Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Two years old

Although the last post was about Eliel celebrating his birthday, this one will focus on our most recent prediatrican visit as well as what Eliel can do at the age of twenty-four months.

When visiting the pediatrician on Monday, we found out that Eliel now weighs a whopping twenty-four pounds which places him in the seventeenth percentile.  His height is thirty-three inches and he's in the fourteenth percentile.  Meanwhile, his head is in the 59th pecentile.  Although he is not making up any growth from when he was an infant, he is still growing just fine.  In fact, the doctor said that he does not have to drink whole milk anymore, skim is just fine.  Maybe he'll start eating more since he won't be getting so full from his milk...

In terms of everything else, the doctor said Eliel is doing just fine.  Not that we expected any different, but it's still nice to hear.  The one area of slight concern is his posture.  Eliel appears to have knock knees but since it's winter and we all have to wear heavy clothes, you'd never be able to tell.  I tried to get a picture to show you but it's hard to get Eliel to hold still! :P  The doctor said that it is typically normal in toddlers and that they usually grow out of it by the time they're five or six years old.  It's just something we have to keep an eye on.

After the general check up, Eliel had to receive a blood test to test for lead and iron as well as a shot for Hepatitis A.  As the nurse came in, he crawled into my lap.  She placed the lancet on his finger.  The nurse and I waited for the crying to begin as she pricked his finger but to our surprise, there was none.  In fact, Eliel told me to move so he could watch the nurse milk the blood out of his finger.  She said he had good veins because the blood just kept coming!  Then, when it was time for the shot, I tried to distract Eliel but again, he wanted to watch.  As the nurse gave him the shot, he fliched at the quick poke and then looked at her like she was crazy.  Not a tear was shed.  He must take after Auntie Katie because he sure as heck doesn't get that from me!

In developmental news, Eliel is talking up a storm.  Remember when we wished he would talk. We take it back.  Eliel has a very wide vocabulary and if he hears a word he doesn't recognize, he will repeat it back to you; even if it's a word he shouldn't be repeating!  He also likes to put words together to form short sentences.  For instance, the other day he asked me 'go outside play snow?'  It's pretty amazing how much he has learned in such a short amount of time.  He has quickly surpassed some of his peers who began talking way before him.

Eliel is a typical toddler when it comes to eating.  One day, he will eat everything in sight.  The next day, he will eat almost nothing.  He still loves fruits and vegetables and has recently taking a liking to clementine oranges.  I think it's partly because he likes to peel them before he eats them.  He also has taken a liking to hard boiled eggs and peanut butter sandwiches both of which he can eat without cutting into pieces.  Some of his favorite foods continue to be tomatoes, blackberries and carrots and he still pretty much refuses to eat meat... unless it's on pizza.

Although he has hit the 'terrible twos' Eliel is far from being terrible.  He has learned how to communicate and I think this has saved us from many tantrums.  I can't believe our little guy is two years old.  As much as I miss having a little infant to take care of, I'm so excited to experience everything with his this year as he learns and grows!
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Birthday Fun

Eliel had a wonderful birthday (or at least I like to think so)!  We started out by taking the little birthday man to breakfast as it's one of his favorite meals to eat out.  He pretty much eats any and everything they bring out to us and loves being able to sample everything from everyone's plates.  Dinner food doesn't excite him as much so Daddy thought breakfast would be more fun.

After breakfast, we went to Sweet T's bakery to pick up his cake.  When ordering, Eliel told her he wanted trucks on his cake.  This was the cute result she came up with!  I couldn't have asked for anything more.  Besides being cute, it tasted amazing!  Good things it's not any closer to our house or I would become a regular in there.





After his nap, we had a small birthday party with just immediate family.  We served some of Eliel's favorites: mac and cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers and eggs.  Yes, a very weird combination but besides the mac and cheese, the adults had the remaining items in a salad :)

After dinner, we had cake.  Eliel had been waiting all day for cake and was super excited to finally get to eat some.  He had lots of fun blowing out his candles; in fact we did it twice!  Eliel practically inhaled his cake which was much different from his first birthday party in which he barely even wanted to try it. I attribute it to the fact that he knew how to use a fork this time!  This kid still hates to get his hands dirty!



After cake, it was time for presents.  Since Christmas, Eliel definitely has a handle on opening gifts.  He received lots of fun gifts!  He got a toboggan sled so that Daddy can go down the hill with him, a big wheel for when it gets warmer outside (fingers crossed!) and a tent (which he plays in constantly) are just some of the larger items.  He also received fun underwear and gets excited each morning when we put on a 'new' pair.


Eliel had a blast on his birthday and despite all the excitement and going to bed late, he still graced us with his presence bright and early the next morning!



Saturday, February 21, 2015

T.W.O.

How did my little baby grown into a two year old little man? 




Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Officially... DDF!

We are officially daytime diaper free!  Since we got home from vacation, Eliel has been wearing underwear and only had one or two accidents.  And the accidents aren't even a huge mess, just an instance where he forgets to go but stops shortly after realizing it.
Although I have no reason to be, I am still a little nervous about bringing him places so I still put a diaper on him.  Although, it's a disposable pull-up and he thinks it's 'travel underwear' since that's what we brought with to San Diego.  He has yet to have an accident while out though.  It's always at home when he's playing and forgets to go potty (or Mommy forgets to remind him).  Eliel is so good at telling us that he has to go potty that he actually told Adam during swim lessons that he had to go.  Plus, when I ask him if he wants to wear a diaper, he gives me a cute little, 'nooooo'.  Woo hoo!
As for naps and nighttime, Eliel wakes up dry about 50% of the time. That's a-maze-ing in my book.  Many times, I think he wakes up dry but because he's still in his crib, he can't get out and go to the bathroom before I go to get him. So, our next big hurdle will be to  have Eliel sleep in a bed, not a crib.  However, I know what will result in a few sleepless nights for Mommy and Daddy so I'm holding off on that a little bit.  I think we'll try in summer when E is so tired he can't even stay awake! :)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

And then we came home to this...



As much as we enjoyed San Diego, it was not fun to come home to almost 18 inches of snow.  Plus, because it was so cold, Eliel couldn't even play in it until  the weekend.  But once he did, he had a blast!  If we put him down in the snow, it came up to his waist.  I'm sure had it been fresh powder, he would have sank even further down.  At first he was a bit scared by it but after a while, he got used to it being so deep.

No matter how cold, Eliel loves to play in the snow.  He was outside buried up to his chest for almost 40 minutes!  That was in addition to the 30 minutes he was playing around with his shovel.  Since it was a bit warmer on this day, both Eliel and Daddy (and Nugget!) came back in the house soaking wet.  There was lots of fun to be had though!




Well, it wasn't all fun and games anyway...