My sweet Ella, we celebrate 10 months since you joined our family. You are changing so fast. You are thinking about giving up your second nap. Many days, you push your first nap back to late morning and refuse to take an afternoon nap. By evening, you are a little fussy so I put you to bed a little earlier on those days. You are having trouble sleeping through the nights these days, but I think it is because you have frequent ear infections. You have had 4 ear infections since December. If you have one more infection, the pediatric ENT recommends tubes. I pray you stay healthy.
You are beginning to show a preference for table food instead of your baby food. You only have three teeth, but can eat almost any food when it is chopped into small pieces. If I put food on your spoon, you can get the spoon in your mouth to feed yourself. A couple of weeks ago I felt like you were weaning from breastfeeding. During a trip to Alabama, we gave you bottles frequently and it affected my milk supply. I began drinking an organic tea to increase my milk production and that seemed to do the trick. I don't plan on breastfeeding you as long as I breastfed Aleck, but I'm not ready to wean just yet.
You love Aleck's room, but he isn't so crazy about you playing with his trains. Frequently, he cries out, "take Ella away." I can't believe at three years-old, Aleck has already started kicking you out of his room.
You crawl lightening fast and pull to stand on everything. You love to look out the kitchen window overlooking the pool. You cruised down the couch for the first time today. It won't be long before you are walking.
Your favorite game right now is to dive into pillows. I discovered this when I was making the bed one morning and the pillows were on the floor. You giggled and crawled as fast as you could to the pile of pillows and then dove, face first into the pile. You sit up, giggle, and immediately take another dive into the pillows. Your laugh is infectious and it is impossible to have a bad day when I see your eyes light up when you laugh.
You love to look at books that have different textures and fabrics to rub. You also love music and will bounce up and down to the beat.
Both Aleck and you travel so well. Last month, we drove to Alabama to see Nana and Poppo Brooks. We were in the car from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and you were happy as long as I sat beside you to keep you entertained. During our trip, Daddy took both you and Aleck for your first hike at Mount Cheaha, the state park where we were married. Aleck walked and Daddy carried you in the hiking backpack. We even stayed in the same cabin that Daddy and Mommy stayed in on our wedding night. I had to keep a close eye on Aleck because the cabin sat on a bluff overlooking the valley below.
You continue to love bath time and I think you are going to swim like a fish in a couple of years. You like to lay on your stomach in the tub and bob your face in the water. Occasionally, you get water in your nose, but it doesn't phase you. Both you and Aleck are enrolled in swim lessons. You also love playing in Aleck's sand box, although I have to keep a close eye on you so you don't eat sand.
A couple of weeks ago I spent my first night away from you. I attended a weekend scrapbook retreat and was away from you for two days and nights. I had never been away from Aleck, except for the night I was in the hospital when I had you. While I was away, Daddy took such good care of you, and even managed an outing to Scarborough Fair, a renaissance festival. I had a great time with an awesome group of women, but I sure missed my family while I was gone.
You are wearing 9 month clothes, and size 3 diapers. You have all these adorable dresses, but nobody told me that girls can't wear dresses when they are crawling because it makes them fall. I hope you can still wear some of the dresses when you start walking. We have been so busy that I haven't used cloth diapers in a while, but I think I may start using them again in the next few weeks.
Ella, Mommy and Daddy love you to the moon.
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