Stephens Family

Stephens Family

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ellie's 8th Month: 1.20.14 - 2.20.14

Ellie, Ellie how I adore you!  You had a rough start to the month with lots of crying and fussiness and and even rougher end to the month with a cruddy cold!  But, we sure loved all the extra snuggles!  You are so fun and love to be tickled, watch Sammie, chew on a vibrating tooth brush, follow big brother around and especially hang out with your Mama!  I'm surprised you tried (and liked) some foods this month!  You went from a beginner crawler to expert in zero to 60!  You are pulling up constantly and want to be in a stand 24/7!  You make my world 1,000 times brighter!  I love you to the moon and back!

Can't believe you are 8 months old already sweet girl!  Muah!!!!

Week by week, you keep getting sweeter! 

I love the picture of her in her leopard print dress!  She sure has crazy hair and she sure loves her brother!

First pair of jeans!  Chewing on toes and pulling up!

Admiring the snow, eating broccoli, spending time with grandma = good week!

Ellie's 1st Valentine's Day! XOXOXO  

Isn't she just the cutest thing in the world?!?  Lots of fun outside this week!  Can't wait for spring!

Ellie's Likes:

Bath time with brother
Nursing, although she wont stay latched for very long -- there is too much to see and do!
Being worn -- she is actually getting used to the Ergo this month!
Being whistled to, sung to, and talked to, blown at, funny faces, etc


Watching Eli and Sammie and any other dog she might see
Looking in the mirror
Having someone blow on her tummy
Being thrown up in the air
How big is Ellie?  Soooooooooooooooooooo Big!
Watching mama flip her hair
Dance parties in the living room
Being tickled
Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii'm gonna get you!
Peek-a-boo!  (Eli just says peek-boo, but she gets it!)
Pulling up
Other babies!

Ellie's Dislikes:

Car seat -- hit or miss now
Mommy leaving her
Setting her down
Banging head on something -- wall, floor, doorway, toy, etc

Ellie's 8 Month Milestones:

Pulling up
Sitting on knees

We started sleep training this month because she was up every hour and didn't want to go back in her crib.  Thank heavens she was much easier to "train" than her older brother was.  We got her to do a 3 hour stretch and then she got sick...  Of course!!!!

Breast Feeding:
Eats well at night.  Snacks all day.  :)  Starting to try some "real" food too!

Eli and Ellie: A Comparison

At this age they both:
Love baths.
Love to chew on everything.
Were in the process of sleep training
Did NOT want mommy to leave them!
Crawled and pulled up!  Eli crawled right at 7 months and Ellie at about 7.5; they pulled up around the same time though!

They are different:

Ellie has longer hair -- although they both sport the "mohawk".

Eli was much, much chubbier! 

Eli liked to eat "foods" more.

Here is a link to Eli's 8th month post:

What I've learned...

Sleep training isn't fun but either is getting up every hour to comfort your baby back to sleep.  It is worth it in the end.  At least for our family!

I am Extremely Blessed because...

Ellie is no longer waking every hour!  Yippee!