Kimberly Peil

Adventures in Ella-land…

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2010 at 9:40 pm

My baby girl is growing up too fast!  I am pretty sure I gave birth to her like… yesterday.  And now she is a sassy 9 month old, who says, “na, na, na, na!” when she has ‘tude.  She can stand all by herself for long periods of time, but refuses to let me hold her hands when I try to assist her in walking.  She gives Daddy countless kisses, but refuses me every time… at least I get the hugs and cuddles!  She has learned to shake her head when she doesn’t want something.  And whenever she sees something remotely interesting, she points and makes the cutest little face while saying, “ohhh!”  Such an independent and strong-willed child.  I swear there is something new every day.

My little Bean was a bundle of stress the first six months.  I seriously doubted myself and wondered daily what I had gotten myself into.  There were several times that I second-guessed my parenting style and choices.    My dreams about parenting had seemingly been shattered.  I remember the nights when she would cry countless hours and I would be on the verge of a nervous breakdown.  Now I am thrilled at the sound of her voice over the monitor in the morning.  I remember the days when she wouldn’t even let me hold her in a cradle position to cuddle.  Now she can chase me, tackle me and smother me with her hugs.  She is the happiest, friendliest and outgoing little girl that I know.  Now I can truly say that she brings so much joy to my life.  She always has, but I think it took me a while to adjust.

So while my Ella Belle sleeps I write this post.  I have already checked on her at least 4 times in the past 2 hours… just to make sure she is still breathing.  She takes up so much of my world.  I couldn’t imagine my life without her.  Here’s to my happy, little 9 month old girl!

 

This is about how all of our photos turn out.

Lovin’ on Da-da!

My happy, silly girl during bath time.

Goofing around with Ma-ma.

Ella just being her beautiful, adorable self.

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