Saturday, December 28, 2013

9 months

Elly's Stats & Accomplishments
18 pounds, 4.5 ounces
27.5 inches
 8 month recap
Weight: 17 pounds, 11 ounces
Length: 27.5 inches

Attributes: So far I am still winning and Elly has kept her big blue eyes! Her hair is definitely growing and is looking to be a little more dirty blonde, though in the light is still has a red tint! Her hair is an interesting texture in the back....kind of fuzzy like. Aaron still like to put her hair in all sorts of designs after her bath.

Milestone: She is crawling all over the place and pulling up on any and everything that she can. Elly still LOVES to bounce and her new favorite thing is to bounce holding on to the coffee table. Needless to say when we tell her no or she gets a little pat to tell her "bad" she either just laughs at you or turns around and goes right back. I think we have a strong willed one on our hands. Elly is talking more and more and is recognizing connecting the words with the person - mama, dada, etc. We are practicing connecting words more with people and objects. When Aaron gets home from work, Elly stops what she is doing when she hears the alarm beep or him walk up the stairs. It's precious! Elly has started shaking her head no and I think is connecting it when she doesn't want any more food. She is one stubborn little girl who is EXTREMELY STRONG WILLED. I can only imagine what is in store for us ;-).

Elly taking a little nap with her daddy!

One of Elly's favorite things to do - Pulling all the diapers off her changing table. Mom picks them up at least five times a day!

Clothes: Well this is an interesting one! She ranges from 3 months to 12 months. It really depends on what the outfit is. For dresses she can still do a 3 month but really needs 9 or 12 month onesies for the length. We still struggle with shoes as she has a really narrow foot and her left foot NEVER wants to keep any shoes on. The doctors says it's OK since she isn't walking and it is probably best not to have any on her feet right now. Socks are also hit or miss. Elly really enjoys pulling them off right after you put them on her feet. We still joke that she has stinking feet (and she does) but Elly thinks it is funny and just laughs and laughs. 

Eating:  We have been introducing more things this past month. However the last few weeks Elly has not really wanted to eat her food. Food that she previously liked - her rice cereal, peas - she no longer likes and wants to eat. Elly still gets fruit and cereal in the morning, yogurt and puffies for a mid-morning snack and a vegetable or two with cereal if she will eat it for dinner. She gets about 21-24 ounces of milk. Elly isn't a fan of any juice yet but we will keep trying until we find one she might like. She in interested in other people's food so we have been giving her a few bits of biscuit, baked potato and french fry. She even got 1/2 of a gingerbread cookie at school and they said she gobbled it up. One thing we have learned with Elly is that if she doesn't want to eat it she will not! Elly still doesn't have any teeth (maybe one day ;-)) so it's a little tricky to figure out what we can give her to try and eat since she can only gum food.

Sleep Schedule: Well last month I was excited to announce that Elly was sleeping through the night and going down with no issues at all. Well we have reverted back. For the past 2 weeks or so she has woken up between 4-8 times during the night and won't just fall asleep like she used to. She has been crying when we put her down and wakes up crying in the middle of the night. Sometimes still asleep. We aren't sure what is going on and if it's a grown spurt, teething, but we are hopeful that we can get back on track here soon! Elly is still hit or miss on her naps. On a good day, she will take a 30 minute or so nap in the morning, a longer nap in the afternoon (around 12 when she is not at Mother's Day Out and 1:30 when she does) and will sleep about an hour an a half to two hours. Pending, Elly sometimes will take a 30 minute or so nap before dinner at 6:00pm. It's hard sometimes because I can still see how tired she is but she just won't take a nap or stop long enough to just chill. Aaron is really good at getting her to calm down and just sit still. If I am hope with her by myself and she is super tired, she will sit for a bit and watch whatever is on TV. Sometimes resulting in a nap and sometimes not. 

We are looking forward to Christmas and celebrating with our family!

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