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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ella - 11 Months

Our baby girl is going to be 11 months old in 3 days. I can't believe we're about to hit 1 year. So much has happened in such a short amount of time. It's incredible how much things change every couple of weeks when you have a baby. Life is constantly adjusting. Right when something gets easier, something else is more difficult! But overall, everything is so wonderful and Ella has been such an amazing baby. And I hope very much that her demeanor and attitude remain the same throughout her toddler years as well!

As Ella embarks on her 1st birthday, the time also marks my 1st anniversary as a stay-at-home mommy. I still love being home with her and I can truly say that I enjoy life more overall now having the time to do things I've always wanted to do...

The biggest thing has been my experimentation with cooking and baking. We definitely eat much better now that I stay home and I love seeing new recipes turn out deliciously in my kitchen.

I would love to try my hands at some crafts as well, but haven't gotten to that quite yet. So I keep to my cooking, Ella, the house and helping Philip with some of his projects.

As we continue to evolve, I believe this blog should as well. "Ella Pearl" is about Ella of course, but I feel it also represents our new lives as a whole and how they continue to change in our activities, purpose, etc. While I don't want to make a grand statement of commitment to the blog and exactly how it will change and evolve over time, I do think it's time that it's allowed to become a creative outlet in conjunction with our musings and memories about its namesake.

My passions and ideas are slowly growing and they include things that consume my stay-at-home mom lifestyle...parenting, cooking, baking, decorating, parties, gifts, crafts, girly stuff, organization, etc. So new blog posts from me will be about those things along with my Ella updates for my own creative release and also hopefully helping or encouraging others who stumble upon this little blog.


We took our first big trip with Ella in July for 3 weeks in Mexico. The first week was in Cancun for a nice beach resort vacation and the rest of the trip was spent in Mexico City visiting my family and exploring the city since Philip had never been.

Traveling with a 9 month old was not completely terrible and Ella was as good as she could have been. She loved getting to eat so many new foods (as she had just given up baby food before we left) and getting so much time strapped to Daddy on the Bjorn! She is now an expert swimmer as well with so much time spent in the pool.

Monday, July 2, 2012

My Little Ella

Dad checking in here - Ella just had her nine month check up last week. It was a moment Kiana and I were anxiously awaiting. She is getting so big. Literally growing by the week. So many amazing things have happened since we've last written. In rapid achievement Ella learned how to stand up on her own, share items she is holding, how to crawl - everywhere, feed herself with her two new teeth and drink straight from a baby cup with a straw! Best of all she is now putting together early signs of ma-ma and da-da. Kiana and I are enthusiastically overjoyed.

She even plays with our other children, of the furry variety, Tyson and Kobi. They lick her face and she screams in utter delight at the wonderful sensation of cold sandpaper with a dash of slobber. To say the last three months have been amazing is a wonderful disservice to how I actually feel.

I find myself searching the internet for various toys for her - not sure if they are more for her or me! I think about her constantly and love the FaceTime sessions we have together when Kiana calls in on her iPhone or iPad. If Kiana wasn't already a stay at home mom I would be first in line to be a stay at home dad. I love being around my little Ella. The thought of her brings a smile to my face as I write this.

I'm amazed at the job Kiana has done with her - like her true calling in life was never to be a super-powered ad exec of the Mad Men variety, but that of a kind-hearted, patient, loving mother. She is caretaker of the most precious gift either one of us have ever received. The gift of life.

Right now Ella is both a gift and our life. I wouldn't change a thing.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Ella - 5 Months

Ella is just over 5 months old now! I can't believe we're about to hit the 6 month/half year mark. She has grown so much and learned many new things in the last month or so.

She is so interested in everything - she reaches out to grab anything and everything she sees. She's especially fond of the iPads and cell phones. Her own toys rarely keep her engaged for long as she wants to get her hands on everything Philip and I are using...and then ultimately in her mouth!

Ella also recently has started sitting on her own. It's so fun to see her growing and accomplishing these things on her own. She's still a little wobbly and definitely has to be watched because she falls over, but she's getting very good at it if she has good grounding (and doesn't try to reach too far for something that catches her eye!)

She's still as happy as ever, although gets bored and lets you know it sooner than she used to - an effect from being interested in everything.

She sleeps roughly 10 or so hours through the night right now so as long as Philip and I go to bed at a decent hour, we get good sleep as well! I'm still exclusively breastfeeding and will discuss introducing solids at her 6 month doctor visit. I have a box of rice cereal already waiting in the pantry!

Here is what our Ella Bella is looking like at 5 months...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Ella - 4 Months

I went into labor the day of my last blog post and Ella Pearl Newman was born the next day:

September 26, 2011 at 12:13 p.m. She was 8 lbs. 4 oz. and 19 in.

I wasn't sure if I'd continue blogging after her birth and I obviously haven't in 4 months! I've been better at keeping everyone up-to-date via Facebook with many photos. But maybe I'll come back here every so often for some more expansive thoughts and recaps.

I was supposed to return to work on January 2nd of this year, but a week before Christmas, Philip and I decided that I'd quit and be a stay-at-home mom! We weren't sure if we'd be able to do it this early, but I'm so glad we are. I've so enjoyed the last four months with Ella. She is absolutely amazing and Philip and I love her times a million.

My labor and delivery went rather smoothly, especially considering the other two friends of mine who just had their baby boys both ended up having c-sections. I was thoroughly exhausted since I went into labor (my water broke) at 11pm while getting into bed for the night. So I ended up not sleeping until the following night. We had a great experience at the hospital and it's been wonderful being home. Celebrating the holidays was wonderful, especially with my parents living here now and we are enjoying the beginnings of 2012!

This was Ella when she was born...

And this is her now...