Sunday, January 20, 2013

Dear Ella . . .

I can hardly believe how quickly you are learning things right now! At this rate, you'll be ready for Kindergarten by the time you're 2!

Today you showed us that you have developed a great passive vocabulary. You now wave, clap (especially when we say,"Yea, Ella!" - which is pretty much all the time right now), and show us your tongue on command! I am so proud of you!!

You also hit another big milestone tonight. I sat you in your crib so I could get your pj's ready and when I turned back around you had pulled up to your knees. You then pulled yourself all the way up to a standing position (with mommy watching carefully)! Daddy and I will be lowering your mattress first thing in the morning (if not in the middle of the night!).

I can't believe you're already big enough for that! It wasn't that long ago that you were sleeping in your crib for the first time. Oh how precious and tiny you were all swaddled up in there!

I guess this is yet another "mommy-joy" moment. It's heartbreaking and heart bursting all at the same time.

I'm so proud of you, baby love!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Dear Ella

You've had a busy week, kiddo! On Saturday, Jan 13 you hit two major milestones! You crawled on all fours for the first time (though you're still not going everywhere just yet - and Mommy's ok with that) AND you started clapping!

Oh how you love to clap! You've been clapping for everybody all week (you had a play date with little Audrey Khoury on Thurs and Fri and even clapped for her when she burped!).

On Thursday, January 17 you figured out how to wave! You can wave hi and bye on command (and whenever else you feel like it) now! We made a happy birthday video for Granddaddy yesterday and waved to him too. He thought it was the best present ever!

On top of all of that, we are getting you over the flu. Yep, even after getting the flu shot, you ended up catching the flu. Thankfully the fever only lasted a couple of days, but we're still battling the leftover congestion. I am officially a believer in the flu shot! That could have been so much worse!

You are growing and changing so fast, little one. It seems you reach another milestone every day. Through it all you are still the happiest, most loving little girl I've ever met. I am so blessed to be your mommy!

I love you!