Battle Damage and Counting

Although Eliel has been walking for almost a year now, we still have our fair share of falling.  Plus since we typically run instead of walk, the falls are harder.  So, it seems as though every week, Eliel have a really hard fall.  One that make Mommy cringe as it happens and ends up in lots of crying.  You may have noticed the road rash / battle damage from a few weeks ago when we fell at Daddy's soccer game.  If not, check it out here: Road Rash  Just as that was healing, he was pushing a toy around the house and fell face first onto the metal heating vent which resulted in a nice cut along his eye. 

Then, just this past week, Eliel was playing on the porch with his trucks and fell face first onto (yes onto) the edge of the big wooden garbage can I have out there. He now has a nice horizontal bruise in the middle of his cheek.  It doesn't look too bad in pictures but I assure you, I'm getting looks at the grocery store.  I know this is only the beginning!

One of Eliel's newest accomplishments is counting... sort of.   I know what he's doing and trying to say but I'm not sure any of you would.  He is able to hold up one finger and makes a very good effort in trying to say the numbers but the all come out sounding the same. Take a listen for yourself.

It's really kind of cute and he gets VERY excited about counting for things.  He loves to count before he jumps in the pool at swim lessons, he loves to count when turning on or off a light and he loves to count before making the balls come out of his toy as you saw in the video.

He's learning and saying new words daily and is starting to repeat things he hears.  Daddy learned this today when he said something was 'bullsh***' and Eliel looked right at him and said 'bull'.  Luckily he didn't get the rest of the word but it will come shortly!