Letter to Eli, 25 Months

Dear Eli,

Today you are 25 months old. This past month your immune system has been given quite the workout! As soon as you are fever-free long enough to go back to speech therapy you promptly pick up another bug. This month you have had the flu, a sinus infection and croup. I guess it’s all part of the rite of passage of being a toddler going out into the world.

You are currently feeling much better and, as the weather has gotten so nice out lately, it has become very difficult to coax you back in from the outdoors. You can now open the screen door by yourself, and if I forget to lock it you are quick to make a break for it.

Playing with your little wagon is a favorite activity. You push…

or pull it up the hill. It’s a lot of work for a little guy.

But then comes the fun of chasing the wagon back down the hill…

or letting it chase you. Too much fun that must be repeated over and over again.

“Gardening” also is endlessly entertaining what with all the dirt and water involved. The plants aren’t quite so interesting, although you couldn’t pass by the jasmine without smelling it while it was in bloom.

You like to drop twigs and dirt down the storm drain,

or watch the traffic go by. Buses and trucks are super exciting!

You continue your campaign to convince us that air conditioners are actually really big drums in disguise.

Daddy is still the coolest person in your universe (even cooler than Elmo!)

Working just like Daddy on your laptop.

One of the biggest developments for you this month has been that you have started to sing! You have decided that the arm of your highchair is a microphone. Seeing you singing and playing your guitar is about the cutest thing EVER!

Singing a duet with Jose Feliciano.

Just last month you wanted to be in the Ergo most of the time we were out of the house. That wave of separation anxiety is waning and you are wanting down to walk more and more. (My back thanks you!) It used to be to show us something you would demand to be picked up and then would direct us where to go. These days you will try instead to lead us by the hand, or more frequently, by the thigh. I haven’t fallen yet but have come close a time or two when your tug was sudden and unexpected.

Riding a bike has finally become appealing enough that you will endure the dreaded helmet, at least for short periods of time.

I don’t have a picture of this as it happens quickly and then the moment is over, but when you are feeling thankful for something you will rush over and bestow kisses on the hand that is doing the thing that pleases you. Most recently it you did it to your daddy when he played guitar with you, and your Aunt Jacki when she put on the DVD you really, really wanted to see. You are such a charmer!

You love pointing to letters and having them named for you.

You rode a merry go round for the first time this month and LOVED it!

Sidewalk chalk isn’t a new thing for you, but I like this photo of you using it.

Most important of all, this month you have really fallen in love with books. I can’t begin to tell you how happy you make me when you pick one out and ask me to read to you! You have all sorts of endearing reading behaviors, but I already wrote about them here, so I’ll just end this month’s letter with a picture of you enjoying a story with your Aunt Jacki and your guitar.

I love you very, very, very much!




  1. Kelley said,

    April 6, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Awww.. what a great letter! He is so cute Karen! And is doing such a great job 🙂

  2. Sleeping Mom said,

    April 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Karen this is very, very sweet. He’ll love reading this down the line. And it looks like a good month so far! Well, minus the sickies :/

  3. Inder said,

    April 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    So cute! It sounds like he’s doing great and learning a ton, despite a nasty string of illnesses! (Man, there is nothing worse than having a sick child. Oh, never mind, there is something worse – having a sick child AND a sick parent, aaaarrrrgggh.)

    • April 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      He is doing great. At speech today he said “tree”, “chair”, and “bottle” just on his own when asked what the object was. Usually word that he hasn’t said before get said when he repeats them after somebody else, but these he just pulled out of the air. You should have seen his mama glow! And about the sickness, we shared that flu!

      Good luck on your stripy maternity shirt! I tried to leave the comment but couldn’t get it accepted.

  4. katehobbs said,

    April 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    this is a lovely momento for both you and him. These milestones in our children’s lives go so quickly that we soon forget. This is one way of holding on to them and I hope that it get’s re-read again and again.

  5. April 7, 2012 at 6:53 am

    I love reading these updates! Eli sounds like he enjoys the outdoors as much as Kale (although I think it’s true of any toddler).

  6. Maysem said,

    April 9, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I love all of your letters to Eli.. and I’m sure he will appreciate every single one! It’s such a beautiful idea:)

    In my post today I awarded you the Versatile Blogger award:) (http://odetoinspiration.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/i-got-an-award/). Just for good fun, so no expectations to play along:) Have a wonderful day and week!

  7. April 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    That first picture is just stunning. He is so handsome!!

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