Sunday, April 18, 2010

Big girl

We are in the middle of month 9! Ellie is cuter and cuter as the days go by. She LOVES her Tigers hat (thanks Becky) and enjoys watching the games with Scott and myself. She is very content to sit and hang out and doesn't show much interest in crawling. She LOVES to stand so I spend a lot of time holding her in a stance. She also wants to pull up on me and reaches out when I walk by. We are in no rush for mobility. When I was a baby, I didn't crawl until 10 months or walk until 15, so I think she might be taking after me. We don't care though, we are enjoying every minute of her development. What she lacks in mobility, she makes up in personality. She is always laughing and talking and pulling crazy faces. She now says MAMA and I couldn't be more thrilled. She says lots of cute combinations and we spend hours chatting. She's rediscovered her self in the mirror and talks and smiles at her reflection. She alternates head shakes and nods and cracks up with the other baby in the mirror does the same thing. She is starting to feed herself and loves puffs and cheerios, but she gets frusterated when she misses. She also gags on these, so we're taking a little break on figer foods. We've also stepped up into the DSLR world! Here are some pics on my (our) new camera. I've been having so much fun playing with all of the settings but Ellie is getting annoyed with me always in her face.

Friday, April 2, 2010

She had a bad day

(Written 4/2/10)

It was 80 degrees in early April! No Fools. Back in March, it was in the 70s. We've had warmer weather this winter than last summer. I love love love it! I also love my little girl and loved spending the whole day with her today. Everything started out great, but the universe was anti- nap. She went down for her first mid morning nap and 5 minutes later the people who live behind us had beefed up men, heavy duty machinery, and other power equipment gathered to chop down trees. Our house was violently shaking and the nap only lasted 4 minutes. Awhile later, I finally got her down, but the phone rang twice followed by someone knocking at our door sending Odie into a barking frenzy. Another failed attempt. Despite the lack of sleep and 3 blowouts, she was in a great mood. She chatted, jabbered, and played all day, as long as i was still close enough to pay attention to her. I wasn't able to clean or work on my wedding photo album from 5 year ago, but it was still lovely. We went outside during the cooler evening hours and she loved looking at the sky with Ellie-like intensity while watching the birds fly overhead. I optimistically thought she would go to bed easier, but it took twice as long.

Lately she is so cute and responsive. She shakes her head yes and no (copies us) claps her hands, says lots of word combos, but mostly da-da. The look on her face while she talks is priceless. Wide eyed and animated. She calls her cookie monster "kaka", her dad "da da" or "dady", lots of other things "daDA" and me "blank stare". She recognizes her own name and looks around for odie if we say "where's odie" She also knows "bottle" and if you dare say the word without having a mixed one ready to go, watch out. She also is reacting to our facial expressions and loves to make us laugh. She flew peas all over and made us laugh so hard we we got excited and couldn't hide it and she busted out into a huge belly laugh and looked so pleased with herself.

I LOVE this time in our lives right now. She is sitting, pivoting, and crawling backwards so she has a little mobility to keep her satisfied, but not enough to make us go crazy. She is so content to play with her toys or chat with us. Every day is a little something different and amazing. I'm going to burst with happiness and rain gumdrops all over a street near you.