One year and one rat infested pie later…

by artjynx

If you don’t get the Monty Python reference then you’re probably younger or have no sense of humor. So I have been neglecting this poor blog for a really long time, but really it’s not entirely my fault. I won’t make every post about not writing more posts I promise. Ellie has grown so much it’s getting hard to keep up with her. Especially now that she’s all walking/running everywhere. She just started daycare full time. We eased ourselves into the whole daycare thing as we knew it would be a big change for all of us including the get sick constantly routine once she started. Now we’re all pretty much pros with daycare (knock on wood). Ellie just got over her worst virus this week after starting full time, but we expected it on some level just not the super high fever. She’s much better now and was sooooo ready to go back to school (I’m now boring). We have lots of toys for her, but she’s either a little too young yet (barely) or a little too old for some of her toys, but we managed to play with them all.

Ellie received a beautiful art easel made by her grandpa Perry and she is in total love with it. I’m excited to see her want to express herself and her love for good art supplies. (I must encourage this :) ). She wants to draw any chance she gets.

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Yes, here she is. My little pickles. Hard to believe she was so small when she first arrived. Now she’s one of the taller kids in her class.

 

1 year! …almost.

by artjynx

Yes. I’m trying to get a jump on this baby growing faster than I can keep up with her…my last post..6 months. Parent of the year. To be fair, we moved, found a house, updated said house and moved again. All this while trying to freelance and take care of said baby. Tired? me? no….

So much in one year…new baby, new city, new job, new house. I’m so glad we decide to meet all of our goals at once. Now I can relax a little. ha.

swinginEllie, you’ve been so busy! Crawling, standing, growing teeth (2 almost in and 3 starting!). You’ve been trying to say the words “baby” and “momma”, but you’ve decided to be selective when using them. You love to babble and have created numerous noises in the past few months. Two of my favorites being raspberries and clicking your tongue. You LOVE the swing. The above picture is you and your first time on the swings. This obviously was after you calmed down from screaming with glee at the top of your lungs. How come we hadn’t done this sooner!?

halloween2013Halloween. That’s right, your parents dressed you as an archaic cartoon character. Even archaic to your parents, but hey, you’ll learn what classic animation is if it kills me. Some things never go out of style. We didn’t exactly take you trick or treating but we did parade you around the new neighborhood before bedtime and sucker you into a bunch of photos. You hated that bone in your hair btw. Thanks for humoring me for at least a little bit.

And now…your first birthday is approaching and I can hardly contain myself. My sweet girl, it’s hard to imagine last year before you were here and now how much you’ve grown and changed in the last year. You’re developing quite the expressive personality and I’m constantly entertained by you. I love you, baby.

6 months!

by artjynx

When people kept telling me how fast time would fly… I pretty much just ignored them in my sleep-deprived, half-conscious zombie-like state. I mean at that point time was flying in that I never had time to take a shower…(sometimes I still don’t). It’s kind of hard to be that tired and pay attention to all the things you’re supposed to or would like to for that matter. I’m apparently a prodigy at the mom-guilt thing though, and I’m lucky enough to stay home with E for these early years. And now….boom. 6 months.

Baby stats: Ellie

  • 16 lbs. 11 oz.
  • 26″ tall
  • drools. a lot. (we suspect teething but have yet to see anything breaking through)
  • Blue eyes (a pretty dark blue which didn’t change to brown surprisingly)
  • Light Brown Hair like Dad..including his widows peak hairline. It’s growing in large patches which is leading to unexpected cowlicks but are cute.

Likes:

  • Her feet. This should actually be LOVES her feet.
  • Anything that plays music. Her favorite toys are her “ipod” and “remote”.  A daddy’s girl to the bone obviously.
  • Applesauce, carrots, peaches.
  • Rocking in a chair with Daddy
  • Sesame Street

Dislikes:

  • Sitting in one place for too long
  • People using their ipads or iphones while holding her and not sharing

Ellie, you are the BEST sleeper like ever. Your parents adore you for this and if you’re 16 and reading this now….it might be good leverage for a car. You always greet us in the morning with huge smiles and what I call a “happy dance” of kicking your legs and giggling. Even on the cranky days you still are easy going and have reasons for being upset when you cry. You love going for walks and are starting to notice the puppies. They will allow you to pet them in small increments, but I don’t think Maisy will forgive the Eyebrow yank anytime soon.

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Here’s what you’ve missed…

by artjynx

I KNOW! Where have we been? Well, if you read the previous post, it’s pretty much Elliot…oh and quitting my job. oh yeah, and moving to Austin. All in a span of 2-1/2 months. Yes folks, repeat after me, change is good. We planned to do all of this but the short time span in which to do it was one of those life’s little surprises. We might even have a buyer for the condo already. Talk to me April 15th.

After Ellie was born, we decided it was best that I stay home for longer than the normal maternity leave allowed by the University. This ultimately meant I had to quit. However, the university is contracting with me on some projects so it’s not all over. I’m still trying to find some kind of schedule with Ellie. We have our good days and some are just ‘I need my mommy at all times’ days. I’m learning to take it in stride and not panic as I’m at least staying busy. Staying home all the time for 2 months wasn’t fun and even still going out with Ellie is still a little intimidating with her still pretty little. She’s getting bigger everyday though and she’s getting quite the personality. Scott found a great job in Austin that was too good to pass up so it meant a rather brisk planning to move here. We’re renting a great house for now until the condo sells. Then we’ll start looking for a real house.

I’m still freelancing from home and so far I haven’t really been having to look for projects, so maybe I can keep going for awhile. Socializing for now has been pretty minimal and I do get a little cabin feverish. Yes, going to the grocery store on the weekend is a fun thing now. I know this will get better as Elliebean gets older. Getting back into reading at least.

 

and now…more Elliebean pics from her 2 month checkup day. Her third is coming up so I figured I needed to do this before that happened.

 

Miss Elliot Marie Phillips

by artjynx

Yay! She’s finally here! Huge. sigh. of. relief. After having not-the most-idyllic pregnancy, meeting ellie-bean for the first time (after assessing that she was perfectly healthy) was just a massive wave of relief setting in. I must say being pregnant is not what I thought it was supposed to be.  Ok, maybe I got the sappy fun glow part for about 2 weeks. The rest of the time consisted of being sick, overwhelmed, tired, and constantly being told the potential horrible things I could be doing to my baby or things that could go wrong or things that might be wrong based on an obscure test that no one really explained what the number on the results meant as it could mean anything nothing usually good though and it meant I was high-risk (sounds like I had cooties or something). Also, She was so worth every minute of it.

Others reactions:

Mia, our schnauzer, is completely obsessed with her. She only gets to stare at her for now, but I can tell Mia is going to be her protector as she gets older. She gets up with us in the middle of the night for Ellie’s night time feedings and gets worried when she cries.

Maisy isn’t quite ready to share her opinion just yet, but mostly has lamented the loss of her chair once again to me and Ellie occupying it for feedings.

Ellie so far…

LOVES her daddy. She fits perfectly in the crook of his arm and will sleep soundly. Daddy is a ninja-swaddler and makes sure she’s comfy when going to bed. So far (knock on wood) Her sleeping has been getting better with hopefully a more established routine. It’s either that or we’ve gotten used to less sleep. She loves to make faces which her father seems to think she’s taking after me on that trait. No clue what he’s talking about here.