Sunday, December 2, 2007

My Eli is 5 today!

My first love is 5 years old today. The date for this post is early because I worked on a draft for a couple of days. Today is December 4. Here are a few baby pictures of him. These first two were taken during the first month of his life.

In this one he is around 10 weeks old.
This was taken on the night of his very first birthday. Right before bed that night we took cookies to the hospital for the nurse who had been with me for his delivery.

"Young boys should never be sent to bed, they always wake up another day older."
-- Author:Johnnie Depp as JM Barrie, from the movie Finding Neverland

If I didn't require tons of sleep myself, I might be willing to try this idea for awhile if it could actually keep my E from growing so quickly. As I put him to bed last night I realized that the next time I see him he'll be five. It happened at 4:49 am. He looks tall and slim-faced and not at all like a baby anymore. Didn't we just bring him home from the hospital? Wasn't it just yesterday that he took his first step or spoke his first word? He is five today. Five. All he wants to talk about is what spells what or how he'll soon go to kindergarten. Thankfully, he still loves to sit in my lap. He loves to cuddle. He likes for me to read to him. He asks me to sing to him each night after prayers. He usually wants to hear "Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones. I used to sing this to him when he was tiny and recently started singing it again. Because of this song, he frequently tells me he will never stop loving me. It is precious to hear him say this. All at once I am so proud that we've come so far and we've "made it" to five and I am saddened by how fast it has happened and wish I could go back for a short time to my baby Eli.

Courage is fear that has said it's Prayers...
-- Author:unknown
I hope I always remember that every night Eli prays that God "will not let him have bad dreams, but good dreams about big cheese." We still aren't sure what a big cheese dream is, but this has been his prayer for some time. The other night he added for Ella to have dreams about baby dolls and Miles to dream about tractors. So sweet.

Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.
Proverbs 4: 10-12
This is my prayer for Elijah on his birthday.

We'll be off shortly for his birthday party at Pump It Up. I'll post pictures later.


tamara said...

Time just flies! They grow up so fast. With each year, they become more and more like little people instead of our children. It seems like you have done a wonderful job so far! Enjoy your day with him!

carrie said...

It is amazing how time goes so fast. I remember someone telling me that time would fly by once you had children. I understand that now. Just wait until he gets in school. That really changes things. Todd seemed to grow up over night. On his 3rd day at school, he looked at me and said "you don't need to walk me in to school anymore. I am big just like the other kids." I dropped him off and cried the whole way home!

Erika said...

Happy Birthday, Elijah!

Rebecca said...

Happy Birthday to Eli! Where is he going to school next year?

Kristin said...

I turned in his application for ACA last week. I also plan to test him at Bear Magnet. So we'll see...