Tuesday, July 22, 2014

17 months

My adorable baby continues to not look like a baby any longer! Each and every day he learns something new and moves father and father away from baby and closer to kid.

Our latest accomplishment is growing teeth!  We now have 10 of them and are working on one more.  Our set include four front teeth on the top, three teeth in the front on the bottom (working on the fourth) and three molars!  The molars came out of nowhere and have now explained the recent night wakings and crabbiness. 

Eliel still does not talk but is making an effort to make different sounds.  We are very close to saying bug and bus but they both sound very similar.  They are distinct differences in words like duck, truck, ball, and dog but Adam says they don't count as words yet.  Eliel is doing a great job at parroting though and can repeat may sounds back to you. It's just a matter of time before he's repeating everything... (uh oh Grandpa! :)

We have not taught Eliel any new signs other than 'stairs' in the hope that he will try and use verbal language instead of sign language.  In all honestly, he doesn't really need any other signs right now anyway!  I am in the process of teaching him stairs so that he learns how to ask when he wants to go upstairs.  He's quite good at climbing but many times, as Adam and I are cleaning up from breakfast or dinner, Eliel will take the moment to scurry up the stairs.  The only reason we know he's up there before we look for him is because he starts to giggle. (knowing he did something he wasn't suposed to!)

Another new thing we have implemented is 'time out'.  Let's face it. Eliel is cute but he's a stinker and he knows how to push the envelope.  So, instead of letting things get out of hand, he now has time outs.  He always gets at least one firm warning and time outs only last 1 minute.  (Experts usually recommend a minute for each year in age hence why we're using 1 minute).  Out time out space is on the bottom stair.  We chose this because we figured that many of the places we visit, (others' houses) all have stairs and it would be a universal place to have a time out.  The only exception is when Eliel needs a time out in his high chair.  Then, we simply turn it around and face him away from the table.  Auntie Katie thinks it's funny when this happens. :)  Eliel deals well with his timeouts and even stay seated on the stair even though he can get up.  He always seems to need a timeout right before Mommy needs to leave the house though....

I know I say it all the time but Eliel continues to amaze me each day with everything he is able to do and accomplish.  From what I hear, it's about to get very interesting with this little guy.  Can't wait!

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Water Fun

If you've read previous posts, then it's no secret that Eliel loves water.  I was going to take the pool out for Eliel today but I figured the water would be too cold for him straight from the hose and I didn't have time to let it warm up.  So, out came the bucket and cups. I think he has more fun with these common household items anyway!
We spent over an hour in the backyard filling up the cups, watering the plants, watering Nugget (oops!) and splashing.  He had a ball!  I think this is another post where words won't help so I will let the pictures do the talking!

These flowers are taller than me!
Do you need more water, flower?

It's hard watering these tall flowers.

Can't forget to water the cucumbers!

Oops!  I dropped some water...

I think I'm about to get wet...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Go Ponies!

Arlington Park Racetrack
This weekend we took Eliel to the Arlington Park Racetrack to watch (and bet) on the horses. I think he was more impressed with the tractors that drag the track, but I guess that's understandable when there's three of them out there at a time!
Eliel wore his 'lucky duck' shirt and it brought Daddy a lot of luck!  After 8 races, Daddy left with more money than we came with.  Okay, it was less than $10 but we still had hours of fun and came out ahead!  What more can you ask for? :)
The best part of going to the racetrack on Sundays is because it's family day.  They have lots of activities (and it's all free!) for the kids such as pony rides and games but what Eliel loved most was the petting zoo!  We've taught his how to correctly feed Nugget (holding your hand like a plate so you can't get bit!) and he is able to transfer that idea when feeding other animals too.  Grandpa bought him a cup of feed but Eliel thought it would be more fun to just dump the cup over.  In his defense, that's how we feed Nugget his dinner so I guess he was doing the 'right thing'.  He sure had fun though!
He watched just about every race, especially the ones where the starting line was right in front of us.  He couldn't quite follow the horses around the track, but he was able to watch them on the large tv so that kept his occupied.  Every time the horses would finish racing, he would clap his hands and shout 'yay!'   Again, it was an extremely fun day!  If you've never been to the racetrack, you should definitely go. 

Fun with ponies


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

4th of July

Although it was a three day weekend, it seemed like it was shorter than normal.  Our 4th of July weekend was filled with lots of fun family time!
The morning of the 4th we went to the parade.  In our town, you have to put your blanket down the night before if you want a seat near the street.  We were lucky enough to sit behind a very nice group of families that was all too eager to pass their candy back to Eliel as the parade came through.  One mom even asked for an extra ball that the library was passing out and handed it back to Eliel.  He was all too consumed with the trucks, balloons and people walking by to care though!  He sat for over an hour and watched as the floats came on by.  Unfortunately, this is the only activity I took pictures at during the weekend though so you'll have to deal with lots of writing for this post.

We did not go and see any fireworks this year.  By us, they all start too late.  Eliel lives and dies by his schedule so we figured it wasn't worth messing it up;  especially in case he didn't like the fireworks.  We'll definitely be taking him to see some next year though! 

On Saturday, Adam played in a 3 v 3 soccer tournament at the local fair.  I stayed home with Eliel for the first few games while he napped and then we went to the fair to watch Daddy play.  Since we live so close to the fair, Eliel and I were able to catch the festival bus instead of driving or walking.  I truly think this is one of Eliel's highlights of the weekend.  He got to go on the bus three more times that weekend and would yell 'buh' 'buh' every time we'd see it turn the corner.  (I know, I know, he yells 'buh' for everything.  But at least he was close with 'bus'!)

At the fair, Eliel got to pet some sheep, a goat, a cow and a llama!  He thought it was funny when the goats would eat the kibble out of his hand.  He giggles the same way when Nugget does it!  Eliel also got to each some gelato and cheese fries at the fair.  At first, he wasn't a fan of the spicy cheese but then realized how good was it and kept eating more. 

Eliel didn't go on any rides since he didn't seem too interested.  He was more apt to want to go play on the swings at the park which is there year round... go figure.  We listened to a steel drum band but since there wasn't much movement or 'entertainment' as they were playing, he lost interest in a few minutes. 

This little guy just keeps getting more fun to hang out with!  It supposed to be another great weekend weather-wise so I'm sure we'll be out on another adventure!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

First Professional Haircut

Eliel doesn't have many 'firsts' anymore but today was one of them. We took him to get his first professional haircut at Pigtails & Crewcuts.   Up until now, Mommy and Daddy had been trimming Eliel's hair.  It needed it again so we decided to take him and see how a professional would do it.  She took a lot off the back and above his ears which was good.  She also thinned out the top.  Basically, he looks cuter but older now!

I only got a few pictures but hopefully you can see the difference!
I get my hair cut in a fire engine?!?
They have tv's here?

Can you see a difference?
Aren't I cute?