Posted (Tina) in All Posts on February-17-2009

Most babies can sit up by seven to nine months. Sitting up requires a good sense of balance, as well as muscle strength and control in the trunk and hips. When babies are very slow to sit, it is usually due to immaturity in one of these systems. The developmental abilities needed to sit steadily are also required for standing and walking, so late sitting usually goes with late walking.

For five minutes today, propped in just the right position, Ella sat up on her own without support. We can’t throw her any curve balls and she can easily lose her balance at this stage, but she actually sat there on her own!!! This is a huge milestone for Ella.

Her weight was down to 9.36 kilos which is a sign that the Bumex worked. But I was up with her 15 times between 12 midnight and 7am. This did not help her disposition today – she was cranky. Especially when Kelly would try to have her eat, Ella rebelled with screams of displeasure. I was upstairs behind closed doors and could hear Ella belting it out! One note from the OT: Ella’s lung capacity has grown even since she started seeing her as a patient. I guess that is the silver lining.

Ella tried baby yogurt today for the first time. She didn’t mind the taste because we tried it on the binky first and she seemed to enjoy the flavor and it increased her sucking behavior. As soon as we put yogurt on the spoon and tried to come near her mouth, she let us know that she was not interested in eating. Hopefully, our daughter’s stubborn approach will pay off for her in some respects as she ages.

Ella worked herself up several times today with profuse sweating and crying. I’m hoping this will lead to a more sleep-filled night in Denver. But either way, we hit a huge milestone that should not go without notice: she sat up on her own!

Amber Riley on February 17th, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

YEAH for Ella sitting!!! How exciting!!! 🙂

Eve Johnson on February 17th, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

wow wow wow!

Eli on February 17th, 2009 at 8:18 pm #

Great job Ella now let mommy and daddy sleep.

MS Texas on February 17th, 2009 at 8:19 pm #

This is fantastic news! Pray for a sleepy Ella for ya! I am sure you are just about at your wits end without sleep. You are a rock star Tina!!! Miss you!

Lisa Tufano on February 17th, 2009 at 8:28 pm #

Yay for sitting pretty all by herself! Great job, Ella. With pipes like that, she may have a future singing with the cast of Carmen.

Brendan on February 17th, 2009 at 8:58 pm #

WooHoo for sitting up! Enjoy it. Before you can blink, she’ll be asking for the keys to the car. 🙂

As for the screams of displeasure, I thought I had heard a baby crying…I shrugged it off when I realized it wasn’t one of my kids.

In their own special way, a baby’s cry is code for “I love you Mommy and Daddy! Thanks for taking such good care of me.”

angie moore on February 17th, 2009 at 8:58 pm #

great job on sitting up by yourself ella,love yall here in nc.

Julie on February 17th, 2009 at 9:01 pm #

Yay, yay, yay! Such wonderful news! Maybe all that work will wear her out so she’ll sleep more, too. One can hope!

megans on February 17th, 2009 at 9:02 pm #

GREAT JOB Doodlebug! I am so proud of you!

Chambers Family on February 17th, 2009 at 9:44 pm #

So exciting! That is one of many to come. I hope everyone sleeps tonight! Maybe you should make a spoon / binky teething “toy” ring. Something to play with. Just a crazy thought from “fix it” girl.

Jennifer on February 17th, 2009 at 10:46 pm #

wowza! super yay!!! The milestones will start to fly now I bet and the spoon? Audrey NEVER took one in the early stages, not until WAY, WAY later would she tolerate it.
I just love your superstar, she’s precious!!!

The Laz Fam on February 18th, 2009 at 12:04 am #

she’s so beautiful, what a joy to see what she has accomplished. cheers to you all for teaching, encouraging and loving the little princess!

Lesli Richards on February 18th, 2009 at 4:37 am #

Ring a bell! Celebrate! Yay Ella!
Praying for sleep tonight!
Love, Lesli

Debbie on February 18th, 2009 at 4:46 am #

WAY TO GO ELLA! Continue to focus and rejoice on the positive moments. Her little body has so much going on that it is probably hard to “just sleep”. Praying for rest for all of you!

Kathy in West Texas on February 18th, 2009 at 5:12 am #

PRAISE GOD!!! That is so wonderful!!! It was great to see her sitting up all by herself! She kinda looked like “Woo, look at me!” LOL She’s just so cute!

Cathie Firestone on February 18th, 2009 at 5:51 am #

YEA for ELLA!! Congratulations on a HUGE milestone!! Get ready Tina and Josh…she will soon be mobile and your lives will completely change!! We keep up with Ella’s progress daily…thanks so much for continuing to share your precious miracle with all of us!

loren lizotte on February 18th, 2009 at 6:05 am #

oh joy oh joy oh joy!!!! I’m so proud of you Ella. One step closer to the joy of a walker in training… with goes hand in hand with falling a lot. Everyday has new challenges for us. David is still crawling and he is 9 months old now. Any chance of Ella crawling?

Marge (Indiana friend) on February 18th, 2009 at 7:30 am #

Great job Ella……keep up the good work and you’ll be walking before long. Love you sweet one…..God Bless you all…

Shannon (aimco) on February 18th, 2009 at 9:18 am #

WAY TO GO ELLA!!! Keep up the great work.

Joel Snyder on February 18th, 2009 at 2:03 pm #

Ella, What terrific progress you are making with your PT and OT. I am looking forward to you continuing and soon you will be walking. I am also very happy to hear that your lungs seem to be doing well. I am praying that you will sleep better. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!

Laura Marold on February 18th, 2009 at 3:42 pm #


Laura Leichty on February 18th, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

GO ELLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is awesome!! Now that those core muscles are strenghtening she will become even more excited about her surroundings and want to explore! 🙂 Watch out the next few months will bring about developmental milestones for sure!! You all are doing great! God definitely knew what HE was doing when he chose YOU for her parents! I hope tonight goes much BETTER for everyone!!
Praying and Celebrating with you in IN,

Barbara Mullins on February 18th, 2009 at 6:59 pm #

I must join the well wishes – YAAAAY ELLA! Another goal reached!


Dawn Franck on February 18th, 2009 at 7:28 pm #

Hoooray for Ella, what a milestone!!!
Lots of love, Dawn and Alli

Jenny G on February 18th, 2009 at 10:18 pm #

Yeah for Ella!!!

Kara on February 19th, 2009 at 9:06 am #

Woo Hoo!!! Go Ella!

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