Friday, November 25, 2011

So thankful for . . . . .


 Jose and I were blessed with the greatest gift of all when Ella Catherine came into our lives. I love her more than I ever thought I could love anyone. She is the light of my life and I know it's only going to get better.

THE GREATEST FAMILY AND FRIENDS who encourage, love, and support me everyday.

MY WONDERFULLY REWARDING JOB where I get to make a difference in so many children lives.


Brain cancer has nothing on my brother (in law) Justin. I am in awe of his strength, determination, and courage as he continues to fight this ugly disease. This is one battle he is definetly going to win! I love you so much and I am so inspired by you.


I'm not always the easiest person to live with, especially with the sleep deprivation of late, and Jose always stands by my side. I love him more and more. I am so grateful to have him in my life. 

 Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

4 Months

It's hard for Jose and I to believe that our sweet girl is already 4 months. She is growing up so fast and we fall more in love with her everyday.

Last month I mentioned that we really needed to work on sleep. Well, it has continued to be a struggle. Here's a break down.

Ella is an excellent napper in the morning and will go down for about 2 hours. The rest of the day is hit or miss. She'll go down for another nap in the afternoon and it only lasts 45 min. to an hour. She'll also take a nap around 5:00 because she is SO exhausted from the day. This nap only lasts for about 30 min. I'm hoping the morning and afternoon naps start to fall into place. Mom could really use a nap on Saturday afternoon too!

Ella is just like her Mom and loves routines! Jose and I have a nightly routine that we've stuck to since she was about 2 months. ( I blogged about it previously) She gets her bottle around 6:30, bath around 7:00, book around 7:15, and is ready for bed by 7:30. She goes down pretty easily in her crib and only wakes a few times for her Nuk. Here's where it gets tricky. Ella will usually wake up again anywhere between 12:30 and 2:00 for a 4 oz. feeding. Most nights she'll go right back down, but this month she's had a few nights where she can't settle down and cries for a few hours. She's also had SEVERAL nights where she is waking every 2 hours. The only thing that soothes her back to sleep is her Nuk. This means I'm up again to place it back in her mouth. Once down, Ella will sleep until about 4:00. This is where I need help. She will not go back down unless. . . . . . . you guessed it, she's in bed with us. And not just in bed, but so close to me that I cannot move or fall back asleep. So, needless to say, we are still working out Ella's sleeping habits and hoping that this coming month is better. Momma really needs a good nights rest!

So, other than our sleep issues, Ella is the happiest baby ever. She laughs and smiles all the time. She is also getting stronger every day. I'm anxiously waiting for her to roll over, but I think she has a ways to go. She still loves her tongue and will put anything in her mouth she can get a handle on. Ella loves to be sitting up and facing the action. Her Bumbo really comes in handy for that. I think she's really close to sitting up on her own. It's pretty amazing how strong she is. We have her 4 month check up and shots in a few weeks, so I'll keep you posted on her weight and height then.

Here are a few photos from our monthly session. Enjoy!

Looking forward to this month! I have a feeling it's going to be full of surprises!

Our Little Ladybug!

Well, I know I'm super late getting these pics posted, but it's been a crazy week! When it came time to think about Halloween costumes, my friend Kirtsten mentioned she purchased a really cute Carter's costume for her daughter Madeline at Costco. So, off to Costco I went. Unfortunately we had no luck. So, I called Kirsten and she purchased one for me. All the way in Montana! I had my mind set on the ladybug and boy did Ella look cute! She wasn't great when it came time for pictures, but we did manage to snap a few. Hope you enjoy them.

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween!