milestone moments

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As Ella and Ezra grew from tiny little babies into crawling exploring toddlers and into the inquiring and opinionated preschoolers they are today...their milestones were pretty obvious: sitting up, crawling, eating solid food, cruising, first words, walking, etc.

With a newly adopted child I am learning that there is a whole new spectrum of milestones worth celebrating. Milestones slightly less obvious...but milestones none the less.

  • Eli came to me a week ago and told me he wanted to eat breakfast. Not by whining or pointing. But by walking over to me and saying, "Mom, Eli eat."
  • For the first time ever he walked through the church with me last Sunday, holding my hand, and waving hi and flashing his winning smile to everyone that passed him. A far cry from the quiet, unsmiling, little guy who just gave stares to new people.
  • While sitting on the couch downstairs this week Eli climbed up next to me and shyly slid his arms around my neck. His first attempt at initiating a hug. Unasked for by me.
  • He fell while riding his bike down the driveway and scraped his knee and came running to me crying. The first time he has brought his boo-boo to me. The first scar I could identify.

Simple moments. Easily overlooked. But monumental moments worthy of noting.
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mommajeane said...

I love that smile of his. He is such a precious little guy full of life. He is really changing and blooming and I can hear the tenderness in your heart.

Renae said...

So cool to see!:)

Jeanne said...

I actually waited over 3 years for my first spontaneous hug from TJ, and it was a monumentally special moment for me. Now I get them frequently. I am so happy for you and Eli, he's so lucky to have you, and you to have him! And could he BE any cuter?

Ashley said...

Very much so. I love these...only an adoptive Mommy gets it. I mean, really gets it!

Kristen said...

That is so exciting for your family and for him!