As the weeks tick on, I just can't get over how close Ella is to being a year old! She has grown, changed, and learned so much in the last [nearly] twelve months. I keep looking forward to the twelve-month-old changes that we're told to expect, as well. Whole milk. Yogurt. Eggs. Peanut butter. Real food! Blankets. Stuffed animals. Reduced SIDS risk!
On the food front, Ella has been trying a few new things recently. She has been pretty reluctant to try new textures [as i'm sure i've mentioned before], but we're still pushing them. Her regular foods [sweet potatoes, squash, apples, etc] have been more coarse and she does great with that. We tried small chunks of soft pears last week, but that didn't go all that well. In the last few days we tried small chunks of banana, and she did great! She even had some bread and pancake and did really well. I think we're finally onto something!
Ella has been walking more each day, and she's getting better at it - and quicker!
She still loves her push-cart. I think it's safe to say it's a favorite toy. At least once a day, she does laps around the kitchen island. If she had anyone to race, she would definitely win!
We took a fun trip to Baltimore this week for Mike's birthday. It was a very quick trip because of work [hockey and football rule the fall], but we were able to see some friends, eat some Maryland crab, and go to an Orioles game!
Ella is still cutting two teeth. They're taking a while to come in, but they don't seem to be bothering her as much as the last one [at least not yet!].
We're having so much fun each day, and we're looking forward to having some family in town for her birthday! And of course we're looking forward to the party :)