Monday, July 30, 2018

Lucy and Ellory- Seventeen Months.

Lucy and Ellory are 17 months! Many people are commenting on how big they are getting, and we've gotten numerous comments this month that Norah and Lucy look so much alike (though when I look back a pictures, I personally think Ellory and Norah look more alike). Kley and I said one day as we were watching them play that they are sugar and spice in the best ways- Ellory is sugar and Lucy is spice. Ellory is more calm and Lucy is more active. Ellory is more verbal and Lucy is more physical. Ellory is more even-keeled (though when she's mad she gets really mad), and Lucy is more mischievous. They are both the sweetest and bring so much love!

Stats/Doctor visits: Lucy and Ellory were both sick twice this month, but thankfully it wasn't too bad and didn't inhibit us too much. When we were in Okoboji on family vacation, Ellory had a fever for a couple days, and then Lucy had a fever for about 24 hours. Ellory had a fever again for about two days the following week, but neither had any other symptoms. Later, Lucy went to the doctor on 7/19, after waking up screaming multiple times for two nights but no other symptoms, and had a double ear infection. Ellory currently weighs 23 pounds and Lucy is 21 lbs 10 oz.

Teeth: No new teeth. Lucy is done except for two year molars, and Ellory is still waiting for all four canines.

Feeding: Maybe they were going through a growth spurt for awhile, because they slowed down a bit this month, like they didn't eat as much as usual. Except for the Pizza Ranch buffet- we don't go their often, but they sure love that place. Ellory doesn't like fruit as much as she used to, but she really picked up her meat eating. They both are still pretty good eaters thankfully. They sit in their high chairs really nicely, and thankfully rarely purposely throw food on the floor. We have been working on using silverware more this month, and Lucy especially has taken a liking to it. Cheese is probably both of their favorite food, and crackers and oreos are a favorite treat- exactly like Norah! Lucy really loves blueberries. They have three meals a day and that's usually it. Occasionally they will have a couple crackers or goldfish in the late afternoon if they are hungry for supper early, and sometimes a bedtime snack later if we have an earlier supper, but on most days it's just three meals. They still have a bedtime bottle, which is so cute and holding on to their baby days, but know we need to wean off soon. Ellory drinks more than Lucy, and Lucy usually eats a bit more, even though she's smaller weight wise.

Diapers/Clothes: Wearing 18 month and 18-24 month clothes and size 3 diapers during the day/4 at night.

Sleeping: They have both been in a great sleeping pattern, and we are so grateful! They both go down easily, sometimes they will cry for a minute, but it's not long. When we travel they usually cry awhile the first night and then less and less as they adjust, but once they fall asleep they are usually good. Ellory usually takes longer to fall asleep and wakes up first. They sleep from 9 until about 8:45-9, and nap from 1-3:30ish (sometimes up at 3 and sometimes sleep until 4). Having a consistent sleep schedule and routine is a beautiful thing for all of us!

Words: Words are really taking off! Ellory says so many things; she will copy almost everything you say. She's using two word sentences now. The list of words is too long to keep track of anymore. I've realized how much I say okay or all right as transitional words because Ellory always copies me and says them too. Lucy is getting a lot better too! She still does a lot of babbling and you can tell she's trying to say something, but not as much is intelligible. She says dada, cracker, and thank you consistently, and has said a few other things too like baby, papa, mama, bottle, bye bye, and puppy. They are more clear with what they want now, even if they can't say it, with pointing or showing us what they want. Most of the time we can figure it out, but sometimes Ellory gets really upset if we can't.

Developments: Ellory can count to 5! She just whipped it out one day and surprised us all. We have been practicing things like counting, animals and sounds, colors, etc. but they are mostly repeating now and not identifying themselves yet. Lucy is still our monkey and loves to climb. Ellory has somewhat regularly been pooping on the potty- yay! She doesn't tell me when she needs to go, but I can tell when she's starting to push and if I ask her if she wants to sit on the potty, she will and has gone about 10 times now. They are understanding so much, it's so fun to watch that develop. They follow simple directions and know cause and effect things, such as going outside means putting shoes on, etc. I'm noticing that they both can be pretty particular about things too. Ellory wants something just so as she is playing, and Lucy always notices if a toy is in the wrong place and puts it back where it should be. Both girls still suck their right thumb. Ellory learned how to blow kisses. Lucy is such a daddy's girl. She loves to be moving, yet also loves to cuddle too. They have switched in their separation anxiety- it used to be Ellory that struggled more, but now Ellory is fine and Lucy cries/clings when we leave and she wants me to hold her almost the entire Kindermusik class.

Favorites: Both girls love to be outside and play- favorite outdoor activities are swinging, climbing at the park, stroller walks, sand box, chalk, small rider bikes, toy lawn mower, water table, and any puddle they can find (they don't really like the pool, but any small area of water they love). Lucy loves slides and finding sticks, and Ellory loves the riding horse at the park and finding rocks. Lucy loves to try on Norah's shoes. Ellory loves to carry things around almost all the time, like a doll or stuffed animal, and she loves to dance whenever music comes on. Ellory especially likes to find belly buttons and play peekaboo. They both love to be chased and play in Norah's room. Ellory really loves dogs and isn't scared to go up to them and pet them. They both love to take a bath and coloring is a new favorite activity. Lucy loves to help empty the dishwasher and hands me one thing at a time. Lucy and Ellory, it makes me sad that you aren't babies anymore, but watching you grow and learn brings so much joy!


  1. What a fun update!!! I'm so glad you are past the harder days of newborns, but I'm sure toddlers bring challenges too! They are such sweet girls!


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