Monday, June 09, 2008

So many firsts, so little time

Little Elvis did and experienced so many new things while we were in Mississippi!

He now has a new word - actually, it's a combination of his two other words.

He's been saying dada for a while now. It means Bob, door, dog, guitar, tree, etc. It makes sense for the first three.

About a month and a half ago he added "sssaaahhh!" to the equation. This means socks and shoes. He is very proud of this word and will bust it out whenever something is going onto his feet.

While in Mississippi, Little Elvis combined the two to come up with "ssside!" This means, "Take me outside right this very instant. I need to be outside. I want to be outside, and you are a very mean mommy if you do not take me there right now!!!"

In addition to his new word (and his newfound love of pork rinds) he started dancing, rubbing his hands together, framing a pretty picture and pointing out his body parts with more accuracy.

He's known head for a while, as well nose, ears and eyes. He wasn't always 100% accurate on them, but he's a lot more consistent with them now. And he's thrown in mouth, teeth and tongue as well.

The framing a pretty picture might just be a thing in my family. We tell the kids to frame pretty pictures and they put their hands around their heads, framing their pretty little faces.

As for the dancing, he steps both feet really quickly, stops and then beams at us so we will clap for him.

And my dad showed him how to rub his hands together whenever he got tired of clapping.

Bob and I always cheered and applauded for Little Elvis whenever he does anything we deem impressive -- we cheered a lot. Now that he's better at following directions and communicating with us, well, we cheer for him pretty much all the time.

My parents willingly got in on this game, as did most of the family members we hung out with. Whenever Little Elvis did anything cute or impressive, we would all clap and say, "Yay for Little Elvis!!"

He likes this... a lot. He will now stop what he's doing and put down whatever is in his hands and clap at us whenever he wants to be cheered. He beams at us, and then claps for more attention.

I have video. I bet it's cute. The cord is in Bob's backpack, which is not here. I will definitely get to editing that this evening... maybe.

I also had a first during our Mississippi trip. Bob came for the last half of our trip, and I took him to Memphis to watch a baseball game one night. We spent the night in Memphis, and Little Elvis had his first overnight stay without me. I think we both handled ourselves very admirably. I only called three or four times, and he didn't even seem to miss us.

Although I think I was very strong for this, I'm not sure that we'll be doing another overnight trip anytime soon. Little Elvis is addictive. I need my baby hugs and kisses and applause.


Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

I'm proud of you both of you for the overnighter!

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too cute! I love little kids and how cute they sound when they begin talking.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Framing pictures! That's adorable. And that first night away is HARD. That said, some couple time is important too. Glad you and he had such a nice visit.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

An explosion of growth hey? I just love when they cheer and perform, adorable.
and good for you on going overnight, I am impressed!

11:04 PM  
Blogger MIP said...

Such a big boy! And the pictures from last post are too cute, he is getting so big :)

11:53 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

isn't amazing to watch them learn and grow and do new things?!! i love it.

i'm so proud of you and Lil' elvis for your BIG first of an overnight trip without one another. I guess most people will say you and your husband need that and that little elvis will be fine.. which i'm sure is all true, but it so hard to do. my son is 4 3/4 and hasn't ever had a sleep overnight w/o me except when I had my girls and there was no way around it... but it was only for 2 nights and i was so homesick for him it wasn't even funny. thankfully my husband went home the 2nd night to be with him. i was jealous. i wanted to be home too, with all my babies and my hubby too.
looking forward to your video i'm sure it will be top notch cuteness!!


Oh yeah... my kids LOVE to be outside as well, like they could live out there 24/7 if i would let them... it is great to have kids that are into fresh air and playing. :)

12:11 AM  
Anonymous Dawn @ Coming to a Nursery Near You said...

How cuuuuuuute :) It sounds like you had such a fabulous trip! Glad you're home though :)

8:41 PM  

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