Tuesday, December 21, 2010


This screams trouble, eh? All I heard prior was, "Let's put on your helmet, this might be dangerous..." I shouldn't have looked.

This is how we entertain ourselves on snowy days when we're trapped inside all day...

Random updates on Elliot-- his picky eating continues, but he's eating much more these days. He does have an array of edibles, but it goes in massive binges, about a month or two at a time. This month, he eats plum or berry babyfood and cereal only. Every meal. Bananas, eggs, bread, yogurt, all the favorites from before have been blacklisted for some unknown reason.

He had another cold, and has gotten into a habit of waking with the congestion, needing some snuggling, and taking some milk. Some nights it was four times and I wondered what we had gotten ourselves into, "We'll be zombies soon." But, since school is out for both of us, we seem to take it in stride and let it happen, enjoying the snuggles and thinking he really needs it to fall back asleep. Now that the cold is waning, I sure hope that he goes back to his 12-hr nights (well, kind of...). This morning, after waking at 6am, he went back down and we all slept until 10am. Not bad.

Renee brought him some Christmas gifts when she watched him last time... great new Seuss books and this piano music toy that he absolutely loves. How did she know? ;) Each morning since Sunday, he's gotten up and gone straight for this piano. It's hilarious. And he'll use all his might to pick it up and take it into the kitchen if we're working in there, just to show us his musical talent.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Proud of His Accomplishments.

Pat said the other day, "Elliot got the best of both worlds from us-- a temper from you, and misplaced pride from me." Now, whether that's really true is up for debate, but as you can see, Elliot is not shy about his accomplishments. He has been stacking toys really well lately, then giving himself a round of applause. The other day, he came and sat right next to me at the computer, and just started clapping. I glanced beyond him, and on the other side of the room was a stack of two bottles. He was so proud. Now, he tries to stack really odd shaped things, with a gentle hand, trying to balance when, of course, we can see it will never work.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Elliot, the Helper Elf Part II.

So I have this darling video of Elliot bringing ornament after ornament to Pat as he's trying to work on the laptop... but it's apparently JUST over the size limit, and I cannot seem to find any tool on my computer to crop off the last few seconds. Peh.

Elliot, the Helper Elf.

Elliot Helps Decorate.

Latest Snapshots.

The latest "non-toy-toy"-- paper towel and toilet paper tubes...yes, this is what I come home to.
Sharing a chair with the kitty.
Elliot's latest trick... pulling up the tray cover on his high chair and smashing his face until we notice and laugh. Renee and I were cracking up the other day when he did it spontaneously, until Pat filled us in that they had been working on this trick together recently.
First snow! Still working on bundling-- snow pants, coat, double socks pulled up, and he was still frozen on the edges when we got in! We let him down at the park, and he had real trouble walking in the snow. Don't know if it was the puffy clothes or the actual snow...
He enjoyed it more than this, I promise you. But, he did wear out on being bundled...

Toys got moved for the tree, and now there's a new place to perch.

A few weeks ago, I took Elliot to the Children's Museum (Thanks, Debra, for the pass!). We had fun and then a huge meltdown on the way home for lack of a nap, until he crashed.