We've discovered Ella's first tooth! Two nights ago, Ella woke during the night and we just couldn't figure out why. I changed her diaper and Pete rocked her, but she wouldn't stop crying. He then checked her over to make sure nothing was wrong and had the ingenious idea of feeling her gums. Low and behold, we could feel a little something on the bottom. We eventually soothed her back to sleep. Yesterday that little bugger broke through her gums and can now be seen - if she will allow us to open her mouth, hold back her tongue, and not move for the two seconds it takes to catch a glimpse of it. This morning we can feel it a little more and I heard it scrape across one of her toys as she chewed mercilessly on it after breakfast today. We're thankful for the little frozen chew things that Grandma Olsen gave Ella at Christmas. She seems to find some relief in them. The only thing now is to decide if I should let her soak the front of her shirt today or put a bib on her. That girl produces an amazing amount of drool while teething.
Speaking of teeth...Ella has been exploring the world of food lately. We've discovered that she loves oatmeal, squash, sweet potatoes, and (the newest adventure) peaches. Maybe she just likes the color orange? She does not, however, like bananas. We'll try those again in a few weeks. In the meantime, we'll keep trying new flavors. Who knew this mama could have so much fun choosing her little girl's next food sampling?