Thursday, November 01, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
This is Erin Cassiday Coghill, 4 months after coming home. She is a happy baby, she loves peas and sweet potatoes and rice soup with chicken. She eats a lot of graham crackers and can even say, "cah-kuh" when she wants to! She walks and talks constantly. She is curious and adventurous and loves to swing very, very high at the park! Here she is wearing a t-shirt her friend Justice brought her from Hawaii. Justice is already training her on skydiving techniques and plans to take her skydiving when her "mommy" is ready. She squeals when she sees friends like Justice and will scream outloud when daddy comes home from work each day. She is outgoing, social and knows how to express herself! She loves her room and loves being outside. One of her favorite things to do is "reach" for the sunshine when she sees it coming through the window. What's not to love!
We cannot believe that we have not updated Erin's blog since we've been home! Please know we've had every intention...so, so many times...but adjusting to parenthood has taken more time than we imagined, and we've been "tag-teaming" it for the past 4 months. We are hoping to get Erin into daycare soon...on the other hand...having spent the last 4 months with her has been a real gift. We'll try to include some pictures, and update you as much as we can!
Erin is having fun with daddy in her new LA Dodgers cap. Daddy thinks it looks more "L.A." as a backwards cap! Erin doesn't really seem to mind either way...as long as she can play with daddy.
Erin has finally decided that bathtime is fun...and it's so wonderful being clean and snuggling with daddy just before bed!
Erin took a trip to Virginia in March to visit her cousins and Aunties and Uncles and she had such a good time. In May she travelled to Texas to visit more cousins and Aunties and Uncles and here are a few of those pictures.
Erin's first, ever dip in the pool! At first...a little cautious. But by the end....LOVING IT!!
ERIN AND HER PUPPET!!
Sheila's childhood frind, Jane, made this bigger-than-life-sized puppet for Erin -- and Erin loves to play with her shoes! Erin has never been afraid of her new friend, "Darling" who sits in the living room...and she plans to wear that pretty red outfit when she's about 4 years old!! :)
In addition to travelling across the country in the past 4 months, Erin has had many visitors. Just recently, her new friends Neil and Joyce from Colorado stopped by for breakfast and a few hours of fun. She loves Neil and Joyce -- they brought her fun books and Neil told her all about her fellow countryman, Yao Ming. Apparently, he is taller than both mommy and daddy.
We are sorry for not keeping you up to date on Erin. We will do our best to keep you posted in the near future. Thank you SO MUCH for your calls, cards, letters, gifts and for making her feel so welcomed into her new home!! Love, Sheila and Steve and Erin
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
She has been a busy girl since becoming a little Coghill. With all her adventures out, we are so very proud of her -- she takes all the long bus rides in stride, goes with the flow, never fusses, and seems to be happy all of the time. She amazes us.
Yesterday we went to the zoo with some of the other families and saw pandas, tigers, bears, monkeys and believe it or not...a whole area devoted to r-a-t-s! Big, hairy, ugly, gross, giant RATS!! Not sure of their significance in the zoo...all of the families were completely grossed out. The babies didn't seem to care much. We passed on taking pictures of the rats, but we have included a few others.
Lots of Chinese people come up to Erin and smile and nod and say things to us that we don't understand, but it all seems to point to Erin and we think they think she is cute. She does have a sweet personality and a very sweet disposition.
We are starting to learn when she is hungry and tired and so on. She slept from 9pm last night until 7:30am this morning. She seems to be getting over her cold -- we took her to the hotel doc on Monday and he gave us some medicine to help her along. He also removed some clumps of wax from both her ears -- uh, something we have learned she does NOT like. But, the very second it's over, she's like, "ok, cool. that's done. let's play!"
She gets some rice cereal for dinner each day -- and she has gotten better with being fed by a spoon. She had some congee with formula at breakfast -- and she is used to having it only from a bottle...so it may take a little longer to get her used to that by spoon. We are going to spend a little time teaching her to hold her bottle and the "hand to mouth" routine that she currently has no concept of.
She laughs with us now, smiles, gets so very, very excited about things, remains curious and still licks everything in sight. We have a few down days -- no appointments or meetings or anything official -- so we hope to go to the park, take lots of walks and spend some time in the playroom (the hotel has a big, fully stocked playroom for the babies!).
We'll do our best to keep you posted. Know that her pictures do not even come close to showing how precious and adorable and tiny and cute and sweet and soft she is!
Sheila and Steve
Monday, January 29, 2007
On Sunday we went to a Buddhist temple in downtown Guangzhou. Erin was excited to see the big brass Buddhas and even sang along as the monks chanted. Sheila and Steve took turns climbing the pagoda - where we and took some pictures and video of the grounds and the city.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) we're planning to go to the zoo. Friends have warned us that it's not a very exciting place to visit - and a little depressing - but it's the daily outings that make the time go by faster.