Now that Eli's 1st Birthday is a just a memory, I wish I could go back to the chaos of planning and hosting it. Well, maybe. :) I LOVED seeing my baby boy run around in his Elmo shirt, pointing at the balloons on the ceiling and having fun with all the guests. Even though Eli is officially a toddler now, he'll always be my baby -- as long as I'm living, my baby you'll be! We have really taken advantage of the KC weather this season; the beginning of fall is a beautiful time here in middle country. We go to parks, play outside, take walks and enjoy the scenery of the beautiful red, gold and and orange leaves.
|Upper left = Eli and our neighbor Zach at pint play! Upper middle = Eli and I and Nate and his mommy Alyssa (my friend from work) at the park! Bottom middle = Eli with some MOPS kiddos at the park!|
|On Mike's birthday we went to Garrozo's to take advantage of their free chicken spedini. It was fun. The next day we met my family at Chipotle for some burritos and I bought a special ice cream cake for him!|
|The bottom middle pictures Eli is wearing a clown custom that I wore when I was one! My grandma Bennett made it for me! How cool!|
In early December we met with our parents as teachers representative. We talked with her about how early Eli wakes up (between 5 and 5:30) and she gave us some strategies to prevent this. They worked! We also talked to her about how cranky he his when he wakes up both from naps and in the morning. :( She said she has five children and her youngest is the same way and she is four! FOUR! Oh my, I don't want years more of this! However, she asked how we are waking up?? I am good (I've always been more of a morning person) but Mike really struggles so I guess we can blame him for this one! Ha! No, but she did say that some babies (and people) just have a hared time waking up!! Looks like Eli is going to be one of these -- joy! She said that Eli is one target with all of his social, physical, and cognitive goals for his age range. Yay! We were concerned because he only really says mama but she assured us that for a boy this is quite normal. Hopefully he'll gain a few more words by the time he is 18 months.
|Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!|
|I love you Elijah Michael Stephens!|