Thursday, March 22, 2012

ELLA GROWS!! 10 Months!!

Holy crap she is TEN months old!

Ella is now terrified of the sock monkey for some reason.  I finally gave up and took some pictures after our third try. I figure I am trying to capture her little personality at this age and this definitely shows one side of her. She has two moods - happy and pissed. She is usually smiling and gibbering with the cats or something, but as soon as you take away her washcloth in the bathtub or tell her to stop eating the iPad cord, mean baby comes out. Thankfully, all you have to do is distract her with something shiny or loud and happy baby comes back.

Still just the bottom two little bunny teeth.  She likes to use them to chomp on mommy's fingers.

She is a chunky monkey and pretty much eats whatever I give her.  She doesn't like purees anymore, but she will eat applesauce and yogurt.  Her favorites are chicken, peas and blueberries.  She would eat an entire pint of blueberries if I let her.  She does a silly scrunch face when she eats, so we go back and forth making funny faces.  She is hilarious.
Awesome Stuff She is Doing:
- Standing
- Pulling Up
- Kissing
- Scooting
- Sleeping completely through the night!!
- Saying Mama and Dada
- Waving at everyone and everything while yelling HI!
- Pointing at everything

E has finally decided give up her 5am bottle! She is a great sleeper and loves her naps. Bedtime is at 7:15pm and she usually sleeps until 7:15am.  Naps are typically at 9:30am and 2pm.  We try to plan our activities around them because she isn't very flexible and gets very grumpy when she is sleepy. She has a lovie from Cousin DeeDee that she snuggles on her face as soon as she lays down.  I know she is done with her nap when she throws lovie and her paci out of the crib.

She is all over the place and puts everything in her mouth including dust bunnies and kitty litter.  So gross - I have to vacuum all the time!  She still likes to ride in the Baby Bjorn and wave and point to everything in Target. She loves when people stop and talk to her, especially other little kids. We have been spending Wednesday afternoons with a bunch of little friends and Ella is loving watching the bigger babies do cool stuff.  I really think she is picking up new tricks from them.

Reese and Ella are BFFs and they are too cute together.  Reesie loves to give Ella hugs and kisses and help her play with the big girl toys.
Ella and Chloe have a love/hate relationship.  Chloe loves to hang out with Ella when is she calm or eating, but as soon as Ella wants to play with her, she starts slapping Ella.  It's pretty funny, but Ella gets her feelings hurt and starts crying.  
E's favorite toy is definitely her play table.  She loves banging on all of the buttons and turning the page of the book.  Here's a bunch of pics of the busy bee playing this month.
I already purchased Ella's first birthday gift, but I opened it today and let her play with it!  It makes me so sad that she will be turning one in less than two months, but I am loving all of her new tricks.  She is growing so fast and her little personality just cracks me up! Momma loves you baby girl!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Beef with Noodles Makes her Gag!

I forgot about this video that I had on my phone.  I love the faces she makes when she is eating something yucky.  She really doesn't like anything pureed anymore...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Divine Consign

I might have just found my new favorite way to shop!  Whit, Amy and I hit up Divine Consign on Saturday night and put our bargain shopping skills to the test.  Here's a little look at what we were up against:
Add in a couple hundred crazy moms with wagons and Canton carts prepped for their massive haul and you have mommy consignment shopping at it's best!  I imagined it would be like Supermarket Sweep and we would all go running through the aisles when they let us in so I went ahead and started yelling and waving my arms when they opened the doors.  I don't think Whitney and Amy were embarrassed though.  Look how excited we were!
It really was fun digging for deals and I was super impressed with the organization of the whole event.  We are actually thinking about volunteering next time so that we can shop even earlier than the New Mom Presale.  I really wanted a Cozy Coupe car and some outside toys for Ella, but they were really picked over by the time we got there. My favorite purchase by far was this little wheely ladybug. It retails for $60 and I paid $15 for it! It looks brand new too!

 I also got a ton of great clothes for E - some with TAGS ON!  The most expensive thing was the striped Janie and Jack dress for $9.  The black and white dress was $2 and the little T-shirt was $1!!  Perfect play clothes for the summer.
Ella modeled some of her new outfits for me.  How sweet is that pink dress!  Its BabyGap for $7! 
You definitely have to pick through a ton of clothes to find a gem, but its a breeze thanks to the stellar organization.  I also bought some swim diapers for $2, a sun shade and a doll set that has a highchair, pack and play and a stroller.  Ella won't play with it for another 6 months or so, but for $10 I couldn't pass it up.  

We treated ourselves to some mommy juice and gossip after all of our hard work at the sale. It was a perfect night out for three crazy mommas!  I think Amy has already signed up up for the Just Between Friends sale in April...I need to get one of those Canton carts STAT!

Monday, March 12, 2012

I'm Going to WIN! Zoe D. Photography

Zoe and I meet when we worked at Razor together and reconnected when I saw that she was an amazing newborn photographer.  Turns out I was just about to have a baby!! Perfect!  All I can say is she is amazing and ridiculously talented.  She is having a contest right now for a free mini session that I am determined to win so I am posting here so she can see how much I love her!  Zoe's talent costs a pretty penny but the images are totally worth it.   BUT they would be even prettier if they were free!

Here are some of my favorite shots that she took of Ella when she was just 7 days old.

Gorgeous, right?!  It probably doesn't hurt that her model was so scrumptious!

Go check out her website for lots more yummy babies!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

She Kills Me.

Ella was in a really sweet mood the other day and I got lots of cute little faces out of her.

She is my favorite little nugget in the entire world!

I mean seriously...
 She kills me.