Five feels so grown-up to this mama! Eli has become so much more independent in his fifth year of life. He is energetic, inquisitive, talkative, impulsive at times, empathetic, and brilliant. He is learning what it means to be a big brother and usually treats Ben well. Five is an enjoyable age in lots of ways, and we are often entertained by what we call "Eli-isms"- some of our favorites are when he says he has a "head-ick" (Headache) and when he asks for "Makeup syrup" on his panckes.
Height: 44 inches
Weight: 38 lbs
Clothes: size 5T. We need the 5's in pants for the length but we have to pull the elastic tabs in all of his pants ALLLLL the way in - he is a skinny guy! There have been times when he's accidentally put on his little brother's 3T shorts without noticing.
Shoes: Size 12.
Likes: playing with cars, trucks and any sort of vehicle (especially his Hot Wheels), playing outside, telling "jokes" (they don't make much sense yet, but he's starting to understand the concept of humor), watching TV (Power Rangers, Ninjago, Paw Patrol), bathtime, playing with big kids, playing on his tablet.
Dislikes: new experiences (he can go either way on them), fulfilling a non-desirable request, being still. He has made a LOT of progress on tolerating haircuts!
Food: Eli is very thin but is generally a good eater, sometimes eating a lot in one sitting and sometimes not as much. His favorites include: carrots, green peas, chicken nuggets, lunchmeat and cheese, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, yogurt, pretty much any kind of fruit....he will generally try new foods but usually doesn't enjoy them until he tries them several times. He enjoys helping in the kitchen.
New Developments: the biggest change in Eli's life this year was definitely starting preschool. He started out going for half the day (until lunchtime), and when mom went back to teaching he started staying for the full day. He loved going to school for half the day but had a hard time adjusting to the longer full day. He made great strides in his learning. He knows all of his letters and the sounds and can count to 20 reliably. His handwriting is improving rapidly and he can form most letters and numbers.
Some pictures of Eli's fifth year of life:
Picking blueberries with the ever-youthful Great-Grandma Lynda.
We ordered the "large" sub sandwich for Eli and mom to split. We didn't know just how LARGE it would be! Sometime's this kid's face slays me.
Florida babies at the beach! Saint Augustine, Florida.
Cousins. Only a month apart and so much love between them!
Joie De Vivre - this kid has it!
Eli has started to dabble with taking pictures. We'll work on it.
The only time this kid is still!
I love this picture! With grandma at the library (it got a little intense).
Eli got to see where Grandpa works!
First day of pre-K!
Doing a little yoga with mom.
Choosing a pumpkin at the pumpkin patch.
Funhouse mirror shenanigans at a children's museum.
This guy's personality just bubbles over sometimes! This is the pose he chose when I asked him to let me take a picture of him on a hike on North Carolina.
Lighting the Advent wreath with dad. When he learned that Christmas Eve had finally come, he said "Oh boy, I finally get to light the red candle!" What is it with little boys and playing with fire??
Happiness is having friends who take the time to play lightsabers with my kids.
With mom's parents (aka Pappy and Gigi)