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Happy first birthday my littlest love!!
I am so proud of you and of your first year on Earth. You are a spunky, cuddly, affectionate, strong, and bright little boy now. No longer a baby! You have started standing this month. On the 5th of November. Since that time you have been standing more and and more. On your first birthday you stood for ages – clapping your hands and carrying on. You are growing up so fast. xo
All your belly buddies have had birthdays this last month (you are the last), so we have been off to tons of parties. It was also Uncle Hayden’s birthday party and your cousin Jade’s first birthday party. So we’ve been busy! You seem to love parties and celebrating. Lior has been making us practice for his birthday, so we sing Happy Birthday and open pretend presents most days. We even eat cake (well, you don’t… you just eat fruit!) You have had quite a lot of practice now, and so it was no surprise that you vigorously clapped your hands and smiled wide when you opened your gifts and everyone sang YOU happy birthday! I love to celebrate you Eli. When I see you smile and hold me tight I know that even when I worry that I’m not doing a good job as a Mummy, I am. I’m doing the best I can for you and Lior, and just quietly, I think we’re going pretty well.
Your birthday was full of lots of wonderful things. Daddy bought you a special birthday babycinno when you went out in the morning, and then when you got back we opened presents in bed. We had our playgroup breakup at Chipmunks all morning which was lots of fun. It was so lovely for you to see your friends on your birthday! In the afternoon you slept, and we grabbed some quick smash cake photos before we headed out to the beach for dinner with Grandma & Pa, and Marzy. It was a full and busy day, and judging by the lovely smiles and cuddles you gave everyone I think you really enjoyed yourself. I am so proud to have you as my son.
You and Lior both got a little bit of a Summer cold this month, but it quickly cleared up. I was quite sick too! No fun!
Uncle Amon & Aunty Ané babysat you one night while Mummy and Daddy went out. You are so good at being looked after, and you love Amon & Ané. It seems that Pa is one of your favourite people at the moment (maybe because Lior steals Grandma straight away?!), and you always have a big cuddle and huge smile for him when you see him!
This month you have started being a bit rough with Lior. You have been pulling his hair, and hitting him with toys! Yikes! I’ve been having to quickly re-learn how to discipline and manage an 11 month old’s behaviour, and try to show you that it’s not okay to hit your brother, and that you need to be kind and gentle. I’ve been reading some tips about practical parenting that has helped! It’s still hard to know what you understand and what you don’t. You are a cheeky little boy, and sometimes I don’t know what to do when you laugh or smirk after you’ve hit Lior (or me!). I’m still learning how to manage two kids at once I guess!
You still wake up annoyingly early. 4:45am nearly every morning, with the sun. Daddy usually takes you out for a coffee and a look at the beach, but this month I’ve done it a couple of times too. This is love Eli. Love for you and love for your Daddy!! Because you know what? I love to sleep! While your early waking is definitely a bit of a pain, the up side is that you hardly wake in the night anymore. The last week or so I am pretty sure you have slept through the night, or maybe woken a few times to rearrange yourself and get back into my arms to cuddle.
Early in the month you started teething your eye teeth. Even now I can still feel the big bulges on your gums, but nothing has come through yet. There are lots of teething symptoms, and for me, I know that when you want to breastfeed lots and you’re restless at night, that means you’re teething! They are quite miserable teeth to get, and those nights you fed LOTS, and needed lots of extra cuddles. I hope it helped you my darling!
Eli Adama, I can’t believe it has been a whole year of YOU! I love your smile, and the way you sign to be picked up and have a cuddle. I love the way you laugh so HEARTILY (especially when you’re playing with Lior). I love the way you cuddle into me and feel safe in my arms. I love the way you love to explore and climb and keep up with your big brother. You two will have lots of adventures over the coming years. I can’t wait to see it unfold. I love you. I love who you are right now. I can never get enough of you Eli. Mwah!