Thursday, May 15

roo >> april photo dump

here's your monthly smorgasbord of elaina pictures!

[these two are becoming more & more aware of / interested in each other]

[helping mommy at work again]

[naptime with mommy]

[naptime with daddy, same day just later on!]

[loving bathtime as always & looking adoringly at daddy as always]

[after bath, trying to capture how her hair curls a bit when wet]

[getting love from aunt rachel at the weekly staff meeting]

[kicking on daddy -- favorite evening pastime]

[first time trying out the jogging stroller for jogging with mommy]

[after-school visit from her sweet friend sarah -- she was in a stretching mood]

[saturday morning family bed time -- these two think shaun hung the moon!]

[finally warm enough to wear some springy dresses to church]

[enjoying playtime with her gym]

[smiling up at grammy]

[1st trip to the lafayette columbian park zoo with grammy & poppy!]

[finally got to meet her big sisters, brittany & kaitlyn!]

[we've had to change up our daily routine because i caught her starting to watch television. even when i turn her boppy around, she cranes her neck like this to see it. parent fail!]

[roo's first kegger! root beer kegger that is :) katy & i took pics with cotton candy so rachel could be jealous. you can just see roo's hair sticking up out of her papoose.]

[roo in her papoose at the root beer kegger -- about to fall asleep despite the music & people]

[first time on the floor "playing" with her friend millie kate! they were sooooo cute together! elaina touched millie on the shoulder, & millie decided her hand was great for chewing on!]

[sleeping in mommy's arms while she tries to work]

[1st time she ever held her pacifier for more than 1 second. she was completely engrossed by it!]


Friday, May 9

roo >> 14 weeks

we're starting to get into some new routines around the casa. i'm starting to write again & to do more than the bare bones work for the conneXions ministry at church. roo is adapting well. she entertains herself really well all morning [forcing me to become a morning-ish person], & she tends to be higher maintenance in the late afternoon & evening.

[may 8, 2014 -- 14 weeks]


Saturday, May 3

roo >> 3 months & 13 weeks

we can't believe it was just 3 months ago that this little bundle came & rocked our world. and while our mild-mannered baby girl has now revealed a drama llama side to her personality, she's still a keeper!

also, a big shout out of thanks goes to aunt nessa for helping with this photo shoot. it was the only way roo would look in my general direction at all!

[april 30, 2014 -- 3 MONTHS]

- 12.5 pounds
- 24 inches

- reaching, grabbing, & holding toys [or anything within reach]
- scooting around when laying on back
- holding head up when sitting or on tummy
- laughed responsively for the 1st time on easter at aunt rachel!
- sleeps 10-12 hours per night [!!!]
- recognizes faces & voices

- stoplights & stop signs [we're talking 0-60 drama in 3 seconds flat!]
- being left alone
- deep male voices over intercoms/speakers

- riding in the car, as long as it's moving
- blowing bubbles
- "talking" to her toys
- mommy singing & dancing for her

- her polka-dotted crinkle taggie that shaun named "pokey" is seriously her best friend [pictured above]
- daddy [she has a look of awe reserved for him alone!]
- the song "colors of the wind"

[may 1, 2014 -- 13 weeks]

roo is sporting the felt bow headband made by her uber-talented aunt nessa! coral is a major staple in her bitty wardrobe, so this will get lots of use.


Friday, April 25

roo >> 12 weeks

we had a fantastic easter visit from grammy & poppy massey, & we almost saw her grow while they were here! one day she had almost a buddha belly & the next she was so stretch out that her diaper was easier to snap! her daily formula intake is also increasing exponentially. growth spurt much?

[april 24, 2014 -- 12 weeks]


Monday, April 21

easter fancy

we enjoyed our first easter with roo. we have a sweet friend, emily, who has given us several of her daughter's baby dresses, & i knew one of them was just perfect for easter. then, our friend katy told me that it was tradition for her growing up that they always got a new white bonnet or hat for easter. well, i immediately had to hunt down a bonnet then! i found a sweet eyelet lace one that coordinated with her hand-me-down dress perfectly. as much as i still love coming up with fun outfits & accessory combos for myself, dressing elaina is even more fun!

[my sweet bunny in her first easter dress!]

[poppy entertaining roo before the nursery volunteers arrive for bible class]

after church we had a big family easter feast -- brisket, smashed potatoes, green bean bundles, creamed corn, deviled eggs, cornbread & rolls, & pound cake with berries & fresh whipped cream for dessert! jeffrey, rachel, & paige joined us, as did emily & adalynn, so it was a wonderful full table with two sweet toddlers & a cute baby, too. so much good conversation & laughter!

but before we could eat, we had to have a photo shoot.

[i'm in love with this sweet laugh!]

[my favorite picture of elaina lately!]

[the casteel three]

[grammy & poppy with their first grandbaby]

[adalynn & paige entertaining grammy elaine & rachel]

 i wish i had more pictures from the afternoon with these hilarious girls! they were so much fun. i taught adalynn what pirates & damsels in distress say ["arrrrgh" -- said gruffly & "oh NO!" -- said in a high pitch voice]. paige showed us her belly on request & had us in stitches. and if that weren't enough preciousness for one day, elaina giggled for the first time [while awake] at her aunt rachel's jokes. i mean, she cackled & squealed!

it was a perfect day.


Friday, April 18

roo >> 11 weeks

our latest headband purchase -- sweet polka dots! this girl is finally getting a little chunky belly that pooks over her diaper. you can tell a little in this picture. and we had to jump up to the size 3-6 month onesie this week instead of waiting till next week. growing girl!

[april 17, 2014 -- 11 weeks]


Friday, April 11

roo >> 10 weeks

look at that precious cheesy smile! and the delicious toes! the 0-3 month onesies are getting tight, but i'm hoping to hold out till 12 weeks to put her in the 3-6 months ones. it's still pretty cold here, so the long sleeves are better representative.

[april 10, 2014 -- 10 weeks]


Saturday, April 5

roo >> march photo dump

i did finally get a new phone this month, so the quality of our everyday pictures has dramatically increased!

[what makes waking up before 6am better? staring at cute piggies]

[finally big enough to hang out in the bouncer alot]

[me & roo ready & matching for her first sunday at church]

[a friend snapped this shot of elaina & caleb's baby dedication at our church]

[the only person who got to hold elaina that first sunday -- mr. sam!]

[cousins paige & elaina at el rodeo for lunch after church]

[she often sleeps in this precious position]

[first day at work with mommy, clearly working hard]

[went to ash wednesday mass]

[she loves baths & usually wears her "thinking" face]

[does it get any cuter than a baby wrapped in a fox hooded towel?]

[one of my favorite outfits of hers, picked out by auntie ness]

[the rest of the outfit]

[going for our first walk outside & taking the stroller for its first drive]

[classic roo whistle/kissing lips]

[her first pair of tennis shoes -- look at those skinny legs!]

[nap time with daddy]

[sleeping beauty on her boppy]

[how she sleeps in her crib, even still]

[having our quiet time together]

[meeting her big sister darbie over spring break!]

[trying on her new sunhat for the spring & summer]

[watching the duke game with mommy in the onesie from the cochran trio]

[i love how she places her hands on her face when she takes naps in my arms]

[aunt abby came for a surprise visit!]

[the first time i captured her smile on camera]

[helping aunt rachel answer phones at work]

[all dudded up to go visit daddy's office at purdue]

[smiles & giggles sunday morning before church]

[morning nap in mommy & daddy's bed with zorra -- daily routine]