Posted (Tina) in All Posts on April-7-2008

Ella did not sleep well last night and she barely took naps today. I’m hoping that means lots of shut eye tonight.

The Bun was not as interested in eating today. The most she took was 20ccs in one session. Kind of a bummer…

When Josh fed her early this morning, she seemed fussy and not satisfied with the bottle. He thought that maybe there was something wrong with the food. So, he made the innocent mistake of tasting the formula! Wow…I think he was surprised at how awful formula tastes. Certainly this meant the formula had gone bad, even though it was refrigerated and less than 24 hours had passed.

So, he proceeded to make an entire new batch of formula. Once he shook it up, he took a taste of that batch too. I think he expected that it would taste better, but it tasted the same. It literally made him lose half of his breakfast in the sink! According to Josh, this explains why Ella isn’t taking the bottle – – the formula is nasty! I’m not sure that is quite the deal, but it does explain why it smells so bad too!

Ella and I took a walk this evening as the sun was setting. It was not too hot and there was a slight breeze. Ella tolerated it well and even perked up when I made silly faces at her periodically. At the end of the walk, I just held her for a while so that she could look out at the view. There were some birds flying around and calling out to each other. Since Ella has been watching her Baby Einstein video titled “Neighborhood Animals”, she recognized the birds and smiled. Very cute.

The last day or so, Ella has been testing her vocal cords more. She is starting to laugh. It is hard to hear, but it is gaining strength. Also, when she gets excited she is making these outward bursts of her voice. It surprises her along with us. It is a good sign that she is realizing that she can make noise. Her first step was learning to cry and fuss. She has that one mastered, but cooing and giggling are still in development.

I can’t wait for the day when Ella can talk. Our greatest desire is that she will grow to know and accept the Lord.

We hope and pray that we can be the parents we need to be, so that she can one day praise Him with her lips.

Psalm 71:6
From birth I have relied on you;
you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.
I will ever praise you.

Julie Kirk -Saudi Arabia on April 7th, 2008 at 9:14 pm #

OMG she looks like her daddy

Joel Snyder on April 7th, 2008 at 9:26 pm #

Ella, Sounds like you had a pretty good weekend. I hope you make some progress with your feeding issues this week and PT as well. I am glad to hear that you are finding your voice and starting to use it. You look terrific and happy. I will check on you later. Love,Grandpa!!!!!

Tracy Schultz on April 7th, 2008 at 9:47 pm #

Oh, she’s such a doll-baby! Those coo’s and ahh’s are so sweet. You are doing a great job with her. Hoping all is together soon so you can head home!

Kristen on April 7th, 2008 at 10:23 pm #

“From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise. . . ” Psalms 8:2 NIV

Ella knows who gets the glory! 🙂

Matt, Abby, Austin & Caed on April 8th, 2008 at 5:38 am #

Sometimes they just have off days…but even an off day is a blessing. I almost tried tasting Caed’s formula once but changed my mind after I smelled it. No wonder they spit up so much…I would too! We continue to lift you three up in prayer every day. God is faithful and really, really loves us. It’s a good thing we don’t have to earn it too because if we did we’d all be in bad shape.

Steve and Joan Odell on April 8th, 2008 at 7:47 am #

Poor Josh – yep, that stuff is awful. Glad she is recognizing her own sounds – Baby Einstein is great!! They are so gentle and the babies learn so much. Hope you have a good day today-hugs – Joan

Fran on April 8th, 2008 at 11:42 am #

I have to agree with Julie! The minute I saw the photo with Ella looking up at you I thought that she looked so like Josh!!

Krista on April 8th, 2008 at 6:16 pm #

Sorry that you tasted the formula. Yuck. Glad to see that you guys are adjusting well to life with Ella. One day you won’t remember what you did before she came along.

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