8 Months Old

Ellie turned eight months old a couple of days ago, so now she’s practically able to fend for herself. We like to put her down for bed and then go out and hit the town all night long. She barely notices we’re gone.

Okay, so that may be far from it, but it is amazing how far she’s come in eight little months. It’s been incredible to watch her go from laying around to rolling to rocking to crawling to standing.  It’s just starting to set in that she’s going to continue to amaze us for a long time. Today she was sitting on the rug in the living room and I sat next to her and rolled a ball over to her. She rolled it back to me and we went back and forth at least ten times. It really just blew my mind!

It’s not only been a big evolution for her, but huge for Brian and I in our relationship. Communication has been different and neither of us ever really feel like we get a moment to catch a breath, but we both know we couldn’t be happier.

Here are a few pics of Elle-Belle from the last week.


Sequence of Baby Hair Pulling

One of the moms in our PEPS groups sent out the below pictures, which show a sequence from our meeting a little while ago. Ellie was about six months old and really loving pulling on my hair and generally grabbing everything she can get her hands on. Take a look at the photos; it’s difficult not to giggle as you scroll through them.

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Baby Orajel = No Bueno

Ellie’s been having some trouble sleeping lately and since it seems like she’s potentially teething, we thought we’d try Baby Orajel off a few people’s recommendations.  When we say we think she’s potentially teething, she’s been drooling like nobody’s business and gnawing on everything she can get her hands on. We had some Orajel, but it said not to use it on babies under 2 years old. When we were at Fred Meyer, we saw Baby Orajel and that it was okay for babies over four months.

Like I usually do with products like this, I started googling the ingredients. It just seems like it might not be a good idea to me to put things I can’t pronounce into my Ellie Belly’s mouth – call me crazy.  I googled all the inactive ingredients and nothing really seemed to scare me too much, some sweeteners, bonding agents, etc.  We were all clear.  One thing about the active ingredient, benzocaine, that sounded concerning to me on Wikipedia was this:

“Over-application of oral anesthetics such as benzocaine can increase the risk of pulmonary aspiration by relaxing the gag-reflex and allowing regurgitated stomach contents or oral secretions to enter the airway. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration notified healthcare professionals and patients that FDA continues to receive reports ofmethemoglobinemia, a serious and potentially fatal adverse effect, associated with benzocaine products.[8]Because it may be used in topical creams with a concentration as much as 20%, it is not difficult to administer a dose sufficient to cause this problem.”

Hmm, that sounds not so great, but when I looked on the package, there was only 7.5% benzocaine. Brian and I talked about it and only because Ellie seemed like she was in so much pain and we felt like we had tried everything else, we thought we’d give it a shot…bad idea! Brian put the ointment on her gums and she went ape. She was screaming and crying like nobody’s business. I was really concerned at this point because theoretically this product should be making my daughter feel better.

Brian was tending to Ellie and I went and googled “baby orajel crying” and came across more concerning stories from other parents. One, which sounded legitimate was found here: http://www.snopes.com/medical/drugs/orajel.asp

I went into the room to spell Brian and had him come out and read the article. After that, he thought it would be best for us to keep her up for an hour and make sure everything was fine. Everything was fine.  We automatically through the bottle away and wanted to share the information, so it’s hopefully helpful to others.

Scrambled Egg “Muffins”

So I know this blog is all about our babe, but my co-worker showed me this awesome idea, which I think is very relevant because it saves time in the morning.  Saving time is the morning is crucial to me, which is why I frequently go to work with wet hair in a bun now.  The idea is called scrambled egg muffins. Getting a good protien rich breakfast is sometimes challenging for me.

Cereal is easy. Instant oatmeal is easy. A Chobani is easy (which I do a lot of). A breakfast bar is easy. But I really love a warm real breakfast, like eggs!  Problem solved with Scrambled Egg Muffins. Take out your KitchenAid’s (or a large bowl and a whisk), add some eggs (I did a dozen) and whatever you usually like to put in your scrambled eggs.  Since we had ground turkey tacos last night, I added some leftover turkey taco meat, cheese, tomatoes and cilantro.  I also added a little milk to make them more fluffy.  I pour the mixture into a cupcake muffin tin and throw them in the oven on 350 for 25-30 minutes and voila! Scrambled Egg Muffins.  Now when I want to get going in the morning I just grab an egg muffin and take it to work where I pop it in the microwave for a few seconds.

Yummy!  You can try any ingredients you like – salmon, broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, mama lil’s, anything!  Have fun!

Pull Ups

Ellie’s been standing up for a few weeks now, but last night it got to a whole new level. We had our little baby gate set up and she pulled herself up to standing position on it and then reached up to the top and pulled herself up to her tippy toes. Brian and I just looked at each other with huge eyes and we were both like “did she just do that?!?!” I also have to elaborate on this baby gate for Brian’s sake. We were really against getting the baby gate, but we have to admit it’s been a huge help. We have a sectional that’s shaped like a “7” for lack of a better letter or number. We got the baby gate and set it up to connect the two ends so that Max (our lab/german shepherd) stays out while Ellie’s playing and she has no way to hurt herself.  I will have to get a picture of the setup soon for everyone, but it is pretty wonderful.

Here is a video of Ellie pulling herself up – and then eventually falling herself down.