Elanor: A Year

How it happened so fast I will never know, but our littlest Ringl is officially a year old.

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This girl just cracks me up. She has the sweetest blossoming personality. She is more shy and docile than her sister, but will also give smiles to almost anyone that gives her one (and even more so to people that don’t!) She loves to wave and actually does it correctly (meaning she doesn’t wave her fingers towards herself, she waves outwards). She says Dadda, Dadda, Dadda, and Dadda. While she is becoming a lot more vocal that is the one thing she says clearly and knowingly. I have a feeling she is going to be a daddy’s girl.
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Instead of crawling on all fours she does more of a scoot. She uses 1 knee and the other leg she pulls underneath her like she’s scooting. I call her tripod sometimes bc she has a bit of a hop in her move because of it. She hasn’t changed her ‘crawl’ since she started. I think she does it because she can hold something in 1 hand and still move quickly and effectively.

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She has only worn shoes 1 time, and that was to go outside and play when it was a little chillier than usual. I need to restock on socks, so these little boots were the next best option. She didn’t seem to mind them much, but after crawling all around while we were doing chalk they took a bit of a beating.
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She knows how to just sit back and relax. She learned to use a sippy cup really fast (I’m assuming from watching Sarah). She learned how to climb real quickly. I guess she knew if she wanted to sit on the couch with her sister she had to learn to get up there herself. Thankfully she has mastered how to get DOWN as well. We had a cautionary pillow moat for a while there.

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She is curious about everything, especially whatever Sarah is doing. She loves to play peek-a-boo while hiding around wall corners and pulling blankets over her head.

At 11 months I took her to the doctor because something just felt a little off. It turned out she had conjunctivitis and an ear infection. She was in great spirits through the entire sickness, just wanted extra cuddles from Stephen and I.

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She giggles the biggest grins with her 4 front teeth stealing the show. She got all 4 of those teeth within 2 days of each other. While I never even knew when Sarah was teething as a baby, Elanor made it well known that her mouth hurt and she was not okay with it. It made for a long 2 weeks of sleepless nights and extra nursing. Tiring nights that I will always treasure.

Sarah quickly learned NOT to put her fingers in Ella’s mouth anymore. She will chomp down like nobodies business.

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She was “crawling” and not showing any interest in walking and then in less than 2 weeks has turned pro. It just took a week or two of practicing with a few toys for her to catch on. I think Sarah’s excitement and clapping motivated her more than anything else ever could.

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I’m pretty sure she would eat bananas every meal of the day if I let her. She likes to bite piece by piece off and I once caught her eating one like a gogurt and had biten it just enough to make a hole and was sucking banana out. Grossily hilarious. I am very excited at how great an eater she has become. She showed zero interest in anything but nursing until she was 10 months old. Now she will eat anything you put in front of her. She even downed a bunch of mushrooms, peas and roast last week!
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She has truly added more joy to our lives than we knew possible. Each child has a special power to melt your heart with inconceivable love. It makes me understand Christs love in a whole new manner. To be able to love someone so unconditionally, it makes sense that we call him Father. I can’t imagine how greatly he loves us, when I know my love for my family is minuscule in comparison.

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She still nurses 3-5 times a day. At this age Sarah was completely done. Actually, it was the same week she turned 1 that she quit nursing all together. This is another way Elanor is totally different. It is crazy how opposite two children can be.
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The past year of being a mom of two has gone by so quickly. Or, as my mother in law so perfectly stated to me once:

The days are long, but the weeks, months, and years fly by.

I love seeing the little girl Elanor is becoming. She is blossoming into a little chatter box that loves to smile and laugh. She is a snuggle bug and little lap nuzzler. She loves her sister more than anyone in the world, while Stephen and I come in close second. It’s hard to believe that our little girl is no longer a baby. This time last year we had a newborn and were fresh home from the hospital. Now she’s walking around the house while eating peanut butter sandwiches and trying to run right along with her big sister.

I am a very thankful wife and mom for the life I am able to live. To spend this precious time with my girls. Time I will never get back. I thank the Lord for this beautiful, exhausting, trying and life-lessons filled opportunity. Being a stay at home mom is something I always wanted to do, and I know few get to do it, so I will not take my roll for granted.

Happy Birthday to our littlest Ringl, who won’t be this little much longer.

One Thought on “Elanor: A Year

  1. Way to count those blessings :)
    You’re a great photographer with a knack for catching the perfect moments. Just wish I could spend more time snuggling that little booger…

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