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Another week and another round of adventures with Ellie! It’s amazing how much she can change is just a few days, it’s hard to keep track of it all! Ellie is finally smiling at us, on purpose! Up until now she would smile a lot, but that was just the look on her face… this week she started smiling as a reaction to things we said to her!! It’s so fun to talk to her and watch her as she smilies back… the next step, giggles! Something I saw just last night is Ellie rubbing her eyes when she’s sleepy! It’s the cutest thing to watch her little hands doing something more than just flailing around! She’s still grabbing at things that are conveniently close to her and won’t actually hold anything we try to make her grasp. She just got a little rattle from Grammy & Papa that she’ll grab when it’s close to her, but so far it’s not intentional, but still so cute anyway!

We haven’t done a lot of tummy time this week just because I try to keep her upright for a while after eating, and then she falls asleep. If she wakes up and is not hungry yet, we’ll try to do some tummy time. Although, sometimes it turns into nap time:

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Ellie seems to be feeling better this week. She went for four days without throwing up, which was very encouraging! Although, yesterday she threw up twice – both times I don’t think it was the reflux because she wanted to eat again after. Usually if she doesn’t feel good, she’ll conk out right after she throws up — which is probably why she didn’t gain a lot of weight last week, her tummy seemed to be upset a lot. We’ll see what kind of progress she makes this week, hopefully she’ll either start to grow out of this reflux thing or we’ll find something else that helps her.

Ellie had a 6 and a half hour stretch of sleep one night this week. The rest of the nights, she’ll still have a 4 to 5 hour stretch, followed by a few 3 hour stretches. It’ll be interesting to see how she progresses over the next couple of weeks. We need to work to get her bed time to be a little earlier in the evenings and her morning feeding a little earlier as well. Right now we don’t put her to bed until her late feeding around 10 or 11, that’s a really late night for us… and then her morning feeding is closer to 8 or 9. Hopefully if we scoot her bedtime up, then her morning feeding will move up too… but still give me a good night sleep with minimal middle-of-the-night feedings. Plus, when I go back to work in a few weeks, I can make sure and feed her before I leave for the day with a pretty consistent feeding schedule throughout each day. This whole scheduling thing is still a mystery to us and it’s hard to determine how hard we need to try to put her on a schedule or if we just let her run the show. I’d really like to be able to establish a consistent bedtime, but it seems to be so random based on if she actually eats every 3 hours or if she eats sooner or later than the typical 3 hours. Like today, she was hungry at 11:30, but then didn’t really have interest after a few minutes. She finally ate more by about 12:30… so the rest of the day’s feedings got moved later by an hour. Like I said… mystery! 🙂

As I wrote about last week, Ellie is sleeping great in her crib at night and wakes up so happy in the mornings. Here are a few pictures we finally took of her in her crib:

Sleeping peacefully with her arms stretched out and over her head:

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This is how we find her in the morning – wide awake and happily grunting to herself:

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And, more of her just hanging out in her crib… I take off her sleep-sack and allow her to stretch some more before we start our day:

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Ellie went in for another weight check today and she weighed 9 lbs. 1 oz. The doctor was happy and so were we! I can’t believe my baby weighs almost 2 pounds more than she did when she was born!

We celebrated part of Ellie’s first Christmas in Colorado Springs this past weekend with Lori’s family. We’ll post all of the Christmas events next week.

Here’s the link to some of this week’s favorite pictures in the December 2010 album. We just love staring at my daughter… we can’t get enough of her!