Happy Birthday Ellie Belle!

It’s been a year since the day Ellie Rebekah Rose was born. Rick, Micah and I, along with our friend Tom, walked back from the hospital (they had told me I could go out to walk for a while if I wanted since I was not very dilated), got to our apartment with contractions back to back and then were driven back to the hospital by our pastor, just in time as Ellie was born about 45 minutes after arrival! And I felt every inch of labor with our little girl as there was no time for a proper epidural. I’ll never forget the pain and the way it felt when the waters broke and I thought I must be peeing but couldn’t care less since the labor was so painful. Before I knew it, I shouted, “she’s crowning! She’s crowning!” And sure enough, they told me to lay back and there was her little head. Five or Six pushes and she was in my arms. It was quick.

Never in my life did I expect I could feel such a bond with two children yet having Ellie only made me realize I have more love than I ever knew to give. Having a little mama’s girl after navigating motherhood the first few years with a bonified daddy’s boy has given me a much needed boost of confidence, an assurance that each child is unique and different but I must not take their natural inclinations personally.

I miss the many days when Ellie would be snugly attached to me in her little baby sling, all cozy and fast asleep. For so many months, she shunned the stroller but eventually learned mama simply could not carry her around everywhere anymore and so, she quickly adapted but sometimes, I long for the coziness again!

Ellie means “shining light” and all I can say is that every day, Ellie Rebekah brightens our day. Her almond shaped blue eyes fairly gleam almost to over flowing with life, joy and curiosity…she seems to be extremely adventurous and able to find interest in the most mundane objects…for example a roll of toilet paper will keep her interested for hours and her feet, oh her feet! Bare or with shoes on, she seems to think her feet are just the tastiest, most fascinating things to play with!;)

God, thank you for Ellie. I do not deserve her and Micah yet you have given them to Rick and I and all I can say is I marvel at the way you know exactly what children we need to sanctify us, challenge us and grow us as individuals, spouses and parents.


Physical Milestones:

Ellie is crawling still, pulling herself up and walking while holding on to objects, clapping, waving, pointing a lot, shakes her head.

Verbal Milestones:

Ellie says “banana” consistently and excitedly when she sees the fruit, loves to say “uh-oh,” says “clap” a lot, “mama,” “dada,” and is getting close to saying several other words as well.

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11 Responses to Happy Birthday Ellie Belle!

  1. Anonymous says:

    She sure is a beautiful little girl. I wish I could accompany your mother to NYC next week, but alas, I have to work.Happy birthday EllieBeba

  2. Grace says:

    Happy Birthday Beautiful Baby Girl!!!!! We love you!!!!Auntie Grace and Uncle Justin

  3. Johannah says:

    Happy Birthday Ellie!

  4. SYK says:

    happy birthday ellie! susanna, you are such a loving mother. ellie is a blessed girl.

  5. Andrew says:

    Happy birthday Ellie! You're 1 year old now! What a big girl you're getting to be! I hope you have a very fun day, get lots of presents and have a yummy birthday cake! Hope to see you again soon.Uncle Andrew

  6. Bethany says:

    Happy first birthday Ellie!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Love to our girl, Mom

  8. Aileen says:

    Happy Birthday Ellie!!! Wish I could hold you and get one of those amaing smiles!

  9. Adrienne says:

    Wow, she's changed even since I saw her last. What a pretty little girl she is. Love the picture of you two together!

  10. Jason and Kim Vinson says:

    How precious and Happy Birthday Ellie! She's blessed to have such wonderful parents too!

  11. Shannon says:

    Happy Birthday Ellie!! You are so adorable and blessed to have such a great set of parents and a handsome older brother to watch out for you as your grow up!! xoxo

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