It's been a while since I've checked in with Eli's growth and development, so here it goes...
You are two months away from turning TWO! Then, two months after that your baby bro will be here! Time is really flying and I can't believe you are getting SO big!
Every time I look at you I feel so proud that I get to call you mine and
that I've been so blessed to keep you on this earth; I pray that we
have years and years and years to enjoy each other! You are my pride and my joy. You are my heart.
Let's see... you are now 26 lbs 6 oz and 35 inches tall! You seem to be almost a head taller than everyone your age and almost as big as the "big kids". Almost everyone we encounter thinks you are a big boy and will take after your daddy. I don't care as long as your are growing healthy and strong!
Your hair has gotten SO blonde this summer! It is like mine, it gets lighter when you are out in the sun a lot! I can't wait to see if it darkens up in the fall and winter. It's so thick and wavy, I love it! I have so many people tell me that you are such a beautiful boy, I tend to agree with them! Your big blue eyes and sweet smile have your mommy smitten, it's true.
You like to think you can keep up with the big kids and I think that is pretty cute, you often hold your own! Just a couple weeks ago we went tubing on the Chatahoochee River and you loved it - even when we went over the rough parts of the river, I think I was more scared than you were!
When we meet up with friends or are in big groups you always love running around with the bigger kids and you are so sweet with the little ones; you crouch down and get really close to their faces and say "Hi!" so sweetly!
Your ability to charm people and make friends so easily leaves me in wonder. This is truly one of your God given talents and I hope it is a quality that you embrace and that sticks with you for the rest of your life! You could do great things with this amazing little personality that God wove into you.
One area that we are working on with you right now is getting you on a better sleep schedule. It seems with all of this summer traveling you are having a harder time with falling and staying asleep, a lot of times you just want to come snuggle in bed with Mommy and Daddy. Lately we have been pretty consistent with our bed time routine:
We brush our teeth - When it's time to brush your teeth you run as fast as you can to the bathroom! It is hilarious!
Read a few books - The other night when we got to your room to read books, you wanted to read to US! You got your "Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed" book and opened it up, then you told us what was on the page. You said, "Mommy, monkeys! Jump, jump, bounce! Oh noooo! Ouch! He fell!" It was so funny, your Daddy and I laughed so hard! I wish I would have gotten it on video!
Say a prayer - When we say our prayer you hold our hands tight and try to keep your eyes closed, but a lot of times I catch you peeking and you'll giggle at me.
Sing a couple of songs (always finishing with Jesus Loves Me) - Singing "Jesus Loves Me" as we hold you tight is my favorite part of our routine, you lay your head gently on Daddy's shoulder and reach for my hand.
Then lay you down in bed - It's in these moments, when we lay you down and kiss your head, that I am reminded to be so thankful for our long days together.
Eli you are too smart and observant for your own good! Since about 18 months you've been talking non-stop! You chitter chatter constantly about what you see and what you hear and what you want and etc. etc.! In the past few months you've been using sentences. You say all kinds of things, sometimes I'm not even sure where you've learned some of the things you say! Right now you've been toying with different forms of words; you'll say "It broke" and "It's broken", I'm amazed at how often you get the tense correct. Your sentences are getting longer and longer; I love that we can communicate together!
You also know many of your colors (red, blue, "lellow", green, pink, purple, "ornange"). When we are at our park you differentiate between the slides as "the blue slide" and "the green slide". You can also count to 12! I really don't even know how you learned to count so well, but you've been doing it since about 18 months! You also recognize letters and numbers written down.
I attribute a lot of your smarts to your curious nature, I certainly can't take credit for it all! I hope you always love to learn and that you let your curiosity teach you many things in life!
Some of your favorite things to do at this age are:
1) Dancing. You LOVE to dance and always have! All I have to do is ask you to shake it and you will! Any time music plays you HAVE to move!
2) Singing. Just a couple weeks ago you made up your very own song with words! "Water, water, so fun! Water, I swim!" Usually you just hum to yourself, so this was a first! It was so adorable!
3) Coloring. You love to color and you love when I draw things at your request, usually a dog or a cow. You have a little magnetic drawing board that we use a LOT!
4) Going on walks. You love to explore and whenever we go on walks you look for all the sticks, rocks, bugs, leaves, etc. You point out the birds and the airplanes. You just soak everything in.
5) SWIM. This summer your love for swimming has really grown! You just love the pool and playing in the water, I see lots of beach trips in our future little man!
Eli, I hope you will always feel how much I love you! I am so proud of you for all of your achievements, your interests and your growth, but most importantly I am proud of you for the little person that you are. You are a light in this world, I hope you will always remember that.
I love you always and forever,