(Ella and Roz, side by side on the church bench in our breakfast nook)
Every day brings about something new for Ella and for us. Here’s a snapshot of what has been happening in Ella-Land…
1. As of January 3, she is bottle-free. She didn’t come right out and tell us, “No bottle” but her actions told us she was ready to give it up at nap and bedtime. This transition has been helped by her complete obsession with brushing her teeth. We gradually introduced this as the last step in her bedtime process. During bedtime stories, she interjects “Teeth! Teeth!” every few minutes. It has caught on. Over the last week, it has morphed into a list of those who do brush teeth and those who do not. “Panda no brush teeth” “Kitty no brush teeth”… and so on. “KatieRoz brush teeth” MommyDaddy brush teeth” It is a non-stop dialogue, with head shaking and head nodding the whole time through.
And although I am relieved at how well the change went for her, a very big part of my heart broke at saying good-bye to those intimate bottle-feeding moments as she looked up at me with her huge eyes, playing with my face. I had to pack away just one little aspect of Ella being a baby.
2. I have been working through Ella’s closet and dresser, weeding out clothes that no longer fit her. (This isn’t the first time I’ve done this since her arrival. She’s been blessed with so many spiffy hand-me-downs and gifts.) But this time, this time has been a bit more melancholy. Who knew that sweet little socks would tug so hard at my heart strings?! There is this mountain of clothing stacked in her bookshelf. It stares at me. It needs to be passed on to the younger little girls in our lives in our ongoing pursuit to spread the love. But it is going to have to stare at me a while longer. Mama ain’t ready.
3. Reading daily to Ella is paying off. Her vocabulary has sky-rocketed in the last week. (This is not to say that the chatty-cathy proficiency from her mom hasn’t also contributed.) But just yesterday, she sat on the floor with a book and spent a great deal of time reading the story to her Panda. It was Ella’s language. I watched in amazement. She’d occasionally glance up and give me a bashful smile. The icing on the cake was how she ended reading each page before turning it, “Ah-men!”
4. Almost all indicators are pointing to Ella being a Lefty. She seems to be taking after her Mama in this regard. Most of her eating is done with her left hand and almost all of her drawing.
Working from home on Tuesdays is still going quite well. I wake up early and get a head start before Larry or Ella start to stir. The downside is that I’m usually a zombie by 8pm. Ella helps me out in the kitchen as I prepare our dinner on Tuesdays and Thursdays, my day off. I love having her right in the zone, eye-level. It helps our ability to converse (we try to solve the world’s problems) and she can look out onto her world from the big kitchen windows.
Happy Thursday, everyone! ~H