Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Happy Five Month Birthday Ellis!

This month was a fun one!  Ellis has shown his humorous side some more evidenced by his belly laughs at himself and his brother's expense.  He also found his feet which he plays with all the time.  Forget the $20 Sophie Giraffe...he's got 10 toes...weeeeee!!!!!  We learned that Ellis not only likes breast milk, but also oatmeal, bananas, apples, pears, peas, carrots and sweet potatoes...that's right...the kid is eating solids!  He was showing a lot of interest when we'd eat at the dinner table as his eyes followed the spoon and fork from our plates to our mouths. Sometimes he'd even open his mouth as we did. So we decided to give it a go and we haven't gone back since.

We finally weened Ellis from the swaddle this month. Boy oh boy was he hooked on that thing.  I tried the cold turkey method which resulted in NO sleep.  I think Mike counted that he was up 8-9 times that night.  So in an act of desperation I fully swaddled him again.  Then we did a couple weeks with one arm out, then a couple weeks with both arms out. Finally just in time for him to start day care I was able to switch him to a sleep sack so he is swaddle-less!  Now he's hooked on the sleep sack...

We had our first small medical scare this month as Ellis' pediatrician called for an ultrasound on his left hip to check for hip dysplasia.  Turns out his thigh wrinkles (cute right?) were not symmetrical when you compared the legs.  That, coupled with his tighter-than-normal hips sent us to the hospital only to learn that he is perfectly fine!  I'm glad our pediatrician was conservative about it though b/c if he did have it and it wasn't caught early, the boy would of needed surgery.

In surprising news this month, Ellis sprouted his FIRST TOOTH!  Where in the world that came from I have no idea.  It wasn't even on my radar as Cavin's first tooth didn't come in until he was 7 months old. But there it was, with minimal signs of teething - one little white tooth.  It was bitter sweet as my 2nd favorite thing about babies (their hands are my 1st favorite) is their gummy smile. And it won't be long before that is gone.

Ellis was in quite the mood this week for the Elmo shoot.  Maybe it was because he was hungry, tired, or his brother stepped on his face earlier in the day.  Even through all of that we still managed to get some smiles.

Here's the play by play:

Ellis: "Woooooah!!!"

Ellis: "How in the @#@%$ could you let that happen to me daddy??!!??"

Ellis: "Bwahahahahaaha....Cavin is making you work up a sweat daddy!"

Ellis: "Get him Cavin!!!!! Haha!"

Ellis: "Seriously, WHY does that keep happening to me???"

Ellis: "I found my toes!!!!!!"

Unfortunately we don't have weight or height stats because Ellis doesn't have a pediatrician appointment until he turns 6 months.  However, our arms and backs can vouch for this child gaining some weight.

Happy 5 month birthday Ellis!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Hi Ho, Hi Ho...

...it's back to work I go!

Mike breathed a sigh of relief to have a steady 2nd income back and I fought through tears as I handed my 17 pound bundle of smiles over to Pari and rejoined the work force after 5 months of maternity leave.

The bad news is I jumped in head first.  Work hit me like a ton of bricks as I got staffed on a big project with a short deadline. I worked late nights, missed my birthday, and worked my first weekend as well.  Going from 100% time with baby Ellis to about 10% time...well...it was R-O-U-G-H to say the least.  But I got through it.

The good news is Ellis jumped in head first as well...

 Big brother likes to make sure Pari gets it right....

Ellis and his best friend, Teagan! (They go way back to when Ellis was just weeks old as Teagan's mommy and I spent a lot of time together while on leave.)

Big brother also likes to ensure little brother has enough toys to play with and he didn't forget to let little brother borrow his Thomas train!

Monday, July 4, 2011

"Heeey baby, it's the Fourth of Julyyyy!"

(True Texans will get the reference...)