My Little Trained Seal

Eleanor can sit on a ball. She is very proud of this (as are we). She can then multi-task and play some Yo Gabba Gabba tunes. Is she a genius or what?

Cool tricks, cool tricks!

This is an improved technique for her, by the way. Last week she was setting the ball down and then doing a whirl around hopefully-my-butt-will-land-on-the-ball move.

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  • Ludmila {}
    July 20, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    This video put a smile on my face, she’s adorable! I so much love her little face!

  • Rhea (Greek Feaster)
    July 20, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    So presh! I melted when she clapped.

  • bolanle 'emioga'
    July 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    bless you for continuing to share with us!

  • Nancy
    July 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    She’s adorable!

  • Nicole
    July 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Get her a card right now!

  • Amy Kelly
    July 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    She is just so cute!

  • heather
    July 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    that guitar is played more than most other toys in this house! it’s like baby cat nip!

  • Michelle @ secondsteeteast
    July 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    What a sweet girl!

  • Melissa
    July 20, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    She is just too darn cute.

  • Angie
    July 20, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    That is so sweet! Thanks for sharing….that is such an amazing age.

  • Cindy
    July 20, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    The clapping was priceless. So cute!

  • Mélo
    July 20, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    :D Adorable!!!!!

  • Anna
    July 20, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I love how unimpressed the dog is. “Puhlease, balls are so last year.”

    And the clapping. Adorable.

  • Sarah
    July 20, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    She is too cute!

  • Tonya
    July 20, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Love! She’s so adorable. And I also love Murray’s participation!

  • Jen
    July 20, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    She is so cute! Your dog has a great expression on his face like, “well, I guess this kid is staying. Oh well…”

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  • Knitterella
    July 20, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    OMG too cute! She’s so proud too. Just adorable :)

  • wanderluster
    July 20, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    That is too cute. She’s so genuinely happy that she finally made it.

    I love seeing other babies my daughter’s age. They share so many mannerisms, even laugh the same.

  • Tammy
    July 20, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I love how proud she is! She looks like such a good combination of you and your husband. At first I thought, “she looks exactly like him!” Then I switched to, “or maybe just like her!”

  • Tara
    July 20, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    She always looks cute in her pictures, but this video was totally different. She has the most adorable face & expressions! The cute pictures don’t do her justice. If I saw her IRL I’d be drooling. I only have little, stinky boys so the girls make my heart pitter patter.

  • sarah (more olives please)
    July 20, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Oh that little clap! Be still my heart! I have definitely not reached the parenting point in my life, but she makes me want a little one of my own right now.

  • Kim @ Living with Little People
    July 20, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    She is so adorable! What a beautiful little smile.

  • Your Mother
    July 20, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Ross asked if I think Eleanor is cuter than Francesca. LOADED question :)I asked him “why, do you?” and he said “a little”. Spoken like a true uncle, and as a brother to a 3 year old sister :)

    Then his smile quickly turned to concern when he saw the Yo Gabba Gabba guitar and said “hey, what is that doing over there?” Once I assured him Francesca still has hers he was okay – so at least he has his little sisters’ “back” where Yo Gabba Gabba is concerned!

  • Pencils
    July 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I’d love to see it but I can’t seem to get the page to load completely. I think one of the ads is screwing it up.

    My daughter is a huge Yo Gabba Gabba fan. We even bought tix to Yo Gabba Gabba Live, because we’re apparently big suckers. ;) Aurora will love it though, and that’s all that’s important, right? IT’s the day after her birthday party, too.

  • Cooper's mama
    July 20, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    OHMY! She is adorable. I agree with one previous poster. The pictures are cute, but this just made me lovey-dovey from all her cuteness :)

  • Laurie
    July 20, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Put a smile on my face!!!
    Good job Eleanor!!!!! I love how your doggy is watching it all take place!!!

  • Desiree Fawn
    July 21, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Oh gosh, we have that guitar — such a bit hit!

  • Nina
    July 21, 2010 at 12:45 am

    She is the SWEETEST little thing ever! I especially love the “attack of the big baby” at the end!
    That outfit is gorgeous!

  • Barb F (Australia)
    July 21, 2010 at 1:18 am

    You seriously have the cutest child!

  • Julie Anne
    July 21, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Look at her cute little teeth! I lurrve baby teeth! (Squeeel!)

  • Christine
    July 21, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Haha, too cute!! I love how she claps like a little seal!

  • Nicole
    July 21, 2010 at 8:13 am

    That’s an accomplishment! And her claps are the best. They are so proud, aren’t they (as are you, I know!)?

  • Erika
    July 21, 2010 at 10:18 am

    She is just an absolute doll! And, what a sweet doggie you have, too.

  • alison (semi-fab lane)
    July 21, 2010 at 10:20 am

    so cute, definitely “cool tricks!”

  • amanda
    July 21, 2010 at 10:21 am

    So cute and funny! I love that age when they are just constantly discovering things.

  • shermi
    July 21, 2010 at 10:30 am

    This is adorable especially how proud she is of herself.

  • Down and Out Chic
    July 21, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    eleanor is the cutest thing EVER! she could not be any more adorable, my goodness.

  • jan
    July 21, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    so so cute!

  • Ashleigh
    July 21, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    That is too cute! Love the clapping part. My cousin is about to have a little girl, and this just makes me so excited. All of the young ones in our family are boys, and though I love them so, I can’t wait to have a little girl around

  • luuve
    July 21, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    i absolutely loooved her little smile when she DID IT! lol…

    she was waiting on you to clap! lol but she did it herself! i loooove kids!

    very very good! :)

  • Jenn Ski
    July 21, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    She is so cute! It’s amazing how fast they grow!

  • Fiona
    July 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    She is adorable. Such a pretty little face! I love kids. I swear I would have eight if money and age didn’t prevent me, but I guess I’ll settle for my one (who does NOT want a brother or sister, so it works).

  • Lori
    July 22, 2010 at 12:22 am

    She’s just too cute for words! Can’t help but smile while watching.

  • kelltalen
    July 22, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Your closet looks great and I bet it feels great having it so organized and functional. Thanks for motivating me :)

  • Lindzie H
    July 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Hey I have that dress for my E! Eleanor is so talented!

  • Emily
    July 22, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    OMG…Sooooooooo insanely cute!!! And the dog in the background with his I’ve-seen-this-a-thousand-times face? Priceless.

  • Kelle Dame
    July 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    So cute! My daughter just gave your daughter a kiss!! She saw your little girl and had to watch the video. They have the same dress and she loves Yo Gabba Gabba too! Love your blog!

  • Viv
    July 22, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Adorable! She absolutely is a genius.

    My son might be too. The other day he was naming colours and I haven’t started teaching them to him yet.*

    But just when I start to think.. MENSA! … he tries to walk backwards through the house with his eyes closed and is surprised that he bumps into things.

    * I think his grandmother has been teaching him.

  • Erika
    July 26, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    i was having an off day until i saw this clip. i feel a lot better. :)