Friday, April 30, 2010

Update on E

So this last month or so, my life's looked a little like this - mom came back, hubs & I celebrated our 4 yr wedding anniversary, started maxx's 2nd birthday party planning, attended a couple of birthday parties for Maxx's friends, did some minor crafty things for some friends and family, checked out liberty science center, sleep trained Ellie, did some major overdue shopping for the fam, and more. During it all, i realize the kiddos are changing too fast! The kid's have been doing SO many new things. Some funny, some smart seeming, some just so FREAKIN' cute. ha! So I have to document so I don't forget any of it.

Ellie is 5 1/2 months now! She's nearing her half birthday. Not sure why I just wrote that because I never  really understood that concept. Is it a Korean thing? Anyhow, time goes SO fast with the 2nd.   I thought Maxx was a happy baby but Ellie outdoes him. She smiles and laughs SO easily and all the time. She's jibber jabbering a bit more too. No clear consonant sounds just yet but she's definitely trying to say something because she just stares at you the whole time she's talking to you. Normally she's looking all over the place.

Ellie smiling & laughing.
Please excuse my cold/sniffling & how gay I sound. Yes, I know, being a mommy changed me drastically. No shame anymore.

A big difference when you see Ellie now is her face. Besides the fact that I think she's really gotten prettier/cuter, her skin's SO much better than it was just a couple of months ago. Her skin was raw and crusty for months but now that's all gone! It still gets a little bumpy & red from time to time but it doesn't bother her nearly as much. Because she always rubbed and scratched her face, I kept her swaddled literally 90% of the first 4 months of her life. I know, I know. What about her arm development? I didn't know what else to do. Half of each cheek was oozing puss every other day. At her 4 month appointment, her super laid back doctor told me I had to let it go and just let her free. That she should be swaddle free by 5 months. Grrr...if I unswaddled her, that meant, she'd scratch her face more AND no more self soothing with paci because she'd knock it out. So you understand why I was reluctant to sleep train Ellie but I did it nonetheless and she sleeps really well now. I'm so happy! Probably because BOTH my kiddos are sleeping SO well and consistently lately. It's probably not going to last long but I'm gonna hang on to this for as long as I can! hahaha...

So getting back to Ellie, she now moves all over the crib so I had to take most of her stuffed animals out. They were distracting her and made it take longer for her to fall asleep on her own. She also now rolls onto her tummy but can't roll back so she gets stuck and ends up drooling on the crib sheets. Erg...another reason why I will like it when she can roll back.

My pineapple head baby now always has the first 3 fingers of her right hand in her mouth. Her sleeve gets wet all the way down past her elbow. It's pretty gross. ha.

Trying to calm the pineapple, I tried putting a hat on her but it made her look like a hobo. It was the free hat we got from the hospital, from the volunteers. Wish I could knit so I could make one that might actually fit her humongo head.

Since Ellie's always wearing blue or green, hand me downs, I always try to put on at least one article of clothing that's pink. It usually ends up being socks or mittens. I think I need to start looking into hairpins. Where do I find the velcro kind??

Dear Ellie,
Umma's sorry she's not dressing you so hot these days. Umma didn't buy you any girlie home/play clothes because I'm saving the money for better things for you. Promise! :)
Love, Umma
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