A few months ago we cut off Eli's signature hair cut. It was a hard thing for us to do since we loved that hair on Eli and we knew that once we cut it, he would look so much older. We still wanted to stay "true to the nature of Eli's hair" as Boyd put it. So, we just snipped a bit.
Somehow Eli changed with that haircut. He not only physically looked older, but he acted older. He has grown up so much in the last few months. Mainly he started talking much more. He started by echoing everything Gavin said. Now, he is finally forming more of his own sentences and communicating so much more. He loves puzzles, airplanes, sandboxes, and games. It has also been fun to see the relationship between Gavin and Eli develop. They still fight quite a bit, but they play, laugh, joke, and compete together and I love to watch it.