Sunday, January 18, 2009

Porkchop or Lambchop?

Cora is 4 weeks old today. I can't believe how the time has flown by. She has definitely grown quite a bit, but I don't notice it until I look at photos from the past weeks. She is starting to smile. I have to say, she has the biggest, brightest smile. She doesn't smile often in response to me, but when she does it melts my heart. I have to admit, the first time I saw her big smile I cried my
 eyes out. She is just so sweet. 

She is quite the eater. You may be wondering what the heck the title of this post is about. Well, Cora has earned herself a new nickname courtesy of her Daddy. He calls her Porkchop because all she does when she is awake is eat and play, eat and play, eat and play. When this little girl falls asleep though, she doesn't mess around. I, however, this she is too small to be called Porkchop. I vote for Lambchop because she is so small and precious.

The video above was taken yesterday. It is a fairly long, but I had a few requests that a longer video was needed. :) I decided to record her exercises for everyone to see. The first thing on the video is what Lee and I call 'Big Girl'. She is supposed to start putting weight on her legs to build muscle strength. She is really good at it and is already responding to "1-2-3 Big Girl" by stiffening her body. The second part of the video is Tummy Time. She is doing really good at lifting her head up while she is lying on her belly. She is also starting to take interest in her toys. Every once in a while she'll reach out to them. She nearly always responds to the noise of them whether it be looking for where the noise is coming from or just quieting down.

We've been trying out carriers so we can start getting out of the house for short walks when the weather is nice (like today). Hopefully in a couple weeks, I'll be able to start walking without getting sore. It is definitely 100 times better every day. We have a sling that she likes, but I don't like it. It is too small and doesn't cradle her the way it should. I bought it on Craigslist, and I am guessing the lady screwed up making it since she wasn't selling it in a boutique (she normally does). It is also made of a satin like fabric and we were both really hot while we wore it. I took care of the problem by ordering a light weight cotton one on Etsy today. It should be here in a couple weeks! We need to start practicing in our sling as soon as possible so we are ready for the plane ride back to Nebraska in a month.

Speaking of plane rides, we decided Cora's first passport will be a Canadian one. It was too much of a pain in the bum to drive the 3.5 hours to Calgary and sit at the Embassy while we tried to register her birth abroad, get a social security number, and then apply for a passport. We might try to get some of the stuff done when we go to Calgary to catch our plane for the trip home. 

Tomorrow Grandma Jo comes for a week long visit. Cora is very excited to be able to meet her. What a lucky little girl to meet both of her Grandmas in a time span of 3 weeks!

Cora loves her swing. She doesn't sleep in it, but it is great to use to keep her happy while we eat dinner.

Mommy and Cora cuddle time. I can't get enough of her. 

Cora napping after a bath and some yummy food. What a sweetie pie!

That would be our update for now. She has a checkup scheduled in a couple of weeks. I can't wait to see how much she has grown. Over and out (and to bed I go). 

1 comment:

Joel, Paula and Amelia Frantz said...

For now, Lambchop seems like it fits. When she puts on the chunk, then you can call her Porkchop. Either way, she's adorable!