Friday, January 23, 2015

Ella Rose 9 month/Max Anthony 2.5 Update

In keeping with tradition, today is the day for our sweet Ella Rose's 9 month update (as much as I'd prefer to freeze time, she just keeps growing), but seeing as Max hit the 2.5 year milestone this month, I figured why not double up and do an all around update on both of my babes.

I'm having a pretty hard time coming to grips with how fast M&E are growing, so consider yourself lucky that you can't see me sobbing over the keyboard as I type this!

Okay, so first things first, Ella's 9 month update...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, this girl's personality grows bigger by the day.  She is seriously hilarious.  If she hears anyone else laughing in her vicinity, she bursts out into hysterical giggles, a sound that I could listen to all day. She loves praise, and claps wildly for herself every time we exclaim, "yay Ella!".

She's up to approximately (based on home measurements) 18 pounds, 7 ounces, and is 28.3 inches long. She fits nicely into size 9 month and size 6-12 month clothes, and wears size 3 diapers.

She is crawling, scooting on her bum, and making a valid effort at trying to pull herself up on furniture.

She loves sitting on the floor with her brother and playing with all of their toys... when Max decides to share.

She's a great eater, has become a puff addict (just like her brother was), and is still going strong with nursing.

As for her sleeping habits, they are a work in progress.  Some nights she sleeps through the night without a peep, others she wakes 2-3 times to eat.  

Overall, she is a super happy and easygoing baby.  We're loving every second of watching her grow and seeing her personality develop, even though I desperately want to press pause and freeze time. With every milestone she reaches, I have mixed feelings of pride and  sadness over just how fast this precious time really flies by, but I still look forward to all that is to come in the future for our little girl.

Now for a little update on our Max Man...

It is so, so much more difficult to get good photos of a busy toddler than it is of a baby! When Max was Ella's age he was photographic perfection... These days, I'm lucky to catch more than a blur.

A busy 2.5 year old is exactly what our Max has become. He's super into cars, trucks, trains and school buses. He's obsessed with all of the Toy Story movies and Fireman Sam at the moment, and he loves being told stories; about farm animals in particular.

He's the best snuggler, gives amazing hugs and kisses, and is super sweet... When he's not having a toddler tantrum!

When he wakes up every morning and after every nap, he'll tell you that he missed you, then he'll proceed to greet Ella with a super joyful "HIIIIIII ELLA!" Every. Single. Time... And it never gets old!

He loves "Row Your Boat", and has become partial to saying "awwwwww man", and "awwwwww dear"!

He's doing amazingly well in his big boy bed, apart from the one day during naptime when he decided to remove the artwork from the walls around his bed!

His eating habits have gotten significantly better, but he's still your typical picky 2.5 year old. He loves scrambled eggs, pb & j,    pizza and macaroni and cheese best, and you can get him to pretty much anything for a package of fruit snacks.

He's amazing at puzzles, and loves taking things apart and putting them back together.

Two can be a tough age, we've had our fair share of I-want-to-rip-my-hair-out moments, but overall, Max is a lot of fun, and he makes up for the meltdowns, when he looks at you with his big brown eyes and says, "shawry mummy".

It's been such a blessing to get to experience having both a baby boy and a baby girl. In my opinion, they are each pure perfection. I love these little munchkins more than words, and can't wait to watch them continue to grow... If only they could slow it down just a teeny tiny bit!

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