Cora – 6 months


Diapers: size 2
Clothing size: 6 months fits well.
Nicknames: sis, lil sis, sissy, sis boom bah
Eye color: blue

Sleeps in: pack n play next to our bed.  Switched from a swaddleme sleep sack about a week ago to Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit.  We attempted to make the switch at 5 months but she slept so poorly that after 3-4 nights we gave up and went back to the sleepsack.  Unfortunately she is just so good now at houdini’ing her hands out and waking herself up that it didn’t make sense to continue on in the sleepsack.

Overnight routine: I put her to bed usually while Flynn is watching Paw Patrol around 7:30. I usually put her in a sleeper, feed her and if she doesn’t look tired she sits in my lap and watches Flynn or paw patrol until she looks sleepy and then I put her down for bed.  She either goes to sleep on her own or needs a paci-put in 1-2x and then goes to sleep.

Unfortunately, too often, after just 30 min or so she was waking up.  She got to the point where she wasn’t even having a good first stretch of sleep.  I’ve been feeding her every 2 hours and her sleep seemed to just get worse and worse with her waking up in between feeds every 2 hours too.  There were nights when she’d be waking up every 15 min or so.  I was dyingggggg.  We had gotten into a nasty habit of picking her up when she was crying and “rocking” her back to sleep.  99% of the time she would cry and as soon as you picked her up she’d fall asleep.  It was just so much easier than letting her cry and try to self-soothe.

After a particularly rough night last week I said ok – time to cry it out a little.  Because she was eating every 2 hours overnight, she was actually eating about the same amount overnight as she was during the day.  I knew we would have to slowly phase out some of her feeds overnight.  So we decided I would feed her every 3 hours (or longer).  Part of the problem was she was eating every 2 hours during the day and just “snacking” – she’d eat 3-4 min on one side and be done and be hungry again in 2 hours.  I needed her to start eating more during the day so Eric had the idea of stretching her out to 3 hours during the day in hopes that she’d eat a bigger meal – so far that seems to be helping because she’s been eating on both sides more during the day and at night.  We decided no more picking her up.  If she wakes up and it’s before the 3 hour mark we go and comfort her every couple minutes but she cries.  It’s not a strict cry-it-out because we’re not using the progressive intervals – we’re simply standing there and checking in with her every couple minutes – giving a paci, patting her on the belly, shushing or saying things like “time to go to sleep” and then walking away for a couple minutes.

So far we’re a week into it and we’ve had a few promising nights where she slept 2 hours before waking up, crying just a minute – getting comforted and then falling asleep for an hour before being fed and starting the whole 3 hour process over again.  Sadly, this is drastically better than where we were a couple weeks ago.  I can only hope that she will continue to progress.

Daytime schedule: nursing every 2-3 hours.  She’s been napping poorly too – we usually get 3 30-60 min naps a day.

Food: We started solids! We started about a week before Christmas.  We tried oatmeal cereal mixed w/ breastmilk.  She kept just pushing it out w/ her tongue so we waited a week or so and tried again.  Starting in January we restarted w/ Sweet Potato.  Then we did Banana and then Peas.  Strangely the peas have been her favorite.  It took a couple weeks for her to start actually consuming the food and we still aren’t great with it but I’m giving her something every day as practice.  Next up is Carrots.

Likes: FLYNN – she loves her big bro!  She sometimes just watches him and giggles uncontrollably.  #2 on the list is Daddy.  then comes me.  She also loves her grandmas of course.  She likes eating her fingers, sucking on her paci, blowing raspberries, watching PAW PATROL, sitting in her bumbo or being held, jumping, watching people dance and jump, looking in the mirror,

Dislikes: riding in the car, laying down (only tolerates a couple minutes now)


Discovered her feet last week and now wants to suck on her toes and pull her socks off.

Can sit without support for 10 seconds or so

Rolled supine to prone and prone to supine for the first time on her 6 month birthday all within a couple minutes!

Cora enjoyed her first Christmas.  She was a trooper and went with the flow through all of the chaos of parties and driving everywhere.

Cora met her Uncle Michael and her Great Grandma Brooks

She also took one epic photo on Granddad’s GT on a cloudy 50 degree day.

Cora had RSV.  Flynn had it first before Christmas, then I got it and then Cora got it.  By day 3, she had started to wheeze lightly.  We took her to the pediatrician.  They said she looked ok but told us what to watch for.  She tested + for RSV.  That night her breathing worsened.  Eric stayed up for a long time by her bed watching her sleep worried about her.  By the time she got up around 4 to eat I could tell she was much worse.  We stripped her down and put her in the shower in her bumbo which we had done the day before which seemed to help some of her congestion drain out.  This time though, all we could see was her lungs retracting and her chest struggling for every breath.   We went to the ER that morning and spent about 3 hours there.  They did a saline breathing treatment and some deep suction and got her breathing better.  But they basically told us not to come back unless she was blue or stopped eating.  Later that day, she got where she wouldn’t nurse but we were able to give her a bottle a couple times.   Slowly she stopped nursing all together but I was able to give her bottles every 3 hours the next day.  But she was only taking 1-1.5 oz before she’d struggle to breathe, get frustrated, and stop.  With everything, she was so fatigued all she wanted to do was sleep.  That afternoon she went 4 hours before getting a wet diaper.  I knew we were at a turning point – she would either get better or get worse and worse meant going back to the ER for an IV.  When Eric got home she perked up and took a few oz from a bottle.  That night as I was putting her to bed she drained a 3 oz bottle and looked hungry so I nursed her a few minutes more.  Overnight she nursed every 2-3 hours and I knew we were headed the right way.  Slowly, day by day her breathing got slightly better and she sounded slightly less congested and she ate a little better.  By about 4-5 days later, she was almost back to normal.  There were a few very scary days there where she had us all worried and I am so thankful she recovered so quickly.


Cora – 7 months

Diapers: size 3 (just started)
Clothing size: 6 months fits well.
Nicknames: sis, lil sis, sissy, sis boom bah
Eye color: blue

Hair color: coppery red esp. obvious in the sunlight

Sleeps in: in her crib.  We moved her a few days after she turned 6 months.  We were getting up so often I was worried that it would mean more work for me but it has helped a little in that we are able to let her cry it out.  We couldn’t really do that with her in our room without going crazy.  She sleeps in Merlin still but we started taking her arms out a few weeks ago.  She often sleeps with her hands near her face and likes to grab her paci.

Overnight routine: I’d like to say that cry it out helped but there have been several nights where she cries for an hour before falling asleep. I’m not sure it’s getting any better.  Our routine is I give her a bottle before bed which can be anywhere from 2-5 oz.  She watches Paw Patrol with Flynn in bed and then when she seems tired I take her to her room and turn all the lights off, top her off on the bottle and then rock her with her paci.  This is usually around 8 PM.  She DOES NOT like to cuddle at all.  She is often trying to jump in my lap or sit up and doesn’t want to lay down at all.  Eventually, I lay her down in Merlin w/ her arms out.  I give her my arm to hold and she likes to grab it and knead it for a minute or 2.  Then I walk out.  Sometimes she falls right to sleep, sometimes she cries for an hour.  And it really doesn’t make a lot of sense.  Then, like clockwork she’s up again around 1 and 4 to eat.  She gets up at 7.  I’d like to ditch one of our night feeds but she is still eating quite a bit overnight and I’m not sure how to wean her.  I keep thinking she’ll start stretching out that first stretch of sleep but so far no luck.

Daytime schedule: Up at 7-8 am.  Nurses around 8-9 am.  Naps 9-11. Nurses.  2 oz of solids at lunch.  Nurses before nap.  Nap 2:30-4:30.  Nurses.  Dinner 2 oz.  Bottle before bed around 7 PM.  To bed at 8 PM.  She’s been napping in her crib too and she sometimes takes a good 2 hour nap

Food: She is loving food!  She has really gotten the hang of swallowing in the last month.  She loves anything green or veggie-ish.  If it’s sweet, she will be less likely to eat it!  So far she hasn’t had any reactions and has tried eggs and peanut butter.

Likes: FLYNN – he’s still her favorite.  She loves anything with a tag or paper.  She has recently discovered her bottom lip and often sucks on it, esp. when she’s eating.  She loves food!  Especially peas, green beans, carrots, etc. – the greener, the better.  She loves Zable. She loves looking in the mirror, sitting, jumping, getting tickled and BEING UPSIDE DOWN.

Dislikes: laying on her back, cuddling, sweet food


Can independently sit for long stretches

Sleeping in her room

Can move objects back and forth in her hands

First time swinging

First Valentine’s Day

Cora – 4 months

Weight: 12 pounds, 14.5 oz (21st percentile)

Height: 24 inches (26th percentile)
Diapers: size 2
Clothing size: just switched to 6 months – still a little loose
Nicknames: sis, lil sis, sis boom bah
Eye color: blue

Sleeps in: pack n play next to our bed – still loves being in a swaddleme sleep sack.

Overnight routine: I put her to bed just after I put Flynn to bed at 8. I usually put her in a sleeper, feed her and if she doesn’t look tired I let her kick around a bit on the bed. Then I put her in her sleep sack with a swaddling blanket tight around her lower half and give her a paci.  She’s still not sleeping well. Occasionally she does better but on average she’s up every 2-3 hours.

Daytime feeding schedule: nursing every 2-3 hours.  Her naps are getting shorter and usually are 30 min to an hour. The rest of the time she is awake.   A couple times a day she skips the nap between feeds.

Likes: mama, daddy and Flynn, grandmas, pacifier, sitting up and facing out, eating her fingers, talking

Dislikes: that hour before bedtime, wet/dirty diapers, bottles


Blowing raspberries – for about a week now

Can sit with support – loves the bumbo and prefers it to laying down and playing

Cora was a strawberry for Halloween!  I wore her in the ergo and after being awake and happy for about 20 minutes she fell asleep and slept through the remainder of trick or treating.

We took our first vacation as a family of 4 and went to Disney. Cora did great!  She was super easy on the plane. She loveddddd being in the ergo and walking (napping) around the parks.  I got used to nursing her out in the open with the cover out of necessity.  She went on all the rides and loved looking around at everything.


Cora – 3 months

Weight: 11 lbs, 3ozHeight: 23 inches

Diapers: size 2

Clothing size: 3 months but getting tight

Nicknames: sis, lil sis

Eye color: blue with a thick rim of navy
Sleeps in: pack n play next to our bed – still loves being in a swaddleme sleep sack. 
Overnight routine: I put her to bed just after I put Flynn to bed at 8. I usually put her in a sleeper, feed her and if she doesn’t look tired I let her kick around a bit on the bed. Then I put her in her sleep sack with a swaddling blanket tight around her lower half and give her a paci. We’ve been getting up every 3 hours almost exactly for the past 2-3 weeks.  Occasionally she sleeps for a 4-5 hour stretch.  I’m not sure why she’s getting up so much more but it’s kind of kicking my butt after she was sleeping so good.

Daytime feeding schedule: nursing every 2-3 hours.  Eat/sleep/play but usually 1 or 2 times a day she skips the nap between feeds.  Definitely on demand all the time unless I’m trying to top her off before we go out. 

Likes: mama, daddy and Flynn, pacifier, kicking and batting toys on the play mat, baths (she kicks her little feet), being talked to – she will coooooo so hard. 

Dislikes: that hour before bedtime, wet/dirty diapers, bottles

Can tummy time with head at 90 degrees but still can’t get her chest much up off the floor. 

Her flat spot is slightly better (definitely not worse) and she’s turning her head pretty equally now for playing.  

It’s been so easy to take Cora out places because unlike Flynn she only takes 5-10 minutes to eat (Flynn took about 45 minutes to eat).  So I can easily slip to the restroom and feed her. It is a total game changer and means a lot less stress when we go out. 
Sis has had a rough time taking bottles when her grandmas watch her. The first 2 weeks especially so but she is slowly getting better at taking them. 


Cora – 2 months

Weight: 10 lbs, 7 oz
Height: 22 inches

Diapers: size 1

Clothing size: 3 months fits good

Nicknames: sis, lil sis

Eye color: blue with a thick rim of navy

Sleeps in: pack n play next to our bed – loves being in a swaddleme sleep sack. They’re getting tight so I ordered the large size but it looks huge. Waiting to take the plunge to the next size as I fear she won’t sleep as well. 

Overnight routine: I put her to bed just after I put Flynn to bed at 8. I usually put her in a onesie, feed her and if she doesn’t look tired I let her kick around a bit on the bed. Then I put her in her sleep sack with a swaddling blanket tight around her lower half and give her a paci. She started sleeping 5-6 hours for the first stretch a while back. Then right at 8 weeks she had 3 nights where she slept 8-9 hours. That morning she slept 9 hours was the first and only  time she’s woken me up crying. I jumped up like – woah – what’s that?!  After that she went back to sleeping 4-6 hours for the first stretch. Second stretch is usually 3.5-4 hours. We do a bath before bed 2x a week now. 

Right around 6 weeks she got terrible baby acne and after 2 weeks of it not going away it began to actually get dry feeling, almost crusty. It covered her cheeks and forehead. I read some about it and thought maybe she had eczema since it wasn’t clearing up and seemed dry.  I applied A&D to her face before bedtime 3 nights and it didn’t seem to change. I then switched to aquafor and after 2 nights I noticed a difference. After 4-5 nights of application it was almost gone. I haven’t put any creams on her face in the last several days and it doesn’t seem to be returning. Fingers crossed. 

Daytime feeding schedule: nursing every 2-3 hours. She’s had longer awake/alert periods for the last week and is sometimes awake for an hour after eating. This is especially true when I get her up in the morning.  When that happens I try to let her nap so therefore it’s more like 3 hours between feeds. I’d say >50% of the time it’s me waking her up to eat and not on demand. 

Likes: mama :D, a warm chest to snuggle, pacifier, kicking and batting toys on the play mat, baths (she kicks her little feet), being talked to

Dislikes: headbands, that hour before bedtime, wet/dirty diapers (this is new for us!  No crying but she starts to get fussy – Flynn never cared one bit about his diaper)


We started smiling!  Happened right around 6.5 weeks for mama. This past week she is smiling pretty often at me. It makes my heart explode. She also has the cutest coos and little sounds.  I swear she says “hello” sometimes. She definitely tries to mimic the shape of my mouth when I’m talking to her and it’s so cute. 

Also – head control!  We’re getting there. She is definitely strong lifting her head forward and tries to “sit up” sometimes when I’ve got her in my lap. Less control with side to side movements still. 

Cora had her hip ultrasound and the results were normal!  She fell asleep halfway through it. 

My only concern at this point is a flat spot she’s developing on the right/back of her head. She ALWAYS wants to lay with her head turned to the right.  I noticed the flat spot a week ago and I’ve been trying to turn her head to the left whenever I can but a lot of the time she turns it back to the right after a couple minutes. And it’s hard to do much about it overnight.  The pediatrician wants me to keep up what I’ve been doing. She was less concerned because she can turn her head to the left (aka full range of motion – not torticollis), she just doesn’t like to. 

Cora is such a good baby. She is so patient with me and it takes a lot for her to cry.  There’s only been a couple times where she really got going and usually once I pick her up she settles right down.  It is so easy to take her out places. She wakes up, looks around a few minutes and then often falls back to sleep on her own without any soothing needed. She likes a paci when she first falls asleep but often she spits it out right before she falls asleep.  

She’s done a lot better with eating and doesn’t fuss at letdown anymore. She usually eats 3-5 minutes on the first side and then I change her and offer the second side. About half the time she’s not interested. The other half she eats for 2-4 min and usually by that time is sleepy. She rarely spits up which is so new to me. I actually never burped Flynn because whenever I did he would spit up his whole meal instead of half of it. I burp her after the first side and I usually get a good one half the time. 

We are so in love with this sweet little lady!


Cora – 1 month

Weight: 9 lbs 6 oz

Height: 21.375 in

Diapers: size 1

Clothing size: newborn is tight, especially in the length

Nicknames: sis, lil sis

Eye color: dark blue and getting lighter by the day

Sleeps in: pack n play next to our bed – loves being in a swaddleme sleep sack. 

Overnight routine: I woke her up every 3.5-4 hours to eat for the first 3 weeks. Then I let her feed on demand which seemed to be about the same schedule. Cora is very patient and will often grunt and attempt to eat her hands for 20 minutes so I still haven’t been woken up to crying. 

Daytime feeding schedule: After pumping and giving a bottle every other feed for a few weeks to help her gain weight per the pediatrician, Cora stopped taking a bottle from me about a week ago which made it impossible for us to continue that routine. She is now nursing every 2 hours which 80% of the time is me waking her up to feed. 

Likes: a warm chest to snuggle, pacifier, her hands right on her face, looking at ceiling fans and lights, dreaming with her eyes open 

Dislikes: baths, headbands, when the milk comes too fast – and that’s about it! She RARELY cries. 

Cora passed her hearing exam done by an audiologist at 3.5 weeks old after failing her hearing exam in the hospital. Her umbilical stump fell off at about 3 weeks old. She is set to get a routine ultrasound evaluation of her hips at 5 weeks old to check for hip dysplasia since she was born via c section. She is a healthy and happy girl and mom and dad are smitten!


Cora Denise

Cora is here!  She arrived via scheduled c-section at 39 weeks + 5 days. She came out feet first at 10:48 AM weighing 8 pounds 11 ounces and was 19.25 inches long.  After a few minutes of low oxygen sats and some suctioning to clear her lungs, her oxygen levels improved and she was brought to us.  

Cora was able to attempt breastfeeding quickly once we got back to our room and we were able to get onto a schedule of feeding her every 2 hours during the day and every 3 hours at night. My recovery was rough for the first 2 days especially. The first day I was very nauseous from the morphine they put in my spinal injection and that lasted until about 7 pm that night.  That day pain was not bad but they told me the effects of the spinal would last 24 hours. When 11 AM the next day rolled around I thought I wasn’t feeling too bad and was able to get my catheter and IV removed and get a shower.  I was relieved the pain was tolerable, however, around 3 PM my pain escalated and I became very uncomfortable. I was doubled over if standing and it was very difficult to shift in bed or come to sitting without assistance. It felt like a knife was sticking into my incision.  I was very concerned that I might have to resort to taking pain medication which can make me very nauseous and vomit. Fortunately, over the next 12 hours my pain became slightly better.  It got better and better over the course of our hospital stay.

Due to Cora’s high birth weight she was considered LGA (large for gestational age). She was required to get glucose checks prior to each feeding for the first 12 hours. Her glucose steadily rose and these checks were discontinued. After about 36 hours, my milk began to come in. So the second night in the hospital Cora wanted to cluster feed every 30-60 min between 11-3. We went home the next day. Upon leaving the hospital her weight had dropped to an acceptable 8 pounds 1 ounce. Other than failing the newborn hearing exam 2x, her stay was normal and she appeared to be healthy. The hospital pediatrician said she looked great and that her hips appeared to be normal despite being breech but that she would likely get an ultrasound evaluation of her hips prescribed by our pediatrician to assess for hip dysplasia later on. 

Cora’s weight had gone up to 8 pounds 3.5 oz the next day at the pediatrician but over the next week it did not increase. Since my supply was high but Cora had some difficulty latching our pediatrician thought she might be working too hard to eat so she recommended we try to feed her a bottle of pumped breast milk at every other feed. This seemed to help because over the next 4 days her weight increased 5 oz.  She takes 1.5-2.5 oz of breast milk in the bottle and eats more efficiently this way, appearing less frustrated and taking less breaks.  She continues to be very sleepy though. Even at night, I often have to wake her up to eat. I’ll let her go 3.5 hours between feeds but then I wake her up. She is loving sleeping in the SwaddleMe sleep sacks. Occasionally she isn’t quite drowsy enough to go back to bed and I’ll give her a pacifier. She sometimes rejects it but once she takes it she usually will suck for a few minutes and drift off. 

Here’s more pictures from our first 2 weeks.