Friday, November 13, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Ella - 6 months old

I'm finding it harder and harder to pick a handful of pictures each month when we do our little photo shoots ... she's just too cute! It's hard to believe we're at the half year point already.

Probably the most noticeable difference in Ella this month is her ability to reach for - and get - objects. She seems to understand what her hands are for and can most times make them do what she wants. She's even taking her own nuk in and out of her mouth now. Sometimes she'll try and hold her bottle.

Ella is rolling really well from back to belly but still having a hard time going from belly to back which leads to a lot of frustration, especially in her crib at night which has made for some long nights. She sitting up assisted a little better and seems to have more control yet she cannot sit for long without support. We've been using the Bumbo chair quite a bit and I just picked up an exersaucer (which she LOVES!) from a friend today.

Even though she's in the 50th percentile for height and weight, she still seems like a chunky monkey compared to Hannah who was such a skinny baby. Ella is in 6-9 month clothes now. I've been searching everywhere for some 9 month fleece sleepers but cannot seem to find any. I found a whole bunch in 12 months this summer at some garage sales but I swear, they must not make them in the 9 month size ... even the stores I've looked at I've had no luck.

I'm still nursing Ella and celebrating the fact that I made it to the six month mark! Going back to work has taken it's toll on my supply and I've had to start using domperidone to boost my milk supply. It's kind of a pain since you cannot buy it in the U.S. as it's not FDA approved, so I have to mail order it from New Zealand and find a doctor who's willing the write me a script for it. My doctor is encouraging me to give it up, saying that six months is a great start and I'd probably feel so much better if I weaned her. But it's such a hard thing for me ... I treasure that bond with her and with her being my last I know I'll never have the chance to do this again. I know no matter when I wean her, there will be a grieving process.

I'm still working three 12-hour shifts a week, which means I can be home with Ella the other four days of the week, which has been really nice, though the days I work are really long and rather exhausting. Because I work every other weekend, Ella is only in daycare two days a week as she's home with her dad on the weekends I work and I feel really good about that.

I've decided I'm going to have some professional photos of Ella done now that she's six months, it's just a matter of picking who is going to do them - I have a couple of nurse friends who have photography businesses on the side. I'm looking forward to seeing what they capture.

ETA: Ella's 6-month stats - 16 lbs. 14.5 oz. (62nd percentile), 26 inches (47th percentile) and head size 43.5 cm (81st percentile).

Sunday, October 11, 2015

A walk in the woods

Isaac, Ella and I took advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures (80 degrees!) and headed out to Kohler Andrae State Park to hike one of the wooded trails there. I popped Ella in the carrier, slung my camera over my shoulder and we were off! Ella was a good hiker and I couldn't keep Isaac out of the trees - everyone had a great time! It was very nice to get out of the house and I enjoyed having my camera along to take pictures ... I know I feel so much better when I'm snapping away, and it's just a matter of making it happen with the little one. The carrier helps so much for that and it's one purchase I'm really glad I spent the money on. It makes days like today with my children possible.