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Top 10: I Love This Age

September 8, 2011 — Leave a comment

“I just thank God for all of the blessings.” James Brown  

“Children make your life important.” Erma Bombeck  

Each day is a blessing. My little boy is about a week or so away from being 10 months old. Time literally goes by fast! My husband and I were talking about how amazing it is that in a matter of a month Eli can change so much! So today I am counting what I love about the stage that he is at. Of course this is not all that I love about it since it’s a top 10 list, but it is definitely some favorites!

  1. Laughter. I love Eli’s laugh, especially when he chuckles. And I love that he makes me laugh! 
  2. Teeth. He is getting two top teeth. While the process of cutting teeth isn’t fun, I love that smile when they are in.
  3. Snot. Yup I said it. I love the face he makes when he is “blow” snot bubbles… even though usually nothing comes out.
  4. Food. I love that he eats table food, he eats what we eat. He is very independent!
  5. Sleep. He has always been a good sleeper and still is. I am very thankful!
  6. Talking. Eli says dada 90% of the time but he has said momma! I love hearing him babble.
  7. Pulling Up. This was a big change in our house! One day he decided to pull himself up and since then the exploring of the house has not stopped. I love watching him learn and get stronger as he walks along the coffee table.
  8. Crawling. He is a fast crawler, although it is still the army crawl, he gets where he wants quickly! I still think its cute how he gets around army style.
  9. Hair. My kiddo has crazy hair, I usually say he has Eli hair! His hair has a mind of its own and I love it.
  10. Thumb sucking. My baby boy sucks his thumb. He only does it when he is sleeping, but I love how precious it is when I go check on him and he is sucking his thumb. (Of course I may be asking for advice when he is older on how to stop the thumb sucking, lol! )

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3 (NIV)

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“I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen…” A.A. Milne

In a matter of one day things became much more exciting at our house. Eli learned to pull himself up! Today he has walked along the coffee table while holding on! They seriously grow up so fast! Not only is he pulling himself up and walking along the coffee table, but he has two more teeth coming in, he feeds himself food and we lowered his crib. So much so fast, at least it feels that way! I told Chase last night that his room doesn’t feel like a baby room anymore, it feels like a toddler room now. He is getting big so quickly! I always heard that when it comes to your children growing up it feels like it happens within the blink of an eye. Only now do I realize just how true that statement is. I am so happy and excited that he is learning to do all these new things but I am just not ready for him to grow up. I’m sure other moms know how I feel. All I can really do is just take each day and cherish each moment I have with him, at each new stage and each new milestone he comes to. Every day is a blessing and every child is a blessing. I am thankful that I get to spend my days with the most wonderful blessing!

 

“Children reinvent your world for you.” Susan Sarandon

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Growing up I was never good at having patience. I also never thought that it was very important either. I believe that learning to be patient can come in several different ways. For me, being a mom has been the best opportunity for me to learn this, and not only that but it has been a joyful way to learn too. At the beginning you have to learn this skill because you are running on little sleep. With out patience the combination of little sleep can make it easy to be short with your spouse. And that of course was a little challenging. But, as Eli has gotten older it’s amazing how something like wanting and waiting for him to crawl is teaching me patience all over again. He is so interested, he gets on all fours and rocks back and forth. He will scoot backwards or roll every where but will not go forward. I get so excited when I see him rocking back and forth thinking this will be the day. There are actually a number of videos with him doing nothing on my phone because I thought he was about to crawl! No matter how badly I want him to crawl it will only happen when he is ready and I can’t change that fact. So what can I do in the mean time while I wait for his crawling adventures to start… have patience, and keep that camera rolling!

 

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” Charles R. Swindoll, The Strong Family

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My son will be six months old this week! Wow, does time fly by! He is at such a fun stage… almost sitting up on his own, two teeth have almost made their way in, and he is working on crawling. He goes in circles and backwards but has not officially crawled yet. I have so many videos of him doing nothing because I think he is about to crawl and I want to capture it. I know what will happen… he will crawl when I am not in the room or if I am, I wont have the camera on. As much as I want him to crawl, I am okay that he hasn’t. I am trying to enjoy every moment while he is little because I know how fast this time will go. One day he will be crawling and the next he will be in school. When it comes to raising children we need to take every day as a gift and enjoy each moment we have at every stage, because one day they will grow up. We can’t stop our babies from growing up, all we can do is take joy in each stage that they are in and do our best to raise them right. No my little one is not crawling yet and he is by no means anywhere near growing up and leaving home, but with each milestone he comes to I am reminded that he will not be little forever. So I am taking each milestone as a gift and treasuring each one, taking joy in my time spent with my son because one day he will grow up.