Jamey and Gillian came to visit us for several days and we LOVED the time together. It was neat getting to introduce them to Ella for the first time and we laughed every time Jamey said, "Man, I just can’t believe y’all are parents….it’s so strange!" (Background: Jamey/Gill are some of our best friends who moved to Australia just 5 weeks before Ella was born.) They brought her a stuffed koala and named him Banjo. He’s almost as big as Ella and she loves to squeeze him and chew on his ear. More pics posted of Ella…..I’ve been trying on outfits to determine what she’ll wear on Easter Sunday. Stay tuned!
Ella is now putting everything in her mouth….including her toes! She’s eagerly grabbing at toys, blankets, clothes, MOMMY’S HAIR and even those little feet and putting them in her mouth. She had her four month appointment last week and was 25.5 inches long and 12.5 pounds. She was brave for the shots and her doctor said that everything looked great! She’s holding her head up well and rolling from side to side, and also from stomach to her back. She laughs and loves to play "fake cough" with anyone willing to humor her. This morning, she got her first round of rice cereal and did pretty good for about 2/3 of the bowl. I didn’t force the last bit down, figuring she’ll get the hang of it soon enough. We’re excited because Jamey and Gill are coming to stay with us this next weekend for a few days all the way from Australia! It will be their first time to see Ella, so we’re brushing up on all her tricks….
Mimi has been with us the past few days and Ella has worn some new outfits! We’ve been shopping and even to the mall for Ella’s first professional photos….as a mother, I almost felt guilty for leaving the store without buying every one of my baby girl’s sweet pictures. I guess that’s how they get a lot of people, but I was strong and didn’t go overboard. Joel and I participated in our church’s “Parent Commitment” service, in which we were reminded that we need to daily seek God’s wisdom and help as parents. Ella has finally rolled over! She’s also now reaching out and swatting at toys that we dangle in front of her. I even get a few hearty laughs out of her when I strip her down right before bath time (still a favorite). I LOVE THIS JOB!!!
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!