Letter to Eli, 22 Months

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So much of the time you seem so BIG to me, incessantly growing as you are. I like this photo because here you still look small and baby-like.

Dear Eli,

This past month has been a busy one for all of us. While this wasn’t your first Christmas (I think of it as your 3rd as your Baby’s First Christmas ornament was bought for the Christmas you celebrated with us in utero), you “got it” this year a little more than last. And you had a blast!

You loved the time we spent surrounded by family in Tucson. You played with your cousins and laughed and shrieked almost non-stop much of Christmas Day. You spent the time when everyone else was opening presents running laps through the living room and around through the kitchen. It was neat to see you overwhelmed by the excitement and joy of the day in a way that wasn’t tied to “what am I gonna get?!” Eventually we caught you as you flew past and got you to open a few of your gifts. Once they were opened you discovered that you liked your gifts just fine, thank you very much.

Over Christmas week you began saying Elmo, apple, and on Christmas Day, ” ‘Acki”. Aunt Jacki said it was the best Christmas present she’d ever gotten.

Playing with Grandpa's booklight.

Coloring during a rest stop on the way back home.

To be honest, we were a bit worried about traveling with you over Christmas. You see, you get into EVERYTHING these days. You are fast, and you have an incredible stamina. The thought of days on end in unchild-proofed homes full of (fragile) splendors beyond description made us question our capabilities at getting us all through the holidays and back home safely. We compromised by staying in a hotel this year so we could at least have the option of retreating to a relatively hazard-free zone. And, really, you did great. Napping was pretty much impossible and yet you didn’t dissolve into continual tantrums. You did remarkably well riding in the car (with the exception of the time we took away the portable DVD player hoping you’d take a nap. Sorry about that.)

While you still seem to love music (as seen here, you were completely enthralled by Uncle Joey practicing his trombone), absence from your beloved DVR’d program of Latino Music didn’t make your heart grow fonder. Before we left for vacation you pleaded to see it at least 6 times a day. Since returning you just aren’t interested in it anymore. Now any TV time must be dedicated to “Elmo.”

You are endlessly entertained by playing with your tea set. You love to dip the bag in the cup, pretend to stir with the little spoons, and especially to pour the hot! water and serve your father or me a cup. It is so cute to watch you blow on your “hot tea” before sipping.

You are slowly showing more interest in books. You’ve been enjoying this library book with pictures of everyday objects.

You always have to emphatically point out cats, wherever they may be found. A regular chip off both the old blocks!

You still like nothing more than to play with water. Here is your face when you first spied the water feature at the rest stop between Tucson and home.

The momentary pause of wonder didn’t last long, of course.

You remain incredibly affectionate. Your father and I are regularly on the receiving end of your hugs and kisses. I hope that doesn’t stop anytime soon. You also like to kiss anything cute, especially in animal form. You must have kissed this deer at least 10 times. I just couldn’t catch the right moment on film.

We are so blessed to have you in our lives, Eli.

I love you very, very, very much!

Mama

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14 Comments

  1. January 6, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Love it!

  2. Aneta said,

    January 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Cutie pie! Thank you for visiting my blog today.

    Aneta

  3. Julie said,

    January 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Thanks to linking up to Show Your Stuff blog hop last week, I have this weeks up:

    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/01/show-your-stuff-5.html

  4. Ann said,

    January 7, 2012 at 6:19 am

    How precious – seems like only yesterday that mine was that size. He’ll officially be a teenager in April. You’ll be so thankful you captured these wonderful moments – and we are thankful you shared them with us!

    • January 7, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Thanks for dropping by. It’s hard to imagine Eli becoming a teenager, but I once we are there I’m sure I’ll wonder where the time went so quickly!

  5. January 7, 2012 at 10:42 am

    These letter are SUCH a GREAT idea. Something you will always treasure, and when Eli is old enough to read them, how awesome that will be!

    A few blog friends and I are collectively presenting a new challenge idea and I immediately thought of you, it would be super fun to have you join. If you have a second, check in at http://www.thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com on Monday to learn more, and feel free to email me if you have any questions!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

    • January 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

      I saw this idea before I started blogging and was one of the main things that inspired me to start a blog. I have given up hope for the baby book, but he will have this to look back on, which actually has a lot more to it than what gets put in most baby books.

      I’ll stop by your blog on Monday to see what your challenge idea is all about. Looking forward to it… you’ve made me curious. 🙂

  6. Maysem said,

    January 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Karen, that is beautiful! A beautifully written letter that your son will no doubt cherish when he is older:)

  7. randalin said,

    January 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    You are so, so smart to have stayed in a hotel rather than a unchild-proofed home! We meant to stay at my parents for a week, but lasted three days before we were totally exhausted from chasing Kale around and keeping him out of trouble.

    It’s great to see that Eli enjoys the tea set! I’ve considered picking that toy up for Kale, but wasn’t sure if he was old enough or not. Seeing how much Eli like it, I might just have to pick one up and give it a shot with Kale!

    • January 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      It would be so fun to get the two boys together to play with the tea set, wouldn’t it? (Just the slight problem of a few thousand miles…)

  8. florafauna said,

    January 11, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Love your idea of blogging and documenting your son’s childhood milestones. These letters would be a precious gift for him and your family. Thank you for all your inspiring ideas. I’m gonna start writing letters for my daughter 🙂

    • January 11, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Thanks for your comment. I originally got the idea from BecomingSarah.com. I wish I had started sooner, but I think he’ll appreciate these letters someday, and they are a good way to let faraway family and friends in on the fun that is Eli!

  9. April 6, 2012 at 7:25 am

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