Ellie Update

Now that I’m not doing the monthly update on Ellie, I’ve got quite a backlog.

During the week we went to the beach (13 months), her 4 top teeth finally popped through.  She’s always such a trouper.

She’s been walking increasingly more, but I’m going to say officially started walking on July 5 (14 months).  Here’s a glimpse.

During the past week or so (14.5 months), she added “Uh-oh” to her vocabulary.  She uses it regularly and appropriately, since she drops things quite often.  She already says mama, dada, and ni-ni (night-night).

Sometimes I tell myself that she’s still baby, but those moments won’t last too much longer!

Yet Another Ear Infection

Yesterday, I took Samantha to the doctor’s office to get her flu booster shot. At her age, she needs to receive 2 flu shots to make sure the vaccine will work. While I was there, I asked if the doctor could look in her ears to make sure that the infection had gone away. Monday was Day 10 of the antibiotics.

The right ear was infected last time, and it still is. The left ear now has an infection too. I don’t think the infection ever went away, so this round of antibiotics was not effective (keep in mind it was not penicillin-based). However, this counts as ear infection #4 – and 3 in 6 weeks. The doctor prescribed one more antibiotic. If she doesn’t get better this time, we’ll have to go see an ENT and start having the tube discussion. I’m not sure how I feel about that.

In other news, she began walking in earnest tonight. I know we’ve said that for weeks now, but this time, it’s for real. At least it seems so. She had been taking those 5-6 steps in between us for weeks. Tonight, she would venture off course and even began walking laps in her bedroom. It was very cool. She gets very frustrated when she falls and has to get back up on her own, but I think she’ll have that mastered soon enough. Big day.

Walking for Sure

I think we can officially say that Samantha is walking now. It’s still not much, but it’s on her own, so I think it counts.

She has lately taken a great interest in hide and seek. She especially loves to play around the ottoman. She can crawl behind it, through the tunnel (between the couch and the ottoman), surf around it and play hide and seek. It’s a great place to play.


I’m not sure if this qualifies, but Samantha took about 3-4 steps in between Brian and me on Friday night. They were forced, but they were on her own. Today, at Ms. Paula’s house, she took 3 on her own (again, forced). But, I think we are getting much closer.