Ahhhhhh holiday season is over. *collective sigh* It was SO brilliant to be in the States for the whole of the holiday season for the first time in seven years. SEVEN YEARS WITHOUT THANKSGIVING. Imagine.

We spent loads of time with family, a little time with friends (two parties! one a roaring success, Cora-babysitting-wise. One, notsomuch.)

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Cora is 18 months old. Omg a little toddler. It’s such a fun age — she kills us with the cute!

She is speaking in (some) sentences, and she can spell her name aloud. Whaaaaaaaaaaa???

All of her teeth are in for the moment. Hoping for a break before the two-year molars. Sleep is, well, still not great. Up a couple of times at night, but she’s in our bed, so we feel equipped to handle it without too much sleep lost. She still just doesn’t seem to need much. *shrug*

She’s still nursing. ❤

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❤ our darling little

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Halloween

November 1, 2012

We had a lovely week of Halloween celebration. First off, we went to a baby party dressed as The Golden Girls. It was silly silly. Cora was Sophia, but she wouldn’t wear her tiny old-lady wig, so she really just looked like Harry Potter.

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Then the day before Halloween, I decided that she needed a sweet little costume all her own, so my sister and I threw together a little ghost on the day.

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She was precious. We didn’t go trick-or-treating, just walked Piper down the street. Next year I’d imagine we’ll go full tilt.

Whoa what have we been doing?

September 25, 2012

Whoa I’ve disappeared! I had no idea it’d been so long. We’re good, enjoying the glorious weather in Atlanta. This is the weather we came back for: sunny, 75F. Ahhhhhhhhh. It makes the 1-millionth trip to gather rocks for the day that much more palatable. 😉

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The sweet one has been doing pretty well (not counting sleep). We now have all four molars poking through. Looking for some relief in the sleep department soon! She also got her 15-month jabs last week. We’ll call it not exactly a happy night, and leave it at that. Ha!

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We’re taking a music class that Cora utterly loves. It’s so funny to watch her interact. She’s shy and standoffish at the beginning if the class; by the end, she’s standing in the middle of the circle by herself, dancing. Little goof!

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Overall we’re doing quite well. Her language is out of control. Comes out with at least one new word a day!! It’s amazing.

Some big work/life changes are afoot around here. Will update soon!

Happy little

September 5, 2012

Our happy little is back!! Yaaaaaaaaaaay!!!

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Baby joy

Whatever was making her crabby and sad seems to have passed, though the molars still haven’t poked through. Very close, though.

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We’ve had a couple of lovely weekends with family and friends. Cora’s Grandpa and Granny Sherry visited for the first time. We went to the aquarium, which was gorgeous, then back to our fave outdoor-eating spot, Park Tavern.

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Cora was not happy to see them go!

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We also watched some friends tie the knot in an impromptu backyard wedding, which was lovely and heartwarming.

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We’ve had lots of playdates.

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And Cora’s even been sleeping a little better (knock on wood). We’re still co-sleeping, but she’s not needing bottles during the night anymore, though she still wakes and nurses twice. But that’s a big improvement!

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Our close friends Tony and Laura came to visit with their daughter last weekend for the first Auburn football game (no comment!). We had such a lovely weekend with them. Their daughter is two, but we haven’t really gotten to know her yet since we were in London. She’s great fun!

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The girls got along brilliantly well.

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Dada dressed her.

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All in all things have been going well, and we’re so happy our sweet girl is feeling better.

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Whew we’ve been busy! Our boxes have finally arrived from England, so we’ve been trying to cram a bunch of crap into an already overfull house. No fun. My mother-in-law came to help for the weekend, along with my sister, and they were a huge huge help. Still not quite finished, but getting there.

Last weekend we had a little first birthday for our darling Cora. With all the moving, I hadn’t done any prep work at all (besides pinning things on Pinterest, which, though it seems as if you’re prepping, you aren’t actually getting much done!). Cora and I went to my mom’s house a few days early to get things together.

Cora’s uncle Philip (or Uncle Bubba, as he’s known to Cora) experimented with her cake all week. It turned out so beautiful!

We invited some lovely friends and their littles, as well as Cora’s family in Birmingham. We had a lovely time. Cora ADORES children, especially older children. She had a blast.

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She was incredibly unsure of the cake at first.

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Until she realized it was squishy.

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And she eventually tasted it — baby’s first taste of sugar! She still prefers hummus.

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Cora’s sweet, gorgeous cousin Charlee helped her open her gifts. She loved them all!

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Worn out from the fun.

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It was a lovely day; thank you to all our family and friends for helping us celebrate!

Despite being so happy to be home, and so happy to be with family and friends here, I’m really missing our wonderful friends in London. For more than six years, our friends were our family, and now that it’s been a month, the reality of not seeing them very often is starting to sink in. Of course, we’ve been keeping in touch with emails, Facebook, and texting (hello, WhatsApp!), but it’s not the same as sitting around in a pub being silly.

On our last day in London, it was unseasonably warm and sunny, and our friend Cornel introduced us to an amazing roof-top bar overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral. Some of our friendlies were able to join us there for final send-offs (and quite a few tears).

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Miss y’all so much!

We also had a lovely leaving do the weekend before, but we were having so much fun that we neglected to take many pics! Will be back with the ones we did take when I can locate my camera. Whoopsie.

*thanks for the pics, Dee Hewitt!!! Thief!

Meeting the friendlies

April 15, 2012

We’ve had a wonderful weekend seeing friends and meeting babies. Friday we went to our friend Megan’s mom’s house to see Megan (who was visiting from NYC), her new baby Gerhard, and our friend Sherry.

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Cora loves loves loves other babies. Gerhard is only six months, though, so we had to be careful that Cora wasn’t too enthusiastic!

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With her Aunt Sherry

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Friday night we went out for dinner with our long-lost friendlies and then to Avondale Brewing Company.

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After waking up a little sore in the head (and after a pretty rough evening, sans-Mama, for the little) we made the best of the glorious weather yesterday by meeting for a playdate in Homewood Park. Cora met all of her future playmates, and Mama got a little Vitamin D. Daddy was in rough shape after the night before, so he mostly tried not to vom. Ha.

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Now I’m in bed on my birthday with my sleeping squish. ❤