It's amazing how time just flies -- and how hard it is to document day to day things when your time is not your own! By the time the kids go to bed, all I want to do is brainless activity ... and therefore it has been two months since my last post! We have been busy and Elsie has grown SO MUCH! At her last doctor's appointment, she weighed 14lbs 1 oz, was 25.2 in long and in the 85th percentile for her head! She is growing -- but has let the other babies catch up to her a bit as her weight was only in the 60th percentile.
This month Elsie has had a bit of trouble with her "pipes" ... all of the sudden she stopped eating good -- going from 5 oz a serving down to maybe 2 ... and woke up several times a night. After fighting with her for the ump-teenth time ... I called and got an appointment with her doctor. They said she was backed up and gave her a laxative. Since then, she has been golden and is now eating 6 oz a feeding, roughly 5 times a day.
Elsie is a great member of our family. She loves to interact with her favorite big brother, Jace, and he loves to play with her. She is so patient with his "brotherly love" ... sometimes playing a little too rough. The other night in the car we heard Jace saying: "Elsie say AAAAH ... Elsie say AAAAH .... She smiled at me mom! ... Elsie say AAAAAAH ......... " It was awesome. She still hates tummy time, and will only tolerate it for a few minutes. She can hold her head up and she has rolled over several times, so we aren't concerned.
Our little princess has never been a quiet one. Joe and I decided the other night she is just as "good" of a baby as Jace was -- very mellow and pleasant ... but she makes her uncomforts known as soon as they arise. She does not whine -- but bellows -- when she is unhappy!
Here is a little of what we have been doing in the last two months!
Getting ready for the 4th of July Parade in Murry
Mom and Els at the parade. It was HOT! Luckily her big hat covered her entire top half and we only had to worry about the sun on her bottome.
Photo shoot with Elsie. She is a BEAUTIFUL baby -- She freely gives her smiles often -- especially happy when she wakes up from her nap.
It amazes me the bond these two share.
This is our second hike of the season. We went up to see Battle Creek Falls in Pleasant Grove. It was beautiful!
I have brown eyes, as do most of my family. Two of my brothers have gray eyes. With Joe having blue -- the color of my kids eyes fully depend on what 2nd gene I have -- is it recessive or dominant. Baby Elsie has bright BLUE eyes! I couldn't be more excited :) So I guess about 1/2 of my kids will have blue eyes too.
Elsie after bath time sporting Aunt Penny's bath towel that fits her perfectly.
Jace looks so big in this picture!
We tried rice cereal for the first time on July 30th. Elsie is a "happy spitter" Because she is growing and is happy when she constantly spits up -- there really isn't anything that can be done for her spitting. We were hoping that introducing cereal a bit early would help ease her tummy. She's not a huge fan of eating from a spoon yet -- but we'll get there. I am looking forward to making my own baby food again.
I don't know how it's possible, but one spoonful will go in and three will come out.
I have the best job in the whole world -- I am the momma of a GREAT 4 year old who I am over the moon about -- and a beautiful, growing like a weed, little princess who, unbelievably, now is 1 years old! I love my family more than words can express. To make matters even BETTER, I have the best partner in crime that I could ever imagine. I have so much fun with my family and I am working on eternity with them!