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Friday, September 05, 2008

My baby's growing up!

Ellie's 6 months old today & I can't believe it! She's a pretty amazing little girl. She's got so much personality! She's very curious about her world & she's quite precocious! She's extremely happy & she's got such a light in her eyes!

She's been sleeping through the night since she was 2 months old (I think that's pretty awesome for a nursing baby). She's been rolling over since 2 & 3 months. She can grip my fingers & sit & stand up (I don't even have to grip her back!). She can sit up with very little and sometimes no support. She's good at getting her binky in her mouth (something the other two didn't master till later on) and has been doing that for a few months too! She has the cutest belly laugh & a funny little dimple on the right side of her chin. She has amazingly fat little sausage legs which I absolutely adore! Callie & Jack were both so skinny! Her hair usually sticks out on the sides like Frank Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond. She's pretty good about naptime & falling asleep at night - usually when we know she's tired we can just lay her in her bed & she'll doze off. Sometimes she gets especially fussy because we haven't laid her in her bed to sleep & she's so tired! In fact she doesn't fall asleep that easily in the car any more because she really prefers her bed! And the times that she struggles falling asleep in her bed we know her weakness! Backrubs are her kryptonite! She loves to have her back rubbed while she's falling asleep!

I LOVE the way she lights up when she sees me. I can tell that this girl is completely in love with me & boy does she have me wrapped around her finger! I am utterly in love with her too! I heard about a young mother the other day complaining about how tough the first year is & that she can't wait for it to pass. Are you kidding me?! I LOVE IT!!! All the hours of lost sleep are SO worth it! And I know that Jeremiah is very taken by her too.

I also love how she studies her older brother & sister. She is very charmed by them. They love to sing & dance for her & do things to make her laugh. They are good about sharing with her - too good! Jack keeps trying to share candy. In the car today he was eating a Tootsie Pop & was sitting next to her & he let me know that she really liked his sucker! And I knew he was right when I said he couldn't share any more & she whined because she wasn't getting a turn! And Callie got out a bib today & gave her a Ritz cracker since she'd seen me do it one other time!

We gave her rice cereal for the first time today. It was fun to be gathered together as a family to see Ellie experience this new stage of development. We all laughed at her funny faces. Overall she seemed to like it. I ran the camcorder & then the camera so Jeremiah got the cereal ready & fed it to her. At one point while I was filming she started to sort of choke & I noticed that Jeremiah had made the cereal almost as thick as oatmeal! I won't be making it so thick tomorrow, but I think we can skip the super runny stuff! :)

A couple of days ago I noticed that I hadn't seen Ellie sucking her thumb for several days. It may have been crazy, but I tried to get her to suck it - just to see if she had really given it up! I tried a few times when she was awake at different times during the day, & I also tried when she was asleep & she would not suck her thumb! So I had very mixed emotions - definitely relief since I don't want a 10 year old thumb-sucker, but also sadness because it's the cutest & sweetest thing ever! Plus it seemed like that marked the end of a chapter in her new little life & that just made me feel sad. Today of course she sucked her thumb. I know there's something wrong with me because it made me super happy & I took a picture! I still think she could be on the verge of quitting & then it's that chapter-closing, sad feeling again.

Well it's been a wonderful 6 months. We all adore our sweet Ellie-belle & we know that she adores us right back!

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Janelle said...

She is so adorable. I can't believe she was rolling at 3 months, Maddie didn't until 7 or 8 months, she was slow. You know with Camille I really didn't enjoy that first year much, but I know with Maddie I just felt like it went too quickly.