A bath and a tooth

Ellie has never been a fan of water. From the day she was born, we conjured the best way to get her in the bath and out as quickly as possible. It was a huge relief for us to know the doctors only recommend you bathe your baby once or twice a week. We opted for once.  We thought we should take her to swim lessons to get her more used to the water. She was okay, but probably because there were other babies and people to look at.  By okay we mean she cried and fussed mildly the entire time.

We were pleasantly surprised when we went to Hawaii and she enjoyed the pool. Now, at nine months old, Ellie has officially come in to her own and is LOVEing her bath. It’s such a relief and now we want to give her a bath all the time; it’s so much fun.

 

In other exciting news, I could actually feel Ellie’s first tooth this morning. I took a picture, which is posted below. You probably can’t see the tooth, but it’s there alright. Brian and I feel like we’ve earned our stripes on this one. The last few nights one or both of us have been up for hours at a time. She’s been incredibly clingy and fussy lately. It’s not good enough for her to be sitting right next to you, touching you; no, she has to be on you or you have to be holding her.

It’s been difficult because it makes me feel like a bad mom because I can only see her a couple of hours a day. I start to think she’s acting that way because I get so little time with her, but then “TADA,” the tooth comes and I know it’s just a side effect.  Today was my work from him day and it’s so meaningful for me to have that extra hour to an hour and a half with my little peanut. It’s such a treat!

Okay, here are the bath and tooth pics!

It’s the lower left one – believe me, it’s there.

Warm and cozy towel and blanket combo

Doesn’t that just look like the face of a happy girl?

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Oh to be a Babe

I often think what a wonderful life it would be to wake up and essentially be responsible for playing, eating, sleeping and pooping myself every once it awhile. There’s not a lot required of a tiny little baby and sometimes it’s nice to fantasize about going back to that place. In our adult lives, we of course are responsible for many things and once the babe comes around, the responsibility increases exponentially.  Sometimes the responsibilities are tough and stressful and sometimes they’re fun.  Sometimes a lot of fun ends up being exhausting too, right?

For instance, this week has been so amazing. Tuesday Brian and I celebrated our two year anniversary.  We did the White Moustache Urban Adventure.  It was an amazing night of going from one unique restaurant in our fine city to the next. We started at Island Soul in Columbia City, where we had some amazing jerk chicken and seafood fritters with a nice dark rum ginger mojito. From there we moved to St. Cloud in Madrona. We noshed on some parmesan crusted pork tenderloin and washed it down with some Syrah. At the next stop, Grub on Queen Anne, we had a seafood medley with another glass of red wine. Finally we ended our night at Hot Cakes in Ballard, where we shared a dark chocolate hot cake with whiskey caramel and vanilla ice cream and some port. Oh it was fun to bounce around the city like DINKS again!

Wednesday night we stayed in (thank goodness), Thursday Jonathan and Devon came over for dinner, and Friday we had Friendsgiving at John and Mols’.  Saturday came around and we went to the grocery store to get stuff for Thanksgiving. We headed out to go to Ethan’s 1 year birthday party and sat in traffic for 45 minutes before we even got to I-90! Since we had a Christmas party in a few hours, we figured by the time we would get to the party we’d have to turn around and come back, so we ended up canceling. We felt (and I still feel) really bad.  From there we dropped Ellie off with Jenna and Ryan and headed out to the Blue Nile Christmas Party. That was fun while it lasted, but we had to head home early because Ellie was refusing a bottle and going down. It was still a great night and so much fun.

Then today we did a family portrait session out in the [light] rain and then hosted PEPS at our house. Ahhh…time to breathe please.  A lot of fun, but still A LOT of going going going!  All this running around, and the whole while Ellie is just growing like crazy and showing more and more of her personality every day. She’s started doing things we say, such as bouncing when she’s standing and turning the pages in her book when we’re reading. A couple of weeks ago I got a glimpse of her mimicking with dad, making the scrunchy face.

 

Here are a few pics of the cute PEPS babes tonight.

La Musica

While the music Ellie plays is typically on her Leap Frog music table, this week was a bit of an exception. On Halloween, we went trick or treating with Ryan, Jenna and Arabella at the park and then went and hung at their house for a bit while the babes played and played some tunes. Here is a clip of Elle and Ara in their costumes rocking out.

This weekend we got to catch up on a bunch of things around the house and generally just relax, which is something we’ve really been looking forward to. On Friday, Brian and I were able to go out on a date night while my mom manned the monitor and tended to her when she woke. It was nice just to hit up a local restaurant that we used to frequent pre-Ellie.  Saturday we packed up the car and headed down to the Doman residence where we were planning on leaving Ellie while we went to my friend Rachel’s 30th birthday party. For some reason Ellie didn’t want to go to bed until after 8:30, so by the time she finally went down, it was too late for us to head out. We just relaxed and watched SNL while having some wine, which was also fantastic. This morning when we got up, we thought it would be fun for Ellie to have at it in the music room. Here is four minutes of Ellie’s show-stopping performance!

I also caught some cool pics this weekend and of course Instagramm’d them up.