We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~Stacia Tauscher
I don't even know what to think. This is my last update before my precious babe turns one! Where has the time gone?
To celebrate his 11 month birthday my poor boy got hand, foot, and mouth disease. The sick little man has slept most of the day. We took him to the doctor and found out that he weighs 22 lbs 3oz and is 30.75 inches long. He is a big boy!
Ephraim's personality is coming out in full force. He loves people, and especially big kids. He points to everyone he sees and, if they are lucky, he will wave hello. When Ephraim smiles at someone even the meanest looking fellows will smile back. When he's in the mood to wave hello and goodbye he says hello and goodbye to everyone and everything.
Ephraim loves to "talk." His babbling sounds like sentences now, and he knows how to say "up", "hey", "yay", "mama", and "dada." He also signs "more" by clapping his hands together. He tries to say fish, and he knows what "finished", and "water" mean. Also, if you say kisses and put your cheek by your face you just may get a slobbery, open-mouthed kiss.
Ephraim is independent. If he can do it by himself, he loves it. He crawls and climbs anywhere he can. He loves to find leaves and sticks and try and put them in his mouth. However, if mama puts out her hand and asks him to spit it out, he almost always does. He is finally somewhat interested in holding someone's hands and walking, but much prefers to crawl all by himself. He loves swimming, but he wants to do it by himself. He has no fear, and doesn't mind diving head first into the water. He requires a very watchful eye wherever we go.
This month has been a month of teething. Ephraim wants to have a mouth full of teeth by the time he turns one. I love his silly toothy smile. Stephen thinks he looks like bat boy. His very favorite foods are squeezy fruit pouches and graham crackers.
We've been moving this month, and Ephraim likes to play in his play pen and with boxes. Ephraim had a little bit of trouble sleeping the first day, but then quickly adjusted to his new surroundings. He's seen his first television shows, and enjoys a little bit of Sesame Street, and Yo Gabba Gabba, but only in very small doses. He wasn't a fan of Mr. Rogers; we think his voice was a bit monotone for his tastes. He still much prefers to read his books (much to the pleasure of his parents). Although, his very favorite thing just may be a Mickey Mouse sing-along CD that we have. No matter how upset he is in the car, if we turn it on, he is instantly quiet.
Stephen and I are training for a marathon and half-marathon respectively, and Ephraim gets to come on lots of walks and runs with us. He is a trooper and enjoys rides in the stroller, and often takes a little nap in the meantime. He especially loves playing at the park when we are finished.
It's so much fun to watch my little baby grow into a toddler!