My Sweet Ellie Belly is ten months old now! How is it possible?
Here are a few things that she’s doing lately, since this is her baby book, of sorts.
Ellie LOVES music! She laughs and claps, and will dance to the music – all while sitting down, of course. If she even starts to act fussy, we put some music on for her, and she instantly cheers up. We have this little Sofia Boombox that Violet got for her third birthday. Even though it basically only plays one song – Ellie loves it! I think we’ve listened to that song more these past few weeks than in the past whole year! Ellie loves to listen to the Jack Johnson channel on Pandora, and we watch videos together on YouTube. We spend a lot of time dancing, with me carrying her in my arms and twirling her around. 🙂
This little red dress was my Christmas dress when I was a baby. My mom tells me that my Grandma bought it for me at my second Christmas. All this time, I’ve wanted to put the girls in it but every time I’ve finally gotten around to taking a picture of them in it, they’re too big! Well, this time I made it happen!
How sweet to see Miss Ellie in my own dress from when I was a baby – and on her very own quilt that my Aunt Laura made for her. Over the years, my Aunt Laura and my Grandma have made special blankets for Paprika, Ginger, and Violet, too. I love having these keepsakes for the girls to have now and to pass along to their children.
Ellie has been saying her first word for awhile now – Daisy! In case you’ve forgotten, Daisy is our much loved Goldendoodle – and I need to get a picture of Ellie and Daisy together because Ellie LOVES Daisy so much. Daisy is very patient with her and will let Ellie pet her and rub her as much as she wants.
So, of course, Ellie says: Daisy, Daisy, Daisy – often, whenever she wants Daisy to come to her! Ellie also says: Daddy a lot . She’s been saying: Dada Dada for a few months, but I think just now it’s really starting to stand for Daddy and not just…well…everything.
Daisy and Daddy are the clearest words she says, although she talks and babbles all the time – and sings her own songs, too!
You may have noticed that Miss Ellie is a big little baby! She’s still 30 pounds, even after having the flu for the past week and throwing up a lot. She wears a size 2T and she’s as big as an average 2 1/2 year old in height/weight. So far, she likes to nurse a lot – and that’s it. She’s not a fan of any kind of food, and if you try to feed her, she’ll turn head to say: No way.
Ellie is sitting well, and she can scoot backwards, do the splits, and go from her tummy to sitting up easily. She can reach for things, and roll around. She can get up on her knees, and lift her stomach off the floor. She is almost crawling, but one of her legs will get stuck, and then one of her sisters will bring her whatever she’s trying to get. 🙂 She has a lot of “helpers” getting her things and playing with her, so her motivation to crawl is pretty non-existent. She is very content to sit and be doted on by her “little mommies.”
Figuring Stuff Out:
Even though she’s not crawling – Ellie is the MOST curious baby! She is always figuring things out, and she gets bored rather easily. She wants to touch things and put them together. She loves to build with big blocks. Her other favorite toy is the box of her sisters’ hair bows! She loves to touch all the different bows, feel the ribbons, and look at the different designs. We have hundreds of bows from over the years – so it’s quite a collection. She is a very curious and smart little baby.
You know what I’m going to say about sleep, right?! Well – just like her sisters, Miss Ellie likes to stay up late and she doesn’t like to nap! Haha. She takes one short nap/day now – when I’m holding her in the Ergo. That’s when I get most of my writing done – during that one short nap. In fact, I’m writing this as I’m holding her in the Ergo while she’s napping right now.
At night, I put the other girls to bed, and then Ellie goes to sleep last. I turn off all the lights in the house, turn on the fan in the kitchen, and we will listen to music and walk the house with her in the Ergo until she falls asleep. Sometimes that takes an hour, sometimes it takes three hours. Just depends. Then, I transition her to her bed – which is sometimes successful – and then sometimes it’s not, and she wakes up right away. If she wakes up, I have to start the whole process over – which can be hard because she’s had a short “nap” by then and she’s ready to play! I’ve got it down to a pretty good art/science at this point – but she is a light sleeper – so sometimes no matter how good I think I’ve done the transfer, she wakes up anyway.
I try to just stay positive when she wakes up in the middle of the night – and chalk it up to extra time to spend together. I’ve been watching Jane The Virgin on Netflix (on mute, with captions) – as my reward for getting up with her at night. It’s such a fun, smart show that I almost look forward to getting up in the middle of the night because it means I get to watch a little more of the show while she falls back to sleep, nursing.
During the day, I don’t ever have time to watch shows – and I wouldn’t watch that show with the girls, besides – so it can be a nice treat for me even if I’m standing at the laptop, eyes half-open while I watch it on mute. 🙂
Ellie is the happiest, sweetest baby – and she fits right in with our family. I can’t even remember a time before she was here with us. She is so magical – she is my JOY! I just love her to pieces. I love watching her grow, and seeing the world through her eyes. It’s such a privilege and one I never ever take for granted…
Happy 10 Months, Miss Ellie Belly!
Mama (Now please say that word next! Ha!)