Eloise’s Monthly Photo

ellie 14 months

(I know, I’m a little late getting this one up). Ellie is just growing so quickly. She’s racing around the house now and creating, as Jeff likes to call it, the “Ellie tornado”. She get’s up every morning and first thing she does is sit in front of her book-case, take each book out and go through it like she’s reading. This girl loves books and I’m hoping it stays that way. She is also loving her new walking skills and wants to walk everywhere. It’s been pretty difficult keeping her in a carrier or a stroller. She is keeping us on our toes but we are also just so completely in love with our little monkey. It was hard on our date this weekend to talk about anything or anyone else, but our baby girl!

Eloise’s Monthly Photo

ellie 13 months


13 months is here already! My little girl is no longer a baby these days. She is a full-blown toddler and yesterday took her first real steps. (I say real because she’s been taking a step here and there, but never 7 or 8 like she did last night). Very exciting toddler things happening in our house, very exciting! This very busy 13 month old has also been teething like crazy and sleeping like she doesn’t want to miss ANYTHING (which means we are all very sleepy around these parts). But, she’s oh so busy learning about the world and it’s so neat seeing her brain in working and learning mode. She likes dumping things and throwing things and putting things into things (one of her favorite past times is taking all the laundry out of the basket and then putting it all back in again, repeat, repeat, repeat. We’ve been putting on more classical music for her and she seems to be enjoying that, but does not like when anyone sings specific sad songs (like Taps or When You Wish Upon A Star). She loves swimming at our friend’s pool, throwing sand out of the sandbox and pushing chairs all over the house. She shows her frustrations through clenching her fists and glaring and will certainly let you know if she doesn’t like something. She cuddles in the morning, waves at people in Target and calls out for “Dada if she’s not ready to go to sleep at night. She’s been on a reading binge too which we like. She will bring Daddy, Panda Bear, Panda Bear nightly and loves books with animals in them. We love our Miss Ellie Lou with all her spunk and personality and we’re looking forward to watching what 13 months brings!

*Where is the bunny we’ve been using for the past 12 months, you may be wondering? Ellie just loves her “pink baby”. She carries it around, she’s been dressing pink baby and putting blankets on her and giving her kisses, so I thought this month we’d highlight her favorite toy in her chair instead of a toy she likes alright. Pink Baby it is!

Eloise’s Monthly Photo

“When the day that lies ahead of me, seems impossible to face, when someone else instead of me always seems to know the way. Then I look at you, and the world’s alright with me, Just one look at you, and I know it’s gonna be a lovely day…”

(this song was in my head a year ago today as I labored for 23 + hours and pushed my sweet baby girl Eloise into this world. The lyrics have stuck with me and every time I hear this song it reminds me of my beautiful girl. Happy Birthday Eloise Harper! Today truly is a “lovely day”).

ellie 12 months

Eloise’s Monthly Photo: 10 Months!

10 month ellie

This picture says it all! The other pictures were just as busy (this was the only one that was somewhat in focus)! You are busy little one and keeping Mama and Daddy on their toes! You love crawling all over the place and exploring. You are enjoying things that once you were afraid of (the bath, the sand, the grass). You are talkative and making all sorts of sounds. You are eating more and more solid food but still prefer Mama’s milk. You are the most wonderful, tiring, little thing in the world! Love you my silly, sweet ten month old baby girl!

xoxo, Mama

Eloise’s Monthly Photo

Ellie 9 months

Ellie you are all over the place these days. I can barely keep up with you! You are crawling like a pro and now want to pull yourself up on everything. We are trying to baby proof the house as best we can so that we are not constantly having to redirect you. We thought you were getting a tooth finally, but it has yet to show its toothy face. You are loving listening to all sorts of music on the record player these days and you have finally taken to baths. You took your first bubble bath tonight before bed! Nursing has turned into an olympic gymnast sport and you seem to be uninterested in solid food either these days. You are moving and exploring and you have no time for anything else. Including sleep and diaper changes. Watch out world! Ellie is moving!

Eloise’s Monthly Photo and {this moment}

8 months

Okay so there are words involved with this week’s this moment but Ellie’s monthly photo falls on a Friday this month so I had to include both!

{this moment} “A single photo. No words. Capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.” -joining Soulemama!

this moment with dad

Happy Friday! Have a fantastic weekend!