Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thirteen Months

Elly turned ONE last month, and hit 13 months last week. Here are some photos of Elly at 13 months.







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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Elly's First Vacation!!!


Tomorrow we're taking off on a week-long trip to Holland! It'll be Elly's first real vacation, and first time on a plane! The flight over is about 7 hours and overnight, so I'm hoping she can sleep through most of it. And I'm hoping that I'm so used to sleeplessness at this point, that I won't have a problem with the time difference and the fact that I'll be HOLDING my sleeping baby for the duration of the flight.

My uncle is getting married on Friday, which mandated the dates of our trip... and baby Elly gets to meet her Oma Elly, who she's named after, for the first time! Yay!

Details upon our return...

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Monday, September 03, 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ten Months and Things I know

My little bean is 10 months old! She gets more wonderful by the day. Here are a few photos from today.










You can see one of her little top teeth in this one!



Things I know about Elly:

  • She has teeth! Last month, she didn't have a single tooth, nor was there any sign that they would be coming anytime soon. Four weeks later, and she has three of them! Her bottom right tooth and both of her top front teeth.
  • She LOVES to stand! She pulls up to stand on anything she can get ahold of. She can also cruise along the couch, and once or twice ventured from the couch to my shoulder (while I was sitting on the floor against the couch). I can tell she wants to let go and stand on her own, but she's still a bit too nervous for that.
  • She doesn't cry very often, and usually only when she is REALLY tired or in real pain. It's been happening more often of late with those teeth coming in. It is such a sad, heartbreaking sound! Luckily, it can usually be solved by some cuddles with Mommy.
  • She loves to look at and play with other kids. She wants to touch them and be near them and do what they're doing (especially if they're older than her!). She adores both of her cousins, Alivia and Blake. She definitely inherited Daddy's social personality!
  • She waves at everyone, especially at herself in the mirror and at the dog. For a while, she just kind of stuck her arm straight out, but didn't actually wave it up and down. We had our friends Agnieszka and Bryan over for dinner one night, and every time she stuck her arm out, Bryan would kiss her hand all the way up to her shoulder. She would giggle and hold her arm back out for more! Such a flirt :)
  • I'm positive that she says "Ramona." It's more like "neh-neh," but she says it every time she sees the dog, and then waves. We were at my parents' house this weekend, and she also said "neh-neh" whenever she saw their dog! So, for now at least, it looks like every dog might be a "Ramona."
  • She gets distracted by every sound she hears, especially when I'm trying to nurse her. She loves to pop off and look around to find the source of whatever it was she just heard. Her favorite is when she pops off and sees Daddy right there. She gets a huge smile on face and leans back to get a better look at him.
  • She still goes down for naps and at bedtime great, but hasn't improved at all on her nighttime wakings. We're working on it.
  • Black beans and chicken are some of her favorite foods right now. Oh, she also loves to eat her little cereal puffs out of the snack container. It's the kind with the rubber flaps that let her take the cereal out but prevents it from just spilling. She tries to grab an entire fistful and pull out as many as she can at once. Then, she'll go in for more, not realizing that she still has one or two pieces in her other hand.
  • She still loves water. I'm so glad! I'm going to hold off on giving her any kind of juice for as long as possible. As long as she'll take plain water with such gusto, I'll let her at it!
  • This girl LOVES to eat paper. Now that she has teeth on the top and bottom, her paper-destruction skills are significantly improved. She can spot the teeniest piece of paper on the carpet and will make a beeline for it, stuffing it straight into her mouth. At least it always makes it out the other end...!
  • We upgraded her to the convertible car seat this month. She just seemed to uncomfortable in the infant carrier. We'll still take that one with us to Holland next month, and she'll be fine, but for every day travel, it's so much better to have the bigger, more upright seat. When it arrived and I took it out of the box, she crawled right over to it and wanted to get in. So, I buckled her up and took some pictures. She loved it!
  • She is so respectful of the dog's space, which is great, but she CANNOT keep her hands out of the water bowl! Usually, she crawls up to it and reaches up with one arm to splash in the water. Yesterday, though, I found her up on her knees with both hands in the bowl, splashing to her heart's content! It was cute, but we really have to work on that!
  • And finally, if I didn't mention it before (I did), teething is no fun. My poor, poor little babe.


Oh my heart, my love, my joy!!
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Saturday, August 04, 2012

Hello!

This week, Elly started waving! And who was the very first person she waved at? Herself, of course! In the mirror :)

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Babies!!!

I know a CRAZY LARGE amount people that have had babies this summer. It's bonkers!

  1. Avett, April 12
  2. Connor, May ?? (oops!)
  3. Darby, July 5
  4. Hykie, July 5
  5. Emmett, July 5
  6. Scarlett, July 11
  7. Katelyn, July 26
  8. Noah, August 2
  9. Claire, August 2
  10. Gilad, August 2 (if all goes as planned, today!)
  11. Joshua, coming any day!
  12. GIRL, due in September
  13. Ellie, due in December

Now, I guarantee I forgot someone! But look! That's a long list! And girls!!

On another, somewhat related note, I saw a post about this the other day. It's a Chrome extension that claims the following for your Facebook feed:

  1. INSTALL. Hit that giant button down there and configure the extension.
  2. BROWSE. Refresh Facebook. Any baby pics will now be cats.
  3. REJOICE. Now you don't have to look at all your friends' annoying kids.
HA! Classic.

Here's what Elly thinks of that idea.... :)


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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Swimming Class

Last week, Elly and I started a 2-week "Waterbabies" class at the high school pool. This little one is such a fishy - she has no fear when it comes to the water! She definitely seems to be having the most fun of all the babies in the class. I'm not sure which she likes better, splashing Mama in the face or flying up in the air and splashing back down in the water.


On the second day of the class, the instructor wanted us to try submerging the babies all the way under water if we felt they were ready. She had Elly be her example baby since she was so obviously ready to go under water! She loved it - when we came back up out of the water, she shook her head and then started splashing for more!


I can just imagine her squealing, "BEST.BATH.EVER!"
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PS. Speaking of the bath, she had her first bath in the big tub without anything to sit on or in (besides a little bath mat). I love this pic - look at the water splashing over her legs!



Thursday, July 26, 2012

9 Months, and Things I Know

Here is sweet Elly bean at 9 months (+1 day). It is extremely hard to take a picture of this girl now that she's on the move! She thought it was HILARIOUS that I would catch her every time she crawled off the edge of the chair. I'll have to enlist the help of Daddy at the 10 month photo shoot!


























Once again, I had so much trouble picking my favorites! This girl has so much personality!




This is the one I have as my desktop background this month:
Eventually I just let her down on the floor and was able to take a couple of good shots, there. Look at her standing!


























Things I know about Elly:

  • She's crawling! Once she finally figured out that forward motion, there was no stopping her! However, she still likes to be where Mama is, so I don't really have to go chasing her around. Rather, she's crawling after me as I run back and forth between the living room and kitchen!
  • She loves to climb over peoples' legs... and up onto Mama. We've become her own personal obstacle course!
  • She was able to pull herself up to standing at 9 months, 1 day, so I'm counting that this month. Rather, it was more like pushing up to standing... but now that she's done it, she already prefers the view from up there over what she sees on her hands and knees. She's practicing pulling herself up with the help of the couch. I haven't caught her doing it in her crib, yet, but I'm sure I'll find her stuck standing up in there any day now!
  • She may have said "dada" before "mama," but she more than makes up for that, now! She's definitely a Mama's girl right now. I'll take it! If she is anything like I was, she'll be wrapped around her Daddy soon enough - let me enjoy it while she's still mine :)
  • She is so, so, so happy. Even when she's sick, she's still able to laugh and smile. It's so heartwarming to have such a sweet, pleasant babe.
  • I mentioned last month how much this girl loves men. This love has only gotten stronger this month! It's so funny to watch her stare at them, willing them to look her way. And she's usually successful in not only getting their attention, but encouraging them to make silly faces and act a fool as she giggles in response. She knows how to get what she wants!
  • She absolutely loves to have dance parties! I was singing Brown-Eyed Girl to her one evening (of course changing the lyrics for my sweet, blue-eyed girl), and she totally started grooving along with the Sha La La's! I've created a Pandora station based on that song that we play and dance along to together. She's got pretty decent taste in music, that's for sure!
  • She figured out that if she hands her food over to Ramona, she'll get to touch the dog! She laughs and laughs whenever Ramona gets close to her, especially if she's pulling something out of Elly's hand. Ramona is very careful not to bite Elly as she's taking the food. So sweet!
  • This month, she has started screaming in protest whenever her diaper is being changed or she is being put into her car seat. She does not like to be pinned down!
  • She stopped taking a bottle all on her own. Her sitter told me she just wasn't interested in sitting still and laying back to drink from her bottle anymore. So, now she gets her milk from a straw cup, instead. Just like that!
  • She is still a super cuddler, especially when she's tired. I just love when she snuggles her head into my neck. 
  • She still doesn't have any teeth, so I've been supplementing her BLW solids with the pureed food pouches. I felt like she was still really hungry after "eating" since she can't chew her food, so I started offering her the pouches. She just sucks it right out of the pouch, and usually has 1/2 - 3/4 of the pouch at a time. She usually has 2-3 of those at the sitter's in addition to 4-8 oz of milk.
  • She LOVES water! Her little lips are SO CUTE when she's drinking out of her straw cup. She likes the straw so much better than a regular sippy cup because she doesn't have to tip it back. We'll work on that eventually, but for now the straw cups are great!
  • This month she had her first weekend without Mama (I went to the beach with my girlfriends for four days!) and her own first trip to the beach. She was a little unsure about both, but did so great! And Daddy now feels much more confident taking care of his little babe!

At her 9-month check-up, she was 20 lb 10 oz (85%) and 27.4 in (75%). She got her final HepB shot and had her blood drawn to check her iron, blood count, etc. All was normal - but she sure had some big, fat tears rolling down her sweet cheeks!

I love being this girl's Mama.
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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Missing Pictures

Yesterday was Elly's 9 Monthiversary! We both have colds and I didn't get her pics taken. That will be happening today, at which time I will update with the pics and things I know about her.

In the meantime, look at what I did!


At one of my baby showers, we decorated little onesies for Elly. Here she is in a few :)




She's already outgrown them all, but I wanted to be able to keep them for her. Many of them have her name on them, plus they were all made especially for her, so they couldn't go to anyone else. And who wants to keep a stack of onesies to look through some day?


I just cut out the fronts of the onesies, arranged them so that the columns were about even in length, sewed them together, and used receiving blankets to edge the front and create the backing. I love it!



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