Friday, April 01, 2011

Sometimes when you are 19 months old..

A recent encounter with cornstarch and water.. and yes, blue food coloring that left us blue for the rest of the day :)

I have been meaning to do this since Aed was 18 months old, but just hadn’t gotten around to it. I get all antsy when I think about how quickly my baby boy is getting bigger, and how afraid I am of forgetting all the wonderful things he is doing. Given that we just officially passed the 19 month mark, last night I sat down and wrote everything I could think of about my boy and his quirks, and thought I’d share some of them with you :)

As of Monday the Aedster was on the 91% curve for weight, and the 98% curve for height. Seems like Daddy’s genes are working their magic there :) He has a full head of hair (finally!) that spends most of its time curling into adorable little ringlets.. though sometimes transforms into a frizzy rat’s nest.. and occasionally seems to be ever-so-slightly strawberry blond.

He is a great sleeper, typically giving us 12-hour nights and (though I thought it would never happen) a 3-4 hour nap in the afternoon – depending on how tiring our morning was!

During the day, he spends the majority of his time 1) spinning anything he can get his hands on.. balls, weebles, tupperware, etc., and 2) reading as many books as our voices will allow.. and as many times over as we are willing!

Though he is by NO means a snuggler, Aed gets super sweet and cuddly at bedtime. He often snuggles his blankies and says, ‘awww’ as he pats them, and still loves his paci. He also says, ‘a-MUN!’ when we’re done praying :) And he will give hugs and kisses on request, but is a bit stingy with the hugs.

We really want to teach our kids some of the catechism questions, so we started with, ‘What is the Bible about?’ Aed knows the answer and responds with an enthusiastic, ‘Jeesah!’ when asked.

Somehow he learned how to ‘jump’, which involves bending his knees and then springing up without his feet ever leaving the floor. He gets very excited when asked to jump. He’s also an excellent dancer :)

Aed loves being outside and loooooooves water.. bathtime (or shower time now that he has overcome his fear of the shower!), the ocean, puddles, rain, the sink, bubbles, etc. (he also thinks it’s hilarious when I blow bubbles with my gum..)

He seems to learn new words all the time and I LOVE his little one-year-old pronunciations of them. My current favorite is still any word that ends in a ‘k’. He also makes tons of animal noises now and knows hand motions and/or sounds for cars/trucks, planes, and boats.

Mealtime has become very exciting and often involves Aed giving everyone sitting with him endless bumps, high fives, and ‘touches’ (think ‘ET phone home’). He loves eating most anything dairy and any form of bread (probably making up for all that time when he couldn’t eat those things), not to mention whatever anyone else is eating. If he wants what you have he comes over, reaches for it and says, ‘Om?’ or ‘Diiiiiiis?’ (this). So far he’s not much of a picky eater, which I am very thankful for!

Aed is also obsessed with shoes. Anytime there is a shoe in his sight, he either wants to play with it or wants it on his foot. This has lead to some awesome outfits.. like the pajamas and boots, and more recently, highwaters (turns out that outfit was too small!), white socks, and sporty sandals. :)

Just this week he has started doing two new things. One is singing! He has a few books that have lullabies in them, and one of them plays music. He will open the book, press the button and start singing away! He is particularly good at/fond of Twinkle Twinkle (he knows the first few words to each line) and Hush Little Baby.. He gets very offended if he thinks you should be singing and you aren’t! The other thing is he has started recognizing colors. He doesn’t say them consistently, though he does like to say, ‘Yeya’ (yellow), but has gotten fairly consistent in identifying them correctly. Makes his mama proud :)

If you’re still reading, I’m sure you can imagine how I could go on and on about all of his cute and amazing developments, but I’ll stop there :) We are so in love with our little guy and it is so fun to watch him grow and change with each passing day. Sometimes I wish I could freeze time and keep him just the way he is, but I know I’d be missing out on the fun that is to come!

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