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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Rocking and Cruising

I am slowly trying to get back in to a routine as I am sure everyone else is as well. I have been a terrible blogger to start off the New Year but it has been kind of nice to just slow everything down for a bit.
So Ella is really doing well with pulling up on everything in sight. As you can see from the photos above, she has figured out that she can pull up to the Rockband Wii and she was having a lot of fun copying what her sisters do. She has also realized that she can pull up to the kitchen table and reach her hands up to the top of the table. The other night, she managed to pull a plate of food onto the floor. She caught us off guard!!
But yesterday she made big strides in that she actually started cruising along the couch and coffee table. Once she figured it out, she really took off.
On the medical front, her blood levels are still holding as of 2 weeks ago. We will go see her oncologist next week so will do another blood draw then. The good news is that the two small holes in her heart appear to have closed. We did an echocardiogram last week and the cardiologist said everything looked good and we don't have to come back to see him anymore. At least we can cross one specialist off the list. We also had her first OT visit yesterday to work on getting her to eat solid foods. Ella had so much fun there and really didn't want to leave. Right now the OT just wants to get her used to her and touching her face and then we will start trying to introduce some food in the next few weeks.
I hope everyone is having a great start to the New Year.


Heather said...

Have missed you!!!

Ella is doing SO much!She really does amaze me and I am certain that once food gets going,she will take off with that like everything else.

Great news on the echo.Nice to not have that added to the mix,that is for sure.

Hoping that with the new year,you and I can take advantage of our closeness i distance and see each other more often.Got to happen.

Much love to all.

Lori said...

Happy New Year!
Looks like Ella is ready to be a rockstar! (Love the outfit, btw...Anna has the same -- shocker!)

The Lehnick Family said...

Happy New Year to all of you!!! Yay Ella! You and Brayden would just have so much fun together right now...he has mastered cruising everywhere as well, so fun to see! So not totally ready for him to be walking yet, but he is on his way!
So happy to hear about her blood counts being stable...she looks great! And YAY! with OT...you will learn a lot from her...food seems like an ongoing issue with all of our little ones...just takes some time and persistence...she will get there before you know it! Great to hear from you! I have been a slacker in the blog world as well, now that the kids are back in school I am hoping to get back into routine...now I am adding gym and dieting to my life, so we are busy BUSY!

Heidi said...

Yay Ella!! It sounds like she is doing great!

Great news about her heart! I will keep you in my prayers for her appointment with the oncologist.

Emily said...

Good job Ella! Love all the milestones! Justin is getting much stronger and trying to cruise... but not quite! We really need another California playdate! Miss you guys!

stephanie said...

Glad your back!!!! great news about the cardiologist! and Ella's cruising! You better nail everything down. Sorry but you made me laugh about her pulling down that plate of food!
And I soooo agree with you that these two are look a likes. You better come East so they can see each other. After all they're soul sisters!!
I'll e-mail you that photo. Actually I was going to change it because I didn't like it too much but I think I'll keep it. Everyone seems to like it.

Kim said...

Hooray for Ella!! She is one jammin girl. Mattie has that exact outfit. In fact, she wore it yesterday. I'll have to post a picture of it next time she wears it! Happy New Years to you and your family!

ABandCsMom said...

Love the little rocker. We've got one too!! Hey, they can start up their own little band!!

Good to hear you got the all clear on her heart issues. Lucky Ducks! Seriously tho., what a HUGE relief for you all.

Now...let the fun begin. Miss Ella is cruising. Can't wait to see her in action. hint, hint...video's please ;o)

Cammie Heflin said...

Way to go Ella! I wish Addy had more confidence, I know she'd be pulling up on her own if she did! It'll happen soon enough though!

my family said...

Go sweet little Ella

Lacey said...

Oh I'm so excited to see you again! I don't feel like I really got to see you last time. I was a little preoccupied with a sick baby. Disneyland, here we come.

Adam, Jaci, Grant and Grace said...

Oh my goodness! Look at her go! that is amazing! She needs to come visit Grace and teach her how to do some of that stuff. Gracie just started pushing herself up to sitting on Sunday...wahoo! I am glad things are looking good on the medical front. We will keep our fingers crossed that it stays that way!

Anderson Family said...

Yay for Ella!! It is amazing when they pick something up that they just take off - it just takes a long time to pick it up. She will soon love food too - I just know it! It took Carter forever - but he finally got it! And I bet you are so glad to cross cardiologist off the list of doctors - that is absolutely fantastic news!

Too funny about the card you are still looking at - we are actually still looking at yours because we hang ours on the back of our front door - and I haven't taken them down either. We have high hopes of making it to Disneyland this year - so we for sure need to squeeze in a visit. Several people have commented here that Carter is the boy version of Ella - we just need to get them together and see! Our Christmas card picture was actually taken at a place called the Provo Castle (in Provo). Pretty cool - have never been there before but we loved it!

Tina said...

A very very happy new year, slow and steady is good, but glad to see you back again, and with such fantastic news too. Ella's heart is in healthy what could be better, and Ella is cruising...wow whats this girl going to be doing next? I love how she has discovered the drums and seems to be in her own world, enjoying herself!! I have been MIA as well but plan to post something really soon.

Heather said...

Me again ... response to your comment... could email,could text but this was easiest at 11:30pm ... don't you worry about getting together when the Rugg's are coming .. they'll be coming for girl wonder's 3rd,yes 3rd birthday and you will FOR SURE be here!!!Party at a house and DISNEYLAND ... both!!Won't that be fun!!

Cathy said...

Yay Ella!!! Great pictures!