Friday, January 25, 2013

Wedding Weekend

Elijah and Ellie were asked to be the ring bearer and flower girl in some friends' wedding this last weekend.  They were cute and adorable...and didn't end up going down the aisle!

All I'm saying is, it's a good thing there are rehearsals!  When EZ realized Mommy and Daddy were not going to be the ones pulling them in the wagon, he freaked out.  I expected him to not be thrilled about it, but I didn't think he'd cry and scream, I thought he'd just sit there and not smile a lot. But, well, it was noisy and unpleasant and a little traumatic.  Both times we practiced.  So...the bride excused them from their responsibilities.  We were sorry they didn't participate, but definitely think it was for the best!  After all that, Elijah didn't even want the photographer taking his picture on the real day of the wedding, so these pictures Daddy took are about all we got!  Still precious!

Then Daddy entertained Elijah while Mommy nursed Ellie before the ceremony.  Adorable little guy!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ellie - 9 Months

I love how Elijah always invites himself into these photo shoots.  He provides the props, as well.  :)

Ellie is 9 (and a half by  now) months old! She is chattering up a storm, making so many funny faces and sweet noises.  She likes to have conversations with us, though no one has any idea what anyone else is talking about.  Ellie has almost never met a stranger, just grinning from ear to ear at anyone who talks to her!
We've had a bit of a rough go of it for the last month or so with nighttime sleep and eating well and stuff.  Ellie just has less of an appetite than I would like her to, so I am often trying to get her to eat more than she would like to!  She is struggling with some constipation, but most of the solutions for that involve getting her to eat or drink things that she isn't always interesting in!  She's been waking up and crying a lot at night lately.  I've wondered about hunger or constipation pain or teething...
She loves to roll all over the floor wherever I put her down.  She scoots backwards but can't quite get that forward motion going yet.  She gets stuck under beds or chairs and I rescue her but then she gets right back there pretty quickly!  :)
Ellie loves to laugh, especially at her big brother!  Elijah is making lists of things he wants to teach her to do when she gets older (run, build block towers, say 'book'!) but they definitely already enjoy each other!
Ellie has evened out right around the 50th percentile in all her measurements.  She was 70th until now, but apparently this is very normal for breastfed babies (the growth charts are made with formula fed babies in mind.  Who knew there was a difference?).  She weighed 18 lbs 14 oz at her 9 month doctor's appointment, and was 27 1/2 in long.  When I weighed her at home at 8 months (with her clothes on, on a grown-up scale) she was about 9 lbs 5 oz, so I wasn't thrilled with her weight this month, but with the difference in weighing methods and the normal timing of the plateau, I'm choosing not to be concerned.  The doctor definitely wasn't, he said she looks very normal and is balanced in all her measurements, and heaven knows I already try constantly to get her to eat/drink more, there's not really anything else I can do anyway!  :)

Ellie is such a joy.  She is a bright light in our already sunshiny lives!  :)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Puddle Splashing

 I read a book recently about ways to play outside with your kids even when the weather isn't ideal.  This inspired me to let Elijah jump in all the puddles outside after a recent rain storm.  Ironically, he was less enthusiastic about it once we got out there, he didn't want to splash in the soggy muddy puddles, just mostly the ones on the concrete.  So that's mostly what we did!  :)

 When Mom was here, she also let him do this, so he was excited to try it again.  Sometimes he "splashed" with one foot, other times he "double splashed" with both feet-actually jumping into the puddle!  Hilarious and cute!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Family Christmas Pictures

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the past couple weeks-of course we have seen lots of family and it has been so super fun!

This may be one of my favorite pictures of all time!
  This isn't a great quality picture, but it's so typical these days-Ellie will be sitting playing, and Elijah will come scoot behind her so she's sitting in his lap.  Cute!
 Mom has been wonderful about taking Elijah outside to play a LOT while she's been here.  Pretty sure that's contributed to his taking longer naps recently!
 Aunt Sara and cousin Allison came to visit-what a treat!
 Gran brought Elijah a new Boz book and was privileged to read it to him about 10 times in the first few hours of her visit!
 Stripey family photo-hilarious!
 EZ and Ellie loving Gran and Grandad!
 Happy to see Pop and Gigi!
 This is so typical of this whole Christmas season-Ellie gets a present and Elijah immediately tries to take it away and play with it!
 Christmas morning-love how this picture turned out!
 My heart.  So full!
 Elijah's FAVORITE present-he loves being a rock star!!!
 Christmas morning with my parents!
 Our own little Christmas miracle.  Jesus blew out the candles on his own birthday cake!  Seriously!  It was awesome!