on the accumulation of nicknames.

Does every child born nowadays accumulate more nicknames within a twelve-week time period than people like me have within their whole lives? Though arguably, if your name is already four letters, you don’t need a lot of nicknames. But Cora’s name is also four letters! So it’s no excuse.

Here are the nicknames that’ve surfaced thus far:

  • Small baby
  • Smallberry
  • Berra
  • Peapod
  • Peep
  • Bebop
  • Coco
  • Cora Borealis
  • Bean
  • Crabapple
  • Crabby Patty
  • Chatty Cathy

So just imagine yourself holding up that baby right in front of her face and cooing all those names back at her when she practices her “words” at you. She’s really into practicing making noise, anything at all she can push out of her vocal cords is fair game and she’s a big fan of repetition. Let the babbling begin.

Cora’s continued to be more agreeable, playful, and chatty when she’s awake. She’s bizarrely strong, and can sit up by herself on the couch with just a firm grip on your thumbs to steady herself. Matt and I look forward to that moment in the morning when you first go into her room as she’s waking, say “Good morning, baby!” and she smiles her thousand-watt smile at you. I remember this from Morella’s baby days as one of the highlights of my life. The refusal of bottle feeding is still the biggest nerve-racking issue we’re dealing with, but life is trending in a much more bearable fashion now that we’re scooting away from those early newborn days and into solid-baby territory. #doxology But I say this with a grain of trepidation knowing that with babies, the instant you start feeling semi-okay, they’re about to go ballistic again. Pray for me.

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