Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hey Batter Batter

Today Jose, Ella, and I FINALLY made it up to Ramona to see our newphews play some baseball. Garin and Grayson love baseball, and have been playing since they were 4. Garin has moved up to the Pinto league, so the games are a bit more action packed and feel like a real baseball game. He is such a powerful hitter and also has an amazing arm. Grayson is still in the shetland league, which means he still hits off the T. Not as exciting, especially when you have a little man who would rather be playing with his brother or on the play structure with his friends! He gets out there and tries his best. That's all that really matters anyway, right?

Justin has been the boys' coach for the last several years, and even while fighting the battle of his life, he continues to be part of Garin's team as assistant coach, and is the head coach of Grayson's team. I don't know how he does it! His chemotheraphy wipes him out, so the fact that he's out there every Saturday(ALL DAY) is pretty remarkable. I wish I had his strength!

Ella was such a good girl just hanging out enjoying some snacks and watching Garin play. She loved all the action. Lots to see and look at. When the game was over, Garin ran right over to his cousin. He loves her so much! We decided we'd go out on the field and let Ella stretch her legs. The boys couldn't wait to get their hands on their cousin.

Seeing these three together melts my heart. I love how much the boys love her and how gentle they are with her. Garin is constantly giving Ella kisses, and Grayson loves trying to make her laugh. Today as Garin was playing with Ella said, "Auntie, I'm going to be such a great babysitter!" I love seeing the bond these three are forming.

Before Ella, these two boys were my everything. I love them so much and have missed seeing them as much as I use to before I became a Mom. I feel so lucky to have them in my life, and Ella is one lucky girl too. I can't wait to see the friendship that develops between them in the years to come.

Happy Saturday. I hope your day was a great as ours!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

8 Months!

Ella Catherine you are 8 months old!!

This month proved to be another tough month in the photo department. Luckily Jose was able to help me out and I think we were able to get a few good ones. Excuse the heavy drool all over Ella. She seems to be teething and it is constant. I think her adorable smile makes up for the messy outfit.

We've been having so much fun this month. I'd have to say I am loving this age. She is so independent and just loves to be on the move. I feel like we haven't had many firsts this month other then moving to the bath tub(no more infant tub) and also moving in to her big girl car seat. She seems to LOVE both!

Here she is in her tub. We purchased a mat for the bottom and she stays perfectly in place. She loves crawling all around and playing with her bath toys. We also purchased a cute little ducky that goes over the faucet. She was knocing her head all the time so now it's safe. She doesn't even seem to notice the ducky!

Here's her big girl car seat. Ella really enjoys being able to look out and see everything as it passes by. I frequently roll the window down and she thinks it's the greatest thing ever. We are so lucky to have such a happy, sweet girl. Sleeping is a bit challenging in the new seat, but I purchased a nifty head pillow and it works pretty good. It's just a bit bulky. I try to only use it on long rides when I know she may take a nap.

Ella's sleeping and eating patterns have remained the same, although she does seems to want more solids and finger foods. Ella LOVES to eat and I'm beginning to think it's time to introduce a few more foods. I plan on introducing strawberries, avocado, cheese, yogurt, and crackers this month. We'll see how it goes.

Ella can still wear some of her 6 month clothes, but not her pants! I purchased some 9 month pants about mid month, and they are aleady floods on her. So, I bought some 12 month pants and they fit perfectly! For the most part, she wears 6 and 9 month dresses, sweaters, and shirts and 9 and 12 month shorts, skirts, and pants. Her shoe size is still a 2. It's pretty crazy to see her in such big sizes. I'll be anxious to see how much she weighs and how long she is at her 9 month appointment in April.Our little girl is growing so fast!

A few funny things Jose and I have noticed this month is she makes the funniest clicking sounds with her tongue, she sticks her tongue out, blows bubbles, and makes the loudest screaming sounds. All of which she finds extremly entertaining. Jose and I just laugh. It's so fun to see her little personality shining through.

Here are a few additional photos that I thought were pretty cute. As you can see, she is all over the place. Ella crawls faster than I thought possible, stands up on EVERYTHING, and will not sit still. I miss my little cuddle bunny who would sit with her Mama. Not a chance!

We love you so very much Ella Catherine. Our lives would be empty without you. Te amo Bella!