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Elise: 8 Months

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8 months! 3/4 of a year. Wasn’t I just in the hospital giving birth…? I guess not.

This is a good stage. We have a routine, which makes life more predictable for her and I. We thrive on schedules in the Waller household.

Elise loves:

  • Exploring
  • Climbing
  • Water (baths, rain, drinking water, the dog’s water bowl, a few drops spilled on the floor…)
  • Eating paper
  • Playing outside
  • Popsicles
  • Mom (still a liiiiiittle attached)
  • Being chased by Dad when he comes home from work

See? This is Elise saying, “Hmm I think I could climb this and get to those flowers.” I promise – it’s exactly what she’s thinking.

Firsts:

  • Walks behind cart
  • Says “mama”
  • Falling asleep at the dinner table

Ellie is also showing us that we might be in for it as she gets older. She has quite the stubborn attitude and loves attention. She goes from ‘happy and pleasantly eating in her highchair’ to ‘screaming her head off with two angry fists’ without warning. She sobs and sobs if we take away a phone (or computer or dog food or cookbook) she’s chewing on. And she likes to be with us. All the time. She might have a serious FOMO problem. Or maybe just a little case of separation anxiety😉

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Elise: Seven Months

Seven months! And super curious about everything:

Loves:

  • Standing
  • Cruising
  • Eating raspberries
  • Eating puffs
  • Exploring new places
  • Baths
  • Mom, mom, mom, and more mom

Firsts:

  • Standing
  • Using her walker
  • Sleeping in her crib for a nap
  • Getting her ears pierced!

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Dislikes:

  • When mom puts a camera in her face for a long time (apparently… see above picture bahahaha)
  • Baby food with meat in it
  • When mom walks out of the room

Ellie is already a little spitfire who is very perceptive and curious. We love her! And we’re in for it when she gets older😉

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Elise: Six Months

“What? I’m 6 months old?”

I thought the same thing, Elise.

It’s hard to believe that Ellie has been with us for HALF A YEAR already. She is keeping her eye on her big bro and doing her best to catch up to him in every way that she can.

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Loves:

  • Blowing raspberries
  • Crawling everywhere
  • Samson
  • Watching Caleb
  • Snuggling
  • Stealing Caleb’s cars
  • Playing outside
  • Smiling at everyone

See? Raspberries in full effect.

Ellie is also a self-proclaimed vegetarian. She spits out any baby food that contains meat. She knows what she wants.

Firsts:

  • Sitting
  • Crawling
  • Pulling herself up on very low furniture
  • Wedding (out of the womb)
  • Playing in a kiddie pool

She’s like, “Oh this puppy? He’s just my BFF.”

Except her actual BFF is Caleb. He loves pulling her into his lap and holding her. They get along soooo well – even though she tries to take his toys all the time.

“Are we done here? Okay, bye.”

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Elise: Five Months

Elise is five months! And finally getting some hair – although not enough to actually tell in pictures. Sigh.

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Loves:

  • Sticking her tongue out
  • Getting up on her knees and pushing herself forward
  • Chasing toys
  • Being carried in a ring sling
  • Fruit purees
  • Musical toys
  • Playing with Caleb

Although, this picture is a good insight into their relationship. Elise can’t sit up yet and Caleb thinks it’s hilarious. She’s less than pleased. For the most part, they just laugh at each other all the time.

Firsts:

  • Stomach bug😦
  • Crying it out:/
  • Rolling toward someone she wants to see
  • On her hands and knees in attempts to crawl
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Elise: Four Months

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Elise is FOUR months old. Already! I feel like I say that every month. The next few months make up one of my favorite stages: learning to roll, sit, crawl, eat solids, and grab everything in sight. So much fun development! (And teething, but that’s no fun.)

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Elise loves:

  • Baths
  • Teething toys, especially Sophie the giraffe
  • Mommy, mommy, and more mommy
  • Uncle Chris
  • Sucking on apple slices
  • Watching Caleb’s every move
  • Taking her socks off

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Although, sometimes she does have trouble getting Sophie to her mouth – haha!

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But just see the way she looks at Caleb!

Elise’s firsts:

  • Solid food
  • Rolling and rolling and rolling
  • Easter!
  • Tripod sitting
  • Grabbing an object with two hands and bringing it to her mouth

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Can’t wait to see what the next month will bring with this little beauty!

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Elise: Three Months

Whew! We’re to the stage where monthly photos only get more difficult to take… baby’s movin’!

Elise is THREE months old. Not sure how that happened.

She loves:

  • Getting dressed
  • Receiving kisses
  • Talking and talking and talking
  • Making really girly squealing noises
  • Sucking her thumb
  • Mocking her parents when they try to get her to take a bottle
  • Caleb.

The sweetest part? He totally loves her, too:

The other day he goes, “My girl is looking at me!” Tell me if that doesn’t make your heart melt.

Elise’s firsts:

  • Rolling from tummy to back
  • Big cold😦
  • Word. She totally says “hi!”
  • Live music at a coffee shop
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Hey, check it out! I have hands!

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Wait… you DON’T have hands?

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OMG, ew! What is that?

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Let’s just act cool, ok pup?

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Hi, I’m 3 months old!

 

 

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Elise: Two Months

Elise is two months old!

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At two months, Elise…
Loves:
  • Taking baths
  • Changing clothes
  • Talking / babbling
  • Batting at objects
  • Grandpa (she smiles at him every time she sees him!)

Dislikes:

  • Binkies
  • Bottles
  • Being away from mom

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She also found her thumb recently… so we’ll see where that goes. Our cutie is getting big!