Friday, March 18, 2011

The Firsts of Many

Several firsts for Elijah these last several days:

Just an hour or so ago, he may have earned his first "rough-and-tumble" bruise. I know he's a boy, and boys like to play and run and jump and climb. I just didn't expect him to start earning his battle wounds quite so early! But he was sitting here playing and he reached for a toy, lost his balance and tumbled face first. This happens a lot, no big deal, except that he had scootched himself over by the entertainment center and whacked his face right against it as he fell. He has a nice reddish/purplish mark on his forehead that looks like it might bruise over night. Battle wounds...

Last night he did his first headstand...kind of. Several times, he pushed himself up onto all fours, and then leaned his head down and lifted up his hands, so he was balancing up on his knees and his head. It was hilarious to see, but I didn't have the camera. Alas!

We just got back from Elijah's first missions trip! We tagged along on the college spring break trip to Baton Rouge, LA, so this was also his first time east of the Mississippi. Elijah did great! He didn't always sleep wonderfully, though tolerably, but he was truly a cheerful, pleasant bundle of joy! I enjoyed experiencing the trip with this different perspective, and felt like God was reminding me again that I am valued for who I am, not what I do-I was there as Elijah's mom and James' wife and our church's staff, not there to "do" a ton. So I shared the gospel when I could, prayed for and talked with students (loved it!), etc, but those things weren't my focus. Yay for sweet lessons from Jesus. :)

We've survived our first all-day road trips! Getting to Baton Rouge and back seemed like potentially big obstacles to me as I anticipated them, since usually we try to plan our driving time around Elijah's nap schedule, but with a seven hour drive, we couldn't so much do that! My friend Laurie rode with us and was a life saver when I needed to move to the back or when she played with him from the front seat as he fussed. He didn't love being in the car sear for so long, but we all survived and it wasn't so bad that I wouldn't do it again!

To celebrate a friend's birthday, Elijah attended his first garden picnic. We've eaten outside before, sure, but this was with a picnic blanket and picnic basket and everything. It was so sweet at one point-another young friend sat beside Elijah and draped his arm around his shoulder and Elijah open-mouthed kissed his cheek! I love thinking ahead to the years ahead!

EZ has become a carnivore! He has had his first chicken meals (pureed, of course). So far, he seems to like it!

Elijah can now identify his first body part. I ask him, "Elijah, where's your head?" and put my hands out like I'm asking a question, and he taps himself on the head. We're working on, "Where's Mama's head?", but he only does that one with help. Next up, the nose or the tummy. And blowing kisses. That would be fun. :)

We're also giving him credit for his first word. He's been babbling strings of syllables for a while, but he's really seeming to associate "Dada" or sometimes "Ada" with James. It's so precious! I kept telling him while we drove to have lunch with James a couple weeks ago that we were going to see Dada, and then when we pulled up he started saying "Dada? Dada?" He sometimes says it when he sees James, too, so it really seems like he's understanding and putting his daddy with that sound. Precious!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

This is the Day that the Lord has Made

...that's what I needed to keep remembering yesterday. It wasn't that the whole day was awful, but there were several frustrating parts. This is what happened when I was about to have lunch:
I still ate that sandwich, by the way. I threw the chips away. Except Jewel got a couple.

Then that evening, I actually tripped over the ottoman in front of the glider in Elijah's room. I was about to sit down to nurse him, and then realized that I needed a new burp cloth, so I turned to get one, and then somehow tripped on the ottoman! There's a little rug in his room that lumps up pretty badly, but I don't think it was the rug's fault! I fell, holding Elijah, but I broke his fall, and I don't feel like I hit too hard on the crib or anything. I have some sore muscles, but it could have been way worse. I'm thankful for God protecting us! :)

Sick Days

Elijah had a little fever over the weekend and has been a grumpy cranky monster quite more than usual these last couple days. I'm spoiled with my joyful, normally happy baby, so all the tears and clinginess were an adjustment! I "wore" him a couple times because I was tired (literally, not emotionally) of holding him. I hadn't worn him in months, and he's so big-my back felt it afterwards! It was sweet, though, to just snuggle him. :)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

A Creative Outlet

Well, I ventured into a new world this week. I woke up Sunday morning and decided I wanted to start an Etsy shop. I can list things that I've made and see if anyone wants to buy them. We'll see if anyone does, but so far, it's just exciting to put stuff on there. And a couple people have added some of my items to their list of "favorites." How affirming. :)

Check it out if you'd like: My Shop

Some of what I have on there:

Friday, March 4, 2011

9 Months

Sweet Baby Elijah,
You are growing so big and so fast! You are a constant source of joy for us! You are so quick to smile and to clap your hands in delight. You make happy gurgling, squealing sounds as you play and are so happy to lay on your blanket and throw your toys all over the room. You love grabbing Jewel's fur by the fistful and rubbing your face on her, and I'm afraid the other day you actually tried to bite her. You love to eat in your highchair, and love to offer Jewel the food you don't want. You are a charmer-people in the restaurants and the grocery store stop to talk to you and tell you how beautiful you are! It's true!
You are a content kind of curious. You wonder about things and you reach for them, but if you can't reach something, you move on to something nearby. You enjoy what goes on around you, but you are satisfied with where you are and what you have-unless someone is drinking from a cup while trying to hold you. Then, watch out-you will get your hand inside that cup! :) As of today, you have 6 teeth! You are chewing on your fingers a lot this week, and when you realized yesterday that you can open drawers in the kitchen, you tried to chew on a drawer! You drink water from your sippy cup much better now than you used to, but you still end up spilling a lot of it, too!
You make so many fun noises. I just can't wait til I can interpret what you mean when you talk to me! You seem to be asking lots of questions these days, with the inflection rising as you make your little noises. When I roll my Rs around you, you respond with a very similar sound, and now that you have some teeth to play with, your vocabulary is changing more and more! You give kisses so sweetly when I ask for this, opening your mouth and pressing your slobbery face against my cheek. Sometimes you even make the "mmmmaaah" noise with your kisses! They still bring tears to my eyes. I know it's not much longer that you'll be a little lap baby-any day now you're going to figure out how to move yourself around and then you'll be on to the next stage of life! I enjoy every moment of being your momma and am so glad that you are mine and Daddy's!
You are a gift from God to us. There is nothing more satisfying than spending my days loving you, caring for you, kissing you, and laughing with you! I love you, little man!