Last week we had a day that felt like Spring, so I dressed my daughter up in this cute sweater romper and had a little photo shoot to mark her eleventh month. I can’t believe my baby girl is eleven months old!
The last month:
This last month saw Ellena in the emergency room for the first time. She became pretty sick and was running a high fever and hadn’t really drunk anything for several hours. I was afraid she’d become dehydrated and wanted her checked out. Thankfully she wasn’t dehydrated, and the doctors at the ER were able to get her fever under control in no time. It turned out she had a little virus that had to run its course, but of my three babies she has been the only one to run a fever like that, so I was glad to have the reassurance she’d be okay from medical professionals. Of course her Mama and brothers all got sick in varying degrees with she and I faring the worst. Thankfully that illness has passed and she is back to being the bright-eyed, happy baby we simply can’t live without.
This month she cut her first tooth (bottom left front tooth) and had a French fry for the first time. She’s a fan. She also loves whole grain crackers and cheese as a snack. When we’re at Mass she’s sure to pay attention to the choir, she especially loves when the first guitar strums start us off. One of her favorite toys is this ring stacker. She loves to pull them off just as soon as I’ve placed them on the tube.
Ellena loves to go out for walks, and gets pretty excited when we enter a Target store. She is starting to pay attention to the television, especially when a commercial or show comes on that is musical.
Ellena adores her big brothers and they adore her. They each are developing a special relationship with her that warms my heart. For example, Michael my eldest son, has taken to playing, Madonna’s Who’s that Girl? and singing it to her. While Evan, my younger son, likes to play hide & seek, and do silly things to make her laugh. She also loves to FaceTime with her Daddy, and literally starts to laugh when she hears the distinct ring of a FaceTime call coming in to one of our Apple devices.
Ellena has ‘crinkled’ or wrinkled her nose for months now, but it’s become something she does a lot, from laughing to simply acknowledging something being said to her.
I am really having so much fun dressing a little girl.
Nicole Olea’s love language is communication. She does this best using her keyboard as a freelance copywriter and editor. Creative and resilient with high-level experience in social media management, content creation, and eCommerce marketing, Nicole Olea was a professional volunteer, sharing her skills with various non-profit organizations who paid her in hugs. For the last 20 years, she’s lived a quasi-nomadic life, moving across the country and the Atlantic with her active-duty husband and their three kids. She’s awkwardly stumbling toward her goal of becoming a saint. She’s got God-sized dreams and wants you to have them too!