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Mommy's Little Hoover Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 February 2008

Proving once again that no two siblings are alike, Cora is going through a phase Maddie simply never experienced – the Human Carpet Cleaner.

I don’t know what it is with this child, but I am convinced that at least part of the reason Cora is crawling so early is that she sees an attractive paint chip across the floor and simply must have it in her mouth. ANYTHING on the floor is fair game, provided it is 1) dangerous, and 2) not generally considered food to humans. Meaning, that triple-A battery is fair game, but she’ll pass right over a green bean.


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Creeping Towards The Packing Finish Line Print E-mail
Monday, 21 January 2008

We’re in our final week here in New York City – we fly out on Saturday to Texas, though the movers come on Friday to pick up all our stuff. Truthfully my state of mind right now is two parts panic, one part shock, and seven parts denial.

I’ve been packing for ages, it feels, though in truth it’s only been a few months; we packed up some boxes when we put the house on the market in July to “declutter” it, then started packing in earnest after Thanksgiving and discovered the clutter had crept right back in. I kept thinking a month and a half would be enough time to get it all done, but I’m packing maybe three boxes a day and at this rate will not be moving until April.


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What Do You Mean, You're Not Just Like Your Sister? Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Cora started crawling. I mean actual, intentional, forward motion.

At the now-infamous brunch on Saturday I plunked Cora down onto the hardwood floor, safely away from all toys with tiny pieces. Cora spied a bin of train cars a few feet away and began rocking in anticipation. Secure that she couldn’t get there, I turned away to settle Maddie and chat with my friends. A few moments later, I spied a chubby little body rolling happily on the floor, chewing a toy train.

Thinking I’d misjudged the distance, I swept a new toy-free perimeter and watched Cora.


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Where's Cora? There She Is! Print E-mail
Monday, 07 January 2008

About a week ago, Cora started covering her face with her arms and lovey blanket. She’d cloak her face, then peep down, over and over. My mom was the first to figure it out, and the next time Cora draped herself, Mom sang out, “Where’s Cora?”

Down came the silky, with Cora’s face wreathed in a huge smile. “There she is!” my mom crowed.


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Personal Foul - Holding: Fifteen-Minute Penalty Print E-mail
Friday, 04 January 2008

It’s as if Maddie sat down and read yesterday’s blog, where I said she wasn’t ever really jealous of Cora, and thought, “Hmm, never really thought of that.”

Continuing with yesterday’s theme, both girls have been extraordinarily needy today. Cora started early, getting up EVERY HOUR last night. I nursed: she woke up an hour later. Gave her Motrin: she woke up an hour later. NOTHING changed her, until she fell into an exhausted sleep at 5:30 for about 3 hours.

At any rate, both girls have been loath to have me out of their sight today, and Maddie finally hit major meltdown time this evening. We were getting dinner ready and I told her “no” to something really inconsequential, and she couldn’t find a way to move past it. She cried and cried and cried, and if I’d known it would have been such a big thing I wouldn’t have said no, but I knew I couldn’t change my mind after this big storm so stuck it out.


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