Sunday, September 28, 2014

Did it!

Eliel loves going to the park and swinging on the swings.  However, he has now figured out how to correctly go down slides and is so proud of himself for it!  Daddy took a video at the park the other day for your viewing pleasure.  (Make sure you wait until the end to hear, 'didi' which is Eliel for, 'did it!')

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Swim Lessons

Eliel has been taking swim lessons at Chicago Swim School for a few weeks now.  He has become much more comfortable in the water and actually wants to get in when we get there!  That's a huge change from the last time we took swim lessons at the park district.  I don't blame him though.  That pool was COLD!  This pool is kept at 89 degrees at all times.  It's nice and warm at all times!  And I should  know, I work there! :P  Check me out!

Anyway, we missed a class last week due to vacation so we were able to schedule a make-up class yesterday evening.  That means, Daddy got to go and watch us in the pool!  (I also made him take pictures)  So, here's a little bit of what swimming with Eliel looks like.


Motorboat, motorboat

Under the waterfall with our teacher, Liz

Mommy taking Eliel underwater

Yay for swimming!
Blowing bubbles

One of the big things we are learning in class is how to blow bubbles.  Sounds like a trivial task but it's not easy for kids to willingly put their faces in the water and blow (instead of inhale).  It's also one of the first things we teach kids at swim school in order for them to learn breath control.  It helps with every other skill in swimming including floating and strokes.  Hopefully, Eliel will enjoy being in the water and will be safer around water since he'll know how to save himself should he fall in!
Eliel thinks it's hilarious when I blow bubbles and he will sign 'more' when I stop doing it.  So, I spend much of his swim class with my face in the water. Hopefully soon he will start mimicking me!


Monday, September 22, 2014

19 months

We are now 19 months old!  Is it time to stop giving monthly updates on him then? Maybe so but since he's become so 'grown-up' lately, I figured it can't hurt to take a moment and tell you what he's been up to.

Still not lots of talking but we do say lots of words.  Some of them are only detectable by Mommy and Daddy but we do know what he's trying to say!  Eliel can say ice, egg, bug, ball, Dada, Mama, Papa, GG (great-grandma), hot, duck, bus, and lots of animals sounds.  There are many more words he can say but at the moment, I'm drawing a blank.  We have also dropped many signs and use sounds or words in place.  He communicates with us very well, just not always in the traditional talking way.  Eliel also understand things VERY well.  He can complete simple directions like, picking something up, going to get an object and bring it back, cleaning up toys, and doing one thing before he can do something else.  We're working on 'waiting' right now which is obviously hard for a toddler but he's trying.

Eliel is doing very well with his utensils  and has become very independent at meal time..  He can use a spoon and fork pretty much by himself.  It's a little messier than if someone helps him but it usually all stays on his tray so it's an easy cleanup.  It's so nice to be able to eat my dinner while he's eating his instead of helping him and then trying to finish mine in a hurry. 

Eliel is infatuated with everything that's motorized.  Cars, planes, trains, buses and trucks.  If it has an engine in it, he loves it.  He even gets excited by the mailman's little truck!  We spend many days watching the garbage men and even following them around the block!  Our across the street neighbor has grandson's who loved trucks and she gave us some of their old trucks they used to play with in the sand box.  Eliel absolutely loves them and will play for almost a half hour on his own with them.  He makes sounds, moves them around and when they fall off the edge of the table, he yells 'boom'!  It's quite funny to watch.
Going along with that, Eliel just LOVES Daddy's bug.  He's even gone so far as to now say Dada Bug since he's seem so many others.  Now we just have to get him to say Grandpa Bug! Eliel went with Daddy and Grandpa to a bug show yesterday.  I didn't go because I was volunteering with Nugget but from the pictures, it looks like they had a blast.  I'm sure they heard Eliel say bug only 500 times in a few hours, too. 






Saturday, September 20, 2014

Smoky Mountain pictures, part 5 (last one!)

On our way to Alum Cave Bluffs

Arch cave on the way up

Almost there!

Lots of fun walking in the cave

Riding with Mommy on the way down

Needlepoint Rock (see the tiny hole?)

It's a long way down...

Still going...

Family picture at the end

Smoky Mountain pictures, part 4


Laurel Falls
Yay!  A Waterfall I can touch!
Family picture at the falls

Night hike with a ranger to Cataract Falls
Hot lantern!

Hiking in the dark (and Eliel is STILL awake!)
Can't see the falls but had lots of fun!