The Lindvall Family

The Lindvall Family

Monday, November 29, 2010

10 months and my 1st tooth

All I want for Christmas is..................."My 2 bottom teeth." I'm sure this is what Elli would be singing if she could. After months and months and months of teething Elli finally has a tooth coming in on the bottom. Hopefully the breakthrough of this tooth means we can ease up on the extremely dirty diapers, right Elli....please :/

Elliana has been taking more steps and is gaining more confidence. Today she was letting go of different things and taking a couple steps to get to what she wanted instead of dropping to her knees and crawling.

Elli on her 1st Thanksgiving! I think she looks so old in this picture....standing up giving me a big grin. Thanksgiving last year marked the beginning of swollen ankles and feet for me until I delivered Elli.

At this point on Thanksgiving, Elli was exhausted. She laid her head in Kensley's lap....I'm not quite sure why, but it was cute!!

Elli had a busy weekend traveling all around the state of Indiana. She skipped some naps and most naps were shorter than normal, but overall did well!

We officially have a 10 month old as of this past Friday! Here is our 10 month photo shoot from beginning to is very difficulty to get her to sit and smile.

I'm bias, but I think she has the prettiest smile!!

Trying to tackle the bear....

Happy 10 month birthday Elliana (only a couple days late)!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

1st steps & no paci

I love having a 9 month old!! Elli is so much fun these days!! I'm sad that this is our last week in single digits for age in months....I can't believe this Friday will mark 10 months! She's grown so much in these last 9 months! The past couple days we've been working on rolling the ball back and forth to each other. She's doing better at waiting for the ball and is realizing that the other person will roll it back to her.

Elli surprised us on Saturday by taking her 1st couple steps!! She of course did it for Scott while I was upstairs in the shower (of course we spend almost everyday together, but she waits to do it for Scott....little stinker). Scott was pretty excited that she did it for him! She's only done it a couple other times since then and she's only done 2 tiny steps at a time for us. Daycare said she did about 3-4 tiny steps today....they are very little steps!! We are quite a ways from perfecting this new found skill, but it is exciting nonetheless!

We continue to try a sippy cup. Although she has taken a few true sips out of it the past couple days, she still doesn't enjoy it. We will probably have to go "cold turkey" on the bottle....We probably won't take this away for another couple months when we switch over to whole milk. I'm not looking forward to cutting her "cold turkey" from the bottle, as I'm sure it'll be a rough couple days! On a happy note, we thought we'd put her to bed without a pacifier and she is sleeping soundly with no pacifier to be found in the crib!!!! I hadn't thought I'd take it away before a year (and I'm not sure she will be without it for good....esp. since that is how they put her to bed at daycare and she still goes there 1 more day this week), but we'll try no pacifier for naps tomorrow!

Below are pictures from our shopping trip on Saturday! There was a smurf parade going on in our Macy's and the workers just thought she needed a smurf headband. We didn't join in on the fun because...well...she's not old enough to realize what she was missing....we figure we don't have too much longer until she's begging us to join in, so we will seize these opportunities while we can :)

She was so over the headband
I took this video on Saturday in the car....Elli was exhausted! She sneezed and I said "Bless You" and she thought it was the funniest thing. So I decided to start taping. She wasn't laughing as much as she was before I started the video, but her little giggle is cute. Sorry for the annoying loud voice...try and tune me out!

(If you turn up your volume you can hear scott's road rage coming out towards the end of the video :) )
Just a video of Elliana doing a little bit of her dance routine!

Among many things, this year I'm thankful for a little 9 month old whom last year I didn't know, but could only feel! Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 15, 2010


Elliana loves music....we sing all the time throughout the day. Now with the holidays coming around, I often have Christmas music playing in the house. I think I mentioned in the last blog that she loves dancing and we LOVE to watch her. Scott and I took a video of Elli dancing this past weekend....notice the head bob :) (And yes, I know her sock is falling is so hard to keep socks on her!!).

* is a long video....but the head bob is totally worth it!!

This video was shot with our new video camera!! As a result, I will probably be having more videos to post on here. Unfortunately, I haven't been doing a good job at taking pictures lately. I will try and continue to post as much as possible, but I might not be posting every week like I have done.
It has been fun to watch Elli's progress with walking. She is now doing a great job walking while holding only one of our hands. We tried seeing if she'd take a few steps this past weekend, but she was unsuccessful. She would just lunge forward for us to catch her :)

Elli has been "talking" a lot more lately. We've been hearing a lot of "dadada," "bababa," and "mamama." We love hearing her little voice all over the house!

Scott...I took a video of Elli waving to the camera when I was telling her to tell you "hi." I was going to post it, but it takes too long! I'll have to show you when you get home! Elli has missed you tonight, but you've got a pup at home that doesn't know what to do without you...she's been moping all day long! Hope you're staying warm in Denver!

Monday, November 8, 2010


Elliana continues to grow everyday. These days we are enjoying watching her "dance" to music. Elli loves dancing and does it about 90% of the time when music turns on. Last Thursday she made my day when I turned around in the car and saw her little head bobbing to the sound of her CD while she was sitting in her car seat! She's the cutest little dancer....she definitely loves dancing and we sing multiple times throughout the day!

Elli is also learning to give kisses. She's not extremely consistent with this, but it makes your day when she actually does give a smooch. Her kisses involve her grabbing your cheeks, pulling you in, and opening up her mouth really wide. We love it!

Elli seems to be more interested in eating than she was last week. I'm convinced that this little girl is working on a tooth. She is getting back into her normal nap routine! Despite my best efforts, Elli absolutely refuses a sippy especially when I put formula in it. This morning I was determined to give her formula out of her sippy. It didn't turn out the way I had plan. She cried and cried. Luckily, she's not the only child that has refused a sippy. I continue to do research on how to effectively transition her while trying not to get too stressed about it.

Playing peek-a-boo! I caught Elli's reaction as I was hiding behind the couch. Little does she know....this game is usually how I get her to come back into the living room when she's crawled out in the kitchen getting into things she's not supposed to!

No baby food tonight!! Elli enjoyed pasta with meatballs and some peas! I made a good decision to take off her shirt before we ate dinner!

Travis and Sarah introduced Elli to Sesame Street this weekend. She loved it and Scott loves showing her clips from the show.

Watching intently on the computer....

And then she decided to use the computer to make her gums feel better! Hopefully a tooth will pop through soon!!

Scott reads Elli her books before bed. Elli loves reading and we read lots of books throughout the day! She is getting to the point where she can make it through the whole book without getting distracted or chewing on the book (she's been teething for quite sometime) :)

We are loving the stage that Elli is in now! We knew that we'd enjoy being parents, but we couldn't even imagine how much fun we'd have! We love watching her grow and develop each day.

By the way, did you notice Elli's Christmas pj's?? 'Tis the Season!! I'm counting down the days to our annual Black Friday shopping trip! Is is sad that this is the day I look forward to each year? I'm excited that Sarah will be joining us for the day this year! Last year I was pregnant with Elli and that slowed me down a bit! Not this year....I'll be ready to go for 8 hours straight....who's with me ?? :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

On The Go

These days Elliana is constantly moving! She loves to explore and find new things that she isn't supposed to have. Elli goes down easy for naps, but doesn't sleep for more than an hour....this is a big change from what it used to be! I am having to watch her at all times now....For instance, yesterday I walked out to the kitchen and all the sudden I started hearing screaming. Well....Elli was trying to get her bubbles in the ottoman and dove head first and was stuck. Today I turned my back to get some helpful advice from our baby book and she had already climbed 2-3 steps (this is the 1st time she's done this....I'm in trouble). She keeps my busy :)

Elli loves walking all around the house (while holding our hands of course). We've been trying to get her to walk only holding 1 of our hands, but she doesn't like that as much and will let go after a couple of steps. It is unbelievable how much she is growing and learning everyday. She is beginning to understand the word "no;" however, this doesn't mean that she correctly listens to us when we tell her this.

Scott is taking to his new role as Elli's hairstylist. After every bath, Scott enjoys brushing her hair to one side and flipping out the back to tame her curls. He does quite a good job. He has even used the hair dryer a couple times which she loves!

The 1st 2 videos were taken about a week and a half ago. I used to stand in front of her walker because it moved so quickly....not these days....she enjoys moving fast!!

Listen to those squeals!!


I took this video today! She climbed all the way up 2 times and wanted to do it again!

Elli wanted to give a shout out to her cousin, Kensley who will be turning 1 on Thursday!

Kens, remember the 1st time we hung out together at my house? I was only a few days old!

Look how much we've grown!! I can't wait to come to your birthday party and play with all our.... uhhh....I mean your toys!

Happy Birthday Cousin Kens!! Love, Elli (and Auntie Ashley and Uncle Scott)