All About Miss Ella – 21 Months

Almost two, it’s is hard to believe. Josh and I were just reminiscing about our sweet newborn and how tiny she was. Now, here she is, in all her toddler glory.

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Still on the small side, she finally hit the 20lb mark! Right now she’s about 21lbs (fully clothed and with shoes on, but I’ll take it) and 32 inches long. Height wise she’s up to the 10-25th percentile, but weight, eh, still rocking about the 5th and the longest lashes ever. IMG_2853She also has a total of 12 teeth now including four molars. Those were fun, let me tell you.

She finally started eating again. Not all the time, but last weekend she took down five nuggets, a huge serving of green beans, two cuties and some peanut butter toast in a single sitting.

Other go to foods right now, are guacamole, salsa, cheese, yogurt and baby food pouches. Yep, I’ve been buying those squeeze pouches again lately. She sucks them down in about two minutes. It’s an easy way to get 60-100 calories in her as well as more veggies. Again working with what we can to put some pounds on her.

And about the nursing, she’s so close to being weaned, but not quite. We’re down to one session before bed. She is really attached to it even though my milk is gone. I think it’s the calm, comfort of having solo mom time and cuddles. As I said to my friend the other day, it’s amazing the things you think are weird (extended nursing) until the shoes are on your feet. I HAVE to wean her soon because I just cannot do the tandem thing. I mean, I know I can, but I don’t want to. Ella is like say what?!?

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Tantrums are alive and well in our house.

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Has anyone else seen this website? We’re continuing to basically ignore her other than telling her that we’re sorry she’s upset, but when she’s ready to calm down we can do xyz. When she’s being really dramatic and laying on the floor crying isn’t working, she’ll get up, look to see if we’re watching and walk to the couch, throwing her head on the couch. I know it’s totally normal for this age, but it is frustrating. Luckily we haven’t had a public breakdown yet.

Music and dancing are absolutely her favorite things. We set a children’s station on Pandora which plays through our TV. We now sing and dance to it every day. Here are a few of her moves:

Music class at school is the highlight of her school week. Her teacher emailed me the other day to tell me that she participates vivaciously and is the most interactive in her class. Not surprised, she is our little ham.

She’s also into exercising from swimming lessons to walks. Every day when we get home we go for a walk, weather permitting. She’ll want to walk for about two blocks, then ask to be carried. I think she just likes to be outside. I can’t wait for the weather to be nice all the time. The park is a favorite spot because she loves to swing.

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She also is really excited that she can go up and down stairs without crawling now. Big girl she is!

I’m excited to take her to the zoo. She has flash cards of various animals of which she can identify and say about 95 percent of. She’s going to LOVE the zoo this year.

Our chatterbox is none stop. I stopped counting her words because I couldn’t keep up. She’s combining more and more to try to form sentences and simple phrases. She does have some of her own language, like saying “Ahme” for I love you. Though she can say each of the words separately, when we say goodnight and we tell her that we love her, she responds with ahme.

Potty training has kind of stalled out, but we’re not too worried about it. They aren’t actively working on it at daycare, so we’re not pushing it at home.

Ella is very interested in my changing belly. She talks about babies a lot and points at my stomach and kisses it all the time. She likes to show her teachers where the baby is every day when I pick her up. I still don’t think she really gets it, but I’m glad that she’s starting to understand that there is something going on. She has to have her baby doll in bed with her, its tiny bottle and a blanket for every nap and bedtime. She also requires at least two of her own blankets and a cup of water. Oh and this little bear blanket that she wants everyone to kiss.

Other likes:

  • Bubble baths
  • Hugs and Kisses
  • Bunnies and hopping
  • Reading
  • Chocolate and Starburst jelly beans
  • Coats, hats and shoes (even when we’re inside)
  • Picking out her own clothes and trying to dress herself
  • Being a helper (when she has the slightest hint of a wet diaper, she now brings us the changing pad, wipes, a diaper and Desitin.)
  • Blow drying her hair and painting her toes

Other Dislikes:

  • Being told no
  • Having help brushing her teeth
  • Any part of Sesame Street other than Elmo
  • Sand in between her toes after playing at the park
  • Lucky being anywhere near her toys or blankets
  • Having any food cut without her permission

There you have it.

3 thoughts on “All About Miss Ella – 21 Months

  1. Oh, sweet Ella! I am so glad you posted this. I always love seeing those fantastic lashes. And I like to baby compare 🙂 Miles and Ella seem like they are both a bit advanced, and I have a hard time giving deets to some friends without seeming braggard. Miles is definitely stringing words – last Friday, he said, “I like beer at Papa Nana’s house.” Yep. That’s my kid.

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