Wednesday, April 30, 2008

All Dressed Up, Nowhere To Go

Ellie in her fancy outfit

Aren't I just little Ms. fancy pants, er... socks. And what's up with this old lady sweater? Sorry, Mom, I know you like it but c'mon... this makes me look at least 8 weeks old!

Monday, April 28, 2008

1 Month Old!

Ellie at 1 Month!

Today was my 1 month birthday. Kinda weird to be celebrating monthly milestones again. Seems like forever ago we were doing the monthly countdown while Mommy was pregnant. Had my 4 week checkup at the doctor today. I'm up to 8 pounds 5 1/2 ounces. They measured me at 20 3/4 inches which means I've shrunk since my last appt. Whatevs! Everyone at the doctor's office has a different way of holding the tape measure. The important thing is I'm packing on the LB's. America's Next Top Model be damned -- a girl's gotta eat!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Benny and the Jets, er... Gals.

Benny, Jo and Ellie

Had some more visitors today -- Benny and Jo came by and hooked me up with some cool clothes -- including some sweet Illini gear so watch out all you Hoosier fans! Pics forthcoming in a few months when I can fit into the new duds.

Update 1/4/09: The Illini onesie finally fits!


Ellie and Popeye... er, Benny

As you all know, I'm big on boobs but I'd never seen them on a man before! And check out Benny's biceps -- I bet they measure bigger around than my head! Daddy, you need to hit the gym.

All in the Family

Ryan and Ellie -- move over buddy!

Hung out with my cousins Sarah and Ryan today. We were having a great time until Ryan started enroaching on my turf. Hey buddy, this mat ain't big enough for the both of us!

Ryan, Sarah and Eliara on the playmat

Luckily, Sarah intervened before things got out of hand.

Sarah and Ellie

After rescuing me from Hurricane Ryan, Sarah cradled me in her arms and comforted me. Thanks cuz! And thanks for all the great hand-me-downs too. You're the bestest!

Mommy, Wow, I'm a Big Kid Now!

Eliara in the Tub

Check out my fancy big-girl bathtub. It's got a little hamock for me to hang and a turtle that tells the temp. Only thing missing is the jets... cue Benny theme song. Or perhaps Jay-Z would be more appropriate -- "You can find me in the tub, bottle full of bub(ble bath)!"

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Ride 'Em Cowgirl

Ellie and Kate

Met my new friend Kate today. Daddy had the great idea for her to give me a piggy-back around the living room. I guess he wants me training now for when I'm old enough to ride the mechanical bull at Hogs N Honeys. For whatever reason, Kate seemed to like it better than I even though she was doing all the work.

Ellie sleeping on Kate's back

Needless to say, I couldn't hang on to that bucking bronco for too long. And all that rough ridin' left me pretty zonked so Kate oblidged while I took a snooze on her back. Thanks girlfriend -- remember I always got your back.

Baby Swap

Mommy and Kate

On this edition of the new hit reality show, Baby Swap... Mommy takes in Kate Campbell and all the neighbors see her red hair and wonder aloud who the father is.

Caroline and Ellie

Meanwhile, Caroline parades me around town, hypnotizing everyone we encounter with our mad stripe combination.

Double Fisting

Daddy with Ellie and Kate

Hey Daddy, you got a little dirt there above your chin.

Dancing with The Star

Mommy introduced me to the Ellen Degeneres Show the other day and I am hooked. I just love when she gets jiggy with the crowd and her guests. One day I hope I can be on the show and shake my groove thing with Ellen. In fact, she's coming to Chicago in May to film on Michigan Avenue. My Daddy's been using all his media connections to get tix but no luck so far. Maybe Ellen will come across my blog, see the potential I have to rock the stage with her and give us 3 tix for the show? Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?

Ellie and Ellen gettin' down!

Just throw your hands in the air! And wave 'em like ya just don't care. Cuz if you're down with Ellen then you're down with Ellie, don't we make quite the pair!

It's a bird, it's a plane... it's Super Ellie!

Look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane! Nope, it's Ellie G and her dancin' train!

Ellen and Ellie bring that funky track back!

Back, back, back it up...

Rump Shakin' with Ellen

All I wanna do is a zoom zoom zoom and a poom poom -- just shake your rump! Hmmm, where have I heard that one before?

Ellie's got hot feet!

She's got legs, knows how to use 'em...

Ellie does the Macarena with Ellen.

A la tuhuelpa legria macarena que tuhuelce paralla legria cosabuena. HEY MACARENA - ahai!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Daddy, Where Do Babies Come From?

Eliara with Prego Katie

Daddy was dreading having to give me the birds and the bees talk when I got older so we got it out of the way at Week 4. Katie Azulay came in all the way from Scottsdale to show off her big belly and huge rock. Must be nice being married to a diamond dealer...

Katie's rock

A-head of My Time

Ellie, Joshie, and Headie

Ever since I received my dogged future prediction, I wondered about this Mysterio character. Then he revelead himself to me. See him there in between Josh and me on the, er... boob tube? He doesn't look so mysterious to me -- don't know what makes him qualified to predict where my life is head-ed.

Ace in the Hole

Ellie and Eytan

Met another one of Daddy's childhood friends today -- Eytan aka "Ace" aka "Chip 15." I wasn't sure why he was looking at me funny and holding me so gingerly but then I found out he has a brother named Elie so he was proably weirded out by a girl Ellie.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Who Invited These Boobs Over?

Ellie trying to breastfeed off Jenny

By now you all know about my obsession with boobs so it should come as no surprise that I tried to breastfeed off my new friend Jenny as soon as I got within a couple inches of those puppies.

Boobs, Boobs Everywhere!

Ellie and Rene

Clearly I learned my lesson so I didn't try any funny stuff with Renee. By the way, what's up with the t-shirt Auntie Em got me? It says "Mysterio predicts I will be a Dog Show Judge." Seems like a pretty doggone lousy prediction to me.

Hippie Chick

Ellie in Tye Dye

I guess this is what happens when your mom instills the flower power in you at an early age. Did I mention today's my first 4/20? Mad props to Daddy's friend Shay who hooked me up with this rad tye dye onesie and blinged out kicks. Can we get a close up of those bad boys?

Eliara's Converse All-Stars

Hey now, I'm an All Star!

Gossip Girl

Ellie and Daddy dish the gossip

Daddy and I caught up on all the household gossip around the water cooler today...

I know, I can't believe Mommy wore those shoes with that outfit, either!

Like Father Like Daughter, Part 2

Ellie and Daddy strike a pose

So apparently I not only inherited Daddy's looks but his mannerisms too. This doesn't bode well...

Hello Moto

Ellie on the phone

"Hello? Ellie here. Yes, mmm hmm, I see... ok, hold on please. Hey, Daddy, it's for you. It's the most interesting man in the world. He wants his beard back."

The Most Interesting Man in the World

Having a Ball

Eliara Working Out

Mommy and Daddy have me working out a couple times a day as part of my training to become America's Next Top Model. Personally, I think it's pretty balls-y to put a 3 week old on a medicine ball.

Will Someone Please Tell My Dad I'm Not A Prop?!

Eliara bookcase

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Before and After

Eliara 3D Ultrasound vs. Real Life

Eliara 3D vs. Real Life 2

Remember my 30 week 3D ultrasound? Well, here's a side by side comparison with me at 42 weeks. Wow, those things really work!

Future Diehard

Eliara Goldman Cubs Fan

Got to meet Uncle Dave and Almost-Aunt Tiff yesterday. They came over straight from the Cubs game and started grooming my North Side tendencies. I wonder if I'll see the Cubs win the World Series in my lifetime?

Nice Hands, Uncle D

Ellie with Unlce David

It was all fun and games til Uncle Dave did his best Soriano fly ball impression and almost dropped me.

Yep, I'm a Goldman

Ellie and Uncle D

Uncle D may look more like my 3D ultrasound pics than me!

Everything's Better with Cheddar

Eliara and Cheddar

Nearly-Aunt Tiffany let me snuggle with her pal Cheddar. It was nice to be the little spoon this time.

Chicken Feet

Eliara is One Hot Chick!

Check out the fresh kicks Uncle D and Eventual-Aunt T hooked me up with! Am I one hot chick (with two cute chicken shoes) or what?!?

You're So Metro, Uncle D

Ellie in a mess of pink

You may not be able to tell since it blends into his shirt, but ever since my near-fall, Uncle D started carrying me around in my pink blanket.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Waking Up is Hard To Do

OK, this whole cyber-diary thing has gone a little too far. It's now infringing on my sleep. And NOTHING infringes on my sleep. Daddy thought it would be fun to wake me up just to videotape my funny waking-up faces. Sure, I oblidged cuz I thought he'd let me go back to sleep but then he kept rolling... for over 3 minutes. Sheesh! So I gave him some squeaks and even a snort. Then he launched into a cliched Look Who's Talking bit. It was funny for awhile but then I'd had enough. I believe his line, "Feed Me Clown" was what what put me over the edge. Cue the full-on cry...

Look Who's Talking -- It's Me, Ellie!

Home Alone

Eliara Goldman Home Alone

Speaking of movie impersonations, here's my best Macaulay Culkin...

Macualay Culkin Home Alone

This Shirt Says It All...

Mommy Makes Good Babies

Although "I Make Passed-Out Drunk Babies" might be a little more accurate.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Second Date

Eliara and Leo at CBA

Rekindled things with Leo J today. Our moms chaperoned -- so lame!


We enjoyed a fine meal at Chicago Bagel Authority. Well, Leo enjoyed a meal. I slept the whole time (still playing hard to get.)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I Believe in Miracles...

Eliara's Miracle Blanket

Here I am enjoying my Miracle Blanket (that's a yawn, not a scream!) Mommy and Daddy use this to keep my flailing arms in check. I'm one step ahead of them though... sometimes I pull a Houdini (no, not that Houdini!) and suck in my stomach when they wrap me up so I have extra room when they're done and can wiggle my arms out of the swaddle.

Driving Ms. Ellie

Eliara in her car seat

Enjoyed a nice drive in the country, er... suffered through maddening rush hour today en route to the grocery store. I didn't notice a thing though. The minute that engine kicks, I'm out like a light -- that's another weird expression... out like a light... shouldn't it be off like a light? It's not like we're using torches anymore. At any rate, what you see here is the view through the car's rear-view mirror. Mommy and Daddy set up a mirror in the back seat so they can quell their paranoia at every turn (literally.)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Have you Googled this little Yahooligan?

Eliara and Daddy - Google vs. Yahoo

Check me out... I'm the #1 ranking on Google for the keyword "Eliara Goldman" and #2 on Yahoo (behind Daddy's site). Not bad for only being 2 weeks old! To show my appreciation, we had search engine dress-up day at the Goldman house. Mommy had to hold the camera so you can't see she's dressed up as the retired Ask Jeeves butler. Now, go warm up my dinner Jeeves!

Ellie All Yodeled Out

Whew. All that search engine optimization really wore me out!