Our Ellie girl is 9 months old! Aaaah! 3/4 of a year old! In no time she'll be one. Nooooo. Wahhhh! My baby, my baby. Phew. Mmmkay, glad I got that out of my system. But for real. Time goes way too fast. Especially with a second born. I can't even imagine what it would be like for any possible future babies. Possible as in...not possible at the moment. Like possibly I'm good with maybe just two? ;) ha!
So Ellie. What has the 9th month brought us? Not a ton of new huge things. We are seeing her personality come more and more. She's a mix of extremely sweet and chill...and drama. Like she can be so dramatic. She'll throw herself down on the floor...or look straight at us and cry LOUDLY if Jack takes something from her. But if I say, "Ellie, you're ok." She literally stops immediately and goes on with life. So she's getting it. She's starting to grasp how to work the system. :) It's both funny...and slightly shocking considering she's a BABY. Baby's ain't no fools you guys!
She's highly mobile. Can crawl crazy fast. She's also started this weird one leg scoot. Basically she sits on one leg and uses the other to scoot herself along. Very funny. And slightly odd.
She adores food and has pretty much left the world of baby food behind. If it's something she can chew she basically just eats what we eat. Jason has already snuck her plenty of sweets. For example, apple pie, and some milkshake. Did you see the Instagram video of the milkshake? Pure comedy.
Jack is still her favorite person hands down...unless she's hungry, then I move up on the list quickly. She nurses plenty still and sleeps ok-ish. Sometimes she'll go long stretches but for the most part she wakes up twice a night.
She is about 15.5 lbs...can't remember the height. Basically she's in the 5th percentile in weight and about 50th in height.
Her absolute favorite thing is to play outside in the backyard. She'll be back there right next to Jack digging in the dirt, climbing on the train ramp, and whatever else you can imagine. Sometimes I'm not able to watch her closely (she still puts evvvverything in her mouth) and so I don't let her outside...even though Jack gets to go out. She'll sit at the screen door banging on it and screeching until usually her daddy has pitty on her and takes her out. :)
And THAT my friends is our Ellie-girl at 9 months. We love you you crazy baby! <3
Man. Life is kinda cray. Not going to lie. I feel like nothing interesting is happening and yet simultaneously tons is happening. The days are full I'll tell ya that. Full of laughter, whining, crying, love, kisses, adamant "no's", nursing, eating (seriously, Jack is alllllways eating), sleeping, sewing (so much sewing) and yeah.
So I guess this is a little update. Maybe the best way to organize this so I don't end up just staring at a screen is to go by categories. Here we go:
Arizona: So. We live in Arizona. Yeah. We just passed our one year Arizona Anni. And guys. We REALLY like it here. Like for real. I mean the summer is literally hot as hell. Ha! But it's only a couple of months of the truly stifling hot stuff. Everything is so ac'd though that it's just not that bad. Eventually I started getting a little ready to just be outside but by then...it was almost over. The winter has been a bit cooler then I thought it would be. Like it gets down right cold at night but for the most part the days are between mid 60's-70's. Not bad, not bad. We have a church that we reeeeally like and have met some good friends. The town we live in is very "homey" and family oriented and yeah...we've settled in well and are really happy to be here.
Jack: Oh Jack. My little tank. I love this kid. Jack is very two. I don't think that we have hit the brunt of the "toddler rage" yet. He will have a week here or there where he's off and cranky but overall he's pretty easy. He's learning so much language as of late. Like his grammar has just taken off. He says so many things correctly that it amazes me. He is definitely realizing that he has a mind and will of his own. Ha. He loves to play and run, loves to take his nap (he's totally that kid who tells you when he's done and ready to lie down), loves to eat, loves to read, loves art and drawing. He really adores his sister. He watches out for her...and also messes with her plenty. Jack's also learning what it is to be social and have friends. I can tell that he WANTS to interact and play and yet he's still trying to figure that all out. He is such a sweet kid and truly a joy to be around (most of the time, ahem). :)
Ellie: I don't feel like she needs much of an update since for the last 8 months all the posts have been about her. Ha!
Jason: Jason is still working away at ASU. He's doing really well and even received a raise at his one year evaluation! Wahoo! It's definitely a really hard job at times but I think that overall he enjoys it. He's also still super into all his outdoorsy stuff. He's lately really into refurbishing antique tools and woodwork. On top of that he's basically on his way to being an expert sharpener. Ha! Seriously, you've never met anyone with a sharper axe and knives then Jason lol. He's a funny guy. I love all his fun hobbies.
Me: Well, well. Me. Gosh I don't even know. I think sometimes I feel a little lost in the commotion. You know? Like there were so many things that I felt were who I was that have been stripped down and laid aside in order to take care of babies full time. I used to be so active and into exercise...and backpacking and the outdoors...and reading! Now that whole part of me feels just so...out there...and not real. Like was I REALLY a pretty decent rock climber once upon a time? Yes. Yes I was. I still would LOVE to do it again but man, I just don't have the time. The little years are truly a joy but it sure demands all of your time. One day I realize though that they won't be so little and won't need me so much. And when that day happens I'll think back on these days...as I climb my V5 bouldering route hahahaha. No really, I will miss these days when they are gone. I love having babies and little ones at my feet. Also in other news Etsy is doing well and kicking me in the rear. I had a record breaking January. It was nuts. I was up until 1-2am every night for about 2 weeks ha. It was awful! Especially since Ellie wakes around 3am each night lol. Phew. Coffee kept me alive this month. Literally.
So there you go. I a little update that wasn't all about Miss Eloise. Life is busy. But so so good. I just feel quite happy with life and the craziness that it's dishing us. We are very blessed and I literally thank God daily for his grace, kindness, and mercy.
And I never blog anymore because I HAVE NO TIME!!!! Ah!
One day I'll sit down and do a more personal blog about what's been going on. In the mean time. Ellie is 8 months and two weeks...maybe almost three weeks? I took the picture on time though say hey! That's not bad right? :)
Well there is one thing that I know for a fact...
This girl doesn't lack personality.
She is such a goof, a bit of a drama queen, and quite possibly the sweetest thing ever. She loves her 5 am cuddles when she wakes up in the morning (praise the Lord she always falls back asleep in our bed).
Ellie is around 15 pounds when we went in for a flu shot a week ago. That puts her at the 5th percentile. She's a petite little thing.
She is very mobile. Crawls everywhere and stands independently without holding onto things. She has taken a few steps but I'm not entirely convinced that they were on purpose and there really hasn't been much progress in that department...which is for the best.
She loves food and is leaving baby food behind. As long as it's something she can chew or eat she just tends to have what we have for dinner. Nursing is still a favorite past time of hers. :)
She adores her brother Jack and they are beginning to play more and more. The sweetest thing ever. Jack isn't as rough towards her now that she's mobile. I think he realizes that she in in fact human and so doesn't push her over quite so often lol. That boy. Ugh.
Ellie is a CHAMP at entertaining herself. Jack was never great at this and I sometimes feel that Ellie may be better at this at 8 months old then Jack is at 2.5. haha. Maybe it's a first child thing. Too much undivided attention as a baby. ;)
Overall our girl is a doll. She's the sweetest, most smiley little thing. Happy 8 months Ellie-girl!
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