Coral is a joy! She has been making so many leaps and bounds lately, it’s hard to keep track of everything she can do!
We post about the kids so much on Facebook these days that it has really slowly taken over the blog, but I wanted to make one last post for Coral’s first birthday.
Coral has been full-on walking for about 2 weeks. She actually started taking steps a couple of months ago, and she spent a long time where she would take steps almost every day, but still was definitely a crawler. Then one day, she suddenly decided that walking as the way, and now she barely ever crawls, unless she’s really tired.
She understands a lot of the words we say and sign, too many to list.
She does a bunch of signs herself, including:
- all done
- diaper change
She’s even starting to say some words. She’s been saying “mama” and “dada” for a while now. One favorite way of saying daddy is to say “hi da!” She just barely started saying Calix. She says “tay tay”. Her other words are pretty ambiguous. She does seem to be saying book – “buhk” and kitty – “kah tah” a little. Both words are mostly aspirated rather than voiced.
Airplanes are just about her favorite thing. Our current house is right in the flight path for Boeing, so every few minutes or so she gets very excited, in a very serious way, sits in rapt attention, stares out the window, and signs airplane.
She LOVES her brother, and the feeling is quite mutual. Calix loves playing with Coral these days. One of their favorite games is to go into Coral’s bedroom, shut the door, turn out the lights, and be goofy, rolling around and climbing in and out of the closet. They also love to play peek-a-boo through Coral’s glass door. Below: Snow White and the Dwarf
Coral loves reading books, and will entertain herself for long periods of time, looking at books all by herself. It is especially cute, when she carries a book around, looking for someone to read it to her. She concentrates hard on her other play as well.
Over the last month or so, she has become a lot more picky about what she eats. She’ll eat one food a lot, like buttery crackers, for several days, then suddenly decide that she doesn’t want it, and won’t eat it again for several more days. She still eats a diverse range of fruits, crackers, vegetables, chicken and more. Her favorite food is probably frozen blueberries.
She likes to mimic people in actions and especially in sounds. She’ll sometimes work for days to get a particular sound/action right, such as rubbing her fingers over her lips while humming, to make a berper-berper-berper sound.
Coral goes down to sleep very easily, which is super nice. She loves sleeping. If you sign “Tired? Bed?” to her when she is tired, she’ll drop whatever she’s doing, and crawl or walk to her bedroom. Or, if you haven’t noticed that she’s tired, she may go into her bedroom, and return with a lovey in her hand, rubbing it on her face, to let you know that she’s ready to go lie down and sleep.
We all love Coral so much. She brings so much love and joy to our family, and we’re incredibly glad to have her!