Thursday, February 08, 2007


Let's see.... the other day I got to pretend to be a mom of two when I babysat for Sam and Catherine's year old boy Tjabe. Catherine was all ready to take Tjabe to the sitter so she could attend a meeting for work when the sitter called and said her own kids had pinkeye. Eek! So Tjabe came and played with us for a few hours, which made Ellie very happy. Here are the cuties:

I don't know if I mentioned it before or not, but when Ellie was younger she had a tendency to suck her thumb. So, we started giving her a pacifier, knowing that you can take a pacifier away at a later time, but you can't take her thumb away. Well, about a month ago Eliana decided that she is no longer interested in a pacifier. She'll play with it, or chew on it, but she doesn't suck on it (or her thumb or anything) for comfort. She weaned herself from the pacifier by 6 months. Woohoo! I figured we'd cross that bridge when we came to it, but now we don't have to. Oh yeah - we also don't have to swaddle her to sleep anymore. We usually still swaddle her for bed at night, but not always and its no longer a necessity.

Ellie LOVES to ride around on Leif's shoulders. She grins and giggles and holds onto his hair and ears. It's cute. Personally, I think Leif likes it just as much as she does.

On the crawling front, we still lack mobility, but Eliana is getting stronger. She's gotten her belly a tiny bit off the ground and her knees under her without dropping her arms a couple times now. She spends a good portion of her day working on moving around. She's also getting better at the "M" sounds and has said "Ma ma" in imitation a few times now. I realize that it's just a sound and it has no meaning to her yet, but it still makes me very happy to hear the sound Mama coming from my baby.

I leave you with this picture, and I want you to know that I put her on the little checkered blanket by the toy. Even without being able to crawl, she gets around when she wants to.


Anonymous said...

love the photos. love the stories. love the updates. now to figure out when i can meet the little darling in person? - tam

Elizabeth Wickland said...

I'm trying to convince Leif that we need a road trip out west this summer so you can see Ellie and so _I_ can see the belly!