Ella is on the move! Joel and I placed her on the floor this evening with the blanket over her while we sat down to eat dinner and a few minutes later, she had scooted around on the mat a full 90 degrees at least…..kicking the blanket all the while. We watched as she was scrunching up her legs and arching her back to get a full scoot. At one point, she’d scooted off the quilt and on to the wool rug, almost pinning one of her feet under the ottoman. (Don’t fear grandparents, she was in no danger or pain.)
Ella is doing a good job of lifting her head up and holding it up for several seconds while she’s on the prescribed "tummy time" to build the neck/back muscles and avoid flat-head syndrome. Pappy seems to really check out the shape of her head every time he sees her, so I’m sure we’ll hear it from him first if he thinks there’s a problem! She’s still not doing so good with her balance and after she’s been up for a few seconds, she promptly starts kicking her feet and then flops nose-down into the floor. At least she’s not screaming the minute I place her on her tummy any more…it seems to be a bit more tolerable. She’s also found her hands and is constantly putting them in her mouth if it is not occupied by a binky. She’s a happy little girl and smiles more readily to strangers now…..that makes Nanna and Pappy happy….not that they’d like to be called "strangers."
Now we know what it would be like to have twins! We kept little Will, who is five days older than Ella, on Saturday night while his mommy and daddy had a birthday celebration date. It wasn’t bad, but then again, it was only for a few hours. They looked at each other a lot and we took turns with them in the swing. In this picture, we were trying to keep binkies in their mouths because they got the hiccups at the same time (it was SO cute)! Joel and I took turns on diaper duty and Joel fed Will his bottle while I fed Ella. Nanna and Pappy babysat Ella on Friday night for the first time and she really let them hear her being fussy. I’m sure it was just because she was tired and really MISSED HER MOMMY! On Sunday morning, Ella went to the nursery at church for the first time and had fun in her "Sunday school" class for all I could tell. She already knew Will from lots of play dates, so I’m sure that was comforting to her. 😉 When I picked her up, there were 15 babies in her room (all under the age of 6 months) and 3 busy workers. About half of the babies were crying, but not Ella- she just looked at me like, "What in the world have you gotten me into?" I told Joel to guess how many babies were in her room and he said "50?"……when I told him there were 15, he acted like it was no big deal! Then I reminded him, that’s 5 babies to 1 person….I think that helped his perspective!
Ella had her 2nd month appointment with the pediatrician and she’s now 10 pounds, 8 ounces and 23.25 inches long. She seems to smile and laugh a little more every day and has recently discovered that she has a tongue, which she sticks out and chews on often. She has also made friends with a little purple giraffe that she talks to and smiles at when playing. She’s starting to sleep a little longer, but still no more than 5 hours at night. Oh well- it’s totally worth waking up in the middle of the night to see her smile at me when I go in to “rescue” her from her bed for a midnight snack!