Sunday, April 29, 2012

9 Months Old!

So, I was going to post EG's 10 month post (and yes, she is indeed 11 1/2 months old) and realized, H-E-L-L-O...I never posted her 9 month post! Oops! 

Ella Grace,

First off, sorry Mommy is always so late posting these monthly posts for you. I keep up with the letters and milestones all month and post them at the end of the month. So, just pay no attention to the dates when you finally get around to reading these one day. If you had any idea how busy (but wonderful!) you are, then you would understand why this is 2 months late. I know you will forgive me, because you are so very sweet like that : ) So, 9 months old. I can't believe it. I say that every month you turn one month older, but it is just so true. Time flies. And you get so much more "growny" with each passing day! Daddy hates it when I use that word "growny" because I guess that's not actually a word. In his vocabulary anyway. Nevertheless, you finally got your first tooth this month! And 2 weeks later, you got your second one. So, your first teeth to come through are you two front bottom teeth! You have also taken a few steps this month! You continue to be a great eater. You still have yet to turn anything down that I have given you! This was a fun month! You played at the park for the first time, checked out the zoo for the first time, and visited the Birmingham botanical gardens for the first time! Lots of exciting firsts! You make life for me and your Daddy so much more joyful and there are no words that could ever express our love for you!

9 Month Stats

Weight:  19 pounds 14 ounces

Length: 28 inches 

Clothes size: 6-9 months, 9 months

Diaper size:  3

Daily Routine: You are still waking up around 7 A.M. You nurse right after waking up, then play and lay around in bed with Mommy and Daddy for about an hour. You usually share Mommy's breakfast with her, then lay day for your morning nap around 9-9:30. After waking from your morning nap, you nurse again then we either play or run errands, depending on what day it is. After a small snack/lunch you go down for your second nap around 2:00 P.M. After your afternoon nap, we are just usually hanging around the house, cleaning and cooking dinner. You are starting to stay up a little later now, until about 6:30-7:00 P.M. But when your ready for night-night, you are READY!

Feeding: You still nurse about 4 times a day. However, these nursing sessions have become significantly shorter. Especially, the couple of times in the middle of the day. I'm thinking that is a combination of you eating more solids and being too busy to sit still long enough to nurse. Probably more of the latter, ha! You have eaten SO many different foods! You are not picky at all! And I am SO thankful for that! You eat a lot of whatever Mommy and Daddy eats as long as its not too spicy or something you can't "gum" easily. You are a carb lover! And a cheese lover! I just cannot imagine where you got that from : )

Sleep: Still sleeping like an angel, around 12 hours a night! Thank you!!!

Hair Color: Light brown

Eye color:  Light brown

Milestones: This month you got your first tooth! Which was quickly followed by your second tooth. We have started working on drinking from a sippy cup. You are trying with the cup, but not loving it. However, we found out (by accident) that you are very good using a straw! You also play "peek-a-boo" with us now! Which is totally adorable! say "book" now! Mommy was especially proud of this word : )

Your favorite toy: These days you LOVE playing in drawers! You love Mommy's bathroom drawer that  I keep some necklaces in. You will play in that drawer with those necklaces for a while! You also love my bottom two dresser drawers. Multiple times per day, every single day you empty those two drawers You love emptying every drawer in your reach in your room too : ) And you are always playing with your shoes. You scoot all around on them, with them under your hands. So cute!

9 Month Pictures

Sunday, April 15, 2012

First Birthday Party!

Not EG's first birth party, of course. But her first time to attend a birthday party! Kacey, one of my bestest friends I have known since first grade, has the most precious little girl, Khloe who just turned 2! We were so excited to celebrate Khloe's 2nd birthday party with her yesterday : ) We had such a great time! Ella Grace always loves being outside and around other children, and Mommy loves being around other adults to chat with : ) So we were both happy girls! 

Future BFFs!

Enjoying her bits of birthday cake

Childhood BFFs with our girls! 

And someone was pooped after all our fun!

We are looking forward to getting the girls together for many play dates in the future : )

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Our Week in Phone Pictures

We have had a lovely week! We started this week off on EASTER Sunday with this sweet little bed head.

We then headed to church to rejoice that He has RISEN! He's ALIVE! 

After church, we headed to lunch where my daughter ate a plate of...lemons! She LOVES them!

After lunch we headed to some local gardens to take some Easter pictures (which you can see HERE ) of this sassy little girl

After nap time Ella Grace found out that the Easter bunny had come to visit her

Ella Grace's first Easter was wonderful! And I have another post coming soon with pictures of her and her Easter basket and egg hunting. The week continued to be a good one.

Ella Grace helped me out in the kitchen

And, fell asleep in my arms (this hardly ever happens!)

And Friday afternoon, my sweet girl and I spent the beautiful afternoon hanging out on the porch and taking a walk! 

I love how she kicks her little feet up and kicks back on our stroller riders : )

We are looking forward to the rest of the weekend and this lovely weather! Hope you all enjoy your weekend!

Friday, April 13, 2012

What's Been Going On Lately?

Here at our house, we have been in the process of preparing our little (and I mean little) home for a special girl's first birthday party! Since we don't have much room inside (and I am hoping the weather is beautiful!) we are going to have the party outside in our backyard. I originally planned on having EG's party at the park, but after thinking about how few guests will probably actually attend, I opted to just have it at our house to save some money. That meant we had lots of "beautifying" to do around here. So, that meant lots of outdoor fun work.

Ella Grace doesn't care what the reason for being outside is, she just loves being out! She has enjoyed all these days, afternoons, and evenings we have spent outside. And she's a pretty good helper too : )

Helping Mommy plant

 So fun playing in the back of Daddy's truck!

Decided she needed some relaxing time.

"Ready for more dirt, Daddy?"

Apparently the rocks needed some rearranging...

I love this picture because it captures one of EG's favorite things to do...try to always put stuff in holes!

Tiny fingers and toes. LOVE.

Being so silly!

Excited to stand up all by herself!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter Pictures

As always, I am SO far behind on blogging. I have tons of pictures/posts to upload but right now we are trying to prepare the house for EG's birthday party so I haven't been at the computer much these past few weeks. I have lots of posts I want to post, but for today I am just going to post some pictures I took of Ella Grace yesterday. On her first Easter! That way, at least I have those posted sometime before next Christmas...