Carter at 7 months
Samuel at 7 months
Our Ella-girl is developing her own little personality these days. She smiles all the time. When we look her way, her whole face lights up, she kicks happy little legs, and her eyes dance. This isn't always true of "strangers," but when we smile, she smiles too.
Ella has also started doing things purposefully to make us react and respond. She'll make eye contact and lean her head way over to the side and wait for us to emulate her action. When we do, her face crinkles into a smile and she'll slowly bring her head back up, wait a few minutes and repeat. She also loves to make kissing sounds and waits for us to respond to her trick.
All of the sudden, Ella is an expert sitter. She made the transition so quickly from not really sitting at all to sitting with no fear of her falling. She likes being up and able to see what is happening around her. She also gets a kick out of pushing herself backwards with her arms. She'll slide around the room on her bottom, until she inevitable backs into furniture, a large toy, or the wall and is stuck. She's quite pleased with this mobility, and it makes me laugh to see her happily in reverse throughout the room.
This girl is SO ticklish and loves to be tickled. Her laugh is still a choked up one...it seems that she is waiting to really let the giggles out. Still, the tickling is a funny thing that brings big smiles, and I'm laughing loud even if her mirth is silent.
This girl loves solid food. So far, she's tried peas, pears, sweet potato, apples, carrots, black beans, blueberry, quinoa, and banana. She's had some trouble with her digestion system making the transition to real food, so we've taken things much more slowly than she would like. She wants to have bowls and bowls of the stuff...and perhaps the spoon as well. I'm glad she is so interested and eager. As her digestion system gets used to the new normal, it'll be fun to see what her favorite foods become.
Ella's hair is still wild and crazy all over. If she doesn't have a bow in, it's all in her eyes. The back has long pieces that form an mullet down her back, and the sides are still fairly short. It's fine, so it tangles when we so much as look its direction. The rat's nest in the back is an every morning occurrence, and her hair is still her most consistent compliment. Even when we are just at home, she always has a bow, just to keep the hair out of her face. She will have enough for legitimate pigtails before too long. Dude. Pigtails are going to be fun.
As evidenced, Ella loves baths. She smashes the bubbles, splashes her hands wildly and loves to run her hands in the water around her. She really is my only little that has loved these soapy endeavors so ardently, so early. I don't know if she is just that laid-back or that much of a water-bug, but either way...
Carter is still fastest to make Ella smile, and Samuel seems to have finally hit a good rhythm for using gentleness with his sister. They both really enjoy helping her, and she loves to laugh at their antics.
I am still Ella's favorite. I enjoy the time, knowing it won't be long before there will be many others she enjoys. For now, I generally tote her around everywhere I go as I did with her two brothers. It seems like a special gift to me, being the one who can quiet her tears so quickly just by being hers. The time will pass quickly, and I am grateful for these moments of being her leading lady.
I know I've said it over and over, but Ella-girl is a deep, deep joy for me. Just as I admire Carter's determination and passion, enjoy Samuel's humor and sweet, sensitive spirit, I am grateful for the bright joy that seems to be an integral strand of who God made Ella to be. I'm so grateful for her big, gummy smiles, her contended disposition, and the miracle of her little life in mine. She is our joy-girl, and I am so grateful to spend my time with her.