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Eliot fifth and sixth months
 
 
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After returning from his first trip to Italy,
 
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Eliot began his final stretch as a daycare-free baby. We watched
 
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baseball together.
 
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And my mom arrived to watch Eliot for a couple weeks before his first day of daycare,
 
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so that Ilaria could get back to work.
 
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Federico and Cecilia lent us their ExerSaucer
 
which brought Eliot hours of enjoyment (thanks guys!).
 
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We went to sculpture park with my mom where we found
 
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cardinals,
 
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and plenty
 
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of
 
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interesting
 
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new
 
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sculptures.
 
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Then my mom left, and it was time for Eliot's first big day of school. It's pretty scary to send a little person off to a full day of school for the first time. It was a completely unique experience going to pick him up for the first time and seeing him off on the side playing with a toy by himself without Ilaria or myself.
 
After many months of trying, he still couldn't really get the pacifier into his mouth unless he was extremely luck. His hand/eye mother skills were just barely good enough to get it in there, but he could figure out he needed to let go once the ciuccio was in his mouth.
 
He had become an expert roller-overer though.
 
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And he was starting to
 
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get into a
 
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crawl-like
 
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position
 
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very
 
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frequently.
 
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He looked nice in the "A is for Alligator" T-shirt his Aunt Retse and cousin Ellie made.
 
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Ilaria's little boy
 
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was even starting to
 
laugh a little
 
and babble random sounds to his mobile.
 
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My
 
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little boy.
 
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Yummy watermelon.
 
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Hey little man
 
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how do you like your new toy?
 
more laughs...
 
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Growing up, up, up!
 
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And then it was time for his first
 
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solid food.
 
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Rice cereal.
 
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Food doesn't get much tastier than that.
 
Not a bad effort for the first time eating solid food in your life.
 
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I loved building forts when I was a kid, so to trying and create some shared interests with Eliot, I started building forts for him.
 
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Ilaria probably thought he was too little for a fort, but if you're big enough to wear my clothes, you're big enough for a fort.
 
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Look how cute my little man
 
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and my little lady are.
 
Hey boy, don't eat your mother. And don't eat my camera either!
 
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His expert crawling position, improved his Skyping ability.
 
rolling through the world and discoverying textures
 
He expertly sucked down his first antibiotic for his first ear-infection.
 
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The ExcerSaucer is hard work.
 
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Working together
 
we were becoming a team.
 
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By the time he was six months old, Eliot's mastery of the ExcerSaucer was becoming increasingly forceful.
 
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Geaux Tigers!
 
more laughing
 
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I've always tried to push Eliot to do things, I think he's not quite ready for. Sometimes he surprises me by doing whatever difficult task I show him on the first try.
 
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And that's how his standing at the crib game began. He loved standing up and holding onto those bars.
 
Before long we were moving onto more exciting foods that just rice cereal. Sometimes the new flavors were just too much for him to handle. Especially, since he hadn't learned to look at the color of the food to guess if he was going to like it or not.
 
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more laughs, this time with Gran. Before we started filming, he'd already been laughing for several minutes when I threw the Jimmy John's wrapper at him.
 
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Soon pawpaw came too and Eliot began to consistently make
 
word-like sounds.
 
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Gran, Pawpaw, Ilaria, Eliot and myself drove to a little cabin a lake in Kentucky (at a place called "paradise") and Eliot tried
 
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swinging for the first time
 
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and didn't like it.
 
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But he liked hanging out with his
 
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grandparents at the lake
 
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And Ilaria and I took a small adventure to see
 
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some Buffalo nearby
 
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while my folks watched
 
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Eliot.