Lock down – End of march sometime

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Covid 19 life started for us on Friday March 13. After school got out we realized that it was time we sheltered in place. We new it was coming soon by order, but got a jump on things by shopping and eating lunch at C Knight one last time with Ellie while kids were in school. A whole new world for dads and kids. Home schooling began, and we settled into a new routine pretty quickly. Ellie lives it of course. Lots of people at home 24/7 for her to be entertained by. I think it helps all of us too, always something to do, a change of pace, and a reminder of how wonderful human life is. Thursday March 27 Ellie stood by herself for a few seconds. She has done that a couple of times since. No real steps though. On Sunday March 29 she climbed the stairs (crawling) with no assistance at all.. just Daddya following behind her. Ellie is sleeping so well. 8 to 6 at least every night. She is starting to love food too. Risotto with carrot definitely a favorite. Ministrone soup and banana also top choices for her.

notes from March 5

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

Elliott turns 10 months tomorrow! Best news today is that we got notified that her adoption will be finalized on April 7th. Our new (January) social worker, Paula Kang, came up last week for her visit and told us she could get a date soon! Faster than we thought, we are all very excited. Ellie is crawling all over, standing and cruising and wants to be everywhere! She has a great schedule now that she keeps to pretty well. Up at 5:30’or 6. Napa at 9:30 and 2:30 and to bed at 8! She loves her baths a ton! She has started to crawl around in the master bath, stand up, and start babbling. In the past few days though, She has really started to try to stand up in the Tub also… that’s taking some time to discourage.

Early February 2020 – Ellie at 9 months

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

Big changes over the last week! Right at nine months Ellie started to really crawl. In a matter of 3 days she went from almost crawling to crawling all over the place, and rather quickly too! She is also standing up all the time, and crusing around her play area, or ottoman. Also on February 10th her top two middle teeth finally popped out! We knew it was coming and we’re watching day by day. She is still the happiest little girl. She always has tons of smiles for all of us. LOVES to be tickled, and is talking up a storm. “Ne ne ne” , babbling and squeals of happiest are the most common. She has been sleeping through the night very consistently. 8 pm is bedtime after a bath, and wakes up between 5:30 and 5 AM.

notes from November 30 2019

Saturday, November 30th, 2019

Thanksgiving on Thursday with Nana, Poppy, Lola and Lolo. Today is Saturday. Got our two Christmas trees.. one for kids in Foyer and one for dads in the living room. Ellie’s first tooth ( bottom right) broke through today too! Ellie is very close to crawling, kids are hoping she dies before Christmas.

Sept 23

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

We went to the zoo on Sunday…. Ellie’s first zoo visit. Kids bought her a giraffe stuffy. We ate lunch at Scott’s. Ellie starting to suck thumb.

notes from Aug 26, 2019 Rattle Success

Monday, August 26th, 2019

Today Ellie made huge improvement today with her hands! Holding the rattle, and bringing it to her mouth! Both for the first time.

Elliot Grace’s room

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

4 kids…. 4 bedroom house. We had to get creative. We decided that for now anyway, the answer lied in our Xtra large master closet. We had a contractor come in shortly after Ellie came home and make 1/2 of our closet into a nursery. It came out really well, and though we aren’t quite done decorating it, there are some photos and a video of the room. It comes with cool color changing chandelier and google mini to create the perfect ambiance for sleeping. She loves it and has been an amazing sleeper so far!

notes from Aug 22, 2019

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Ellie slept from 8:30 to 4:00AM last night. This is her longest stretch yet. She has rolled over twice. (see video). Evan, Sophie and Max went back to school August 8th. We are all just getting in the swing of things. Evan is playing volleyball and Daddyo is coaching. Sophie and Max are running CC.

notes from May 19, 2019

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Ellie is 13 days old now! The whole family is doing great. Ellie is a sweet baby, cries very little, and is a great eater! We are all bonding with her more every day, and she is becoming part of the family ..like we had always planned her. This time is definitely different than with E, S and M. Ellie is a foster child, and even the slightest fear that we may not be able to make her part of our family forever is something dads are aware of. We have made sure the kids are also aware of it. It’s also different for us because we are living with different rules when it comes to Angela. The state is involved, which means decisions are not all up to us. This has put a strain on relationships between us and Angela, but we are hopeful that in time this will get worked out.

notes from Ellie at 1 week old

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Yesterday Ellie turned one week. She has been at home 3 full days now and is settling in so well. Last night she slept from 11:30 to 4:30. Ideal for daddies schedules. Daddyo fed at 11 and daddy fed at 4:45. Evan Sophie and Max are all doting siblings. Evan walked her to the park and showed her off to Donovan. Sophie read her Harry Potter for the second day in a row, and max laid on the bed with her and stroked her hair and stared at her for quite a while.