Monday, June 4, 2012

Head to Toe

It has been a while since I’ve done a proper update on Elena…she is changing so rapidly, it’s hard to keep up! So I thought, since she is 15 months old today (how did that happen?!!?) I would do a complete head to toe update…with pictures no less!
She loves her books!

From the Top

Though Elena’s hair is steadily growing thicker & longer, unfortunately it seems she has inherited my thin hair…it seems to be curling in the back but it’s too soon to tell if she’ll have curls since the top is bone straight.

Elena has this endearing habit of rubbing her ears to sooth herself…she sucks her fingers & rubs her ears…she does this when she’s tired or if she’s feeling anxious…the endearing part is that if I’m holding her, whether to rock her to sleep or to comfort her, she’ll reach up & rub my ear instead of her own…even in her sleep she’ll reach over & rub my ear…

Elena isn’t talking much yet…she says “all done” appropriately & and she’s saying “Mama” to address me now but other than that, there are no discernible words really…she’ll say “ga” in reference to the garbage…& she does say “yuck” but only when prompted. She certainly makes herself clear tho using grunts & groans, whines & babbles…this can be tedious, especially when she’ll point at a table full of stuff & grunt, “uh” indicating that she wants something on that table. It gets frustrating trying to decipher what it is she wants…I don’t want to rush her growing up but I kinda can’t wait until she can talk…I know what you’re going to say, “you’ll regret saying this once she’s talking & doesn’t stop” but to be honest, I’m really interested in what she’s got to say.
Watching TV...never traditional, my kid!

Down the Hatch

Elena is a good little eater…she has her likes & dislikes to be sure but she’s pretty great about trying stuff & has quite the appetite for the stuff she loves. She’s feeding herself more & more & by letting her, she eats a lot more…more often than not if she’s fussing & refusing to eat, it’s because she wants to do it herself. She doesn’t quite have the dexterity for spoons or forks but she’s getting better.

It has been more than a month since I weaned Elena. She was obviously ready since she never looked back. She has a yogurt or some milk before bed & hasn't shown any signs that she misses it at all. I was so afraid she would feel rejected or wouldn't understand but nope, she was obviously ready. I, on the other hand, have not adjusted well...but we'll leave that for another post...
What girl doesn't love her Cabbage Patch?

Sleepy Time

We seem to go thru phases with Elena’s sleep…up until about a week ago, Elena would go to sleep easily by 8:30 & sleep straight thru until 7am…she would nap every afternoon for about 1 ½ to 2 hours…it was awesome…oh how I miss those days…now, for the last week, she has been resisting going to sleep, still being awake at 10:30 or 11pm…the last 2 nights, I fell asleep before she did, waking at 12:30am with a start & not knowing when she’d fallen asleep. The upside is that every other time we have gone thru a sleepless phase, she’s gotten teeth so I remind myself that it’s just temporary…I noticed yesterday that it looks like her incisors are coming in…hopefully we’ll be back on track soon.
Back when she use to sleep...sigh

What Else…

So what else is there to report…I’m sure once I hit publish, I’ll think of a million things I should have mentioned…I love how Elena’s personality is really developing…she is such a character & so funny…she’ll do ridiculous things that she knows are funny & then laughs & laughs!! And well, you saw her determination & fearlessness. That fall didn’t deter her from continuing to take the stairs like the “big people”.

Speaking of that video...many of you commented on how big Elena looked and yes she is quite tall! She is 3 inches shy of 3 feet tall already!! & it's mostly all leg & just keeps growing up, she's been 27 lbs for the last however many months & already in 2T clothes which is a bit complicated since tho they are long enough, clothes are big in the waist...thankfully it's summer time & she looks adorable in sundresses!

Well, that’s all I can think of for now…


  1. I love reading about what Miss Elena has been up to. I think it's absolutely adorable that she rubs her ears AND yours to soothe herself. What a sweetheart!

  2. My cousin used to rub his ear when he was tired, but he stop doing it when he grow up. You baby is so beautiful and sweet! Congratulations :)

  3. My gosh she is so grown up!! Where does the time go?? Since Elsie doesn't have any hair, she yanks on mine when she is trying to soothe herself. I can't wait for her to get her own hair!! :)

  4. I agree with you on being interested in what the girl has to say!!
    And the ear thing.. too cute!

  5. Success!!! It's 8pm & Elena is asleep! I remembered something Abby had written about getting baby to bed earlier to have her sleep later & thought maybe Elena was hitting over tired by the time we were going to last night & tonight I moved up our routine by 1/2 an hr & voila! Asleep by 8pm!! Fingers crossed this continues!!

  6. So glad Elena went to sleep earlier tonight. It's true, the earlier to bed, the longer they sleep. Elena is really big. I love comparing her development to Scarlett's since they are two months apart, and I remember seeing her when she was just a 3 month old. I'm so glad you post these photo blogs :)

  7. Wow! Almost 3 feet tall at 15 months?! She's a tall girl. And cute to boot, love the pics!

  8. One thing that hasn't changed? Elena's still one of the cutest girls around! Oh, I know the difficulties in dressing a tall toddler. But mine was a boy and I couldn't put a dress on him--even though it would have solved the problem! Enjoy the summer with your princess!

  9. I love these posts! Such an incredibly cute and wonderful little girl.


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