Ugh, so here I am. Poor little Ella Bella has been sick. Over the weekend she had:
She has been SO irritable! Thankfully all that seems to be bothering her now is her cold - the teething signs seem to have disappeared, but still no teeth up top. And she's taken in her fair share of prunes to combat that constipation. So I just have a snotty, coughing babe now. She gave DH a cold too, but I seem to be fine so far.
She is also super irritable because she CANNOT MOVE! My little 10 month old bean, CANNOT crawl, CANNOT cruise, CANNOT scoot, CANNOT walk........but she WANTS to! She's ACHING to move! But she's just stuck like a lump on the floor. At least she is making a little progress this week. She is trying to pull up, but can't get all the way there - but hey, she's trying! She loves to stand holding on to things (as long as we put her there), and she's started trying to let go and move her feet along, so maybe some cruising in the near future? And the poor bean just can't get in to a crawling position on her own, her leg gets stuck under her.....but even when I put her on her hands and knees, she just looks kind of shocked, and wiggles down until she's on her belly. Well........I hope she does something soon, because she is not content to do anything else!
Still no action around here.......I feel like she is PAINFULLY close to crawling, but she just CAN'T get it together! She is getting better at getting both legs under her, but still can't go anywhere....she reaches her little arms, and can pivot both ways, but those knees just will NOT move! Well, hopefully any day now.
Still only got two teeth....I can't see any signs of more coming either. She's getting pretty good at chomping away at solids though. For breakfast now she is eating chunks of banana, Cheerios, and yogurt. She is LOVING the yogurt, just like she loves cheese - looks like the dairy products are a hit!
Still working on finalizing her birthday invite - I'm having a hard time choosing the best layout. I don't want it to be too crowded, but I also don't want to have to choose fewer pictures when she is just so darn cute!
Ella FINALLY crawled last night! She still looks ridiculous doing it - she drags one of her legs, it's so funny - but she can MOVE! I'm sure she will get much better over the next weeks, right now she still gets frustrated and stuck sometimes, but HOORAY!
She also learned how to sit up from lying down, so instead of lying down to fall asleep for naps and bedtime, she keeps sitting up and playing instead......
Needless to say, when she got up at 3 am, she would NOT go back to sleep. She kept sitting up and crying for us, and finally we had to feed her at 4:15 am.
Well, Miss Ella Bella will turn 11 months tomorrow. AHHHHH!!!!!!
I can't believe it is only 1 more month until she turns 1! She is growing up so fast! I talked to my dad the other day (he lives 6 hours away) and he said "How's the baby?" and it took me a minute to comprehend what he was asking......."Oh, Ella? Oh yeah, she's good!" But she is just not a baby anymore is she? I guess I still sometimes think of her like that, but it is becoming "my little girl" instead of "my baby girl"........
She is an expert at her crawling now. She has also stood up with no support for a few seconds a couple of times, but I'm not in too big a hurry for walking now that she can at least get mobile. I am thinking she will be walking around 15 or 16 months. We'll see.
My little princess is slowly starting to eat more "grown up" food. For breakfast she has yogurt, toast and a banana. Fpr lunch she eats noodles with tomato sauce, cooked veggies and some crackers. For dinner I am still feeding her baby food (usually alphabet beef, or chicken rice casserole) and some cheese and crackers. She drinks water during the day and has a morning bottle, an afternoon bottle, and a bedtime bottle. I'm planning on switching her to whole milk around 13 months - I was going to do it at 12 months, but we'll be going on a trip just after her birthday with my family for over a week, and it will be MUCH easier to use formula instead of having to stop and try to find whole milk every time we go to a new place. So when we get back from Nova Scotia and PEI, we'll make the switch. I'm also going to start putting her formula in sippy cups this month, for at least some of them.
I am feeling pretty good - I keep forgetting I am pregnant, until I realize that's why I'm so tired and always napping with Ella! I always have to catch an hour or two nap during the day......or I feel like a train wreck! My first appointment is on June 23rd, one week from today.
Ella got up at 6 am today - she's been pretty good lately and getting up around 7 or 7:15. So 6 am today was NOT fun! Now, her whole schedule will be off today because she'll need her morning nap sooner than usual - and I've got my first Dr's appt today for our new little bean! I hope she is not a grumpy pants, because it's right before her afternoon nap - but she might be tired earlier.
Ella is just motoring around - her poor little knees are getting bruised! Also, I just can't seem to keep her hands and feet clean - my dog sheds SOOOOOOO much and no matter how often I vacuum and sweep, my floor is COVERED in dog hair - hence Ella is covered in dog hair. It's so gross. She looks like a hobbit she's got so much hair on her appendages! Plus the shedding is worse than normal because my dog is losing her winter coat - she did this last year too, and it took her like 6 months before she stopped shedding! You can literally pull chunks of hair out of her back - it's like she's moulting! Gross. So Ella is as hairy a baby as there ever was. I'm so grossed out.
She will NOT stay out of the kitchen, I've got to get another baby gate. We've got one gate up in her bedroom doorway, but I need to put one up between the dining room and kitchen. She gets in to dog food, tries to get on the stairs.......it's time to baby proof.
Well, things are getting HOT around here! This time last year I was 37 weeks pregnant and walking around in my bathing suit all swollen like an elephant! Thank goodness I'm not that fat this summer! And thank goodness when I AM that fat this time around, it will be January and freezing cold.
Ella has started throwing her food - she thinks it's a game (I throw the food, Mommy picks it up!) I don't want to starve her, but after a few throws, I've decided that the meal is over. No more food. I can't decide if she's throwing it because she's full, or because it's fun. Probably both.
Ella LOVES going outside - I can't even spend an hour inside lately - she gets SOOOO grumpy, and calms down as soon as she's out in her stroller or on a blanket on the grass. She loves the grass (she's still a bit tentative about crawling on it, but getting over that) and of course tries to eat it!
Tomorrow is my first U/S for our new little bean! Ella will get to see her little brother or sister!
DH took Ella downstairs for breakfast and let me lie in bed a while - I did that for him yesterday. I was sleeping away for an extra hour. All of a sudden I'm woken up by a loud "BARK" from our dog, followed closely by hysterical screaming from Ella. I thought maybe she was just scared by the barking - it's happened before when Sidney barks and Ella gets freaked out. I got out of bed and headed downstairs to find the dog put away in the mudroom and Ella sitting on the tabletop with blood running all down her face. Starting almost at the top of her head, she has one large gash through her hair, then five smaller gashes trailing down her cheek. Her hair is matted in blood and her pyjamas are covered. I take over from DH trying to wipe up her face - I felt totally at a loss as to what I was supposed to do - I tried to apply pressure to stop the bleeding but Ella was still hysterical and would not let me touch her face. We ended up sitting on the couch reading books for 10 minutes to calm her down, dabbing the side of her head occasionally to subside the bleeding. Finally about 20-30 minutes later, the bleeding seems to have clotted and Ella is calmed down, although very clingy. We put her in the tub to try and better clean and look at the wounds (she likes to stick her head under the tap while the tub is filling for fun - we thought we'd get her to clean her own head!) and I can tell that the gash through her hair is deep. Now I feel like vomiting (probably doesn't help that I'm pregnant) and DH and I try to decide what to do. I call the Nurses Hotline to ask if I should go into the ER or to a clinic - they told us to go to ER.
Anyways, I just got back, and Ella is sleeping. She didn't end up needing stitches - the Dr. said just to wash it with warm water and apply polysporin once a day. He said within 2 weeks it should be totally unnoticeable. He cleaned it and applied some for today, so we came home and Ella went straight to sleep. DH had to go to school, so he wasn't able to come to the ER with us - I was a nervous wreck. I guess I feel a little better now, but I haven't eaten anything since I had just gotten out of bed, so I'm a little light headed.
Now I am just concerned about the dog. We talked about it and I don't think we are going to make any rash decisions right now like getting rid of her. The problem is I don't know what happened, and Ella and Sidney are together lots of the day,so I don't know what to 'police' if you know what I mean. I think we are just going to get more gates for around our house and keep them apart for now. We're also going to get a gate built for outside - our back yard is fenced in all around except for on the side of the house to separate it from the front - if we just add a gate between the front and the back, then we can let Sidney spend lots of her time outside and not have to worry about her running. DH and I are so busy that the dog doesn't get enough exercise, so I think if we let her let off all her pent up energy outside more often, she might calm down. She's a pretty hyper dog, but generally so good with Ella. I don't really know what provoked her this morning, so I'm still quite nervous, but I think we'll give it another shot.
Anyways, I'll take a picture of poor Ella's face when she gets up from her nap.
Ella slept for almost 3 hours. She is in pretty good spirits. This is how her head looks now, about 6 hours after the accident:
We have come to a decision about the dog. I am taking Sidney in to the Humane Society today or tomorrow. I phoned them today and said I wanted to surrender my dog, and told them of the incident. I'm not sure if they will put her down or not.
I decided to talk to my dad and ask his advice. I think his response is what made DH see that Sidney needs to go. My dad knows a lot about dogs and loves Sidney a lot, but he thought there was no question about taking her in. DH is very sad, but I think he will be OK. I am the one who will have to take Sidney in.
I feel a lot better - like a burden has been lifted. I won't have to worry any more.
Ella is doing well - most of her wounds are healing fast, but some are deeper than others. I will have to use some Vitamin E to stop scarring. She's in good spirits though, and happy as can be. I hope she doesn't miss her puppy......
Two days left 'til my little Boo Boo's birthday!!!!!!
I'm getting everything ready for the party - all I need now is the food, which I'll buy the day before the party. Poor Ella Bella won't get to do anything special on her actual birth day, but her party is only 2 days later.....and she won't know the difference!
I bought a cute dress today to wear to her party - it will hide my growing belly well from all the family - no one knows yet about Bean #2! Only 5 more days until we spill the beans (or the bean)!
Her wounds are healing well. On the smaller cuts the scabs are falling off on their own. I'm putting Vitamin E on them to prevent scarring - but I think she'll have some scarring for a few years regardless. The large wound under her hair is finally scabbing over. That one will be a pain to heal - it's taking it's sweet time.
I was just settling in to bed to watch a movie after lunch. In 45 minutes, my water will break and I'll soak through my underwear and pants faster than you can say "labor"! Ella Marie is on her way! 23 hours later, she came in to the world! What a little princess.