8 Months. I have given up trying to make her stop growing. But, I’m ok with that. She is getting cooler every day. Here is what Ellen has been up to this month:
I got this idea from an old friend. Ellen has been doing some sensory play with beans. She loves picking them up and just holding them. She gets a handful and then death grips them. She also loves swishing her feet through the beans. At first, she didn’t like the sound when they hit the baking sheet, but after a few days of playing, she is used to it!
Ellen loves her daddy so much. When he walks in the door, her face lights up bright enough to make a mama jealous. Here she is spending some q.t. with her favorite d.a.d.
Ellen can balance on all fours if I help her into position. She isn’t crawling yet, but she is flopping around like a fish out of water. That is her main mode of mobility right now. If she wants something, she just leans in its direction until she falls over, then she flops to it. It’s super effective.
Ellen can also hold herself up on furniture. She can’t pull herself up on it yet, but if we help her up there, she stands on her own. Once she is standing, she loves to bang on things. It’s a whole new world perspective out there for her now!
Ellen met some of my good college friends, Tony and Courtney. They live in MN, so when we moved, we knew we had friends close by. As you can see here, Ellen has entered the “stranger danger” phase of babyhood. Really, Tony. She likes you. She just likes me more! As Mike said, “I feel bad when she is terrified like that, but there is something oddly rewarding knowing that she only wants us.”
One of the defining themes of this month is sleep…or lack there of. Ellen has been having a heck of a time falling asleep and staying asleep this month. We don’t know what is going on. She has been a bit sick, so maybe that is it. She hasn’t cut any teeth yet, but I don’t see any sign of them coming any time soon either. So, to keep myself from going soincrediblyinsane (!!!), I have been loading Ellen in the car and driving around until she sleeps. Once asleep, I enjoy myself a McDonald’s hot fudge sundae and read my Kindle in the parking lot of the mall. Sometimes I even join her in a nap which may have gotten me some weird looks from shoppers.
Two of our doctors have recommended the Ferber method (aka Cry It Out). Ugh. I just don’t know if I can handle that. We are reading every book ever published on the topic, and I have read the whole Internet as well. All of it. Once Ellen gets over this cold, if things aren’t better, we are going to try a few things we learned to help her sleep. Any insight or advice is beyond welcome.
Here is our sick little gal with her nose drops and Boogie Wipes. She is really a trooper when she is sick despite not sleeping. I joined a mom’s group, and Ellen spent her first time in daycare while I was at the meeting. I had a hard time leaving her, but I just walked away instead of making a scene, and she did great! But, between the daycare, the doctor’s office, the library (check out tomorrow’s post to read about Ellen’s first library card!) and her gym time, she got sick. I’m looking on the bright side though: it’s making her stronger.
New foods this month are broccoli, sweet potatoes, prune juice, pears, and apple sauce. Weirdly, she is not a big fan of apple sauce. She didn’t get that from Mike or me; we love the stuff. She has also been using one of those mesh food bags to gum some bananas. She spends most of her time chewing the Elmo on top, but she seems to like it.
Here is Ellen discovering how to take off her clothes! Her Uncle Alex bought her a Tiger’s hat, and while she loves wearing it. She loves taking it off way more.
Here is Ellen playing at her gym class. All she wants to do is hold onto that little ball. She is totally uninterested in anything else and will loudly protest if you take away her toy. If Ellen likes something (usually something that fits in the palm of her hand), she holds it close to her heart and stares around like she is looking out for potential thieves. I think it is the cutest thing ever, but here’s hoping this kid doesn’t end up with sharing problems!
For Ellen’s first St. Patrick’s day, her Mima and Gramps sent her a green package. It had this MSU romper, green sparkle bows, green baby food, green toys and green bubbles. She loves the green ball they sent. See above for how she plays with it.
Ellen’s favorite toys are still her picnic basket, Sophie the giraffe, ducky and her Elmo doll. Here we are having a little picnic together with her special guests, Elmo and Kitty Baby. Ellen likes when I hold up different items from the basket and she carefully considers and chooses which items she wants and which are for me. She also does this in the morning when we pick out clothes. She has very good style, actually. See:
Our big girl grew out of her infant carrier this month. We bought two of these babies off a recommendation by a friend. They are so great! I don’t have to lug that incredibly heavy carrier up and down stairs anymore. Instead, I just grab Ellen and our mini diaper bag (disposable diaper, wipes and nursing cover), and we are out the door. I love it!
Bath time is one of Ellen’s favorite times now. Here she is holding her ducky close to her heart. She loves that guy as much as Elmo!
Finally, Ellen experienced her first thunderstorm earlier this week. Mike and I love thunderstorms and can’t bear the thought of a kid who hates them, so we tried really hard to make it a great experience for her. We took her out on the porch to check it out. We “ooed!” and “ahhed!” and clapped and smiled through all of the flashes and crashes. She really enjoyed herself, and I pray that this sentiment lasts.
I’m head over heels for my gal, and I am so proud of all of her accomplishments this month. What have you been up to? Tell me in the comment section below.