I went to the WIC offices last week for an appointment to get more food vouchers. Occasionally they need to check the weight and growth of the children, I suppose to make sure they are getting proper nutrition with the food the are providing. Well, they wanted to do an iron check on Ella and they asked me how old she was. I said, almost 10 months. They then asked me her birthday and told me she was 10 months old. I thought somehow I had skipped a month and was behind when I was telling people her age. They had me so confused I had to count the months out on my fingers to be sure I wasn't mistaken. They were wrong! She had not turned 10 months yet, we still had a few days to go. I was really beginning to worry that I had neglected to give an update for her and that I couldn't even remember how old she was. I know parents tend to take less pictures and such for the second, third, etc child, but was couldn't believe I was getting that bad. Thankfully, I'm still on top of it and I know that she is just now turning 10 months old. Okay, now I will move on to the stats.
Nicknames: Ella Bella, Bear, Miss E, and Rosanne Barr (this is a name that Joe has been using because she is such a hearty eater. Plus, she almost weighs as much as her brother. However, I don't like the nickname).
Food: Ella continues to eat more foods each day. She really loves to pick up her foods, so I'm constantly thinking of things that she can hold and grab at for her meals. I can usually give her something from our dinners as well, which is nice, since it makes it feel like a real family dinner that we are all enjoying.
Temperament: I truly appreciate how happy she is when I get her out of her crib. It just makes my day to walk into her room after a nap and see her playing with her dolls in her crib. However, she already knows how to whine when she doesn't get her way. Ella is fiercely independent and always wants to move around. She gets so mad when someone puts a baby gate up to block her passage. It is almost comical to see her cry in frustration. I think she has learned this from her brother. And speaking of Jack, he is more and more excited about having Ella around. He constantly says her name. I think it is one word that he says perfectly. She often responds and follows him around. I really love when I get to see them playing together while sitting in their car seats.
Items/Toys We Love The Most: Our friends Chris and Spencer bought Ella the cutest winter hat. It is brown and has the look of a bear. They also bought matching slippers. There is something special about that hat, because I can't help but think she is the cutest baby in the whole world.
Now we only have a month to go before Christmas. I am in full swing making our Christmas presents this year and I am so excited about it. We are also going to have a celebration for my grandparents 60th anniversary. Then I have a month to organize and plan for Ella's 1st birthday. This year has blown by so fast. I can't believe it! She is such a great addition and blessing in our family.