I was taking Aiden's 9 month pictures, and Ellie slipped in his spot. I just loved this picture, and I decided I needed an Ellie post to go with it!
So, Here's what the little sweetie is up to lately.
She talks a LOT, her vocabulary has exploded and she's really getting good at using words she learns in correct situations without being prompted. Her pronunciation is quite rough still though, she's hard to understand. She recognizes and can name all the letters of the alphabet, is getting better at counting. She LOVES her stuffed animals and does everything with them. Tip Top gets buckled into a high chair for lunch every day and given a bib and a bowl to eat from. Oakey gets read to and then put down for naps each afternoon. DubDub (her puppy--I asked her what we should name him and she went straight over, picked him up, looked at the "W" on his foot and said "DubDub", which is how she says "W") gets rides in her car and gets his diaper changed when he's "stinky". It's so fun to watch her imagination grow and her caring little nature showcase itself in different ways :) The downside to that growing imagination is she's been having nightmares for the last two weeks or so, there have been nights where she's woken up every hour. It's heartbreaking, and exhausting. Did I mention heartbreaking? Poor little thing! When she wakes up we just snuggle her and tell her she's safe and we're just right across the hall, and tell her to snuggle with Tip Top and he'll keep her safe in her crib. It seems to help most of the time. We're going to make a dream catcher to put in her room, and teach her about how it works. I don't know what else to do though. It's tough!
She loves to dance. We turn on the toddler station of Pandora everyday and dance in the living room. She loves songs with actions, and the list of ones she knows is growing rather long. Before nap time and every night as part of bedtime routine, we read a book and then sing a few of her favorites.
She has springs in her feet. She hops everywhere. A little hop here, a random hop there, the girl just can't help herself! She absolutely loves monkeys, they're definitely her favorite animal right now. She loves her monkey pajamas, and gets upset if we give Aiden the monkey bib, or if it's dirty because then she can't wear it. She still loves cooking, especially the cracking eggs part and when she gets to pour anything. She still loves sneaking tastes of everything as she cooks. She loves getting her hair braided and trying to brush Aiden's hair.
She loves getting new clothes and she loves her boots. She loves picking out her outfits each morning , although she doesn't keep one outfit on for long! She changes her clothes several times a day. We've been working on potty training, and she just finished filling up her sticker chart today! It had 4 rows of 5, and she got a potty prize at the end of each row. We just go to the dollar bins in Target, and she picks something. So far she's picked Halloween window stickies, a package of glitter glue sticks, and some glow in the dark ceiling stars.
Lets see, what else? This is random, but she's happy as a clam that pomegranates are back in season! I bought 10 the other day (for $5, sweet!), de-seeded them, and ended up with about a gallon of arils to freeze. She LOVES them. She also loves clementines. She calls them "baby oranges." Yeah for winter fruits! She also loves walnuts. My aunt gave us a ton of walnuts recently, and we've been shelling them. She's liked nuts other times she's had them, but she's never had access to as many as she wants before. Now that we have a HUGE supply, she asks for them several times a day. She eats them like candy. She's a walnut monster!
That's all I can think of right now, but that's a pretty good portrait of Ellie at this age.
What a sweet, silly little miss!
A few pictures:
(Buckling Tip Top in for lunch. She's also really into dressing up lately, in case it's hard to tell :))
Showing Oakey the first snowfall of the year
Diapers for Tip Top and Softie.