Saturday, October 22, 2011

Golden October

We've been enjoying the lovely fall weather around here by spending every waking moment outside. Today we picked loads of apples off our tree and had a great time soaking up the sun and being together.
We went to a fantastic birthday party tonight. We introduced Eli to donuts on a string. He was put off by the no hands rule... I helped him cheat.
Eli wanted to help pick apples...

It was horrifying to those of us on the ground.

Relaxing in the sun.

Bad Sleep Mojo

Two weeks ago Eli waged war on sleep. It was an all out frontal attack and the casualties were many. We guess it was because he figured out how to climb out of his crib and with the new found freedom came lots of attempts to abuse it. It took us a few days to get night-time sleep back on track and a few weeks to get nap time normal but things are settling down. The remedy? Switched him to a twin bed with a railing, moved the locks around so we can lock his door from the outside, and set a very strict bedtime schedule and routine. Here are some pictures from our last few weeks of sleepiness.

Because he was getting such little sleep Eli fell asleep pretty much anytime it was inconvenient.
I grabbed this one right as he was waking up from a cat nap on the couch. I could get him to sleep on the couch if I put on Sesame Street and turned the volume way down.
He looked pretty out of it all the time. 6 hours of sleep a day does that to a toddler.
Sleepy time with his new friend Button the Moose.
Although the lack of sleep was awful for all involved, I did enjoy some more-than-usual cuddle time with my boy.
Story behind this one: Eli was supposed to be taking nap in his room but didn't stay in there long (this was before we figured out how to lock the door). I was sitting on my bed and watched with fatigued amusement as he wheeled himself in on his tummy with the skateboard trying to be as obscure and unnoticeable as possible. Charming child.


Thursday I met Jody and Mitchel up at Hogle Zoo for a gorgeous fall day of animal watching and, above all else, train riding. Eli loves trains right now and the moment we stepped foot in the zoo all he wanted to do was ride the train. We waited until the end so we could go see some of the animalia attractions, which Eli enjoyed, but he was definitely anxious to get back to the CHOO CHOO (as he reminded us...about ten times...a minute...).

Mitchel and Eli with friends.
Eli gets a closer look at the elephants.
Peg-leg Eli and Auntie Jody.
There they are!
Finally on the train!
And the 'pic' of the day goes to...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Trip to Instacare

A few Friday nights ago as we were coming in from an evening out Eli tripped and hit his head on the brick wall of the house. It bled. A lot. And being the crazy loony of a mom I am I made Dan haul us down to Instacare to have it looked at. In the end no anything was needed. Not a stitch. But it made for some great photos.

Twawana Baby