Milestones: Crawling & the Potty

Two major milestones have happened this week, one was very easy to identify and one has been a work in progress that I think I can knock on wood and say we’ve achieved.

The first is that Piper is crawling! Or at least that’s what I think it is. Here’s the video – you tell me. She moves her hands in a crawling motion, but then most of the time does this little bunny hop thing with her feet. I just think it’s so adorable and I think it counts. I always had a feeling she was going to go against the grain in her own little ways, so of course she couldn’t crawl like all the other babies! Who knows, I’m sure in a few days she’ll pick up the leg thing.

Piper is so funny. She’s such a determined little girl and I can tell when she puts her mind to something she’s just going to do it and no one is going to tell her any different – we’ll see how that goes later in life! It’s a very admirable quality in a lot of ways though and she’s so laid back I think it will bode well in her favor. I enjoy so much and count myself incredibly blessed that she is so easy-going. It’s not all peaches and cream of course, as her sleeping is pretty terrible and I’m pretty sure I’ll read this blog post later and none of it will make sense because my brain does not work anymore, due to sleep deprivation.

The second milestone is that I think it’s official Ellie is going potty in the toilet. Ever since the week after Thanksgiving she’s been “training” and for the most part she’s been able to go on the toilet. However, it’s definitely been a longer process, likely due to the emotion of having a little sister around. The last few days though we’ve had no accidents and I think if we keep it up a few more days we may have turned a corner.

We also had a very fun Easter this weekend. Ellie enjoyed doing two egg hunts, dying Easter eggs and getting a basket from the Easter bunny. It has really just been so much fun to see her grow and really start to understand things. She is such a compassionate little girl and even though she definitely goes through times of being very emotional, she always seems to end up just wanting a hug or a kiss…which I LOVE!

Here are a few recent pics of the girls and the fam, for those who have missed them on Facebook or Instagram.

Ellie's new swimsuit Family on Easter Easter egg hunt Playing before bed Getting ready for Thompson Easter Playing together Sitting in the sun

She Peed in the Toilet!

We had an amazing first tonight; Ellie peed in her toilet! Even though we’re not working toward potty training at this point, we thought it would be a good idea to get a toilet for Ellie and sit her on it every night before we get in the bath. This really came from a desire to not have her pee in the tub upon entry.  Tonight for the first time, I said “Ellie, do you want to go potty?” and she gave me a look that told me yes. I pulled her shorts and diaper off as quick as I could and the first thing I noticed was that her diaper was dry – good sign. I sat her on the toilet and wizzzz….I shrieked with excitement so loud she paused for a moment, but once I calmed down she let the rest flow. 

It’s funny the things that get a mom and dad so excited. Brian ran into the room so happy for our little girl and said “well, I think she’s potty trained!” I don’t know about that, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction. 

Other fun things lately are consistency with words. Amongst our favorite to hear are mama, dada, more, baby, Ellie, ball, doggie, duck, and her effort to say watermelon, which she loves very much. I’ll have to get the watermelon attempt on video because it involves her wiggling her tongue between her lips.  The most amazing thing is to see her really start to understand things. It’s just heart-melting when we ask her for a kiss to have her come over and give us a kiss. When we say “let’s go change your diaper,” she goes to the changing table in her room. 

In addition she’s now going up and down stairs on her own and running tons. This girl is a ball of energy, which I totally love, but every once in awhile I selfishly wish she would just hang within a five foot radius for five minutes. It’s my five squared dream and someday when she understands things more I’m hopeful she’ll listen to me request it and be able to oblige. In the mean time, she keeps me up and about, which I really can’t complain too much about.

Here are some fun pics and a video of Ellie lately.

Eating with enthusiasm: