Yesterday was Eliot’s baby blessing.
We were excited to be able to come to Utah to share this ordinance with family and good friends like we did for Milo’s blessing. It was fun to hear Dave officially give him his name: Eliot Calvin Anderson. Eliot because we like it, Calvin after my wonderful Father, and Anderson (of course) from Dave’s wonderful Father.
After giving him a name, Dave proceeded with a beautiful blessing that touched on so many important things. He reminded him of the love we have for him, encouraged him to develop his relationship with his mother and his brother, and advised him to seek out good things. Even though I expected mention of his future, I was still reflective when Dave blessed him to prepare for serving a mission, finding a mate, and having and blessing his own children one day. Eliot’s whole life opened up before my eyes and I realized, once again, what a wonderful responsibility I have as a mother to teach my boys to make good choices and seek the true happiness that is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. They have so much life ahead of them.
This little boy, and his newly acquired smile, melts my heart. He is already such an integral part of our family. There was no transition time, I have simply been head over heels since we met (sort of like with his father and brother:)
On a funny side-note, I made such a fuss about Milo’s blessing outfit, which ended up being a white, cute-but-too-big set of pants (okay, they are actually 3-6 months shorts that just were long enough to look like pants…) and an oxford with a tiny tie. I don’t know why I thought he needed to look like a little man at a few weeks old? Well, I almost brought the same silly outfit for Eliot, even though I’ve been laughing about it for these last two years. Dave told me we should just find something new when we got here, since I am no longer against rompers for little baby boys (why was I ever? I don’t know.) When I told my mom I still needed an outfit, she mentioned she still had the clothes my little brother Taylor (middle name Calvin) wore when he was blessed. She pulled it out for me and it was this perfect, soft, light blue and white striped tee with a light blue terrycloth romper. I am so happy that Eliot got to wear something meaningful and comfortable. Even if I put it on backwards because I thought it looked better with the snaps down the back:)