Today is the one year anniversary of meeting Eli!! And wow, what a ride it has been. We watched the video this morning of our first days together. The funny thing is that he is still the same wild, crazy, belly laughing, fit throwing, obstinate boy we met that first day.
There are a few things about Eli that are obvious from the minute you meet him: 1) he is gorgeous, and has an infectious smile, 2) he has a twinkle in his eye that has trouble written all over it, 3) he is LOUD and 4) he loves to be the center of attention. Oh and obstinate, did I mention he can be quite obstinate? I think that word deserve to be in capitals too...OBSTINATE!! He is definitely acting his age these last few months. I wonder if three will be better or worse?!
After Em's first year home I wrote several stats about her, so I thought I'd do the same for Eli's first year...
Number of shoe sizes grown: 4, from 5 to 8 Clothing sizes grown: 3, from 18m to 2T Pounds gained: 9 New Teeth: 12 (?) Trips to the hospital: Two ER visits; one for pneumonia/asthma, one for falling down the stairs
Trips to the doctor: Too many, unfortunately!! We're finally seeing a specialist about his chronic pneumonia and lung issues. I feel like his chronic sickness/chronic diet of antibiotics has contributed to his obstinate nature.
Hours in his brace: 13-14/day, he is still wearing a brace for his club feet at night and nap time. We are amazed that his "special need" never stops him. He is athletic, agile and super strong!
Number of nights spent snuggling in bed with Mom and Dad: Countless, he burrows in and sleeps like a log.
Number of days spent copying whatever his big sister is doing: 365!!
Times he has referred to himself as "Eli": Zero! He calls himself "Yang Yang" to this day. We asked his teachers to use his Chinese name at school, and we call him that often too. I've learned just how important a name can be after spending a year with my son.
Current Favorite Books: A choose your own story book about a princess and The Mitten by Jan Brett Current Favorite Music: Itsy Bitsy Spider, I had a little Monkey, Victor Vito Number of hugs & kisses: Thousands, but you can never get too much.
We all have so many more laughs because of this sweet boy!
May he always know the richness he has added to our lives and that he is loved beyond measure.
We spent Father's Day with Tom's parents at a fundraiser at their local air field. It was fun for the kids to run around among the little Cessnas and Pipers. Eli was in complete awe of every plane & helicopter that took off or landed, which probably totaled around 50.
As you can tell by the photos, the kids had just as much fun looking at planes as they did playing with their Papa.
The kids adore their Papa and he is definitely the best Daddy in the world, as those who know him can attest! Every day when he comes home from work they run and squeal to meet him. He will do anything for them, build them crazy forts, fix them fun meals, walk endlessly around the block if they want to ride their bikes and the list goes on... If I tease Tom, Em will tell me, "Don't be mean to my sweet Daddy!" and she means it wholeheartedly.
We are so lucky. We love you, Papa and hope all of your days are happy father's days!
Along with a photo of Em on our Family Day, we have a tradition to sit on the couch wherever we are along with the whole family. There are a few tiny details you might notice this year, first, we said goodbye to our kitty two years ago and added a new one this year. Second, we have sat on a different couch every time (Mama likes design and changes her mind often. hehe!) Lastly, Papa has worn the same shirt 3 out of 4 times (I'm crossing my fingers that it doesn't make it to Family Day 2010!) And of our course a huge detail, we added a wild, zany and loveable brother this year!
Lanzhou, China: 2006 (click on photos to enlarge) Staying with friends between houses, with Bella: 2007 At our new house: 2008 Today, adding Eli and Frieda: 2009! Oh, and we always do a goofy one!