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10 Months!

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Time is flying by with Ella now crossing the 10-month mark!  She’s become quite the little entertainer and keeps us laughing much of the time.  Some of her favorite things to do are play peek-a-boo (either upside down or covering her own eyes and immediately shouting "BAH!"), hide and seek, uh-oh (by dropping her cup off the side of the high chair), reading Brown Bear and taking a bath.  She’s also getting quite good at feeding herself, so we’re constantly experimenting with, "Can she eat that?  I don’t know….let’s try it."   Her Mimi taught her to pat her chest and say "Ella…", although it sounds more like "Bah-duh."  She’s in the sharing phase and likes to try to give Momma a taste of whatever is in her hand.  Also likes to try to stick her binky in our mouths and gets really tickled when we refuse it.  Daddy walks her around the house and shows her things up high, so she’s always pointing up to get us to show her stuff.  A favorite "up" thing is a stuffed antelope at Pappy’s house.  When playing hide and seek the other day, Momma was hiding in Daddy’s closet and when Ella found her, she looked around a bit and said "Dada."  We thought that was pretty smart!  Stay tuned….we expect walking any day now.  She’s cruising like a pro!

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Ella has three tricks

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It’s not often that we can get three tricks on one short video, but we did this time. Watch it here.

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Mom and Dad’s Visit

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So Mom and Dad got to come visit Emily, Ella, and me for a few days.  We took several videos of the action.  Here’s one.  We had a great time with them.  Mom taught Ella how to pat her chest and say something that sounds pretty closee to "Ella."

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Labor day

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Labor day

Water girl

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9 Month Check-Up

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We can’t believe Ella is already 9 months old!  Her check-up went well today.  She had only one shot and a little bloodwork done to test iron levels (standard procedure).  I don’t know what she hated worse- being pinned down or being pricked.  She’s 28 inches tall and 16.5 pounds.  Translation:  tall and skinny.  Dr is pleased with her growth and development and said she’ll be walking before we know it.  Ella just started blowing her food out of her mouth the minute I spoon it in….then smiles because she thinks it’s funny.  It’s hard not to let her see us laugh.  She’s also starting to share her crackers with whoever is sitting close by.  It gives us a great opportunity to introduce “please” and “thank you.”  She loves someone to blow on her hands and feet and lets out a hearty belly laugh almost every time.  The house is slowly becoming un-decorated.   If she can’t reach something, she’s now getting up on her tippy toes for a little boost.  I’ve cleared off lower shelves and she’s working to clear off lamp tables.  She “talks” to me all day and loves turning pages in whatever book we’re reading.  And- she is officially the hairpuller within her peer group.  (I’d rather her do that than bite.)  Joel and I marvel at how much life has changed from a year ago…..but we wouldn’t have it any other way.  Oh, and Rosey is doing good too.  Just staying out of the path of the baby.  The dining room table is her hideout.  Gotta run- Ella is rearranging kitchen furniture as we speak!!!

Little sweet thing in a hat

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Video Extravaganza

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Grandparents:  You asked for it!  Here are a few videos as well as brief descriptions for your viewing pleasure.

Ella walks.

Tate reads to Ella and Mr. Clarence/Pappy.

Ella plays with Rosey.

Ella offers Mama a bite of her cracker.  (Em’s FAV!)

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Gag me!

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I think Emily found something she doesn’t like. See it here.

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Ella meets Rose

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Here it is.

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Ella the Greeter

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Ella really gives my friend Brian a friendly wave.  I had the good fortune of meeting Brian in business school.  He and his wife Lamandra are expecting their first baby in January. Ella dispensed her dinner on their floor that night…..but that didn’t make it on video.

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Ella’s first Astros game

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Well we went with Emily’s parents to the Astros/Pirates game tonight. We had a fun time. The Astros won 3 – 1. Brad Lidge struck out the side to close it in the ninth. What a relief after his struggles this year! Ok, I’ll be quiet. Here’s what you came for:

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