Letter to Eli, 27 Months

Dear Eli,

I can’t believe another month has flown by. As always you continue to blossom and grow, thrill and amaze. About the growing part, you know, you could slow it down a little. We recently had to retire about 2/3 of your wardrobe seemingly overnight. That and your Mama is now having to put limits on your Ergo time…

On Mother’s Day

You continue to love music and now demand to sing songs you have learned at school at random moments throughout the day. The photographs below were taken on a day, which was part of a string of days , when you demanded to sing about “Matilda the Gorilla” at least 67 times. You now will sing out yourself on various words of a song and participate in the hand motions, but mostly it’s Mama serenading you about that singing gorilla. We need to learn some new songs. Fast.

You are speaking so much more now. Spontaneous two word phrases abound! Some times you say so much more than that, but I’m beginning to struggle to understand you when you get especially verbose. All of the people who work with you in speech therapy have expressed how thrilled they are with your progress. Of course, your daddy and I are the most thrilled of all. One of the cutest things we hear often around here is “No, no, no, no, no!” said rapid fire and with a tone of great dismay, usually due to a toy falling off the table or another equally great calamity.

This month you had your first carousel ride. You are a fan on the music, movement and the animals, but not so much of having to pick just one animal and sticking with it the entire ride!

At the park you initially demanded that I “drive” you to visit all of the well-loved people and places in your life. I kept encouraging you to be the one to do the driving.

Of course, now you think that we should make the same transition with the family car. The time between now and your learner’s permit is going to go by way too slowly for you, and way too quickly for me.

I love these two photos of you playing in the strange light of the recent partial solar eclipse.https://folkhaven.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/shamelessly-lazy-toddler-jeans/

You have become quite bashful when we are out in public. This is your most common reaction to a stranger paying you any attention. I guess for you being cute has its drawbacks, because it seems there are a lot of people out there that would love to chat with you.

This past month you developed an obsession with vacuum cleaning. Not only will you be entertained for long stretches of time by the mere presence of the upright vacuum in the living room, but when it is squirreled away in the closet any and all toys have the ability to morph into vacuums. You often will be heard humming around the house waving a vacuum in the form of a guitar, flute or shovel in each hand. For a couple of weeks you spent great deal of energy demanding that your father or I vacuum this way with the toys of your choosing, while you sat back and supervised, pointing out all the spots that we “missed”. Then I found a forgotten Dust Buster in the closet that still works. Now you are happy to do most of your vacuuming yourself, and we actually are seeing cleaner floors because of it! You continue to love to sweep as well, which is good, because playing in your rice bin is another recent obsession.

Doing our best to raise a tree hugger…

…the kiss was all your idea.

We went on a field trip to a small zoo with your the group from ICEC. There I learned that you do not share your mother’s fascination and enjoyment of goats. When you saw those crazed and hairy beasts craning their necks over and under the fence you decided we should leave the zoo RIGHT AWAY. And had it not been for the Ergo I’m sure you would have, with or without me. Unfortunately, the goats were pretty much at the entrance to the zoo. You eventually calmed down and enjoyed parts of the experience, but for the most part you were not enamored with the animals as I had hoped you would be. But there is hope for you yet. In an old letter written by your Grandma Beverly when your father was about four she wrote that he “prefers his animals behind bars”. As you know, your daddy is quite the fan of the four-legged, so between your genetic heritage and our relentless influence we will make an animal lover out of you yet. And hopefully you will enjoy them more in nature than behind bars.

You have developed a new strange little habit of “going to sleep” at random moments in public areas, as demonstrated on this staircase. Maybe you want to get in on the planking craze?

Anyway, toward the end of our time at the zoo you decided to make yourself comfortable on the sidewalk, right in front of the mountain lion enclosure. One of the lions immediately went into predator mode and rushed over to you, thankfully stopped about two feet short by the chain link fence. There it crouched at attention, completely focused on you, all the while licking its chops. I sat you up to show you what had happened, but you remained much less impressed by the mountain lion than it was by you. So I guess it’s up to me to make sure you grow up understanding that if you ever encounter a mountain lion in a less controlled setting, playing dead is probably not your best option.

At the end of the day at the zoo we took a ride in this little train. You were very tired and subdued and I wasn’t sure how much of an impression it made, but ever since you have been so excited when you see a train in any form. Your wooden train has been getting quite the work out daily as you load it up with all of the little people and animals you can cram on it.

Few things warm my heart as much as seeing you play in a natural setting. One of the best parts of my childhood was growing up in the country, playing long hours in the fields, woods and stream. I hope as you grow I can find many opportunities for such play for you. This local park and a few downed branches is as good a place as any to start.

I love you so very, very, very much!




  1. June 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Sweet letter πŸ™‚ Keep writing these; he’ll love reading them when he’s older. Congrats on all the words he’s saying now, too!

    • June 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks! I’m thrilled to finally hear about the things he is thinking about. And it will just keep getting better and better!

  2. June 6, 2012 at 10:24 am

    That is lovely and will be treasured! πŸ™‚

  3. Kelley said,

    June 6, 2012 at 11:15 am

    So sweet! I love reading your letters to Eli! So happy that his speech is improving! Love that hes planking πŸ™‚

    • June 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you, Kelley! Yea, the planking thing is all him… not really sure where he picked up on the idea. πŸ™‚

  4. Inder said,

    June 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Yay, Eli!! Growing, talking, learning, exploring, vacuuming, fake-sleeping. That pretty much covers all of the great pleasures of childhood! What a cutie. πŸ˜‰

  5. littleflowerbaby said,

    June 7, 2012 at 8:32 am

    What a lovely letter – there are so many little things that are easy to forget but are so special πŸ™‚

  6. randalin said,

    June 7, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Kale comes home from school singing songs too! It’s always fun to try and figure out what he’s singing, but sometimes we have no idea! Kris asked me last week if I thought it would be ok to ask Kale’s teachers to sing a few tunes for us during our parent-teacher interview so we could figure it out (he was joking….I think…).

    Kale is also very obsessed with driving and we can have a hard time getting him out of the car. On other days, when I need a break, sitting in the passenger seat while he pretends to drive for an hour is more than welcome!!

    Love these monthly updates. Eli sounds like he’s doing amazing πŸ™‚

    • June 7, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Luckily for me I attend “school” with Eli so I learn the songs right along with him. I can imagine how confusing it would be to just have your kid come home with them at this age. Maybe your son’s teacher could just give you a handout with the words to the songs they sing so you could figure it out from there without any awkward moments. Especially if you sent a note requesting it ahead of time I’m sure she would be very happy to provide it.

      I should try letting Eli “drive” when I just need a rest. I’m just afraid if I do it too much he will expect it. It sure does keep him entertained!

  7. June 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    What a cutie! πŸ™‚

  8. Aly Parrott said,

    June 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I love the idea of writing letters to your child! What a remarkably beautiful idea:)

  9. artfulrising said,

    June 11, 2012 at 11:28 am

    What a great way to give something to Eli later. He can look back at your musings and know how much you loved him and how much he has grown.

    It’s a Wrap Link Party at Artful Rising

    • June 11, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Thank you Erika! And thanks for the link as well. I had trouble getting connected to your site this morning.

  10. June 12, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Another great letter, Karen. I, too, loved playing outside as a kid, it’s so fun to watch the creativity, I’m sure. πŸ™‚

  11. Halina said,

    June 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Karen, your letters to Eli are so beautiful! I really enjoy reading them.
    I write one letter per year for each child around their birthday. It’s a bit for myself to look back at the year but will be a great gift for them when they are older.

    To write a monthly letter like you is even better because there is so many little things that you forget so fast. Especially once you have a second child.
    My parents used to write a journal for me and my brothers and they gave it to me when I was 15. I loved it so much and was in tears for days. My parents got divorced when I was 11 so there was a lot of emotional stuff going on. But although it was sad it made me understand my parents and their decision so much better. For the first time I saw them as humans and not just as “parents”.

    Anyway, I wish for you (and me) that our children can look back at mostly positive memories – but if not that’s also part of life, but they will always have those precious letters. And that’s a wonderful thing.

  12. Maysem said,

    June 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I love your letters:) I know these letters are intended for Eli… but I love that you share his and your journey of his childhood with us. Thank you for making us a part of it! I loved the story about the vacuum because it reminded me of all my little nephews… in particular Daniel. He loves to vacuum too! Last year, as a gift, I bought him his very own little Dirt Devil vacuum. He loves it… but mom and dad not so much because the vacuum is never ending:P

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