I can't believe that my baby girl is 2 and a half years old today! Where or where has the time gone? Well, for starters, you can see by the pictures that Ella got herself a big girl bike this week after figuring out how to ride her brother's without any help from anyone in the family! I found the most adorable, Pinkalicious bike on Craig's List for only $15 and picked it up yesterday. After Ron installed some training wheels on it last night, Ella was up and running and loves it. Luckily, the sun came out today, so Logan and Ella were able to go out for some bike time on the sport's court before lunch. I just can't get over how grown up she looks on it.
As for the rest of Ella's life, she continues to be the biggest bundle of energy and nonstop motion that we have ever had in our family. She is constantly on the go and still thinks that she can do everything that her older brother and sister do. A few weeks ago, she figured out how to climb out of her crib (not fall out of her crib) and now climbs out of her bed every day after waking up in the morning and from her nap. Neither one of our other two kids ever figured this out at such a young age! The one downside to this is that I no longer have any control over when her nap "ends." Instead of getting a few extra minutes of work time before going to get her out of her crib, Ella now just gets out the second she wakes up! Oh well. At least she is really good about staying in her bed after I first put her down for naptime and bedtime. Ella continues to be the littlest one of our family which makes her craziness all the more funny and ironic. Ella still comfortably fits in 24 month and 2T size clothing which was something that both Lia and Logan had long outgrown by this age.
Ella loved the summer season that just ended and thoroughly enjoyed swimming in the water, playing on the beaches, sliding into our baby pool, playing at the parks, and riding her trike (and now bike) all over the place. She also developed a total love for all things Elsa and Anna and can now sit down for a whoppin' 90 minutes and watch the entire movie, Frozen, without getting up which is a major accomplishment for her! Ella has also really started to get into the Disney princess thing and has discovered the dress up box (that Ron brought up from the basement) in the past few weeks. Almost every day, she can be found parading all over the house in a new princess dress. She also quizzes me on a regular basis as to which princess is which when she sees their faces on a plate or in a book or on the magnets on the fridge. She will ask the question, "Who's this?," over and over again. It's quite funny. Along with princesses, Ella has also discovered Lia's Barbie dolls in the past few weeks and can be found toting one around the house as much as her baby dolls.
Ella still takes a nice 2-3 hour nap every afternoon and easily goes to bed each night around 8 to 8:30. She loves being read to and would spend an hour reading with me in her recliner chair if I let her every day. She enjoys any attention from anyone and loves to sing in the car and dance in the house. In fact, she discovered Lia's Girl Scout Christmas CD (that was still in my car) this summer and now we have to listen to Christmas songs everywhere we go! Ella also loves doing puzzles, coloring, and riding her toy car around the house. She is still a decent eater although she refuses meats and vegetables from time to time. Ella runs where ever she goes instead of walking, she still sneaks her pacifier out of her crib on a regular basis, she loves sitting in my lap whenever I sit on the floor, she has a crazy, high-pitched scream that she hits when she is really upset about something, and her hair has somehow grown halfway down her back. I don't know how that last one happened. I honestly feel like one day her hair was shoulder length and the next day it was halfway down her back.
Ella's vocabulary continues to improve although I still struggle to understand what she is saying from time to time. The funniest word that she says at the current moment is "belly butt" which she says when she means belly button. She also says "belly butt" when talking about a button on a piece of clothing. We think it is so funny! Ella also loves the word, "tiny," and uses it all of the time instead of the word small to describe herself or something "tiny" in her life (like her crib in comparison to her siblings' big kid beds). Ella also LOVES saying prayers and dominates most meal time and family prayers. In fact, she has been known to throw a huge tantrum if she doesn't get to say the prayer. As a result, two prayers are sometimes offered on the food. :-) However, the cutest thing is how she always says, "Christ, Amen," at the end of her prayer when copying one of us saying "In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." She also say "lollipop" for popcorn and "cean" for the word, clean. She always asks me, "Is it cean?," when she wants to know if she can eat off of her princess plate or wear her princess nightgown to bed. The other cute thing that she says on a daily basis is, "Ella wake up," whenever we first see her after she climbs out of the crib in the morning or after her nap.
Overall, we love our Ellie B and just can't get over how fast she is growing up! We just think she is the cutest thing ever and are so grateful that she is part of our family!
Ella cruising along on her new big girl bike!
Stopping to give mommy an adorable smile.