Knick Knack Paddywack

I just can’t believe that my little girl is 9 months old.


9 Months.

Where did the time go?

Before I know it we will be sending her off to nursery school, planning her sweet sixteen, and then visiting her at college.

Not so fast though.

Right now we are just soaking up every moment. I have to admit though, these past two months have been my absolute favorites thus far.


She’s really discovering the world around her, and has hit so many milestones in the past several weeks. She started crawling on January 1st, the very shortly after was pulling herself up, cruising, babbling, almost saying “banana” (she says “na nana), on the verge of saying “dada” (and I could have sworn she said mommy yesterday!) Last week two of her teeth came in and we are counting down the days until she takes her first steps.

Ella really loves her books. Her favorite, hands down, is “Ten Little Ladybugs.”


Runners up are “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “How Big is Baby Elmo” and “Hop On Pop.” When I try and read her anything else from her library, she grunts for the ladybugs. I usually read it about 3 or 4 times before she goes to sleep.

That or I start to recall some nursery rhymes and bedtime stories from my own childhood.

The only “story” I seem to ever remember in without making crap up is Goldilocks. The only nursery rhyme I’ve impressed myself in remembering was “Knick Knack Paddywack.” When Ella was about two months old Michael and I would look up the lyrics to things online (what did parents do before internet?) and I actually didn’t mess up any of the words! Unlike most of the other nursery rhymes I sing to Ella.

Like when I catch myself singing a blend between hot cross buns and 3 blind mice…..

“The blind mice, tasty and fun, try and eat just one….”

Wait, what?

Or how I couldn’t remember the words to “1, 2 buckle my shoe” but I could remember the words from the Freddy Kreuger movie…

“1, 2 buckle my shoe

3, 4 lock the door

5, 6 pick up sticks

7, 8 stay up late

9, 10 never sleep again.”


So if I don’t seriously traumatize my daughter from all these demented nursery rhymes it would be a miracle.

The other thing that I do, which Michael pointed out to me and constantly makes fun of is how I call everything “little.”

“Mike, can you grab me her little teething toy?”

“I just need want a little sip.”

“I’m going to take a little shower.”

Did you see my little thing-a-ma-jig?”

He told me the other day I asked him to get my one and only yoga mat from the bedroom and he said…

“which one, the little one”

My reply was “yeah.”

He told me he was just snickering to himself because I  obviously didn’t catch it.

I’m just happy that I keep my people entertained around here.


I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We had a lot of fun as a family. Ella’s first Superbowl was a success. She loved the puppy bowl! I can’t get over the fact that it was Puppy Bowl VIII. I remember watching the very first puppy bowl when I still lived at home with my mom. My sister and I thought it was the most genius, amazing and adorable production to ever bless the television.


Because it is.

As you can see, Ella was mimicking the puppies as she dove to wrestle her laugh and learn puppy. Munchkin was watching all day in the bedroom. I put it on for him every year. He pretends to care when I come in the room.

What’s the funniest “improv” nursery rhyme or bedtime story you’ve caught yourself reciting?


Unrelated…I’m thinking about either setting up a separate page to share a lot of the baby food Ella’s been enjoying. We are starting to venture into new foods and I’ve been learning a lot! Either that or I may just start doing a baby-type post once a week.

Okay, it’s almost midnight, I need to get my butt to bed.



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  • Reply Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    haha I tend to use the same adjectives to describe everything too. Since Ella is still so little (ahem) – little is totally appropriate. As for the yoga mat? He got you. 🙂

    February 6, 2012 at 2:26 am
    • Reply laury

      yes he did! he’s always like
      “why does it have to be the “little _____?”

      glad I’m not the only one.

      February 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Oh gosh, I can’t even think of nursery rhyme! Itsy bitzy spider? haha At least I have 5 more months to brush myself up! eek!

    Oh and I would love a baby post once a week!! 🙂

    February 6, 2012 at 10:27 am
    • Reply laury

      Oh yea…I know that one too haha. And twinkle twinkle. Sheesh you would think by now I’d be better at remembering!

      February 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    Awh, Ella is so cute! I can’t believe how much she’s grown! I remember when she was still a little baby growing inside of you. What a cutie. 🙂

    February 6, 2012 at 10:59 am
    • Reply laury

      Thank you! I know, right? She’s such a big girl!

      February 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    I definitely would love to see some information on what you have been making for Ella! A separate page or a weekly baby update would be great!

    February 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm
    • Reply laury

      Okay, great! I will work on that then!

      February 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    That’s so funny! Really, I don’t know what people did before the Internet…I looked up stuff all the time when matthew was a baby–even on youtube, so I could act like I knew what the heck I was singing. I mostly just made things up though.
    Our very favorite thing to do was to dance to this one sesame street cd, where Steven Tyler sings I Love Trash. To this day, I still catch myself singing it once in a while!

    February 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm
    • Reply laury

      I need to find that one! We watch Sesame On Demand, she loves that and there is a nursery rhyme channel with kids singing that she loves!

      February 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Healthy Diaries

    I actually don’t know too many nursery rhymes by heart. My parents were immigrants so the songs I know are in Italian. Very few though! My 4 month old nephews song right now is “I’m a little tea pot” and he LOVES it!!!

    I cannot believe Ella is 9 months old?!! Seriously, weren’t you just pregnancy the other day? Crazy how time flies!

    February 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm
    • Reply laury

      I think Italian nursery rhymes would be so cool!!!!

      I know, just you wait…it goes by so fast! Except the last 2 weeks of pregnancy. That seems like it takes a year.

      February 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply Shanna like Banana

    OMG, totally laughing out loud. This is something I do all the time. I mix songs and come up with something completely ridiculous. Love that you have Freddy mixed in with a nursery rhyme!

    I’ve only been doing nursery rhymes I know…like “this little piggy” and “where is thumbkin”

    I’d love to see what you’re feeding the fabulous miss Ella! Are you still breastfeeding too?

    Have a great day!

    February 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm
    • Reply laury

      “This little piggy” is good, we do that too. The one thing on TV says “tofu” instead of roast beef, which I like. It always seemed weird to me that a piggy ate roast beef. We say that now too haah

      Yes I am still BF! I will start putting together some posts again!

      February 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply Kat

    Congrats to your Ella turning 9 months!! So sweet 🙂
    We watched the puppy bowl after the super bowl as well, and I couldnt stop squeeling like a little girl. I dont know WHO came up with the idea, but it hooked me right away! Seriously, how could you turn away from cute puppies???

    February 7, 2012 at 10:29 am
  • Reply Tiff

    Adorable! 🙂 Hop on Pop is definitely a winner.

    February 7, 2012 at 1:05 pm
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