ELIJAH │ 2 Years Old
My oh my, our little baby is TWO YEARS OLD! This 24 month update on him is a tad late, but since yesterday was his actual due date, I figure that gives me some wiggle room. There have been many eager requests for birthday pictures, so I have been trying to get a couple of posts out per day, but with the school year coming to a close and our summer vacation nearing, life is quite busy. We will do a post on Elijah’s 2nd Birthday Party today, and within the next few days we will also share his birthday morning at Polar Ocean World. Check out these birthday links already posted:
And now, another update on our sweet son, Elijah James…
Height: 85 cm │ Weight: 23.6 lbs
ELIJAH 22 Months
- It was around this month that we started to notice Elijah doing more and more things by himself. He has probably able to do these things for some time, but we just don’t push him much. It was therefore a pleasant surprise this month when I handed Elijah his cereal and a spoon and he started to feed himself. He turns the spoon just before it enters his mouth, which is sometimes results in a complete mess (especially with cereal), but I love realizing that he can do things by himself. Without intentionally doing it, we probably baby him a lot. And I guess, for now, we can! He’s still our little baby in so many ways.
- Even after two burns, Elijah is eager to help close the door of the water dispenser. In fact, he also tries to help latch it for us. You know… to keep HIM out of reach of the button that releases scalding hot water. He now understands, “close the door” and also helps to push the buttons when we need hot or cold water.
- We have child proof locks on a few of the kitchen cupboards containing dangerous items. Occasionally, when we are cooking or working in the kitchen, a couple of them will be unlocked. Elijah will try to lock them himself. He likes things to be in the right place (just like mommy), and ironically, he tries to lock the very lock put in place to keep him safe.
- Blowing on hot drinks. In the mornings, after I make a cup of coffee, Eli will lean over it, open his hands wide around the mug (not touching it), and then “blow”. In reality, he is just breathing out onto the coffee, but it is cute that he tries to cool it off for me.
- Frustrating model jobs. Modeling clothing has become a tedious job, for both Elijah and I, so I am not sure how much longer we will keep agreeing to these jobs. The money is good, but often it is not worth the headaches. The Chinese people involved in these photo shoots are unorganized, and often have unrealistic expectations. Modeling furniture is sometimes okay, but those jobs are slowly but surely losing their appeal too!
- Lion Roars. Elijah has been “roaring” when we hold up a lion toy. He mimics us but his roar is really just a deep breath outwards. It is really cute, and rather funny, because he wants to make the sound but it comes out so quietly.
- Clicking Noise. For a couple of weeks, Eli was making a clicking noise by flicking his tongue off his palate. I am sure that he is just discovering new tricks and sounds that he can make, especially while he is running or playing.
- Leg Tunnels. Little man loves to run under our legs, and especially so when we make it hard for him to get through. He runs around to do this over and over… while laughing his head off.
- Harmonica. Elijah loves the sound of musical instruments. This month he discovered the harmonica, and was so happy that he could make sounds with it by himself. Check him out playing with the harmonica HERE. We were quite surprised how quickly he picked up the ability to blow and make tunes. It seemed like he was quite surprised too!
- Guitars. Anytime someone is playing a guitar, Eli just stares at the person in amazement. He always watches Stan playing music on a Sunday during fellowship, and now he also stops playing to stare at Justin when he takes out his guitar to practice. Perhaps he will be musically gifted – neither of us are, but maybe he has a musical ear!
- Loveys. Eli really loves his grey Elephant and the stuffed froggy that he sleeps with. He really loves it when we pick him up so that he can get the froggy down from a high shelf in the playroom. When he sleeps he always stuffs both of them, and his horse from North Dakota, under his body, so that he can sleep on a mound of stuff animals.
- Forts. Elijah doesn’t like jumping, climbing or over-adventurous acts, but he LOVES forts, tunnels and hiding places.
- This month Elijah discovered that the dryer is a great place to climb into… with froggy. Check him out in the dryer HERE.
ELIJAH 23 Months
- The happy run. Elijah’s latest run is soooooo cute! He has a massive grin across his face and his arms and legs fly everywhere as he approaches his target. It is nothing short of hilarious, but I often cringe because I fear that he is going to trip. Thankfully, he has been gaining a lot more stability when he runs and he is also looking forward more now.
- LOVES: Cars… and pushing all of his toy cars down a ramp. He will sit and do this for ages, while also pushing a little button at the top of the ramp which makes a typical car sound. Often the cars will all pile up, but he will keep going until not a single car can go down the ramp. He will then get up and go read a book!
- This month Eli has been riding his cars over every surface that he can find – walls, tables, and even on the inside door handle of taxis. I have quickly learned that he is most happy sitting on the floor of a taxi (yes, no carseats here), playing with a toy car. He will sometimes make a “brrrrr” sound when he is “driving” his car along a surface. We often drive the cars on this arms, legs and head. Recently he started doing that to us when we sit down to play with him.
- Saying Grace. In the last few months, when we say grace before meals, Eli just stares at us and often starts giggling. This month he started occasionally putting his hands together too. He still stares at our faces and smiles – he seems quite amused by our bowed heads and closed eyes.
- Showering. Elijah LOVES showering with us! Bathing his in his super-sized bathtub is fun, but he is loving the showers because he can stand under the running water.
- Buckets of water. Since it is getting so hot outside, he also really enjoys playing with a bucket of water on the balcony.
- Running away. This month we really began battling with Eli running away from us when we are outside. He is just so excited to get down to the garden to play, that he runs as fast – and as far – away from us as he can. He also likes to be chased, so calling his name means he only runs even further. Although it could be a fun game, he doesn’t ever turn around and come back to us, so we worry about him running into roads or falling into random Chinese holes in the ground. Outside has been challenging lately, but we are working on minimizing the running away. I am sure that this will take quite a bit of work!
- Eli is our designated gate card holder now. As soon as we reach the ground floor of our building, we hand him the card and he will run ahead of us to (attempt to) beep us into our building. See him in action HERE, and below you can se him holding our building gate card.
ELIJAH 24 Months
- This was a challenging month for us. Elijah had many sleep interruptions and behavioral disruptions. There would be a few days where he acted off, and then a few normal days after that. We are not quite sure what was going on – one more tooth coming, perhaps a sleep regression, change of seasons, fighting off a sickness, who knows?! There were sleepless nights, 4am wake ups, and many nights of wanting to be held until the fell asleep.
- Clingy then distant. Due to the above challenges, we had MANY MANY clingy days. We also had many days where neither of us were allowed to pick him up. Some days Eli only wanted mommy and other days only daddy would do. At times we thought that he was angry with us, but we weren’t sure why. Turn two… or becoming a teenager?? This month was completely off for poor Elijah. We can tell that he is struggling through some sort of change/ development, but we haven’t quite figure it out yet.
- Dinosaurs. Anything dinosaur related is ALL THE RAGE right now! What a typical little boy – IT LOVE IT!
- Washing dishes. Eli loves to stand on a stool and “wash dishes”. Really he is just playing with soapy water, but he really does love it and can stand there for ages, pouring the water and splashing about with his mini kitchen set.
- Rhino and Zebra. Eli really loves the two plastic animals that Nana brought him from South Africa. He carries at least one of them wherever he goes – whether in bed, playing around the house, eating at the table, or playing with dirt outside.
- Exercising with Mommy. Elijah likes to watch my workout videos on the TV. I am sure that he simply just likes watching anything, but it is quite amusing when he sees me exercising and then joins in for a couple of seconds. Mimicking has never been his thing, so when he does, I am always impressed. He crawls under me while I do push-ups, and tries to pick up my arms when I do crunches. He sure does help make my workouts much more lighthearted and cheerful.
- Maisy’s Bedtime. We have a couple of favorites at bedtime, but the book that really makes Eli’s face light up is “Maisy’s Bedtime”. He LOVES this book, and can listen to it over and over and over again!
- Sleeping with water bottle. For some reason Eli has started wanting to sleep with his water bottle. He always seems really thirsty, and will sometimes call us in the night because he needs a drink. Unfortunately, because he chews all his sippy cups straws they loose their “leak-proof” capability, so if we leave his bottle in the bed with him, he wakes up soaked!
- Subway 6-inch. This month we realized that Elijah can eat an entire Subway 6-inch chicken sandwich. Of course, there are other meals where he barely touches his food at all, but wow, the boy can chow down on a whole 6-inch if he wants to!
- No talking yet. Eli still says no words, and this month Mommy REALLY struggled with this. A few days before his second birthday, Justin read a list of “where your two year old should be” – trust me, I HATE those lists! Foolishly I read about where Eli should be, and then suffered through some awful feelings during the days that followed. I don’t want to go into it, but I will just say that it was a rough time for me. We have decided that Elijah is just developing at his own pace, and he will talk when he is ready to talk. Everything about his personality has always suggested that he could possibly be a late speaker. He doesn’t mimic, he is an observer (but not a follower), quiet, sensitive, and fiercely independent. It is easy to get caught up in worldly worries, but the truth is that Elijah was fearfully and wonderfully made, and he is absolutely perfect. He will talk when he is ready.
Even though we know that two comes with it’s fair share of challenges, we are so excited for the next year with Elijah. He is becoming his own little person now, and every month he is able to do more and more. A good friend – my “go-to mom” for mothering advice – always reminds me that Elijah is the first, so our expectations of him are very low. This is true. We never really push him, or expect too much of him. We basically do everything for him, and often don’t even know what he is capable of until we see another kid his age doing something and then realize that Eli can do those things too.
Since he is super laid-back and not much of a mimicker, we are often surprised when we tell him to do something and not only does he understand us, but he can DO IT HIMSELF. Lately I have been putting his shoes by the door and telling him to go put his shoes on. I am utterly blown away that he goes to sit by his shoes and tries to put them on. Sure, sometimes he needs a hand with strap and laces…. but lately I feel like I am learning more about what he can do, and that we clearly underestimate what he has already learned from just watching us. Let’s just say, we are all learning new things everyday!
This child has been an incredible blessing to us.
We are so blessed that Go chose us to be his parents. What a wonderful gift.
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