Saturday, June 29, 2013

ABC's, A Quick Update, and Two Commercials

Eli recognizes all of his ABC's. He has even taken to looking in his books to,point out his fav letters. However, he still does not know all of the "ABC" song.

This is what we have been hearing:

     ABC! ELMO P. WXYZ. WXYZ. Now I know my E G J's!! Yay!

Eli is growing and changing so fast. His opinions are even more definite, and he loves to pick out clothes that he likes in the store (anything with certain superheroes - Batman, Superman, Spider-Man; trains (Thomas); Pororo; cars - Mater). You get the idea. Cargo shorts are another love....because of the pockets.

Eli is even learning how to do certain new chores. He loves to help wash plastic dishes in the sink and to run the electric sweeper (it is one of those little 1 pound, battery operated ones) after dinner (with a LOT of help!). He is still helping feed the dogs, and has become very good at it. He is great about putting his toys and shoes away in the evening, putting his clothes in the hamper, and he will throw away his "night pants".... glorified pull-ups....in the morning.  He is nowhere near ready to potty train at night, but he is fully trained during the day. A lot of what he does is response to our routine, but we are proud of him anyway : ).

As long as I am updating, I have to include a couple of product reviews. I know, it is not usually my style, but I have special reasons. I have not been paid by either company or anything, these are just two items we love.


First, we have a LadyBug toy that projects stars onto the ceiling. It's basically a nightlight of a few constellations. It has multiple colors and a 45 minute timer. It has been an absolutely wonderful thing to have. It was a gift to us from a dear friend (thanks, Carol P!) before Eli came home. Eli finds the stars very comforting, and especially loves the green ones. The device is simple enough for him to turn on if he wakes during the night, too. We placed it on a shelf next to Eli's bed so that he can reach it easily when he wants it. We love that it is on a timer, too, so that it goes off without me having to do anything. He has actually worn out some of the LED lights in it, after a year of hard and frequent use,  so we will probably need to replace it soon.

The other product is one that we just found, and are so excited about. Eli remains highly interested in musical instruments, and knows several of them by sight and sound. He is getting more consistent with getting sound out of a trumpet or trombone, he loves my dulcimer, and loves his toy guitar and
saxophone.He has been most recently fascinated by the piano. We have one, but it is not really in
working condition. Today, while out and about, we found a keyboard that interacts directly with an app on Apple devices. Using the app and the keyboard together creates some truly engaging and fun games, and it really helps kids learn the basics of a keyboard. Love, love, love it...and it was $20 (with a free app).

So, while I apologize for the commercials, these two items are worth the mention.
 : ).

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