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Rebecca

Updated 2017.02.20

On Oct. 11, 2010, my wife Marline gave birth to our first child, Rebecca. This page is the gateway to all things Rebecca-related.


BLOG ENTRIES


Almost all my recent blog entries deal with Rebecca, so it no longer makes sense to link to each one that mentions her. Just visit my blog occasionally.

But just in case, follow this link to see all my blog entries tagged with "Rebecca".

Following are a few important (to me) entries about her:

• July 26, 2011 • Miraculous Weight Gain, or...
• July 25, 2011 • Valentina's 2011 Visit
• July 18, 2011 • Alas, 'My Life' Is Her Life
• July 10, 2011 • Surprise!
• July 3, 2011 • Rebecca's Journeys
• June 14, 2011 • My Daughter's In the Closet
• May 29, 2011 • First Visit To Our Pool
• May 27, 2011 • Crawling and Speaking
• May 2, 2011 • Ears Pierced
• April 4, 2011 • She Likes to Stand
• Feb. 24, 2011 • Baby's First Day Trip
• Feb. 18, 2011 • Rolled Over
• Jan. 8, 2011 • First Nights Without Mommy
• Nov. 24, 2010 • Due Date
• Nov. 6, 2010 • Rebecca Came Home
• Oct. 24, 2010 • Rebecca Is A Citizen
• Oct. 17, 2010 • Breathing Real Air
• Oct. 12, 2010 • More About Rebecca
• Oct. 11, 2010 • She Couldn't Wait
• Oct. 4, 2010 • Status Update
• May 21, 2010 • Baby Fry

Vital Stats


Time/Date of Birth:02:18 CDT
2010.10.11
Place of Birth:Scott & White Hospital
Temple (Bell County), Texas
U.S.A.
Birth Weight:4 lbs. 9 oz.
(2080 grams)
Birth Length:18 inches
(45.7 cm)
Eye Color:Dark blue (at birth)
Dark brown (within 2 weeks)
Hair Color:Dark brown
Came Home:2010.11.06 (26 days old)
Baptized:2011.08.21
St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church
Father Richard O'Rourke

GIFTS FOR REBECCA


(birth and baptism)

• Cash from Marline's friend Lorraine
• Necklace from Kristen K.
• Baptism dress from Kristen K.
• Sippy cups & toys from Heather Beauford
• Quilt from Bowlegs Methodist Church quilting group
• Baby Einstein DVD (and Baby Signs) from my Flickr friend Tanya Gin
• Bumbo chair from Marline's coworker Amanda
• handmade blanket from my Uncle Larry and Aunt Oneita
• gift card from Marline's coworker Dr. Sonya
• more clothes, shoes, etc. from Marline's cousin Shiram H.
• clothes from Marline's Aunt Yanick G.
• clothes, hat, etc. from my Flickr friend Tanya Gin
• cash from Marline's Aunt Micheline
• blanket and diapers from my friend Andrea Hansen
• Graco LiteRider stroller from Marline's friend Michelle Brummell

(Click to show/hide all other gifts)


Photos of Rebecca's gifts

Growth Chart


DATELG/HTWEIGHT
Birth (Oct. 11, 2010)18 in.4 lbs. 9 oz.
1 week (Oct. 18, 2010)18.5 in.4 lbs. 9.7 oz.
2.5 weeks (Oct. 28, 2010)5 lbs. 3.4 oz.
4 weeks (Nov. 7, 2010)19.5 in.
1 month (Nov. 12, 2010)19.5 in.6 lbs. 7.5 oz.
5.5 weeks (Nov. 19, 2010)20.0 in.7 lbs. 2.5 oz. *
1.6 months (Nov. 30, 2010)20.5 in.7 lbs. 12.5 oz.
2 months (Dec. 10, 2010)20.5 in.8 lbs. 13.0 oz. (4.0 kg)
2.25 months (Dec. 17, 2010)20.5 in.9 lbs. 1.0 oz. (4.11 kg)
2.3 months (Dec. 20, 2010)21.0 in.
2.6 months (Dec. 28, 2010)9 lbs. 11.5 oz. (4.41 kg)
3.5 months (Jan. 25, 2011)22.5 in. *11 lbs. 3 oz. (5.07 kg)
4 months (Feb. 11, 2011)23.5 in. (59.7 cm)11 lbs. 10.5 oz. (5.3 kg)
4.3 months (Feb. 22, 2011)11 lbs. 15.2 oz. (5.42 kg)
4.7 months (March 1, 2011)2'0" *12 lbs. 9.5 oz. (5.71 kg)
5.3 months (March 22, 2011)13 lbs. 0 oz. (5.88 kg)
6 months (April 11, 2011)2'1"13 lbs. 14 oz. (6.29 kg)
8.6 months (June 30, 2011)2'2" *17 lbs. 3.2 oz. * (7.80 kg)
8.8 months (July 7, 2011)17 lbs. 9.6 oz. * (7.98 kg)
9 months (July 11, 2011)2'2.5"15 lbs. 5 oz. (6.94 kg)
17 lbs. 3 oz. (7.80 kg) *
9.5 months (July 25, 2011)17 lbs. 12 oz. (8.05 kg)
18 lbs. 6 oz. (8.35 kg) *
10 months (Aug. 13, 2011)2'3" (68.58 cm) *18 lbs. 12.8 oz. (8.53 kg) *
11 months (Sept. 11, 2011)20 lbs. (9.072 kg) *
1 Year2'4.5" *21 lbs. *
13.5 months2'5" *
15 months (Jan. 11, 2012)2'6" (76.2 cm)22 lbs. 4.8 oz. (10.12 kg)
21 lbs. 12.8 oz. (9.89 kg) *
16.7 months (March 1, 2012)2'7" (78.7 cm) *23 lbs. 6.4 oz. (10.61 kg) *
16.8 months (March 4, 2012)24 lbs. 3.2 oz. (10.98 kg) *
18 months (April 11, 2012)2' 8.5" (82.55 cm)22 lbs. 0 oz. (10.0 kg)
21 lbs. 13 oz. *
19 months (May 12, 2012)2' 8"23 lbs. 3.2 oz. *
20 months (June 15, 2012)24 lbs. (10.89 kg)*
23.75 months (Oct. 4, 2012)2' 9.5" (85.1 cm) *24.2 lbs. *
2 years (Oct. 16, 2012)2' 9.5" (85.1 cm)24.2 lbs.
2.2 years (Dec. 23, 2012)2' 10.5" (87.6 cm) *25.4 lbs. *
2.27 years (Jan. 18, 2013)2' 11" (88.9 cm) *26 lbs. (11.79 kg)*
2.44 years (March 20, 2013)26.8 lbs. (12.16 kg)*
2.58 years (May 10, 2013)3'0" (91.4 cm) *27.0 lbs. (12.25 kg) *
2.78 years (July 21, 2013)3' 0.5" (92.7 cm) *27.4 lbs. (12.43 kg) *
2.81 years (Aug. 2, 2013)3' 1" (93.98 cm) *28.2 lbs. (12.79 kg) *
2.84 years (Aug. 14, 2013)29.2 lbs. (13.24 kg) *
2.95 years (Sept. 23, 2013)28.8 lbs. (13.06 kg) *
2.98 years (Oct. 3, 2013)3' 1" (93.98 cm) *29.4 lbs. (13.34 kg) *
3.01 years (Oct. 15, 2013)3' 1" (93.98 cm)29.2 lbs. (13.245 kg)
3.04 years (Oct. 27, 2013)3' 2" (0.97 m) *29.2 lbs. (13.245 kg) *
3.09 years (Nov. 15, 2013)3' 2" (0.97 m) *30.8 lbs. (13.971 kg) *
3.33 years (Feb. 10, 2014)3' 3" (0.99 m) *32.2 lbs. (14.606 kg) *
3.55 years (April 28, 2014)31.8 lbs. (14.424 kg) *
3.98 years (Oct. 5, 2014)3' 4.25" (1.0224 m) *34.4 lbs. (15.6036 kg) *
4.03 years (2014.10.21)3' 4.25" (1.0224 m)35.2 lbs. (15.967 kg)
4.17 years (2014.12.11)3' 5.5" (1.0541 m) *35.4 lbs. (16.0572 kg) *
4.5 years (2015.04.21)35.6 lbs.
4.6 years (2015.05.13)37.5 lbs.
4.6 years (2015.05.24)36.2 lbs.
4.99 years (2015.10.06)40.1 lbs.
5.03 years (2015.10.21)3' 7.25" (1.099 m)39.1 lbs. (17.736 kg)
5.19 years (2015.12.19)3' 7.25" (1.099 m) *39.2 lbs. (17.781 kg) *
5.27 years (2016.01.16)3' 8" (1.118 m) *
6.21 years (2016.12.27)3' 10" (1.168 m) *46.4 lbs. (21.047 kg) *
* measured at home

Rebecca's Milestones

These are the major milestones. For things she experienced, see the Firsts chart. Also see the Diary page.

Oct. 11, 2010birth 
Oct. 13, 2010fed orally first time(5mL breast milk)
Oct. 16, 2010first smile 
Nov. 1, 2010breast fed for first time 
Nov. 6, 2010ARRIVES HOME 
Nov. 13, 2010Began reaching for & grasping objects 
Nov. 13, 2010lifted head(while on tummy)
Nov. 14, 2010vocalizationmaking vowel sounds with vocal cords
Nov. 15, 2010"scooted" for the first timemoved about six inches while on tummy
Nov. 26, 2010ORIGINAL DUE DATE 
Dec. 6, 2010first laughConfirmed over the next few days
Dec. 13, 2010held and shook her rattle 
Feb. 18, 2011Rolled overfrom tummy to side to back; confirmed three times
Feb. 26, 2011Rolled overfrom back to side to tummy; confirmed later
Feb. 26, 2011Held her bottledrank a full ounce without help
April 20,22, 2011Recognized self in mirror 
April 22, 2011Sitting unsupportedcorrected leaning with her hands
May 25, 2011Crawlingjust a few inches at a time
May 29, 2011FIRST TEETHboth lower central incisors — Click for list of teeth
June 13, 2011Pulled self into standing positionusing Daddy's arm as a ladder
July 3, 2011Pulled self into sitting position 
July 29, 2011First wave"good bye" wave to waitress at Clem Mikeska's BBQ, with left hand
Aug. 6, 2011Cruised4 feet, along edge of coffee table
Aug. 15, 2011STOOD UNASSISTEDPushed self up from floor and stood for a second
(within three weeks, she is standing every day, as long as 20 seconds)
Aug. 25, 2011Clapped hands 
Aug./Sept. 2011Using toolsusing one object to manipulate another object
Sept. 15, 2011FIRST STEPSOne step, then sit down — several times
Sept. 28, 2011WALKED4.5 feet from loveseat to TV
Oct. 7, 2011First Word"up"
Nov. 24, 2011Walked Backwardon accident at first, then on purpose
Dec. 1, 2011Walked Sidewayson narrow concret strip
Dec. 11, 2011Rolled ballback and forth with Daddy, about 12 inches each way
Dec. 17, 2011Spun aroundtaking tiny steps to rotate along Y axis
Jan. 4, 2012Took 1st Photoused Nikon Coolpix S6100.
Feb. 25, 2012Spun till dizzyspun around till dizzy, fell down, repeatedly (Always spins to left.)
March 13, 2012Stopped Nursing 
April 26, 2012Used baby potty 
May 19-20, 2012Slept Through Nightregular, from 8:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. or later
late May, 2012IDs body partsCan point to nose, eyes, ears, toes, mouth
On herself, others, and stuffed animals
June 12, 2012Fed self with spoonAte full meal without help, scooping and bringing food to mouth
June 2012Can stack six blocks 
June 2012Climbs stairsCan go up and down stairs without help
June 2012Leads parentGrabs parent's index finger to lead him/her to desired object
July-Aug. 2012Sleeps thru nightNot sure of exact date
Aug. 23 2012RunsWhile racing with neighbor boys, she ran for 1st time
Oct. 2012IDs people in photosUses correct names for family members in photos, even people she's only met once.
Nov. 15, 2012Full sentencesUses three- and four-word sentences like "Daddy, read to me".
Dec. 2, 2012Ate half-sandwichReal sandwich, with toasted bread, mayonnaise, mustard, deli-style meat and lettuce
Dec. 26, 2012JumpsWas able to repeatedly hop.
Jan. 25, 2013#2 in pottyFirst time for using the potty for #2
May 2013Potty-trainedonly wears diaper at night
July 25, 2013Pedaled tricycleneeds a push to start, can then pedal.
Oct. 7, 2013Pedals tricyclewithout help, even up a slight grade
Oct. 16, 2013Potty-trainedSleeps the night without diaper.
2016.01CountingCan count to 29 (was stuck at 12 for a long time)
2016.02.02LOST TEETHLost her first tooth naturally — Click for list of teeth
2016.03.30ADULT TEETHFirst visible adult tooth — Click for list of teeth
2016.10.16ReadingShe read a five-word sentence from Barbie book
2016.10.16WritingWrote a four-word sentence on a notepad.

Communication Development


Oct. 25, 2010Gesture: "too bright"palm out, blocking light; hand lowered as light dimmed
Nov. 14, 2010Vowel soundsmostly "ah"
Dec. 6, 2010First vocal laugh 
Dec. 16, 2010Consonant = "D"as part of "a da", referring to Daddy
Jan. 18, 2011Singing"ah ah", while Daddy sang "E-I-E-I-O"
Feb. 15, 2011Consonant: "L""lay lay", referring to Mommy and/or milk
May 27, 2011Consonant: "B""ba ba ba ba", due to teething
June 2011Consonant: "G" (hard)"ga ga"
2011Consonant: "W""wee" and "wah"
2011Consonant: "M""ma ma ma"
2011Consonant: "N""nay", "nee", and "ning ning" (standing)
July 2011Consonant: "H""hay hay" and "ha" (sometimes "hey!" as in "hello")
July, 2011New combinations"ging", "ding", "din", "ba da ning", "ning ning da"
July, 2011Body LanguageShakes head. Usually indicating intense excitement
July 27, 2011Gesture: "gimme"with right hand, palm up, opening and closing fingers
July 29, 2011Gesture: "bye bye"wave to waitress at Clem Mikeska's BBQ, left hand
Aug. 3, 2011Consonant: "R""ray ray ray", referring to self
Aug. 2011Accidental real words"obama", "red", "bid"
Aug. 8, 2011Body LanguageShakes head. Sometimes means "no"
Aug. 8, 2011Pantomime: "eating"wouldn't eat oatmeal, but pantomimed eating puffs
Sept. 2011Body Language"points" with fist outstretched
Sept. 9, 2011Accidental real words"okay", "mine", "die"
Sept. 9, 2011Vowel: long "I""mine", "die"
Sept. 10, 2011Consonant: "Y""yeah, yeah"
Sept. 11, 2011Consonant: "V""vvvv"
Sept. 13, 2011Accidental real word"yes" (in response to yes/no questions)
Sept. 25, 2011Vowel: long "O""Oh" (after a big yawn)
Oct. 1, 2011Made-up word"da" and "ta" to mean "yes" or "okay"
Oct. 7, 2011First real word: up"up" (refers to stand up, sit up, pick me up, etc.)
Oct. 10, 20112nd word: dog"og", referring to any dog
Oct. 12, 20113rd word: walk"ok", wanting to walk
Nov. 2011(regression)quit using "og" and "ok", while "up" changed to "uppa"
* later note, Dec. 22: "uppa" refers to diaper/wipe
Dec. 4, 20114th word: hat'hatta'
* later note, Dec. 28: by end of month, second syllable was dropped
Dec. 4, 20115th word: belt'betta'
Dec. 5, 20116th word: helping'heh pen', while helping Mommy with Christmas cards
Dec. 5, 20117th word: happy'happ ah', told to cashier at The Gap
Dec. 9, 20118th word: paper'paa paa', while taking paper from recyling bin
Dec. 10, 2011Sign: eatASL sign for eat, when she meant "water"
Dec. 11, 2011GestureWaved hand in front of nose, the grabbed stomach and doubled over:
referring to bowel movement
Dec. 22, 20119th word: bath'baa'
Dec. 22, 201110th word: ball'bah'
Dec. 23, 201111th word: Mama'mama'
Dec. 24, 201112th word: bye-bye'bah-bah', coupled with wave
Jan. 11, 2012Consonant: "S"hissing & adding 's' to other words
Feb. 25, 2012Body Languagenodded "yes" for first time; worked hard at it
Feb. 25, 201213th word: Nopreviously said "nuh nuh"
March 7, 201214th word: Open"ah-bin", opening china cabinet doors
March 7, 201215th word: Door"durr", tapping laundry room door
March 7, 201216th word: Offturning off lights in living room
March's end, 201217th-20th wordstries "wee-dow" (window), "wee wee" (wiggle), and "Dora" (the Exlorer)
May, 2012More words"nah" is light, "dough", "mo" is mouth
May, 2012Consonants: "F", "V"just the sounds, not as part of words
Nov. 15, 2012Full sentencesThree- and four-word sentences like "Daddy, read to me".
2013Spent the year learning new words and phrases, but still struggles with sounds K, R, S, F/V. She has no trouble with L unless it's in the middle of a word (blue = 'boo', yellow = 'lowdoe')
2015Understands and says almost anything. Very large vocabulary. Composes songs and stories. If she hears a word she doesn’t know, she will ask us what it means.

Education Milestones


2013ABCsCan sing “Now I Know My ABCs” song
2016.08.22First day of schoolat Saegert Elementary School, Killeen, Texas
2016.09Sight wordslearns to recognize dozens of small words on sight
(and, it, in, on, go, so, do, he, we, you, me, my, etc.)
2016.10.13CountingCan count aloud from one to one hundred
2016.10.14CountingCan count by 10s to one hundred (10, 20, 30, etc.)
2016.10.16ReadingRead a five-word sentence from her Barbie book.
2016.10.16WritingWrote a four-word sentence on a notepad.

Firsts in Rebecca's Life

These are experiences. For her achievements, see the Milestones chart. See also the Diary page.

2010.11.01First breast-feedingsupervised, in NICU
2010.11.06First car rideFrom hospital in Temple to house in Killeen, Texas
2010.11.12First doctor's appointmentDr. Nickel, at Scott & White clinic in Killeen, Texas
2010.11.30First RSV shotat Scott & White clinic in Temple, Texas
2010.12.02obtained birth certificate 
2010.12.25First ChristmasGifts: fuzzy slippers, airplane ornament
2011.01.02-04First visit from paternal grandparents 
2011.01.28First time in a businessJackson-Hewitt Tax Services in Killeen, Texas
2011.02.23First out-of-town tripTo Round Rock, Texas, and back, for Ikea shopping trip
2011.02.23First time in a storeIkea, in Round Rock, Texas
2011.04.10Started solid foodspureed bananas
2011.05.02Ears piercedat Claire's, Killeen Mall; one gold stud in each lobe
2011.05.09-12First out-of-state tripto Seminole County, Okla., to visit family
2011.05.16Crib mattress lowered 
2011.05.17Two (solid) meals in one daypeas/carrots, then banana/pear
2011.05.28First time in a swimming poolat the Yowell Ranch community pool
2011.06.14First bath in a sinkour kitchen sink
2011.07.24First visit to an airportKilleen airport (GRK) to drop off Valentina
2011.07.31First car trip with only Mommygoing to church in Harker Heights
2011.08.26-28First hotel stayHampton Inn, Odessa, Texas
(for Dylan Herrera's baptism)
2011.09.26First solo bath in tub 
2011.10.03First car ride in forward-facing seat 
2011.11.17First ride in an airplaneATR 72, from Killeen (GRK) to Dallas (DFW)
Boeing 737, from Dallas (DFW) to New York (LGA)
2011.11.17First ride in a train'Skylink' rail transport at DFW airport
2011.11.18First time at a beachAtlantic Ocean, at Long Beach, NY
2011.11.19First weddingKristen Kolasinski and Ruben Aviles
2011.12.19First Play in RainRan out of open garage into rain
2012.03.21First Bug BitesFire ants at neighborhood playground, all on wrist and hands
2012.03.30First Bubble BathSpent entire bath trying to identify white, bubbly substance
2012.04.02First Zoo VisitCameron Park Zoo, in Waco, Texas
2012.04.04First Play Datewith Arianna, at Carl Levin Park in Harker Heights, Texas
2012.04.06First Ice Cream Coneat Yank Sing in Killeen, Texas
2012.05.24First Soda/PopStrawberry Fanta (from Mommy's straw)
2013.10.31First Trick-or-Treatup and down two streets in Yowell Ranch
2013.10.31First Makeuppart of her witch Halloween costume
2014.01.08First dentist visitfound one cavity
2014.07.24First time swimming at a beachAt Long Beach, on Long Island, N.Y.
2014.11.21First bee stingon upper left arm, at neighborhood playground
2015.03.17First movie in a theaterCinderella, at Harker Heights theater
2016.06.07First time bowlingat Holiday Lanes in Killeen
2016.08.04First time at Pacific Oceanat Canon Beach, Oregon
2016.08.22First day of schoolSaegert Elementary School, Killeen, Texas