8 months old!

Dear Elliot,

Today is a big day, not only because you’re 8 months old, but also because last night Barack Obama was re-elected for another 4 years as President of the United States!

Voting is a big deal and our right as Americans. You’ll have the opportunity to exercise your right to vote when you turn 18. I hope you don’t take it lightly and you make the time to get to know each candidate and learn where they stand on important issues. Don’t vote for a candidate just because they are a part of a certain political party. Vote for them because you believe in what they stand for. It’s important that you stay informed so you can make informed decisions. Above all else, respect the opinions of those around you, even if you don’t agree with them.

Politics aside, let’s talk about you! You are now pulling yourself up to a standing position with such ease. I can hardly remember you being a helpless newborn, as those days are long gone. You’re growing and changing right before my very eyes. Your bottom front teeth have broken through and are on their way up up!

Now that it’s November, I’m getting more and more excited for our first holiday season together! Later this month is Thanksgiving, which is a holiday we celebrate to give thanks for the many blessings we’ve received throughout the year. Do you know what I’m thankful for? You!

You haven’t said any words yet, but it’s clear that you understand what “No” means. You are a very curious little man, so you often get into things that you shouldn’t. When that happens I say, “No Sir.” and you look at me and stop what you are doing. The first time I realized you were actually stopping because I said to I was shocked and amazed. You look to me (and Daddy) for answers, for comfort, for guidance, for love. When you’re upset or scared you reach out for one of us… it’s hard to put into words how amazing that feels. I love you so much, little buddy.



Hurricane Sandy

Apparently there’s a hurricane coming, and her name is Sandy. Elliot’s impressed. Me? Not so much.

7 months!

Dear Elliot,

Today you are 7 months old! A lot has happened in the last month… about a week after you turned 6 months old you started crawling! Then soon after that you started pulling yourself into a standing position. You can even stand by yourself for a few seconds at a time now. Not only that, but you are now sitting unassisted like a pro! I am so very proud of you and your determination. I hope that determination stays with you throughout your life.

Within the last month you’ve also become much more interested in Eegor, and I think it’s the cutest thing ever! You watch him walk around the house and reach out to pet him. It warms my heart. You also like the fact that Eegor sits under you when you are eating solids. You’ve started looking for him and I think you purposely drop food. Ut oh!

I love seeing your personality emerge, and most of the time you are very happy and easygoing. I can’t wait until you start saying “Mama”… I’ll probably cry happy tears.

You’re still toothless, but you’ve been teething on and off. I’m honestly in no rush for your teeth to come in though, so tell those chompers to continue taking their time! Oh, and you are now down to 2 naps a day—an important milestone because that means we have more time to do things together on the weekends! ♥

Until next month…


6 months = food!

Dear Elliot,

Well, you’re officially 6 months old! When you were first born I remember looking forward to this age SO much, but now that it’s here I wish I could hit the rewind button. It’s not that I don’t want you to keep growing (I do, I do!), but time is flying by. Every time I get used you being a certain age, and you being able to do certain things, you learn something new and it changes the game. If nothing else, it keeps me on my toes!

As evident from the photo above, we’ve started to feed you solid food. How exciting! You haven’t ingested all that much yet, but you’re doing a great job exploring all the different tastes and textures. So far so good. I’m glad we decided to go with baby led weaning instead of mush, and obviously Eegor is as well!

This past month we also transitioned you from a combo 3-3.5 hour schedule to a 4 hour schedule. I am really thankful because it makes life a lot easier. Our next schedule change will be dropping your 3rd nap of the day, but you’re not quite ready for that yet.

And last but certainly not least, you are trying oh so hard to crawl. You are getting so close, and I think by this time next month you’ll have it mastered. For now, you are rocking and scooting as much as you can.

Thanks for being such a sweet, adorable and well behaved little man.