Since I’m hoping this blog/online journal turns into something really relatable and special about a motherhood journey- I figured I should introduce my pup, Eleanor!!
It’s been a journey with her, as you’ve read… but boy have things changed! I’m to the point where I miss her when she sleeps. It’s true what they say though…during the day you’re ready for them to go down for their naps (and you pray they are nice and long) but when their little head hits the sheets and the door shuts, you’re like…”Awe man! Now what do I do?” (Essentially wanting to avoid all things housework related, but lets be honest, you know you’re on the clock so you try and get as much down as you possibly can).
To sum her up, she’s so damn cute!! She has one of the biggest personalities I’ve ever seen in a baby/toddler. We call her smile “mega-watt” because it seriously is so epic (see the couple pics above)! She smiles over almost anything (unless she’s tired, but lets be serious- its hard to fake a smile when you’re tired). She’s kept us on our toes since she started crawling at 6 months and officially walking at 11.5 months! Her hair has not given up on trying to grow and we are hopeful for a longer pony tail but that her curls stay forever. J.R. and I both have naturally curly hair (fun fact about me- since I always straighten it). She is fearless and super independent. She plays so nicely by herself until she’s ready to be clingy again. An avid Sesame Street watcher and blows kisses to total strangers; what’s not to love? I’m seriously obsessed with the girl.
So many people ask us if Eleanor is a family name. It’s not at all. Although, I guess it is now! J.R. and I have ALWAYS loved the name Eleanor even when we first started dating. Well, once we were seriously dating and the talk of kids’ names didn’t scare us away. We just loved that it was a classic and not as common. We used to pretend we had a “pretend baby” (to each other only so people didn’t think we were crazy) and we named her Eleanor. We’d pretend she was asleep upstairs or that she was in the backseat of the car when we were driving. We even told my dad years before he passed away in 2016, about “Eleanor.” He’d play along with us and ask where she was or how she was. It was the best. So, when we found out that we were expecting a little girl- we knew we had to name her Eleanor. We felt like it was a little gift he sent us and that he knew her too before she was even here. We also imagined he sent J.R. a little girl so he could learn the love between a father and daughter and how precious that relationship is.
Eleanor Grace *Fills My Cup*