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Eleanora | 4 months old

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Just when I think she cannot possibly get any cuter, she somehow manages to become even more adorable! (I mean seriously, the photo above! You kill me E!) We made our second trip home to see my family in Jacksonville this month. (More on that in a later post.) It was fun to see her get to know everyone again, since she hadn’t seem most of my family since she was 5 weeks old! She could definitely tell we weren’t at home, and as soon as we got back she lit up. She looked around as if she was saying, “I know this place!” It was so sweet. I cannot express how thankful I am to have her in our lives. Things are getting a little more predictable and we’re finding our groove. Of course, being a mama is extremely hard work and I have many days that I don’t feel cut out to be all that I need to be as a mama, wife, friend and run a full-time business. But it is so worth it. She is such a gift. I see that now more than ever.

Weight: We have our 4 month appointment next week, so I have no clue. I’m guessing 15lbs. She’s a chunk these days!

Clothing: We’re still squeezing into 0-3 clothes! I’m trying to fit her into them as long as possible! 😉 Everything seems to be too wide and too short for her. I’m sure I’ll have to go up to the 3-6 very soon.

Sleep: She’s still sleeping through the night for the most part. There have been quite a few nights that she’s been up in the wee hours of the morning because she’s teething. Overall it’s so much better than the newborn stage, so I can’t complain. Her naps are getting longer and more consistent during the day. She takes one long morning nap and one or two afternoon naps. They are glorious I tell you! When she doesn’t get good naps…it’s not good. Fussy pants Elle is no fun.

Eating: Still eating like a champ. We can start rice cereal soon, so that will be fun!

Personality/ Mood: Elle is very relaxed. She has definitely become more playful, and isn’t afraid to flash her smile to anyone. She is far more vocal when it’s just the 3 of us at the house. When we’re out, she’s pretty quiet around lots of people. She has her fussy times, but for the most part she’s such a happy baby! Of course, when I bring the camera out I have to be quick. She only puts up with that for so long. Ha! I think she has Photographer’s Child Syndrome. It’s a thing. She is also very easily excited by everything around her. She will look around the room for a good while when she wakes up. Her reflection in the mirror is mesmerizing too. Her eyes get so big and it’s the cutest thing ever. I can’t really see too much personality except that she’s kind of quiet and curious about everything in a happy, bright-eyed way.

Loves: The Christmas tree is her new favorite thing. I don’t blame her! I love it too. In fact I put up lights all over the living room and we both love it. She loves naps in her swing, rolling around her playmat, bath time and daddy’s tickles. If you sing to her, you’ll be her new BFF. She will smile so big when I sing to her. High notes are especially funny apparently.

Doesn’t love: Teething. I can tell it hurts her so much sometimes.

Things I want to remember: At bath time I always stand her up on the counter by the sink before she get’s in. She gets so excited when she hears the water and sees the pink tub. It’s like she tries to jump in! Her eyes light up as soon as her toes hit the water. She has learned to grab things now and tries to put absolutely everything in her mouth…including my nose and mouth. She rolls from back to front and spins around like a little top. “Standing up” and looking at everything is so fun to her. I never want to forget the way she looks at me and smiles so big. My heart melts. I never understood wanting to cry because of so much love, but I do now. It’s still a little sad that she’s getting bigger, but I love how fun this stage is right now. The way she notices new things is fascinating to me. My days with her are getting more and more fun…when she’s not in a bad mood that is!

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I can’t get enough of this girl!

Cindy Carroll - December 8, 2014 - 9:04 pm

So sweet! So precious! So beautiful! Love y’all!

Gail Shirley - December 10, 2014 - 5:55 am

She looks so sweet. Breaks my heart we are not able to come see her. Maybe soon.

Barbara Roberts Fincher - December 10, 2014 - 6:04 am

She is precious. Love the writing and I know just by the notes you are a good Mom and enjoy the moment. 😉

Jen - December 12, 2014 - 2:08 pm

So cute!

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