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Stephens Family

Friday, December 20, 2013

Ellie's 5th Month: 10.20 -11.20

What a journey it has been from your 4 month birthday to your 5th month birthday!  We went trick-or-treating with your big brother for your 1st Halloween, camped out at the hospital during dad's thoracotomy (major lung surgery) and you got to enjoy some sweet and unexpected time with your Oma and Opa.

From birth to 5 months -- my CUTIE!

Weekly pics :)

Cuddles with Opa and Oma in daddy's hospital room <3

You are rolling both ways now!  You go girl!  You are still very much enjoying the great outdoors!  You take after your big bro in that way!  Speaking of your big brother -- he bit you this month.  For real -- two big red bite marks right now your belly!  He was honest about it and said he was sorry.  I'm sure one day you will get him back.  Just know, mommy did put him in an extra long time out for this!  

These were taken back to back.  You cried but soon after Eli was giving you kisses and you were happy again!

You were really growing this month.  You are so tall and yet, such a petite little thing.  Everyone who asks your age, comments on how petite you are.  (And, EVERYONE comments on that hair of yours!  I love it and so do they!)  Mama didn't get much sleep this month but that is okay because you are worth every drop of morning coffee!  

I swear you are teething but no tooth yet!  Tons of slobber though!

Beginning of the month -- all smiles!  Lee's Summit DT Boo's and Barks Parade and get this -- you fell asleep on the floor, no swaddle no rocking no sucking!  Way to go girl!

Halloween week!  Your 1st! You were the cutest little mouse!  

Ellie enjoys Eli's hand-me-downs.  Eli 6 wks, Ellie 4mo
We had so much fun this week!  We went to Paradise Park and you are actually happy in the swing!

Ellie and Hundson!  (Our sweet neighbor friend!)

Daddy's surgery week!  Hanging out with brother in mommy and daddy's bed.  Go Chiefs!
Your Oma O sent you this beautiful blanket she made you!  You will treasure for years to come!

Ellie's Likes:

Being outside
Bath time with mommy and brother
Nursing -- she has got the nursing and latching thing down to a T now!
Bouncing -- will the addiction ever end?  Thank you God for yoga balls!
Baby TV and Baby Einstein DVD's
Being worn -- must face out!
Being whistled to, sung to, and talked to, blown at, sneezed at, funny faces, and roared at (future Katy Perry fan?)  :)

Chewing on ANYTHING and EVERYTHING!
Toys 

Watching Eli and Sammie 
Watching her mobile
Baby bjorn
Looking in the mirror
Having someone blow on her tummy

Ellie's Dislikes:

Car seat -- I wonder how long this will stay on the list?!?
Losing control of an object or toy -- total freak out!!  Could the "girl" drama be already showing itself? Ha!


Ellie's 5 Month Milestones:

Sit for a while with a boppy and alone for just a few seconds (towards the end of your 5th month).
Rolling from back to front now!

Sleep:

Ugh.  Not my favorite subject.  Ellie sleeps between 30mins and 1.5hrs (tops) at a time.  It is terrible.  Whhhhhhhhhhhhhhyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?


I am convinced that life is much, much better when you are getting sleep.  Between Eli, Ellie and Sammie, I'm up on average 10x a night -- not kidding people.  10 times!  Right now I'd be happy with a 3 hours stretch.

The thought of going through the whole cry-it-out process with Ellie gives my anxiety.

Breast Feeding:


She loves to nurse like most babies.  We've continued to try to give Ellie a bottle with no success.  She wants NOTHING to do with it!  Boo hoo!  No date nights for Mike and I!  She also eats pretty frequently -- like every two hours.  I think that my breasts do not store as much milk as the "norm" (whatever that is, right?), so she feeds often to get her fill.

Eli and Ellie: A Comparison

Same age here!  Girls clothes are just so much cuter.  

At this age they both:

Hate the car seat.
Love baths.
Love to chew on everything.
Terrible sleepers.
Are/were super CUTE!

They are different:

Eli could sit up (with out support) on his 5 month birthday.  Ellie still needs a lot of support.  Eli got a tooth on his 5 month birthday. Ellie is still toothless, but teething.

Here is a link to Eli's 5 month post:

http://mikeandaliplusone.blogspot.com/2012_02_01_archive.html


What I've learned...

I am a happier person when I get sleep.

I am Extremely Blessed because...

Mike is recovering on schedule and will (someday) be able to night parent with me again!  Also, if Eli has a bad night (up 3-5 times) usually Ellie has a good night and vise-versa!

XOxo,

Ali

Friday, December 13, 2013

Ellie's 4th Month: 9.20 - 10.20

***This was actually written on time -- I've just been wanting to add pictures for the last TWO months!  So much has changed in Ellie even since October so I will try and get the next couple of posts done ASAP!

Oh Ellie Bellie!  You and you're brother are the BEST things to have ever happened to me!  I'm so in love you both.  Everyday I fall more and more in love with you -- I don't know how it is possible because I love you so much already but it happens!  You are the cutest, sweetest and wiggliest little baby right now!  We are having a blast making you laugh and watching you smile at Sammie and Eli!  It just keeps getting better and better girl!

From birth to four months!  

Weekly pictures, happy girl!


Beginning of the month: trying out the ergo (eh, not so much mom!), hiking with daddy, playing with Eli.

Fun times with Grandma!  Trampoline goodness!  Loving the Bumbo seat! 

Got to meet my Opa, Uncle Jason and Uncle Adam and see my Opa O on my daddy's 30th birthday!

I love to rock 'n roll!

Beautiful blue eyes.  Still can't break the swaddle.  A little chub on the thighs (mommy loves!).

End of the month: Ellie is getting ready for Halloween -- a little mouse.  She likes to play with her toes!  Cuteness is at an all time high!  


Ellie's Likes:

Being outside
Bath time with mommy and brother
Nursing -- she is starting smile while she nurses!  I love this!
Bouncing, but she doesn't "need" it as much anymore, thankfully!
Baby TV and Baby Einstein DVD's
Being worn -- must face out!
Being whistled to, sung to, and talked to, blown at, funny faces, etc

Chewing on ANYTHING she can get in her mouth but especially likes wet wash cloths
Toys

Watching Eli and Sammie some
Watching her mobile
Baby bjorn
Tummy time
Looking in the mirror
Having someone blow on her tummy

Ellie's Dislikes:
The Jumper and Play Gym just make her frustrated right now, she likes them for a few minutes but then if a toy gets away from her she FREAKS out!
Car seat, of course!

Ellie's 3 Month Milestones:
Uses hands together to bring object to mouth.
Communicating:  oohs and aahs, squeals, gurgles and laughs! She also started growl this month!  :)
Grabs both feet with both hands
Rolls from front to back often and from back to front a few times.
Stats: at 19 weeks she was 12lbs 11oz (She gains a little under 3oz a day) Skinny Minnie!
Very steady

Sleep:

HUGE regression this month! Boo hoo hoo!  For a few weeks she was literally waking every hour to every hour and a half.  It was no fun.  I was used to the 10 hours she was giving me!  It has slowly started to get better. 

Breast Feeding:


She loves to nurse just like her big brother.  We have repeatedly tried to get her to take a bottle with no luck.  So, date nights are not really an option for us until a little further down the road.  She likes to attend the SLE breast feeding support group with mommy and look at all the other babies!  It was truly a Godsend when I was going through all of the troubles with Eli and now I just enjoy going to support other moms and get some time with just Ellie (my mom takes Eli for a few hours on Mondays -- thank you Mom!).  

Eli and Ellie: A Comparison


Same age here!  They are looking less and less alike.


At this age they both:


Hate the car seat.
Love baths.
Love to chew on everything.
Terrible sleepers -- why?!?!

They are different:

Ellie likes the stroller -- just to be outside.  Eli did not like the stroller even if he was outside.Eli slobbered a ton.  Ellie does not.

Here is a link to Eli's 4 month post:

http://www.mikeandaliplusone.blogspot.com/2012_01_01_archive.html

What I've learned...

I can't leave Ellie in a room with just Eli now.  He bites!  Oh no!  He left TWO big, red bite marks on her tummy.  So sad.  I've got pictures to show when they are older and she starts biting him!

I am Extremely Blessed because...

Even though Ellie isn't sleeping the best, she is much happier than in her first few months of life.

XOxo,

Ali