As the second child, I have always been sympathetic to Eli’s plight. He gets lots of attention, but not as much as Sammy did. Unfortunately, I’m often the person giving him less attention. Everyone knows this will happen and I have two people who need me rather than just one, but I still slack on the Eli adoration more than I should. So here’s an update on our little one-year-old!

Eli went in for a (late) 12-month check up last week and was given a good report. We could tell that he’s had a growth spurt and lost some of his tummy, but we still think of him as being a little chubby and were surprised to hear his weight is in the 16th percentile (21 lb. 9 oz). His height is in the 58th percentile at 31 inches. And his head…what a cute head…the 97th percentile! He’s got a lot of brains in there.

I’m such a bad mom–I never recorded Eli’s first steps on the blog. But they happened the week after Christmas, if I remember correctly. So Eli’s technically a walker, although you’d probably not know it. He doesn’t really like walking (or maybe he lacks confidence?) so it only happens randomly and maybe once a day. He can walk about three steps and then looses his balance. He’s a super fast crawler these days.

One area where Eli’s excelling is in his verbal skills. Both of our boys are so vocal and I already get tired of talking by the end of some days. Hopefully they’ll have their daddy’s gift for communication. Now no one but me would understand most of Eli’s words, but he does have quite a few. I looked back to see when I made a list of Sammy’s words (about the same number as Eli has now), and it was when he was 18 months! And I thought the second would be a late talker/early walker.
So here it is:
Momma (mommy)
Daddy (Dadda)
Grandad (still working on Granny!)
dog (he LOVES all things dog right now)
cookie (learned that this weekend while baking)
batman (ma-man in a sing-songy voice)

Animal noises:
oink-oink (his fave)
roar (lion)
aahh-aahh (monkey)

Some of Eli’s favorite things right now include: baths, reading books, trains, playing with batman, tools, cars, and food. Eli really enjoys eating and, so far, will eat anything. He loves vegetables, grapes, chicken, crackers, and his new favorite, cookies. He does a lot of emphatic pointing with his cute little chubby finger and says what he wants or just grunts.

He’s a very fun little boy with an easy going personality. He enjoys time to play alone, loves one-on-one attention from Mommy or Daddy, and gets excited when he sees Sammy ready to play with him. A funny little thing about Eli: how brave he is on slides. I can put him at the top of a medium sized tunnel slide, run to the bottom and he’ll go down on his tummy (feet first). After the first time of any park visit, he remembers how fun it is and gets very excited for the next ride down the slide.

Okay, enough gushing.