Today, we want to wish our beloved little Elleonai a happy 1st birthday! We’re extremely excited for this new year of her life and want to share snippets of who she was since birth. We can only get tiny glimpses of who she will become, and we’re just thankful that God continues to bless her, ultimately blessing us through her life. Anak, this day came too fast. None of us were ready, even your sisters,esp. Ate Emma who cried the night before you turned one. But you kept growing, slipping through our fingers and showing us you can handle becoming a big girl, assuring us with your smiles. Anak, thank you for those smiles. Since your first week, you’ve given us such pleasure by smiling at us. We love being your parents. We love seeing your progress and personality bud. As you grow, know how much we love you, anak, our beautiful Elle. We promise to always lift you up in prayer, surround you in laughter, teach you the best of what can be, and hold you when you fall. Psalm 121:1-8, my love. Her newsletter:
This is a bit overdue, but happy 11 months to our beloved Elleonai. So here’s a recap of what she was like at 10 months. Vocal For those who get to see her weekly, they know how chattersome she can be and very vocal in what she wants. So far, she knows how to say “tatay, mamam, ate, de-de, hi (haa), uh-oh, and this (dis). Sometimes we’ll hear her try to say some other words, but she won’t use it everyday. Music She loves to dance to music and sometimes tries to sing along when she hears her sisters sing. Also, while in the car, if she hears a familiar song, she’ll try to sing along by singing “aaaaah”…She can understand the word “sing” so if you ask her while in a good mood, she’ll usually try to sing you a tiny melody. Social Skills Apart from family, esp. her sisters, she’s very fond of her Lola Ruth who she will always extend her arms to. She responds very well to play. She even tries to socialize and approach other babies her age, although her idea of playing consists of batting at them. So she’s a little rough in […]
I’ve been meaning to blog for Elle’s 9th month post, archiving what she was up to on her 8th month, but I’ve gotten busy and Elle seems to be a little more clingy. As we speak, I’m speed-blogging while Perze walks her to sleep. That’s their routine and bonding time. The biggest thing she learned at 8 months was walking. Yes! She took her first steps mid-8th month and gained the drive to practice more and more steps as the days and weeks went by. The first time I saw her take a couple steps was on mom’s kitchen table, in front of all of us. Supposedly, this wasn’t the first time she took her first steps, as seen by Perze days before it. But since I’m blogging, we’re gonna go with that for now, but definitely on her 8th month :). That’s a month earlier than her two sisters. Also, she understands some words now like “clap” and “hi” “bye”. She’ll clap and wave her hands. She’ll also raise her hand to the sky when you say “Praise the Lord!” She also started learning “NO”, curious to test what happens when she continues with illegal acts. Sometimes, she’ll smile […]
Sometimes I remind myself that soon, she’ll be one, then one and a half, then two, and then I can finally get real sleep- the kind of sleep that offers me to dream and have 2am conversations with Perze again. Then I realize by that time, I won’t have a baby to hold anymore, that baby that pants to get near to me, that baby that crawls with all her strength and coordination just to be in my arms, smiling, excited with an innocent glow and glee that melts my heart. Then I get sad and look at her and take my wishes back. I’m ok without sleep. Because I can sleep for eternity but I’ll never have her baby smell with each day that passes. So I look at her with each time I have with her when she’s not crying or cranky, and I play with her, make her smile, talk with her, and hug her. Sometimes, she pulls away because I’m overcompensating with what I won’t have in the future- a baby. She doesn’t realize how much I’ll miss her- the baby years of her- and I know I’ll cherish the next phases of her life, but […]
Before you turned 7 months, you mastered getting yourself to sit independently. You learned how to crawl and go from one room to another. You learned how to pull yourself up to stand. And you’re now cruising a little and even letting go and standing on your own for seconds at a time. After you do this, you have a huge smile on your face because you know you’ve accomplished something. You also started separation anxiety, esp. When we walk put of the room. Whenever you hear music, you start to sway or “beat the drum.”
Elleonai mastered getting to sitting position from her belly.
Elle is nearing her 6th month so I should jot down some notes on her first year at 5 months. This month, a second tooth finally made its appearance and joined your right bottom tooth. This has made you the fuss monster on some occasions, chewing wildly on fingers, stuffed animals, chew toys, fruits illegally given to you, and so forth. It’s also made you have such an aversion to your bottle, so much so that we fight you to take milk from the bottle. You prefer to nurse but there are times I’m not around, so you’re forced to drink from the alternative. Since drinking has become somewhat of a challenge, we started you on solids this month, which you take very well. You can consume good amounts of rice cereal, and although veggies aren’t your favorite yet, you tolerate them. Also, with the help of veteran moms (and your naughty father), I’ve seen you try to suck on fruits, ice cream cones, and breads. You’ve also learned how to sit independently, sitting for many minutes at a time until you fall or get into crawl position since you try to lunge at something or by Icarus manner, try […]