Frequently now, Aron will attempt to get the attention of his older brothers by shouting their names. He will also get very excited when we pull into the school parking lot everyday at noon. He shouts Owen’s name with enthusiasm and claps his hands. He is able to pronounce “w”s abut for whatever reason, cannot pronounce it within the name. So it comes out “Omen” which I find terribly entertaining.

Another thing he has been saying lately that always puts a smile on my face is, “Aweshome.” He will throw something and watch it land and say, “Aweshome!” and clap for himself. He will see someone else do something remarkable in his mind and quickly give a praise of “aweshome!” and clap for them. Awesome.

Ivan has also fallen victim to Aron’s mispronunciations. I don’t know if he can say “v” or not but Ivan has become “Imnan, Inan” and other things.

His vocabulary grows almost daily and I’m completely taken by his attempts. He really tries to say just about everything and doesn’t limit himself at all by his ability to understand. He just repeats. I really think his philosophy, if a 19 month old child can adopt a philosophy, is that he will say whatever gets a reaction. If “more” was effective for Ivan than he’ll try it too. If “stop” was effective for Owen, he’ll give it a go. He’s already learned to work the system to a degree and I am realizing the need to keep up.

One thing I’ve noticed is that he is just as stubborn as Ivan but shows it differently. Each boy has handled things differently in this area with Owen being the very cooperative and Ivan being the frustrated one. Aron will not sit and cry when he doesn’t get his way, he’ll just move on without getting his way. For instance: If I told Owen he could have a cookie if he says “please,” he would quickly say “please” and enjoy his cookie. If the scenario were replaced with Ivan, he would cry and pout a little before being sent away and then when he realizes that we are serious and “please” is the only way, he will return ready to oblige. When Aron is given the opportunity to have a cookie, he will not say “please”, will not fuss, will ask a few times and then go on his merry way without the cookie. More determined to do things his way than to have a cookie. I feel a little frightened by this.

He is generally very sweet in nature and will give hugs and kisses generously. However, it is not a lasting affection. He rarely sits still for more than 30 seconds at a time and is still an unlikely candidate for a good mommy moment in the rocking chair.

His eating is still a force of nature. He loves to eat, loves to tell me what to serve and will out-consume his brothers easily. He’s getting much better with a spoon and fork and is vicious about how he wants to be helped. He will occasionally ask for “holp” with the last part of a dish, but will only allow me to fill the spoon…not carry anything to his mouth. If I get it on the spoon or fork…he wants to do the rest.

He is funny. He makes comical faces and poses in order to get attention and a laugh. He loves to entertain us and of course we are a very willing audience around here. I enjoy this kid a great deal and sometimes wish I could freeze time right here with him because he’s a lot of fun right now.

18 months

Aron is 18 months as of March 25 and is just about as normal as an 18 month old boy aught to be I suppose. We had his well visit today at the Dr.’s office and he is measuring in the 50th percentile in almost everything. He is happy and hungry, funny and frustrating, curious and cuddly and in almost every way adorable. He mimics his brothers often and is learning words as quickly as he can get his tongue to form them. He is quite decisive and sure of things he wants and I have quite a struggle to get him to eat what I want him to. He is not a picky eater, but he refuses, at times, things he likes because there is something he likes better. This morning we battled for a while, but he finally realized that if he did not accept the banana, his only other option was nothing.

Here are some pictures that have been taken in the past couple of months.

Just a nice smile…I can see how much his hair has thickened since this was taken in mid February.

At the zoo…out of the stroller and making his way in the world.

This was at the end of our trip to the ER last month. A volunteer at the hospital gave him a little stuffed toy that had been donated by a church…which is perfect for my little hugger. He is much more attached to stuffed animals than either Owen or Ivan were.

Little baby legs in white diapers and white socks is one of my favorite things in the whole world.