Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Ellie is becoming Ms. Independent! She is attempting to walk a little bit and doesn't even want us to hold her hands while she is doing it. Also naptime has changed too.

Typically to put Ellie down for naps, Erik and I rock her. I know that for bedtime I usually brag about how we just put her down and she goes right to sleep. However, at naptime she just can't do it. And to be totally honest Erik and I can't take the crying. So usually we rock her and then put her down. Lately however, this has been working either. When we try to rock her, she gets upset and she cries or whines. Finally after a few minutes of this I just gave in and put her down...she fell asleep instantly! Erik and I were so amazed we try it again the next nap, and it happened again. She no longer needs to be rocked, she is a independent girl and can put herself to sleep! Of course, secretly I am missing our cuddle time. However we are so proud of her!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Dance Party

Eliana and I love to dance. Yes, I know that she can't walk yet, but I hold her and we dance in our living room. Usually Ellie and I listen to some guilty pleasure like, NYSNC or Miley Cyrus, but today we danced to worship music. Recently I have been listen to a particular worship song that I just love sooo much!It's called Revelation Song. So today I put the song on, scooped Ellie up in my arms, and started to spin around and bounce to the beat. Ellie was laughing and lifting up her "praise arm." We had so much fun! Anyway, I love the song so much, mostly because of its amazing I have posted them below.
As you read them, imagine Ellie and I getting our praise on!

by Jennie Lee Riddle

Worthy is the,
Lamb who was slain
Holy, holy, is He
Sing a new song
to Him who sits on
Heaven's mercy seat

Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come
With all creation I sing:
Praise to the King of Kings
You are my everything,
And I will adore You

Clothed in rainbows
Of living color
Flashes of lightning, rolls of thunder
Blessing and honor, strength and
Glory and power be
To You the only wise King

Filled with wonder
Awestruck wonder
At the mention of Your Name
Jesus, Your name is power
Breath, and living water
Such a marvelous mystery

Sunday, March 6, 2011

10 Things I Love About Ellie

Of course there are hundreds of things I love about my little girl, but I have composed a list of things I have seen over these past few weeks that crack me up or make me smile...

1) When she wakes up from a nap she always looks baffled about being awake

2) I love that she laughs when other people laugh even if she has no idea whats going on.

3) I love that she picks up dirt off of the floor and hands it to me as if she is saying, "Hey mom you really need to vaccum"

4) I love that she says "Mama" and reaches for me when she is upset

5) I love her smile. Even when I'm upset her smile makes me smile

6)I love that when I'm running to stop her from pulling something off of a shelf she crawls faster and laughs, she thinks we're playing a game.

7) I love that Ellie bounces up and down in her high chair when we are about to feed her fruit or veggies

8) I love that Ellie always ALWAYS tries to pull her socks off. I think she likes to feel the carpet on her cute little feet.

9)I love that when I'm giving her a bath she always kicks and splashes and giggles with delight

10) And I love that if I'm crying or frustrated, Ellie always stops what she is doing and crawls in my lap and snuggles with me. (Its like she knows whats happening)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

And Now, A Rant About How My Daughter is Growing Too Fast

Eliana is growing up too fast, and I feel like I can't keep up. This week 3 signs of "growing up" occurred.

1) Eliana started crawling. While, I am excited about this milestone I wasn't expecting it to happen at 6 months. I mean I guess that's not too early, but I was thinking more like 7 months into 8 months. However for the past few weeks she has been rocking back on forth on her knees and lunging forward at random objects on the floor. I knew I jinxed myself last week, when I told Erik that Ellie was going to start crawling any day now. And just a few days later my little baby started crawling around and touching EVERYTHING. So now we have to baby proof, and I am struck with the reality that she no longer will be content just relaxing on her floor gym.

2)Not only has Ellie started crawling but now she is trying to pull herself up on things. Ellie doesn't seem content with crawling, she actually gets fussy when she crawls and giggles when she stands. So, she is trying to stand all the time...which will only lead to walking. WALKING? I'm not ready for that! I can't help feeling proud and sad at the same time. She is so amazing, but what happened to the newborn who just wanted to sleep in my arms?

3) My last thing I want to rant about is how big she is getting. Ellie is pretty long for her age (90th percentile) so she is constantly growing out of her clothes. Now, she seems to be out growing her car seat. I know that she still has a while until she gets to sit in a front facing one, but her legs are hanging out of her car seat, and we have loosened the harness straps so much we are running out of slack.

I feel like I am going to blink and she is going to be graduating from high school. I understand why people might want to have more than one kid. Sometimes their kids keep growing up so fast they might want to make another one to catch up. We won't be doing this anytime soon, so I guess I better buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Inspired to Dream Again

I haven't been writing lately because I really haven't felt like it/ I haven't had much to say. In all honesty, things haven't been that great. I haven't had any funny stories to tell, and I figured if I wrote anything it would be in my "Debbie Downer" voice. However, I got inspired today.

Since, I have been avoiding writing, I have also been avoiding my blog altogether. Today, I thought I would see what my friends were writing on their blogs, and one blog entry stuck out for me. My friend Cindy writes such great blogs. They make me cry, laugh, and get excited. She and I went to college together, and in all honesty we weren't really that great of friends. However, we both got married and got pregnant around the same time and we became pen pals. I get really excited to read her notes and hear about her daughter and tell her about mine. Basically I really value this new friendship.

At any rate, Cindy's newest entry is about she and her hubby's dream home. The way she described it, made me feel really excited and sad. I was excited because I am a strong believer in dreams, and its beautiful that she and her husband dream together. But I was sad because I realized Erik and I haven't been dreaming lately. We have been kind of swept up in our problems and not really looking toward the future. We have been so distracted that I feel like we have been only living day to day, and have forgotten to dream. I don't want Eliana to grow up not dreaming. I want her to truly believe God can do anything, and that He cares about her dreams...He put them in her heart.
At any rate, Erik and I have agreed to start dreaming again, and we couldn't be more excited about our future.

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Drum role please...


Okay I don't want to jinx it, but Eliana has slept through the night for almost a week now. We are so happy. I'm going to have to give my best friend Sam credit. She called me about a week ago and told me about her newest discovery: Humphrey's Teething Strips. It's all natural, not medication, strips that dissolve in your mouth. You just put it on the baby's tongue and BAM! Instant relief. Eliana hasn't awakened once for a feeding at night! Hopefully this will last. However, Erik and I still look like zombies, so perhaps its not just the feedings at night that are making us tired...perhaps its just parenthood.