Eliana is Fifteen Months Old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What is even happening to our baby girl?  She’s just growing up like a weed!  Maybe not in the categories of weight and height (6th and 8th percentiles) but mentally and physically she’s growing leaps and bounds every day it seems….  She weighs 20 lb and 9 oz now, so she’s gained a solid 1 pound a month since she turned one.  Babykins goes to bed at 7:30 or 8 depending on the night and usually gets up between 6:20 (my alarm time) and 7 a.m.

Big ol’ 1 year old.  I just had Elly quit taking morning naps because she was only doing an hour for her afternoon one and I needed more. haha  The first couple days of transition, she only slept one hour in the afternoon.  Since then she has been doing at least 2 1/2 hours!!  WOW!  For my girls, that is AMAZING!  I will definitely take it.

Baby girl only has five teeth.  She got her front bottom two first, followed by one of her big top teeth and one to the side of it.  And finally her second top big tooth is barely peeking through as of a few days ago.  Kind of a random (and super slow) teether!

Eliana may be tiny, but she sure has a great big personality!  She is confident, determined, spunky, feisty, squeaky and tiny, followed by yelly and LOUD, busy, busy, busy, busy, BUSY!, independent, knows she is cute as a button, stubborn, helpful, energetic, a Mama’s girl, who is often looking for trouble.  We love her to pieces. ❤

Sometimes when we’re somewhere other than home, Elly will sit on someone’s lap or allow them to hold her and act like she’s all docile and content to sit still for hours on end.  False.  She is doing this alllll for the audience. haha  I can barely get her to cuddle on my lap for 20 seconds out of a typical day!  My kids are so hyper/active constantly. *sigh* haha

Little Yelly doesn’t let her size stop her from doing anything she sets out to do.

This baby is definitely our biggest climber so far.  She figured out how to climb up and slide down the kids’ park months ago.  At first she had a hard time climbing up and would slide down on her tummy backwards to have a safer trip.

It didn’t take her long to become more comfortable and fine tune her climb up and slide down.  She likes to grip in those little holes to help heft herself up.

Her more recent park accomplishment has been climbing up slides.  Not just our smaller scale slide at home either.  She will attempt any and all slides at large parks.  I have to keep a veeeeeeery close eye on this kid!  She’s physically capable of almost too much.  She doesn’t realize she shouldn’t do everything she’s able to.  I’m really glad she’s so short, because that at least is a slight restraint on her antics!

These are her, “I did it after lots of trying!” face. haha

In general, her “I’m climbing and causing trouble face!” looks pretty similar.

People often laugh when they watch this tiny tot running around like crazy.  She is so speedy and yet has such short little legs! haha!

Elle Bell is obsessed with apples (just like all my kids have always been!).  She gets soooooo mad if someone is eating an apple and she doesn’t have one!  I try to make her wear a bib when she’s gnawing on one or she stains her clothes up with the apple juice dripping all over.  It’s kind of hard to chew on apples with no teeth. hahaha

I really need to get this on video, but Elly recently started running around with her dollies shushing them.  It’s so funny, because when they first start that rocking “shh, shh, shh!” thing, their little baby bodies look like they’re convulsing as they put their dollies to sleep. hahaha  She gets all into it.  Watch out, big sisters, if Elly thinks you picked up a dolly she was playing with!!!  Tiny but ferocious!

Although Elly doesn’t eat much at all, (I seriously have no idea how this kid gains weight and manages to poop anything out) she has an obsession with food.  She constantly thinks she wants to snack on things.  Usually, when I actually give her something to snack on, she ends up crumbling it all over the floor with a naughty smirk on her face. Grrrrrr…..  Her method for getting snacks is to run to the kitchen and bring me a box/package of something.  She then points at it, shoves it in my face, whines for it, and if I put it up, she quickly runs to get something else.  Ohhh, baby girl!

Little Yelly is a blondie like big sister, Evie! ❤

I try to get Elly interested in sitting through a book, but so far she only enjoys bringing me books and listening to about half a sentence before she’s bouncing up to find her own book to read herself.

Yelly’s favorite way to use a book is as her hymnal.  This is learned from church and her big sisters.  All three of the girls will often find their “hymnals” and open to different made up songs and sing sweet melodious tunes (er… loud, painful tunes that is).  The older girls go through phases where they do it all the time and then don’t much at all.  Elly, however, has been on a daily kick with it for a long time now.  She will either sing tiny, squeaky, kind of sweet sounding music or SUPER LOUD, turn your face beat red as you belt it out, Yelly style music. haha  I prefer the squeaky….  She prefers the thicker, bigger books for her hymnals.  The set of Biscuit stories is her favorite.

This is Elly’s daily morning spot, waving bye to Daddy as he heads to work.  We miss him so much when he’s gone!  But, it’s so exciting when he gets back home! ❤

Sweet Cheeks finally has enough hair to have a little piggie in!! ❤  It’s so cute!  Eek!  I should fix her hair more often.  She still isn’t saying many words at all.  She’s capable of more than she lets on, as she will once in a while blurt out a clear word or sign something before realizing she let it slip.  Then, she will be careful not to repeat it.  Stubborn little miss. haha!  She says, “Mama,” “shh, shh!”, “please” (which is more of a friendly little squeak when I tell her to say please vs. screeching at me), “Daddy”, and that’s all I’m thinking of at the moment.  It’s pretty sparse.  She signs quite a bit more though. Baby, more, please, bed, stinky, all done, cracker, cheese, milk, shoes, and probably some more I’m forgetting.

Elly’s first time ever eating an ice cream cone was well worth documenting I thought.

This little girl still loves being outside!  She figured out how to ride a trike (with no pedals) already and goes backwards and forwards all over the place.

Elle enjoys anything and everything outside.  Sand tables, parks, nature fun (sticks, rocks, grass, leaves, etc.), snack time, hiking rides, and just hanging out.  FYI: in the stick picture, Elly’s destructive personality was shining through.  She likes to find big sticks and then hammers them on the ground trying to do some damage.

This is Elly’s go to, “I see something super interesting and everyone should look at it right now” expression.  She does this when people talk to her too much and she needs to redirect them or when we’re talking about something we see, she will always “see” something great somewhere too.  The furrowed brows, the intent gaze…. cracks me up.

Little sturdy miss is a big fan of walks – especially when we do the park trail and she gets to get out of the stroller like the big girls!  I am a big fan of these pictures of her.  It’s so fun to catch her little expressions and body movements.  On the bottom she’s doing her “what” sign. ❤

“What?” again.

For a (very brief) time, Elly was really excited about holding big sister, Abby’s hand on our walks.  It was the cutest and I’m so glad I got it captured because her typical now is to scream grouchily when Abby offers her hand.  Oh boy…

Swimming has been a favorite outdoors activity for Elly (and all the kids) this summer.  Baby girl quickly learned how to clamber into the pool herself, although this was met with multiple mishaps.  Too many times she would flip straight under the water to Mama’s horror.  Never deterred, she was always right back at it.

The pure joy of pool time on Elly’s face here….. haha!

Her most enjoyed pool activities were typically “using” a squirter just like her big sisters or pouring water out of her little tea pot.

Tractors and lawn mowers are so much fun!

Helping Daddy wash the van makes someone feel extra grown up!

Swinging is the best.

Especially when you’re swinging with your big sisters!

This girl loves doing everything her big sisters do.  I don’t think she even entertains the tiniest thought that maybe she isn’t quite as big as they are.

Adorable, little, piano players!

I always think my big sisters have the best jokes.

Sitting on Abby’s lap at the big girls’ table and feeling like I won the lottery.

When Elly wakes up from nap before Evie, her first task post cuddle time is waking up Evelyn. *sigh*

Our tiny babe is notoriously a bit obstinate.  Many photo shoots have been brought to a quick close by this wee one.  Snapshot of real life happening now.

When taking photos of the girls, let’s just say I have always appreciated Evelyn’s quick smile.  She’s SO EASY to take pictures of!!  Abby tries, but it’s tough to capture her genuine smile and Elly…. well, as you can see, she doesn’t even try.  She goes into refuse mode.  I still manage to get some good ones of her, but I have to be on my A game.  As soon as she notices I’m trying to take pictures, she hides, runs away, or stops smiling.  My little Miss Trouble. ❤

Dressed up like cows to get our free Chick-fil-A!  Elly was old enough to get her own free kid’s meal this year.  Woot, woot!

Snack time is a great time of day.  Good thing it comes pretty much all the time.

Those cheeks!!

Literally, one Oreo later.  Never again.

She’s a winner in our book. ❤

Messy yogurt face.  Did she get any in her mouth?!

Little Twerpy enjoys rearranging the clothing drawers and randomly taking clothes and putting them in the laundry basket (ugh).  On bath nights, I have Abby put the girls’ jams, underwear, and Elly’s diaper in the hallway for afterwards.  If I’m not keeping a close eye, Elly will grab them and go stuff them somewhere troublesome.  Ohhhh, Elly! (I say this to her a lot)

The first picture is Elly’s yell face.  It’s not her angry yell.  Just her exclamation yell.  We see this face semi frequently.

Elle Babe went through a (thankfully) brief phase of throw down fits on the floor.  It’s so interesting how they come up with this stuff.  She has never seen anyone else do it and yet she came up with it.  Truly we are sinful at birth.  Just watch any kid ever and let me know if you don’t agree.

This kid’s constantly busy, but every now and then she’ll sit down for a few seconds and I run for the camera.

It looks like she knows she’s cute as can be (probably true), but she was really playing peek-a-boo here. haha

Trying to clean the couch cushions (or any housework really lol) with a bunch of babes is kind of slow work.

For a while Elly was on a tongue kick.  It was always out! haha

Waiting for supper is tricky when you’re one.

This is the extremely proud and happy grin produced when Mama discovers you with Baby Boy’s cup.

This face: I got to wear these new jewelry items before the big girls because they were still in Quiet Time!

Loud drumming noises!  YAY!  CLASH! BANG! Run!

Elle just decided to give little smacking kisses to Daddy the other night before bed.  It was the cutest!  She gave me some the next day too.  Daddy loves you, Sweet Pea! ❤

One of my favorite little things Elly does is run over and whisper real fast and intently to me.  She likes it when I whisper gibberish back to her and take her seriously. haha  Mama loves you too! ❤

We love watching you grow and learn.  Praying we will parent you as God desires, teaching you to see your sin and that you must turn to Christ if you would live.















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