The Dawleys

Sunday, October 30, 2011

18 Months

This past month I returned to work! After babysitting for 8 months, I decided that it was definitely time to move on to other things. It was creating a lot of stress for the whole family, things in our house were getting ruined, I didn't agree with a lot of the things the parents did, and it was a ton of work for hardly any money. Things had to change and it was the best decision I could have made for Ella and I. It is so nice to have our days to ourselves to do whatever we want. While I really don't like working outside of the home right now, it is so much better than the babysitting situation. I only work two evenings a week opposite of Dave so Ella stays out of daycare. I have really noticed the bond between them strengthen and it's good for me to get out of the house and do something of my own. I have a very hard time doing things for myself and separating myself from Ella so it's really good for me (and for her). Plus, in two days, I am making more money than I made in an entire week!
The job is extremely easy. I just answer phones for a local hospital. There is a lot of down time in between calls so I get lots of reading done and can surf the internet. I am actually typing this blog post at work!:) The ladies I work with are all really nice too so that helps things. So while I don't like being away from the family, it definitely is the best job to have right now. I am very lucky to have found it!
Ella and I enrolled in a Kindermusik class last month. It's at the Omaha Conservatory of Music and there are 8 other children ages 18 months to 3 years in the class. Ella is the youngest, but does so well. It is amazing to see how much she has changed in the few weeks we have been in the class. She went from being shy and wandering the room and not the greatest at following directions, to following directions better than the older kids, getting really excited about participating in the activities, and clapping for all of the other children. Her confidence seems to have really taken off. At home, we read the stories and listen to the music from class and she loves it. She loves to do the motions to songs and will randomly do them throughout the day so I can sing the songs for her. It's so neat to see how the class is sticking with her even when we're not there.
Ella had her 18 month checkup last week. She is right on track and despite not talking, she is not behind in her speech due to the fact that she uses baby signs with us (eat, drink, help, all done). Apparently baby signs count as words. In the past week or so she has added "bye bye" to the words she can say and has started repeating words for us. Me, puppy, Elmo, duck, and bird are a few of the words she has attempted.
Ella just started walking down the stairs the other day. She holds on to the slats of the railing as she goes down (and we of course anxiously hold our arms out to catch her if she slips).
We have had a lot of changes in our house this past month, but all seem to be allowing us to grow which I am very thankful for!

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