My lil’ baby is getting older!! She may only weigh 23 lb 3 oz and be on the shrimpy side, but she has a mighty personality!
Double-chinnin goofy goober! ❤
Yes, I did the “make my kid wear my old glasses I found, because kids in glasses are adorable” thing for all my kids. So, if you haven’t seen them all yet, yes, they’re still coming. Just look at this little squish! Cutest.
*Disclaimer* This next pair is definitely NOT mine, guys, but we had someone accidentally leave them at our house and this was necessary before returning them. If only she knew how to make the, what’s it called? “duck face?”
We still call this little twerp, Jelly Bean, all the time. It fits her perfectly. I don’t think she even knows her actual name is Eliana because she is either referred to as Jelly Bean, Elly, Elle, Yelly, Jelly, or Baby. Can’t win them all.
I’ve been trying to switch Elly over to wearing 2T lately. The sleeves and pants are all a little long on her though. 18 month pants still fit her best. Some of the 18 month shirts were getting a little snug though. This girl might be low on the growth charts, but she does have quite the pookey little belly. ha! You can kinda see it in this picture. She was lounging on the chair (sick) with her drink and I let her “use” Evelyn’s “computer” for a few minutes. She couldn’t really figure it out, but she thought she was living it up BIG.
Speaking of getting dressed…. this is what it looks like when you ask Daddy to get one of the kids dressed. She came out in her brother’s shirt, pantsless, and looking slightly confused. hahahahaha
Jelly Bean is OBSESSED with footwear. For a really long time, finding a pair of boots to wear was one of her first activities of the day. She would put them on herself too, of course! (Miss Independent herself!) Just drinking her morning keifer with her morning hair-do (Who am I kidding?? This was probably her all day hair….) while wearing her stylin’ boots!
These rain boots were Elly’s absolute FAVS for a while. She was so attached to them, she often wore them all nap time. haha
This little girl is probably our most independent one so far. She is much more ambitious than Evie was at this age and is always attempting (and often successfully so!) to do anything and everything. She’s the child who is often discovered in the kitchen preparing herself a snack, or almost completely dressing herself for an excursion outside, the one who has been climbing up (and down) from the girls’ bunk bed for the past couple months, the one I actually have to go looking for because she’s off who knows where doing who knows what, the tot who gets all the toothbrushes and toothpaste at bedtime and brings them out to Daddy, and who already undresses/dresses herself better than big sister Evie could a few months ago. haha
Yelly has her own sense of style too. As I mentioned before, that usually involves boots. This is her modeling Evie’s pink cowgirl boots and a headband accessory she added on part way through the day. Hey, if Mama doesn’t get your hair fixed, you just do it yourself around here! Elly has been enjoying building Duplo towers for quite a while now. This one even got graced with a cow!
A while back, when Elly first started realizing she could handle undressing herself, I would often find something like this when I peeked in on her before my bed time….. Ohhhh, Elly! ❤
You might notice the diaper in the above picture. Although Elly has been day and nap time potty trained for months now, she still gets a diaper overnight. Mostly because I don’t want to get up to take her in the middle of the night and she is always wet in the morning, soooooo…. I’ll work on it eventually. These were from a while ago at our old house. Sometimes you just need to get comfy when you gotta go.
We had an extra nice winter day sometime back in January and spent some time playing on our tennis court (aka, bike pad). Elly was stuck with a trike for the first part. She was a little frustrated with it because it was so slow.
I thought she might be a little tiny for it, but I eventually brought down the strider to see what she’d do with it. She hopped right on and with great determination was practicing for about 20 minutes before getting off again. haha She was so smug about it, I could hardly get her to smile. She though she was just like the big girls! After observing the way her sisters were riding bikes, she decided to try picking her feet up at one point. It didn’t go well, but there were no tears. She just got back up and tried again. I have a feeling this girl is going to master the strider soon after warm weather hits!
Elly Babe often wants to be big, big, BIG! She loves taking care of our baby, which is adorable. ❤
She laid by her in the boppy pillow one day for about 20 minutes. It was the cutest.
Sometimes she thinks she’s a bit too big. Trying Daddy’s shoes on for size…
She loves taking care of her babies just like Mama takes care of our baby. It’s so funny how kids respond. When Elly was a baby and I was nursing constantly, my girls always had their shirts up feeding their babies. Now that Elly gets to watch me bottle feed our little one, that’s the go to method. haha
She loves taking care of her babies.
This girl is a nuthead on our trampoline. She loves to lift herself up from the bar and hang there and she can jump hilariously high.
Although she does like to be a big girl, every once in a while we have some reverting. hahaha Feeling a little foolish lounging in the baby bouncer.
Putting on sock mitties like Baby gets to wear. ha
Sometimes you just need bundled and cuddled by your Mama. Elly has been quite the cuddler lately, which I’ll take any day! I love cuddle time and my kids are usually such busy babes they won’t sit still and cuddle.
In our old house, when Elly was still in a crib in our room (due to lack of space), one of our routines was getting her up and taking her in to wake up the big girls (who slept on the floor at the time ha). They loved it.
I’m kinda obsessed with Elly’s hair in a ponytail and her sort of side bangs out.
This was Elly’s silly face she was super into for a while. haha She couldn’t help cracking up over it too.
Ohhhh hats! ❤
For a few weeks, Elly went through a wake up early from nap and think she’s done phase. I would bring her out to the living room because otherwise she’d wake the other kids with her screeching and she’d promptly cuddle up and pass out again. She moved on, but it was kind of fun while it lasted. 🙂
Elly can be a bit of a bully. I probably need to crack down on it a little more firmly so we can move on, but it never ceases to amaze me how she can bully her older siblings around. I mean, she will be hitting Abby and Evie on the head with toys or shoving them or taking their stuff and they’ll be screaming for me to help. Say what?! You are like at least twice her size, guys!! Come on now! Pull it together girls! Obie I can understand a little more. He’s not quite as physically with it just yet. For a while she would see him standing in the middle of the floor and run at him with arms outstretched and he’d be flopped to the floor. Of course, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes he will fake a shoving when I’m standing there and watching and Elly doesn’t even touch him, so they both have their issues. haha These two have cute, playing together moments as well, which is always a nice change of pace.
Little snow monster cutie.
Sledding with Mama.
Elly and her snow baby.
Elly loves her Daddy. ❤ She saw him laying on the floor one day and thought he needed cuddled up, so she got her blanket for him. Sweetest.
Bath time goofy hair!
Three little troublemakers in a tub!
We had pizza one night and this kid was just making me laugh. Prancing around in her jammies, munching her pizza smugly…. what a goober.
Elly got to hang out with Great Grandpa D. when we visited Urbandale in January.
She ate in his old high chair too, because it’s tradition!
Little Miss was licking ice off the window and eating it one morning (ya…. our windows may all need replaced ha).
My slow teething kids….. I think this is still about all she has in there! haha
Our four little tots. ❤
Elly is still a pretty silent Sal. She will spurt little sentences out or a word or two here and there, but she doesn’t exert a lot of effort in the speech department. This is often the face I get when I ask her to say a word.
However, when she WANTS to, she can really let the ol’ volume up. Examples: in her bed after we lay her down for the night (“MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!! MOM!! MOOOOM!!”), screaming when her sisters take from her, or my personal favorite, her hymn singing. She is still obsessed with holding her “hymn” book (usually a big, hardcover, collection of stories type of book) and belting out songs at the top of her lungs. It’s pretty funny. Some of the words you can pick up while she’s singing are hallelujah (ha-way-woo-ya!) and He’s alive! (Ee awive!). This is not an angry face, but an intent, I’m singing VERY LOUDLY over here, face. hahaha
Our household has been GETTING it with sicknesses this winter. It’s just like one thing after the next. Little kids grubbing on every germ imaginable when we go anywhere will do that to you I suppose. Phew. Anyway, Elly picked up on my mode of coping when I’m in the throes and she often will say she’s “Code!” and grab a blanket and cuddle up on the couch. Sometimes she’s feeling friendly and a big sister gets to cuddle up by her. ❤
Matching winter jammies are way too fun. ❤
Elly loves doing whatever her big sisters are doing. She is never one to be left behind! She’s starting to work on learning a few colors now (ya, I don’t work with her as much as I did Abby, buuuuut life, guys…) and told me she wants a kitty birthday when I asked her. Way to go, Sunny, you are rocking our kids’ world.
This is often how Elly’s hair looks, because she isn’t a fan of me putting it in a ponytail and try as I might with consequences, she always rips out her hair tie at SOME point, unless it’s the little super tight rubber band kind and I get tired of putting those in and out. They take some decent effort!
We love this little ball of fire! She is a very busy tot. One of her favorite activities is dumping puzzles out and putting them back. The worst is when she dumps two at once…. ya, we’re working on that. She’s a goober when someone says they’re going to tickle her. She’ll shriek, “No, no, no, no, no!!” really fast. I love asking her, “Do you know Mama loves you?” and she’ll squeak, “Ya!” We love you always, always, always, Elly Belly!! ❤ ❤