Baby Elma Family Milestones {the ordinary moments}

If you’re Happy and you know it


Today is a very unordinary ordinary day.  It’s an ordinary day in that it’s Sunday. We’ll get up, go to church, negotiate with Kitty over the amount of Doc McStuffins she can watch, nurse Elma, cook lunch, maybe go to the playpark, play Duplo or playdoh or jigsaws, eat supper, bathe the little ones and tuck them up with bedtime stories and kisses.

But it’s a milestone day for Elma.  As of today, Elma has been out in this funny old world of ours for just as long as she was tucked up in my tummy. Forty-one weeks and four days.  Every one of her days in the world has gone faster than that last week and four days!

She has grown and changed so much since I first held a tiny mewling little girl with her fluffy shock of dark brown hair.  So much bigger, crawling all over the place, rapidly emptying every bookcase and cupboard within reach, and showing a most determined interest in all of her sister’s toys, rather to Kitty’s dismay.  But those big grey-blue eyes are still filled with wonder, and her smile still has me reaching out to scoop her up for a big cuddle.

And so it seems only appropriate that it is one of Elma’s latest developments that should be my everyday ordinary.

It’s only been an everyday moment in the last couple of weeks and it’s still far from ordinary; Miss Elma has started to clap.





Elma clapping

It was while we were in Spain that we first noticed that rather than just flailing, she was quite deliberately reaching out and bringing both hands together.  They never quite meet perfectly, just close enough to grab each other in a little starfish hand splat, fingers all splayed out.

She’s just so pleased with herself every time she manages it, she sits there holding one hand with the other, bouncing up and down and looking around as if to say

“Look Mama! Look what I did!”

She loves to copy me if I clap or blow kisses at her, but she’s also just getting to the age where she can tell if I’m mirroring her.  It’s one of my most favourite games, especially if we can persuade Kitty to join in.  We sit on the floor facing Elma, and whatever she does, we copy.  She’s getting ever quicker at picking up on it, but it’s usually a couple of moves before she realises, and then her eyes light up, and she starts to really focus, wiggling little fingers and then staring to see if I clap too, with squeal and giggle of joy and recognition when I do.

It’s a simple thing to cause such happiness, but one I think I could play all day.

mummy daddy me



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  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 29/09/2013 at 8:27 am

    I love the nine month milestone, it feels amazing to know that they have been in the real world for the same time as they were in your tummy. She’s gorgeous x

    • Carie 29/09/2013 at 9:25 am

      Thank you! It’s funny one though, it both feels like she arrived the day before yesterday and like she’s always been a part of our family. I was thinking about last November’s fireworks and for a minute wondered why she wasn’t in any of the pictures!

  • Morgana @ butwhymummywhy 29/09/2013 at 7:44 pm

    She is just beautiful. I remember when both my girls hit this milestone, so much fun.

    • Carie 30/09/2013 at 12:02 am

      Thank you – it’s just such a cute age I spend lots of my time wanting to scoop her up in an enormous hug!

  • Anna-Marie 29/09/2013 at 7:58 pm

    Oh she is just gorgeous! I love this age, everything is so new to them 🙂 xx

    • Carie 30/09/2013 at 12:06 am

      Thank you so much! She’s just so excited whenever she manages it!

  • Mark Singer 29/09/2013 at 8:03 pm

    She is adorable. My own little pumpkin is in college now, I remember the 9th month very clearly. She was so happy to be alive and explore her new world every day.

    I remember when she started to wave bye bye. You would think she had a new toy! That’s all she did for a week, wave bye bye to everyone. It was so hilarious.

    • Carie 30/09/2013 at 12:08 am

      Oh wow college – I can’t even begin to think that far ahead! One step, or shuffle at a time!

  • Katie 29/09/2013 at 8:22 pm

    Go Elma!! Am looking forward to the clapping stage here – so cute 🙂

    • Carie 30/09/2013 at 12:09 am

      It’s so much fun – you’ll not get anything done for ages, you just sit and watch the cuteness overload!

  • Caroline 29/09/2013 at 8:57 pm

    I love the photographs. Her little face is a picture. And the best is yet to come! I love newborns older babies and toddlers are just so much fun.

    • Carie 30/09/2013 at 12:10 am

      Thank you! Knowing this is such an enjoyable age I’m definitely savouring it second time around!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 30/09/2013 at 9:16 am

    She is so beautiful Carie, and I think the ‘in as long as your out’ milestone is a lovely one but also a bit of a bittersweet one too. Miss Elma is such a cutie and go her with the clapping- we haven’t mastered anything like that here yet. x

    • Carie 30/09/2013 at 4:43 pm

      It’s definitely a marker of advancing baby age that I can’t ignore but on the whole I think it’s rather fun that she’s now been out longer than in!

  • Charlotte 30/09/2013 at 6:54 pm

    Love that dress 🙂

  • Jayne 01/10/2013 at 10:22 am

    Popping by through #Ordinary Moments, Lovely Blog.
    What a Beautiful little lady :), I loved sharing all of my little Monkeys milestones at this age too.

  • Donna 02/10/2013 at 4:50 pm

    Such gorgeous photos of a beautiful girl! Love her name too, unusual, I love it! Thanks for sharing such a lovely ordinary unordinary moment x

  • TalesofaTwinMum 03/10/2013 at 10:31 am

    What a gorgeous girl! I love getting Eva to copy me clapping and waving. It’s just too cute. x

    • Carie 03/10/2013 at 4:45 pm

      It is just so much fun isn’t it!