Thursday, September 28, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Last night Cooper and his parents came over for dinner. No pictures to share this time (the camera batteries were being charged), but the boys did have a few cute moments. We were just commenting on how funny it is that they don't play together at all when they started. Eli and Cooper were sitting on the floor playing with pots and pans and colanders when Eli decided to put the strainer on his head like a hat. Cooper thought this was funny (but not as funny as Eli thought it was!) and 'helped' Eli put it on his head a few more times.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
In the past few weeks Eli's dancing has become much more animated. Currently he claps whenever he hears music along with his standard head shake. The latest dance move is a one-arm swing: very suave! Eli's other new trick is the sit-n-spin. I'm not referring to the hard plastic toy from our childhood; Eli is his own sit-n-spin. He will sit on the wood floor and spin by pushing his feet around in a circle while leaving his torso (read: butt) in place. This kid is a one-man circus!
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
The walk was quite a success. There were approximately 1,000 walkers and we collectively raised over $1.2 million, at least 70% of which will stay in Atlanta to help with research and support for breast cancer patients. For those who have never participated in a walk similar to this, I encourage you to give it a try one year. The experience is amazing, even if you just work as a crew member at pit stops or registration. Thank you all again SOO much for everything. For those who donated, with your help we surpassed our fundraising goal and have helped over 45 local breast cancer organizations with educational, research, financial assistance and support programs. For those who sent me words of encouragement, your support means so much to me and it helped me finish the last stretch Sunday morning when my body was telling me it would rather sit than walk!
Thursday, September 14, 2006
As I was thinking about sleeping away from him for two whole nights I recalled the first night in the hospital after he was born. Eli was born at 8:28AM, so we had plenty of time to hang out before bedtime rolled around that night. At midnight Lehr and I decided to put Eli in the hospital nursery for two hours so we could get some sleep. We were both exhausted and I knew I wouldn't get any rest knowing no one was standing over Eli making sure he was still breathing. Ironically, as soon as Eli left the room I was unable to shut my eyes. I couldn't sleep knowing he was not with me, which was odd because looking back I don't think I really 'got it' yet (the love/bond thing). I think I dozed for a total of 20 minutes before I finally went and got him again at 2AM. So here I sit thinking about the upcoming weekend and wondering how I'll sleep knowing Eli and I are separated by many miles.
Ridiculous, I know. Random, I know. But as Lehr can tell you, my thoughts usually have about six degrees of separation. Sometimes (much to his *delight*) I ask him a random question or share an out-of-the-blue thought with him and then explain to him how I got there. For this random though the issue of sleeping away from Eli came to my mind as I was considering bringing some Tylenol PM to the hotel tomorrow night. I often have a hard time sleeping (no clue why), and I want to be sure to get enough rest for my walk. Then I started thinking about how I was going to sleep in general without Eli in the next room.... Random thought over (for now). I promise.
Eli's new favorite toy is the pump for my exercise ball. He loves that he can put the black spout in his mouth and make funny noises. What he likes even more is when someone compresses the pump and air blows on his face or in his mouth. This contraption is right up there with the cardboard diaper box I gave him the other day. He spent lots of time exploring the box inside and out, finally using it as a walker. When Daddy got home we took turns pulling Eli in the box (it's big enough for him to sit in). This was especially fun when Lehr spun Eli in a circle for several seconds, making Eli completely dizzy. When the spinning stopped, Eli (still in the box) tilted his head all the way to the right side, as though he couldn't keep it up. I was laughing, but I felt sorry for his confusion so I picked him up. The poor little guy was like a newborn: he couldn't keep his head up or control his back. I told Lehr not to do that again....unless he had the video camera rolling.
Eli had a little haircut last night. Not his first official, since he doesn't have that much hair, but two snips were cut. Eli's hairline is so defined, much like Lehr's, and he had two or three little hairs that were significantly longer than the rest. I finally cut them last night. He resembles Lehr even more now.
Bumps and Bruises are here! Eli often uses his head to navigate while he crawls which means I hear "BUMP" several times a day as his head meets the wall. You may remember my entry last week about the fork holes in Eli's forehead... Well they're gone but now he has a big bruise on his cheek from falling into the table corner earlier this week. Also, Eli has become quite fond of forcefully falling down. When he lets go of the table or his walker or the chair he tends to heave himself, hands outstretched, towards the hard floor. That's just another bruise waiting to happen.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Also, he is clapping much more. It's very common for me to look in the rearview mirror and see Eli clapping and swaying his head side to side. Go White Boy Go White Boy Go!!!
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Eli went to his second Cubs game tonight. Although the seats were not as good and the fireworks were absent, he still had a great time. Tom, Megan, and David joined us this evening, so Eli had a lot of friends to play with and sit with during the game. He even made friends with the fellow Cub baby in front of us!
Friday, September 08, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Nevertheless Eli put on quite a show of signing "more" repeatedly at dinner tonight. The motivation? Fresh porcini ravioli....the kid loves it enough to perform as his parents ask.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
#1: Eli playing his keyboard:
Monday, September 04, 2006
HAPPY BIRTHDAY COOP!!!
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
Today was also Eli's first music class. Though he has enough musical instruments in the house to last him several years, I knew he'd enjoy the socialization and singing from someone other than his off-key mother. Indeed. He really seemed to like clapping his hands and watching everyone else do the same.