^ ^ ^ you and a few of your crazy aunts! ^ ^ ^
^ ^ ^ some of my favorite pictures of you, I can't get over your cute cheekies! ^ ^ ^
^ ^ ^ meeting your cousin Mathis for the first time! ^ ^ ^
Nicknames: The usuals, Ellie, Sweet girl, silly monkey, Baby Fergie
Temperament: Joyful and Happy. You are one big bundle of joy. I'll explain below...
Things I Could Do Without: Your dry skin and your cradle cap. I can't seem to find a solution to either. So guess what? We just decided not to care about either. I lotion you up, make sure you are happy and that's that.
Item/Toy We Love the Most: Bumbo baby! You love sitting in it because you get to see everything and I think it makes you feel grown up. I love you sitting in it because it lets me get stuff done! Win win for both of us!
Item/Toy You Love the Most: Your hands. Your love for your fists grow more each month! I have been trying to get you to love your pacifier more to protect your sweet little dry chapped hands, but nothing beats those cute little hands of yours. One night, I covered your hands with the little flap on your jammies. When I found you awake and crying, your poor little arms were stuck at the the top of your jammies! You were determined to get those hands into your mouth. You also discovered the ceiling fan this month and I'm pretty sure you think it's cooler than mommy and daddy.
Things I'm Loving Most Right Now: You are babbling all the time, It's so fun to listen to you discover your voice. You will even babble back to us if we babble at you. And that smile! I can't get enought! You are also a master nurser, which makes mommy's life soooooo much easier. Were down to less than 20 minutes for both sides and I would say that's a huuuuge accomplishment seeing that we were doing hour long sessions for the first couple of months. You rock!
Milestones: You went on your first plane ride and despite mom panicking about almost every aspect of it, you rocked it and slept through both flights. You sat in your bumbo for the first time and you can hold onto things like burp cloths and your toy Elliephant (haha...ok to much!) You also met all of mommy's students! Dad brought you up to school and they were so excited to meet you!
This month, I really started to see your personality come through. Twice this month, you brought someone to tears just because they were holding you. I honestly believe that babies can be healing to the spirit, and you are evidence of this. Your sweet joyful nature is easily felt by those around you and you are happy to share it. I feel very blessed to be your mother, I am learning so much from you. I texted Mimi this week, "Mom, I think E gets cuter every day!". She responded, "I have always thought that about you". And you know what, I get it now. I get what your mimi is always telling me about how much she loves me and your aunts and uncles. I get why even when I do crazy things that make my mom sad, she still loves me. Because I feel the exact same way about you. I know that you will probably do things some day that will make me sad, but I know that I will always love you.
Ok enough mushy business, here is a fun story from this month.
You looooove your uncle Ephraim. He comes over to the house a lot just to snuggle you. Sometimes I have to take you back by force because he just doesn't want to let go of you! It's adorable. He almost always sings you a song written especially for you. Lots of broadway/movie numbers with your name inserted in it. You think it is great fun. Your eyes get super big and you stare/smile at him while he sings away. Well one day, you were in the foyer at church with one of mommy's friends. She had taken you in the hallway because you were starting to get fussy. A mans voice started singing over the speakers from inside the chapel and you immediately calmed down and went right to sleep. Guess who was singing? Uncle Ephraim! He had never been so excited to hear that his singing put someone to sleep :)
Oh my sweet sweet little one. I can't believe another month flew by! I can't wait to see what next month will bring!
I love you forever.