Ellie is such a sweet girl. I am so happy to have her as a big sister to both Chris and Ivan. Since Ivan has been born, she has been such a good helper. She is always willing to help me out by getting a diaper or a burp cloth when I am detained. She dotes over Ivan all the time, which is so different from baby brother #1. She loves to show him his dinosaur toy that she and Chris got him for Christmas (a triceratops named isosceles). She also still loves to read him stories. I think it is so sweet when she talks baby talk to him. It's just so cute.
Ellie and Christian get along for the most part. It's good they can occupy themselves because of how much time it takes to care for a baby. She does get her feelings hurt easily. She also doesn't like it when she doesn't get her way. But she just finds the trusty pink blanket and the thumb automatically pops in the mouth to comfort her.
Christian is all boy. He loves trucks, cars, tools, and his specialty is knowing perfectly how to bother his sister. He loves to play with his "Site Trucks" (construction site has been shortened to just site). It is a good thing he is so darn adorable. Because, since Ivan arrived, he has taken the terrible twos to another level. But when he is not pouting or yelling or evading clean up, etc. he makes me smile. He is at an age where he is often in a fantasy world playing and everything he says is extremely cute. One of the cutest things I have noticed about him these past few months is his attempt at trying to understand time: yesterday, today, tomorrow. He just gets so confused that tomorrow is now today, and that today eventually becomes yesterday. He actually has gotten quite frustrated on occasion when trying to figure this quandary out.
I know it is cliche, but this boy is just getting so big so fast!! No, he has not figured out his sleep/wake schedule yet, but he sure loves to smile! It is amazing to see the difference in personality from the other kids even at such a young age. Ivan is definitely his own person. And we love him so much.
Anyway, sorry for the kid post. I just love these 3 little monsters so much I had to share.