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more photos of elisha, of course!

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8 months baby e with papa

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baby e with papa

baby e with papa

elisha @ 8 months

over this past week, elisha stood up on his own once. he also stood without holding onto any furniture for a little less than a minute, chewing intently on a book. he regularly uses his baby bjorn little potty. he loves trains, lions, and food. he also loves books. he’s finally started on his consonants, preferring b’s and m’s with a smattering of n’s and k’s. if he could string his favorite “buh!” and “kkkkk” together, he’d say “book” for his first word! he does say “mama” and whispers “papa,” but i don’t think he’s made the connection that they refer to his parents yet. maybe. it’s hard to tell.

he signs milk on his own, but only when he’s already eating. if i sign it to him, he gets too excited and dive bombs for my chest if it’s close enough to his face. so, he knows it, but he’s not up to signing it himself. oh well. heehee.

he’s very good at playing by himself, but he still loves to be held. everyone who sees him calls him a happy baby—he smiles at most strangers all the time. he likes to make eyes at the ladies, especially. we’ll have to lock him in the basement one day.

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we’re home in ohio/west virginia visiting family for Thanksgiving (well, mostly. apparently, i’m back where i started from with my side of the family, but i should just start anticipating all the drama instead of getting hopeful that things will one day improve. i want a relationship that works, but i must be the only one willing to try because i always find myself getting sent back to the beginning more hurt and frustrated than the last time. you’d think i’d learn, but i keep hoping that this time is the last time and that this time everything will finally be different. one day, i still hope it will be. i can’t offer myself as a person to the same relationship every time without results forever … can i?)

anyway. today i borrowed my cousin-in-law’s “fancy camera” and let Elisha be himself outside for a bit. he was 8 months old on Saturday and for lack of our papasan chair (yes, i missed 7 months. it flew by so fast that i didn’t get a chance to take photos of him in the chair. besides, he just tumbles his way out of it on purpose now).

here are all of my favorites:

what a cutie 8 months!

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8 months!

i have a handsome baby. a handsome husband. and a burning need for a better camera like the one i borrowed today.

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