I can’t really believe that as I type this, our sweet Ella has already been part of our family for three months! She has made our family feel so much more complete (though not finished yet ;) and has brought such tremendous joy to our lives in such a short time. Ella weighs almost thirteen pounds and is healthy as can be. She has dark blue eyes, medium brown hair and the softest, pinkest skin. Her thighs are chunky and full of rolls and she smells like heaven (most of the time).
Photos by Kaitlyn Litchfield (kaitlitchphoto.com)
Ella has been smiling for about six weeks now and it was her first smile that seemed to help melt away all of my postpartum depression and anxiety. Immediately my fears about connecting with her seemed to fall away and now, whenever our eyes meet, she breaks into an ear-to-ear grin. Ella is really never not smiling – she is the happiest, most playful and joyful little baby I’ve ever met. When she smiles, her eyes light up and she waves her hands with delight. She has also started giggling when she is tickled or we make funny sounds and I can’t think of anything more divine than the sound of her giggle.
We are incredibly fortunate that Ella has been sleeping through the night since she was about eight weeks old. Having now traveled with her quite a bit, she’s proven to be able to sleep anywhere, which is a dream for her adventurous parents.
I imagine most second children are more social than the first because they’re constantly surrounded by people and Ella is no exception. She is only unhappy when she’s not in the mix. She loves being in the middle of all of us in bed in the morning, reading stories or having tickle fights. She enjoys laying in her boppy on the kitchen counter while I prepare dinner, watching my every move. Ella loves being face-to-face in close proximity so she can study our expressions and we spend a lot of time imitating back and forth. At the dinner table, Ella often tries to interject – chatting away in her baby babble with eyes bright, seemingly hoping that we’ll understand what she has to say.
Ella is very strong and a hard worker like her sister. She has already figured out how to push herself out of her boppy using her legs and feet, and, she can almost get her pacifier into her mouth. She spends about three hours a day working on that latter goal.
Being left alone
We feel so, so lucky to have sweet Ella in our lives. She has such a beautiful, happy, gentle spirit – it just shines through her tiny body and is impossible to ignore. These three months have flown by but we have loved every minute!