You know that inappropriate-looking Luvs diaper commercial where the one-year-old is bouncing on a big teddy bear? I thought it was so inauthentic because what one-year-old would come up with that idea on his own (which is actually my biggest pet peeve-authors and commercial, tv, and movie writers writing kids doing and saying things they never would)? Well, mine!!! He's never even seen the commercial (I have seen it online.). He got out his bear. He sat on it. He bounced. He laughed! It was cute.
Something tells me it won't be our last. He had PB Cap'n Crunch for the first time the day before. He got so smiley at each bite. This day we had already had some for breakfast. I went to the bathroom, leaving the cereal in the middle of the table. When I came out, it was all over the floor! He usually loves to help me clean up. This day he helped by stuffing his mouth with big handfuls of cereal.
Eddie loves to sit with his back against something. He will sit on the floor against the wall and straighten his back and smile. He will sit against a laundry basket and do the same thing. He will sit on the bed with his back against the wall and do the same thing. He loves to sit in chairs. This particular day he loved it so much that he let himself slip down the chair as he kept his back completely straight.
Eddie's new favorite toy is the vacuum. He has always been so scared of it. Now he is fascinated by it. He used to not be able to touch it. Now everyday he spends time touching the vacuum in the closet.
Eddie trying to get into the closet. He is on his tiptoes. I am surprised he can almost reach the doorknob.
Getting pretty mad that I am not opening the closet as fast as he thinks I should.
Wednesday was Ben's big surgery day. The doctor had to reconstruct his heel. The doctor said that his heel bone was literally in one hundred pieces. He used the few pieces that were big enough to use. Then he used metal plates and screws to make a new heel bone. It was a very difficult and laborious surgery for the doctor. He was very pleased with the results, though. Ben came home from the hospital yesterday, which overwhelmed us a little. Our couch isn't as comfortable for Ben as the hospital bed. It is easier for me to take care of him here, though (the hospital wasn't so childproof for Eddie). Ben's in a lot of pain, but we are really relieved this is over. Now all the healing he is doing is working towards a permanent healing. It is going to be a long road still (at least two weeks where Ben can't get up at all; four more months on crutches; then physical therapy for who knows how long), but "phewf!". We made it through our first surgery.
I had some cans of food and the can opener on the table. Eddie immediately pulled the cans to him and grabbed the can opener. He proceeded to open the arms of the can opener and put the can opener on top of the can. He even started twisting the knob! I had no idea he would know how the can opener was used or what it was for. Kids are smart; they learn so quickly. He also picked up the butter knife and hit around the top of the can. This may have been a coincidence, but we do that on jars before opening them in order to break the seal. I am amazed every day at how much Edison knows.
Lest you think I love my son less than I did before, I am going to try to get back to posting regular pictures of li'l Eddie B.
Our favorite family snack lately has been these really juicy, plump, red grapes. Eddie loves to pick each grape he eats right off the vine! It is really cute!
I took some cute pictures of Eddie when he was coming to get me. This is how he looks when he is just walking around. Also, you can see how nicely his neck abrasions are healing. I guess I should post a picture where his injury is more obvious, so you can compare.
Two days after the accident. It was hard to get "good" pictures of Eddie's neck.
A sweet picture of Eddie asleep in his swing. He didn't like his swing until he was maybe eight months old. Now I wouldn't live without it. He asks for it every day at naptime, and many times he falls asleep in it.
Ben, Eddie, and I were in a serious accident Friday afternoon. I just went to the wrecking service to remove our items from the totalled car. I was shocked to realize how blessed and protected we were. The photos really don't do it justice.
Real quick. I just wanted to say that I feel really invigorated. I left Eddie with Ben tonight so I could go to a baby shower (it's only the fifth time I have ever left him, and the first time over "goodnight time"). It was fun to just be able to do whatever without him (like have a plate of food to myself). I felt really great, especially, when leaving the shower. It was dark outside (it's been a long time since I have been out past dark). I was alone (I had forgotten how that feels). I could just hop in my car without buckling in a kid or worrying about the million things I need to have with me when I have him. And when I got home, he was actually asleep!!! I didn't think that would happen. I told Ben that I could want to do this more often.
It is bittersweet, though. I miss my little guy. Ben told me all about the night, and I felt sad that I wasn't the one to put Ed to sleep. It is good for me, Ben, and Eddie, though. Especially for me! Goodnight!
For Family Home Evening last night (we took Labor Day off), we learned CPR. We had a video and a freaky looking fake person that the video kept referring to as MiniAnn. She (?!?!) freaked Eddie out at first. Eventually Eddie began practicing the breathing and chest compressions with us. Here are some fun pictures. Eddie intently watching me practice the breathing on MiniAnn.
Halfway through the video, Eddie brought us his bear to practice on. Here you can see me doing the chest compressions on bear while Eddie is pinching his nose. Pretty smart of him to pick up on the pinching nose portion of the breathing component, I thought.
Here's a cute picture of Eddie and our survivors, bear and MiniAnn! All because we learned CPR!
Yesterday Eddie actually showed interested in looking through his photo album. I have tried to show him it before. This was the first time he actually turned the pages himself and really looked at the pictures. He especially liked all the pictures with balls, balloons, and his uncle Kaleb!!
My brother, William, and his family came to visit this weekend. On Friday we went to the zoo. Eddie absolutely loved it! It was so fun to see his reactions to everything. I just wish my sub-par pictures and videos could capture the experience.
Here is a shot of Eddie and his cousin, Kyle, looking at the elephants.
This bird excited Eddie more than any of the other animals.
There was a petting zoo. I thought Eddie would be scared of the animals, but he walked right up to the goats, sheep, and pigs. Sometimes I had to pick him up and move him out of the way of the goats, who would have just run over him. At the beginning of his time there, he reached out and quickly touched all the animals around him. He was so fast that I wasn't able to get a picture. I did take a video of him brushing the animals' hair, though. The video is currently not working. Check back later. Hopefully it will be here!
Eddie loved riding the carousel. He got a little nervous, though, when he started moving up and down. He still wanted to ride it a second time!
The train was also fun, although the lengthy, dark tunnel scared Eddie and his cousins.
He really liked bouncing on the elephant at the playground.
You can't tell from the picture, but Eddie really liked sliding. This was the first time he has reacting to a slide.
Ben proposed to me with a song he wrote about making a beautiful life together. My life is more beautiful than I ever imagined it could be. This blog is a record of our beautiful children, Edison, Peter, and Creegan. Their growth, accomplishments, and personalities. "It's a beautiful life. We've made a beautiful life. We'll make a beautiful life."