12 Months of Ella// Month 10

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Weight: 21ish pounds

Height: 29 inches

Diapers: Size 3

Clothes: 9 months and 12 months

Sleeping: She takes two 2ish hour naps a day and is usually going down for the night between 7 and 8 and waking up around 7:30 for the day. She is no longer swaddled. FINALLY! Pretty much when I stopped swaddling her she stopped wanting us to put her to sleep. Now I put her in her crib with a bottle, turn on her sound machine, and she puts herself to sleep. Sometimes she will babble for a little while and other times she goes right to sleep. If she doesn't fall asleep very quickly and when she wakes up she reaches through the crib slots and grabs countless headbands and other things that are in the storage cart next to her bed.

Eating: She is starting to take purees less and less, but she will eat them if they're in a food pouch. Thank goodness for reusable food pouches! She out eats Hudson during most meals, but that's no surprise when you see all the chub. She only drinks bottles when she goes to bed, and is still drinking 6 ounces then. Favorite food include: graham crackers, watermelon, lasagna, ice cream, and strawberry Cheerios. For having no teeth the girl does extremely well at eating. Whenever she sees food she has a signature grunt she does when she wants you to feed her. It's both hilarious and annoying.

Milestones: Says "dadada" now. Standing for brief periods of time without holding onto anything. Still no teeth. First oreo thanks to Aunt Bekah. First Fourth of July. Met her Great Grandma Jackie and Grandpa Denny for the first time.

Likes: bath time/ any and all of Hudson's toys-especially any that he is playing with at that moment/ being outside/ her blanket

Dislikes: Being shut in a room by herself (normally done so by Hudson)/ diaper changes/ the sun in her face while riding in the car

Personality: Ella is really starting to realize when she makes you laugh, and if she makes you laugh she will do whatever it is she was doing again and again. Once she finds something she's really interested in she will play with it for quite a while.  She follows everyone around and constantly climbs up your legs.
Her 9 month check up went great. It was our 3rd time at the doctor's office in two weeks, so we were happy to have it taken care of. 
Starting to stand on her own!

Hudson's 10 months update can be found here

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12 Months of Ella// Month 9

Monday, July 3, 2017

Weight: 20 pounds and a couple ounces. Girlfriends weighs 3 more pounds than Hudson did at this age.

Height: 28.5 inches

Diapers: Size 3

Clothes: 9 months

Sleeping: She takes two 2 hourish naps a day. She is sleeping through the night. She sleeps 7:30-7:30, and I could not be happier about that. She likes to be swaddled to fall asleep, but she doesn't actually sleep swaddled if that makes any sense. The poor velcro swaddles are getting so small on her hahaha.

Eating: She'll drink 6 ounces whenever she goes to sleep, but if she is awake she prefers food over a bottle. You can literally never feed her fast enough. She screams and grunts in between every bite because she wants more immediately. She really only likes fruit flavored purees, but she'll eat any and all real food. Favorites include, rice, potato salad, bread, graham crackers, chicken, and watermelon.

Milestones: Cruising along furniture and starting to use the walker. She still doesn't have any teeth, and she doesn't have much hair either. Baby noises have turned into babbling. She taught herself to clap, but she won't do it when prompted. She says, "momomomom" all the time.

Likes: anything that isn't a baby toy/ yogurt melts/ bath time/ being tickled/ mom/ playing in Hudson's room

Dislikes: diaper changes (she just wants to move)/ getting dressed or undressed/ being left alone/ having food taken away from her

Personality: Ella's sassy side is certainly coming out. She wants things to be her way, and wants to play with whatever she wants without Hudson or anyone else messing with whatever she has. She is super clingy and always has to be right under your feet. She absolutely hates it when you walk away from her, and prefers to be around mom the most. Other than being clingy, she is a pretty happy baby, and we certainly won't complain because she's an angel compared to her colicky days.

Hudson's 9 month update can be found here

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12 Months of Ella// Month 8

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Weight: Maybe 18 pounds? Either way she is heavy haha.

Height: 28 inches?

Diapers: Size 3

Clothes: She's mostly wearing 6-9 months and 9 months.

Sleeping: She is down to two naps a day most days, but she also sleeps through the night most nights so I'm mostly okay with it. She's getting better and better at consistently putting herself to sleep.

Eating: Up to 6 ounces at a time. She is terrible at holding her own bottle because she just wants to roll over and crawl away rather than eat. She eats purees at least once a day and she loves to snack on yogurt melts, puffs, and baby cheetos throughout the day. She will also eat small bites of our food. She absolutely loves anything that isn't formula while she thinks that formula is just alright. She will not drink cold formula at all.

Milestones: Sitting herself up from laying down, crawling, pulling herself up to standing, she still doesn't have any teeth

Likes: Peek-a-boo/ puffs/ yogurt melts/ antagonizing her brother/ being held/ toys that light up or play music/ crawling so that she is right under my feet

Dislikes: Being alone/ face being wiped/ crawling in the grass

Personality: Ella learning to crawl has really shown her adventurous side. She has to go everywhere she can. She loves to crawl over to Hudson and try to climb on him. She's happiest when she is moving around with you playing with her. She doesn't like people she doesn't know when she is tired or sometimes at all.

I asked Hudson to give Ella some of her yogurt melts.
He went and got the container of yogurt out of the fridge for her.
Either way it kept her quiet and entertained. 
I was sitting at the counter getting some work  done, and I looked over to see her standing along the couch for the first time. 
Truthfully, it about broke my heart because it's another step closer to walking, graduation high school, and moving out..

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

My mom/Rebekah scored us some conference tickets, so the first weekend in April we ditched the kids with the grandparents (thank so much for watching them), and drove down to Salt Lake City to attend the afternoon session of General conference. 
It was so nice to get away from the kids and responsibilities for a day. It felt like we were newlyweds again which I loved.
 It was my first time attending general conference in the conference center, and I absolutely loved it. 

I don't think I have any pictures, but my birthday was April 4th. We ate dinner at Cafe Rio which has kind of become a tradition, and then invited the Bushes over for ├žake because we didn't need to eat an entire cake ourselves. 

I happened to see a news article on Facebook that the Angel Moroni would be put back on the temple the next morning. Rebekah was staying with us over her spring break, so I convinced her to come with us. We loaded up the kids and went and sat in the gorgeous weather to watch. It really was pretty cool to see it happen.
Hudson had the time of his life climbing all over the van and pretending to drive while Ella preferred to be an angel in her car seat and play with some toys.

I can't believe how much smaller she already looks in this picture and it wasn't even taken 2 months ago..

Our 4th wedding anniversary was April 13th and we celebrated with dinner at Jakers (which didn't cost us a dime because we used a gift card Taylor had gotten for Christmas from his boss) and a stay at the Destination's Inn. 
Dinner was super good, but we decided we don't really have fancy enough tastebuds for Jakers haha. 
The hotel was fantastic and definitely something I want to do every year we possibly can.
We stayed in the Congo room which we really liked. 
If we ever build a house I will be putting a shower in just like this one no matter how much it costs. 
We came back from the hotel Friday morning, grabbed the kids, and headed to battle zone so Hudson could go play in the bounce houses while I had Taylor there for extra help. 
Last time I tokk him to battle zone it was just me and I can assure you it isn't fun to help a 2 year old through the bounce house while carrying a 15+ pound baby the whole time. 

The Friday before Easter we got together with the Bushes, ate some pizza (as if that's a surprise), and let the boys go crazy dying Easter eggs. I think just about all eggs were dyed twice and some even went in for a third round because they were so sad when they ran out of eggs to dye.

The Saturday before Easter we took the kids to an Easter egg hunt at a local park. It was windy and cold, but Hudson still loved it. We were super awesome parents and woke Ella up later than we should have, so in our rush to leave the house we forgot Hudson's egg hunting bucket. We had no grocery bags in the car or literally anything else in the car for Hudson to put eggs in. (That's one disadvantage of almost always having a spotless car haha) As we were walking to the park from the car Taylor grabbed a bag that was meant for dog poop for Hudson to use. I mean it even said "dogpoopbag.com" on it. Proud parenting moment for sure. Before the Egg hunt officially began Hudson was picking up eggs that had blown out of the egg hunting area. He got WAY more geggs than last year which made him pretty happy.
Later that afternoon we did a barbecue and an egg hunt with some families in our neighborhood. 
Each family filled tons of eggs which made it so the kids got tons of eggs.
I think all children walked away happy with their full baskets and buckets.
The kids woke up to plenty of goodies from the Easter bunny. 
Well Hudson did at least. 
Ella didn't get much because she has all of Hudson's old baby toys to play with haha.
We went to church, and then fed all of our poor college student siblings (and a sibling's friend) a delicious dinner before Rebekah had to go to work.

We had our first trip to the zoo right after it opened.
Since then we've probably been at least ten times.
Having a zoo pass is basically the best thing ever.

Ella learning to sit up has been the greatest thing with these two girls.
It's so fun watching them play together and thr having Ella make Emma mad by touching her, taking her binky, or snatching her toy away.
Even if they make each other mad they really are best friends in the making.

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