Baby Ellie is 6 months old now. She weighs almost 25 pounds, and she is 29 inches long. She is a BIG baby! She’s so far off the charts, I have to put my finger on a different piece of paper to track her growth. Ha!
I remember the other girls at this age rolling over a lot, sitting up, and trying to crawl. Ellie can roll over from her back to her tummy – and that’s about it! LOL She gets on her tummy and she gets so frustrated after a few minutes. She can’t sit up and definitely is not anywhere near crawling.
I know she will do those things in her own time – and because of her size, it makes it harder for her to get around, for sure! She is also really laid back and happy being a baby, which I like! I know how fast these days go by, and so I am not wishing away any of it waiting for the next milestone…
Yesterday, I noticed that none of her clothes fit her. Whenever I’d change her outfits, I would get so frustrated because everything in her drawers was way too small. So, I went “garage shopping” yesterday – which means, I took all her clothes in her dresser and put them in a bin in the garage, and then I took out the bin in the garage with the next clothing size up and went “shopping!” About a month ago, I sorted through all the girls’ clothes in the garage and kept only the things I loved. We still have plenty for Ellie to wear, and it makes the hand-me-down process so much more fun for me!
She is now wearing 18-24 month clothes, and it was so nice to be able to just go into a neatly sorted bin and pick out cute things for her to wear.
Yesterday, when I went “shopping” for Ellie, I noticed that she needs to wear totally different styles than the other girls did at this age, simply because she’s so much bigger! For example, I never put my other girls in shorts because it would hurt their knees crawling. But, because Ellie’s nowhere near crawling and her legs are so big, shorts are perfect!
It’s funny how things work out like that!
She’s going through a thing now where she loves to grab everything and play with it. So even though she’s not mobile at all – she’s still keeping very busy. I love watching her figure things out – it’s amazing to watch her mind at work!
I’ve been backing away from taking pictures of the other girls this week. They’ve been playing together so well, having amazing marathon sessions of play and imagination. Sometimes I feel like when I interrupt to take a photo (even when I try to be sneaky, so they don’t notice) – it throws things off and the moment is lost.
A few days ago, Paprika (8), Ginger (6), and Violet (3) played for HOURS in the backyard together. They were so busy “cleaning” the swingset, then having a campout (with a tent made from towels), and telling fairy stories. I watched out the back window at them and my heart just about burst!
Yesterday, we had friends from homeschool group over, and the girls played “Time Machine” in the backyard, and pretended they were flying away to Ancient Egypt and then the Titanic! They made an elaborate time machine with chalk powder and lemon juice for fuel, and they even put seat belts on our lawn chairs and attached them to a tricycle for the motor. It was so fun!
Then last night, Violet (3) and Ginger (6) imagined for hours that they were two characters they’d made up: Pudding Pie Girl and Gooseberry Pie Girl. They created a whole world (and costumes, of course) for their characters, and their imaginative play lasted through bath time and all the way to bedtime! It was such a joy to watch!
When they’re playing like that, I almost hold my breath at how beautiful and delicate it is! I don’t want to disturb it for anything – so I just let them play and play and play. I did snap one picture yesterday when Ginger and Violet were on the swings because I just couldn’t help myself! Even though I’m restraining myself, I am still a shutterbug…what can I say?!
This weekend, we celebrate Paprika’s 9th Birthday! How is that possible?! That also means almost 10 years of blogging for me (since I started this blog when I was pregnant with her). Time flies when you’re living life. 🙂
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