Thursday, August 13, 2009

This Daughter of Mine

Since Elliana is going to be 8 months old tomorrow, I've been reflecting on my life with her so far. I can't believe she's already 8 months old! Where does the time go?

It seems like just yesterday I was pregnant. I loved being pregnant (before I got huge and uncomfortable). I loved feeling her move inside me and smiling every time she got the hiccups inside of me. I loved it when we found out she was a girl and we had already picked out the name Elliana. Caleb and I started referring to my baby bump as the "Ellie belly". Sigh, everyone tells you how quickly it's going to go but you never really understand how quickly time really does fly until you watch one of your own grow and develop.

I remember very clearly when people would ask me what I was looking forward to the most when it came to having a baby and being a mom. I would always reply, "I just can't wait to watch her personality develop and to learn who she is going to be".

Little did I know that God would give me a daughter with SO much personality! I don't know what I expected, I guess I expected that she'd be a lot like me and Caleb. Or, I expected her to be like my niece Devyn. Quiet, shy, sweet Devyn. However, as I watch Ellie's personality come out, I'm learning she's almost the opposite of me and Caleb so many ways.

For example:
We were both the easiest of our Mom's children (according to our Mom's of course); She was very high maintenance in the beginning. She cried all the time and never let us put her down.

We're quiet; She is VERY loud. Just watch the video below.

We're both introverts. I'm even shy at times; She is SO social! She loves people and smiles at everyone she makes eye contact with.

We're content to be still; She never stops moving!

I'm cautious; She's fearless.
I could go on and on.

Maybe it's because Caleb and I are both middle children, and she's our first born? Who knows. It's like people always tell us, she's going to stretch us and challenge us in a way we've never known before. My mom always tells me that she's going to break us out of our shell.

Either way, she's crazy but we love her more than words can say and we're so thankful to have her in our lives. She keeps us laughing all the time. As challenging as she can be at times, I'm so thankful God didn't make her just like me and/or Caleb. Our home wouldn't be nearly as fun or full of life as it is now.
Happy 8 months baby!

Here are some of our latest pictures of Elliana enjoying her bath.

I think someone didn't want to get out.



Jenn @ Munchkin Land said...

Yes, she is completely crazy, always on-the-go, always moving, always curious, and I LOVE her! =) I love her personality, I love that she's SO Ellie. =)

And I'm so happy I get to be her auntie...

Courtney said...

The Ellie Belly he he, that's funny. I love my CRAZY niece, she does make life funner when you're around her. Happy 8 months baby girl!

Dana Marie said...

I can't wait to see her again! She's beautiful Chris! (your hair looks so long in the picture of you two!)

CPT Mom said...

I just love how being parents challenges us to be better people. Those little ones teach us so much. And we thought we were going to teach them things...

Anonymous said...

Christine, I LOVE your blog entry about Ellie's personality and the adorable pictures of her bath!!! =) Her smile just lights up her face!! But one of the things I love most about her the most is how big her eyes get when she sees something or someone and has to get to it as fast as she can!! =) It just cracks me up, especially because you and Caleb are NOT like that at all!! =) It will be fun to see how God teaches you and Caleb things through her life. =) What a special baby girl...
Love, Mom

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I am a daughter of the King. Saved by grace. Follower of Christ. I love my God and I believe that he is faithful and true to his word! I'm still figuring out and trying to follow his plan for my life. I am a wife to my best friend Caleb, a mother to my miracle babies (they are my greatest joy and challenge), a sister and best friend to 3 passionate women, and a daughter to 2 amazing parents that continue to teach me what it is to be real and faithful to God and his word. I am lucky to get to be a stay at home Mom (thanks to God's provision). I love music, singing, coffee, cooking, baking, traveling, our beautiful state of Colorado, and mostly being with the family and friends that I love!

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Caleb is an amazing husband and father. He is always so good to me. He is my best friend. He is the romantic one. We love to laugh and spend time together. We've been married for 7 years and I just love that I get to spend the rest of my life with him.

Our 1st Miracle

Our 1st Miracle
Elliana Faith... God blessed us with our first miracle little girl in December 2008. She is sweet, smart, spunky, funny, strong willed, precocious, extremely outgoing, vocal and so full of life! She brings us so much joy.

Our 2nd Miracle

Our 2nd Miracle
Ethan James,.. God blessed us with our little boy in March 2011. Ethan was a bit of a surprise and an even bigger miraclle. Ethan is ALL BOY! He is very active, into sports and running around. He is also sweet, introverted, affectionate, and laid back. These days he often has us laughing, he's starting to show a little bit of "clown" in him. He makes our hearts happy too. :)

Our 3rd Miracle

Our 3rd Miracle
Emsley Jeannette... Our surprise baby girl was born on June 11th, 2013 and came into the world 4 weeks early. Her first 2 weeks of life were spent in the NICU, but due to God's hands and the prayers of many people, she grew quickly and came home to join our family! She is an easy, sweet baby and we are enjoying getting to know her personality.


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