Stephens Family

Stephens Family

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Fall 2012 with Eli: 13-15 Months 9.14.2012 - 12.14.2012

***I started this post months ago, got pregnant, felt like doing NOTHING for weeks on end and am now finally finishing it!  Oh the joys of pregnancy! :) Also Just FYI - if you click on the picture collage it makes them bigger so you can see the smaller pictures better!

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!
In October Eli participated in the annual LS downtown parade.  Last year he was just 6 weeks old and quite possibly the cutest baby monkey there has ever been; this year he was a roaring little lion.  And, absolutely adorable.  I regret not entering him in the 1-2 year old costume contest.  Of course, the other participants thought he was cute but Sammie, the banana split, stole the show again!


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!

Top left is Eli with his neighbor friend Zach.  Zach really loves Eli.  He is so sweet to him and gives him lots of hugs.  On the Merry-go-Round is Eli's friend Quinn.  They have been friends since Eli was just 10 days old -- they saw each other weekly at breast feeding class.  She is such a sweetie and so darn cute!  Bottom center is Kate, Eli's first cousin!  Bottom right is my friend from Graceland and her two sons Eliot and Emerson.  They came to KC from CA and we had a nice visit!


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!
We headed to California for Thanksgiving.  Mike's family sure knows how to cook an amazing feast.  We had prime rib, turkey, and ham; as well as all the fixings!  I was happy that Eli went to bed before we ate so Mike and I could really enjoy ourselves.  Speaking of going to bed, while we were there Eli kept his MO sleep schedule: he went to bed at 4:30 and was up at 3:30 (6:30 to 5:30 MO time).  It was brutal.  Mike and I took shifts, but even that was hard.  We had to force ourselves to go to bed at a decent hour (which wasn't hard for me since I was 8 weeks pregnant and wanted to sleep all day anyway).  Mike was good to me and let me rest often.  Besides being tired, we had a great time.  Eli enjoyed his grandparents, great-grandparents, aunt, uncles and especially his cousins!  He liked to spa, bounce house, and cool new toys.  He wasn't the cuddliest little guy -- he mostly just wanted mama which makes me feel bad especially since Mike no's family only gets to see him for a couple of short visits through out the year.  But, talking with friends this behavior is fairly normal.  He'll even act clingy around Mike and my parents sometimes.  Its always nice to see Mike with his brothers.  They have a very special bond that neither time nor distance could hinder.  I am excited for Eli to have a brother or sister to create that with.


Upper left/bottom middle = Eli and his friend Nate for a play date at his house, they loved crawling on top of his train table!  Upper right = Eli and his cousins Taylor and Connor.  Bottom left = Eli and Quinn for a play date at her house sharing her chair so nicely! Bottom right = a walk with our neighbor kiddos Chloe and Zach!



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!
Eli is curious.  He is a builder and a destroyer.  He likes raspberries and popsicles.  He loves bath time and pouring water out of the bath.  Argh.  He likes music and bops up and down to the beat.  He wants to be held while he points to different objects around the room and you explain to him what they are.  He is fussy.  And, clingy.  He loves outside.  He likes balls and can throw them.  He makes a vroom sound when playing trucks.  He gives hugs and kisses all the time now.  Daddy taught him how to play hide and go seek.  He is always the seeker.  He loves to hear the garage door and squeals as he runs to greet dad.  He is needy.  He cries more than I like to admit. Sometimes I think I can't take it anymore.  But, then I look at my precious blue-eyed blondie who has the sweetest squinty eyes when he smiles and my heart melts!  He is my son and I am his mama.

I love you Elijah Michael Stephens!

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