Sunday, April 28, 2013

"By This Time Next Year"

If you are reading this I have to warn you, I take a lot of pictures.  Too many, really.  So this blog is going to be filled to the rim with picture after picture.  My hope is to some day print this blog for Ellie so she can see what her life was like when she was little. I figure even if no one reads this, it'll at least serve as the most bad a%$ baby book ever! 

Did you know there is a site that prints blogs into book form?  I didn't until just recently! It's called Blurb.  I actually used this company 6 years ago to make a book for my mom and the quality is amazing. Interestingly enough, you can still preview the book.. as I discovered one day while I was bored and googling family member's names for fun! :-P

Just about four months ago it was Christmas.  Our hearts were full with anticipation over the upcoming birth of our last baby.  The excitement I felt was overwhelming, what will she look like? Will she have blonde hair or brown hair? I wonder if her eyes will be blue like mine, or if she will have beautiful green eyes like her big brother Will.  Maybe they will change into a stunning deep brown like her brother Luke's.  Or perhaps she will have hazel eyes with that special twinkle just like her daddy's. 

At every holiday I would always say to our family... "just think, by this time next year our little girl will be doing (name any milestone here)" And I remember how often I would say "by next Christmas I bet she's close to walking!" 
My Christmas Ellie Belly
Little did I know 4 months ago what was to come.  It was only 10 days after Christmas that our world was rocked with Ellie's birth.  OK, so she won't be walking by Christmas. That's alright. My mom bought her an adorable 0-3 month size dress for Easter before she was born and I said "there's no way she will fit into that size at 3 months old!" Jesse and I make big babies. Both of the boys were already squeezing into 6 month size at that age. Well the dress fit her perfectly and Ellie looked beautiful in it. So she's smaller than her bros were, that's alright too.
Ellie and I on Easter
It's funny how much emphasis we put on milestones without even realizing it. Speaking of milestones, she is still working her little bootie off to gain that head control.  She has bi-monthly physical therapy now.  She also still likes to get into her signature pretzel position that freaks everyone out (see the latest pic below!)
Ellie is sound asleep- I know, it's crazy!
I say she'll be an acrobat some day. ;-)  And she will hold her head up soon, it's just going to take her a little longer. That's alright!  Her PT evaluator reassured me that "she WILL do all of these things, crawling, walking, etc.. it just takes longer."  She has worked with kids with DS for 25 years and has not had one patient unable to do these things. This made me feel better about it.

Look at that head control! Proud of our girl.
To be honest I feel like I'm anticipating each milestone with a little bit of worry.. "will she ever do it?"  Jesse finally said "honey, BE PATIENT, sheesh!" because I keep worrying and waiting... especially for her smile. At her 2 month check-up with our home health nurse she was writing down everything Ellie WASN'T doing.  It was hard to hear.. "oh she's NOT smiling yet?"  Nope, but you know what? She is now! She smiles all the time. And sometimes her eyes go into a half moon shape and she smiles just with her eyes. It melts our hearts every time.  And daddy seems to get her to smile the most.  She has an amazing little grin. 

Oh and she knows how to wave too! Check out the video here: Ellie Waving to Daddy

OK, OK.. I know babies don't wave until 6 or 7 months, it just happened that she had some arm movements that looked like she was waving and I caught it on video!! Ha!

Here are some photos from some of Ellie's firsts this month. Her first big family holiday, Easter, where she was snuggled the entire time.  We also went on her first beach trip to celebrate Grammee's birthday.  Where, surprise, surprise, she was snuggled the entire time as well.  This girl gets lots of lovin' everywhere she goes. 

And by this time next year, Ellie will still be melting hearts like a champ. I'm trying to throw my milestone expectations out the window and enjoy every moment with this amazing little girl.  She will be able to do everything, but it'll be on Ellie time.  And that's ALRIGHT! ;-)

End of the Line - Traveling Wilburys

Easter table setting at my amazing mama-in-laws. So pretty!

Ellie looks like a ballerina here!
Uncle Danny and Ellie
Grandma Barbara lovin'!

Sweet smiles for auntie DiDi
Getting love from her Auntie.
Easter egg hunting with the cousins!
Happy Easter!

Sweet faced baby girl at the beach
More cousin time!
Hanging with Papa 
Will being Will.
Ellie's cousin, I love this photo of her. 
Brrrr... Oregon beaches aren't very warm!
Hi mama!
My loves getting ready to go on the beach.
Luke fell in... it was a little scary... AND COLD!
Wherever Anna was.. Ellie was.
Cousin love!
Snuggle time with the birthday girl


  1. The photos are beautiful! I LOVE the Easter pic of you two. And it's so nice that you have so many photos of her with the people that love her. Those are priceless. I have to admit, the pretzel freaked me out too. And I thought Cora was flexible!

    1. Haha! I know the pretzel pic is so funny! Her pediatrician said he left it up on his computer screen because everyone that walked by would say "WHAT is going ON with that baby?" :-P
      Thanks for the sweet comments Leah, we still need to meet up one of these days!

  2. Love all of the pics! She is getting big, and oh so cute!!!

  3. It tickles me to see little Ellie surrounded by so much love. (And I also sympathize with cold beach days!)

  4. Such precious pictures...And that little smile of hers is so, so sweet!

    I am three years ahead of you on this journey so I wanted to share something with you. The one thing I regret the very most of Russell's first and second year of life, is worrying about those damn milestones. When they would happen, if they would happen, what I could do to help them happen sooner...All of it. It was such a waste of time. It robs you of the joy of the moment right now. If I could go back in time I would have just enjoyed my baby without the stress of worrying over those milestones. Sounds like you are on the right track though in just going with the flow. Ellie will lead the way and do every thing in her own time :)

    1. Jenny- thank you! I appreciate this advice, I need to hear it. I try really hard to remind myself to enjoy the moment then the worry creeps up again. It makes me crazy! :-)

  5. Gorgeous pictures, gorgeous girl. Truly beautiful. Ella used to sleep the same felt awkward just watching her.

    1. Krista, it's nice to hear that your Ella did the same thing. Now I know our little pretzel girl isn't alone! It does feel awkward just watching her lol :)

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