Sunday, June 30, 2013

Baby Face Friday: 10 months

What is this 10 month old up to?

Eats Breakfast, Lunch, & 2 snacks at daycare every day.  She loves sitting at the table like a big girl feeding herself whatever is on the menu.  Girlfriend has tried everything from chicken tacos to lasagna to salisbury steak!

Favorite foods: Blueberries, Bananas, Avocado, Waffles, Turkey Burger, Peas, Meatballs

Good thing she has 6 teeth to chew up all this food - 2 on the bottom & 4 on top!

Eloise is crawling at Lightening Speed.  In the blink of an eye she get from one end of the house to the other.  Baby gates are in the NEAR future at the Kalins House.  When she isn't crawling, she is pulling up on everything she can and cruising around the furniture, walls, or cabinets.  Give her something to hold on and she is cruisin'!  Even though Mom & Dad bought her the fancy push toys, she prefers to use the kitchen chairs or her highchair as a walker.
Favorite things to do:
Play with her tea set in the bath tub
Watch music videos on Daddy's phone and do a little dance
"Sort" laundry - aka throw clothes into different piles
Nest.  Empty the tupperware cabinet and nest everything together in little piles.
Hammering.  The best way to describe the constant banging of the toys together.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Baby Face Friday: 42 Weeks

What did Eloise do this week?
Went to Brookfield Zoo for the 1st time
Went Swimming for the 1st time
Lots practice of standing & cruising on the furniture
Eloise's Tree of Life update

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Father's Day Celebrations

Happy 1st Father's Day Daddy

Gifts for Daddy: collection of cards, cookie bouquet, & a photo mug with pictures of him & Eloise
Eloise is a big helper when it comes to cards
 Celebrating Father's Day with Grandpa Kevin
Celebrating Father's Day with Grandpa Jim
Guys & Dolls

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Baby Face Friday: 41 Weeks

Last Sunday we kicked off our Father's Day Celebrations with Grandpa Mike & Uncle Bob
The swing set is a big hit with the whole family!
 The girls kept Grandpa Mike busy since everyone needed a little push from time to time 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Baby Face Friday: 40 weeks

Guess what? Finger Foods are on another level now! 
I eat Rotisserie Chicken, Dittatini Pasta, Blueberries, Cheese, & Strawberries

Highlights from this week:

Celebrated Aunt Laura's 28th Birthday
 Discovered how to get into the tupperware cabinet & it was amazing
 Eloise loves to watch music videos on Daddy's phone - specifically anything by Macklemore.
 Daddy & Eloise have a fun game of hide & seek with Daddy's hat

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tree of Life

A few weeks ago, Brad went to the house he grew up in Carol Stream and took some of the seeds from the Maple tree that his Grandpa had planted for him when he was born.  Brad's tree is about as old as he is and now towers over his old house.  He has planted these seeds with the hopes that they will grow and turn into a tree that he can plant for Eloise in our backyard.


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Baby Face Friday: 9 months

Weight: 21lbs 4oz (88.94%)
Height: 28.5 inches (82.94%)
Eloise is slim & trim and ready for Bikini season!

During this transition from 8 months to 9 months, we have seen the greatest amount of changes in Eloise.  Not only is she alternating between army crawling and traditional crawling, she is pulling up on everything that she can reach with those chubby little hands.  She can get around with lightening speed!  Speaking of those hands, Grandma Karen equates her hands to little starfish because she spreads her little fingers out against people's faces and it looks like a little starfish.  Eloise has one of the firmest grips around too!  Whether she is holding on to Mommy's hair, someone's glasses, or her spoon, she is determined to not let go.  Because of that firm grip, she has been able to pull herself on virtually anything and hold herself there until she tires out.  Just this past week, we have seen her start to do some "cruising" around the coffee table.  Daddy has been working hard to baby proof the house and has already started formulating some plans for baby gates.  I used to love having to 2 staircases but I have a feeling that will change very soon! 

With parents like us, it is no surprise that Eloise has a lot to say already.  We've heard a few "ma-ma's" and "da's" but mostly lots of "ba-ba's." We have started pretending that we actually know what Eloise is referring to when she says "ba-ba."  Sometimes we think she means "thank you" or "I love you" or "Piper..No!"  The funny thing is that we know in her mind that she is trying to communicate with us.

Eloise has been interested in eating since the first time we gave her cereal back at 5 months.  At this point, she has tried tons of vegetables and fruits and has loved them all.  We started giving her puffs a few weeks ago to help her start to learn how to feed hereslf and she has mastered it.  Now she is at the point where she prefers to feed herself.  She can feed herself cheerios, rice krispie cereal, puffs and other baby snacks, crackers, cheese, peas, carrots, and blueberries.  So far I have been making all of her food - breakfast, lunch, & dinner.  Starting next week, she is going to start eating a few things on the menu for breakfast & lunch at daycare.  Eloise will be thrilled because she is jealous of the other kids at the table that they get to feed themself!  We are looking forward to start introducing some more foods at home too - pasta, bread, chicken, chunks of fruit, & chunks of veggies.

It has been fun to watch our little baby start to develop her personality.  We know that when we take her somewhere new that she is going to be very quiet for the first 10 minutes and furrow her brow while scanning the room for familiar faces.  We know that when we take her to restaurant that she is going to spin her head around to stare at other tables and be nosey.  We know that she is going to flap her arms like a bird when she is excited, ready to eat, or frustrated.  We know that she is going to do anything in her power to catch a glimpse of her Daddy when he walks in the room.  We know that she is going to squeal with excitement at the mere chance that she will get to touch Piper.  We know that she will laugh and clap her hands when it comes to swinging on her swing or being held upside down or put on top of her Daddy's head.  If we had to guess, Eloise will be a social butterfly, chatterbox, Daddy's girl, animal lover, and a dare devil. 

Highlight from this week
1st trip to Cosley Zoo
When Eloise is older, we can take her to feed the ducks
 I told Brad, "Look it's like our bed at 3am, everyone is snuggled up together"