Monday, September 27, 2010

Elleanor is almost one!

Holy Moly! Elleanor will be one in less than a month!
Where the H has the time gone?

Here are some little known facts about my little turkey:

1. She loves it when you tickle her chin
2. She loves her puppies, but Toben is her favorite.
Note: She is NOT Toben's favorite. It is a very complicated relationship that these two share.
3. She loves to be chased around the house. Her favorite is to run around the fridge.
4. She loves to give kisses and hugs.
5. Her favorite game is "peak a boo" and she knows how to say boo.
6. She does not like it when I pretend to cry. She starts to cry too.
7. She says "mama", and sometimes "mom". The other day in the car, she said mom so clearly and firmly that I thought I had a 8 year old in the back seat.
8. She loves to push boxes (diaper boxes), pick them up, move them around the house, etc

That's all for now.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


How cuuute are these shoes?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sleeping in a Crib!!

I've been wary of writing about this because I read dooce and whenever she writes about her daughter's successes (in this case, sleeping) the situation always changes for the worse. So, the lesson is, bragging about your sleeping success never turns out good. But, because I like to live on the edge, I'm going to go ahead and write about how great of a sleeper Elleanor has become.
It's been over a week since Elle's been sleeping in her crib. Prior to that, she slept with Bryan and I. Now, I was very anti co-sleeping throughout my pregnancy, in hindsight, I really never knew what the H I was in for with this baby (and I'm not just talking about sleep here, I had no clue of what taking care of a baby was all about).
But I digress, our first night home, when I couldn't get her to sleep in her bassinet, Bryan said (and I'll never forget this) "why don't you just bring her to bed with us." I was like, "ummmm, yeah, we can try that" fast forward 10 1/2 months later, one sore back, many many many nights of horrible sleep and here's a much bigger Elleanor still in bed with us. So, on Friday, September 10th, she went into her crib. And, guess what?!? She loves it. Everyone is sleeping better! (Even the dogs) Last night she slept through the night! The night before, one wake up (no biggie). She was literally waking up 5 - 10x a night when she was in bed with us. (It's amazing I stayed 1. sober and 2. sane over these past 10 1/2 months). We didn't have to do any sort of cry it out (thank you Jesus!). I will say, my only concern thus far is that we don't put her down awake and let her fall asleep on her own. We rock her until she's asleep and then set her down. Sometimes in the "setting down" process she wakes up, but she can, at that point, put herself to sleep.
Now let me tell you what, I know how lucky I am that this whole transition from co-sleeping to crib went as smoothly as it did. I like to say though, that even though she's not screaming, tantruming (is that a word?), etc at being in the crib, I feel that I endured enough torture in the whole sleep department and that this is my reward.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


So, Elleanor has not nursed since yesterday afternoon. And, during those nursings, she began biting. She'd bite, look up at me, smile, and then bite again. I told her no. And then, last night, she wouldn't nurse. Would scream when I tried to nurse, it was horrible She nursed last night, in her sleep, but then this morning, wouldn't have any of it. All day she had pumped milk at daycare and then, when I got home and all night long, she screamed when I try to nurse. From everything I've read, she's on a nursing strike. Why? I think she has some back teeth coming in? Because we traveled this weekend? Because I didn't nurse her as much this weekend as I normally do? Because I'm a bad mom? One thing I know for sure, from everything I read, babies don't normally wean before 18 - 24 months. So, I'm fairly confident that it is a strike and that hopefully, in a few days, she'll return to my happy nursing baby. If not, I'll just have to pump?
This is totally sad and I am not ok with it. It's bad enough that Elle's walking, motoring around the house, and way too busy to be baby, but she needs to nurse. That was my last hold on her being a baby. Ok, I'm off to cry.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sometimes I upload too many pictures.

In an effort to please Grandpa Con, here's a bunch of Elleanor pictures.

Don't mind the same outfit/different picture issue I have. I just love all her pictures. I want to show them all to you. Even if it's the exact same outfit, exact same day, exact same time, but DIFFERENT FACE! IT'S A DIFFERENT FACE, BRYAN! YES, I KNOW I JUST TOOK 12 PICTURES OF HER BUT HER FACES ARE ALL DIFFERENT AND ALL CUTE IN ALL 12 PICTURES!

Ok, sorry about that.

Haley had a sleep over, here's Elle eating breakfast with the big girls. Totally cute.