Ellie’s First Solids

dsc07724Ellie girl’s first time trying solid food! October 7, just 5 months old, but we felt like she was very ready. We waited until 6 months with Madeline, because, why not? Breastmilk is free! But her pediatrician gave us the green light at 4 months and she kept watching us closely as we ate and opening her mouth toward food. So we decided, what the heck, let’s give her some. I mashed up some sweet potato, carrot, and breastmilk. She LOVED it! She was leaning forward the entire time and just couldn’t wait for her next bite. I took a video of her and it was the best.

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Madeline’s First Day of Soccer

Madeline’s first soccer season! It was so much fun! And how cute is she in her pony and soccer gear?? I love it. It was something we looked forward to every Saturday morning. It was the best for us to get out of the house early in the morning on Saturday as a family. She’d play soccer for half an hour and then play at the park that was right there for almost an hour. It was so fun to be together.dsc07113Madeline wouldn’t leave Daddy’s hand the entire season. We were hoping the last two sessions that she’d let go of the hand and play in a mini game with the other kids, but nope. Maybe next year 🙂

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dsc07887Madeline receiving her very first award! Yay for participation!

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And we tried really hard to get a picture with her buddy, Sammy, who she played with, but again, way too shy to stand next to him and look at the camera…dsc07900Madeline and Daddy playing some more after practice.

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dsc07913Her first soccer picture 🙂 <3 A picture taken by mommy is much better than paying an arm and a leg for a picture taken by a stranger that will not look nearly as cute!

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Ellie at 5 months

dsc07691This adorable, non sleeping girl is 5 months! I feel like it has been the longest 5 months… I have really been struggling dealing with this no sleep thing. It was fine when I only had one kid, but it’s a whole different story when you have a threenager to love, have patience with, entertain, and actually get out of the house with (which also means looking and smelling presentable). So everyday is a work in progress. Ellie is a terrible night sleeper and I feel like I have tried every avenue to help her and figure out this mystery. And I am a terrible detective because I just can’t figure it out. I have tried about 5 different sleep swaddles – the miracle blanket, the velcro swaddle, the zipadee zip, Merlin’s magic sleep suit, Love to Dream swaddle, and sleeping on her tummy. So far, there’s no magical sleep thing. I just use the velcro swaddle cause it’s easiest for me to do in the middle of the night. She likes to be swaddled, but as soon as she escapes, she’s awake and can’t go back to sleep on her own. Heavenly Father has thrown a few tender mercies my way and she will occasionally sleep a longer stretch. Like the other night, she slept 4 hours straight! Haha woohoo! But then after that was up every 30 minutes or so. Anyway, I’m exhausted and my patience is thin. So I’m desperate to find an answer.

dsc07680I was talking with some friends about it and they asked if she had acid reflux. One friend said she cut out chocolate and that was the answer, and then one friend said she just gave her son a prescribed medicine for the reflux and then he all of a sudden started sleeping. So we tried the medicine. But she is not magically sleeping. I do feel like she settles down and falls asleep easier, and also has less spit up. But I still don’t know if she really has acid reflux or not. Some nights, she would have such a hard time settling down and she would cry and arch her back and fuss, so we would give her some tylenol thinking maybe it’s teething? And she would eventually calm down. But I hate giving her medicine for no reason. So I decided to try an Amber teething necklace. Nathan didn’t like the necklace idea, so we settled on an anklet. We tried that a few nights, but it made no difference. I don’t think she’s teething, so I don’t think it can be helpful yet. Some friends swear it works, but we are both a little skeptical. I’m more just hopeful that it works.

She takes 2-3 naps during the day. She always wakes up in the morning and is still sleepy. Poor baby that isn’t getting any sleep at night! She takes her first nap around 8:30 and will sleep about 30 minutes. Most of her naps are 30 minutes long and then right on the dot, she’s awake. But still very tired. I will try to get her back to sleep, but if she fights it, I can’t spend 30 minutes to try to win her to sleep, so I usually give up and let her sleep on me at the park or on an outing. Then she takes a 2nd nap around 1:00. I’ll get Madeline down for a nap around 12:30-12:45 and then I’ll go get Ellie down. I usually have 30 minutes to myself, then Ellie wakes up, I get her back to sleep, and as soon as she’s asleep, then Madeline is up from her nap. Then depending on how long her afternoon nap is, which is usually her best nap, she will go down for the night around 6 or 7. Then who knows how the night will go. Oh well, I won’t be sleep deprived forever, right??

dsc07718Ellie wears size 2 diapers and wearing 3 months size onesies and 6 month size jammies. Almost all of her baby hair has fallen out. She had long wispy baby hair randomly all over her head and then one big chunk on top, and it was driving Nathan crazy. He was always asking me to cut it off, but I said no way! I wanted to hang on to her baby hair and let it fall out on it’s own. Then he asked me again one day, and I was flustered, exhausted, and annoyed and I was just like, fine! Do whatever you want! He’s like, seriously? He got so excited, he grabbed his razor that he uses for his hair and went for it. After one swoop, he said, whoops, I think I cut that too short… I rolled my eyes and took over with SCISSORS, not a razor.

Ellie does not like to be on her tummy, so we don’t have tummy time too often. Although she needs it to work out her back muscles more. She has rolled over a few times, but just doesn’t care to do it. She sits in the bumbo a little bit.

This girl is still chill, patient, sweet, and always has a neutral face. It takes a lot to get her to smile and laugh. But Madeline can always do the trick. She really love her sister. Ellie adores watching Madeline’s every move. Which is great, but not great when I’m trying to get her to nurse. She really enjoys looking at everything around her. It’s fun that she is more alert now.

We sure do love our Ellie girl.

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dsc07685She is always blowing raspberries, or has her hands or some other object in her mouth.

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dsc07591I signed Madeline up for a tap and ballet class through the community center. She and I were both so excited about it. I took these pictures right before her first class. She was clearly ready to go!

We got there and she immediately clammed up and just wanted to sit with me. There were only 3 other girls in her class. But her teacher was super frumpy and not inviting. She didn’t ask the girls’ names, she didn’t introduce herself, she was not exciting in the least bit. Very lame. So Madeline was even more wallflowerish than normal. But she loved watching the entire thing and when we got home, she was dancing and doing some of the things that they had done. So I took her back the second week, but the parents were not allowed in. And of course Madeline did not want to go in without me. So we sat outside the door. They had a video monitor up so we could see what they were doing, but it was so tiny. I tried coaxing her in there, but it was hopeless. So we cancelled the class. It wasn’t worth the money or the time to take her to sit outside and not be able to watch anything. I was bummed, but oh well, she’ll participate when she’s ready. I sure do love this cute girl in her leotard and tutu and her self taught poses!

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This was Madeline’s first actual birthday party. I really had no idea what to do plan it or how long it should be, or what activities to do… So I did a lot of googling and scratching out and putting in ideas. But it all came together and the kids had a good time. Nathan had the grand finale idea and it was the best!

Madeline decided she wanted a Butterfly Birthday Party! Grandma Donna was gracious to host.

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We started off with reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar who turns into a beautiful butterfly.

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Then we had snack of butterfly crackers, cheese, and butterfly shaped watermelon.

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Then we tried to do a cocoon contest, but it didn’t quite work out. But it was still fun.
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Then all the girls got butterfly wings and the boys got some homemade caterpillar things 🙂

dsc07383We had a freeze dance party with the wings on and the kids loved that.

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The dance party was followed by the kids catching butterflies with their butterfly catchers.

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dsc07401Then we had a craft. The kids colored a popsicle stick and then picked out two pre-folded pieces of paper and a pipe cleaner. We helped them put them together to make a butterfly and Aunt Rachel hot glue gunned them onto their sticks.

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And then it was time for cake!

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Madeline was so shy and did not want to blow out her candles. So all the kids helped blow them out for her.

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Everyone patiently waiting for cake.

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The whole party group!

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And for the grand finale! This was all Nathan’s idea and it was the best. Nathan ordered a dozen butterflies and they came in tiny little boxes and asleep on ice. We took them off the ice about 2 hours before their release to wake them up. We could hear their little wings hitting against the box. Everyone got to open up their box and release their butterflies. It was magical!!

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dsc07569And the beautiful, amazing cookies made by Aunt Meggy as party favors.

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