Sniffles

Aron has been yucky. He has had a cold that is keeping him snotty and occasionally fevered. Though the other boys have been up and down with similar symptoms it has remained more consistent in Aron. I think that is due to the fact that he’s teething.

The remarkable thing, at least I think it’s remarkable, is that on Sunday when I held a tissue up to his nose he immediately blew his nose. I don’t know when kids are supposed to learn that, but neither of my other boys learned it until much later. They just didn’t get it. Aron is blowing his nose like a pro and it really makes the whole cold thing a lot easier. I’m so impressed.

He is talking a blue streak too. I still can’t really say what all he is trying to get out but he is constant jabber. He expresses himself with feeling and direction and seems to think it’s funny when I respond. He laughs a lot. He cries a lot too but I’ve never seen a little one so eager to laugh. He just giggles at things.

Here is a brief and incomplete list of things he tries to say:
cracker
juice
more
watch this
come here
banana
doggy
bear

He is very good at a few words like:
mommy
daddy
go, go, go
and NO

He makes noise sometimes to just communicate urgency or need. He will point his finger and direct you to what he’s after and when you hold it or acknowledge it he nods with a very serious expression on his face.

He is walking very well. He is almost running. On the smoother more slippery places he is more cautious and high steps a bit to keep himself upright. He is a very determined little guy.

So the wonders of toddler-hood are fully functioning in Aron and we are so blessed to be able to enjoy his discoveries and accomplishments.

Advance

Aron has been sadly neglected in the blogging arena. If you check in often you are probably also disappointed often. The lack of posts has nothing to do with a lack of advancement in Aron’s growth and achievement. He is all about progress.

Now at 16 months he is beginning to see the benefits of walking wherever he is. He is like his brothers in the fact that he waited a long time to begin, but unlike them, he is making the switch a little more decidedly. It was as if yesterday morning he was crawling and by yesterday afternoon that wasn’t good enough. He is walking, stumbling and squealing with delight wherever he goes. Occasionally he reverts back to all fours when he’s exhausted but he certainly has a determination to be upright now.

He is also exercising his linguistic abilities. He is saying a lot of fun things lately and expressing himself with joyful pride in what he hears coming out of his own mouth. Because he loves stuffed animals, one of the most common things we hear is the word “bear”, which he says sort of like “bee-are.” Of course “mommy,” “daddy” and “NO” are regular participants in Aron’s vocabulary and he’s picked up “Thank you,” pronounced oddly and difficult to spell out, but certainly it is “thank you.” All three boys were quick to use “thank you” and I love that. He isn’t as happy about using “yes.” Owen was very happy to say “yes” to everything and it was one of Ivan’s first words too. We were so glad that they picked that to say instead of “NO!” Though Aron uses the word “yes,” he is more apt to shout a “no” to things and it is very clear. I really believe that because we practiced not shouting “no” at the boys constantly they were not so quick to pick that up as a retort. Aron, however, has two older brothers who are easily frustrated when he plays with their toys or gets into their things, he hears “no” a little more frequently and a little more forcefully than they did.

He can ask for certain things and really tries to pronounce whatever he hears from his brothers. When we are in the van he will repeat sounds he hears from them and me and we all have a cackle at his interpretation of words. He also sings with us and dances and mimics whatever he can. He is more active, squirmy and energetic than his brothers were at this stage which is something that made me glad that he waited to walk until 16 months. People look at me sort of funny when I tell them how long it took my boys to walk, but I really don’t care as long as they all do it.

So we are seeing the blossoming of boyhood and when it happens it happens quickly. I’m so grateful for my little boy and his wonderful personality and quirks. It is fun to be mom to such a gift as Aron.

New Heights

Aron is quite a kid. He’s such a sweet heart with his full body wrap around hugs and ever ready kisses.

He is following in his brother’s lack of footsteps by waiting to walk. We are past the 13 months point and he has surpassed them by standing on his own the other day. So we may see him begin walking a little earlier than Owen and Ivan but I’m not rushing it. He is just now climbing the stairs. He climbed at my dad’s house which is preferable for leaning that skill as there are only 8 steps and there is carpet at the bottom. Once we were home he tackled the climb here and has done a wonderful job of it. His patience in attempting it has brought him to a more mature stage and he seems very aware that the stairs require his full attention when he is climbing. He is also smart enough to know not to try going down yet.

He is already forming words and mimicking words and sounds we make. The song from the previous post is one thing he does quite often. He also loves to say “uh-oh” which he learned while grandma was visiting last month. I’ve noticed that he uses it when he wants something to go down, not just when something has fallen. For instance…when he wants me to put him down on the floor to play he points to the floor and says “uh-oh”, pretty cute. On Sunday morning we were waiting in a traffic line to get out of the church and I think one of us must have said, “go, go, go” to another car because he was saying it all the way home. He squeezes his lips together so cute when he says it to get that “o” sound out.

When we had Aron’s 12 month check-up the doctor suggested I feed him a little more and give him whole milk because he felt his weight was a little down. All the boys got the same report at 12 months so I didn’t take it too seriously. They all three started out above average in weight and then tapered off to average or a little below around one year. I agreed that I could offer him more as he seems to have a good appetite. So we’ve been trying more and more foods and HE LOVES EVERYTHING! It’s so fun to feed him. I’ve never experienced this as a mom before and it’s really fun to cook for him. Tonight I let the other two eat meatloaf and potatoes (which they still complained about) and Aron and I ate meatloaf, potatoes and green beans. He ate them like candy and I was so thrilled to actually have a son who eats vegetables, I got out the camera and took pictures. It’s not the first time he’s had them but it’s the first time he’s had them whole. Mushy baby food isn’t a true test of a vegetable eater I’ve found. Texture has a lot to do with the likes and dislikes of my picky boys.

He Sings

There is a little folk song introduced to us recently from an episode of Between the Lions. I looked it up online and found this. I got the song stuck in my head of course and Owen and Ivan love to sing it too so Aron has heard the little tune quite a bit. I even used it as a part of my performance in the Ladies Night Of Laughter at church last Friday night.

The other day I started singing it and to my surprise, Aron repeated it right after me. I sang “Abiyoyo” and he sang “Ambyoyo” several times. I’ve even heard him singing it on his own just entertaining himself with his new found ability to form a word and sing it.

SO CUTE!!!

Aron is mimicking things all the time lately. He applauds with crowds, he laughs with us around the dinner table and folds his hands, fingers all tangled together, when we pray at bedtime.

He is definitely our most affectionate baby with hugs and pats and kisses galore. he is not satisfied to simply be picked up…he nestles in and lays his head down sweetly to make sure he’s good and loved. He loves stuffed animals and is comforted by his fluffy little piglet doll every night when it is time to lie down.

He still sucks his fingers and isn’t in any hurry to walk but he is up on his hands and knees a lot more now. The army crawl still gets lots of use but it is disappearing slowly.

This evening while the bigger boys were getting a bath, he and I played with Lego blocks in the playroom. Ivan had made a simple airplane earlier that day and I zoomed it in circles around Aron’s head. He took it from me and began “bzzzz…”ing around as well.

I am enjoying his little quirks and his desire to be funny and make us laugh. He certainly likes attention. He is also learning to obey. Upon command yesterday he left the boys room and crawled to the playroom. Granted I had to tell him again when he came back, but he obeyed again and cried hysterically both times. Poor kid.

We have been so busy this month I have failed to take very many pictures and I certainly haven’t taken the time to upload and resize any of them. I will make up for it as soon as I can. Until then…trust me…he’s really cute.

Hard to Believe

It’s hard to believe Aron is nearly one year old. How time flies.

His jabbering has increased his understanding of what we say is incredible and he’s very active around the house. He is my first aggressive cupboard cleaner. The other two played a little in the kitchen cabinets but didn’t seem too interested. Ivan got into the pantry some, but Aron really enjoys opening the doors and pulling out what’s inside. So far we’ve had no major catastrophes but I have started packing all the lower cupboards for our move first in an effort to keep it that way.

Aron likes to use his feet. If his arms cannot reach something he does not get upset. He simply reaches with his legs and feet. I have to watch where I put things because even when strapped down he is very good at grabbing with his feet and pulling things within reach of his hands and mouth. He is a bit of a monkey…and I love it.

He is still eating very well. He only rejects food that is too cold. Even ice-cream gets a pouty face and a quick ejection from his mouth. Room temperature is preferable in all cases. Every vegetable and fruit has gained acceptance and he loves eating bananas. He giggles when I pull one out and loves to hold them himself.

He has begun nodding when we ask a question. He will occasionally shake his head too but usually he responds with very determined nods and raised eyebrows. All of our boys have been positive. They seem to have all learned “yes”, before they learned “no.”

He is saying “daddy” very clearly and will yell it out when Kris arrives home from work. Mommy is a little less clear. It sounds more like “bobby.”

Just two weeks away from the 12 month mark I am enjoying him so much. It’s going to be hard watching him grow older and knowing there are no babies to follow. I hope and pray I do not baby him too much.

My Aron, My Aron

What a hoot Aron has turned out to be. His Magoo smiles are lessening and little teeth are taking the place of gummy smiles. He is recognizing words very well and answers questions in his own little way. He responds with gibberish when we hand him something and speaks to inanimate objects with lots of expression.

This morning I had to drop off a check at the school office and one of the staff asked Aron if he were ready for school. He smiled politely and shook his head emphatically. More and more he responds appropriately with shakes and nods. He hates laying down to have his diaper changed and yesterday as I put him on the changing table I asked him if he would like his diaper changed and some church clothes. He quickly shook his head no. I got tickled and changed him anyway of course. Usually he will nod if I ask him if he is handsome.

He loves to crawl the length of the couch and climb over pillows and blankets along the way. This afternoon, Owen pulled all the throw pillows off the couch and laid them end to end on the floor in front of the couch. Then he showed Aron how to fall off the couch onto the pillows. Before I could protest to all this nonsense I was able to witness Aron diving off the couch head first onto the pillows and giggling as he waited for Owen to lift him back up for a second try.

Life with three little boys has it’s challenges but I am more and more thrilled with the opportunity to be eye witness to the beginnings of the great things God has in mind for them.

Teeth

Aron has teeth coming through. We’re all very excited as this is the last first teeth we’ll have in the house. All of Aron’s firsts will most likely be our last firsts, which is just fun to say.

Anyway, I got some good smiles the other day and was able to zoom in and get some toothy shots.

You can see little traces of sweet potato around his mouth in the bottom picture. Must be that’s what made him smile.

He’s been eating everything he can get his hands on. Literally. I found a bug in his mouth the other day which about made me spill the graham crackers. Still makes me shudder. We have to watch him very closely.

He is handling these first teeth very well. A runny nose and a little extra irritability was our only indicator that they were about to pop through.