Friday, July 13, 2012

18 Months of Amazing: State of the Bean

 18 months old!  I can't quite believe it.

Today we are celebrating Cora's half-birthday by having a typical Friday: a little bit of work, some playing outside, and some time spent reveling over all the fun she brings to our lives.

My last post was a little whiny, which I am a little embarrassed about.  But I guess we all have those days where we feel less than optimistic and just need a space to vent frustrations. 

Instead of focusing on my impatience, I've been focusing on the growth that I am seeing, day by day.  Just today she said "book" (although without pronouncing the "k"), and yesterday she signed "pig" for the first time (without my prompting), while we played with her little piggy bank.  And she was doing great getting those coins into the slot too.  She's getting up on one knee more and more, and is doing better getting around, with her little scoot-hop.

Although she stopped speaking most of the words she had been saying a while ago, she's starting to pick up again, repeating what we say and sometimes speaking appropriately without prompting. Go Cora!

She's having a blast as the tickle-monster, excited to "Get you! get you! get you!" at all hours of the day and night, putting her little hands up to our necks (although not with wiggling fingers, quite yet.)

She loves to dance, whether she's lying on her back or standing up.  She still needs quite a bit of support to bend her knees, but she's doing it more and more.  In fact, today she voluntarily put her own legs into a squat position and tried to pull up.  Not quite there, but on her way.

I even think she may be learning to read.  Perhaps this is wishful thinking on my part, but while reading her favorite book Goodnight Moon the other night,  she pointed to the words "mouse" and "bear", rather than the pictures.  Perhaps she's just learning this book really well, which would be a wonderful step in her development of early literacy.  But maybe, just maybe the reading program we've been working on for months is starting to show some results.

I think one of my favorite things she does right now is during Goodnight Moon.  Before we get to the "old lady whispering hush", she turns around and puts our fingers to our lips.  We started this, of course, but now Cora anticipates it even before we turn the page.  She moves her hands or our hands through signs, points out all the pictures, and oohs and ahhs the whole time.  I really have to get it on video, since it's so darn sweet.  I think she's signing a lot more than I really know, because she is always practicing and moving her hands around, but I admit I'm just not sure what she's trying to say. 

She hovers between being very social and smiley to ridiculously shy.  Just yesterday she melted down at a playdate with the sweetest, most mellow 9 month old for no explicable reason.  Apparently beautiful Lily was just terrifying.

 She is exactly 19 pounds, a little smaller than last month.  That puts her at almost 50% on the Ds growth chart, but still not quite on the typical chart.   Her pigtails are growing longer and the little bald sides of her head are starting to fill in.  The strawberry colored glints are returning to her hair. 

She is loving the swimming and the sunshine (mostly from the shade), the swinging and the dinners on the deck.   She loves Baby Signing Time and Potty Time and Elmo's World.  Pulling the books off her shelf and reading is one of her favorite things to do.

She is 18 months of amazing, ridiculous, loveable delight.


  1. Wonderful post! I loved reading it and the pictures are perfect :) Lily and I feel awful that sweet Cora was so terrified of her! Maybe partly was that it was a new place? She seemed a little more at ease when Lily was on her turf that first time ;) Maybe a more familiar, yet neutral location next time would be better. lol. Happy half-birthday to her!

  2. What a sweet post! I love her nighttime routine with Goodnight Moon.

  3. She is amazing! Let yourself have those days. I sure do! I know what you mean about getting embarrassed too. I get like that, but those are the posts people usually relate the most to :) Take care and love your blog as usual! TOo bad I don't get here on a regular enough basis...

  4. I think she is doing fabulous! Just as cute as always! I want to pick her up and give her a big squeeze!

  5. Happy 18 months Cora! You always impress with your ability to communicate! (Can you somehow send Ben some of those communication vibes?)

  6. She is absolutely precious! Happy 18 months Cora :)

  7. Alysia from BabyCenterJuly 16, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Happy 18 months Cora! Can you teach Max to listen to a book? He just tries to kick it away! Cora is so beautiful and I enjoyed catching up on your blog tonight! The post about Faith and Disability and how you feel you and Cora are meant to be together and how she has changed aspects of your life and views was so beautiful. I love all of the beautiful pictures of all of you! Wish I didn't live so far away in NJ!


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