Thursday, 9 October 2014

An 8 Month Old Update!

Ella turned 8 months old yesterday! and for once she really wasn't so keen on getting involved for the photo shoot!

Giving old monkey the cold shoulder and everything! but if you can't tell her fingers in her mouth were a tell tale sign that she's right in the midst of teething problems at the moment!

So we almost managed a smile before it erupted into this...

Is this not the saddest little face?

but being the little trooper she is, she even managed to smile through the tears!

until she signalled to us very clearly that it was over, by ripping off the sticker from her vest!

which she proceeded to eat!

There have been some pretty big firsts around here this month! Let's start with the obvious! Teeth!!

What begun as one little bottom tooth poking through has now turned into two coming through at the same time, which doesn't make for the happiest household...

 and since Ella is such a happy baby usually it makes it all the worse when tears stream down her cheeks and no amount of singing or toy playing or food or even bonjela can fix it!

She can assume the crawl position, when we help her into it! but as you can tell it isn't her favourite thing to do!!

She can also stand now whilst holding onto things and she looks at you gleefully like she knows she is doing something clever!

It's still a bit much to take sometimes! So she has to take frequent breaks by resting her head :)

and my favourite first of the month is the wave! This just happened completely randomly last week when we were in a shop and the shop assistant waved to her on the way out and she waved back!! We were like where did that come from?! It's now progressed to being able to tell her 'say bye' when Byron leaves for Uni each day and she happily waves away! It's so cute to watch!

Ella tried ice cream for the first time! just a teeny tiny lick of Daddy's oreo ice cream cone after a long and hot walk at The Follies, so she deserved it!

I'm pretty sure she would have devoured the whole thing if she could have!

and she soaked up as much time as she could with Granny...

and Grandad before we made the move to Wales!

 She also got to meet her Irish great Granny for the first time down in Oxford! She was pretty happy about the whole thing!

and got to meet two of her great aunts and cousins too!

Our move got off to an amazing start because the Welsh weather decided to be uncharacteristically sunny and amazing! 

So the day after we moved, we headed off on Ella's first camping trip!

She did amazingly! and was very happy about exploring sand for the first time!

She slept so well in her mini sleeping bag!

and was all smiles in the morning!

Look how cute she was in her cosy little pj's!

We checked out our local beach in Penmaenmawr but the tide was in so the sand was in hiding!

So we headed to Beaumaris to show Ella the good stuff!

I think her smile says it all!

 and here's a little video of her in action! yes she's eating sand! you try and stop her!

We also played in the sand by Conwy Marina one day, here's Ella mid kick really getting involved!

One things for sure - she's definitely a beach baby!

She also loved exploring rock pools one day on Anglesey...

her little legs were kicking so fast that she required a whole outfit change after! but man, did she have fun! 

She just loves being up high on her Daddy's shoulders! and she's just started doing this open mouth pose that she does for like a full 5 minutes after she first gets up! Like she can't quite believe how fun it is up there! it's super cute!

She also got to see her first waterfall at Aber Falls

Hopefully the first of many!

In between teething moments, she has still been full of those gorgeous smiles!

and bathtime continues to be one of her favourite times of the day!

She had her first playdate with her new Welsh baby friends!

and not everyone was so sure about it! haha! but they were all smiles before the camera came out!

She's also developed a new game! When you pass her a ball, she positions it at her feet and kicks it away, and then wants you to repeat it 4 million times! I think we have a budding footballer on our hands :)

and here she is in her door bouncer!

She goes in for 20 minutes before bath time every night and she really does love it in there! Here she is in action...

So it's been an action packed month, full of firsts, full of fun adventures and I think Ella has adjusted well to the move and she seems like she's a fan of Wales already! 

Everywhere we go she makes new friends with her smiles and her jigging from side to side! 

It is so exciting to see her new skills developing and to see more and more of her personality coming out! Today I tried to get her to wave bye to the mini waterfall in the village and she looked at me and then back at the waterfall and back at me again as if to say 'Mom, I only wave at people'!! It was pretty funny! 

Let's see what next month brings!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Milkshaking It Up Down South!

 We road tripped down south over the August bank holiday, and begun our weekend of fun in Ikea - because isn't that where all good family outings should begin!? At least they always did in my family growing up!

Ella was thrilled about this! because she had just started being big enough to sit in a 'big girls' trolley as I like to call them! so she was in her element kicking away, holding on tight and surveying the world from her new height!

 We, of course, got meatballs for dinner because no Ikea trip is ever complete without meatballs! Ella tried some peas to join in this family tradition! and she enjoyed her free baby food pouch - thanks Ikea!

 One of the main reasons for our trip down south was to meet up with my school friends and introduce them to Ella, who they had all been very keen to meet! So of course we headed to The Waffle House in St.Albans because it's a place we loved to all go growing up and because I was in desperate need of a thick milkshake!

 The girls! and our milkshakes!

Naomi and Jade getting their fix of baby cuddles! and Ella loving on her little duck from Jo and Amy, who couldn't make it.

 Yes, that's what dreams are made of! their milkshakes are amazing! fresh strawberries and TONS of ice cream make this the real deal!

 It got Lilia's seal of approval - there she is ready to go in with her spoon, I like her thinking!

 and are her converse not the cutest little things ever?!

The baby end of the table!

and here's Ella tackling her first taste of waffle - I think she approved!

It was so lovely to get to see these girls, and get to see them loving and adoring Ella! 

We headed to Verulanium Park after to feed the ducks...because again it's just what you do after Waffle House fun!

 Lilia was a pro! and Ella watched from a distance!

I'm so happy these guys finally got to meet!

 Lilia was certainly not short on people wanting to play with her!

Is she not just the yummiest little thing? The last time I saw Lilia she was probably similar to Ella's age so it was lovely to see her turning into a little person now! Walking and talking...


 and teaching! We headed back to Laur's and she was more than happy to not only share her baby grand piano with Ella, but also to teach her how to use it!


Is that not the cutest? She is going to make one brilliant big sister when her new baby sister arrives! 

We were staying with By's brothers in Bedford, which meant Ella was able to get up close and personal with the family cat - Maui! who she loved! you can probably see from Maui's face, the love wasn't reciprocal! probably due to her pulling on his fur! but she didn't seem to notice that he kept running away from her!

 Another thing Ella loved about Granny's house was these silver bed-knobs, she had hours of fun looking into them and seeing herself!

and aren't Uncles so fun! Uncle Jarryd showed off his baby skills as he kept Ella thoroughly entertained by building her towers on Sunday afternoon!

Getting re-acquainted with Grandad - "oh yeah, I think I remember you'!"

and some Sunday afternoon park fun!

On the Monday we headed to London to see Auntie Mara, and for Ella's first trip to the big smoke, and so her first trip on the underground!

She wasn't quite as excited about the whole thing! and she slept through!

Look at that cute little sleeping face! It poured with rain, but that didn't dampen our spirits...because we were heading here - Meat & Shake!

 Since it was our anniversary we wanted to eat somewhere special.  For some people special might equal fancy food, and candles and big bills...for me special equals the thickest milkshakes you can find!

These did not disappoint! because how can a whole litre of milkshake ever not be a great thing?! plus with flavours like peanut butter, banana & brownie you can't go wrong!

Ella was loving her Auntie Mara cuddles!

 We went for the wing roulette, and the funniest part was when I thought I had the crazy spicy one and so started crying and downing my shake...when actually we discovered afterwards Byron had it! What can I say, I don't do well with spice!

 You might even be able to see in this pic how By's lips look a little fuller because it was that spicy that they were a little bit swollen!


The burgers were pretty tasty, not the best we've had in London...but I'm not going to lie it was worth the trip just for the milkshakes!

Sweet potato and rosemary fries were the perfect accompaniment to our Ella's little photo bomb in the corner - clearly she didn't approve!

 She was happier to stick with pureed broccoli!

 Happy 7 years to us! Hope they continue to bring milkshake, burger and cupcake filled days of fun...these days with our own little cupcake in tow!

We ended the day by feasting on these sweet treats from Bea's of Bloomsbury - peanut butter and jelly slice, a key lime pie cupcake and a coconut and pecan brownie, because no London trip is complete without amazing baked goods!

What a tiring, but awesomely fun, trip!

We can't wait to do it again London - it had been too long!!