Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on April-4-2008

Wow…the Bun sure can get excited. There are times when she’s just so smiley and happy, that I think she’s going to turn herself inside out! Check out the video below…and yes…that’s her crazy dad egging her on. (high speed Internet connection required).

Although we missed capturing them on video, the Bun gave a few giggles for Tina and I today while she was sitting up in her PT seat. This is the same giggle she gave me a couple weeks ago. It’s so cute.

It’s neat to see these aspects of progression, because for Ella, they’re huge. Developmentally, she’s really a 3 month old trapped in an 8 month old body. She still has a lot of catching up to do.

I got up with Ella this morning around 6:45, hoping to let Tina sleep for a solid couple hours. My girl and I sat in the rocking chair and just cuddled for about and hour…even dozed off together for about 30 minutes.

Ella wasn’t real interested in the bottle today. She only took 35ccs from me in the morning and didn’t do much better the rest of the day.

We were hoping to show off the Bun’s new feeding feat of finishing the bottle to the occupational therapist, but no such luck there. Her stranger anxiety kicked in and she had a total melt down while the OT was here.

“Aunt” Marla stopped in for a visit today. Even as much as she and Marla connected in the past, Ella’s stranger anxiety still got the best of her. Marla barely got a couple kisses in before the Bun started getting upset. I actually took this harder than Marla. It’s tough because you want Ella to be ok with people, but it’s a very typical behavior milestone for an infant her age.

I’ll take any forward progress the Bun makes as positive, even the stranger anxiety. We know there’s still a long road ahead, but we’re content in trusting that her life, and development steps forward, are all part of His plan.

Thanking God each day for Ella Renae.

Terri Trainer on April 4th, 2008 at 10:21 pm #

ok, that video is too cute for words! thx for the much needed laughter. love and miss you guys! TT

Lisa (Ms. Texas) on April 5th, 2008 at 8:22 am #

Wow! Ella you are so bunolicious!!! You are looking so strong and expressive! Finally getting alittle bit of baby love fat on those cute arms and legs! Great sign! Tina and Josh just popped in to say hi and let you know that you are all in my daily prayers! Miss you!

“What would have become of me had I not believed that I would see the lord’s goodness in the land of the living” Psalms 27:13….you are SO the Lord’s GOODNESS in the land of the living!! Rock on you are doing so FABULOUS!

laura blackwell on April 5th, 2008 at 10:03 am #

The video was wonderful. Enjoyed seeing the smiley, happy girl.

Tammy on April 5th, 2008 at 10:42 am #

I haven’t seen the website for a week or so and what a surprise! She looks wonderful and the video was darling. Her stranger anxiety is a great normal milestone.
God Bless to you all

Jim and Char Jordan on April 5th, 2008 at 10:50 am #

You are doing great Ella. Keep up the smiles and rocking. Josh and Tina it seems as though you are on a growing path for your baby. You will grow too even without trying. LOL Jim and Aunt Char

Chambers Family on April 5th, 2008 at 1:34 pm #

So BIG! Sitting up in her chair. She looks adorable. You always have her dressed perfectly for her daily photo op!

Joel Snyder on April 5th, 2008 at 3:59 pm #

Ella, Sorry that this message is so late but I went to work early this morning and got home just a bit ago. You look great and I love the video with Your Mom and Dad you sure getting to be the social butterfly. Keep up the good work and get after that bottle. I will catch you later. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!

Grandpa Jack on April 5th, 2008 at 5:44 pm #

Ella is a Darling !!!!!
What a blessing!!!

Love, Grandpa Jack

Joan and Steve Odell on April 6th, 2008 at 12:46 pm #

So many miilestones and so many more ahead. She is so sweet and has such a great response to the two of you. Hold tight and know so many prayers are still continuing for the West family — Hugs – Steve and Joan

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