB, as her primary was out of town this week. The doctor explained the induction process in a little bit more detail, but ultimately the method used will depend on the condition of the baby and Jen''s body when the time comes. The doctor also checked Jen and discovered that she is just starting to dialate! This is good news, as hopefully Jen will respond well to induction and all will go smoothly. Please be praying for that!
Time is winding down! At Jen''s OB appointment today everything looked good; the full ultrasound report from last week showed a big, healthy baby, as well as a normal amniotic fluid level and umbilical cord. Jen''s blood pressure is still slightly high but under the pre-eclamptic threshold, and seems to be stable. Today she repeated some blood tests for pre-eclampsia and will do so again next week (8/29). She will have another ultrasound next week, and in two weeks (9/5) another measurement of protein concentration will be taken. It is that protein measurement upon which the decision of when to induce will be based. It will either be during the week of September 10th, when Jen is 36.5 weeks, or the week of September 17th, when Jen is 37.5 weeks. While Jen is growing increasingly uncomfortable, we are hoping to be able to hold out as long as possible so the baby will be strong and healthy and ready to be born!
Today Jen had an ultrasound to check on the baby''s growth and development, which was scheduled due to the recent borderline hypertension and presence of protein. It turns out that our "little" Cupcake is not so little! She is measuring in the 97th percentile for her age at an estimated weight of 5 lbs. 14 oz.!!! Jen''s blood pressure is still borderline, and the concentration of protein over a 24-hour period was 262 mg, which is also borderline pre-eclamptic. The obstetrician told Jen today that she will be induced between weeks 37 and 38; if her blood pressure and protein levels rise, she will be induced between weeks 36 and 37. This means we could meet our little one in as early as 3 to 4 weeks!
While we are so excited that we are so close to meeting our daughter, the health of both Jen and Corinne are paramount. Please join us in praying that both Jen''s blood pressure and protein levels will stay below the pre-eclamptic thresholds of 140/90 and 300 mg, respectively, and that Corinne will continue to grow and thrive. While it appears that we will not be able to avoid induction, please also pray that the delivery will require as little intervention as possible and that Jen will be able to deliver vaginally, not by cesarean. We will keep you updated!
It''s official! Jen is now a full-time stay at home wife, soon to be stay at home mom! Her last day of work was originally slated as August 22nd, but after some symptoms of high blood pressure sent her back to the doctor yesterday, it was agreed that it would be best for her to stay home starting immediately. It is hard to believe there are only eight short weeks left until little Corinne will be joining our family! We can''t wait!
Jen went to the obstetrician''s office today for her 30 week appointment. It turns out that Jen tested positive for traces of protein and her blood pressure was elevated at 130/80 . . . Jen''s baseline blood pressure is around 102/70. Our doctor told us that if Jen''s blood pressure rises to 140/90, she will be required to stop working. Her last day is August 22nd as it is, and she is going for a follow-up appointment on August 8th. Please be praying that everything will return to normal and Jen and Corinne will stay healthy for the remainder of the pregnancy!
In passing, we also found out that our little girl has flipped back into a vertex (head down) position. While it is possible she could still finagle her way back into a breech position, it is highly unlikely. Please be praying that she stays in her current position for delivery!
Check out our newest photo album to view Corinne''s room. No, that wasn''t a slip of the "fingers" . . . we''ve decided to give it up and reveal our little girl''s name ahead of schedule. Her name will be Corinne (pronounced ka-RYN) Eleanor White.
Today Jen experienced some mild cramping, so her OB''s office asked her to come in to make sure everything was okay. After an ultrasound and some testing, it was determined that little Cupcake is just fine. It turns out that she changed position and her strong kicks against Mommy''s lower abdominal muscles were to blame for the discomfort. A nice bonus was that we were given some wonderful 3D ultrasound photos of her sweet little face! You can see them in the 3D photo album.
It is hard to believe that the pregnancy is more than half over! At this afternoon''s general check-up, the doctor measured Jennifer''s belly for the first time. Her uterus measured 22 centimeters, which is perfect considering that she is 22 weeks along at this point. Next month''s appointment will include the dreaded glucose tolerance test . . . there''s nothing like chugging flat orange soda in five minutes!