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Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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Dscn1968 Always pretty in pink, but we put her in red for Valentine’s Day!  Daddy brought us flowers and chocolates…..what more could we want?

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Super Baby Weekend!

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Dscn1900 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!

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Growing and Growing….

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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!

Ella opening that mouth for more

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Visit from Jamy

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We had a nice visit from Jamy last night.  Emily made delicious chicken parmigiana and chocolate delight for dessert.  Yummy!  We all had a good time watching American Idol auditions.

BTW, I just read today that cough syrup is a waste of money.  It doesn’t get you better any faster and apparently is no more effective than sugar water.  So, there is a money saving tip.

Have a good day…

Uncle Jamy enjoyed seeing Ella

He was pretty impressed with Ella

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Little Aggie

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Dscn1831_1 Nothing else to say other than Ella is growing like a weed and changing so much week-by-week.  Her smile is the highlight of our day.  She is still really enjoying bath time and lights up when mommy whistles or daddy sings the "peanut butter sandwich" song.  We do spend a lot of time talking, singing, reading and playing.  Naptimes are getting shorter between feedings, meaning mommy is doing A LOT of entertaining (and Ella is doing a lot of learning).  Nights are still questionable as to how long Ella is going to sleep between feedings.  I’ve been told that 12 weeks will be a magical turning point and that "boot camp" will be over……then there’s still those people who ask "is she sleeping through the night yet???"  PLEASE!  On a side note- a big thanks to Uncle Andrew and Aunt Liz for the A&M binky!!!!   -Em

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Ella and daddy

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Watching American Idol together…..we’re certain she’ll be a singer.

A future singer?

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Bath Time!

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Ella really enjoys her baths and we’ve found them to be a great way to get through fussy time in the evenings…..yes, granparents, she does cry sometimes!  She’s already smiled a few times at both mommy and daddy and loves for us to sing to her.  Bigger smiles and coos are just around the corner we think!!!

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Happy New Year!

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Ella spent her first day of the new year watching daddy paint shutters on the outside of the house and mommy tearing down Christmas decor and boxing it up.  Basically, ours was non-eventful, but we were glad to have the day to relax.  Joel took the week off between Christmas and New Years, which we enjoyed together at home….just the three of us!  This time last year, we didn’t think we’d be getting ready for a baby on the way, but the Lord has a way of surprising us and giving us just what we need in His time.  Now, I can’t imagine what we did without her!  This year, we look forward to first smiles, first words, first laugh, first steps.  What a precious gift we’ve been given!!!         -Em

We are blessed to have Ella

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One Month Check Up

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We just found out that Ella has grown 2.5 inches to 22 inches and has added 2.4 lbs to 9 lbs 8 ounces. Her head’s circumference was 14.75 inches. Translation: to this point much taller than average, a little heavier than average, and head smaller than average. Averages based a random sample of American girls.

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A Merry Christmas

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Well, Ella spent her first Christmas at Aunt Mandy’s and Nanna and Pappy’s along with the rest of the family.  She seemed to enjoy herself mostly due to mommy and her feedings.  Her Santa is with her 24 x 7 and completely satisfies about every three hours.  We are thankful for Emily’s parents opening their home to Joel’s family.  What a blessing to have such a relationship with inlaws.

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