Monday, January 30, 2012

Joy List

1. Elly's sweet, milky breath. It smells so yummy, and so much like my babe.

2. Owing taxes this year. This pretty much sucks but I'm attempting to look at it as a positive since it's due to us making quite a but more money last year.

3. Colorful cloth diapers. I get a kick out of get Elly's diapers ready every day because they're such pretty colors. Cloth is awesome!

4. Sunshine. It was pretty chilly today, but the bright sunshine was so pleasant!

5. Wine. It's just really nice to have a glass after work!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday Sketches: Frog

I'm trying to get Elly to take a nap in her crib right now, so I thought I'd type up a quick post with my final felt animal, a frog.
See the other Sunday Sketches over here!

(And just because she's so stinkin' beautiful...)

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Three Months!

Elly is already three months old! Yesterday was the big day. But with prepping (mentally and emotionally) to return to work last week and running around to different appointments, I've fallen behind in getting Elly's weekly posts up. They're coming, eventually!

In the meantime, here are her Month 3 pics:



Things I know about Elly:

  • She LOVES to talk and laugh
  • She recognizes both Mommy and Daddy now, by voice and by sight
  • She sleeps from about 9-4 every night
  • When she discovers a new sound she can make, she does it over and over again
  • She has doubled her birth weight, from 7 lbs to 14 lbs
  • She still gets a kick out of ceiling fans
  • She really enjoys watching mobiles spin
  • She will watch an ENTIRE episode of Yo Gabba Gabba without looking away, if I'm not careful!
  • Her hair is growing, but she's got a bald patch on the back of her head where she rubs it against the mattress when she's sleeping
  • Instead of sucking on just one or two fingers, she prefers trying to stuff her entire fist, sometimes both, into her mouth
  • She loves sitting up and looking around
  • Sometimes she looks very serious; I wonder if she's trying to solve the world's troubles, already!
  • She is wearing almost only 3-6 month clothing
  • People who know only me tell me she looks just like me... until I show them a picture of Eric
  • She's better able to entertain herself, now, for a little while
  • She can roll over from tummy to back, but will often just cry on her tummy until I pick her up instead of rolling over
  • She can finish a nursing session in under five minutes, but often gets distracted trying to smile and talk to me
  • She will sit up in her Bumbo seat for a few minutes at a time
  • She has really loud toots!
Sometimes I sing to her my own version of "You Are My Sunshine:"
You are my Elly, my only Elly
You make me happy everyday
You'll never know dear, how much I love you
But I'll tell you everyday 

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Monday, January 09, 2012

Joy List

Anne over at My Giant Strawberry has two greyhounds! Also, she has a great idea to start writing out Joy Lists every Monday. I thought I'd join her.

  1. Elly. Everything about her brings me joy. When she smiles at me, when she laughs, when she snuggles up against me and falls asleep... I'm everything she needs right now, and it's a wonderful thing.
  2. The Wendy Williams Show. I never watched it before my maternity leave, even on my summers off. I love to watch Live with Kelly (oh, how I miss Regis!) and The View, which come on at 9a and 11a on ABC, but Rachael Ray (on at 10a) grates my last nerves. I found Wendy Williams over on Fox at 10a and she just tickles my fancy.
  3. Henry. My good friends have been working on getting a kid for a number of years, and they finally have a picture of little Henry, who will be theirs next year. It makes my heart burst with joy for them.
  4. Snow. We had our first real snow today, and while I don't normally love snow, it was nice to watch it from inside my nice, warm house. Plus, it was in the 60s over the weekend, so it didn't stick to anything but the grass. That's always nice.
  5. Cuddling in bed late into the morning. Okay, so this one is Elly again, but man, it is so sweet to pull her into bed with me after her 7a feeding and sleep together until 10. That doesn't happen every morning (then I'd never see Kelly!), but when it does... what joy!


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Sunday, January 08, 2012

Surprise Ending!


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Week 11: Thoughts from Elly

This past Thursday marked 11 weeks for me! I'm getting so much stronger and smarter about the world around me!

The previous week also marked the beginning of 2012. On New Year's Eve, Mommy and Daddy took me out to one of their favorite bars so I could meet Heather, who was working that night. She has been friends with Daddy for about 10 years, and friends with Mommy ever since she started hanging out with Daddy, about 7 years ago. Heather was so excited to meet me! She had been having a bad week and said that holding me made her forget about all the bad things for a little while. I tend to have that effect on people!!
We went back home around 8pm and Mommy got me ready for bed. I think she and Daddy stayed up for a little while to watch the ball drop in Times Square on the TV, but I slept right though it! The next morning, though, Mommy made sure to tell me that the new year really did begin!

Also, I learned this week that one of Mommy's coworkers had a baby boy on New Year's Eve. I hope I get to be friends with him!

Over the weekend, we got to take care of another greyhound whose mommy was going out of town. Her name was Stella. I was so curious about her! I looked and looked at her. Mommy explained to me that she's a greyhound, just like Ramona. I was a little confused, though, because they look similar, but they were different colors! I'm sure it will make more sense to me, someday! She was just like Ramona,  though! They both loved just laying around being lazy! Silly doggies!
This week, Mommy and Daddy had to find child care for me since Mommy is going back to work in 2 weeks. They interviewed a few people and found a great place just a few minutes from Mommy's school. In fact, it turns out that it's actually the mommy of one my Mommy's students! What a lucky coincidence! The woman's name that will be taking care of me is Stephanie, and she seems really nice. She told me that as long as Mommy's not nearby listening, she'll sing to me all day long. Hooray! I love it when people sing to me! Mommy said she's sure going to miss me, though!
A few days this week were really hard for me because my reflux was acting up. When my tummy starts really hurting me, I cry and squirm. Those are the times when I really just want Mommy to hold me and make me feel better. 
Daddy's garage build is coming along. They've built the foundation and dug out the driveway, and now both are just waiting for the concrete to be poured. There have been a couple of snafus that have slowed down the process, but it's all getting worked out. Mommy and Daddy are both really excited for the project to be complete! Mommy is going to have a great time creating a new landscaping design this spring and summer, especially since she didn't get to do anything out there last year since she was pregnant with me!
On Wednesday, Mommy and I went to the breast feeding group (the one where I met Evelyn a few weeks ago) where she was able to weigh me. I'm already up to 12 lbs, and that was before I ate anything! Mommy had to put away a few of my 0-3 month clothes this week since I'm growing so much! There are some brands that still fit me, but not all! This is a 3-6 month outfit Mommy gave me for Solstice/Christmas. It's a little bit big, but I'm growing into it really quickly!
Thursday night, I got to go to dinner with Mommy, Daddy, Ronda, and Travis. They had steaks and I had a nice, long nap! I always like to take naps whenever we're out. All that noise puts me right to sleep! Ronda and Travis are really nice. They're going to be adopting a baby from South Korea sometime soon, and I think they're going to be great parents! I can't wait to be best friends with their baby, too! Ronda gave me a new outfit while we were visiting. Check out how cute I look!
Well, that about covers this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Love,
Elly

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Sunday Sketches: Felt Animals

Last SS, I posted a picture of the felt cow I made on artist's canvas. I watercolored the background and glued on the pieces to make up my cow.

Since then, I've also made a sheep and a giraffe. I've almost finished the final one, a frog, but that will have to be shown off in a later post!
See more Sunday Sketches here.
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2011: Year in Review

Last year, I wrote a post called "How I hope 2011 is different from 2010." I thought I'd take a minute today to compare my thoughts then to how the year actually turned out...


one.
I'd like to have my credit cards paid off.
This did NOT happen. However, we cut our credit card debt in half and have a plan in place to finish the goal.
two.
I hope all of our cars remain incident-free.
Success! No car troubles this year. And, on a car-related note, work on the new garage has begun, albeit very slowly.
three.
I want to travel more.
Actually, I did not travel AT ALL this year, which hasn't happened since 2003, I believe. Whoops. But, I know exactly why, of course...
four.
Secrets, to which you may someday be privy.
SO. This one was actually a goal to BE PREGNANT by the end of the year. And we all know by now how that turned out! Miss Elly didn't want to wait around! I got pregnant 2 weeks after stopping birth control, and our sweet offspring arrived on Oct. 20. I wouldn't change that one bit, though!!!
five.
I'd like to enjoy my job, again.
Check. I switched to 12th grade Government this year and just love the change in both subject and students. However, I can't say I'm looking forward to leaving Elly at home when I go back at the end of the month. At least it will be pleasant from the job side of it, though!
I'll have to create a 2012 list later this week and post it. Thanks for stopping by!

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