Yet another milestone on this sunny day in Austin. We celebrated month 11 with a brunch with The Greagers, where Eleanor proceeded to act like a total maniac because there wasn't enough action at the restaurant. The dining experience consisted of our daughter climbing out of the highchair, thrashing to and fro as we held her, trying to eat pebbles on the ground, and various high pitched squeals (not the cute kind).
Bama and Gampa visited last weekend, and we had a great time with them. Saturday we walked one of our favorite neighborhoods, Clarksville. We've never been to Waterloo Records, an Austin institution, so we perused aisle upon aisle of music, old and new. Gampa was in heaven. We also popped into Paper Source, where Bama insisted on buying her granddaughter an adorable bunny. Eleanor LOVES this bunny - super soft, and just her size. Ellie sleeps with the bunny, and when she wakes up, she plays with it for a few minutes before calling out to us. It's the sweetest thing ever to witness on the monitor;)
We ended Saturday with an early dinner at Cipolina in Clarksville. We were the first diners in there at 5:00 (for Ellie, of course), and by 5:30 the restaurant was filled with families.
Sunday we had lunch at Ellie's favorite spot, Casa de Luz, a very "Austin" vegan spot. Laura, our nanny, takes Ellie there often, and when we went on Sunday, she acted like she owned the place. You know the food is good there when our daughter was evening dabbling in the kale. We ended the afternoon with a walk on the hike and bike trail and enjoyed the beautiful weather.
Monday, Ellie showed off her swim skills (video below is courtesy of Gampa). I think Bama had a few panic attacks when Eleanor went under water. Little miss is up to 6 seconds of submersion - no fear whatsoever!
New happenings this week:
: Lots of gibberish... we have a Chatty Cathy on our hands
: Clapping like it's her job
: Eleanor definitely knows "no" now. She clearly understands when she's doing something she's not supposed to be doing. As we say "no," she gives us a smirk and bolts in the opposite direction. I envision lots of time outs in the near future.
: Teething has been our nemesis this weekend, leading to 5:00 a.m. wake up calls from Ellie. We realize how lucky we are that Ellie is a good sleeper when we encounter weekends like this one...
|Eleanor marveling at her new bunny|
|We had lunch with Great Great Aunt Sally on Friday. Ellie ignored Sally for most of our meal as she tried to entertain the patrons at neighboring tables, except for this fun game of napkin peek-a-boo.|
|As you can see, we have a very cooperative Ellie here.|
|Our baby girl is 11 months!|
|Up close and personal|
|Up to no good|
|Kisses for Daddy. Can't get any cuter...|
|Her new favorite position, on 1 knee|
|A little leaf eating|