Beauty in Mommyhood: Elle is 10 months old

*edit: Many of the pictures from this post have been removed. Mama just doesn’t feel comfortable sharing that many pictures of our beautiful children online. 

Dear Elle,

I love that I’ve been writing you these letters. I love that when you’re older, you’ll get a chance to read my thoughts about what it was like to be your mama when you were just a wee babe. You’re growing up so quickly and it’s hard to remember everything. That’s why I make it my duty to document the basics each month.


Look how pretty you are in your red Christmas dress! Unfortunately, you were more interested in eating leaves than smiling for the camera so we have to do a part II of attempting to get you to smile for your Christmas card photos.

You’re almost a year old and while in the past I’d get all weepy about this, I’ve decided to stop that. It is a blessing that you’re growing and developing the way that you are. There isn’t anything to be sad about. We’ve taken a few thousand pictures of you so we’ll always remember how teeny and small you were but to see you go from a tiny lil’ thang to this almost walking and talking little being…that’s sheer amazement! So no. Mama will not get choked up every time I think about how fast you’re growing. I will thank God that you ARE growing and that I get to enjoy this life journey with you.

Baby loves Christmas trees

Look at that. You’re not the only one growin’ up. Mama is too. Your 2 bottom teeth broke through this month and you didn’t cry one bit. In fact, your sore gums bothered me more than they bothered you. And it still surprises Daddy and me how quickly you went from scooting on the floor to crawling 30 miles per hour to now standing with no hands. Wow! You never cease to amaze us.

Oh…and you’re also talking. And A LOT! Some of your favorite words:

-Pop (you heard Daddy say this once and wouldn’t stop saying it!)
-Buh Buh (bye-bye)
-Pat, Pat, Pat
-Uh ooooohhhh
…and the unavoidable “NO”

I noticed you saying “No no no” a few weeks ago and I blamed myself because I got in the habit of telling YOU “no”. Daddy and me are trying to get in the habit of using words other than NO. It’s hard but we certainly don’t want you to go around saying NO! every minute of the day.

A few weeks ago we had a playdate with Sebastian and Cat. I’ve seen you interact with kids older than you but I’ve never seen you around kids smaller and younger than you. You were so sweet! It was as if you knew to be gentle wit him. You even gave him a kiss which just blew my mind!



Okay, mama will be honest. This food thing has me frustrated. Some days you’ll eat a ton of eggs and gluten-free toast. And other days, you’ll toss everything that we hand you. We offer you food multiple times a day but most days you just don’t want it. Mama has to practice patience because it’s a bit disheartening to give food for a baby that just won’t eat. You’re already petite and I want to get you on solids so that the breast milk train can stop a chuggin’ but it’s tough. You really are a picky eater. Daddy has been teaching me how to be patient and you keep developing beautifully so I’ve got to learn how to trust that one day, you’ll eat just fine. Can you believe that I’m still pumping? I’m so proud that I’ve been able to give you breast milk for this long!!


I find solace in knowing I’m not the only mama with an older infant who won’t sleep through the night. It has become tougher since I have a grueling work schedule but I’m hoping that the end is near. Waking up every 3-4 hours at night is tough on your Mom and Dad. We’ve tried letting you cry it out but honestly, that just seems cruel and it’s heartbreaking to hear you scream “Mum” in dispair. Especially when a snuggle or milk is all that want. You sleeping through the night will change our lives for the better so help a family out, baby. Please?


Girl. Your personality is so alive. You are hilarious. You do silly things (like go around screaming “butt”) that makes everyone chuckle. You also have your moments where you don’t want to smile. You don’t want to be bothered and you don’t want to be held. But then you have your needy days where you cry if someone puts you down. You’re so sweet. Sometimes when I carry you on my back, you rub and pat my arm. The most random things can make you giggle. We have learned to watch what we say because you repeat everythiiiiiing. And you want to get into everything too!

I’ve been learning to let go a little bit too. I’ve realized that I have become such a helicopter mama. I know hovering isn’t always a good thing so I’ve learned to let you play by yourself sometimes. And not always with baby toys. I stopped trying to block you from everything in the house and so you now have free range. That’s right, you’ve been known to dive right into mama’s stash of beauty products. I keep a close eye on you and let you play. Life is short. I don’t want to spend it limiting you to only playing with certain toys, in a certain room and at certain times.We started going to a new church and you’re not a fan of sitting still but you loooove the nursery. You’re such a social baby and I love that.

With every month there are different challenges, celebrations and I am just amazed at how much we are all growing. Daddy watched you for 3 days straight and he did such a good job! Some people call that just “parenting”, but hey…not every Daddy can go grocery shopping with a baby on their back. I am unbelievably proud of him and I love seeing how you can bring out the best of us. And I love the relationship that you have with your Daddy. It’s so beautiful to see you bonding with him.

I love our little family so much. And we love you so much. You are the light of our lives and I thank God everyday for your health and happiness.


Love you, baby.


  • Kelly

    I love Elle! She’s the absolute best and I live for these posts, Brittany! I’ve been reading all but haven’t been commenting bc of school but this one I *had* to comment on. Keep doing what you’re doing (that goes for Esposo as well) bc Elle is flourishing beautifully.

    • Brittany

      Thanks mama! She’s such a sweet (and silly) girl. <3

  • Janet

    Gah, she is so cute! Stop making my uterus yell, “I WANT ANOTHER ONE!!!!” :)

    As for the food, don’t stress it. She’s got way too much to explore right now to worry about food – and when I was worried about the same thing with our daughter, my mom wisely said, “No child has ever starved in the presence of good food.” One thing that worked for us, though, is “toddler tapas”. I’ll leave out little bowls or plates of cut-up veggies, fruit, cheese, etc. My daughter (now 2) can munch at will when she feels like it, doesn’t bug me for cookies/juice as much, and I don’t stress mealtimes as much. Keep offering food, and eventually she’ll eat.

    • Brittany

      So so true. Elle is definitely a grazier (like me). She’s not one to eat a whole ton at one time. She’d rather snack. I’ll keep those toddler tapas in mind. Thanks for the rec!

  • My mother-in-law always told her kids “don’t touch it” instead of no… some of my husbands first words were “don tush it!” :)

    • Brittany

      Ooooh, that’s the cutest! I’m going to try and incorporate that to. I also say:

      -No tocando (which uses “no” but eh…)
      -Not for Elle
      -Uh oh
      -Hey kid!

  • Barbie

    oh my god! she is the cutest thing!!!!

  • Beautiful post! She is so cute, goodness! Hang in there with the sleeping – it’s so hard, I know. I couldn’t do crying it out either.

  • You simply rock at being a mom. Elle is very fortunate to have such amazing, caring and loving parents.

  • Lorraine

    You have a beautiful family. Thanks for sharing your blessings with your readers. It is fun to watch Baby C grow!

  • Coco

    Awww, so sweet! This is such a great way to preserve the memories you are creating and be able to share them with her later.

    Plus, us readers get to see pics of your incredibly sweet, loving family! In a world filled with loss and tragedy and whatnot, it can be therapeutic to be reminded of the simple joys of life. So, thanks for another glimpse of your triumphs and challenges in raising Elle!

  • just_kazari

    Awww, she is so cute!!

    Re: breastmilk, have you considered switching her to formula? I stopped pumping at 10 months (things just…dried up, and to be honest I was so done) and we used up all the frozen BM supplies first and then went all formula, and at 1 year started on whole organic milk, at first 1:3 milk to formula, and then eventually 1:1. Supplemented with actual food (which, being choosy sometimes and other times eating well, is totally normal if frustrating!) it should be enough!

  • Oh my goodness, Brittany!!! Elle is so beautiful and growing wonderfully.

  • Such a cutie!

  • She’s so precious! <3

  • Shana

    She is adorable!!!

  • T.R.

    Simply adorable.

  • kia

    so cute! she’s blessed to be full of love and have wonderful parents. as to the no thing, it’s super hard, but with my son, i tried.. ‘that’s not a toy, don’t touch, don’t …’ it controlled the ‘no’s’ a lot.. hehe. kisses xoxo

  • Marie

    Awwwwwwww she is soooooooo cute!

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