She turned 9 months old on the 4th of October. It has been the fastest yet craziest 9 months of my entire life! She had her picture in the newspaper, started saying "dada" and "hi", participated in her first Buddy Walk, punished me for going on a business trip (see videos below!) and had her 9 month check-up with her Pediatrician.
First, I have to share this funny photo of her doing toe-touches in her sleep. She loves to do this! I am thinking we have a future ballerina or gymnast on our hands! "I can kick, stretch, and kick... I'm 9 months old!"
|Doing her high kicks.|
|Look at that face!|
Leaving the kids for the first time during my work trip was hard because I was so worried about how they would do without me at home, and I also worried about how Jesse would handle everything by himself. Well Will and Luke did great with daddy, and they had a lot of fun "guy time". Jess was a rock star Mr. Mom, all the mom's at soccer were impressed with his skills of juggling the 3 kids at practice. I wasn't really worried about Ellie, I told myself "she's 8 months old, she won't even know I left!" Boy oh boy was I wrong. I underestimated her big time. She was so upset with me. It makes me feel like I can never leave her again! She couldn't even look at me without her bottom lip sticking out a mile. Check out the video here:
Ellie Mad at Mommy
It took her a few hours before she would smile at me again. Later that day she was jumping in her jumperoo and being her cute self, and I got her on video saying "hi", see if you can hear it! I felt like she grew up so much in the 8 days I was away! And please excuse the house, we are under construction :-/
Ellie Says Hi
Then she said "dada" on video, I couldn't believe it! Our little girl is growing up and meeting milestones. We are so proud of her.
Ellie Says Dada
Here are a few more of her milestones she's been reaching:
|Holding her own bottle, she can only do it for a little bit but it's a start.|
|Sitting up unassisted and getting stronger every day.|
The date of the walk was postponed a week due to horrible Oregon rain, and the new date couldn't have been more perfect weather-wise. 10 or so of our walkers couldn't make it but we still had such a blast. I got to see a lot of my new friends from the Ds community and introduce them to our family and friends. Seeing our two worlds come together felt right, like puzzle pieces falling into place. There was magic in the air that day, and I felt especially grateful for our support network.
I had set a goal of $1,000 for our fund raising, thinking it was lofty, and was blown away that we ended up raising $2,900! My employer (Columbia Sportswear) matched employee's donations and it put us over the top. I was absolutely amazed by the love and support that poured out. Our hearts are so full.
|Team Ells Bells!|
|Family picture :)|
|New but lifelong friends.|
|Famous Iris, Ellie's mentor!|
|Love this one of Grandma and Ellie|
|Those hips don't lie! :)|
Height: 29.5" (96th percentile!)
Weight: 16lbs 6oz (10th percentile!)
Overall doing amazing. I'm so so proud of you baby girl. Keep up the good work and happy 9 months!!!
|Wearing my dad's boatin' hat!|
|You like my Halloween costume?|