Eli Matthew, the very best way to describe you these past two months have been STINKER POT. :) You are exerting your will left and right, and I can't quite keep up! You are curious about everything, from how the hose works, to what sound things make when they fall, to what might happen if you hit your mama in the face. :) Wears. me. out.
|Daddy showed him how to stick his finger in the hole to make water spray everywhere.|
|Papa and Eli at Knoxville's water fountains.|
|Deanie and eli.|
|Loving the swing.|
This is your fussing/whining face, which I have learned is different from your actual upset crying face. If you are making this face, I try to explain to you that we don't whine, and sometimes we can't have everything we want. You still want whatever it is anyway. I truly didn't think we would have to think about discipline this early on, but it seems we do. Time out? Spanking? Ignore outbursts? Right now, we've tried all three, and a lot of praying, so hopefully we'll figure something out soon. How do you discipline your toddler when you can't communicate well with them??
We've kind of had to train you again to sleep through the night. We were out of town a lot, and you're getting your molars, so you ended up in our bed a lot. Then we came home, and you were still teething, and we were getting ready to go out of town again, and we didn't want to have you crying all night while on vacation with everyone, so we waited, and waited. This week, you've slept in your own bed all night long every night, and fussed here and there. You slept 12 hours again last night, which I think you really needed. You are still taking two naps a day, and I hear that should end anytime now. I'm kind of looking forward to getting out of the house all morning long if we want!
You are a decent eater. Your favorites right now are steamed broccoli, black beans, strawberries, and blueberries. Unfortunately, these foods don't have many calories in them, and you dropped in weight- again. At your 15 mo. check-up, you weighed a whopping 20 pounds, which puts you below your normal 5%. You are 31.75 inches tall, which is around 60%. I am now supposed to put you on a high-calorie diet, and take you back for a weight check soon. If you don't gain weight, we're off to a gastroentologist. I'm not too worried though, b/c you run around like a maniac ALL day long, and eat fruit and veggies. We have added carnation breakfast to your milk, butter and cheese to everything, and are feeding you lots of hummus, guacamole, and peanut butter!
Your vocabulary is expanding slowly but surely, and you've added a few words this month. Your pediatrician said you know a few more words than other boys at your age, so although I think you aren't talking much, it seems you are right on track!
At the beach, I heard a noise in the kitchen, and found you just like this. You pulled your box out of the fridge from lunch and were munching on some cold french fries! You are such a fun, willfull, mess Eli! We love you!