Cora, 9 months

19 September 2017

19 September 2017

Oh my dear sweet Cora, how are you already 9 months old? I can't believe you have been outside my tummy longer than you were inside. Life wouldn't be the same without you.

I have no idea on stats but here are my guesses, since we haven't had her 9 month appointment yet as per usj, and I probably won't remember to come back in and edit them...oh well...

Weight: my guess 23 lbs

Height: I'm guessing her height has stalled out because she can still fit in most of the pants and onesies that she's been in for awhile.

Firsts this month: waving, doing "so big!", pulling herself up slightly on furniture, transitioning from sitting to crawling and back again, basically being a big mobile girl!

Nicknames: I have taken to calling her Bubbie, and no I don't know why but it's my favorite nickname for her. <3

Other things to note:
+ Girlfriend just went from nursing 4 times a day to just 3 -- in the morning when she wakes up, around lunchtime, and once before bed. I'm trying to wean her by the time we leave for a Husker game weekend at the end of November and since it's almost October (eek) time is running out! She's pretty okay with it because she eats SO MUCH FOOD and is basically a bottomless pit of real-people food.
+ Honestly, I cannot describe to you how much this baby eats. She would sit in her high chair and eat 24/7 if I let her or if she didn't occasionally get tired and need to nap. It's amazing how much food she can put away.
+ We're officially off of purees too (unless there's one hiding in the cabinet that I haven't found) and down to only big people stuff! Her favorites are pizza crust, grapes, cheese, and the occasional puffs snack.
+ Her naps have been meh since we went down to 3 feeds. I was nursing her right before sleeping and we're trying to transition out of that, and it's not been easy...haha. She slept for an hour this morning, when she'd usually sleep for 1.5 or 2, and yesterday wasn't much better. Hopefully she'll ease herself into longer naps again soon. She's crankyyyy when she's tired (much more than Kate ever was while tired as a babe).
+ I guess I didn't mention in my last post that she is officially sleeping through the night! I feel like that was longer ago than just one month but apparently I'm wrong. She sleeps through the night, and I honestly feel like the amount of sleep I am getting is the same because I'm staying up later...oh well. I think she's a happier baby because of it.
+ She and Kate have started to take baths together, and it is officially my favorite part of the day. Mostly because I know where they are and they're contained and usually playing happily together.

We <3 you Cora Jane Gokie!

7QT #61 // IKEA, paint colors, & books

08 September 2017

08 September 2017
Two posts in two days?! Hannah must have something REALLY important to talk about! Umm...nope. Just another random post. But linking up with Kelly nonetheless for quick takes.


My sister Lucy left for Colorado early this morning, to move there, not just for like, vacation, so we met halfway between Lincoln and Omaha for dinner last night to say goodbye. Kitty and Cora were well-behaved the whole time, the weather was lovely, and I had some delicious brisket.

I'm not sure why I'm telling you this, but it's nice to remind myself that evenings like this still exist, even in this climate - both weather and political.

That being said, if you'd like to read the most insightful article I've read on Donald Trump thus far (oh gosh, it's only been 7 months since he was elected, good heavens), click right on over here to Ta-Nehisi Coates's most recent Atlantic article, The First White President.

Lighter subjects, Hannah! IKEA toy storage!

As you know, we stopped at IKEA in Colorado for some toy storage options. Since we moved here, all of Kate's toys in the basement have just been in random baskets and tubs on the floor against one wall in the basement. It was time for an update.

We got a Kallax and an Ivar (not totally assembled above) for book storage, and two Trofast thingys for regular toys. I'm hoping it will encourage organization and maybe allow us to rotate toys in and out more easily. All of the above will be wall-mounted, once I decide which piece goes where, and should hopefully be done this weekend. Yay!

I painted the wall behind the toy storage a lovely mint -- Behr Glass Tile. So. Pretty. Of course that meant we needed to change the color of the rest of the basement, which I absolutely detest because it's like the worst cream that has pink/orange undertones and it just disgusts me.

So! Here are our options. Thoughts?

Of course the pictures with my crappy old iPhone don't do them justice, but the left one is a more green undertone and the right one is a blue undertone. We don't have an issue with needing our basement to feel bigger, because right now it's basically empty of furniture minus my one wall that has my desk stuff on it, a table I'm trying to sell on Craigslist, and one couch. I was originally leaning to the one on the right, but I'm growing the other direction, mostly because I think it will feel cozier overall, and complements our carpet a little better.

But I'd love your opinions!

Need some new jams?

A new Aly & AJ song (yes, that Aly & AJ)! A new Justin Bieber song! and of course, the newest Taylor Swift!

We've been listening to Tswizzle on repeat in celebration of Kate being done with pullups at night. Yay!

John and Hank Green are going on tour for John's new book, Turtles All the Way Down, and although they are going all over they are not coming really anywhere near where I could go. I'm trying to convince my brother to go (he's in Spokane) but if you're near them, you should go! I think they'll be recording a live episode of Dear Hank and John at each place plus all tickets give you a signed copy of his book so like, win win!

Speaking of books, I'm still working my way through the Dark Tower series. And kind of reaching a rut in it -- although I did read about 100 pages last night before bed, so maybe I'm on an uptick? We'll see.

I just added these to my to-list read (from various sources, including the Malcolm Gladwell podcast, NPR, and a blog post somewhere that I can't remember, sorry if it was you!). Affiliate links ahead!

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
Legacy of Ashes by Tim Weiner
Breaking Night by Liz Murray
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Apparently most of what's appealed to me lately is non-fiction/memoir/sci-fi. Anybody got anything else to put on my ever-growing-but-never-shrinking Goodreads list?

Happy Friday, everyone! Head to Kelly's for more -- and wish me luck on my first fantasy football weekend. I have literally no clue what I'm doing. :)

CO over Labor Day

07 September 2017

07 September 2017

We were #blessed enough to drop Kate off with my parents over Labor Day weekend and then drive 7 hours to Colorado to spend some fantastic catch-up time with our college friends who live there, Caitlin and John, and another couple from Lincoln, Mikayla and Brendon, and their little baby Lucy. It was rather impromptu, super relaxing, and involved the only three things I really wanted to do: a trip to IKEA, a visit to a brewery, and a hike. Oh, and adult conversations without a toddler interrupting us every 2.2 seconds.

Cora was as well-behaved as a baby can be, with two days of 7+ hours in the car within a 4 day period. The way up was great -- she slept or was mostly quiet most of the time. Of course the next couple days she woke up at her normal time (aka early for Colorado time) and had some scattered naps, so she wasn't an angel, but one kid is a breeze in comparison to 2.

IKEA was our first stop. It was a dreamland as per usual, with me wanting to purchase almost everything they have in stock. What can I say, I'm a millenial, and they have some killer minimalist furniture at a decent price. They were unfortunately out of stock on the nightstands I wanted, but we got everything else (toy storage furniture) and Cora chilled in the sling when she got fussy and it was grand. Minus the Denver traffic after.

We spent Saturday hanging out, and mainly watching Cora's new trick which involves us saying "sooooo big!" and her thrusting her hands as fast as she can into the air. You can see her demonstrating it above although it's lots harder to do when you're laying on the ground than it is when you're sitting. Baby problems, am I right?

Lunch was at Breckenridge Brewery, which was super amazing and delicious although I had a cold so I didn't have any beer. Although let's be honest, I'm not really a beer person. We annoyed our waiter by all showing up in Husker gear except for Caitlin (haha), and funnily enough he also worked at Husker bar in Denver as his second job so he gave us some grief. #worthit

Later that night we went to Mass, and then afterwards watched the Huskers marginally squeeze out a win against Arkansas State (ughhh) and I had a Denver Beer Co beer, this Princess Yum Yum, which maybe is the all-time best name for a beer. And I actually liked it!

The next morning we went for a hike and I think David realized how out of shape he is. Although, how in-shape can you feel with a 22+ lb baby strapped to your back? I felt pretty good which was nice in comparison to past vacations where I felt crazy out of shape during hikes.

We even took a sweaty baby family photo (minus Kate!).

We went out to a delicious Mexican place for lunch that I didn't take any photos of, and then had dinner al fresca (?) in between naps, games of pitch, and a fierce competition of The Resistance. It was awesome.

Cora was considerably less happy driving home, mostly because she couldn't get to sleep which is bizarre and then was just too tired and also tired of being in the car. But we survived AND got that cute photo of her in the front seat while I made a coffee pit-stop so win-win!

A huge thank you to John & Caitlin for opening up their home to us and dealing with a crying baby way too early in the morning and feeding us tons and just all-in-all being fantastic hosts.

It was an amazing weekend and I want to go back, like, immediately. Although let me catch up on laundry first, please.

The privilege of motherhood

29 August 2017

29 August 2017

Parenting two kiddos is a journey and a challenge and a blessing, all in one, pretty much every single day.

Sometimes I watch them, when they're sleeping or playing nicely together, and my heart bursts with the love I feel for them. My heart aches when they're gone, and the love I have for them eclipses pretty much everything else.

Other days the screaming hasn't stopped since 7:46 a.m. and my head is pounding from the headache their screaming has caused, and the minutes slowly drag until 5:30 when David pulls in the driveway and I practically sprint out the door for an escape because I just can't take another minute of it. Or I collapse on the couch, defeated by the 39th request to do something or to move Cora away from the cords on the ground and I just think to myself, "I can't handle another minute of this" so I hide in the bathroom and scroll on Instagram to remind me that I'm an adult who has more varied interests than making another pb&j or wiping butts all day long.

Can you tell which of the two is my favorite?

I treasure the moments when it's quiet in here, when the two girls are occupied with whatever holds their attention for a minute or two. I'm holding on to the hope that a sweet child will re-emerge from the hormonal raging monster that is currently the 3 year old, and the teething pain will ease for the 8 month old so my still-sweet babe can smile at me for more than a minute at a time.

But really, my life is so much more fruitful and privileged than I can even comprehend.

I complain to myself about having to get up off the couch to tend to a child -- and I think of those who don't have children. I refill a water bottle for the thousandth time -- and I think of those suffering the floods in Texas. I coax a baby back to sleep who really doesn't want to -- and I ache for babes with no beds to call their own. I wipe another butt -- and I thank God for the blessing of modern toilets. I read another book for the millionth time in a row -- and I think of those who can't afford books or toys like we can.

This dichotomy of modern living has been haunting me for awhile. How do I manage to stay thankful and optimistic when all I can think about is those who have less than me? How can I complain about my small difficulties when they are pebbles in comparison to some? I try to lift all my confusion up to Jesus and ask Him to help me pray for those who need it, help me remain grateful, help me let go so I can help others in the small ways I can.

I'm not writing this all as a plea for sympathy - but rather as a reminder to myself that everything is temporary, kid phases will pass, and I really can handle the small trials I'm sent. No matter how many times during the day I say "I can't do this anymore" and wish for just one minute alone to regroup, God didn't send me these two beautiful hooligans on a whim.

Every moment is a chance for me to better myself, to grow into the person and mother I was called to be, and yeah - life isn't all roses & daisies, you moron. (That's me talking to me, if you're curious.) Sometimes life is hard. So it is.

"Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer." Romans 12:12.

That's all any of us can do.

End of summer feels

24 August 2017

24 August 2017
Although this summer has seemed like an endless wave of heat and wishing it to be over, it's kind of surprising me that we're already at back-to-school time. This is our last year with just us, because Kitty will be starting preschool next fall (AHHHHHH) so I'm going to really try to enjoy it while I can. Right now the thought of having to drop her off and pick her up every single day, at the same time, sounds like a major cramp on my loose and free schedule, but c'est la vie.

I'm going to try to take advantage of this during the fall and do some more impromptu and fun things with the two girls. Honestly most of our "free" time right now just is me working at the computer...which isn't all that fun for her, although it is a continual lesson in independent play. We need to work on a few social skills, so I'm hoping to make a regular occurrence at our library's story time, and hopefully take advantage of the less populated zoo during school times. It'll hopefully be a nice change from our normal outings: Costco, Target, Walgreens drive through, library visits for 10 minutes at a time. #glamorous

I'm sure that will just mean more late nights and work for me on the weekend, but if this is the only year we have to really do it up, I'm going to try to do it up! Wish me luck.

Anyway, this summer has been great. I haven't posted photos for awhile, so here goes.

First off, the eclipse!
Can you stand how much this cutie above just ECLIPSES all other pictures with how adorable it is?! Couldn't resist a pun there, because this is my new favorite picture of her. She was just so happy to be included.

We traveled to Lincoln (a 45 minute drive) to see the totality, and it was honestly 100% worth it. I kind of thought it might be overhyped, but it was an emotional experience to see it. I hope I never forget it. 

Eclipse cupcakes!

Not an amazing photo, but a picture of the eclipse nonetheless!
Kate had a little difficulty following the directions but she mostly just played while it was going on, so I'd call it a win. We went to watch it at my uncle's party, and it was awesome to experience it and hear the collective gasp when we reached totality.

Naps have become a little sporadic for this one. I'm clinging to them as long as I possibly can, because most days she's tired and really needs one to survive the day. Other days she just plays in her room quietly for a couple hours until I give in and let her up. Some days she doesn't fall asleep for a long time, like the day above, so I had to go in and wake her up. Still so cute sleeping!

We're also still in the throes of threenager behavior, which means I constantly have to go shut myself in the bathroom and take some deep breaths when things get out of hand, and/or make David take over when he gets home so I don't pull my hair out. It's hard to remember there's a sweet girlie underneath when she's screaming for the 10th minute in a row, but moments like this or cuddles on the couch help a little.

Cora had her first experience with grass and she was NOT a fan. So funny that I had to take a picture before picking her up. I think Kate loved grass (?) so it's extra funny in the difference between them. We'll give it a try later when she has pants on to see if that was really the issue.

On days where I just can't stand being inside with them another minute, we take a long walk in the double stroller after naptime. It's a hefty workout (oh my gosh, I haven't even attempted to run with it yet in our only-hills-neighborhood) and it keeps them mostly quiet for at least half an hour, and for that reason alone it was worth the money.

I'm thinking we may need to buy the snack tray soon. It's finally become nice enough out that it's not unbearably hot, and I might try to make it a habit to walk every day after naptime this fall before the snow hits. Aka prime snack time for two little girls!

We've got some more house projects in the works, including a new toy organization system, finishing up staining the flower boxes in front of the house, and I'm trying to convince David to paint the basement. (Really tired of the pinkish orange tan we've got going on right now.) I might just tackle it myself if he refuses to help. We're headed to Denver to see friends in a couple weeks and an IKEA trip is included there, and luckily football season is right around the corner too, so fall is really here!

How was your summer?

My Sunday Best: flouncy dress edition

20 August 2017

20 August 2017
Cora and I both wore our flounciest dresses to Mass this morning so I felt the need to document! So we're linking up with Rosie and her My Sunday Best series.

Outfit details, because I know you just HAVE to know.
Dress: old from Gap
Belt that you can't see: old from Target
Shoes: American Eagle that I painted for a wedding
Sling: Wildbird Dove (seriously still so in love with this sling, I'll never go back!)

Cora's dress is one Kate used to wear, a gift from my mom so probably from Younkers or Dillards if I had to guess. I'm too lazy to go check and see what brand it is.

Although we looked real cute, we showed up late (super unusual for us, I must just not have been checking the time), Kate spent most of Mass either crying or whining about Jesus-only-knows-what or reading her allotted one book VERY loudly, and Cora regaled everyone with her high-pitched screams when she wasn't chewing on my fingers, prompting the couple in front of us to turn around and comment that she'd have a great singing voice one day.

Needless to say, I need a nap.

Luckily the rest of our day should be relatively low key. David's sleeping on the couch at the moment while Cora naps and Kate reads every book she can get her hands on out loud. I think I'm going to go buy some paint samples for our new toy storage organization (coming very soon!) because if David's involved, it'll be 4 weeks later and we still won't have anything picked so I'm just going to go for it.

How's your Sunday going? Head to Rosie's for more Sunday shenanigans!

Cora, 8 months

18 August 2017

18 August 2017

Blogging about inconsequential things like baby news and house updates seems...somehow inappropriate right now. So I've been quiet here. (Also busy, but that's nothing new.)

I'm trying really hard to take Jesus's words to heart, and honestly pray for my enemies.
BUT, I promised myself I'd keep doing Cora's pictures and updates every month so that still has to be taken care of. Hey, we all need distractions now and again, right?

So! Cora is 8 months and the months keep flying by faster and faster!

Weight: just over 21 lbs by our home scale.

Height: Same old same old, although she's getting longer I don't have the patience to measure her so who knows?

Firsts this month: successfully sitting up for periods at a time, and figuring out how to crawl around the entirety of the house to find us.

Nicknames: nothing new

Other things to note:
+ We've had some ups and downs with sleep this past month. Probably another sleep regression on top of teething and a growth spurt, so not too much terrible all at once....... ha. ha. ha. But we rode it out and back down to just one wake per night.
+ I'm thinking I'm going to try to cut out that one feed soon, because she's really not eating all that much and the time she wakes up varies SO much that I don't think she's actually hungry. We'll see if I get motivated enough to do it, though.
+ Baby girl is now suddenly noticing when we leave the room, and immediately cries/screams to get us to pay attention to her and come back where she can see us! So that's real fun.
+ She's a huge fan of baby food now and occasional big people food, depending on if I actually want to get some food in her or if I just want to occupy her in the high chair for awhile.
+ So far she hasn't actually disliked anything, although her father (ahem ahem) has a tendency to feed her cold vegetables and then complain that she doesn't like to eat them... Can't say as I blame her, I'm not a huge fan of cold green beans either. Surprisingly when you warm them up she eats them like a champ. ;)
+ Her clothing sizes are all over the map. Mostly 18-24 month onesies, a few 12 month PJ sets still fit because her thighs have thinned out (she fatted out of them at like 6 months because they wouldn't zip over her thighs, hahahaha), 9-12 month pants. We just went through all of our girls clothes to organize them and see what I need for winter, and she's going to fit into a lot of Kate's stuff, so I just need some long-sleeve onesies and a coat or two. Yay!
+ Her naps are pretty good for the most part, still going strong with 2 a day, usually 10-12 and 2:30-4 or so. She is a serious champ to put down too, just nurse her and stick her in the crib and she's out. Napping in the car is not as easy to achieve when we actually want her to, but that's okay.
+ She's on a major hair-and-glasses pulling phase, because she's discovered she can get a reaction out of you when she does it.

She's a blessing and we're so happy to have her around.


a catch-up post

03 August 2017

03 August 2017
Lots of things going on at Casa Gokie plus a really busy month of work means I effectively haven't blogged consistently in a very long time. Is this what it's like to be a functioning adult? I'm not sure, and I'd prefer not to find out for a few years yet. Anyway, here to give you a rundown of what's been going on lately and to jot down thoughts about this stage of life because why not!

First of all, I have a lovely new theme and some organizing going on behind the scenes lately. I get this itch to change everything on my blog pretty consistently every 6 months or so, and I finally succumbed to this round of editing. You won't notice anything if you read on a reader like I do (Feedly all the way, man) but that's fine. It's mostly for my own benefit anyway. I did edit my About page although it will go further in editing when I get a somewhat current family photo of us (the last ones I have are from Easter when David and I kind of look like death warmed over cause we took the photos too early in the morning).

I'm down 25-ish pounds since the end of May, and while that is awesome and I am very proud of myself, it has not been an easy two months. Admittedly I was eating too much beforehand, but I was also relying on food to lift my mood and to entertain myself probably too much, so this has been a good system to try and negate those not-so-great habits. If you're curious, I've been doing Weight Watchers and working out 5 days a week. I went through Insanity Max 30 and I think I'm going to start Focus T25 in the next few weeks, just for something new. I miss eating whatever I want, and like I've told multiple people by now, I'd better be seeing results for all the food I wish I was eating. ;)

Both of those changes have incredibly lifted my daily mood and overall life outlook, which everyone says is a benefit of working out but is hard to believe until you're actually doing it yourself. I really look forward every day to working out either after the girls nap and are plonked in front of an episode of Clifford on Netflix or after David gets home. And the fact that I'm actually losing weight is a great motivator.

My big reward for the end of all this (my "goal" weight, if you will) is a vacation sometime next year after Cora weans. It'll be a combination 5 year anniversary trip plus the reward, and I'm already excited about it even though it's a long ways in the future. If you've got any suggestions for us when it comes to destinations, hit me up! I'm thinking something adventurous and relaxing at the same time - something maybe like an Alaskan cruise? We'll see.

Cora is crazy on the move now. She's crawling everywhere, although has an affinity for our main rug in the living room which is nice. She's of course attracted to all the cords, dog toys, and outlets around, so I've put back some babyproofing methods in place, and Kate is quickly learning to keep her books out of her reach. 

In other words, I'm appreciating these sleeping photos of her even more the more she grows, because it's the only time she stops moving. 

This one (^^^) is still constantly on the move, and becoming an excellent shopper in her pretend grocery store in the basement. She has recently rediscovered the glories of splashing in rain puddles, coloring, and pretending to put her babies down to sleep. Her tantrums are somewhat spacing out but she has a lot of emotions for a little person and it's overwhelming at times. She's getting braver and braver in the pool (see photo #1) with lots of help from the grandparents, and it's still as fun as ever to see her grow.

What's new with you?

currently [summertime]

24 July 2017

24 July 2017

drinking: leftover from lunch, a Diet Coke. I haven't had much water yet today though so when it's gone that's next.

eating: well, for lunch I had pizza rolls and an apple...the picture of health, over here. I've not been snacking very much so currently not eating anything.

watching: the background of our Chromecast cycle through photos. I'm going to start my next episode of Silicon Valley in a minute, as soon as I get off Apple Support's chat line.

listening to: the sweet sweet silence of naptime.

reading: (amazon affiliate links ahead!) I just finished Cold Mountain last night - and I stayed up too late doing so. What a hefty book, and not for the faint of heart, but I'm glad I stuck with it. Up next is Thick as Thieves (the newest Megan Whalen Turner) and The Gunslinger by Stephen King. I also have Outlander on loan from the library but I don't think I'm going to get to it before my checkout expires.

wearing: gym shorts and a tee, as every day in the summer.

working on: this blog post, and taking a nice (tiny) break from my job-work. We had a crazy busy month and there's a little window of respite before the next month's books come pouring into my inbox, so just trying to relax while I can and catch up on other internet things.

writing: a screenplay, some other projects, and occasional blog posts.

making: probably chicken wraps & tater tots for dinner, otherwise not much. Gourmet! Once the weather cools down I want to try some of the desserts I've seen on the Great British Baking Show, but it's wayyyy too hot to turn on the oven for anything not completely necessary right now.

thanking: the good Lord that both girls are on a somewhat predictable nap schedule, and they both nap together in the afternoon. Life. Changer.

disliking: the weather. I want fall and the ability to wear jeans without sweating a bucket every time.

wondering: what workout program I should start next. I want to do more weight-lifting but we don't have a pull-up bar or strap set to supplement it in the basement (where I workout). Sooo indecision.

loving: Cora's goofy grin she gets when we put her in the jumper. She is obsessed with it. She'd jump in it for hours if I let her.

What's going on in your corner?

Cora, 7 months

19 July 2017

19 July 2017

Cora is 7 months old! This year is flying by.

Weight: over 20 lbs by our home scale estimation!

Height: no clue, sorry, too wiggly of a baby to try and measure on my own. She looks visibly longer than before if that makes a difference?

Firsts this month: HOUSTON WE HAVE A CRAWLER. A whole 3 months earlier than Kate learned! She has motivation to get to toys and such because she sees her big sis playing with them, so yeah.

Nicknames: I keep calling her C.J. because it's adorable and I love The West Wing but it hasn't quite caught on yet.

Other things to note:
~~ She's down to just one wake-up per night to eat, usually somewhere around 1:30, but she sleeps from 7-7 almost on the dot every night. YAY.
~~ Naps are usually one 2-hour nap and one 1.5 hour nap, which is amazing. Now that we've been home it's been a lot easier to get her on a little bit of a schedule, so she usually sleeps from 10-12 and 2-4 (give or take).
~~ I can tell when she's fully rested or when she's had a nap cut short, because if she naps a full length she is SO happy to wake up, and if she gets rudely awakened she is a crank ball. Luckily those are somewhat few and far between and she's happy most of the time.
~~ I totally forgot what it's like to have a crawling baby in the house. I mean, in my defense it's been like 2 whole years, but it's still jarring to have her end up under furniture/playing with something she shouldn't/yanking on electrical cords when just a few days ago she was pretty much motionless. Her crawl is sort of a weird hybrid between an army crawl and an inchworm crawl. See below for an IG video of it!

~~ She's very into baby food now. We're just doing various veggies/fruits/baby cereal at this point, with some various table foods thrown in now and again when I remember or need her to stay occupied in her high chair while Kate eats. Not a lot of skill in actually getting the table food into her mouth, but she loves playing with the textures.
~~ I'm trying to sippy cup train her relatively earlier than I did Kate, and she's okay with it so far. Not amazing but I haven't tried super duper hard.
~~ Overall she's really thinning out because of all the new movement! She's getting long and marginally leaner, but still has those lovely chunky legs.

We love you, baby!

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