Awwww, it’s crazy what a huge amount of growing happens in just a few short months! My little Elly is getting to be such a big girl. ❤ She’s still my little round face, but she’s losing some of the chubby babyness sadly enough.
Jelly Bean weighs 27 lb 5 oz and is 34″ tall now, which makes her the shortest of her sisters (so far) at 2 1/2.
Our Elly Hope still holds our family’s title for most contradictory personality with her mix of very bold and confident, yet extremely sensitive. I guess I need to stop waiting for it to make sense and just go with it. haha
Eliana loves listening to books!…..
……although there are times she prefers to take things into her own hands. Cutest ever is when she reads stories to Josie. She’ll do voices and everything and it’s adorable. “Ya! See the kitty, Josie?” Her pronunciation of “Josie” is my fav. It’s more of a “Jyo-sie!”
She still loves our collection of Biscuit stories the best. It’s seen a lot of love though and I’m not sure how much longer it’s going to make it….
I love how easy it (usually) is to get this one to authentically smile!! She will probably phase in and out of this like all the others, but I’m enjoying it for now!
Elly loves cats fiercely. She genuinely loves holding them and petting them and then the next minute I have to intervene because she’s chasing and terrorizing them. Here’s some pictures of her with our deceased kitties (sad) and one of my parents’ cats.
Here she is with our “new” (it’s been about a month now) cat, Patteren. She’s a pretty great cat, as far as cats go.
Elly, and all the kids, were super into all things buggy this summer thanks to Abby and her infatuation. At first, Elly was a bit timid while holding our monarchs we raised, but as the summer went on she became pretty comfortable with it all.
Here she is with a little inch worm. During their season they literally were all over the kids’ park set and the girls would constantly have them crawling up their arms. *shudder* I didn’t get a picture of it, but the worst was Elly’s excitement over stink bugs. Ugh. Seriously, if I never smell another stink bug it will be way too soon. During their high population time, the girls would have hands stained with yellow spots from the stink bugs spraying their nasty smell while they held them. Yes. This is really my life. Elly has been obsessed with popping things in her coat pockets lately too, which is quite frightening. She will often be whipping a fuzzy caterpillar out before heading in. I’m just dreading the day there’s something gross in there and she forgets to whip it out.
This girl had such a blast being outside all summer long! Swimming was a daily favorite while the warmth lasted.
One sad afternoon, Elly flipped backwards under the water and I had to yank her out quick. It was only a fraction of a second, but it was scary for her (and me). Afterwards, these were her expressions as she moped around saying she wanted to “tell Daddy ’bout it.”
Judge me as you will. Only know that if you had six young kids and they were constantly saying they had to pee post getting everyone in suits and outside, you may very well do the same. I would rather spend less time pottying children, and more time enjoying life outside. ha Follow up to that….. this was Elly’s, “I’m peeing” pose while in a swimming suit. FYI: she is potty trained, but I would just tell them to go pee outside when they were going to wash off in the pool anyways. Either that or I’m literally taking kids in to the bathroom at the rate of 1 per minute. I found this hilarious though. That girl can squat like no other!!!! hahaha!! These weren’t even the best squatting pics, but it’s all I got. She would normally get so low you were like, she’s gonna fall! But she wouldn’t. Quads of steel.
These next two pictures give you a good idea of why the older two often get beat up by this one. That little look of trouble, menacingly swinging around the pool squirter….. I’m almost intimidated! She’s fearless and tough.
Eliana has enjoyed her strider for a long time now. She is hilarious on it too. When she has an audience, she will seriously GET IT. Her legs are moving so fast you don’t know how she isn’t going to biff it (does happen on occasion). These two pics were from a while ago. That grin was because this was her first time biking on the bike trail instead of walking!
Babes learned how to use her strider all on her own and has been good at it forever. In theory, she could be riding a pedal bike by now, but she doesn’t know how to pedal. haha She really is rarely on a trike, because she has so much more fun on her strider and neither of her parents have really worked with her on the whole pedaling thing…. oops.
Daddy did work with her on the “big bike” at one point, but although the determination was VERY much there, she just couldn’t figure out the pedaling all at once. She would catch on fast if we just took the time to work on it, but it’ll happen eventually.
Meanwhile, she’s busy zipping around on this thing!
Some adorable quotes from Jelly Bean – I tried to put them in order from longest ago to most recent since language changes so much from 2 to 2 1/2:
-“Tummy tiwerd” (aka: tummy tired – she said this and then barfed shortly afterwards)
– After her Daddy tells her not to do something, ex: “Oh, Elly, let’s not play with that right now.” (I’m talking a gentle, verbal, comment here, guys.) She will run over to me and inform me in a super offended, sometimes bawling kind of way, “Daddy, NO!! Daddy, NO play ‘dis!!!” Ya… don’t think he said it quite that harshly, Sweets. ha!
-“Oooooh-ee!” (calling Obie)
-She will often race out to tell on another sibling, “Uh-vie! BOE-ee!! Abby! BOE-ee!!” (Evie, bully! Abby, bully!) She is so often on the defensive that she has been known to announce a bully even after a kind comment like Evie saying, “When I grow up I’m always gonna let Elly pick what cd at night!”
-One time, ONE time, I told the kids to stay back while I was using tordon to kill some vines and small trees (because it’s super poisonous) because they might die if they touched it. Lived to regret that statement. Elly went through a long phase of constantly announcing to me very proudly, “I not die!! Abby not die! Evie not die! Obie not die eeder!” (either) She’d ride her bike around, “I ride my bike! I not die!”, etc.
-“I not fall off tram-peen!” (trampoline)
-“I not waking Josie up!” (do you see a trend here with the ‘I not’ statements? Sorry. I love them.)
-“Ahh-wuh-wooooooo-ya!!” (hallelujah song she sings all the time)
-“*insert sibling name of the moment* her me!! WEALLY BAD!!” (sibling hurt me! Really bad! – Trying to add some emphasis there to really get me excited)
-Adjectives in general have been her thing lately and I seriously love it. hahaha “Ii fweezing tode!” (It’s freezing cold) “Burning hot!” “Super nice out!”
-“Pay it ona pano!” (play it on the piano – she always wants me to play the piano parts in her books)
-“I NOT take it!!” “I NOT hit ‘er!!” “I NOT touch it!” (all of these are directly after she did indeed do the very thing she is claiming not to have done – while I was watching and she saw me watching nonetheless. Lying skills: zero)
– She was the last one inside one day. “You lef me owside!!!” (in a super offended tone)
– At one point, after Josie was born, I said, “Hi Big Sis!” to Elly. She looked at me like I was seeing things and goes, “I not Abby!!” We have called Abby “Big Sis” for so long that Elly took it almost as if I had referred to her as Abby. ha!
– I was nursing and Elly was lurking dangerously near to my full glass of kefir. “Don’t spill my kef!” Elly, “I not gonna pill it, Mom. Jus waaaaaching.”
– “I wan Daddy. Mom… I wan Daddy. He not tumin’. Wan tell Daddy ’bout Renny birday!”
– “Dat ur glasses?” (I recently got a pair of reading glasses and Elly was enthralled – That your glasses?)
– “I not feeling budder. My tummy not feeling budder.” (She was sick with the flu once and we asked her if her tummy was feeling better. Now, she says this almost every morning, even though she’s healthy. ha)
– Abby explained nursing to Elly and Elly comes running out of their bedroom to me in excitement with her shirt up, “My tummy gonna turn in milk!!” (turn into milk) Abby, “Not yet, honey, but if you grow up and get married and have a baby! Then it will!” There you have it folks.
– Elly really isn’t a super chatty kid. She is usually pretty stubborn about talking actually. If she says something once and I don’t catch it and respond with, “What, honey? I don’t know what you said” she will typically smirk a little and refuse to repeat it. I think that’s why I find it especially humorous when she randomly bursts out these loud exclamations. Example from the other day was as we were all walking out to our van when leaving a friend’s house. “Stay by Mama! Don’t run in the POORking lot!! Right, Mama??” (parking lot) This was something I have said to them before and she was quoting it, which is typical of her. haha
Belly Bean likes to dress her own baby dolls now. They are often swimming in outfits that are way too large for them, but she did it all on her own and that’s what counts! Elly doesn’t have that same issue for herself…. she has been enjoying finding things she no longer fits and squishing into them. lol
Apple picking, from our own trees, was so much fun!! 🙂
Our mulberry trees were fun too!
Eliana enjoyed the great outdoors very much all summer. Helping with the digging, weeding, and watering….
splashing in puddles and mud…..
and swinging!! (“oo push me, Mama??” – ya pumping didn’t quite happen)
Swinging with Daddy is the best ever!
Never to be left out or behind (at least not without a huge, freaking out fit) Elly is always on the go with her two big sisters. They kept climbing over the tunnel, so she was determined to figure it out too. Proudest grin ever.
Just stopped for a little tree climbing fun on our bike ride.
Sorry, not sorry, but this is another way we handled constant potty trotters while trying to be outside as much as possible. Just bring the portable pot out with us! Elly was often sitting on here screeching she was DOoooooooooooone! My kids literally poop a million times a day.
We took forever to get Eliana switched over to a “toddler bed” because we weren’t excited about buying another and Obie was using our current one. haha Plus, she knew how to get in and out of her crib on her own, so there wasn’t really a huge reason to deal with crib disassembling. I love sleeping child pics. ❤
Elle has never been much for covering up. She prefers to bundle up her bedding and lay on top of it.
We did eventually get ‘er done though and Elly was “upgraded” to a mattress on the floor. Close enough, right? She has had a tough time not rolling out of it while sleeping so it was probably for the best. ha! Also, yes, lil’ Toots is still using a pull-up overnight. Mainly my fault because I’m too lazy to get up and take her once in the night for a few days to get her body to transition. I will try to be motivated enough to work on that soon…..
Daddy still sometimes thinks he can get something to eat without a bunch of small people climbing on his lap and crying, “Me too!!” “Can I have some?!”
Eliana loves to help me. She is actually pretty helpful at times. She is one of my go-to kids when I need someone to go grab me a diaper (she has all the sizes down pat!) or any other random thing I need while in the midst of changing someone. She’s fast, focused, and willing. All nice traits when you need an extra hand! 🙂 There’s often an issue if I ask someone else (*ahem*… Evelyn) to get something because Elly will try to beat her to it (usually not even a contest – Elly gets it done first hands down). I only ask Evelyn because I know she needs more opportunities to improve her quick obedience (or let’s be honest here…. to work on developing any kind of quick obedience).
Helping with meal prep is Elly’s favorite. It is generally pretty difficult to keep her from test tasting literally everything (she will sit there and lick flour off the counter…. really? ew) and she is extremely grabby, but it is nice to have such a cheerful helper. Also, she is pretty fast with any task I give her.
When she is not allowed to help, she is still often RIGHT THERE next to me. I brought up one of our yellow Little Tikes chairs a few months ago because I was hoping it would help children be more independent and have less of the “I can’t reach it” needs. While this did definitely improve that area of life, it also created a lot of new problems. haha One of those being that Elly has access to a lot more. She loves to stand on her chair right next to me when I’m cooking, which is fine except when I need to open a drawer or the oven and she has to first get down and drag her chair out of the way each time. haha
Another favorite she enjoys thank to the chair is getting her own water. This is great and all, except that she likes to fill her cup to the brim, sip a little, and then dump the rest in the sink. Even this wouldn’t be SO bad except that at least 50% of the time she spills said water down the cupboards and onto the floor since she can’t actually reach over the edge of the sink as well as she believes. She then quickly “cleans” her own mess up, which means she grabs a bunch of kleen-ex and dabs off most of the floor, leaving the cupboard and the remaining floor for me to discover later in the day. This is yet another reason I prefer bare feet. Why go through changing fifty pairs of socks a day and adding to my laundry heap? Really though….
Helping carry sticks to the big pile after a nasty wind storm.
These are only because I think she has the cutest lil’ round head when she’s wearing a ponytail. haha
When Mama gets you up on a Saturday morning, but Daddy is still sleeping…… you go jump in and cuddle by him. ❤ And yes, he was sleeping through this. #likealog
Blue dum-dum suckers are the WORST. And also the BEST. Opinions contributed by me and Elly. You decide which belongs to who.
We have since rearranged car seats to hold our crew of 6, but back when the toddlers used to sit next to each other they would hold hands when feeling extra sweet. It was pretty cute. ❤
Elly just snuggling with Daddy at the park and pretending she didn’t want to play. When I laughed at her, she gave me the smirky little prune face look. haha Oh, Elly.
After bath towel snuggles.
This girl can be a pretty good cuddler when she’s in the right mood. She’s busy, busy, busy, but she needs her luvins too. ❤ Like, when your mom is super pregnant and she has a nice big heap of extra flub to cuddle up on. All my kids always get really snuggly when I’m super pregnant. It’s like the more uncomfortable you are, the more they all want to be right on top of you. Still trying to figure that one out. haha
Breakfast time either looks adorable and squishy like this or shoving and feisty – not pictured.
Found these adorable rain boots at a garage sale earlier this year. I can’t stand how cute she is when she wears rain boots. haha Little farm baby.
Goofy face and thinking she was pretty funny.
Elly’s been really into building with our Duplos lately. Although there are frequent fights among the children while playing, there are also times they get along super well. Those times are always pretty cute. You’ll hear Abby talking really sweetly to Elly about her good ideas and good building and Elly excitedly working on her idea. Evelyn will be sharing nicely or thinking of ideas they can do to make everyone happy.
How you feel when your big sister helps you build a tower as tall as you are!
My girls LOVE matching. I mean, they LOVE it. Whoever is not matching… not so much, but the matching kids live it up pretty big. *disclaimer: Abby fixed her own hair in the pic. Would really hate to take the credit from her, so just trying to give credit where credit is due.
I love how easy it is to take a picture of these two. They both smile SO easy and well for pictures. haha If only it was like this with all the children. ha Love these two lil’ blondies.
Jelly Bean loves being a big sister. She is great at rocking Josie in the car seat or getting her bink when she’s crying. This was her first time holding Josie all by herself and she was about ready to pop with excitement and pride. ❤
Sometimes we’re a little too attached….. This is what me trying to take a picture of Josie looks like. CHEESE!!!!!!
Just practicing my big sister skills with my little dolly.
Elly and Obie have been the winners for most physical in our household so far. They both like to pack a punch when aggravated (or sometimes just for the heck of it tbh). Elly can be quite the tough little troublemaker. She doesn’t often cry over a tumble and will whip the Duplo right back at ’em if a friend throws one at her, with more umph and better aim (work in progress). She’s still our little zoomer at transition times, especially bed time. If I so much as mention “bath night” during supper, she is up and flying, stripping her clothes off as she pelts to her room to gather her things and hop in the tub. It’s like… GIRL. SLOW ‘er down! Finish your supper first! haha
Sometimes she’s moving so fast down the hallway to get her jammies that she flattens out. It doesn’t stop her though, she’s back up and at it instantly! haha So funny.
We love this motley crew (plus the two not pictured, just fyi). ❤
We love your energy and cute little self, Eliana Hope! ❤ We want all the snugs!