Wipe That Stupid Grin Off Your Face

October 17, 2008 7:00 am

Elliot turned six months old today. That means Jamie and I were able to keep her alive for an entire six months  while fending off her older brother who clearly has it out for her. Believe me, it’s been hard…. Elliot has received many palms to the forehead (Graham’s!), and even got a cake pan thrown on her during her first week of life. So far, she’s managed to make it through mostly unscathed.

Being the little sister is hard for Elliot but she takes it in stride. No matter how many times Graham takes a toy or screams NO! in her face, Elliot looks at him with the most adoring eyes and always has a smile on her face. The kid is a saint, lemme tell you. She loves her big brother so much that I think she’d knock off a liquor store if he asked her to. Now that’s love. I hope Graham returns the favor and loves her back pretty soon but I know it’s tough for him to have to share his parents with that weird chick that just showed up one day without calling first. Over the past few weeks Graham has been showing signs of improvement, he gives Elliot drive-by kisses, happily tells her night night when she goes down for a nap and will also produce his fake laugh on command, a trick that always cracks his little sister up.

We couldn’t have asked for a better kid than Elliot. Ask me again in a year and see if I still feel this way but Elliot is such an easy and happy kid. She slept through the night at six weeks, she rarely cries and is happy to be ignored when danger calls and I have to rescue Graham. If someone could just convince her to take a decent nap here and there we’d be set. Elliot will wake up from her nap if we: use the microwave, open the dishwasher, run the dishwasher, TYPE ON MY KEYBOARD and basically any other noises that go on during the day. I spend baby nirvana (the glorious time when both kids nap) hiding in my room equipped with my laptop trying to catch up on email. It never fails, the second I start typing, Elliot wakes up. She can hear through two closed doors and a noise machine. Supersonic hearing, that kid. I think she knows when her brother is asleep and demands alone time with Mommy. She’s pretty cute so I don’t mind.

Elliot goes to bed between 6:30 and 7:30 and sleeps through until 7:30 the next morning with the exception of an 11 o’clock bottle. On the nights when I feed her, I sneak into her room and try my darnedest not to wake her up any more than I have to.  I love feeding her at night, she’s so snuggly warm with her footed pajamas. I like to hold her for a minute before I feed her the bottle and just soak up the minute because I know she’ll be grown up all too soon. The past few nights have been nothing but cheese, me sitting there snuggling my baby girl while I feed her her bottle trying my hardest not to wake her up. My sleepy little girl has started giggling and grinning from ear to ear instead of drinking her bottle when she’s not even supposed to be fully awake. I should be mad at her but she’s just so damn cute when she does it so I usually start laughing back. The two of us sit there late at night exchanging smiles and giggles like a couple of dorky school girls and I love it. I love my little girl and I’m so proud to be her mother. Happy 1/2 birthday, kid. You gift for bringing the cheese is truly excellent!

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  1. Toni

    Happy 6 months Elliot!!! I can remember when Hunter was still eating in the middle of the night and no matter how sleepy I was I tried to enjoy that snuggly time too!!!

    Precious pictures!!!

    Tonis last blog post..Gal To Gal

  2. DeeMarie

    Happy 6 months, Elliot!! You get cuter every day! But taking a nice nap for mommy would really be helpful!

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  3. Sprite's Keeper

    Look at those cheeks! Snacktacular! No wonder you’re starting Half As Small As You, you’ve been snacking on baby cheeks during the night!

    Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..Well, the Holidays ARE just around the corner..

  4. Zip n Tizzy

    Happy 1/2 birthday!
    She is so cute!
    Watch out Graham, she’s just going to keep getting cuter and then it will be your friends attention you will be fighting over!

  5. Katie

    Happy 6 months, teeny tot. Sometimes when I hold Ella (4 months already) I think about how in a few years from now, I’d give anything to have just one of these moments back. (Not the poopy diapers and helpless wails, but rather the baby snuggles and milk breath)

    Katies last blog post..Yarrrr!

  6. mrsbear

    Happy 1/2 birthday to your smiley little girl. I used to love the little cuddle moments too. Makes me sad, not sad enough to have another baby mind you, but sad enough to make me want to lock my little one in a bear hug until he starts screaming bloody murder. Hope she stays sweet to balance out her little bro. 😉

    mrsbears last blog post..In Lieu of a Pediatrician, Call a Bear

  7. Christy

    When you talk about all the nighttime snuggling and bottle feeding, it makes me long for that time again–I really miss it some days and would give anything just to go back and have 1 more day of the baby stage; then other days, NOT SO MUCH. I think all the ages have their greatness and suck assed-ness (hey, I just made that up). Don’t worry about the not napping–neither of my kids were good nappers (at least not most of the time) and my pediatrician told me that the smarter kids don’t nap well when they’re little and they lose their naps earlier. So, there you go, your kids are genius! 🙂 Better that than letting you get any rest, right? LOL

  8. cyndi

    Aw, thank you for those sweet stories and pix! Happy 1/2 bday, Elliot 🙂 She’s just too cute. JC, do you play music for her while she’s sleeping? We still do it for the boys and it helps drown out the house noises as well as cuing sleep. Hey, mine are in trouble if Christy’s right LOL
    Just FYI I was snuggling Jack yesterday and think he’s finally outgrown my head-to-rump lap area…sob…poor guy tries to crumple himself up. Oh, I forgot about milky breath…sigh. Enjoy these minutes but know the next will have their own delights – big hugs and thanx for the kind words!

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  9. jenni

    oh, she is a cutie. Happy 1/2 birthday to her.

    jennis last blog post..The One Where I Turn into a Teenager

  10. Krystal

    Happy 6 months day!!!

    She is absolutely the most adorable little girl!! I still do this with all 5 kids, even the older ones. I cuddle and kiss em while they sleep. You’ll never stop doing that I think, well atleast until they hit their teen years, that’s when you want to lock em up and never let em go!

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  11. Minxy Mimi

    Happy 6 months to you cutie!
    I love snuggly babies too!

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  12. steenky bee

    Aw, she’s beautiful. And so is little Ellie, too. (Seriously, you’re a hawt Mom. Your a MILS. Mom I’d like to stalk)

    I think our gals are the same. Reese sleeps from 6:30 pm until about 6:30 am. She’s not prone to napping whatsoever. I give her full credit for me being about to survive two kids. She’s so easy, it’s really like one and a half kids, not two.

    She’s a beauty! You’re a skank. (I couldn’t walk away an NOT insult you now could I?)

    steenky bees last blog post..The Spin Cycle: The Rhythm is Gonna Get You

  13. Ferd

    Six months! Wow! How did she get so old!?!

    You brought back memories of my fourth, Kevin. We knew he would be our last, and it’s true how fast time goes. Before you know it, poof! no longer a baby. I remember getting up with Kevin every night, and holding him the way you hold Elliot, and just sitting there enjoying it. I knew it would be gone all too soon. I’m glad those memories have remained so fresh in my mind. He’s 22 now. You can see him in some of my past posts.

    Thanks, Casey! Nice post!

    Ferds last blog post..Trying to Not Rant

  14. Miss Jack

    Awwwww, I loved hearing about her. She is do DAMN cute! I can’t stand it. I may have to come over and kidnap her. You know…I’ve always wanted a little girl. I’ll leave you one of my adorable little boys in her place. 🙂 Ah, you know I’m kidding….I can’t leave you one of my boys, so I’ll just take Elli. Have a good day. Sleep well tonight. Moohahhahahhahah!

    Miss Jacks last blog post..Do you smell something?

  15. Heather

    I too relished in those late night feedings with my daughter. Mostly because I knew that she was going to be my last. It’s so nice to have a quiet house, no one else up, just you and your daughter. Ahhh…the good old days. But, to get her to take a nap, and the fact that she had two older and very noisy brothers, I used a fan in her room. Worked like a charm. Two hour naps!!! And by the way, she is very smart and in the gifted and talented program at school.

    Heathers last blog post..Purple trees

  16. Lydia @ On The Verge

    Happy six months. She is beautiful. When are you going to have #3?

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  17. debateur

    Happy 6 month birthday !

    Glad you still have that 11:00 PM special time.

    debateurs last blog post..Do I deserve these benefits ?

  18. HeatherPride

    I am loving that last picture!! She’s a sweetie pie, alright!! Happy 6 months!

    HeatherPrides last blog post..Footsteps

  19. carrie

    Happy 6 months!!!! What a cutie and I am totally into her name!!

  20. Kia (Good Enough Mama)

    Oh, what a doll!! Almost makes me wish I could have one. Shush! I said ALMOST. 😉

    Happy 6 months-day!!

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  21. Kat@MotherFonker

    Hooray for Elliot! Got through 1/2 yr without killing her parents.

    Elliot: Graham is like my 8yo:12yo. it gets nastier (like pinching/ hitting when bigger thinks no one is looking) but at the end of the day siblings are siblings. they grow on each other after a million yrs.

  22. MommyNamedApril

    she’s a cutie. jj turns 7 mo tomorrow. time sure flies.

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