This adorable, little lady bug turns seven months old today on Halloween! It's hard to believe that she has been outside of my body almost as long as she was inside it. Ella is just the cutest, busiest baby I have ever seen. She is nonstop crawling and nonstop standing all day long! No joke. She now is happy for long stretches of time just cruising around whatever room we are in playing with toys and getting into everything. I know I have said it before, but I will say it again...I have never had such a mobile baby. And just in the past few days, when we put her down on her feet, she will balance in the standing position for a few seconds before falling down onto her bottom. My oh my. Besides the physical activity, Ella is just a happy baby. She absolutely loves attention and will give us endless smiles and giggles whenever we want them. However, she has started to recognize the difference between family members and strangers recently as we get the smiles and the strangers just get quizzical looks. She sleeps about 12 hours every night with a few pacifier runs to get her back to sleep. She is still taking a morning and afternoon nap and an occasional evening nap if we are driving in the car. Ella has entered the world of baby food whole heartedly this past month and will now eat a fruit baby food mixed with rice cereal every day for breakfast, a vegetable one for lunch, and another vegetable and meat baby food for dinner. She hasn't refused a single food that has been presented her way and the line-up includes: apples, blueberries, bananas, pears, carrots, green beans, pees, sweet potatoes, squash, turkey, chicken, and beef. We are still working on drinking water out of sippy cup. Ella favors playing and wrestling with the cup more than drinking it, but she'll get it eventually! She gets to be a both a lady bug and an owl for Halloween this year thanks to a clearance rack find last winter and a hand-me-down from one of Ron's co-workers. She is just the cutest thing all dressed up in her costumes and ready to go this week! We sure love our baby girl!
A few more pictures of this adorable bug. Here Ella is showing off her pretty, little wings.
Ella and a pumpkin.
And she's off!