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Eliot Third month
 
 
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As soon as Eliot was born, I couldn't wait for him to meet all of his family -- especially his cousins. It took three months for my sister and I to find a time when we could get everyone together. But it is just as well, because Eliot wasn't doing much playing in those first 2-months anyways.
 
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We also took the opportunity to celebrate Gray's fourth birthday while we were together.
 
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Ellie had been wanting a cousin for years, and she was ready to play the role of perfect cousin.
 
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With help from Aunt Retse,
 
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Ellie kept Eliot pretty entertained by reading to him and
 
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playing games with him.
 
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Gray decided he wanted to hold his cousin too; he held Eliot just long enough to take this cute picture and then said "I'm done".
 
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Eliot liked relaxing with his Uncle Scott.
 
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It was great to have all of the cousins together.
 
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And great for Eliot to have a warm PawPaw belly to sleep on.
 
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Making sure not to ignor my uncle duties, I built towel-based train to drive my niece and nephew around my parents house.
 
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My folks dog, Rocko, was jealous until we let him get on the train too.
 
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Back home it was time for more sleeping, growing, and working on
 
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facial
 
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expressions.
 
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while leaving around
 
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little Eliot gifts
 
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to make us smile.
 
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For a while, Eliot hinted that he might switch from ciuccio to
 
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thumb, but these few experimentations with his thumb only strengthened his opinion:
 
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that he was a ciuccio
 
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kinda man.
 
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Some of the funniest moments everyday during this period were after Eliot finished breastfeeding. He would get really drunk from the milk and completely lose his ability to use his little muscles.
 
In his third month, Eliot became pretty good at playing with the toys in his bouncy chair. He tended to be obsessed with only one of the three animals at a time and for days would focus his eyes on that one.
 
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All of this playing was hard work.
 
One of the things that surprised me during this period was how Eliot had no difference in dexterity between his hands and his feet. Unfortunately I took this movie after the best part was over, but he was grabbing this ball with his foot and toes with the sensitivity of an blind person feeling a statue to learn its form. Its too bad so much of our potential atrophies over time.
 
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My mom came to help us watch Eliot one of the weeks before we left for Eliot's first trip to Italy.
 
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We took Eliot
 
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to play
 
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in the park.
 
When mom was in town, Eliot decided to arch his back and throw his legs in the air. To his surprise, his chest and head came off the ground; he saw the world from a new angle and he liked it. After this I was sure he be walking in two months or less.
 
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After that moment, Eliot became determined to move forwards. We'd put books in front of him as motivation and he'd try and try to get to them with no success. It was to be several months before he actually properly crawled.
 
By trying
 
and trying
 
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he eventually (5 months later) reached the books.
 
And by trying and trying eventually,
 
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with a little help along the way,
 
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he'll be able to read the books he already enjoys so much.
 
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My
 
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little man
 
became a bouncy chair expert.
 
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Ilaria's
 
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sweet
 
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little cucciolo
 
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was
 
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changing fast.
 
By the end of the month, we were starting to see aspects of his personality that remain today (> 1 year later) and will likely stay for years to come => if he's awake he won't stop, even for a second's rest, practicing all of the things he is able to do until he sleeping again.
 
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Little by little we were starting to feel like a
 
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family.
 
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