Things Cora really likes: The Sound of Her Own Voice (great... a lawyer in training), Shoes, Handbags, Sunglasses, Cell Phones, Staircases, the Park (particularly the slides), Books, Balls, Balloons, Anything Spherical, Ducks, Dogs, Animals in General, Toilet Water, Bugs, and Mandarin Oranges
Things Cora hates: Daddy Leaving the Room, Elevators, Six-Hour-Long Car Rides, Sitting in a High Chair Once She's Done Eating, Sandals, Pedicures, Leaving the Park, Swings, and a Big Yellow Chicken [that, when you press the wing, it plays the chicken dance song, flaps its wings and moves back and forth... terrifying]
Aside from her likes and dislikes, she doesn't actually say "no" or "yes" yet, but she shakes her head for "no" and nods her head for "yes." They're practically the only common toddler words not in her vocabulary, and I'm not complaining. The point still gets across though. "No, you horrible lady, I do not intend to leave the park and return home, I have only gone down the slide 37 times!" is the meaning behind the dirty look she gives me as she shakes her head and babbles something at me in toddler speak that I'm pretty sure is an expletive. (I'm her mother, I read her thoughts.) And then on the walk home, when she runs up to someone else's porch, sits down and waves, "bye!" that means, "I have found a new home. Surely these people will allow me to run into traffic, eat rocks and roll around in bird poop. You, however, totally suck, Lady." It is apparent that we will have a very long 16 1/2 years to come.
Cora in a box... equipped with my cell phone, an egg, and a maraca
Cora with her new tricycle, a gift from her cousin (they're best buds)
Getting a little push