Our sweet little Ellie is 2 months old already, how did that happen?! It feels like just yesterday the kids were lying in our bed with their hands on my belly to feel her little kicks and we were all debating what color hair this one would have. And now here she is! Fitting into the nooks and rhythms of our daily life like she was always here. I'm still a little awestruck looking at her because honestly, this pregnancy was the roughest on me and I'm just kind of amazed we got through it all. All those moments I would daydream about seeing her little face and now, she's staring back at me with her big brown eyes and chubby little smile. It melts my heart every single day and I am so grateful.
And she certainly is lucky to have her own little fan club right from the get go... the kids are always racing over to see who will get to hold her when she's done nursing, or sneaking in first thing in the morning to coo at her when she wakes up. Akemi and Naomi just adore the early morning hours with the baby and Henry has taken to snuggling with Violet, so really, that takes care of all our kids and Kenji and I get to have coffee together almost every morning (and I count my lucky stars for that because time together can be a rarity!) I'm so thankful we have easy babies and she is such a dream to be around.
The kids all have the cutest things they love to do for her, like Akemi will dance and sing for her and say "mama I taught Eleanor how to dance today!" and Naomi loves to hold her. Violet calls her "bebe ellie" in the cutest little voice and tells us what we should do with her... she has so many commands!
put bebe ellie bouncy seat!
no nurse bebe ellie!
bebe ellie wake up!
bebe ellie say hi!
give it papa! she says when she wants papa to hold the baby so I can hold her. Oh Violet, we love you too.
So, baby Ellie, our house may be crowded and the days may be loud but there is love here... so much love. We're all pretty smitten with you.