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    Well, Ella's first tooth has come through! It's the one you can see just under the surface in the picture a few posts back - nice and sharp and poky! And she has been so good, not grumpy at all! but I hear that the uppers are tougher to get through, so we'll see how that goes.....I can see them under the gums right now!

    Well, we had a great time at my cousins wedding, it was so beautiful! Now we are starting a new week, and the weather is getting so beautiful, and I can't wait for spring to REALLY be here! It's no beautiful today I wish I could go for a walk, but DH has the car and we keep the stroller in the trunk. I'll have to take it out since we will use it in the summer in places other than the mall!

    Mexico is coming up! I'm getting excited, and hoping Ella does ok. She has been doing really well with naps and overnight lately - don't want to jinx it, but she doesn't wake up at all at night for her soother anymore! It used to be at least 2-3 times that I'd have to go in and put it back in her mouth. Now, she's good until she gets up in the morning - usually around 7 am. On Sunday she didn't get up until 8 am and it was heaven! But today it was back to 6:50. Ah well, can't complain, at least I have an uninterrupted sleep now!

    She is getting so big, I can't believe it! I think I will post a comparison picture......1 week old, and 8 months old




    AHHHHH! My giant girl! Almost time for a new car seat!

    She is being SO cute lately (ok, well, all the time) She has started falling asleep watching her movie! Once on the couch SITTING UP her eyes closed and the poor little bean kept bobbing her head around trying to stay awake.....it was ADORABLE! And now, 3 days in a row, she has fallen asleep
    for her naps lying in our bed watching the movie in our arms......it's just too darn funny......we have a little couch potato!

    Anyways, Ella and I are going on another trip this summer! My family is going to the Maritimes for 2 1/2 weeks in July/August and Ella and I are joining them for a week! We'll go to Nova Scotia, and spend 5 days on Prince Edward Island! I'm so excited - I was supposed to make a trip to PEI with my mom and grandma YEARS ago but it never happened, so now I am going! We will see all the Anne of Green Gables sights and tour the beautiful countryside! Ella will be a year old then, we'll see how she does on that trip! I think Mexico will give us a better indication, since we haven't traveled since November when we went to Philadelphia (other than Winnipeg at New Years).

    Well, time to put Ella down for her nap......if she hasn't dozed off in front of the TV already!
    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, the ladies on my BB like to share poop stories.... Yeah, we're pretty cool! Here is my most recent poop story....accompanied by pictures (without which it would be a useless post)

    Ella started a few new foods this week - strawberries and turkey. I'm not sure which did it, but she got super CONSTIPATED. She'd been going for a few days giving me nothing but rabbit pellets.....and straining and wheezing in pain Poor little bum bum.

    Over the past 24 hours, she has had: water, apple prune juice, strained prunes, q-tip with vaseline on her little bum.........

    Today, after we got home from church.......



    YAY! GO Ella! She finally let it all out! I was changing her on the living room floor on a blanket. I thought her onesie had escaped the mess, but when I lay her down to change her bum, it smooshed up her back. Crap. Literally.

    Once we got the diaper and onesie off, it was straight in to the tub.....here she is!



    Here's how happy she was to get all the poopies out!




    So, I WOULD have gotten you a picture of her lovely diaper (how kind and considerate of me ) BUT, when I got back to clean it up in the living room and throw it out.........
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    My dog ate all the poop. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    Yeah, licked the diaper clean, the stupid dog. Yum. So hence, no pictures (lucky you!)

    So here are a couple more of her refreshing tub today.




    Thanks for adventuring with me!
    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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    Ah! I am so neglectful! Here is an update:

    Ella has 2 teeth now! Both her bottom middles are in and they are so cute! She is being a real good sport about teething.

    I went away last weekend without Ella and DH! I was 6 hours away chaperoning at a church Youth Conference. DH did great! Ella was very good for him, ate her bottles, ate her solids, slept not too bad.....but poor DH got the flu. So he was a mess when I got back. He's still sick right now, and in the middle of finals, and studying for finals. I was so happy to come home to my baby! She looked at me kind of strangely for about 3 seconds, and then gave me a big smile!

    Ella had her 9 month checkup. She is HUGE! She had such a growth spurt this month, I can't believe it! At 8 months she was 16 lbs 10 oz, and 27 inches long. At 9 months she is 19 lbs 13 oz, and 29 inches long! She had quite the month! 2 teeth, 3 pounds, and 2 inches! I can't believe she is so big already, I am noticing it more when I'm carrying her around......."Geez......she's heavy!" But she still seems so much smaller than her other baby friends! I think she's just evening out - she used to be so skinny, she's starting to fill out a bit in her tummy!

    Mexico is 1 1/2 weeks away! I'm getting really excited! Can't wait to take Ella Bella in the ocean! I got her the cutest little sandals to wear this summer! One pair of flip flops too!

    Poor little bean had a diaper rash last week, but it's finally cleared up. Her poops are so funny because of all the solids she's eating now. She only has 4 bottles a day (sometimes 5) instead of 6 and she's eating solids 3 times a day. She still doesn't really like anything with a lot of texture in it though, so we're still on majorly pureed foods. It will be nice when she can just eat a little of what I'm eating instead of having to get her own food!

    Well, that's all that's new for now, I'll try and put some new pics up soon too!
    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, I think it's time for a new method when it comes to night time and Miss Ella Bella. She's not that hard to get to sleep, we do a modified CIO, so we go in every 5-10 minutes and turn the mobile back on, put her soother in, etc. I think it's time to let her just do it on her own though - by this age she should be fine doing a full CIO - and she doesn't really even cry, she just complains. Most of the time she's just talking to herself. So think once we put her in her crib at night, that'll be it, and I'll just let her fall asleep on her own. She has great people and object permanence now, so it's not like she thinks we're never coming back

    But the morning is another story. I am getting really tired of waking up at 5:50 every day! That's when she thinks it's time to get up, and it's starting to take a toll on me. I'd love it if she could just get up ONE HOUR later, 7:00 would be fine by me! So I've started 2 things. One - not taking her out of her crib right away. I've been leaving her in there until about 6:30 when she gets kind of upset. Two - I'm holding off on the bottles until she gets really grumpy - usually 6:30 or 7:00. I'm hoping that realizing she won't get a bottle until 7:00 am will just make her sleep until then. If she knows she won't be fed if she wakes up before then, then she won't wake up to eat at 5:50.The first night I did this she got up at 5:45, and I didn't take her out of her crib until 6:15. Then she didn't eat until 7:05. Since then we've had some rough days (yesterday she got up at 5:00 am! I think she was just making up for the day before, when she got up at 7:00 - take and hour, give an hour....LOL) Today she got up at 6:00 and was in her crib until 6:30 - she made a huge poop that leaked, so she had to be changed ASAP. But she was GRUMPY, so she had her bottle at 6:30 too.

    Well, we'll see. I know this will all get thrown off when we go to Mexico next week.....she'll have no idea what's going on, and she'll probably not sleep too well.

    Well, Ella's having a nap, so I'd better be productive and get some things done! Lots to pack for out trip!
    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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    Ella is a COUSIN and I am an AUNTIE!

    My SIL had her baby yesterday! She was 5 days early, and had a nice quick labour! It lasted less than 5 hours in total! She got to the hospital around 3:45 pm and Jaxson Kane was born at 6:13 pm! He weighs 6 lbs 11 oz.

    This is my first time being an auntie, and it's Ella's first cousin! (But of course, she'll be in charge of all the cousins and boss them around, since she's the oldest) We got to the hospital and saw little Jaxon when he was just an hour old. Ella was pretty interested in him and kept trying to touch his face (or poke his eyes out). She tried to tickle his toes too. It was so surreal to hold a baby that small - weird to think that Ella was less than a pound bigger than that when she was born! He is just so tiny! I felt rather silly holding him, like I don't even know what to do with a baby that small anymore!

    Ella just seems so huge and grown up in comparison now! But 9 months ago she was new, just like that. I was doing some updating in her baby book today, it's so crazy to see pictures of her when she was that new!

    Well, Ella still got up at 6:10 today. We took her out of her crib at 6:30 and she ate her bottle at 6:50. I really would love an extra hour of sleep in the mornings........YAWN!
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    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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    Here is my 'farewell' post..........

    Tomorrow morning directly after DH writes his Calculus final we'll be driving to Winnipeg (6 hours) and sleep at my dad's house. On Sunday we are driving from Winnipeg to Minneapolis (7 hours), where we'll spend the night in a hotel. Early Monday morning we'll catch our flight out of Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport direct to Cancun! After that.....well I'm sure you can all imagine what we'll be doing

    We fly back to Minneapolis on Friday afternoon, via Memphis. After our flight gets in in MN, we are driving straight back to Winnipeg that night. Saturday we drive home to Regina in time for me to sing in a choir concert with the symphony at 8:00 pm. So I probably will not be back on here until Monday, May 5th But really..........

    I can't wait to come back and share pics and tell all about our vacation!

    I don't even want to IMAGINE how many posts I will have to catch up on on July 2007 and LDS Families - I feel like when I don't come on all weekend it takes me so long to catch up, I don't even want to think about being away for over a week!

    Yay Mexico!
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    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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    Hello! I'm back!

    After being away from home for 8 days total, we are super glad to be back! But we had some great fun! Here are some tidbits about our trip to Mexico!

    We left on Saturday around 12 noon. We drove 4 hours to DH's grandparents house to spend the night. Ella did great in the car, and fell asleep on her own in about 5 minutes flat in the middle of our king size bed. DH's grandparents were amazed! Sunday we left around 9 am and drove to Minneapolis which was about 8 hours away. Ella did SO good again, only being fussy for about 20 minutes. We stopped 3 or 4 times to change her and let her stretch, but we made good time.
    We spent Sunday night in a hotel in Minneapolis, and she fell asleep in the pack and play in 5 minutes flat on her own! (Here I had been worried that she would have trouble falling asleep in a strange place!) Monday morning we flew to Mexico! We had a 4 hour flight and Ella slept for 2 hours of it - there were some empty seats, so we got to lay her down across one in between us. We arrived in Mexico to some HOT HUMID weather! Hooray!
    We spent our days swimming, sleeping, eating, tanning, shopping, relaxing and having fun! Our resort was on the ocean, but we did most of our swimming in the pool. Ella napped twice a day for about 2 hours each time, on the bed in our hotel room. She was so great about napping and sleeping - she fell asleep on her own, and hardly woke up at all at night. We had pretty nice weather, it was a little cloudy and windy, but that was nice because Ella got hot so quickly.
    Friday morning we were on our way home - we flew to Memphis, and that's where the disasters started. Our flight was delayed because of thunderstorms in the area, but we weren't delayed in the airport, we were delayed INSIDE the AIRPLANE with NO AIR CONDITIONING for 2 HOURS! There were 3 other babies on board, and everyone was drenched with sweat. Ella was a tired, hot, sticky, whiny mess, and it did NOT go well. She finally fell asleep when I put her in my sling and walked up and down the aisle of the plane while we waited for the lightning to stop. Finally we lifted off, and she woke up. She only slept about 40 minutes. Then our flight was rerouted in mid air because of more storms, so instead of a 2 hour flight from Memphis to Minneapolis, we were on that plane for over 4 hours.
    By the time we arrived in Minneapolis to pouring rain, Ella was a grumpy disaster. Then she threw up her bottle all over her clothes and we had to get some new clothes out of our suitcases as they came off the luggage belt. While getting the clothes, we realized that her can of formula had opened in the suitcase and spilled everywhere - meaning all our clothes were covered in powder, and also that she had no formula left. A trip to Walmart was in order! By the time that was over, it seemed just TOO daunting a task to drive back to Winnipeg that night, which we were supposed to do. I had a choir concert to get back to on Saturday night........but it just wasn't feasible. We got a hotel in Minneapolis again and spent the night. Saturday we drove to Winnipeg, and today we drove back to Regina - HOME! I missed my choir concert last night that I have been rehearsing for for months, but family comes first, and I was concerned for my little Ella Bella. Ella has a fever and has been quite unwell for the past few days, ever since that hot wait in the airplane. We got her checked out at a clinic just to make sure she didn't get Hepatitis or anything, but she just has some sort of virus that will have to run it's course. She already seems 80% better now , just being home again! As soon as we walked in the door, she was happier and less irritable - I think the vacation was just a day or 2 too long for her! But she did SO well. We had a great time!

    Here are the links to 3 online albums with our pictures! There are 180 pictures in total, so make sure you've got time to browse! I'll post a few of my favorites too, so that you can see some if you don't have time to look at them all!

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...b&id=509303156
    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...a&id=509303156
    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...a&id=509303156






    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, things are slowly going back to normal after our vacation. Ella seems to have a pretty good routine each day now. This is basically how it goes:

    6:00-7:00 Wake up
    7:00 Morning bottle 6 oz
    9:00 Breakfast (fruit and Cheerios)
    10:00 Naptime
    12:00 Wake up
    12:15 Afternoon bottle 6 oz
    2:00 Lunch (cereal & veggies, Cheerios)
    3:00 Naptime
    5:00 Wake up
    5:15 Evening bottle 6 oz
    6:30 Supper (veggies, fruit, Cheerios)
    8:00 Bedtime bottle 6 oz
    8:15-8:30 Bedtime

    She is being pretty consistent with her naps, which is very nice. I can count on a few hours a day to myself!

    She's started not minding the 'chunks' in the stage 3, or 8 month foods. I have to mix it with some cereal so theres not too many chunks of veggies for her liking, but she will eat them. She just started that this week - she used to gag and spit them out. She also likes Cheerios a lot more now - can you tell? LOL She has water with every meal too from her sippy cup.

    She is walking really well while holding on to my fingers - not nearly as wobbly as she used to be, and you can tell she wants to let go......poor thing doesn't know she'll fall over! Still no crawling or pulling up, but I think she is getting closer to pulling up - she tries at least, but can't make it. Maybe she'll be walking before too long!

    We've started to think about her birthday party! We're going to have it out at DH's parents cabin on the lake on the Saturday after her birthday. We won't really have a theme, but it should be fun. I'm going to get started on designing the invitations soon. Also DH and I are going to make a video of her first year, so we need to get started on that too. AH! It's coming up so quick! Just over 2 months, and our little bean will be one!

    We're TTC #2 now as well! We just started this month - so wish me some baby dust!
    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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    Some pictures!

    Her favorite past time is sitting in front of the mirror and watching herself pull videos off the shelf.....


    A good look at her toofies!


    Happy girl!


    Woah! What is that racket Mom?


    You're not from around here, are you.........


    Whatever Mom. Whatever.


    AAANNNNDDDD..........Ella's First Ponytail!

    I couldn't help myself! I have been waiting and waiting for her hair to grow so that I can put it up! Tada! The smallest ponytail in the world!


    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 girl is growing up so fast! Is seems that already she's done a schedule change, and wants to be a big girl. For 3 mornings in a row, she has not woken up until almost 8 am! I am SO happy! I was getting really tired of 5:50 every morning! So, she seems to be sleeping for longer at night. Her naps during the day are getting shorter - instead of 2 hours, only about 90 minutes each.
    She also is only having 3 bottle a day now - one at 8 am, one around 2 pm, and one before bed at 8 pm. She is NOT interested in them at all! She is only drinking about 4 ounces in each one.
    She LOVES her solids! She will eat just about anything now - she has pureed fruit for breakfast, chunks of banana and cheerios for a snack, cereal and meat with veggies for lunch, cheese and crackers for a snack, and cereal and meat with veggies for dinner. She LOVES cheese! She eats it grated, and she just stuffs her little mouth full of it! She's such a doll.

    She had some immunizations today - poor little muffin. Cried for about 2 minutes, and then she was fine. I gave her some Tylenol before we went. She's still about 19 lbs and 29 inches.

    This weekend she will be 10 months old! I can't believe how big she is getting! I'm working away at creating a birthday invitation on the computer, it's going to be so cute! I also found the cutest cake I want to make for the party.
    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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