Meet Elijah!

My baby turned 7 last week.  I can hardly believe that this sweet baby is now in First Grade!

Elijah Graeme was born on September 22, 2008 in Doha, Qatar.  His birth story is interesting…. (who’s isn’t though?)  He is my 3rd baby born in Qatar, and my 7th child.  My first baby born in Qatar was my 5th child.  She was born at a private hospital and it was not an experience I wanted to repeat.  So when I found out I was pregnant AGAIN I was determined to have a different  experience.  After a lot of thought and research I decided to have a water birth at home.  The only problem with this plan was that it is illegal to have a home birth in Qatar.  It ended up being one of the most beautiful and empowering experiences in my life!  In the process of trying to get the birth certificate we learned a lot.  I was actually accused of kidnapping him! Needless to say, when I found out I was pregnant AGAIN I knew I wanted to have another water birth in the peaceful space of my own home.  Elijah’s labor and delivery was just as equally amazing as my prior home birth.  I could go on and on about my opinion of woman’s rights to their own body, especially regarding birth… but maybe another day 🙂

It’s no secret that Elijah was a major surprise.  I had no idea he was on his way until I was 4 months pregnant! Kind of silly for a seasoned mom of 6 babies.  But…. I can’t imagine a day without this unique little man

He is wise beyond his years.  His vocabulary consists of words I don’t even know the definition of! He has a memory like no one else I have ever met.  Out of the blue he will say “remember when…” and he relives a memory from when he was 2 years old.

Elijah got really sick after he was born with respiratory infections.  We ended up having to stay in the hospital for a bit until he got well.  The doctors  told me he was so sick, he could die.  Obviously this was terrifying.  I had zero faith in the medical system in Qatar.  With a lot of help and info from my friends he got better.  Having a baby so sick really makes you appreciate those long nights of feedings and diaper changes!  I loved those quiet nights with just Elijah and I. I don’t think there are many sweeter moments in a mama’s day than seeing a content baby sleeping in your arms after a middle of the night breastfeeding session!   When he was 5 months old we moved to Houston, Texas.  He quickly grew into a busy baby and toddler.  He loved playing outside and running around after his siblings.

When he was a little over a year old we moved to Boise, Idaho.  We spent our days riding bikes, and playing at the park.His favorite thing to do was to ride our bikes to Fanci Freeze and get ice cream.  He had the cutest little voice!  Good thing because he never stopped talking!  This little guy started Kindergarten at The Ambrose school with all of his siblings.  He was so excited to finally get to wear a uniform like his siblings.  Then, just like that he turned 7, and started First Grade.

Elijah LOVES sweet treats.  His biggest struggle is choosing a “treat”…… Cookie? Doughnut? Candy Bar? the struggle is real for this guy. So that is why the birthday treat he chose to share with his class family was this.. A cupcake, baked in an ice cream cone, topped with sprinkles and a sour cherry ball.  These cupcakes are timeless! I think every one ate at least one of these as a child!  Elijah also knows EXACTLY what he wants.  We were at an awesome Foursquare Family Tournament with a bunch of other families.  (I know, a super idea, right?) One of the kids had a new and improved Big Wheel, called a Razor Rip Rider 360.  Elijah rode that bike all evening.  When it was time to leave he announced, You know what I want for my birthday mama? “A Rip Rider 360”  So that’s what he got!

And he hasn’t regretted his decision.  It has flint on the back and shoots sparks for goodness sake!

Happy 7th Birthday Elijah! Mama loves you <3

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