Cora: 4 months old

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Stats: 16lbs 9 oz (85th %), 26 1/2 in long (98th %), head circumference 17.5 in (>99th %!)

Size: Moved up to size 2 diapers.  Wearing 3-6 and 6 month sizes but some of those are getting tight.

Sleep: Cora sleeps through the night most nights right now and often wakes up smiling and not screaming to eat. What time she eats last and goes to sleep varies anywhere from 8-10pm and she wakes up between 6 and 8. She takes short naps during the day, usually 30 minutes, sometimes longer in the late afternoon. Usually 4-5 naps a day.

Eating: We started making her 5oz bottles and she usually takes all of it.  During the day she wants to eat every 2-2.5 hours.

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Likes: Grabbing her feet, getting her diaper changed (this is weird but she laughs while we do it!), her big sister, “talking” (Gretchen always exclaims “Cora said hoo!”)

Dislikes: Tummy time, being woken up to do preschool drop off and pick up.

Firsts: Grabbing things. Talking to herself.  Deep belly laughs.

Spring 2017 Consignment Sales

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In past year’s I’ve just put this info in a Google Doc and shared that but thought I’d put it on my blog going forward as it makes it easier to find and share!  This is not a comprehensive of all of the consignment sales in the KC area as there are a ton of them.  I’ve pared the list down to the bigger and more popular sales that are most often recommended for shopping and consigning.

Spring 2017 Consignment Sales

Just Between Friends Lees Summit: February 24-26th
The Pavillion at John Knox Village: 520 NW Murray Rd, Lees Summit, MO 64081

Rhea Lana’s of the Northland: Feb 26 – March 2
Picture Hills Shopping Center 6501 N Cosby Ave KCMO

Rhea Lana’s of Overland Park: Feb 26 – March 4 
9101 Quivira Rd. Overland Park KS (north of Court Furniture)

Here We Grow Again Olathe/Overland Park: Feb 27 – March 4
11934 South Strang Line, Olathe KS 66062  

Kids Closet Connect of Lees Summit: March 1-4
Harris Park Community Center 110 SW Blue Pkwy Lees Summit, MO 64063  

Just Between Friends of Shawnee: March 2-5 
Parkway Shopping Center: 11225 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee KS 66203

Just Between Friends of Overland Park: March 16-19
Ritz Charles: 9000 W 137th St. Overland Park KS

Just Between Friends Northland:  March 17-19
PAC Complex: 6014 Missouri 9 Hwy, Parkville, MO 64152

Rhea Lana’s of Lee’s Summit: April 9-13
13720 A Highway 40 East, Independence, MO

Kids Closet Connection of Overland Park: April 12-15
Overland Park Convention Center: 6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66213 

 

Cora: 3 months old

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Stats: Nothing official this month but I think she’s gained a couple of pounds and her head is bigger (she is rapidly outgrowing hats).  Will get stats at her 4 month appt.

Size: This girl is GROWING.  I’ve packed up most of her 3 month sized clothes and brought out 3-6 month and 6 month sizes.  At this rate I’m going to need to buy her some more clothes to get through winter as Gretchen wasn’t in 6 or 9 month clothes til spring.

Sleep: Cora slept through the night for the first time at 10 weeks.  It was something like 11pm to 6am.  Since then she’s repeated that frequently and has done some really long stretches from 8pm to 6 or 7am.  Some nights she does wake up at 4 or 5 but she consistently sleeps 5-6 hours straight now.

Eating: I ended up weaning Cora just shy of 10 weeks.  She was refusing the breast more than she would take it and there was lots of screaming, popping off, and as a result, clogged ducts.  I knew it was time.  We’ve been giving her 5-7oz first thing in the morning when she STTN.  Then she’ll want to eat every 2 hours or so during the day, typically taking 3-4oz.

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Likes: Being on the changing table (this is where she smiles and giggles the most), kicking her feet, staring at black and white pictures, really warm bottles, her playmat, staring at the Christmas tree.

Dislikes: Tummy time, being woken up by her loud sister and pug, wearing hats.

Firsts: Rolled tummy to back (10 weeks), slept through the night (10 weeks), first Christmas, first laughs!

Cora’s Nursery

I started this post before the baby arrived but lost steam and then she arrived and well, we’ve been busy 😉  I didn’t really pick a theme for the room other than colors.  I knew I wanted light pink walls, to incorporate some gold and teal, and make sure the grey glider from our first nursery didn’t seem out of place.  The colors in the curtains ending up being my jumping off point. The room is a bit smaller than Gretchen’s room, and the closet is about a foot smaller.  We again chose to take the doors off the closet, paint it, install new shelving, and use it as our changing area.

Our photographer Darbi G captured some beautiful images of the space that more accurately capture the colors in the room, so I will share those first, followed by my own iphone 5 pictures, which are not as impressive!

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Bedding: sheets from Target, crib skirt from Buy Buy Baby

Wall art: prints and wooden hello art from Hobby Lobby (elephant, hello, alphabet , string art from Kim’s Heart Strings (she is local to KC to I messaged her directly on Facebook and picked up my order to avoid shipping charges.)

Crib: Jenny Lind Liberty 3 in 1 from Franklin and Ben

Chair: Best Chairs Quinn

Ottomon: Oh Joy for Target

Lamp: Target

Light fixture: Overstock

Storage Cubes: Target (gold dot no longer available)

Throw pillow: Target

Storage bins: Target (striped and woven)

Bookcase: IKEA Kallax

Curtains: Target 

Fabric banner: DIY’d (tons of tutorials on Pinterest) and bought the fabric at Hobby Lobby.

Pug loaves: Etsy shop Cornstarch

Paint color: Behr youth blush (I do not recommend their paint anymore, the formula was changed and the paint and primer in 1 no longer covers well.  We did 2 coats but really should have done 3, whereas their paint and primer plus formula used to cover in 1 coat.)

 

Cora: 2 months old

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Stats: 13lbs 3 oz (86%), 23 in long (68%), head circumference 16 in (97%).

Size: Still wearing 0-3/ 3 month clothing but I think she may outgrow some of the sleepers soon.  I’m going to pull out some 3-6 month clothes and see if they fit.  She is growing fast! She no longer fits her newborn size cloth diapers.  Wearing size 1 disposables.

Sleep: 6 hr stretch is the longest stretch so far. She has longer stretches of being awake during the day but still naps a lot. Sometimes just 3o minutes, sometimes and hour.  It all kind of blurs together honestly.  We typically only have to get up with her 2x a night and we each take a turn.

Eating: We are still combo feeding.  I usually breastfeed Cora 3 times a day when my breasts feel full.  She seems to be growing frustrated with breastfeeding though and screams at the boob a lot, especially in the evening.  So we’ll see how much longer she wants it.  I’d like to make it to 12 weeks like I did with Gretchen but I’m just following her cues.  She typically takes a 4 oz bottle and likes us to warm them up a bit or at least be room temp. She eats frequently in the morning, about every 2 hours, then starts to have longer stretches in the afternoon, frequent feedings in the evening, and long stretches over night.

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Likes: Her paci, being swaddled, warm baths, playing on her play mat, butt pats, looking at faces, being around her sister, staring at Christmas lights on the tree.

Dislikes: Cold formula bottles, frequent stops in the car, being woken up by her loud sister and her troubley pug.

Firsts: First smile at 7 weeks old, also started vocalizing around that point.

Cora: 1 Month Old

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Stats: 10lbs 15oz (88%), 22 1/2 in long (96%), head circumference 15.5in.(90%)

Size: 0-3/3 month clothes.  I managed to squeeze her into a newborn sized onesie yesterday when that was all I had on me after she spit up but it was a TIGHT squeeze.

Sleep: Longest stretch is probably about 3 hours right now.  Generally in the mornings she is very alert and hungry and may take a short nap but nothing significant.  In the afternoons she will take long 2 hour naps and those often continue into the evening.  At night it varies.  She usually sleeps at least 90 min-2 hrs at night and goes 3 hours from start of one feeding to start of the next.

Eating: She is much hungrier and a more active nurser than Gretchen was so we’ve combo fed her differently.She likes to eat and we’ve been supplementing since day 1 due to her size and my supply issues.  Currently she gets 2.5 oz of formula at each feeding.  At every other feeding I breastfeed her before giving her the bottle and she’ll feed about 10 min per boob.  Weighed feedings show she gets a little over 1 oz of breastmilk per feeding.  That amount did not change when I switched from breastfeeding at every feeding to every other feeding.  She is more content with spaced out breastfeeding as my boobs are actually full if I go 4-5 hours between feedings rather than 2-3.

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Likes: Eating, snuggling, being swaddled, her pacifier, her vibrating bouncy seat (tolerates the swing sometimes), her big sister, staring at open windows. Being outside.

Dislikes: The preschool drop-off/pick-up line, or any time the car stops moving.  Baths. Being hungry.

Firsts: bath, doctor’s appointment, Halloween, visit to church, visit to Deanna Rose Farmstead, matching sister outfits.

 

Cora’s Birth Story

Cora Ann was born on 10/2/16 at 5:19am.  9lbs 3oz and 20 in long

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My first labor was what is called a precipitous labor.  Fortunately in that case, I was already in the hospital for observation when my water broke and contractions started.  Gretchen was born 3 hours later and by the time we realized I was complete, it was too late for an epidural.  I really wanted one the second time around and hoped there’d be time for one.  Spoiler alert: hahahaha, NO.

This time around I was expecting another fast labor, possibly even faster, but the OB warned me there was no way to know until it happened.  I hoped things might be different if I went to term. Gretchen was born at almost 36 weeks and I had already passed that mark with this pregnancy with no signs of impending labor.  Growth ultrasounds in the last trimester indicated that Cora would be big but they tend to be off a pound or two in either direction, so they’re not an accurate predictor of size.  The scan I did at 37 weeks suggested she was anywhere between 7 and 9 pounds.  So not small but probably not huge just yet.

By 37 weeks her head was low down in my pelvis and causing a lot of discomfort.  I was hyper paranoid about my water leaking like it did during my last pregnancy and this paranoia led us to two trips to L&D that turned out to be false alarms.  One between 37 and 38 weeks, and one just 2 days before she was born.  From 37 weeks to the end I was 3cm dilated and 50% effaced.  They could feel her head and the bag of water when they checked me so I knew she was ready to go as soon as that bag of water broke.  For this and several other reasons we scheduled an induction for 39 weeks all while hoping she’d come on her own.

Two nights after my last false alarm I had some cramping at bedtime but this was not unusual since I’d been constipated for a couple of weeks (sorry, TMI but if you’ve been pregnant before, you know all the unpleasantries!)  I got out of bed and bounced on the yoga ball for awhile and did some stretches, trying to get some relief from the pain.  When I got in bed around 1am I noticed the cramping had started to come and go and that I was actually contracting so I started timing them.  They were anywhere from 3-6 minutes apart, sometimes with a 15 minute break if I changed positions. Usually they were about a minute long but not very painful, just annoying since I wanted to sleep.  I told Tyler about them and he asked if we should go in and I said no since they were so irregular.  Around 3:15 they stopped altogether and I fell asleep.

I woke up with a start at 4:20 when my water suddenly broke. I jumped out of bad faster than I knew possible and immediately called my sister to come over and then called my doctor to tell her we were coming in.  It wasn’t until after those calls that the first contraction hit, more water gushed, and I felt the intensity of the pain and knew it was going to happen fast again.  Tyler ran next door and woke up our neighbor to come over and wait for my sister to arrive.  Our bags were already packed and in the car from the previous trip to L&D so we hopped in and sped to the hospital.  Since it was the middle of the night we hit every green light and with every contraction I told Tyler to drive a little faster. They were about 2 minutes apart at this point and less than a minute long.  It took us 10 minutes to get to the hospital (10 miles away but we were driving on residential streets, not the highway!)  He dropped me off at the ER entrance and I went upstairs to check in.

As I climbed into bed I told them “I know there’s probably not time, but I’d really like an epidural this time around.”  When the nurse informed me that involved drawing labs first I knew there was no way it was going to happen.  They managed to get an IV in between contractions and when they checked me I was complete (this was probably 40 minutes after my water broke).  My doctor arrived shortly thereafter when I was feeling the urge to push and they quickly got me up into the stirrups.  She was out in 4 pushes, born at 5:19 am, exactly 59 minutes after my water broke and active labor began.

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Once again no time to change into a hospital gown so I delivered in a t-shirt!  More comfortable anyway.

My OB and the nurses were incredible during my delivery and after.  They knew how to keep me calm and coach and encourage me.  Tyler let me squeeze his hand so hard I thought I was going to break it.

Since she was full term (born at exactly 39 weeks, the day before my scheduled induction) she got to spend a lot of time on my chest after the birth (Gretchen was early so the NICU team had to assess her for several minutes right after she was born).  She cried quite a bit but quickly settled down once we had her warm and snuggled up.  We could not believe she was over 9lbs and I was immediately very relieved she was already out and didn’t have a chance to grow any more gigantic!

We are so SO thankful that my water broke in the middle of the night when we were both home and there was no traffic to battle with on our way to the hospital. I’m glad I followed my instincts and didn’t wait to go in.  Even though I expected a faster labor this time around, I was thinking maybe like, 2 hours this time, not 59 minutes!  I get panicky thinking about the what ifs if it had happened at a different time or place.  Gretchen didn’t even know we’d left for the hospital until she woke up the next morning and her aunt was here instead of us.  She was soooooo excited to come to the hospital and meet her baby sister later that day.

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Thanks for all the well wishes, we are settled in at home and doing really well!