Tuesday, November 30, 2010


 Guess what?

We've got teeth! See 'em?

 And we're feeling pretty good about it.

The whole thing was a little anti-climactic. Ella has definitely given me fussier weeks with no teeth involved. The first one broke through Saturday and the second one this morning. I can't believe it! My baby is getting so big!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving went by in a blur

Hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving! I just love Thanksgiving. Such a happy holiday. We stayed around home this year and ate with my cousin Jen who lives just a hop skip and a jump away in Raleigh. The food was good, the family was great, and the trip over involved no body scanning or pat-downs. Yay. The rest of the weekend was pretty low-key. I'll even call a day trip to Charlotte low-key since we had no schedule and it was very stress-free. We'd never been there before, so we just walked around downtown a little and had a nice dinner. Fun. Also. It is now really cold here. I'm not used to it and feel sort of annoyed. Hopefully I'll get over it soon, because we haven't even officially made it to the start of winter yet.

I did take some pictures this weekend. But not a single good one in the batch, hence the title of this post. I do think these testify to the constant motion of my baby and my life at this stage of the game. : )
Here is a shot of the end of our thanksgiving meal. Aunt Toby has a neat tradition where everybody signs the tablecloth after the meal. That's the writing you see. Good idea huh?

 The rest of these are just kinda Ella in motion. Off we gooooo!

I seriously took some bad pictures, and for some reason didn't have it in me to keep trying for a good one. Either that or Ella's just getting too quick for me now. (Santa, think image stabilization technology!)

Finally this morning I caught a quiet moment of birdwatching for Ella and Lucie. It was so cute. Someone was chirping very loudly outside the window and they were both transfixed.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Chicka chicka

 Ella loves rhythm. She thinks clapping is the best thing ever. (Correction: almost as cool as Lucie.) And she loooves when Paul plays the drum for her. Today she was crawling around and found the drum by the window. She was delighted.

However, let's be practical. This is not the safest toy. It doesn't exactly support a small person trying to pull up on it and stand, which is what Ella had in mind. I was very glad when she found our rhythm instruments hiding under the chair and became fascinated with them instead. I have been trying to get her to play with these for a while, but of course, they are much cooler if you find them on your own. She is still treating me to a little shaker solo as I'm writing this. So cute!

She is just in awe of how amazing these toys are!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Naptime is back!

Nap time is back! We had really had a bad few days. I think this may be due to the two little bumps in Ella's front lower gums. But I am happy to report that she is taking her normal morning nap right now, and I was able to put her down with out even a backrub. Woo! Taking care of a baby is just change, change, and change again. As soon as I think I've got a routine down, there's something new and unexpected.

Here are some sweet naptime pictures. Don't they just make you wonder why you aren't napping now yourself? Sure do make me wonder that!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Helping daddy

 Ella was so interested in what Daddy was doing to the kitchen cabinets. If only she had known we were locking her out, she might not have been so excited. But then again, when Daddy gets down on floor level it's pretty much really exciting no matter what is going on.

Friday, November 19, 2010

modern bebe

This is definitely her favorite toy.

By the way, I don't think this is related to all the problems I was having with my service last month. But if it hastens the phone's demise there won't be much love lost. ; ) Sorry, that was complaining and being ungrateful for a perfectly fine phone that looks like a really cute compact. I just kinda wish I had one of those phones where you can put photos straight from your phone onto your blog . . . Dreamy. My camera doesn't even work on this phone (and it's supposed to). When I took it in to have it fixed, they said they couldn't help me because I didn't have insurance. I thought, let me get this straight. I am supposed to have insurance against my phone just breaking, because I may have bought a piece of junk, and the company won't stand by it otherwise. Super. And that is apparently the sitch. Anyway. This post is getting a bit cranky again and I apologize again.

In positive news, I figured out a trick today! Ella has been boycotting her naps by sitting or standing up lately. But today I found that if I hold her down by rubbing her back pretty hard, she will fall asleep. It has helped us both so much. It works way better that trying to cry it out. She is down this way in about a minute, vs crying for up to 30, which we all hate. So yay. : ) Do I still sound cranky or am I getting too self-conscious? Either way, I think I better stop blogging for the night! 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Look ma, no hands!

We have just been having a really good time playing with this little singing table. Ella is so into it, as you can see. Mama is also into it in that it is fun, safe, interesting and doesn't require me to rescue her frequently, unlike so many of the other things she chooses to explore. Also important to notice is that there are a couple of spots in the video where Ella is showing off her new ability to stand, unsupported. I wasn't able to catch a really long one so far, but she has been standing for up to 30 seconds. Are we getting ready to take those first steps? Yikes!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Playing hard

 The down side to Ella's mobility is black eyes and bruises and things like that. The up side is that playtime is becoming way more fun and adventurous. These first four pictures are taken at this little playplace they have in our mall. What a great thing! We go there kind of a lot.

Okay mom, here I go!

This castle was a bit dangerous in that Ella found it very exciting to look up the slide where all the big kids were coming down. But as previously mentioned, the danger comes with the added fun these days. I had to swoop her away several times though.

 Here is Ella playing with a super-cool little table we borrowed from Pat and Brenda. (Ella is way indebted to them for her baby experience. They donated the green paci's too if you recall. : ) ) The table has little fruits and veggies that sing when you touch them and things like that. She loves it!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Aunt Megan and Uncle David

We are having so much fun with Aunt Megan and Uncle David who came to visit!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Black-eyed girl

Our little sweetheart is continuing to be into everything.

And yesterday, She pulled a little chair down on top of herself. And she got a black eye. It was horrible.  (By the way, this is not the same chair. This is long after it happened. She looks surprised though--almost like a dramatic recreation.)

We keep making these terrible jokes about how you should have seen the other guy and stuff, but really, the other guy (chair) is probably suffering more than anything from the emotional pain of banishment. It is gone, gone, gone. But too late! I hate that that happened to her.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

On the move!

Sorry for the less frequent updates lately. Ella has me a little busy! This mobility thing is getting intense. I need to be in arms reach of her when she's awake these days. And then when she sleeps, I am worn out enough to need a little nappy myself. So the blog has suffered a bit. But I promise I'll keep doing my best. I really enjoy sharing these little tidbits with you all and storing them away for myself as well. : )

Here's a sweet little shot from a rare quiet and thoughtful moment the other day. Though admittedly, I bet the thought was something like, how can I get my hands on that camera Mommy's got?

Ok well, she's headed for the stairs, so catch ya later!

Friday, November 05, 2010

And then there was one.

(Look how tiny!)

It's probably obvious to people who keep up with Ella on the blog that her little green pacifier is a faithful friend. Since the first night of her life, it has been such a source of comfort to her. We initially had the one green one the hospital gave us and 2 other pink ones I got from the store, but the pink ones were never favored by Ella. (They seem to be made of harder plastic). We were so happy when a few weeks in our friends Pat and Brenda gave us 5, FIVE! extra green ones they had and didn't need. But you know how it is when you have too many pens? You just keep losing them and not worrying about it because you can grab another one. We unfortunately have had the same syndrome occur with our pacifiers. We were down to 2. One in the crib and one in the carseat. But today at Target, tragedy occured.

When we arrived, I noticed the paci had fallen out of the carseat and was on the floor of the car. I put it in the cupholder of the stroller (for safekeeping--oh the irony!) in case we needed it in the store. But when we got back to the car after shopping I forgot all about it until the stroller was tidily folded up in the trunk. Nooo! You know how those things roll once they hit the floor! I looked as well as I could on the ground, but had to give it up for lost. As I backed out, though, I saw it! I quickly parked again and jumped out of my car to get it, but meanwhile a big SUV was pulling into the spot. I had to watch in helpless horror as it slowwwwwly pulled in and ROLLED RIGHT OVER IT.

The one in the crib is now the only one we have left. ( I think they do sell them in stores though . . . : ) )

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The velveteen birdie

Seeing how Ella "loves" her birdie made made me think of the Velveteen Rabbit. Don't you love that story? I think Birdie is well on his way to becoming real. : )

A little addendum to the Halloween post

Isn't this the grossest thing you've ever seen? Especially for my nurse friends? Seriously makes me want to barf. Paul brought it home from work yesterday.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Halloween costume

This weekend I went through another Mama rite of passage. I made Ella a costume for Halloween. She was a pink elephant. (Paul and I had kind of gone back and forth about whether we wanted to "celebrate" a holiday with such a dark meaning. But what it came down to is that we really wanted to put her in a costume because dressing Ella up is the most fun thing ever. I mean goodness knows plenty of people put up Christmas trees and play Santa without setting one foot into spiritual territory at Christmastime. That's what we decided to do with Halloween.) My mom helped me get started. Believe it or not, this whole entire costume is derived from one pink pant leg she found at the Scrap Exchange. Let me warn you, this is a homemade costume and you do have to use your imagination a little bit. : )

As you can see, Ella had a fabulous time too.We only made her wear the hat twice for about 30 seconds each. I know she suffered. But she brought so much joy to those around her! What a good sport, and sweet little pink baby elephant!