Our little Jelly Bean is a year and a half old! She is growing up faster than I can believe. *sob!* I need more babies, guys. I always feel like I should give a warning: incoming, about fifty million pictures.
Little Elly Belly weighs 22 pounds . She may be tiny, but she’s also mighty feisty! Watch out for this little firecracker….
We took away Elly’s beloved binks about a month and a half ago, and she was not a fan. At least, I assumed she was a little upset about it when she screamed ferociously at me and proceeded to throw everything else (blankets, pillow, dollies, and books) out of her crib
for the first few nights every night and nap since. Our breaking point was our Wisconsin trip when we over used it to get her to be quiet for travel. She picked up on abusing it and would whip it somewhere in the van, then proceed to bawl at the top of her lungs until I scoured the van to retrieve it and plug her back up. #parentingwin Regardless…. the bink days are over. haha Although, she has tried to swipe our new little baby’s pacifiers when I’m not looking. *Oh Elly*
There may have been once or twice (or half a dozen times) that I thought about reliving the binky days, but thankfully Cabz kept me on track. “She is SO sad! She’s screaming her head off! She doesn’t feel well… Awww…. plus she’s driving me nuts. Can we give her back the b….” “No.” “Not even for just one…” “No.” ha Side note: Elly has always had the absolute best frowny face ever. There are all sorts of baby beauty contests. My question is, why don’t they have frowny face contests?! Discrimination! Elly would win though. It wouldn’t even be a competition. Just look at this little grumpy buns! I just want to smooch her cheeks while she whips her head away with an angry “Mmm!!”
Although Elle doesn’t jump into her crib with a giant smile, she usually just cries for a few minutes before settling down and sleeping like a champ. I am so thankful that she is normally a very decent sleeper. She takes one afternoon nap that lasts about an hour and a half and bedtime is from 7:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. Typically she is quiet all night. Once in a great while she will wake up in the middle of the night and whimper or cry a minute, but she always goes right back to sleep. I always put her things back in after she’s asleep. ❤
Little Yelly (I give my kids all sorts of nicknames, and this one fits her well because she is tiny with a mighty voice as needed) loves to be my helper. Sometimes she gets so excited to help that she overdoes it a bit. I’ll ask her to bring me a diaper and she comes over with a stack so big she can hardly hold it. Uh…. thanks, babe? She is the best little grocery unloader helper ever though. ❤
Her favorite time to pitch in is during meal prep. She is always extremely busy “helping” me while I’m cooking.
We thought Evelyn was going to be our unique wild child. And then Elly happened. If anything, she is crazier and more of a daredevil than Evie was at this age. (yikes, right?!) We have a kid picnic table and she will climb on top of it, stand up, and then jump off. Yes, she falls every time, yes she has gotten hurt doing it, and yes she continue to laughingly do it with zero amount of fear. She has always been such a troublesome climber! The only sort of restraint is her height.
Parks are always nice and terrifying….
If the big sisters do it, Elly thinks she should be able to do it too. Watching them climb trees from down below makes her m-a-d.
Kind of like the time Abby got to sell brownies at our garage sale and Elly was told she was too little…. Insta fit on the cement floor of the garage.
Swings are Elly’s favorite (until you make her get out)….
…but she always has to take things to the next level or it’s just not fun.
Elly doesn’t know how to pedal, but she does enjoy riding trikes. She knows how to use her feet to go forwards and backwards.
Of course, she has done this down our driveway (I ran faster, don’t worry) to prove she’s not just a baby.
Lil’ Trouble has known how to walk down stairs for months now.
I did not approve of her going down our deck steps (to cement!) at first, but she is always careful to hang on, so she earned free reign.
Our lil’ Jelly Bean doesn’t say many words yet (she is definitely my slowest talker), but here are a few fun words she uses:
“MOP!” – She will yell this at the top of her lungs and end the ‘p’ sound with a tight pout lip. She’s calling me. I think it’s her version of ‘mom’ with a hint of sass. The first pic is the actual face she makes.
“Yi yi yi!!!” – When Elly comes running out from a back room yelling this is a concerned voice, I know there’s trouble. This is her way of telling me she did something naughty (stood on the toilet and turned the hot water on in the sink, colored on something other than paper, broke something, climbed somewhere she shouldn’t have, etc.).
“Ot!!” – (hot) Whenever I’m cooking, she runs over and is sure to remind me that everything is, “Ot! Ot! Ot!” (as she tries to fall in it of course).
“Code!!” – She will screech this (cold!) after bath time when I’m getting her dressed.
“A-ee” – Abby
“Eh-wee” – Evie
“Buuh” – Bud
Da-ee – (Daddy) She usually places a high pitched emphasis on the “ee” part. haha
Mah-ee – (Mommy) Same ending emphasis as Daddy
Babbles followed by GO! – Here we go!
“Ehhhh WEE!!!” – (Elly) I am constantly calling “EeeeellY!” to locate my missing troublemaker. So constantly, that the troublemaker I’m referring to will frequently run around the house yelling, “Ehhhhh WEE!!” with a big grin on her face.
Elly’s biggest accomplishment while she was 17 months was getting (mostly) day time potty trained. Why do I say ‘mostly?’ Well, she does 100% excellent, as long as I abide by her stipulations. She must be nude from the waist down (no diaper, no pull-up, no underwear, nothin’!) and Bud can’t be sitting on her potty when she has to go or she’ll panic. Also, if I put something ON her butt, such as one of the aforementioned objects of clothing, in order to leave the house, there are no guarantees she will keep it dry. So, while she potty trained earlier than either of my other two girls, it’s not as perfectly as they did. I think she is well on her way and I just need to strap some undies on her buns and keep a close eye all day to help her figure it out. She will typically stay dry even when I do put something on for a walk or a trip to the store. She definitely wants to stay dry, but doesn’t quite know how to tell me when she needs to go. I get a kick out of the picture of her with her pants. When we were first attempting potty training, she was not happy about losing her drawers. She would run and pull about ten pairs of pants out of her dresser and come running to me with an angry face. haha
I love Elly’s concerned face. On the pink blanket it was her, “I found a yuck!” expression.
Elle Belle loves to get the colored pencils down and do some coloring. Unfortunately she also enjoys spilling the can of pencils from time to time. Making her clean them back up is not my favorite.
Sweet corn was a yummy part of summer. Elly loved helping husk it with the big girls and Daddy.
Our baby is also a bit of a cheese monster. She must get that from her dad. She is thrilled when it’s a string cheese for snack kinda day!
Eliana has been a little food thief lately. I’ve been letting her sit at the big girls’ table since it was easier for her to hop up and get on the can as needed. This has its pros and cons…. She loves it and can make it to the pot when she needs to, but she is often popping up for reasons other than potty, trails food all over the house (worse than usual), and is right by the girls with easy access to swipe their food. If they have something she loves and don’t eat it up before she finishes her portion…. watch out. Blueberries? Better eat those bad boys FAST.
Eliana got to try an icy for the first time this summer. She thought it was pretty stellar.
She also came up with her own method of eating spaghetti. Double-fisting it. To each their own.
Someone still enjoys her little “bring cereal (or other) boxes over to Mama whenever I’m hungry” trick.
Elly quit taking morning naps a few months ago and we actually had an episode where one of our children fell asleep in their high chair!!! I had to take a picture because although this is a common picture for many parents, this is something that literally never happens with our high strung babes. Look in awe….
Little Toots finally has enough hair for little sprouts. My sister gave me some little rubber bands that Elly is incapable of pulling out of her hair, which has helped us transition to constant hair sprouts. Elle was the worst about pulling hair ties out the second she had an opportunity.
This little girl is always getting compliments on her hair. It doesn’t show up quite the same in pictures, but she has sort of darker hair underneath with super blonde hair on top, so it turns out looking kind of like highlights or whatever it is women do to get that look. I doubt it will stay, but it’s kinda cute while it lasts.
Yelly’s “say cheese” face. Elly used to hate anything and everything to do with pictures, but has taken a liking to being in pictures. She was my hardest kid to get pics of by far, so I’ll take it!
Scooters are tricky when you’re one.
A long while ago, the big girls randomly got these little rashes on their stomachs. I would have them show me them to check progress sometimes and Elly started showing me her (nonexistent) rash. She would whine a little and show me her “rash” hoping for some sympathy. hahaha It was the best.
Parks, parks, parks!
We’ve still been getting out for our walks of course, but we sure do miss the warm weather when we could be out 24/7. Boxes will always remind me how much we don’t need toys.
Walks, walks, walks. This is how we all survive living in town. 🙂 Our usual is at least 2 miles a day, one in the morning, one in the late afternoon. Lately, I have the one year olds ride in the double stroller, each big girl hang on to a side, and baby in the carrier. It’s like our do or die routine. haha Elly would get so excited on windy days that she would ride around with her hands up.
Elly’s favorite part of walks is when we do the park loop mile and stop at the park. That means she gets to jump out of the stroller for the park path portion! FREEDOM!!!!
It seems almost harsh to tell this story now, with it being so cold out, but in the HOT days of SUMMER I bring along a little spray bottle with cold water in it. The girls love it when I spray them as we’re all walking along drenched in sweat. Elly was squealing with joy in these pics. Trust me.
Elly wanted to learn how to ride a bike too! ❤
I had Elly pose with the pumpkins. She was really excited, until she realized they weren’t for snacking on. She tried multiple times to bite one. It was a bit disappointing to be honest.
Elly wants a puppy too. It’s not just me, or Abby, or Evie, or Bud. 🙂
Trampoline hair is the best hair.
Hangin’ in Papa’s big tractor.
Elly is always happy to get a stick in her hand. I have to say it can be pretty frightening though…. she swings them when she’s excited/happy and she swings them when she’s mad. Moral of the story: WATCH OUT!
This kid. She still hardly has any teeth!! She does have a few more than pictured here, but for the longest time, her two little bottom teeth were her prominent ones. Lil’ cutes!
This shirt was probably my favorite ever. Too bad she grew out of it in like two seconds. This is why I garage sale, people.
I didn’t get a picture of it, but this little twerp figured out how to side skip and it’s hilarious. If only she would do things on command, I would already have a video…. *sigh*
Elly can be so completely ridiculous. One of the other kids might take a doll away from her and she’ll scream in frustration. I’ll have them hand it back to her like 2 seconds later and she’ll be so angry about it that now she doesn’t want it back. And she’ll turn away and go, “Mmm!” She gets this side from her dad I’m pretty sure.
She can also be quite the little obstinate twerp. She heard me mention to Cabz that I wanted to get a picture of her in her capris because they just looked like pants on our short girl and it was hilarious. This is the likes of what she proceeded to do for the next like 30 minutes while I tried to catch a picture of her standing. UNbelievable. (also from her dad)
Elly loves her big sisters, although she isn’t generally very receptive to their assistance with, well, anything. On a normal day, she gets to run in to Abby’s room and play with special big girl toys (little Legos, tiny rubber dollies, or pop beads) with her for about 20 minutes prior to nap. It is one of her favorite times of the day and it’s so sweet. ❤ I didn’t get a picture, so you’ll just have to trust me on this one.
Abby gives the best trike rides too! They’re even wild enough to suit Elly!
And she’s always willing to sneak in there and hold Elly when Elly doesn’t realize she’s being held. haha
Big sister Evie is quite the riot as well. There’s sure to be cuddles and wild play combined!
Elly can be the typical little sister at times…. this was a thinking area (aka time out) session for the two big girls. Elly cheerfully ran over to join them. It’s not so funny when it’s her turn. hahaha
We love our little girlies! Pretty sure they’re some of the cutest! ❤ ❤ ❤
I’m not one to resist matching outfits. I mean, how cute is this?! They LOVE when they get to match! Best day ever!
I still always say, “Oh, Elly!”
I don’t have a picture of this, but Elly loves to hold our new little baby. She will run and sit down and then open and close her hands while she scrunches her face all up in anticipation. This is her way of saying, “Um, hello!? I would like to hold the baby right this very minute!”
Elly is usually VERY selective with her hugs and cuddles. She will usually allow grandparents, family, and close friends hold her, but it’s always on her terms. When she’s ready she will run over to you, lift her arms up, and expect nothing less than absolute joy on your face that she actually graced you with getting to hold her. And when she’s done, she’s done. She has recently been obsessed with my friend, Callie, from church. (just for you, if you made it this far hahaha) Do her brothers and sisters get to hold her? Hardly. But Callie is allowed the special privilege. What a little twerp head. (Elly that is… for clarification)
She can sometimes be a bit of a Mama’s baby, especially when she’s overtired, sick, or whatever other reason she has to be a little extra cranky. I don’t mind though. I only get so many baby days left with this one. Love you, sweets. ❤
This little girl is stubborn, adorable, feisty, independent, determined, LOUD, and a whole lot of other things. We love her to pieces! ❤