You are a gem.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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