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September 2017

Six Months Old

September 20, 2017

I can’t believe it’s your half birthday already! You are such a pleasant natured, curious, determined little girl. You’re constantly babbling, and doing crazy yoga positions that put me to shame. You’ve been working so hard to crawl and you are actually starting to figure it out! You insist on spoon feeding yourself and have been eating pretty much everything we eat. Oh, and I’m fairly confident you say “hi!” Maybe you’re an extrovert like your daddy. You’re growing so fast my heart can’t keep up.

I’ve gotten bibs that go down to her sleeves, fabric bibs, plastic bibs that are so stiff she can’t get both arms out in front of her. These ones are actually really pliable so I love them ☝. What I really need are secrets for getting out stains lol.
#savetheclothes #eatlikealadyEloise #littlesthelms

Sophie and Eloise are becoming quite the pair. I often wake up to the three of us snuggled up. They are currently napping together on the couch. ✨ #ishernameSophieorGentle? #EloiseandSophie #littlesthelms

Magic at grandma’s house ✨ #lookmabothhands #everythingshedoesismagic #littlesthelms

This is how my life has changed:
Pre-Eloise, when Andrew was gone for the weekend I would think of how best to pull my bed sheets up to my neck and lie really still in my bed hoping that any intruders that may come into the house would not notice me.
Post-Eloise, when Andrew is gone for the weekend I think of how best I would cover Eloise with my body so any intruder that may come into the house would not notice her. ✨#imherprotectivesheet #alsothereisacopnextdoor #littlesthelms

Hey mah I know about those. They are called flow-ars and when I put them in my hand they go C R U N C H! ✨
“Gentle” is going be up being her first word. #gentleEloise #IsaidgentleEloise #littlesthelms

Eloise lounges hard. Her leg is always hanging off the edge of something, stroller, dockatot you name it. ✨ #nofearoftheboogeyman #scaredoffacialhairthough #littlesthelms

Eloise is pretty bummed we don’t get to spend this weekend with Avery and Maeanna.
I am so thankful to my parents for doing the impossible and raising me and my sister on their own in a foreign place. I really can’t imagine how difficult it would be to do it without family around.
We are lucky that Eloise will grow up seeing her cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents on a regular basis. Family is such a powerful and important part of our lives. ‍‍✨#gonnaeatthemall #whysosurprisedEloise? #littlesthelms

“Hi mama! Now if you’ll excuse me, I want to get back to learning about world travel, the numbers 1-10, quantum physics, and aerospace engineering.” ✨#Eloiseyouresosmart #allthebooks #littlesthelms


Learning to Crawl: The Struggle is Real

September 12, 2017

Eloise is on the move… well not technically but she is really yearning to crawl.

I’ve been so preoccupied writing month posts from memory that I haven’t had the opportunity to write about what is CURRENTLY going on for us.

Perhaps all babies are like this but Eloise certainly isn’t happy with sitting in one place and just observing. This is particularly because she has hit the mark where she realizes that we can walk away and she can’t follow us.

The biggest problem with this is that she starts blubbering and crying out of frustration thus I end up helping her up which prevents her from learning for herself.

Something I have noticed is that she knows all the bones to sitting up but hasn’t actually done it yet. She can get on all fours from her belly, she can push back from all fours, and she can go from sitting over to a crawling position and end up on her belly. What she doesn’t know is how to tie them all together. I’m guessing it’s just a matter of days before this clicks for her.

Moreover, she can rock on all fours and move her hands forward and back but usually ends up sitting or on her belly.

Every one says she will, of course, learn this in her own time and not to force it too much. However, being that she is our first child and our attention is not yet divided, I love to watch her succeed and can’t help but urge her on.

One of the tips I came across to helping babies learn to move into a sitting position is sitting on the ground with them over your thigh, baby on his or her knees. Then slowly lifting your leg up so they end up moving back onto their bums. I think it helped Eloise explore her body being in new positions she may not have been able to get to on her own at that point in her mobility. 

Five Months Old

September 12, 2017

What a easy going happy baby you are. This was literally the first picture I took and it embodies who you are perfectly. You are a great traveler. You have pretty much mastered sitting and rolling every way and you are starting to scoot around. You’re never quite where I put you down.
You have been experimenting with all kinds of food and are soaking in everything like a cute little sponge. (Who knew you could describe a sponge as cute?) How lucky I am to be your mama. Simply saying “I love you” is an understatement. 

By five months Eloise started to eat all sorts of food since her four month check up. She got her passport for our upcoming trip, went into Lake Tahoe for the first time, and we spent two evenings apart but she was a champ for Grandma! She has been sucking her toes and giggling more and more.

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Four Months Old

September 12, 2017

Four months young! Your personality is starting to shine. You’re a serious, curious little girl who is always contemplating something. Luckily you are willing to share your smiles with us. You are very loquacious, you’re mastering your roll and are practicing your sitting skills. You got a blister toe from all your bouncing this month and are getting good at soothing yourself to sleep. I couldn’t have asked for anything more my little one.

In her fourth month Eloise went camping for the first time. Thanks to the Dock-a-Tot I’m confident she slept better than anyone there. She got to spend long days on the beach and started bouncing in her Jump-a-roo. She started to be more aware of her surrounding and was really taking everything in. She started rolling both ways and sitting up with a little help. Here are some pictures because it was in the past and you forget WAY too quickly:




Three Months Old

September 9, 2017

“What an honor it is to share your three month birthday, little one. The past few weeks have been amazing, watching your personality shine through. You are so loving and cuddly but perfectly content being on your own. You sleep through the night on special occasions and only wake up once on regular days. I have loved watching you watch your hands for hours, –there’s some high quality entertainment for ya! You are getting close to rolling from your back to your stomach, are super talkative and getting better daily at using your hands. I even got to hear you full out giggle twice. Still waiting to get proof for everyone else though! Love you to the moon and back my sweet Eloise!”

Three months was the best. It was about the time that she stopped being a little blob and started being so much more aware of her surroundings. Eloise started to lose hair on the sides on her head and we had no idea what color it was going to grow out to be. Actually we still don’t REALLY know….

Eloise decided not to take a pacifier, despite what it may seem like in the pictures below. I did try really hard to get her to take it though! Maybe for baby #2.