I don't remember much from the last year. That is right, I'm a bad mom. So many precious moments of my two precious little kids -- gone. Gone, gone, gone. Yep, between Eli's second and third birthdays, there just isn't much I can remember. It was a tough year. Probably the hardest year of my life. Ellie was -- to say the least -- a challenging and demanding baby (God bless her! And, Lord knows I love her!). Poor Eli got the brunt of this. Being stuck at home with a very fussy sissy, we watched a lot of TV and missed out on beloved of playtime with friends. :( He was a trooper and I know he won't remember these "trying" times but my mama heart still feels really bad for him. I wish I could have done more with him, for him and about him. :( On top of Ellie's demands, this year Mike was down for a couple of months with a major lung illness and surgery and then our beloved Sammie became very ill for a few months and we ended up having to say goodbye to her in June. Sad, stressful and lonely are three adjectives I could use to describe MY year. On the other hand, Eli would probably describe HIS third year as fun, fun and big, definitely big. "I am not a baby, I am a big boy, a really big boy!!" was a phrase I heard more than a few times. ;)
With my tank of memories running on low I am SO thankful for my iphone camera! These photos are my treasures! As a was going through them for this post memories began to flood back and my heart was full thinking about how much fun we actually had! Eli is SO right. There isn't an ounce of baby left in my big boy!
You are three. You are adventurous and daring! You are curious and proud. You are sensitive and caring. You are social and love your friends. You are competitive and brave. You are kind and cuddly. You are my big, big boy! And, you are my baby. Sorry, but you always will be. I love you a million times to the moon and back! How wondrous of a God we have that He created you, so special, so unique -- with a heart for others and made for a purpose! Never forget that buddy! XXXXOOOO
Pre-school games like red light - green light, tag, hide and seek
ball play, but attn span is still pretty slim
trucks (beginning to fade)
Most TV shows he is exposed to -- Paw Patrol and Jake and the Neverland Pirates are favorites!
Fruits and milk shakes -- I know...
puzzles -- still needs quite a bit of help but enjoys
Legos with guidance
Friends, did I already mention this? Cause Eli is a social butterfly!
At three Eli still would say, "me" want to play with you! He started saying I at 3 years 3 months.
He can (pulled most of these from a list of 3 year old milestones).
- Can pedal a tricycle
- Has a vocabulary of several hundred words
- Speak in sentences of three or more words
- Count to 10 and 20 with some help
- Use plurals and pronouns (he/she)
- Often asks questions
- Can dress himself
- Has a longer attention span
- Feed himself easily
- Act out social encounters through play activities
- Leave his mama with out any type of complaint (most of the time)
- Fears imaginary things
- Knows own name, age, and gender
- Starts to share
- Has some cooperative play, trucks, superheroes
A month by month look through Eli's year!
|He still had white-blonde hair,|
and we still napped together!
|I bought an elmo for my parents house,|
backfired and he wanted both to sleep with
for most of the year! Now, he is fine with out
|A transporter for came in the mail for his|
2nd bday from his Oma and Opa O! He was
|After!! What a change!! He looked so much|
older but so handsome too!
|Both smiling?! They were so little!|
|Watching football with Daddy! Could daddy's heart be more full?|
|He loves his sister!! (look at that girl-hawk!)|
She would have been 104!
Mike's Father, grandfather and two brothers came to KC
for a weekend of fun to celebrate Mike's 30th birthday!
We snuck in sometime with them too!
|Mommy finally got a double stroller! What a blessing it was!|
|I love you sissy!|
|Halloween at school!|
|Pebbles (Kate) and Bam Bam at the LS Parade! My mom (grandma) made their costumes!!|
|Costume change! Eli was a monster for the night of Halloween!|
|Halloween through the years!|
|Fun at Paradise Park with cousin Kate!|
|Learning how to make a bubble beard@|
|Future Quarterback?! So very handsome!|
|Fun with Carson at the Zoo!|
|Watching trains (for hours) at Union Station.|
|Thanks for the Frosty pancake mom!|
|All of the sudden he is my BIG boy going down BIG slides!!!|
|Its was cold but he enjoyed the sledding!|
|Street sledding with neighbors!!|
|Grandma reading The Night Before Christmas!|
|Sharing a cart for the 1st time!|
|This makes me both happy and sad!|
|On our way to Sesame Street Live!|
|Eli lasted about half of the time and then wanted to move!|
|I remember this moment, BOTH of my kids playing together!!|
|Everyone in mama's bed but mama!|
|Easter through the years!|
|Making Easter eggs with cousin Kate!|
|Hold my hand Kate!|
|Sprawled out with Sammie|
|I'm stuck and find it hilarious!|
|Now this is the real downward dog pose! ;)|
|Cousins at the aquarium!|
|Reading before bed with daddy!|
|Catching a chicken at grandma and grandpa's house!|
|In the Sequoia Mountains|
|Fun with Cousins Taylor and Connor in Oma and Opa's hot tub!|
|Cousins at the zoo!|
|At Pier 39 in San Fransisco|
|Memorial Day 2014|
|He sure loves his daddy!|
|Whole family after Ellie's blessing|
|These were from our trip to CA -- we took a detour to run in the Pacific Ocean!|
|At Ellie's 1st birthday party!|
|This may be Eli's last good photo with Sammie!|
|At the carnival!|