Eleanor Love - 8 months

Eleanor Love

8 months

  Eleanor has advanced so much from the day she turned seven months to the day she turned eight months! She has gone from breast feeding and one small meal a day, to breast feeding and at least two meals a day. Her favorite foods are: Greek yogurt, hummus, and a mixture of prunes, apples, and oranges.She has also been trying to drink from a cup (usually her brother's juice). However, this is a new thing for Eleanor, since she has never taken a bottle. She had only one tooth the day before Christmas, which was just right after she turned seven months old. On Christmas day, she cut her second tooth. Then, on New Years day, she cut her third tooth. She currently has 3.5 teeth, as she is currently cutting her fourth tooth! (As you can tell from her 8 month baby pictures, she's definitely teething!)

  Eleanor now says, "Bubba"! Ezra was so thrilled the first time he heard her call him Bubba! I'm so glad that I was able to film it, too! She still only says "Momma" when she's looking for me or wants me to get her/hold her. Eleanor also says "Dadda", on occasion. At least she only says it in correct context, looking right at her daddy! She has also said "juice" four times, but sounding more like "joouz"- however, it was said/used in correct context! She jabbers sounds all day long, especially when playing.

  Instead of army-crawling she now crawls on hands and knees all of the time. She started doing so right before she turned seven months, but does it all of the time now. Even going from room to room, turning herself around. Looking for me, mostly. Quite fast, too, I might add! She can easily get into sitting position by herself, without help. Also, little babe is pulling to stand upright by herself! She has stood alone only once so far (pictured below). She tries to stand by herself as much as possible! She stands, holding on. She also "walks" or takes multiple steps when holding onto your hands or fingers. I don't think it will be too much longer before baby Love is walking on her own!

  Eleanor is way more interested in playtime with others now (back-and-forth play), as well as independent playtime. She would play with her toys before, but only if I held her in my lap or if I initiated the playtime. Ezra, as you can probably imagine, is thrilled about this! Although he cannot quite understand that she isn't big enough to play cars with yet. Eleanor still very much enjoys going to the playground and park. Thank God for the few 70 degree and 80 degree winter days we've had! Swinging is still her favorite thing! The past few weeks that I have taken the kids to the playground, Eleanor got to play on the slide (with my assistance of course). She wasn't scared one bit, which scares me!  I think we might have a little daredevil on our hands!

8 month milestones- {some are repeats from 7 months}- Saying "Momma", "Dadda", and "Bubba" more plain; Repeats sounds and words; Crawling on hands and knees, stomach off the ground; Eating solids (started at end of 6 months); Shows curiosity about things and tries to get things that are out of reach (constantly!); Smiles really big when you say her name, responds to her name; Copies facial expressions and gestures- her favorite being sticking out her tongue!;  Still very clingy with me. She cries when I leave the room, even with Justin holding her; Understands "NO", she really puckers her lip out and frowns. Really only enforcing that when she bites during nursing- ouch! Or if she gets into something that could harm her; Pulls herself upright to stand!; loves having books read to her; Tries feeding herself; Still enjoys playing peek-a-boo, Ezra plays this game with her all the time; Has a 3.5 teeth; Still loves playing with Ezra; watches the path of objects as they fall (usually her bat toys falling/being thrown out of her bathtub; Looks for things hidden.

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Eleanor Love ~ 7 months

Eleanor Love

seven months 

  We just celebrated Eleanor's first Thanksgiving and now we are about to celebrate her first Christmas. Holidays with babies are always so very special and also lots of fun! She has been attentively watching big brother make Christmas arts and crafts these past few weeks.  I would let her join in too, but she's in a "I-try-to-eat-everything-I-get-a-hold-of" stage! Although I do have a special art project that we will be doing with her soon. A canvas painting of her hands and feet- I have one of Ezra's from seven months old, too!

  Ellie is becoming more mobile, and she's quick, too! She is trying to pull up to stand. Her eyes change from green to a very light brown. Which you can see in the photo that I snapped of her, below. That day they were really green, but you can see flakes of gold-brown, too. As you can see in all of these photographs, her eye color is changing constantly. I'm wondering if this will be a permanent thing, like my husband's eyes. She is growing more ash blonde hair. It is getting longer in the back. It seems like she will have straight hair, opposite of Ezra's curly baby hair. If we're lucky she will have hair by her first birthday! Both of my babies are little "baldies"! Eleanor finally has a tooth, after a few months of trying to cut one! She's a chunky little baby, as well! Although she is just now seven months old, she wears 9-12 month clothing!I totally blame it all on the breast milk, ha! At least she is completely healthy, very thankful for that!

  Little Love loves butternut squash and sweet potatoes. Immensely dislikes pears! She likes navy beans, but not peas so much. She is doing very well with eating solids. She even tries to feed herself, although I'm sure it's just because she thinks I'm not feeding her fast enough! I am still, of course, nursing her and plan to until she weans herself.

  Eleanor really enjoys having books read to her. Story time with Ezra is a challenge because Eleanor tries (and most time is successful) at grabbing and stealing the book! She likes to just look at them, and of course chew on them, too! She smiles constantly; such a happy baby. Ellie still enjoys playing peek-a-boo. She even, occasionally, likes to watch cartoons with big bro Ezra. She loves being held, and is still very cuddly. She will snuggle up with anyone that will rock her to sleep. I have noticed that she is very clingy with me. She will cry whenever I leave the room, even if Justin is holding her. It's a phase, I know, but still makes me sad to see her upset. Eleanor is also riding in the car so much better! She doesn't cry or want to nurse, she just looks at her seat-toys and plays quietly. She even sleeps on car rides- I wish she did that on our 14 hour trip from Arkansas to Texas! HA!

  Seven month milestones: {some are repeats from 6 months}- Saying "Momma" more plain- usually only when she's mad/hungry/sleepy; Rocking back and forth on hands and knees; Crawling backwards, super quick!; Crawling on hands and knees!; Eating solids (started at end of 6 months); Shows curiosity about things and tries to get things that are out of reach (constantly!); Sits without support for long periods of time; Smiles really big when you say her name, sometimes acting coy but most of the time she looks at you, always, though, smiling!; Copies facial expressions and gestures- her favorite being sticking out her tongue!; Very clingy with me. She cries when I leave the room, even with Justin holding her; Starting to understand "no", really puckers her lip out and frowns. Really only enforcing that when she bites during nursing- ouch!; Tries to pull up on objects to stand; loves having books read to her; Puts things in her mouth, tries feeding herself; Still enjoys playing peek-a-boo; Has a tooth!; Loves playing with Ezra!

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Ezra, 2.5 years


age 2.5 years

 I realized a couple months ago that I never wrote a post on Ezra's milestone and general updates when he turned two. I blame it completely on "pregnancy brain". I started Montessori homeschooling with him back in August. He is really thriving in the Montessori method. We are very proud of all of his achievements! This post has taken me two months to finish. There is just so much information to remember and share! Continue with lots of information and a plethora of photos ...

Eleanor Love ~ 6 months

Eleanor Love

six months

  It is really hard to believe that Eleanor is already six months old! And in just six short months from now she will be turning one! I feel like she has changed so much physically and advanced tremendously these past few weeks. She weighs a whopping 21.4lbs! She can now sit upright by herself, even if it is for less than 20 seconds at a time! The more I work with her on that, the better she gets- of course! I always make sure that while she is awake I have her sitting upright (no flat heads!). She really enjoys playing in her activity bouncer. Its a Baby Einstein bouncer that plays classical music and has quite an array of textures to play with. Eleanor is also trying to crawl! She goes from crawling on her belly to position on her hands and knees, rocking back and forth. I'll place her on a quilt on the floor, belly down, facing one direction. I'll go in the kitchen for something or help assist Ezra in the bathroom (he's potty trained now) and look at her and she is facing the complete opposite direction at least six feet from where she started! I've discovered that she thinks the best way to get to point A to point B is by rolling! She is also trying her very hardest to pull up on objects- but she's not quite ready for that just yet! 

  It seems like she is still trying to cut that first tooth. The sharp nub on her upper set is more prominent now. Over the past couple weeks I've let Eleanor sample some solid food. I wanted to wait with her until she was six months old before  trying her on solids to replace a nursing meal. She ate sweet potato first,and loved it. Secondly, homemade hummus, and third, carrots. She loved all, kinda shook all over on the hummus though! Her new favorite thing is trying desperately to drink water out of a straw from my daily water bottle.

  Here is a list of the milestones that Eleanor has reach so far, 
some might be repeated from her five month post:
six month milestones-  Rocks back and forth, sometimes crawling backward before moving forward; When standing, supports weight on legs and bounces; Sits without support; Rolls over in both directions- front to back, back to front; Passes things from one hand to the other; Shows curiosity about things and tries to get things that are out of reach (Ezra's toy cars and trucks and my daily water bottle!); She is trying to drink from a straw (again, my daily water bottle); Brings things to mouth (yet again, the straw and straw cap from my water bottle, among other things); Looks around at things nearby; Makes sounds to show joy and displeasure; Responds to her own name- both Eleanor, and nickname, Ellie; Strings vowels together when babbling (“ah,” “eh,” “oh”) and likes taking turns with us while making sounds; Loves watching herself in the mirror, especially when she receive kisses on the cheek!; Responds to other people’s emotions and often seems happy; Likes to play with others, especially Ezra.; Loves playing peek-a-boo; Tries to pull up to stand (slightly unsuccessful though!); She has been using her finger to point at things (that started this week). 

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