10 months

Tomorrow Ella will be 10 months. I wasn't sure if I'd have time to post tomorrow, though, so while the kids are napping and the house is quiet, I thought I'd go ahead and do it today.

Happy 10 months, sweet girl!
At your appointment last week (9-month check-up almost a month late), you were:
18.14 lbs (40%) and 28.5 in (75%)
You got one shot and did pretty well with it. Although, you looked at the nurse like she had completely betrayed you by sticking that long, pointy thing in your leg without any warning! You were also scared of the doctor for the first time. Separation anxiety, here we come! He said you are very healthy, though, and for that, we are SO grateful!

I'm not even sure where to begin when it comes to updates on this little lady. Her personality is jumping out of her skin in so many ways! I told my mother-in-law the other day that gone are the days of quiet little Ella who some people didn't even realize was in a room. The first few months of her life, I really would forget sometimes that there was a 4th member of our family at home. She was always so content and rarely made a peep. Miss priss is definitely making up for those days now! I adore our sweet girl, but I'm pretty sure we've been blessed with not one, but two, strong-willed kiddos. Yippee!!!

A few weeks ago at dinner we witnessed Ella's first tantrum. I honestly didn't know 9-month babies would (or even could) throw tantrums! She screamed at the top of her lungs (HUGE lungs, I might add), banged her fists on her tray and threw her head back against the chair over and over. Why? Because she didn't want to eat jarred baby food first. She wanted her bottle. So, I gave her a 5 oz bottle, and it was in her belly in no time. I proceeded to pick up the spoon again in order to feed her the baby food and she started screaming again. The next thing that happened was literally a miracle. Daniel simply looked at her and said, "Ella." She immediately quit screaming and dropped her mouth wide open so I could put the spoonful in. Wow! Daniel and I looked at each other in amazement! Somebody already respects her daddy's authority, and I pray it will always be that way!

Baby girl still is not crawling. Riley started crawling a week or so before he turned 10 months, so I'm kind of surprised she hasn't started. But, I can tell when she does she will be into EVERYTHING, so I'm cherishing the days of not having to chase her around the house!

As you can see, she still loves her thumb, and even though she's not crawling yet, she's quite creative in how she gets where she wants to go. You'll see in just a moment.

She's great about getting into the crawling stance, but...

when she ends up on her belly, she gets very angry. She's never been one to enjoy tummy time, and she's really no different now. Also add in her strong-will and stubbornness, and you get a very frustrated baby who doesn't know where to go from here!

So what does she do to get where she wants to go? Well, I noticed a few weeks ago what an incredible split she could do. This picture really doesn't do it justice. If she's bending forward, she can pretty much do a complete split. Or is it called a stradle? I forget. Either way, her legs go in opposite directions.

So I guess it occurred to her to use this talent to her advantage! She now scoots herself along while sitting in her split (stradle) position. I'm wondering if she'll ever see the need to crawl now that she's invented this new way of moving across the floor.

Here she is in action...just be warned that the scooting doesn't occur until almost the end of the 1-minute video.
Pretty clever, huh? Who needs crawling when you can just scoot?!
She certainly still has the funniest facial expressions! 


The other night I decided to try her out in Riley's car. She LOVED it! She couldn't quit smiling and laughing. She even knew how to honk the horn and that she was supposed to put her hands on the steering wheel.

Mama's car & baby's car!

She loves to clap! We took her to a junior high football game the other night and it was so cute - when the crowd would yell and clap, she would clap with us! Riley definitely loves football...I hope Ella will, too! 

As always, her brother is her favorite person, and I'm pretty sure her biggest fan. He is very protective, which I am thankful for, and she already wants to do everything he does! She watches his every move, and I'm praying if that continues, they will be good moves for her to watch! :)

We're so thankful for another month with our precious girl. It's hard to believe that just one more month update and then she'll be the big 1 2 months (ie. a year old!).

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