Elly's Stats & Accomplishments
19 pounds, 5 ounces (home scale)
9 month recap
Weight: 18 pounds, 4.5ounces
Length: 27.5 inches
Attributes:We still have blue eyes (YAY!). Ellyson's hair is getting darker and really not as much red. You get a little hint of red in the sun but definitely getting darker. She is finally starting to fill out more and have a little round face. Still no teeth. Hopefully by her 1 year birthday we will finally have some.
Milestone: She has started to stand on her own and she will push her lion and walk. If you hold her hands she will walk around, though she goes fast sometimes and can't keep up. Elly is doing well with talking and has started to understand more when we say "no", " move away" as well as when I count for her to move from somewhere she shouldn't be. She is still extremely strong willed and hard headed. Unfortunately she gets this from both sides of the family. Elly has gotten good at patty cake and when you start to sing she will clap and gets excited. We have also taught her to kiss and give "snuggles" or hugs as everyone else knows them as. We are working on the appropriateness of the kisses as she kissed a boy in her class on the cheek but then turned his head to kiss him on the mouth. Ooops. She has also started to connect putting lids on things and putting her shape blocks into their place. We aren't perfect yet on this but it's starting to make the connection. I definitely think that we will have a walker in the next month or so.
Clothes: This one still varies greatly! 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. For tights she still has to wear the 0-6 month ones as the others are all too big. We FINALLY have 2 pairs of shoes that fit. She mainly wears them at school but so happy to finally have some that fit her skinny foot. We struggle a bit with socks fitting - who makes a sock 6-18 months? Elly really enjoys pulling them off right after you put them on her feet. She is not liking her bows as much anymore but I try to negotiate that in public she needs to wear it. For the most part, she will comply. It's funny because as soon as we get in the car, she yanks it off.
Eating: Ellyson is definitely not a huge fan of eating and would prefer to just eat snacks - puffies, etc. Elly still gets fruit and cereal in the morning and yogurt and puffies for a mid-morning snack. She gets 4oz of milk after breakfast (if she wants it) and when she goes to school she gets an additional fruit. She gets 8 oz of milk for lunch and a snack of cheese puffies (kid Cheetos) when she wakes from her nap. For dinner we do a vegetable and some type of meat/starch combo. She DOES NOT like the meat by itself. If she eats good she will get 1 kiddie cookie. For bed, she gets 8 oz of milk. We have introduced a sippy cup of juice but right now she would rather just play with it. We will let her try some of our food pending what we are eating - rice, potato, etc and she really wants to eat more. But with no teeth, it's a little difficult.
Sleep Schedule:We are back sleeping through the night. Elly might wake up 1 or 2 times but a lot of time she is just crying in her sleep. Once she finds her pacifier she seems to be OK. She goes down at night between 7:30-8:00 and wakes up in the morning around 6:40-7:00. She will sometimes take a 30 minute nap around 9-9:30 but only sitting next to Aaron or I or in the car. We started putting her in her bed for her afternoon nap and she will go anywhere from 1 hour to 2.5 hours. There is no rational to when she sleeps longer. Just depends on her mood. In the evening she will do another 30 minute nap occasionally but again has to be sitting on the couch or car. We have learned that if she gets too tired, she sleeps/naps worse. Elly is definitely not a child that does better when she is overly tired.
Lots of travels and celebrations in the next few months. Hopefully I can get on track and get better with post being done in a more timely manner. Here's hoping!