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For the past few months, we’ve somehow managed to endure all four of Elisha’s first-year molars moving into their proper places in his mouth. It wasn’t always easy. Compared to the rest of his teeth, the molars were full of more crankies, more snot, and more restless sleep than ever before.

Well, that is until his incisors started growing in.

Ugh.

I will admit I’ve been happy there hasn’t been much in the runny nose department, but the restless sleep and crankies come and go and come and go on a day-to-day basis. Couple this with the force of a 16-month old blooming head-first into his toddlerhood and the adventure just gets more and more whine-filled.

I can’t wait for teething to be over. It’s a series of milestones I look forward to putting behind us all. Less long nights spent nursing (yes, we’re still breastfeeding … no, I don’t have a set-in-stone date for when we’ll wean) and more time exploring new foods will be something to enjoy together. Well, we may actually be able to start the weaning process if he’s ready.

Although, I really hate that phrase, especially now that we’ve come to love elimination communication and all it’s benefits. Potty “readiness” is very different, I think, from weaning “readiness.” During the worst of his teething, Elisha will sometimes refuse to eat anything (except for a bit of fruit here and there and maybe, maybe, maybe some yogurt). I just couldn’t dream of letting him go without eating, so during the worst of his teething days, he would always without fail nurse. Yes, toddler nursing antics (upside down nursing, nursing and dancing, etc.) can sometimes be a challenge to my patience, but it has been more than worth the delay in weaning to keep him full of something nutritious and so incredibly valuable to his development.

There are definitely days I am very ready to wean. There are other days that I know it will be bittersweet.

Given Elisha’s strong personality, however, I know that he will help me set the pace. He already has started putting himself to sleep at night (after nursing) instead of nursing to sleep. Sometimes, laying him in his own bed and sitting in the office chair across the room from him (singing) is the only way he’ll go to sleep. Some nights, when he wakes, I can rock him back to sleep after he goes to the potty. Other nights, he needs to nurse again. On the teething nights, he often nurses all night, but those are getting fewer and farther between.

It’s getting better. It’s been an awesome ride so far. I’m interested in seeing what the end of teething brings into our lives. It should be exciting.

His potty readiness has also been pretty amazing. Since we’ve been practicing EC over the past 10 months, it’s been crazy to see just how much babies are capable of. While he’s not that communicative while teething, he still has so very few misses these days. I’m not confident enough to go out for long errands in training undies, but we did go to church with them last Sunday without issue. He goes all day with maybe a miss or two, and he’s often dry all night long. It’s certainly lessened the burden when it comes to diaper laundry, but I have never considered washing cloth diapers to be much of a burden to begin with. Ha!

Anyway, time just keeps flying by. I still can’t believe I have a walking, talking, drawing, imagining, playing toddler.

Elisha loves to draw

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little drummer boy

little drummer boy

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06152011 - Garden Boy

06152011 - Garden Boy 06152011 - Garden Boy

06152011 - Garden Boy

06152011 - Garden Boy

06152011 - Garden Boy

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our first garden

loving the pool

our first garden

a garden visitor

What do I love this Monday? The feeling of summer that’s in the air. I mean, I’m not looking forward to the heat, but I love summer. I love sunshine and gardens and the pool. This year, we have all of those things in our back “yard” of sorts (it’s hard to call our tiny space in the back of our townhouse a yard).

We caved and bought Elisha a kiddie pool. It gives us something else to do during the day, he loves it, and we can all work on our tans together. He loves the bath (and the sink), so I figured the pool was the next logical step. It’s been very much a success, but I must admit I find a kiddie pool a bit high maintenance considering we don’t have a hose or access to one anywhere near our townhouse. Buckets of water from the sink are kind of annoying, let me tell you, especially since he plastic inflatable thing needs to be emptied and cleaned often because of things like bird poop and bugs. I don’t even think covering it would make a difference, but the smiling baby is totally worth it.

In fact, the baby smiling is really worth it after this rough month we’ve had. Three molars at once, some verbal milestones (he knows a lot of words and signs, even if he doesn’t always use them all when he could), and who knows what else have made sleeping rough and the crankies a constant battle. These past couple days have been on the up and up, however, and I’m not complaining about how worn out a dip in the pool makes little E.

He also loves to jump in first thing in the morning. It’s so cute.

A toddler is a completely different adventure, and I think I still cringe inside a little even when I type that word. He’s still my baby… but he’s gotten so big!

Another new adventure for me is gardening. We’ve got two raised beds out the kitchen door with eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, and various peppers. I’ve got some lettuce and mizuna to plant, too, but I need to knock the bottom off of two clementine boxes to fill with potting mix and seeds. I should hurry up before it gets too hot, really. Summer is creeping up on us fast … and I’m excited!

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morning sun

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My Son the Collector

My Son the Collector

My Son the Collector

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So determined. Whattaface.
Whassup?

so, i’ve been meaning to make a list of all the things little E signs and says, as well as start keeping track of the words and signs we’re working on. his willingness to communicate with words and sign sort of exploded just recently (i can’t remember exactly when, but it was maybe a little before his first birthday). he wants us to read to him, to tell him what things are, and to pay attention to him when he’s talking. he’s curious, but can get frustrated if we don’t catch on soon enough. ah, toddlerhood … as of this week (at 13 months), here’s where we’re at:

signs

  • all done
  • bye-bye
  • drink
  • food
  • milk
  • more
  • points (at everything, really; it’s also his form of saying hello 50-75% of the time instead of waving)
  • potty (he’ll point in the direction of his diaper or tap his underpants when he needs to go)
  • wash (he’ll rub his chest and tummy like he’s getting washed)
  • yes & no (though, he mostly just does no; he does know how to nod if he wants to)

words he says

  • mama
  • papa
  • boob (heehee; this was technically his first word)
  • more (which currently still sounds like “moe”)
  • woof/arf (for dog or when the dog barks at things)
  • bye-bye (bah-bah or just ba! with a bit of a country twang)
  • all done (he says “ah duh” and signs all done)
  • bath (also sounds like ba!)
  • Bible (sounds like “bai-bu” and he can pick out his Jesus Storybook Bible from the shelf no matter where it is when we ask for it before bedtime)
  • balloon (sounds like “mamoon” most of the time)
  • nurse (as in, to eat, which is his own made up word of “nah nah.” sometimes, he chooses to use this word for me in general instead of mama)
  • night night
  • vroom vroom (for motorcycles and cars and sometimes bicycles)

words we’re working on

  • book
  • up (& down, i guess)
  • dog

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