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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