Our baby boy has graduated into toddlerhood. Elijah had his first birthday last Friday. Brian went to work for the first time that week, since we had been iced in. Most places were closed. People were ice skating and skiing on the streets of downtown Atlanta. The Tuesday before was supposed to have been Elijah’s last chemo treatment, but the weather chose differently. It would have been an easy-to-remember 1/11/11 at 11:00 appointment. Oh well. Next Friday it is!
We “celebrated” with a birthday dinner at a diner down the street, that was short-staffed and out of dessert. We then looped around town, snubbing “cool treats” for something warmer. We ended up at Dunkin Donuts, also nearly out of sweets, where we impaled a powdered munchkin with a stir stick and sang “Happy Birthday” to Elijah. We tossed Elijah a large $3.99 Blue ball, because (apparently) him enjoying his present is more important than me feeling good about it. (:grin: I love you, Brian!)
While we’re on the subject, my brain is still whirring – disoriented and perplexed. We (i.e. Brian) went birthday shopping at Target and spent $8, and half of that was the birthday present. H-how did he get out of Target for $8? Th-there were $4 boys’ shirts..a-and half-price Geotrax, and…sales! Glorious sales! I sit here trying to make sense of it all, wondering what I will say to my Am-Ex, still quivering in my pocket.
Well, Elijah likes the ball. Over Christmas vacation, he transitioned from mostly crawling to mostly walking, so chasing a belly-high ball is right up his alley. Besides, he had a proper party in Florida.
I’m still amazed by the things he’s already figured out. The other day, I tried to zip through a shower, while Elijah banged at the shower door, sobbing on his waffle. I quickly dried off, calmed him and handed him back his soggy waffle. He mouthed it, decided he didn’t care for it anymore, and waddled over to the trash and dumped the waffle. That would be handy if I didn’t keep finding perfectly good sippy cups and books in the trash too.
Today, at breakfast, Brian began to say the blessing and Elijah babbled something and put his hands together in “prayer.” I’ve also seen him signing “change,” “up,” “open,” “book,” “more,” “eat,” and playing along with “pat-a-cake.” As far as actual words go, he says our names fairly clearly, but most everything else is a repetition of sounds and cadence. He’s pretty adept at sound effects. He even does an unfortunately good representation of a scolding expression and voice, before giggling at himself. He has a great sense of humor.
He knows all about doors, socks, shirts and cars and concentrates quite hard on making them do their respective “things.” He entertains himself “solving” boxes with lids and shape-sorting toys. His frustratingly solid object permanence abilities make him very hard to distract. This is all typical, but it never ceases to amaze me how quickly a baby can figure out his world.
He’s an agile climber too. He zips up steps and onto riding toys, which he frequently tries to use like a scooter. When he doesn’t want to be held, he’s very hard to restrain. He’s one determined boy.
I feel so blessed watching him grow, and seeing how unaffected he is, considering all he’s been through. I remember all the prayers, meals, visits, donations, calls, cards and more from hundreds of friends, acquaintances and even strangers, that gave us the strength and comfort to endure Elijah’s trials. God is so good and has held our sweet boy tightly in His hands, and has brought so many great people into our lives. I can’t wait to see what He has in store for our little one as he grows!