Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Swooping Bang is Gone

Last night, Ella got her first hair cut. She never really lost the bang, the sides, or the bottom hair she had when she was first born so you can imagine by now it was fairly long. At the same time, her new hair was growing in and there were lots of individual hairs sticking out everywhere. Therefore, we all agreed it was hair cut time and Nana was honored to do it. Ella was very still as long as she had her teddy from her mobile. Hopefully now we can avoid the mullet and bangs hanging in her eyes. She looks very cute with her new do. Mommy and daddy took pictures and video of the event.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Ella's First Easter

Ella had a really big Easter weekend that started on Friday and didn't end until after lunch today. As always, she enjoyed herself and everyone else. It was so fun celebrating with her and seeing how big she is getting.

On Friday, as usual, Ella got to spend the day with her Nana, Nanny and Great Aunts (Kim and Jill). This Friday was Kim's birthday bash so before heading to lunch, they stopped by the mall for a picture with the Easter Bunny. They also stopped to play at the indoor playground too.

On Saturday, Ella spent the morning with her daddy while mommy went to class. Then she colored and glittered easter eggs. I always colored eggs as a child, so I thought we'd keep the tradition going. Ella held some of the eggs and shook the glitter on them.

Sunday morning we went to church and then met up with both Kermie's family and my family at Olive Garden. Ella was asleep half of the time, but she finally woke up when it was almost time to go.

The Easter Bunny visited Ella when we got home and Ella thoroughly enjoyed playing with all of her new toys!

Happy Easter Ella and everyone else!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Nana's House and Easter Basket

Here are a few pictures of Ella at her Nana's house earlier this week (what a big girl she is sitting up) and a picture of her homemade First Easter basket. The Easter Bunny has already put a few presents in her basket for her.

Monday, March 17, 2008

"Big Girl" car seat

Today, Ella and I went to the fire station above where her Grandpa Jack works to have her new car seat put in our car. Ella didn't enjoy having to lay back in the other seat and always strained to sit up, so I figured it was time for the big girl seat. She will actually get to use this one until she never needs a car seat or booster seat again. Here are some pictures of Ella in her fancy seat!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Ella's 6 Month Birthday!

Today is Ella's 6 month birthday! It is crazy to think that she is already six months old. It is even more crazy thinking about how much she has changed since September 14th. She has gotten so smart, so strong, so beautiful and so funny! Everyone always says time flies by and it really does. I always try to keep in mind that she will only be this age once, so I'm trying my best to cherish every moment we have. I am looking so forward to this summer and getting to spend all day every day with her :)

Ella went to the doctor for her check up this afternoon. Being the worrisome mother I tend to be, I took a list of questions and got lots of answers that a first time mom just isn't sure about. Dr. Q said Ella is eating great! She is allowed to try second foods now, but steer clear of any with cow milk proteins. I will be reading labels carefully! As far as testing to see if Ella has a true allergy to dairy, Dr. Q said you don't typically test until 2 years. So, we can either test things as we go or not. I say not! She said if Ella is only intolerant she should out grow the symptoms as she grows. Dr. Q also said as long as she gets 20 oz. of formula she will be getting everything she needs. Ella usually has quite a bit more than that! :) Dr. Q said Ella is growing wonderfully. She weighed in at 15lbs. 6.6oz. (49%). She measured 25.5in. (49%). She is a very good combination of Kermie and I because he was always under and I was way above (in weight) :) Dr. Q didn't seem too worried about Ella's naps. She said some babies are just not nappers. She also hinted that Ella should be putting her self asleep for the majority of the time. Her Nana did not like that! :) Last but most definitely not least, Ella got 3 more shots today. She cried quite a bit longer than last time. I expect it will only get worse the older she gets! Ella was a nut before the shots! She got carried away kissing herself and dancing with herself in the mirror. Everyone thought she was hysterical!

Here are a few interesting tidbits about Ella at 6 months:
  • Ella's favorite lullaby is still Jesus Loves Me.

  • Ella's favorite fruit is bananas. Her favorite vegetable is sweet potatoes.

  • Ella drinks from her sippy. She does a weird thing with her nose at the same time she drinks.

  • Ella likes to play peek-a-boo.

  • Ella sits up by herself and is beginning to catch herself when she falls.

  • Ella splashes in the tub.

  • Ella loves being outside! She is very nosey.

  • Ella loves when her daddy whistles.

I posted a few pictures of Ella this week. Some are from her day with Granny, Jackie and Ava. Some are from Nanny's. Some are from her time with Nana. And, some are from the doctor visit. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Thanks everyone for always capturing Ella's day for me! :)

Monday, March 10, 2008

We're Going Private..

The past few weeks I have had several strange people try to sabotage Ella's blog and everyone's computer by posting weird comments. I have tried to get to them and delete them, but sometimes I am not fast enough. If you don't know someone's name, don't click on it just to be safe. I am planning to make Ella's blog private within the next week so I would like everyone who reads this blog to e-mail me their e-mail address and I will set her blog to private. Only people who I have listed will be able to read. My e-mail is Thanks!!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Fussiness and a sunday with mommy.

The past four or five days Ella has been a little fussy. I thought maybe she was teething, but I'm not sure. That's the hard part about being a mommy... you just never really know. Ella is not one to cry or fuss really, but she has definitely done her share of both the past few days. She has not been wanting her bottle as much and has wanted to sleep a lot. In fact, it is 6:00 and she is already asleep!! She did the same thing last night (could have something to do with the time change though??) I just hope she is getting enough sleep during the day. She never really sleeps for long periods of time during the day and if she does it is never consistent. I think a lot of it might have to do with not being at the same place every day of the week. I am going to try out a new schedule with her this week in order to get her eating around the same time we eat and also try to get her to take more regular naps. I think I might stress about this too much, but I just want to make sure I am doing the right thing for her as she grows. So for the record, since this serves as a second baby book her "hopefully" new schedule is as follows:

6ish: Bottle and/or cereal
10ish: Bottle #2
12ish: Lunch time (veggies, fruit and sippy)
2ish: Bottle #3
5:30ish: Dinner time (veggies, fruit) and Bottle #4
6ish: Bath time!!
7ish: Bed time!!

I'm going to give this a while and then I will let you know how things are going! By the way, Ella's 6 month birthday is Friday!

Today Kermie had to finish one of his hardwood floor jobs, so Ella and I played around all day. We managed a trip to Wal-mart for some groceries and then came home and played with her toys in her nursery. We haven't really been able to spend a lot of time in her nursery with it being so cold, but today it felt great with the sun shining in. We took lots of pictures too, some of them silly. I posted a few for you to see.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

More Snow Storm Pictures!

As you can see, the snow storm brought a lot more snow over the night. As of about 8 o'clock this morning we had around 6.5 inches of snow in front of our house. It is still suppose to snow a little more throughout the day so we could end up with 9 or 10 inches before it's all over. Kermie and I were both excited to take Ella out into her first batch of good snow, so we rolled right out of bed and out the door. She didn't pay too much attention to the snow, but just kind of looked around. It was a little too cold to let her feel it, so she'll have to wait until next year. Isn't she just stunning in her snow suit?