Monday, September 29, 2014

Life with Ella {week 34}

Just look at that sneaky little smile....this was after about 30 minutes of block-grabbing!!


Monday was the first day of my most favorite season, so we took a few pics on our front steps. I tried to have Ella hold some pumpkins, but she just kept eating them. 

Also, Sweet Needle Co. updated their website with their fall/winter line...which included several pics of Ella modeling! 

I am so proud of her! You can check them out on Sweet Needle's website here. They have the cutest stuff and I plan on ordering TONS!!! (Just kidding, Travis. I will order 1 thing.)

Tuesday, we practiced crawling. Ella is soooo close. I can usually entice her to crawl toward my phone or the remote if it is relatively close, but if I move it too far away, she gets frustrated and rolls over crying. We will keep trying!

{dress and shoes from Gap; jeggings from Carter's}

I also had to get another new phone (not the iPhone 6 unfortunately), because mine kept randomly shutting off 8-12 times a day. Super annoying! So we spent quite a bit of time at the Apple store last week. 

We finished off Tuesday by breaking out the bath toys!

On Wednesday, we went grocery shopping...

...and can I just say how much I love this little romper?! 

I found it at Kid to Kid for like $4! I almost want to be Ella's Halloween costume, but I already bought all the stuff to make hers. 

Thursday, we finally made it back to story hour at the library! 

{outfit from my mom--from Zara in Spain}

I really hope they clean those toys because Ella wanted to put everything in her mouth. 

Since the library is right by one of my favorite children's boutiques, we stopped there afterwards. But...I did not buy anything! Can you believe it?!

We also went to Target, where Ella was mesmerized by the TVs.

Who had a fun Thursday?!

This girl!

Friday, we ate some books....

{dress / bow}

...pulled up on the wall....

...and picked up our bookshelf from being monogrammed!

I got this for $12 at a consignment sale, but it had another girl's name on it. I took it to Alphabet Soup, and they worked their magic! I love how it turned out!

I'm going to tell you about our weekend in another post, because it was very fun and I have lots of pictures!!! I know you are excited! :)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Life with Ella {week 33}

Happy first day of fall!! 
Of course, we are wearing our pumpkins (Ella) and drinking our pumpkin spice lattes (me) proudly. 

Last Monday, I took Ella to a Gymboree class. I used to go to Gymboree when I was little, but of course do not remember it...but it was really fun for Ella!!!

{shirt / pants / bow}

She had a great time with the other babies (who were all right around her age)! I thought it would wear her out...but this past week, Ella decided she only wanted to nap for 15-30 minutes at a time. It was awful. Here she is screaming in her crib after 20 minutes....

On Tuesday (after a crazy short nap), we took a walk...and we had this:

I mean, why sleep in the crib?!? UGH!

After that "nap," Ella's boyfriend brought over his Zany Zoo for her to borrow! 

{outfit from Gap / bow from Target}

She immediately loved it and pulled up for the very first time!!! Which means that I need to watch her even more closely now! 

On Wednesday, we made a Target run, complete with my first pumpkin spice latte of the season. 

At Target, we got these Baby Mum Mums...I was a little unsure of them since I guess they are made in China?! But I read lots of reviews online and pretty much every {credible} source said they were safe. 

Ella LOVED them!!! And unlike the puffs (which we are also big fans of), she can hold these a lot easier!

Thursday, Ella decided to eat magazines...

....go completely batsh*t cray while I tutored (it was hilarious)....

...and practically lunge herself out of her crib during "nap time," which at this point was becoming more like "sit-in-the-crib-and-cry-until-Mommy-can't-take-it-anymore" time. 

So after that whole scary situation, we lowered the crib!

Did it help the naps? Of course not. 

I had ordered some baby Toms on Zulily, and we got them on Friday! Too bad I know nothing about baby shoe sizes and they are wayyyy too big! Oh year!

{dress / Toms}

Someone also decided a 15 minute nap was sufficient, so I put her to work doing laundry when she woke up!

I had to work at the Y, so on the 15 minute car ride there, apparently that was nap time! 

We got to the Y (where Ella has been doing a lot better with the separation anxiety!), and she decided to become a cannibal and eat this poor baby doll. 

Saturday was game day for UNC! (Annnnd spoiler alert: they husband still isn't talking about it.) It was a little chilly, so Ella had to wear her new leg warmers! I ordered them from here, and Ella tore the ribbons apart after having them on for 5 seconds. The girl who made them was sweet enough to have me send them back and she fixed them at no extra put extra strong ribbon to hold the bows on for my destructive child! I highly recommend ordering from her....she is fast and her stuff is super cute!

Trav's parents and nana came into town, and they were sweet enough to set up the swing I had just gotten for Ella!

She could have swung in that swing all day! She loved it!!

She also loved playing with her new toy cell phone that her grandparents brought her!

Ella helped Daddy feel better after Carolina lost...

And she also took some pics with Trav's family!

On Sunday, I finally put together a little play area for Ella. I found the foam tiles at a consignment sale, since the rug we have in this room is one of those natural fiber rugs and is a little ouchy to sit on. 

I went and got pedicures with Kathryn and Kathy, and after, we took Ella and her other boyfriend, Carter (the one who is 25 hours younger than her!) on a walk! We ended up at the Kathryn's neighborhood playground, where Ella got to swing some more!

{dress / bow}

She just loves to swing!

She also went down the slide with Auntie Kaffy, which I don't think she liked quite as much. 

I also forgot to to mention that my husband seemed to cure Ella's 15 minute nap problem this weekend...I don't know what he did, but (***knock on wood***) she is finally sleeping for longer than a hot second. This morning she slept for a solid 90 minutes!!!! 
Send positive thoughts our way that she keeps this up!!! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Life with Ella {week 32}

{top / pants / bow}

You have no idea how hard it was to get this week's picture this morning!! This child is into everything. Those blocks being at the top of her list. 

Anyways, here we go...

On Monday, our cleaning ladies (yay!!!) were here all morning, so when they left (and after nap), we went to Old Navy. I got Elle some little leggings and the sweetest denim skirt!

Monday night, I was tutoring, and Ella about launched herself right out of her chair. Into everything (or out of, in this case), I tell ya!! Thank goodness she was strapped in!

Tuesday, we watched a little Real Housewives (in moderation)/ate the remote...

...and because it was finally not 90000 degrees out, we went on our first long walk in months!

Ella has been really into fist-pumping when she's done eating her dinner. It's the funniest thing ever. 

On Wednesday, Ella "helped" me set up the baby gate at the top of the stairs!

Good news, it works! :)

Thursday, I was feeling rather inspired, so we went to the craft store and started buying a few supplies for Ella's first birthday party. Yes, I know it's September. But you know how Michael's always has those 40% off coupons? I figured if I start now, I can gradually keep buying stuff using all of those each time! Plus, I'm trying not to procrastinate. (Something new for me!)

I am continually adding to my Pinterest board, so if you have any good ideas for "Breakfast at Ella's," send them my way! 

With these cooler temps, I decided it was probably about time to break out some of Ella's fall wardrobe...

{bubble / bow}

...and she also decided she wanted to go on a run?

Saturday was one of her boyfriend's, Thomas', 1st birthday party! Ella has a fab time playing with all of his toys...

{dress is from Target, but can't find it online!}

... and bothering Auntie Kaffy!

Sweet little Thomas wasn't sure about his cake (but he did eat it all!)...

...but he loved playing with his presents, including this super cool bike!

Of course, Ella had to try it out too.

Ella's other boyfriend Rhys was in attendance also, so we had to get the 3 of them together for their first picture since April (at Rhys' birthday party). 

Yesterday, on the worst Fantasy Football day in the history of ever (no, really, one of my teams scored like 50 points. TOTAL.), I went on a 7 mile run (perfect weather for doing so yesterday!) and Ella hung out with her dad.

We also discovered her new favorite toy: empty chip bags. 

Why do I even bother buying her baby toys?!?!? 

Have a great week everyone! :)