Another baby, another year older. If only it were so simple. But it's not! My little Elaina baby is now one...I'm trying to still be in denial. It's not working out well for me. She's been taking steps since she was 10 months old and is full on walking and climbing everything in sight now. She's ready to be a big kid toddler, even if I'm not ready for her to "move on."
She has the sweetest little laugh (but is oh so stingy with it) and giggles most often when she is tired or when she's with Graham. The second she hears his voice in the evening (he works nights and typically wakes up around 5-5:30pm) she stops whatever she is doing and practically runs to the bedroom to see him, with the biggest grin on her face. She loves her special little bunny as well as baby dolls, though my favorite is when she grabs a book and brings it to me to read to her. Her favorite books are touch and feel books, though flap books and ones with pictures of babies are high on her list too. She is ever so sneaky and bolts for the bathroom (if the door is left open), bedroom (if Evie is sleeping), pantry (again with the door open), or computer wires the second she sees I am otherwise engaged. Right now she also loves climbing on the little rocking chairs Graham's grandfather made (Elaina and Papa Lacy share a birthday, and she has always loved him!). She will stand in it and rock as fast as she can. Last week Evie climbed up with her which resulted in a tumble. (Evie was fine as Elaina softened her landing.) Elaina loves playing peek-a-boo, but hasn't quite mastered the technique required. Her hands either end up on her head instead of covering her eyes, or she forgets to remove them (Evie will often come up and pry her hands off to help remedy this).
On Elaina's birthday, we tried to include a few special things. We went to visit with some friends that have a farm and that was so much fun. We always enjoy spending time with them and I can always use an excuse to go visit ;) Since her favorite food is well...food, I planned our menu like normal. I was ambitious and made overnight cinnamon rolls to have for breakfast. We had pepperoni pinwheels for her birthday dinner. We bought her a book for her gift (one can never have too many books in my opinion) and Graham's parents got her this adorable fox bonnet. (Go check out WeeBee Bonnets, they are so cute!!)
|One of the kids made a caterpillar from the magnet tiles!|
For her birthday party we kept things very low key. You might say #secondchildproblems, but mostly it's our personalities. Check out Evie's first birthday post here to see what I mean. And even with her party I ended up doing several things last minute as I thought of little touches. Looking back on her post gave me a couple simple ideas for Elaina's party too.
|close ups of these later in the post :)|
We hosted at Graham's parents house (like we did for Evie's first birthday party) to have more space and could invite more friends. Since Graham works nights we planned her party to be from 4-6pm and invited friends to bring food in lieu of a gift. Party? Check. Dinner? Check! I made cupcakes, chicken salad and ham/cheese sliders (plus some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the kids) and guests pitched in for the rest! The food spread was really quite fantastic! Cinda has these magnetic tiles that Evie and Elaina love to play with so we had those out for the kids along with some balls. Evie also heard the song "I've Got This Feeling" by Justin Timberlake for the first time the night before Elaina's party and she thought it would be so fun to have a dance party--so we did! We blasted the song on David and Cinda's Amazon Echo and the kids had so much fun dancing before we sang "Happy Birthday" to Elaina and dug in on the cupcakes (crazy chocolate cake with chocolate icing and The Very Hungry Caterpillar toppers)
|"But I want it now!"|
|All cleaned up with her aunts and Grandpa|
It was a fun time and we were all exhausted by the end of the night :)
At the beginning of January I had this conversation with Evie. Me: “Evie! Can you believe that next month Elaina will be one?!” Evie, frowning and looking sad: “No.” Me: “Why does that make you sad, honey?” Evie: “Because then she will not be a baby anymore.”
Truer words were never spoken. My baby is growing up. I am so sad but also loving her as she grows into her own. Here's to all the years to come!
Also, for any interested:
My scripture for this month is John 15:11 (thanks for the recommendation, Dixie!)
I'm currently reading a slew of books: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (read-aloud with Evie), Little Women, How to Raise a Wild Child (nonfiction/parenting), Change Anything (reading with Graham, nonfiction), and The Life-Giving Home (nonfiction, reading a chapter monthly that matches the current month). Check out my Goodreads if you want to see what all I have read this year. I love using the app to track my reading--so simple!