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    Here goes my foot......in to my mouth.......

    Well, I knew I got too comfortable with the whole STTN thing! The past week or so has been pretty rough! She gets up usually 4 or 5 times, and seems to think it's time to eat at 4:00 am! I can't see any teeth coming through, so it's not that, but she is a little constipated, so maybe that is keeping her awake. Actually last night was a little better than the rest of the week, she got up at 5 and 6, but took her soother, and didn't get up to eat until 7:00 am.......which is better than 4!

    Ella has now tried carrots , sweet potatoes , green beans and bananas . Unfortunately, they all make her constipated! I guess I am going to have to try some other foods that will keep her regular! Time to break out the prunes and peaches.

    I am sick (again, I had strep throat 3 weeks ago, and now I have lost my voice) so that sucks. Ella doesn't seem to be sick though, so that's good.

    I got the cutest shirts for her on sale this week, this store had all the winter clothes going for like 2 or 3 dollars each! So I got her 3 long sleeved shirts and a hoodie for like, 10 bucks!

    Ella has started showing less interest in the breast and likes her bottle a lot more. I am still trying to BF but she is getting 1 or 2 bottles a day and BF about 4 times. She just will not suck for very long, gets distracted easily and gets angry when the milk doesn't come out fast enough. She will down her bottle in 5 minutes flat, without getting distracted, and is much happier. So, I think I will just follow her lead. Because I am BF less, I got my first PP AF! AHHHHHHHHH I have not had AF since October of 2006, so it's weird to have to worry about it again. Although, this is good because DH and I want to TTC starting in a few months (maybe April or May or June), so now my body can get back to normal before we get Pg again.

    Anyways, that's all thats new! Here are some pics!




    Ok, I forgot to mention, she tried chocolate too! I let her lick the spoon (BAD MOMMY!)

    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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    Well STTN is going so much better! I think she must just have had trouble sleeping when she was constipated. The past few nights she has slept until 6 or 7 am, which is fine by me.

    Also, I am trying to get her down to 2 naps a day. Like yesterday, she got up at 7:30 and ate, played until 10:30, ate and fell asleep until 1:00. The she ate at 1:30, played, slept from 4:00-5:00, and then ate again. Then she came with me to choir, ate at 8:00, and went to bed at 9:30. I dream fed her at 11:00 when I went to bed. I think it will be good to have her doing 2 nice long naps during the day instead of these crazy cat naps she has been doing! So I think I'll try to get her down for a good morning nap and a good afternoon nap.

    Also, we started some other fruits and veggies. She LOVES peaches, and they go RIGHT THROUGH HER.....she pooped 3 times in one day! So I figure if we eat some of the foods that constipate her and some of the foods that go right through her, she will have nice balanced poops.......LOL. Funny the things moms think about! She also tried some peas, and didn't mind them, and they were also good for her poops. So, I think we will get the hang of this solid food thing.

    And...........
    I got a job!
    I am still on maternity leave from my other job, but I got a job at the childcare center at the gym that I work out at! It's just casual, so I only have to work if they are short staffed and need a fill in, so some weeks it could be no shifts, and some weeks I could pick up a few. And, I can bring Ella with me! So we'll just go and play with some other kids a few times a week.....it's a perfect job for me! So I'm excited about that. Then I can have a little extra money for myself!

    Here is Ella and her doggie Sidney:


    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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    Default Bathtime Pics

    Well, I just recently started giving Ella her baths on her own in the tub (I used to bring her in with me - obviously no pics of that!) So I finally took some pics today of Ella Bella in the tub - I was nervous about bringing the camera in the bathroom because last time I did, I dropped the camera in the tub and we had to buy a new camera......which we couldn't afford if I did it again! So, here are some pics of Ella having fun at bathtime......



    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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    Uggggggghhhhhhhh..........

    Last night was horrendous! It took us about 50 minutes to get her to go to sleep (as opposed to her usual 15-20) and then she got up like, a MILLION times! Even weirder, all I remember is her FINALLY falling asleep in her crib around 11:30, but then I woke up at 2:30 in bed, and she was lying beside me! In my bed! And weirder, my shirt was pulled up and my boobs were hanging out as if I had been nursing her! But I had NO recollection of ever going to get her! I asked DH if he brought her in, and he said, "No, but I woke up at 12:30 and was surprised to see her lying in between us, and then I woke up at 2:00, and she was on the other side of you and you had your shirt half off!" So I have no idea what happened but I must have been sleep walking or something, because I could have sworn I didn't get out of bed!

    Anyways, after I put her back in her bed at 2:30, I had to get up like every 15 minutes until 6:00 because she kept waking up. Then after she ate her breakfast in bed, I went to change her diaper, and she had a HUGE POOP in it, which I can only assume she had been lying in all night long! So no wonder she couldn't sleep! She was lying in a pile of crap! Only I couldn't smell it because my nose is plugged........

    What a disastrous night! Hopefully tonight goes better!
    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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    Last night was pretty good. She was sleeping by 9:30, and woke up once at 11:00 for her soother, but I was still awake so I didn't mind. Then again at 4:30 for her soother, but she went back to sleep until 7 am, so it wasn't too bad.

    Today I am babysitting a 5 year old boy from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. It's going ok so far.......he will NOT STOP TALKING..........LOL. I better prepare myself for the stage of endless questions......."why this"......."why that"........."why why why".........I had forgotten how exhausting it is to have to have an answer for everything!

    Thankfully I persuaded him to be relatively quiet during Ella's naps.
    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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    Well, last night she got up about 4 or 5 times.......so that sucked. BUT she didn't get up for good until 8:45 am! The last time I went in to put her soother in was around 5:30, and then she didn't make a peep until 8:45, so at least I got to sleep in a bit.

    She is being SO funny lately!
    She is doing this lip smacking thing, where she smacks her lips together and makes all kinds of funny noises - what's even funnier is she does it to get my attention! If DH is holding her and I'm looking away, she makes the noise until I look at her, and then she gets a big smile! Then I make the noises back to her, and we talk in lip smacking language for a while!

    She also loves it when you drop a blanket over her - she just SQUEALS with delight! DH was dropping the blanket over her over and over like a parachute game and she just squealed and giggled for the longest time! What a doll she is!

    Also, today she gave me a hug! I went to pick her up from her crib after a nap, and I always give her a big squeeze after, and today she squeezed back! It was so great! I can't wait until she reaches for me with her little arms!
    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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    Well, my little Ella Bella is more than 7 months old! She is growing so fast!

    Today I found a NB size diaper............WAHHHHHHHHHH! What a tiny bum she had! What a tiny babe I had! Where did she go? My girl is getting all grown up......I can imagine this feeling never ends does it?

    Here are some new pictures of my little honey!




    I have been going to work about 2 times a week, for a few hour each time. Ella comes with me, and loves it! It does interfere with her nap schedule a bit, but she manages to sleep for a little while at least (I wear her in my sling). Today I was working and I had 11 kids to look after! AHHHHHHHHH! Thankfully, no one died! And Ella even managed to have a 40 minute nap.
    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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    Ugh, what a horrible night. Ella and I slept at my Mom's house since we were out there for my cousin Jenn's bridal shower, and the roads were quite bad (plus DH was working overnight so he wasn't home anyways). I guess Ella did not like sleeping in a strange place, because I only got about 4 hours of sleep. She was just WAILING from about 2-4 am. I ended up giving her a bottle at 4:00 am to calm her down (I haven't had to feed her before 6:00 am in over 2 months hardly) and then she slept until 7:00. Then we drove home at about 8:10, she fell back asleep in the car and slept in her carseat at home until 9:50 this morning, so I got to grab another hour of sleep at least.

    She is going through this weird phase right now.........making strange, wanting Mommy, sleeping bad, being grumpy all day.......I'd like to chalk it all up to teething, since she's 7 months and has no teeth yet, but I can't see that her mouth is bother her at all..........only time will tell. It's just that she used to be such a good baby all the time.....so happy and goodnatured. Well, I guess she's just a little under the weather. I hope it passes..... I hate to see her upset.

    I REALLY hope it passes before April.........because we are planning on going to Cancun and taking her with us! DH bought a travel package, so we have to go within the next 18 months, and we thought of going at Christmas, but we want to be pregnant by then (and QUITE pregnant at that point) and I doubt I'd want to lie on a beach when I'm all fat and swollen. SO......we might be pregnant by April, but it'll be more fun then, since I won't be all roly poly.

    We'll see if it all pans out......you never know, my DH and I make plans all the time, but whether or not they actually come to pass is another story!
    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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    I have been having WAY too much fun making siggys for myself! Ella is just so darn cute I can't help it! Take a look at my creations!

















    Someone needs to stop me before I officially have no life!
    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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    Our Goofy Ella Bella gettin' some kicks!

    View this montage created at One True Media
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    View this montage created at One True Media
    Funny Froggie
    Sandra & Chris ~ June 10, 2005
    Ella Marie ~ July 17, 2007
    Eli Jeremy ~ February 9, 2009
    Emerson Blake ~ November 26, 2011
    Ethan Maverick ~ June 7, 2013




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