Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ellie's First Birthday Party

We hosted a very small group of our closest family to celebrate our little bitty girl's birthday at the beginning of February. We held the party in our garage, but it turned out really nice and she seemed to enjoy it, so this mama was happy. Ryan spent a lot of time cleaning up the garage and I did the decorating.

Ellie's First Birthday

Ryan spray painted these letters with gold glitter (he was thrilled) and I spent entirely too long making the tassel garland. But they’re cute! I set out my two Project Life albums for 2014 which show almost Ellie’s entire first year.

Ellie's First Birthday

Ellie's First Birthday

I had the birthday video I made playing on a loop on our computer in the corner. In the middle of the table is Dr. Seuss’ Happy Birthday book with a note taped to the front to ask all of our guests to write a little note to the birthday girl.

Ellie's First Birthday

We had broccoli cheese soup and a buffet of deli meat, cheeses, a variety of bread and buns, veggie tray, and chips. Of course, we had enough food for about 40 people. :) Ryan spray painted those Ball jars with gold metallic spray paint. I cut the Happy Birthday banner on my Silhouette from gold glitter paper and just taped the streamers to the wall.

Ellie's First Birthday

I baked and iced a smash cake and cupcakes. I bought the gold glittered candle on Etsy. We also had pink M&M’s (yay, February birthday!) and Valentine’s conversation hearts in Ball jars and pink Lofthouse cookies. The gold glitter words on the table were cut on my Silhouette.

Ellie's First Birthday

Ellie's First Birthday

Ellie's First Birthday

After we ate, Ellie opened presents. Nana Cheryl and Papaw Rodney got her that cute Minnie couch. Ryan and I got her that car in the after-Christmas sales. Madison pushed her around the garage and Ellie did not want to get out. I think she liked it. :)

Ellie's First Birthday

After she opened presents, we sang Happy Birthday and gave Ellie her cake. She dove right in (literally…with her face), fed some to Daddy, to me, and to Madison, and then was done and started throwing handfuls on the floor and tried to push the cake off her tray.

Ellie's First Birthday

Ellie's First Birthday

I just cannot believe that our tiny girl is one!

Ellie's First Birthday

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Dear Ellie, Happy Birthday!

I have been writing Ellie letters since she was a week old. First every week, then at 3 months, monthly letters. This is this month's letter, to my sweet girl on her first birthday today. 

Dear Ellie,

One year ago today, your Daddy drove me to the doctor through 10 inches of freshly fallen snow to find out that you were, in fact, on your way (as I had suspected). After a quick doctor’s appointment, a couple hours of walking at the mall (while your Daddy repeated, “maybe we should get back closer to the car”), a Starbucks stop (obviously), and just over two hours at the hospital, you made your grand entrance. And our lives were changed forever. Our journey to you was a long one. And on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, we started a new journey. One that I hope will be so much longer (and more joyous) than the first.

Ellie's Birth Story

Today we celebrate one year of you, and one year of us. We celebrate that first awesome nursing in the delivery room. The first smile on the changing table. The first time you clapped and squealed when Daddy came home. The first time you rolled over (only accomplished once Daddy demonstrated for you). We celebrate your first “Dada” and your first “Mama” (when my heart cracked into a million pieces). The first time you pulled to stand (while we both cheered like fools). We celebrate your first army crawl and how you “read” books. We celebrate a full year of successful breastfeeding (much to my surprise after all of the anxiety and worry that we wouldn’t make it). We celebrate you, sweet girl. We celebrate everything you brought to us, our new family of three.

Last time she didn't tolerate the play mat for anytime. Today she liked it! #ellieclaire #7weeks

First Hershey's trip. She loved it! ;)

Gosh I just want to eat her up. He's pretty cute too. :)

You’re a Mama’s girl and you’re Daddy’s world. You’re our funny, beautiful, sassy, and sweet little peanut. We love you so, so much Ellie Claire. It is such an honor to be your Mama and to have spent the last year watching you grow into this awesome tiny human.

Love Forever,


Five minutes ago she was a tiny peanut that wanted to eat all day long. #thedaysarelongbuttheyearsareshort

Mama caved to her cuteness and gave her a tiiiny piece of Halloween Oreo filling today. She was a fan.

Quickly becoming ornery as the day is long. #ellieclaire #10monthsold

My little shopping buddy did awesome today, but she's glad to be home.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Eleven Months

At 11 months, Ellie…

- Has army-crawled a few times when I've sat right next to her and not let her roll over to get to whatever she was going after, but she still prefers to roll. The girl is stubborn!

- Has been saying "what?", which sounds more like "wuut?" complete with duck lips, and "that?" ("dat?") and pointing at things.

Quickly becoming ornery as the day is long. #ellieclaire #10monthsold

- Thinks it's hilarious if you imitate whatever she's doing.

That ornery pipsqueak just pinched the crap out of me, and when I jumped and said "ouch!", she said "whaaat?".

- Was an excellent paper-tearer on her first Christmas, although she was more interested in playing with the boxes.

Ten toys to play with, and obviously she's playing with the box.

- Was out like a light at 9:25 on her first New Year's Eve (along with her Daddy).

9:25 on New Year's Eve. :)

- Still can't be trusted with more than one mouthful of table food on her tray at once, and she gets very impatient if you're not fast enough with the next bite. She's getting to be a sassy girl!

Getting squealy over Outback bread today. She looks so tiny in shopping carts and restaurant high chairs.

First egg yolks are a big hit, as is any food you put in front of her.

- Is still an awesome sleeper at night and she wakes up with a grin pretty much every day.

Daddy dropped big girl's mattress this weekend. What happened to my baby?!? ??

- Loves books. She will play with books over the toys in her toy basket anytime.

The girl loves books. That pig has sandpaper to feel. She kept bending all the way over and putting her face on it. :)

- Was a little confused by her first Facetime with Daddy while he was on his New Year's duck hunting trip. He was too. :)

Both of them looked a little confused. :)

11 months old is by far my FAVORITE.

My little shopping buddy did awesome today, but she's glad to be home.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Ten Months

At 10 months, Ellie…

- Is not at all interested in crawling. She gets everywhere she wants to go by rolling back and forth...and nothing in the house is safe.

That peanut has been in bed by 8:30 or 9:00 the last two nights. We'll see how likely that is to happen during the week.

- Says Mama, Dada, and lately "Nana, Nana, Nana, Nana". Nana insists she hasn't been brainwashing her. :) She also seems to be trying to say "dog" when Oscar comes in the room, and "thanks" ("tanks") when we say "thank you" to her.

Where's Santa??

- Waves when you wave at her, or if you tell her to wave or to tell someone bye-bye. Lately, when she waves it's towards herself, which is extra cute.


- Is clapping. A lot. :)


- Still loves this little boy on the car dealership commercial.
She LOVES the little boy on this Indy car dealership commercial. Everything stops when he comes on and there is squealing and clapping. ??

- Was the cutest little pumpkin for Halloween.

Glad we went out for a little Halloween photo shoot last weekend since we had a NASTY Halloween night. #dslr

- Loved her first trip to the library.

Baby's first library visit. Daddy called us library nerds. :) She loved it!

- Has started giving unprompted hugs. She puts her arms around you, lays her head down, and pats her tiny hands. Also, every now and then, if I ask her to give me a kiss, she will lean toward me with an open mouth. :)

This girl, I swear, I want to eat her up. This morning after she nursed, I sat her up and put her long-sleeve shirt on her, and she patted my shoulder (like she always does), then leaned in and gave me the biggest hug and patted my back. I just wanted to

- Is becoming quite ornery, especially at bed time. When she gets overly ornery, I know it's definitely time for bed.

- Is still an awesome sleeper at night and she wakes up with a grin pretty much every day.

Just yummy.

- Has been sleeping on her tummy the last couple months. She wakes up with the CRAZIEST hair.

6:30 Friday is almost as rough as 6:30 Monday.

- Has recently started blowing raspberries.

- Is eating more and more table food. She still has several jars of baby food a day, but she also eats mashed potatoes, little bits of chicken and turkey, steamed vegetables, bananas, grapes, and shredded cheese.

Cheese!! ??

- Was not a huge fan of Santa, but she only cried for a second. ;)

Mama and Daddy might have been ready for a drink (or four), but this just might have been worth the 1 hour drive and 1.5 hour line. I paid their $20 for the 5x7, but as per usual, but I might love this one that I took more. #firstchristmas #backofcamera

- Was sleepy as we walked around Christmas at the Zoo, but she seemed to like all the lights.

She was sleepy, but she looked and looked at all the lights. The girl didn't make a peep on the hour drive over, waited in line to see Santa for 1.5 hours with barely a noise, rode around the zoo just looking around, and rode all the way home without a so

- Learned to click her tongue in her mouth after I showed her twice.

- Is still SUCH a Daddy's girl. There is clapping and squealing when he gets home.

8:05PM | our favorite time of day. Daddy's home!!! #weekinthelife

Ten months old is SO STINKING AWESOME.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Eight Months

At 8 months, Ellie…

- LOVES Wheel of Fortune.

We made it through the theme music tonight, but the first puzzle interrupted her supper, as does every puzzle, every night. She's going to know her alphabet at 1 1/2. :)

- Doesn't seem to be any closer to crawling. She doesn't get a lot of time on the floor in the evenings by the time we get home, but when she's on the floor she is definitely mobile. She rolls back to front and back again to roll to whatever she wants.

- STILL has not said "Mama". I thought she said it last weekend while she was waving at trees out the back door, but when I tried to get her to say it again, she just grinned and waved at me.

She just waved at the trees out the backdoor. And it so sounded like she said "Mama", but I can't get her to say it again. Holy moly, slow down. #timeisabullettrain #8monthsoldtoday #ellieclaire

- Has decided her favorite time of the day to yell...and yell...and YELL...is during nap time at daycare.

Probably Daddy's favorite outfit ever, purchased about 6 years ago before we were even close to having kids, before we could even imagine the ray of sunshine that would fill out those pink sleeves.

- Has TWO teeth.

Here's hoping she always enjoys brushing her teeth this much.

- Has developed a feisty little personality. I had hoped she'd be a feisty, independent little chica, but when that feisty spirit comes out in biting me while nursing before bed time and then LAUGHING hysterically when I tell her "no" in a stern voice...Mama struggles. Last time she did it several times in a row, so I finally laid her down in her crib and figured I'd probably have to go get her again before she'd go to sleep...nope, lights out after 10 seconds of crying. Poor feisty girl was just tired.

Nighttime around here.

(Laughing at "no!".)

At not even 8 months old, she thinks "no" is hilarious.

- Is still eating every food we put in front of her. In the last month she's had pears, zucchini, asparagus, apples, peaches, oatmeal, yogurt, and mango and has gobbled them all right up. Sister is an eater. We're starting to incorporate a little steamed cut up veggies, but we're still working through a lot of stock-piled stage 2 purees too.

Pretty much sums up our first yogurt experience.

- Is getting even better at sleeping at night, with a little experimenting and determination from Mama. If I work hard to move our evening routine along as quickly as possible, we can get her to sleep by 9:30. Trying, trying, trying to keep moving that earlier. A maximum of 6.5 hours of sleep a night for 8 months is not okay with this mama!

#latergram from this morning.

- Did great with her flu shot. She's a tough girl!

One flu shot and almost no tears. #ellieclaire #8monthsold

- Has LONG hair. Is maaaayyyybbbee going to get a trim this weekend when Mama does. Maybe.

Daddy says she needs a haircut. Mama says NEVER. :)

- 8 months old is THE BEST YET.

My current favorite outfit. Gotta love neon on gorgeous babies.

Me. And my mini me. #putabirdonit

Well it looks like we're going to just about skip right through 9 month clothes. :/ #ellieclaire #7months