My Sweet Ella,
Bless your heart, you have had a rough month. It started with a stomach virus, which you got twice. Our entire family passed the virus around. Thankfully, the second time you were sick wasn’t nearly as bad. There were several days that I prayed to make it through the day without being thrown up on. Now you have a sinus infection and an ear infection, even though you have tubes in your ears. We are entering our 3rd week of illness. I am praying for healing and so thankful that most of the time you are healthy.
You are becoming adventurous and so brave. This last month you learned to climb in the kitchen chair and onto the table. Luckily, I can hear the chairs pushing away from the table and I get to you before you have time to make it to the top of the table. We go to Paradise Pond, an indoor play area that has a 3 story climbing gym with a slide. Although you need my help to climb some sections, you are so happy and fearless. Both you and Aleck love the fact that Mommy climbs the gym and slides down the slide. Most days when we leave Paradise Pond, I need a nap just as much as you two.
Your love for books continues to grow. This week, on more than one occasion, I found you sitting in your rocking chair in your room just flipping through the pages of a book. You continue to love texture books, but are also growing fond of any book that has animals in it. You love anything to do with dogs. When our kitchen window is open you can sometimes hear the neighbors dog barking. You run to the window all excited and bark like a dog yourself. It’s absolutely adorable.
You love to go! Anytime the word is mentioned, you run to the kitchen door. Your car seat is still turned backwards, but you crane your neck to see the DVD player when we are traveling. We will turn your seat around in the next couple of weeks because we have a long road trip ahead of us.
You enjoy the playground slide, but much like Aleck, your favorite thing is the swing. You love for me to chase you around the house saying, “I’m gonna get you”, then scoop you up and tickle you. You can run and stand on one foot to kick a ball.
You just cut your 11th tooth, your right lateral incisor. I have cut back on the amount of milk you get and your appetite is getting bigger. You aren’t really a picky eater, but you don’t eat everything I put on your plate, like Aleck did at your age. You are not a fan of having your teeth brushed, and most of the time I have to hold you down.
You can sign “thank you”, “more”, “please”, and “all done”. You can verbalize “Momma”, “Dada”, “here you go”, “please”, “thank you”, “Aleck”, “bye”. You understand so much and follow most one step commands.
You are a Daddy’s girl. You get so excited when he comes home from work. You hear the garage door open and you run for the kitchen door, squealing with delight. Daddy and I were talking the other night about how big our family would be if we had been a little younger when we started having children.
You sleep through the night, but you have been waking up around 5:30 to 6:00. When I put you in our bed, you crawl over to Daddy and wrap your arms around his neck and give him a big hug. I can’t imagine a better way to wake up, even if it is at the crack of dawn. You have to have your baby doll and your pink and brown polka dot blanket to sleep, and most mornings want to cuddle them while you drink your bottle.
You weigh 24 pounds, 8 ounces. You wear size 4 diaper and 12 month pants, but you need 18 month shirts to cover that big round belly. Even though your legs are getting thinner, I am so happy that you still have that chubby little baby belly! You wear size 5 shoe, and you love shoes!
You love to play with Aleck’s trains. We make a big track on the entire living room floor and you crawl around the entire track pushing your little train. Your favorite part of the track is the bridges, but you get frustrated if you knock the bridge off the track.
You love to pull everything out of the bathroom drawers and toss it in the sink. You love anything to do with water, and take off running towards the bathroom at the mention of bath time. When the tub is full, you lean forward and submerge your face in the water and blow bubbles. You think it is hilarious, except for when you accidently inhale under water.
Ella, your Mommy and Daddy love and adore you and are thankful for all the precious times we share.