Corah started cruising like a champ. She loved walking behind her push car. One of her favorite things to do was to walk between Adam and me. Back and forth. Back and forth. Building her strength for those first real steps.
Corah loves to play the in-and-out game. She loves to empty anything (a cabinet, a box,...) and then try and put everything back the way she found it. She started showing interest in blocks. She really good and taking a tower apart one block at a time. Kenly would simply trash the whole tower. Not Corah. She wants to take it apart slowly. The small lens on our 35mm SLR broke just after I took this picture. It wouldn't focus on anything. I cried. I love that camera. I started looking into getting it repaired because I couldn't imagine not having it for Corah's first birthday. The repair shop laughed at me. I discovered the telephoto lens worked, so I knew that it wasn't the camera. So, the pictures from the rest of November were taken with our snap and shoot camera. I also stole some of Nana and Papa's pictures.
Adam continued the tradition of making the birthday cake. We celebrated Corah's first birthday in Evans, Ga since it was the day before Thanksgiving. There was no real theme for her birthday. Mops and Pops came and stayed with us for three nights so they could be with us for the birthday and for Thanksgiving.
Beautiful job as always. He used the napkin colors for the cake icing. He's one creative man.
The creator with the finished product. We served chili and lentil soup. Adam also made some yummy cornbread pancakes to complement the soup.
Corah loved the balloons that Nana and Papa bought her her. They also found a balloon and some napkins with baby Minnie and the number one. They completed the decor.
Before cake and presents, I forced everyone to watch a video slide show of Corah's first year. I set it to music. Because I can't pick just a few favorite pictures, the show was 20 minutes long. It covered birth until days before her first birthday. I love it!
Nana and Papa bought Corah her birthday outfit. She looked so cute in all her ruffles.
Then it was time for cake. Corah sat in the highchair Nana used when she was a baby. She wasn't sure what to think of all the fuss.
Kenly helped her blow out the candle or we might still be there waiting. I forgot to practice with her.
We had to have an initial clean up in the kitchen sink.
Then it was present time. Kenly got to help Corah with her presents until she tried to steal the show. Then she was quietly dismissed to Daddy's lap. Kenly even got a few small presents to that she wouldn't feel left out.
How could she possibly feel left out when she was surrounded by people who love her like crazy?
After we officially finished celebrating keeping Corah alive for a whole year, we moved on to Thanksgiving. Papa fried another amazing turkey.
Nana cooked another amazing ham.
And Kenly got a taste of chocolate strata pie. Look at that face...bliss. She says that this pie is the best thing I have ever cooked.
Later that evening, we began to prep for going to Lights of the South. Kenly was beside herself with excitement because she was going to get to see Santa. This called for her first experience with hot rollers. She wanted to look her very best.
When we got to Light of the South, Kenly made a bee line for Santa's cottage. We were practically running to keep up with her. The photo equipment was down for the evening. There was no line and we were able to take our own pictures. Score! Corah was very uncertain about sitting in Santa's lap. She frowned the entire time. Kenly might have been nervous herself or she might have sensed Corah's fear. The next thing we knew, Kenly was holding on to Corah's hand like her life depended on it.
After Kenly told Santa she wanted a big girl swing and some Christmas stickers, we headed out to see Christmas light magic on a hayride.
Corah and Nana made up a new game--Binky tug of war.
The girls were able to wear their matching "Santa Baby" outfits to church on Sunday. I could kick myself for not getting a picture of them both standing by the tree. Oh well.
Corah had her one year check up. They tested her hemoglobin and it was low, so she's taking vitamins that contain iron. She will have to be retested at her 18 month appointment. Dr. Dephouse didn't seem too worried. He seemed to think it could be because of the nasty virus she fought for weeks. Her 12 month stats are as follows...
Head--18.25 inches (85%)
Height--28.75 inches (50%)
Weight--19lbs 4 oz (50%)
We ended November by attending the Hendersonville Christmas Parade. Jennifer, Davis, and Drew came with us and we had an amazing time.