Last month, shortly before Thanksgiving, we got to celebrate two years of having our sweet Elijah with us.
Elijah is my Sweet Boy, as I’ve called him since he was a newborn. He really is sweet, gets along with everyone, and is completely adorable. It wasn’t hard to find cute pictures of Elijah for this post! He’s always smiling for the camera.
Elijah loves to help. He loves to throw things in the trash or sink, help me move laundry into the dryer, and “sweep”. We’ve probably lost a lot of forks due to his helping! It’s certainly not uncommon to find random items (socks, cups, spatulas…) in the trash. He also loves to make messes, and flashes the cutest I’m-so-proud-of-myself smile when he gets caught.
But, Elijah does have some weaknesses. First of all, he doesn’t need much sleep. This could be related to his ongoing thyroid treatment. (We’ll find out more about that in a few months.) But, no matter the reason, Elijah gets up early. He used to stay up late. He used to get up during the night. We finally broke those habits, but, alas, now he won’t sleep past 6. He wakes up ready to go and screams until we get him (or the whole house wakes up). As soon as he is up, he’s chipper as anything and toddles around the living room chattering to himself and admiring the Christmas lights. It’s not uncommon for him to crash before he makes it to nap time, and I find him sleeping on the couch, in his high chair, or sometimes even in my own arms.
Elijah also has a strong will. When he doesn’t like dinner, when he’s told, “No”, or when he can’t communicate what he wants, he gets angry. He’s so cute, sometimes we can’t help but laugh, but we try hard to end the tantrums as we’re able. He usually recovers pretty suddenly, often when there’s food involved.
Elijah tends to get himself into trouble. There was the terrible time he chocked on a toy when he was not-yet-one, but he’s always finding himself in similar situations. He’ll climb up somewhere and get stuck. He’ll find all sorts of household items that he shouldn’t play with (anywhere we go!). Sometimes the situations he gets himself into are so funny, I don’t know whether to help him out first or stop and take a picture.
Elijah loves to eat. I mentioned that he’s chipper in the morning, but that’s only after we give him his early morning snack. Sometimes that’s followed by a late-early-morning snack, then breakfast, a mid-morning snack (if it’s a good day), lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and a dessert (which is frequently some sort of fruit). Any tears, for any reason, can usually be ended with a snack. This boy loves to eat.
Elijah loves his siblings and loves to be a part of whatever is going on. Whenever Dan asks the kids if they want to do something fun or eat something yummy, he joins in the rest of the family, raising his hand and yelling, “ME!!!”. He’ll play happily with anyone, or just by himself, but is only starting to learn how to respond when he’s told to share. One of his favorite things to do is wrestle with Dan in the evenings. He also gets excited anytime anyone is going out of the house and will eagerly bring his shoes over and insist on coming along. (It’s hard to say no to that!)
Elijah is quiet. He’s always been quiet, or at least, I’ve always seen him as a quiet person. By quiet, I don’t mean he can’t be loud, but that he’s not much of a talker. He doesn’t like to say words when put on the spot and he doesn’t like to say things unless he knows he can say them correctly. Still, he’s picking up new words frequently. When I tell him, “I love you!” and he repeats back, “Wuv ooh!” it just melts my heart.
So, is Elijah ready to be a big brother? Well, I’d say he was pretty much born ready. Paul has always demanded my attention, even when Elijah was a newborn, so Elijah learned to spend less time with Mommy. Or he learned to share. Or he learned to be happy with Dan. When he does get to be with Mommy, he often still has to share with Paul. It’s not uncommon to find both boys perched on my lap together, one on each leg. He still loves his snuggles though, and I love the moments when I get to snuggle him, even if it is only at 6 AM.