These Days: Elias and Adeline

by jessicaturner on October 18, 2012

Elias and Adeline are growing and changing so much.

Sometimes I watch them play and laugh together and my heart wants to explode.

Photo by Matthew

Elias is a first-born in every sense. He is independent, creative and so funny.

These days his imagination seems to be working overtime. I hear him telling stories all the time as he plays.

He is such a kind-hearted, polite, gentle child. I marvel at the gift he is.

He has recently started coloring in the lines all the times. No more scribbling with just one color. Now his pictures are filled with colors, all within the confines of superhero coloring book images.

His favorite toys are cars, dinosaurs and superheroes – especially Spiderman. He tells me, “when I am 15 I am going to see The Avengers with Daddy.”

Yesterday, he went on his first field-trip. Matthew chaperoned and when it was time to go back to school he called me and said, “Mommy. I want to go on another field trip.” I love how resolute he is.

He also remembers everything. A few weeks ago we were shopping and he asked what a nutcracker was. I told him that they crack nuts open. Yesterday on the field trip, the kids found some nuts. When the field guide asked who eats the nuts, one child said squirrels. Another said chipmunks. My Elias said, “I know! Nutcrackers!” Man, I love that sweet boy.

Photo by Rex Perry

Adeline is fiercely strong-willed. She knows what she wants and will stop at nothing to get it. She is also very serious.

Elias will often go up to her to hug her and give her sugar and if she is in the middle of something she will scream and push him away. NOTHING can get in her way. We will often say to her, “Adeline girl! Elias just wants to give you some love.” She will look up and smile, but not stop what she is doing. Elias usually just tries another tactic to get her attention. He is so, so fond of her and she of him (when she wants to be!).

She is talking and signing up a storm. Her favorite word and sign is “More” and she usually does them simultaneously, especially at any meal and if music is on. “More, more, more, more” she says.

She hates to have socks and shoes on and pulls them off just as fast as we can get them on her.

She seems to be getting longer and some of that baby fat is melting away.

She still is waking up at night and as much as I hate it, I love the quiet of her and me, rocking and feeding her a small bottle. She usually plays with my night shirt and cuddles close. I love having a daughter. I love her.

She loves to read books – often wanting 5-10 stories in one sitting. My favorite part of the day is bringing both kids into “the big bed” as Elias calls it and reading stories together.

Both love taking baths together. They also LOVE to play outside, especially in the sandbox and the water table.

They are the best of friends. I hope that never changes.

 I love my kids.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Ann October 18, 2012 at 5:55 am

Love, love, love.
Both of them.
And you.


jessicaturner October 18, 2012 at 8:39 am



libbywilko October 18, 2012 at 6:09 am

Aww so sweet , love the photo Matthew took of Elias and aren’t the two of them cute. Our two are so similar personality types as your two and even now as 4&6 they are still each others best friends and want to play and be together , makes my heart so happy to see it continue and develop.


jessicaturner October 18, 2012 at 8:39 am

It is a joy of motherhood to see our kids love each other, isn’t it?


Meredith October 18, 2012 at 8:02 am

Mine are 9 and 5 and while the sex’s are flipped (girl oldest boy youngetst) they havever simial personalities to yours. And they are best for friends still, in fact my 4th gader is buddy class to my son’s kinder class and she insisted that her buddy be her brother. Warms a mom’s heart when your kids love each other so much


jessicaturner October 18, 2012 at 8:38 am

That is so encouraging!


Robin October 18, 2012 at 8:04 am

I feel like I know your babies, but I sure do wish I did. I forget sometimes I’ve only seen ’em in pictures (except for that sweet time with Baby A at the beach).

Love you.


jessicaturner October 18, 2012 at 8:38 am

Maybe when you get back into the country and settled you could come for a weekend visit. :) Love you.


Ashley October 18, 2012 at 10:11 am

I could have written this!
My two girls are the same way. The almost 4 yr old has an amazing memory that gets me in trouble sometimes. She loves playing with the 11 month old who is super stubborn.
Hearing them laugh and giggle together makes my heart so happy!!
Your two are super cute!!!


Sarah K October 18, 2012 at 10:39 am

Oh girl. You had me tearing up with this one. What a wonderful piece of writing that captures the treasures and the challenges of your incredible babies! Print it out and into Project Life it goes!


Wendy October 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm

This is so touching. It takes me way back! Our son and daughter were strikingly similar to your description of your beautiful children. Superheroes, dinosaurs, books, bath time…so many wonderful memories!! They’ve grown up (recently turning 25 & 22!) and hit a few bumps along their road as siblings but have always, always been the best of friends. Our son graduated from college in May and will be moving out of our home next month. It’s going to be so difficult for our daughter to see her beloved brother go. My husband & I have close relationships with our siblings, so I believe our kids will continue that family legacy. Siblings are the ones with whom we share our longest relationships!! So happy your two are enjoying each other. Blessings on your happy family.


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