10/22/14

Eleanor Love- 5 months

Eleanor Love

5 months

 

  Little Miss Eleanor Love turned five months old yesterday. She was all smiles during pictures. Probably because big brother was taking her pictures, too, with his toy camera- ha ha! I have tried to list all of her milestones below. She changes and advances so much from week to week. So far, she's on par with big brother Ezra! (not that we're comparing) Although she is just now five months old, she's wearing NINE month old clothing! Talk about breast milk healthy, she definitely is!



Eleanor's five month milestones: Eleanor responds to her own name. We either call her "Eleanor" or "Ellie". When lying on stomach, she pushes up to elbows. Can hold a toy and shake it and swing at dangling toys. Rolls over from tummy to back & back to tummy! Pushes down on legs when feet are on a hard surface (since 1 month old). When standing, she can support her weight on her legs and sometimes bounces. Recognizes familiar people and things at a distance and really watches faces. She even fell asleep in her Uncle Josh's arms the other night! Uses hands and eyes together, such as seeing a toy and reaching for it. Reaches for toy with one hand. Responds to affection, she's very lovey. I get all kinds of caresses on my cheek while nursing her and she also gives some pretty aggressive kisses! Definitely lets you know if she is happy or sad! She started babbling at four months. She babbles with expression and copies sounds she hears. Still says, "Mommy" and not Momma. It sounds like, "Mom-meee"- too cute! Babbles her Mmmm's and Bbbb's.  Copies some movements and facial expressions, like smiling or frowning. My favorite being the BIG pout she does by sticking her bottom lip way out! Likes to play with people, she always plays with us, but also plays with others she's around. Especially her big brother, Ezra! He plays so gentle with her! She loves playing peek-a-boo and laughs really hard while playing it, too. Knows familiar faces and begins to know if someone is a stranger. Loves looking at herself in the mirror, always giving big smiles to herself! She brings objects to her mouth, I think out of bot curiosity and teething! Constantly tries to get things out of her reach. Especially my food, if I'm holding her while eating! She's a supported sitter. I'm working with her on sitting by herself. 




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10/20/14

Eleanor Love- 4 months

Eleanor Love

4 months

  With packing and moving, I got terribly behind on posting. I was without internet for a few weeks during the move/transit. So here is Eleanor's four month updates. Better a little bit late than never!

  At her four month checkup, Eleanor weighed 17.10lbs and was 26" tall. So she is off the charts on both weight and height. She is definitely a chubby, healthy, little baby girl! She can roll over from front to back, also, back to front. She still, occasionally, says "momma". This little blonde hair, green eyed, beauty is full of smiles! She has really discovered her feet, and rolls back and forth holding onto them. Tummy time is becoming easier and easier for Eleanor. She now "Army crawls" across the floor blanket to her toys! She isn't a supported sitter, yet. We're still working with her on that. Her big ol' baby booty is too big and round for sitting unsupported! She is still exclusively breastfed. We have decided to wait before introducing her to table food, although she is more than interested in it! Eleanor is close to Ezra's four month milestones, which I think is neat! 



Eleanor's four month milestones: Eleanor responds to her own name. We either call her "Eleanor" or "Ellie". When lying on stomach, she pushes up to elbows. Can hold a toy and shake it and swing at dangling toys. Rolls over from tummy to back & back to tummy! Pushes down on legs when feet are on a hard surface (since 1 month old). When standing, she can support her weight on her legs and sometimes bounces. Recognizes familiar people and things at a distance and really watches faces. She even fell asleep in her Uncle Josh's arms the other night! Uses hands and eyes together, such as seeing a toy and reaching for it. Reaches for toy with one hand. Responds to affection, she's very lovey. I get all kinds of caresses on my cheek while nursing her and she also gives some pretty aggressive kisses! Definitely lets you know if she is happy or sad! She started babbling at four months. She babbles with expression and copies sounds she hears. Still says, "Mommy" and not Momma. It sounds like, "Mom-meee"- too cute! Babbles her Mmmm's and Bbbb's.  Copies some movements and facial expressions, like smiling or frowning. My favorite being the BIG pout she does by sticking her bottom lip way out! Likes to play with people, she always plays with us, but also plays with others she's around. Especially her big brother, Ezra! He plays so gentle with her! She loves playing peek-a-boo and laughs really hard while playing it, too. Knows familiar faces and begins to know if someone is a stranger. Loves looking at herself in the mirror, always giving big smiles to herself! She brings objects to her mouth, I think out of bot curiosity and teething! Constantly tries to get things out of her reach. Especially my food, if I'm holding her while eating! She's a supported sitter. I'm working with her on sitting by herself. 

 

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10/15/14

The stars at night are big and bright...

Deep in the heart of Texas!!!



 
Howdy, from Austin, Texas!

The family and I made the big move to the Texas state capital this week!

I'm behind on posts, but hopefully I will be able to blog more often once we're unpacked and settled. Follow me on Instagram to keep up with our little adventures.

xo
Annalee



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8/25/14

Eleanor Love ~ 3 months

Eleanor Love ~ 3 months


  This little firecracker right here... She is growing and advancing so fast these days! Her eyes have changed from blue to green. My little green-eyed beauty! I'm curious to see how much she weighs and how much she has grown since her two month checkup. We will find all of that our at her 4 month checkup next month.

  Eleanor is very verbal, she constantly "talks", jabbers, and coos to us (as seen in the above picture). This little girl adores her big brother, and he adores her, too. She is really starting to interact and play with the baby toys she has hanging from her swing as well as her car seat. I think she is also starting to teeth, although I haven't felt anything sharp on her gums to suggest this. Just lots of slobbering whilst chewing on her teething toys. Oh, and also, she rolls her tongue around. Chewing and sticking it out. She can pronounce her "M's". Every now and then she yells, "MmmA!" I'm thinking, like her big brother, her first word might be Momma!
 

  Eleanor still loathes traveling. It doesn't matter if its just a quick trip to town or the hour drive to visit my parents. This may be problematic at the end of next month (more on that later). She cries most of the way. Eleanor, recently, started taking a binky/pacifier during trips in the car. It helps soothe her and she ends up falling asleep. I know giving a baby a binky/pacifier is normal, but Ezra never took one and it just is not something I like- personally. Especially since I breastfeed. Which, by the way, is still -thankfully- going great! My goal is to breastfeed Eleanor as long as I did Ezra.



little, but significant, 3 month milestones: holds head up for long, extended, periods of time by herself like she's much older than she is; loves playing with her toys that hang from her swing and car seat. She uses hands and eyes together when looking at a toy and reaching for it;  she still scoots and crawls on her stomach during tummy time and while lying on her stomach when being held. Eleanor still stands upright on both legs, pushing downward, while being supported by us holding under her arms, for 10 seconds [now]; This baby girl is FULL of smiles, especially at her older brother, Ezra; has found her hands loves sucking on her thumb, mostly to self calm; Coos and "talks" during interaction- she gets so loud when she's talking! She "talks" the most to me and to Ezra. She has laughed out loud once, and gives little giggles [mostly] when Ezra holds and talks to her; She also still loves to look at herself in the mirror, she "talks" to herself, too; Still turns head toward sounds and voices (especially Ezra's voice) and pays close attention to them; Eleanor knows exactly when I walk in to the room. Her face lights up with a huge smile! Which, of course, makes me feel amazing!;  Eleanor becomes bored with most activities, she likes change; she also recognizes people by voice and their face; she rolled over once during tummy time. We are still working with her on that!


xo


Annalee



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