You might remember these pictures from Halloween last year, Elijah went as a little mouse and I was a cat. We don’t often go to the weekly playgroups, but we did that week since I knew that we probably wouldn’t have another chance to dress up and go out together for Halloween. It’s not that playgroups aren’t fun – they are really are great – I’m just not good at getting us there! These weekly meet-ups are a chance for the kids to take part in fun activities, sing songs, dance, make a piece of artwork to take home, and most of all, an opportunity to mingle with other kids. For the moms, its a chance to get out and spend some time with other moms, while interacting with their kids and also having some fun. Everyone there has a great time, but I have to admit I need the entire afternoon to rest after a morning out (Social-Overload), and since I work every afternoon, that is not possible. So even though I know I should get out more (and I will when it’s not so cold), and that Elijah needs to socialize, we just don’t go very often.
When we do go, I see the parts of Eli’s personality that very much come from me, his mommy. When we are in a large group he is completely in his own world, and he often wonders off to go exploring. Almost all of the kids interact and sing songs during circle-time, but Eli is usually sitting looking around, or even walking away to find something else to do. I often feel exactly the same in big groups, I would rather be to the side, watching, than in the middle of it all. In the picture above, he is looking through the blinds at the kids playing outside. Again, like me, wanting to be there and know what’s going on, but only from a distance and while playing with his own toys. When he plays, it is clear that he is organized and he knows what he likes. He doesn’t talk yet, in fact, he’s a very quiet child, but when he does want to tell you something he will mumble a whole sentence of baby talk, waving his arms while he tries to get his point across. It is very cute!
I love watching Elijah and seeing the ways that he takes after both Justin and I. I’m very proud of who he is, already, and despite the toddler tantrums and many other phases that we will go through in his life, I know that I’d be happy if he turned out like either Justin or I. Right now he is a sweet combination of us and that makes me heart happy.
We love you little man.
You are awesome!