Thursday, January 17, 2013

January 17, 2013

Ella had her one year doctor appointment last week and she is growing fast!  She is 23.5 pounds and 30.75 inches long.  She is still in the 90th percentile for height and weight.  After her appointment we went to NJ for a few days to visit family.  It was a litle more difficult to travel with her now because she is so mobile and doesn't want to sit still, but we made it!  Spent a few days relaxing and one day in Philadelphia going to the Please Touch Museum.  I don't think Ella could have had any more fun!  She literally passed out on Josh's shoulder on the way out. 

Ella is walking all over the place now.  Watching her it's so hard to believe she only just started walking 2 1/2 weeks ago.  We are now working on switching her over to whole milk and off bottles.  I can't wait to stop cleaning bottles!!  Other than that, not too much has changed since my last post.  Ella is saying a lot of B words (ball, bath, book) and the usual hi and bye.  Now she keeps imitating other people, so we have to be really careful what we say around her..haha! 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

December 29, 2012

Well a LOT has happened since my last post...Ella has now started walking on her own and is doing the signs for "more", "eat", "milk", and "bath" all the time now.  It is so nice being able to communicate with her better (and less cries!).  It's been an absolutely amazing two weeks with family in town for Christmas and celebrating Ella's birthday as well as all the new things she's learned. 

Ella had a CandyLand themed birthday party and had a lot of fun!  She really enjoyed seeing her family so much for 5 days and is STILL exhausted!  She was spoiled with gifts and loves all of her new toys. 

I can't believe almost a full year has passed since she was born.  Not a day goes by that I don't think she's the best thing that's ever happened to me.  She makes me smile everyday and I love her so much!

Friday, December 14, 2012

December 14, 2012

I'm sorry I've been horrible about updating the blog!  It's been a busy few months.  Ella is still not walking, but so incredibly close.  She's pretty much walking on her own, but likes holding one of our fingers to make sure we are close by.  She is now eating pretty much anything you give her, and really loves sweets.  Two more teeth have broken through on the top, so she now has 5 and still working on 2 more. 

Her personality comes out more and more each day.  For the most part she is an absolute giggle monster and is the sweetest girl in the world!  However, we are REALLY working on the word "no" lately haha.  When you tell her no, she just looks at you, gives you a sly smile, and starts laughing....then goes back to what she shouldn't be doing.  Once she realizes you are serious, she folds herself right in half and cries.  Luckily her tantrum doesn't last for long.

Due to family coming in town early, we are celebrating Christmas and Ella's first birthday next weekend.  I'm really looking forward to it, because I know she will have a lot of fun.  We got her a smash cake, and hope she really goes to town on it :)  It will also be good to celebrate Christmas because right now it's hard to keep her from getting to the Christmas tree and trying to open every present!

The other thing she's been doing a lot of is imitating people.  She really tries to say the same words you say.  We try and howl to make Rocky howl, so now she looks at him and goes "ooooww" a lot.  It's really cute.  I don't think we could have gotten any luckier.  She makes me smile everyday :)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

November 8, 2012

Well Ella hasn't changed too much since the last posting, but had her first Halloween and had a great visit with Grandpa and Sharon.  Ella dressed up as a garden gnome and had an eventful weekend.  We went to the Woodlands Mall to see the other kids dressed in costume, then to the Children's Museum, and then trick or treating at a YMCA event.  She was worn out!  She picked out some candy, but only the kind that came in a bag that she could shake, shake, shake! 

Ella's top teeth are finally starting to grow in and two poked through the last week and two more are very close.  She loves to dance all the time, even if she hears the slightest bit of music.  The other day she actually stopped mid-crawl to do a head-banging dance.  It was hysterical.  She is right on the verge of walking, but scared for some reason to stand up alone.  We've tried it and she gets spaghetti legs and just collapses.  She has the balance, but just afriad.  I think it will happen any day, but I'm definitely not rushing it.  She's already growing up way too fast!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

October 21, 2012

Ella is definitely going to be a big talker!  She's constantly trying to make new noises and has a very sinister laugh when she gets things she shouldn't have!  Her personality is coming out more and more everyday.  She giggles all the time now, and likes to throw a fit or two when she doesn't get what she wants, ie the remote, computer, or dog food!  haha  She's finally signing milk and she also signed fish.  I keep working on it with her, and hopefully we will get some more signs soon.  Can't wait for this weekend, so we can dress her up like a little garden gnome and go trick or treating for the first time!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October 10, 2012

It has been one busy month!  Josh and I took a week long vacation to Greece in September and Ella spent the week with Grandma and Grandpa Saubers.  They all had a wonderful time other than Ella getting Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease and breaking out head to toe in a rash.  After finally getting better she got an ear infection and bronchitis.  It's been a long couple of weeks for our poor baby and can't wait for her to get fully healthy again!

Ella had her 9 month doctor visit yesterday and is now 20 lbs, 11oz (90%) and 28 3/4 inches (85%).  She's a healthy girl!  She has two teeth on the bottom and the doctor said 4 more are starting to come through.  She is now able to eat all three stages of baby food and we can start her on table food too.  We tried giving her a piece of cooked carrot last night and she couldnt' figure out how to chew it.  So after playing with it in her mouth for like 15 minutes she spit it out haha.  We will start working on that going forward. 

Ella is now saying Mama and Dada from time to time, has learned to give high fives, and wave.  She's walking great with her walker and if we are holding her hands, but hasn't really tried standing on her own yet.  She's getting there, and fast! 

Monday, September 3, 2012

September 3, 2012

Ella turned 8 months old today.  I can't believe how fast time has gone by!!  I swear she gets cuter and cuter by the day :)  She picked up crawling about 2 weeks ago and now there is no stopping her.  However, she really is not content with just crawling and has to stand up as much as possible.  Her new thing is to stand up using the coffee table and walk around it.  She's stands up about as fast as she sits up now.  It's amazing how fast she is growing and how much she is learning.  She also is trying to make new sounds and we get a lot of variations of blahs, ohs, and ughs!  She has her next doctor's appointment in a month and I can't wait to see how big she's gotten!