18 months old!

Elijah is 18 months old today (this was written on Feb. 1st)! Tomorrow he will be closer to 2 years old than he is to 1. UNBELIEVABLE!

We have had another wonderful month full of adventures! Elijah played in the snow for the first (and second and third) time this month. Jon and I got him all bundled up and headed outside. He wasn't sure at first but he warmed up to it quickly.... he just stood there and giggled!

I have been slightly concerned about Elijah's speech (or lack there of) but this month he turned into a little chatter box. One day he just started repeating everything, saying what he wants (and sometimes yelling it), and he started using baby sign! We were amazed... we gave up on the baby sign about 2 or 3 months ago because he was not responding, all of a sudden, last week, he started using the signs for "more", "all done", and "milk". It is so exciting to listen to his little voice and have a better understanding of what he wants (although we were getting pretty good at identifying what the various grunts and points meant).

Eli has always liked books but he has really started to pay attention and try to understand what is in the books. He will sit on the living room floor and thoroughly turn through the pages of every single book in his basket. When he gets up in the morning we read books together and he will point at pictures and say what they are or make the animal sounds.

Eli is also developing his sense of humor. When something makes us laugh, he really knows how to ham it up and keep doing it to keep us laughing! I love his laugh... it makes me laugh every single time I hear it!

We hope you are all doing well! We are loving life with an 18 month old!

Deb, Jeff, and Elijah

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