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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.