Eliana is Ten Months Old!!!!!!!!!!

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Little Elle Bell had a very solid weight gain this month and is up to 16 lb 13 oz.  Last month she was looking preeeeeeetty scrawny, but she really filled out a lot with that extra pound+! haha  She is back on track to be much bigger than Evie’s pathetic 17 pounds by year one.

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I think her pound came from her increased appetite.  She has been very enthusiastically chowing down on snacks and meals in addition to her milk.  Rice cake for the win!

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When your older sisters make off with yogurt and fruit cones and you’re stuck with a graham cracker.

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Big sister, Abby, enjoys helping feed Elly.

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Obligatory spaghetti face baby.

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Downing a raspberry muffin for snack.  One of Eliana’s favorites!  I didn’t get a picture of it, but one thing that tops muffins is a slice of bread with peanut butter.  You can hear her smacking happily all over the house! haha

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Good ol’ peas and corn continue to be a staple around here…

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Chowin’ down one of Emmy’s oatmeal cookies!

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I’ve been giving Elly a sippy cup with a few ounces of water during meal times to keep her happy in preparation for meal time.  She has started the “frantic meltdown as soon as Mama starts preparing anything to eat” stage, so stall tactics and diversions are my bff at the moment.

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Eliana now wears mostly 12 month clothes.  A few 9 month and a few 18 month as well.  I also switched her to her size 2 cloth diapers a couple weeks ago.  Funny how my girls could almost get away with wearing the newborn size the entire first year of life. ha!

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Someone likes playing with our drum set.

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Who, me??

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Elly will find the most random things around our house to be her fill in pacifiers.  It cracks me up.  Here she is with one of our drum cymbals.  What a goose!

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This little girl is getting SO crazy hard to photograph.  I think this past month was the toughest yet.  She won’t sit still to save her life and isn’t always an easy smiler for me either.  Always on the go!

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Lately, she has been loving the fake out.  As soon as she knows I’m trying to get her to look up and smile, all she wants to do is look down and focus on something else.

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Yes, Trouble!  I’m talking to you!

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It’s weird to think how close she is getting to being done nursing.  A couple more months to go!  She’s been nursing 4 or 5 times a day (usually only 4 solid times, sometimes a quick 5th session in there).  She will still sometimes want to nurse when I go to bed (we need her out of our room, buuuuuut, the other two bedrooms are kinda full, so that’s how it goes) and then sometimes wakes up too early when Cabz gets up for work and thinks it’s time to eat, but overall she is sleeping well at night.  Sometimes Elly will throw me for a loop with her expressions and who she resembles.  This particular picture of her really reminds me of one of Cabz’ cousins!  So funny.  She’s smugging it up big!

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Bedtime is between  7 and 7:30 p.m. and I get her up at 7 a.m.  Sometimes the kids wake up a little earlier than that, but rule in this house is the kids stay in their beds until 7.  She’s learned to amuse herself in her crib until it’s her turn.  When Elly is really tired (or sick), her little cheeks tend to get all flushed and rosy.  She also will often have a little hyper/crazy period before crashing for the night.

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Elly still takes her two naps each day.  Morning one is usually 9:30 – 10 a.m. and afternoon is 12:30 – 2/3 p.m.  On grocery or errand mornings, Elly will often fall asleep on the drive home and finishes her nap out in her car seat.  I really just want to squeeze those chubby cheekers!!  But then I think better of it and remember she is peacefully sleeping and that’s worth containing myself.

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I think it’s a given that every parent has thought of things they would “never do” as a parent, until they were one.  I was really on it with keeping my kids from eating dirt and “yucks” off the floor, etc. with the first two.  Then, we entered life with four, two of them being babies annnnnd, ya.  Elly pretty much scavenges crumbs and stuff all day long.  I usually end up sweeping at least once a day, so at least I know it’s fairly fresh, right?  I also realized the other day that I was giving up on restricting nature grazing.  Ya, Elly chews on sticks, eats leaves, grass, dirt, whatever.  Hey, at least it keeps her content!

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Sweetcheeks’ main accomplishment from the past month was taking a few independent steps.  We knew she was physically a little ahead of where our older two girls were at this point, but it still took us by surprise when I tried sending her over to Cabz and instead of going down to the crawl position…. she went for it!  So, she technically started walking at nine months old!  She doesn’t go too far yet, and only does it if we send her back and forth between us, but she’s working on it.  Crazy!  Abby and Evie were both right around the average year when they took their first steps, so we’re not sure how to handle this tot’s ambition.  She was up on top of our little kid picnic table earlier today, so she keeps me jumping.

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Along with actual walking, Elle has been loving all of the “walker” toys/objects she can find.  Anything that she can stand up against and that will even passably slide along the floor is good enough for her.  She has used Amazon packages, juice bottles, coolers, doll strollers, cereal boxes, and chairs to name a few. haha

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She also enjoys pulling herself up on me as I’m trying to cook or do something productive.  She thinks that is great fun!

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Abby has been helping out with the babies a lot more.  She keeps them happy for me, helps with feeding time, and lately discovered she can tote Elly around the house.

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One of Elly’s favorite things to do when we’re in the basement is to make a beeline for the stairs as soon as she sees a good opportunity.  She doesn’t just want to climb up them either.  She wants to first snag one of Evie’s light-up shoes sitting on the rug and then try to scramble up the steps with it as fast as possible.  No idea why she wants to swipe the shoe, but it’s so funny!

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Elle has also been really into the girls’ xylophone toy book that we keep downstairs.  She will get it in front of her and play away for quite a while.

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Baby girl likes to “sing” hymns with us during our family worship time.  She also will belt it out anytime the girls or I are singing throughout the day.  Her singing has kind of a yelling warble ring to it.  She enjoys adding a little bobbing dance to her music most of the time as well.

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Sadly, our littlest tot is not super big on cuddling.  She will sometimes even push back when I try to cuddle with her.  I have to catch her when she’s tired or after she gets a little bonk, and then can sometimes get a little loving out of her.  She gives me “hugs” by laying her head on my shoulder sometimes, which are my favorite. ❤

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Birthday balloon fun for Auntie Elizabeth’s exciting day!

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This babe is extremely confident.  She is always on the defensive and ready to hold her own with her big sisters.

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Elly is following in her big sisters footsteps and is a super slow teether.  Nothing in there to speak of yet.  The fact that she has no teeth hasn’t seemed to affect her volume though, so that’s…… a bummer.  Sometimes I call her, “Yelly Elly.”  <– Self-explanatory.  This is her face mid-yell.

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It’s interesting how my babies have always kind of fought back at kindness attempts from the sibling directly older than them.  Abby was always so sweet with Evie, yet Evelyn would scream at her and push back, always wanting to just do everything herself.  Elly has started doing that with Evie now.  What’s really funny, is the way Elly is totally fine with Abby helping her and playing with her.  Of course, Abby is generally much more gentle and Evelyn is more handsy and rough. haha

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Eliana is so determined to be big just like her sisters.  Whatever they are doing, she thinks she can certainly do it too!!  If they are trying to play with a small toy (Legos), she will be as close as she can, dying to get her hands on some fun too!

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Oh, it cuts her to the core when her big sisters get to go outside and play, and she is stuck in the house.  This is her typical pose during those times.  Face glued to the window, whining because she’s not a part of the fun.

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That’s better!

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Elle thrives on climbing around on the big girls’ beds, playing goofy games with them.  The giggles are contagious!

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Buddy was on a visit the other day when we went and did our Wal-mart shopping.  Typically, he is in the cart, the big girls hang on to the sides, and Elly is in the carrier.  This time, she got to sit in the cart and she was so giddy she didn’t know what to do with herself!  What fun! haha

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Being outside is so much fun!!  We had a few absolutely beautiful days this past month, and you can be sure we maximized our time outdoors!!  Elly was living it up!

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I take the kids out almost every single day regardless of the warm temperatures, but it was sure nice for longer periods of play time and less layers!

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Our little explorer at work.

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Tunnel Fun!  I think she is going to have a blast with our playground this summer!

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Praising the Lord for the way we see His work in the changing of the seasons.

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I get such a kick out of it when babies start getting on their knees. haha

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Sweet Elly Belly has always had a natural little “combover” as we fondly call it. haha  Literally, since she was a newborn.  The last picture in this set is one of my absolute favorites of her.  It just captures a sweet, natural look of hers that I have a hard time getting on camera!

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Slow down, busy babe! ❤

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We love you Elly Belly! ❤  You are such a blessing from the Lord!

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Eliana is Nine Months Old!!!!!!!!!

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Happy nine months to our sweet baby girl and happy one year to our handsome little guy!!  (still can’t believe he has been here for a whole year, his first year, already….)  Tiny Tot had her six month doctor visit really late, when she was eight months old, and had dropped to the 14th percentile for her weight.  I’m guessing she is even lower now since her weight this month showed only a 2 ounce gain.  She is now up to 15 pounds 5 ounces.  I wouldn’t complain if my babies had a little more jiggle to them!  She is tiny all the way around and I am starting to get the, “Wow! Really?!” looks and responses when I tell people her age.  With only a 2 ounce weight gain, the clothes haven’t changed too much.  Babykins wears some 6 month, a lot of 9 month, and a couple 12 month outfits  (it would probably be all 6 month stuff without the cloth diaper filler haha).  She may be tiny, but oh so smug.

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In spite of her size, Elle has a pretty solid appetite.  She nurses 5 – 6 times a day, enjoys sharing in every meal and snack time, and until recently (when I “helped” her give it up….) was still nursing in the night some.  Sometimes she will last from her 7/7:30 p.m. bedtime until 6 or 7 a.m.  Other times I let her nurse once right before I go to bed.  We are hopefully done with in the night feedings though.  Between her, Evelyn, and my own sleep issues I just wasn’t getting enough sleep to survive! ha!

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Elly started crawling a little over three weeks ago and just gets busier every day.  She is all over the place!

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As I posted on facebook a while back, her crawling hobbies include, but are not limited to: shoving cords, specks of dirt, shoes, and crumbs into her mouth, and “dashing” away when I come over to remove them.  Oooooh, Elly!  She has mastered the quick, “whip out binky, shove in dirt” technique too, so that no longer helps.  Sad.  Her mouth is super tiny, but I finally discovered the best way to retrieve things from it.  If I squeeze her cheeks, she will usually stick her tongue out and if I’m quick, I can snag the dirt right off.  Oh ya.

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Little Trouble knows exactly where the best supply of food crumbs are located in our house too….  the big girls’ table is her favorite place to scavenge.  This is a blurry pic, but the only one I had.  It’s kind of like having a dog to clean up after the kids…..  I may or may not be starting to embrace it.

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She’s always very interested in the girls’ snack time too.  “Hey!  I’ll take some of that!”

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In addition to crawling, our new little explorer enjoys pulling up on everything!  She loves when I’m sitting on the floor so she can follow in her big sisters’ footsteps and climb all over me.  I have given in to the fact that I am my children’s indoor playground. *sigh*  Another favorite is peeking up where the big sisters are playing with tiny Legos or something else she can’t have yet.

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There are so many new things to discover when you double your height!  Elly started (roughly) walking with her walker toy a bit too.

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I’m happy to welcome in yet another “helper” to my kitchen.

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Mirror friends are so much fun.

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Since learning all of these exciting new things, sitting herself up, crawling, pulling up…. Elly has decided that naps are for the weak!

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She missed a couple morning naps in there, but definitely still needs them.  Sometimes if I go in and resettle her she will fall asleep.  Other times, she plays until she passes out on her own.  It helps when she gets herself stuck.  haha

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Morning naps are still about half an hour and afternoons are anywhere from 2 – 3 hours, depending how loud the rest of the house is.  She has been waking up in the middle of her afternoon nap, but usually will resettle and go back to sleep on her own.

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Elly Belly loves chasing my foam roller all around the house (or balls, or balloons, or anything that rolls).  Just call her a puppy/cat. Such a goof.  Uh-oh.  Did I just reference my youngest daughter as a pet for the second time in one post?  That could be a problem…

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I had been using a bath ring that suctioned to the bottom of the tub to keep Elly contained for baths, but she figured out how to stand up in it and that was the end of that.  I had seen a bunch of pinterest folks loving the laundry basket in the tub idea and one night I had (miracle of miracles!) an empty laundry basket, so decided to give it a try.  She thought it was great.  It’s not going to become a routine because I very rarely have an empty laundry basket, but it was fun for once. haha  Usually, Elly just takes her baths in the big tub now.  The worst is that she always wants to stand up in there.

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This next picture is actually from age 7 months going on 8 months, but I hadn’t uploaded it in time to put it in last month’s blog and Elly’s face is just too cute.  Those cheekers!  On that little round face! ❤

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We welcomed in the New Year with quite the celebration!  Er…. just kidding.  It was our usual, all kids in bed by 8 p.m., kind of night.  Happy New Year though!

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Evelyn has been quite obsessed with the babies lately.  She is getting pretty good at cheering them up.  She still tends to be a little too handsy and not always as gentle as she could be, but she sure does love them.  As always, I love watching my girls interact and play together.  So precious.

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Cabz terrified me the other day when he said, “So far, Elly’s personality really seems to resemble Evelyn over Abby, doesn’t she?”  Ahhhh!!  Please not another spirited, wild child! haha!!

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Eliana is a confident little babe.  She feels pretty cocky now that she can get all over the place and explore things so independently.  She has started being a lot more friendly around other people and will even let them hold her without bursting into tears (sometimes).  When she’s done, she’s done though, and doesn’t hesitate to let it be known when she needs her Mama back.

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Someone loves taking each brief opportunity afforded them to dart for the stairs.

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Self-feeding is Elle’s fav.  She will keep going for quite a while before deciding to be done.  She’s a slow and steady kind of eater, which is reaaaaaaaally nice.  I can get her started first, feed the older three, clean them up, and then finish up by cleaning Elly.  Meal times are so much busier when I have to feed both babies (we usually just sit on the floor) off my plate constantly.  The high chair is nice too, because it contains Elly for a while and I have one less kid to chase around for a brief period of time. ha

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Sometimes Mama makes you get up from your morning nap before you’re ready.  Zzzzz……

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Sweet Cheeks is used to our noisy, constantly busy household and fits right in to the wild ruckus.  She is not intimidated by chaos, that’s for sure.

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One of Elly’s favorite little tricks currently is making a noise similar to, “Mooom, Moom, Moooom.”  Each time she says, “Mooom,” she makes a giant spit bubble (not the little “bbbb” kind, but just one with her whole mouth) until it pops.  Reading this back, this is something only the mom actually finds interesting.  ha!

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Elly has quite the extensive vocabulary.  It consists of, “Mama” and “Dada.”

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Baby Girl loves toys, especially “big girl” toys.  I was talking to some of my mom friends earlier this week and we decided the only baby that actually uses baby toys is your first one.  And that’s simply because it’s all you have.  So, if you’re pregnant with baby #2, go ahead and get rid of all those baby toys.  They won’t use them.  Whatever the big sisters have is definitely more enticing.

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Sometimes, our mornings don’t go as efficiently as intended and it’s just too close to morning nap time by the time we get back from errands.  ❤

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She doesn’t know how blessed she is to have two big sisters around!!

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These three….. ❤ ❤ ❤

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How blessed are we to be your parents, pretty baby!  Each day with you is a precious gift.

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Eliana is Eight Months Old!!!!!!!!

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Our sweet Elly Hope (or Elly’ope as I more frequently call her haha) is getting way too big on us!

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Weighing in at a whopping 15 lb 13 oz, this tot is already causing trouble left and right.  Although she has the army crawl down, Elly is obsessed with learning how to crawl.  She is constantly up on all fours trying to figure it out.  Once in a while she will take a few “crawl steps,” and is very close to completely getting it.

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In addition to crawling, Elly gets all around via rolling and scooting.  She also figured out how to sit herself up and go from sitting to crawling and vice versa.  She is one busy little babe!

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Take this kid’s diaper off and she’s unstoppable!  I am a fast diaper changer, but goodness!  It is a challenge these days with this girl!

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Our three sweet babes! ❤ ❤ ❤  Grandma made the adorable hats!

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Bath time is always so much fun!  The best baths are all three girls in the tub at once!

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Happy days are days when Mama wears hoodies or sweats with drawstrings to gnaw on!

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Elly’s favorite pastime is moving all over the living room/kitchen area at lighting speed, picking up every speck of dirt, food, or garbage she sees, and jamming it straight into her mouth.  Fun, fun.  The older girls know how to recognize Elly’s “something in my mouth” chew and are great at letting me know when I need to swipe something out.  This can be quite the challenging task since Elly definitely has the tiniest mouth out of our kids yet!  She isn’t fond of me taking out her treasures either, but I have gotten it done each time so far.

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Eliana has two favorite ways to talk.  One is a really adorable, quiet, squeaky sound.  She usually opts for this one.  Her other mode is flat out yelling.  She isn’t even upset, but boy, she can sure belt it out!

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I should also mention…. she learned how to say, “Mama” a few days ago and it’s my favorite ever!!!!!!  She tends to pull it out when she needs me or my attention.  When I’m feeding her and she’s ready for more…. “Mamamamama!!”  When she wants me to hold her or clunks her head on something, “Mamamamamama!”  haha  I love her.

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Getting bundled up for our daily walk.  So funny and cute! ha!  She doesn’t look too impressed.

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Cabz and I were having a good laugh one night, taking some selfies with Elly and joking about how easy life would be if she was our only child.  Of course, we wouldn’t trade any of our babes for the world and love them all bunches, but there’s no denying just Elly would be easier! haha!!

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Ya, Mama, good luck getting a cute picture of me while wearing this.  Big dress bows are among my favorite chew toys.

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In spite of the chewing tendencies, Elle is following suit with our older two and is a late teether.  She still hasn’t had any pop through.  I love it though, because she can only handle it better the older she is, right?  Also, nursing. ha

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Speaking of nursing, I had mastitis again this month.  What the what?  Why am I getting it so frequently with her?  Annoying….  At least I have a system to keep it to the minimal and move on.  Elly usually nurses five times each day.  On a good night, she wakes up to nurse about twice.  In addition to her milk, she enjoys eating table food when offered.  She typically gets some of whatever I’m eating.  Slurping on apples?  Still a fav!

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Baby girl loves snacking on Kix, super tiny pieces of grapes, ripped up pancakes, whole wheat Ritz crackers, or any other finger foods she can feed herself.  I can’t get over how tiny her little mouth is. haha

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Eliana still takes her two daily naps.  Morning one starts at either 9:30 or 10 a.m. depending on the day and lasts half an hour.  Afternoon one starts around 12:30 p.m. and lasts until around 3 or 3:30 p.m.  Yes, she takes an AWESOME afternoon nap for me!!!  NEITHER of the older two did that.  I finally struck gold with a good napper!  Maybe it was all the ice cream I had during pregnancy….

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Bed time is right around 7 or 7:30 p.m.  She wakes up for the day around 7 or 7:30 a.m.  Oh, how I love snuggle time!

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Although Elly doesn’t need it, I still use the Bumbo seat.  Of course, now I use it in order to contain her vs. as an aid in sitting.

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My dear friend, Rachie, gifted Elly with these adorable jams.  I call them her “skinny jams.”  She is so stinking cute in them! haha!

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Elly thought she was pretty cool hanging out up with the big girls while they helped me with Christmas treats!

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Pretty dresses for Christmas of course!

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Sweet Baby was enjoying some window watching while her big sisters played outside.  Dreaming of the day she can get up and run with them I’m sure!

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Abigail is my go-to when I need some help entertaining Elly while I attend to Baby Boy.

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Big sisters are just so much fun!

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Oh, sweet baby girl!

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Matching Christmas jammies were obviously a must. ❤

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I can never get enough of this sweet baby face!

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I just want to give her squeezies all day long!!

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Once in a while I can contain my mobile little monster with a container of exciting toys.

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Just our little baby making cute faces.

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Oh my goodness gracious.  What a lil’ poser! ha!  I love when she does the side lounge.

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Daddy loves you SO much!

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And Mama loves you SO much too!

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Three Cheese Sausage Lasagna

Cooking every night means I have tried so many great recipes I want to share!  However, it is ridiculously difficult to find those couple of minutes it takes to get them on here.  I am forever wishing I could be one of those put together people that has a nice, weekly “post a recipe day”.  Nope.  It’s been three months and today I’m overloading you with four new recipes (three main dishes and a side).  What can I say?  This is not always hardly ever my first priority these days. haha

In spite of my terrible recipe posting habits, you HAVE to try this one, guys!!!  It’s sooooooooooo gooooooood.  Well, if you like cheese and sausage and white sauce lasagna.  It’s not one of those two second assembly meals that I love so much, but it’s worth it when you have slightly more prep time on a weekend or something.  Also, lasagna (usually) means some solid leftovers, so it’ll save you time in the long run! 😀  Just some minor edits (like adding in chicken) from one of my favs, Taste of Home.

Three Cheese Sausage Lasagna

  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 4 – 5 boneless chicken thighs cooked/shredded*
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlicwhite-sauce-lasagna
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 3 cups milk
  • 10 lasagna noodles, cooked/drained
  • 6 + slices mozzarella cheese**
  • 6 + slices provolone cheese**
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

*I throw it in the crock-pot with a liberal amount of poultry seasoning and cook on low 7 – 8 hours or high 4 – 5 hours or done.

**I wrote 6 + for the slices of cheese because the packages usually come with a couple more than that and I tend to use them up on this lasagna vs. finding a random use later.

Cook sausage until browned/cooked through.  Meanwhile, cook butter and garlic in a saucepan until butter is melted.  Whisk in flour and seasonings.  Gradually whisk in milk.  Bring to a boil.  Cook and stir until thickened.  Set aside.  In a greased baking dish (9″ x 13″), pour a fourth of the sauce.  Cover with one layer of noodles, half of the sausage, and shredded chicken.  Place a layer of halved cheese slices over top.

Repeat layers once.  Then, just kind of keep layering with what you have left until it’s gone.  Just make sure to have a layer of cheese slices on top.  Then sprinkle over it all with parmesan cheese and bake 30 – 35 minutes or heated completely.  Yum!

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Slow Cooker Cheesy Kielbasa and Potato Soup

I’m a big fan of cheesy potato soups.  My add-in meat of choice is typically ham, but this recipe looked so fun, EASY, and different that I was excited to give it a try!  Sometimes I feel like there aren’t any new soup ideas out there, but this one I tweeked slightly from Miss in the Kitchen had a delightfully new flavor!  It was a win in our house!  My favorite thing about this crock-pot soup is that you don’t have to do any last minute roux to thicken it.

Cheesy Kielbasa and Potato Soup

  • About six medium Yukon Gold Potatoes, cut up
  • 26 oz Turkey Polska Kielbasa, diced
  • 1 large onion, dicedslow-cooker-cheesy-potato-soup-with-kielbasa
  • 1 – 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Put potatoes, kielbasa, onion, and peppers into the crock-pot.  Stir together the broth, cream, cornstarch, and seasonings.  Pour over the veggies/meat.  Stir it all together and cook on high 3-4 hours or low 5-6 or until potatoes are nice and tender.  When you’re almost ready to eat, stir in the cheddar cheese and enjoy!

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Chicken Parmesan Bake

I’ve had chicken parmesan meals and they’ve never been my favorite.  Not a dislike exactly…. more of a, “There are so many better things to eat out there!!”  I had this recipe pinned for a while though and finally decided to give it a try, just for something different.  I was most pleasantly surprised!  It was quite tasty and couldn’t have been easier to throw together!!  This was edited from Thriving Home.

Chicken Parmesan Bakeeasy-chicken-parmesan-bake

  • about 6 – 8 frozen boneless chicken thighs
  • poultry seasoning
  • 1 jar (28 oz) marinara sauce
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • whole wheat spaghetti noodles

Place frozen chicken thighs in your crock-pot, season liberally with poultry seasoning, and cook on low 7 – 8 hours or high 4 – 5 hours or cooked through.  Shred with a couple of forks.

At supper time, preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease a 13″ x 9″ baking dish, and place shredded chicken in.  Pour marina sauce on top and mix it together evenly.  Sprinkle (or dump heavily) mozzarella cheese all over the top until it’s well covered.  Sprinkle some parmesan over the top of that.

Combine bread crumbs, seasonings, and olive oil in a small bowl.  Sprinkle it around on top of the cheeses.  Pop it in the oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or lightly browned and bubbly.

While the chicken is baking, cook some whole wheat noodles.  Serve the chicken parmesan on top of the noodles and be amazed at how quickly this tasty dish came together! 😀

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Sautéed Carrots

These are definitely my favorite veggie side for supper at the moment.  They’re low maintenance, extremely simple, and so good I could definitely eat most of the pan myself.  Also, everyone seems to like them, so there’s yet another positive.

Sautéed Carrotssauteed-carrots

  • 1 bag of baby carrots rinsed
  • salt, pepper & garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided

 

 

Cut each baby carrot into thirds.  This just takes a minute, then you plop them in a frying pan on medium heat.  Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to your preferences.  I usually start cooking them with about 2 tablespoons of butter in the pan.  Once they’re looking a little dry, I throw in the last tablespoon.  Towards the end, I sample a few carrots until I get the right amount of salt sprinkled on.  Cook and stir occasionally until tender to your liking!