Ellen is 9 months old today, and we have had quite a busy month. So, that means two things for this post: 1. the pictures are all from my iphone because we were on the go and 2. I don’t have tons of documentation because we were really busy! So, I will do my best for ya guys.
Ok, this is probably the biggest development this month. Ellen is on the move! Here she is after I set her down in the hallway to go grab my blow dryer. When I came back, Ellen had backed herself into the bathroom and was pretty proud of herself. This experience was also really exciting because her black pants were a little too honest about how dirty our floors are.
She also pivots around in circles to get where she wants. She’s like her own little personal game of Twister.
Ellen has been enjoying riding on Mike’s shoulders. She was quoted saying, “Ew, Mom. Did you check out the grime on top of the fridge too?” And I said, “You can complain about it when you can clean it.”
Our sweet baby sleeping on her daddy. Mike successfully got her out of the car and into bed without waking her up. I am batting .500 at that game right now. Usually I drive to the McDonalds by the mall and order myself a small fry (or a large fry and a hot fudge sundae – extra hot fudge…) and read my Kindle in the parking lot so she will continue to sleep and I get a little bit o’ mommy-time. In unrelated news, I put on a few pounds this month.
I made some homemade play-doh for Ellen and it was the best recipe ever! It was super squishy and easy and fast. I spent most of the time keeping it out her mouth, but it was totally non-toxic so at least there was that. Also, we made enough that we were able to share a little bit with Ellen’s new friend Cliffie. She met him at her gym class, and both of our families have become good friends. We do play time and brunch and all kinds of fun stuff with Cliffie and his mommy and daddy.
Of course, this would be Ellen’s first Easter this month. She didn’t get any candy, but she got a little book about the meaning of Easter and an Easter bunny Little People figure. She loooooves the book so much. She holds it all the time and talks to the pictures all day. It’s adorbs. We spent the Easter with my in-laws who made the drive all the way out here from Michigan. Ellen hammed it up for them, and she loved spending some QT with her grandparents and aunt and uncle.
Here is Ellen with the Easter bunny. “Why is the picture so far away and blurry?” you ask. Well, have you ever taken your kid to see the Easter bunny? Do you have any idea how much they charge for those pictures?? You know what is cheaper? Having your mom stand behind the photographer with your iPhone and sneaking a shot. Yup. Way cheaper.
On Thursdays, Ellen and I have been doing story time. We sing songs, read a few books and then have play time. Below, Ellen is either worried because all of the toys have been licked and all she has left is a tiny red ball or she is embarrassed because she showed up wearing the exact same sweatshirt as that other girl in the picture. Awkward.
Oh yeah. This was fun. This took all of 30 seconds while wasn’t looking. It turns out I can’t leave her unsupervised anymore. This shelf now contains all Ellen friendly things. And, I couldn’t help but laugh because after I put all of her things on the bottom shelf, I caught her pulling herself up onto the second shelf so she could pull all my books down again. She’s like a backwards librarian.
The standy-uppy girl! So what if we call her that?
I almost lost Ellen in a wind storm this month. I was laughing too hard and taking too many pictures to help her out here. Please forgive me, future Ellen.
OK, true confession time. I had NO idea about feeding Ellen finger foods. I didn’t know when or what or how or if or anything. If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know I was terrified. I thought she was just going to put a Cheerio in her mouth and choke. Turns out she did ok, and I was just being a weenie. She is getting the hang of small pieces of food, but she mostly just plays with them.
Her favorite treat now is unsalted Ritz crackers. Ellen has been teething for a million years now with no teeth, but the crackers feel good on her gums, and it’s super cute when she eats them.
My little polar bear. Look how thrilled she is! She actually really enjoyed the lions, and Mike taught her how to roar! Mike was quoted saying, “I have never been more proud of anyone for anything in my life.”
Ellen’s favorite toys this month are finger puppets! Featured in this picture is Valerie the Mullet Ballerina. She has about 30 puppets, but the gas attendant and the Amish farmer are my favorites. The best part is, she really thinks they are real. She is so gentle when she touches them and gives them kisses.
Ellen is also learning how to use a crayon. Again, as most things, they usually go in her mouth, but she is really grasping the concept of putting them to the paper. Here she is giving the Count the business. Apparently the number of the day was 17, and Ellen really prefers 16.
Ellen has also been busy waving and trying to say words. She will say, “duh!” when she sees her rubber ducky. When Mike is around she will say, “dadadadada.” If something really gets her attention, she can say, “wow!” And once in a while, she will wave and say something that sounds like “hi!”
And, that’s our gal at 9 months. My sweet baby gal who has been out of my tummy for as long as she was in it. I love you, Beanie.