Our little bolt of energy has turned 11 months old this Friday! It’s been a fun month for all of us and I enjoy his company so much every day!
Aroshka went overseas for the first time in his life. As I previously wrote, I was anxious about our Bermuda cruise, but it went very very well. Aroshka is pretty social at this stage, and being around so many new people, seeing and experiencing new things was definitely exciting for him. This was a relatively busy month for us overall — we went to barbeques a lot, and yes — it is more tiring for me than just staying home and doing our regular routine, but much more stimulating too.
Arosha is learning how to walk for the last few days. I think in another month or so, he’ll be doing it with some confidence. He looks so funny and cute on his wobbly feet — like a little sailor, and a drunk one at that. He learned how to climb on to the sofa in the living room using the coffee table or a small plastic box for support, but luckily he does not do it often yet. Another thing he can climb on is a futon in the office room, and we have to really watch him when he is there, since he did not figure out how to get off it safely just yet.
Arosha loves to be near me — if I am in the kitchen, so is he, if I am in the bathroom, so is he, if I am in the living room, so is he. He does not mind spending time in the office when Danya works from home, and sometimes he can spend a few minutes alone playing with his books and toys in the bedroom, but other than that — he wants to be near adults (preferably mommy). I guess it makes perfect sense — for thousand of years little humans depended on adult supervision to survive, so this is a natural, instinctive urge for him.
Aroshka loves playing with his books. Sometimes I just read to him while he plays with his toys or stares at the pictures, sometimes I come up with my own text (mostly describing what’s on the pictures), and sometimes he plays all by himself. Among his favorites are the books that make animal sounds, the book about 5 colorful butterflies, Teremok (especially when I read it in different voices) and Koshkin Dom. We go the the library every few weeks — it’s a fun experience in itself, plus we usually get a few board books and some children’s book in Russian. I finished reading fairy tales by Brothers Grimm to him the other day and started Charles Perrault’s book (both are in Russian).
Aroshka definitely recognizes more and more words. He knows some of his toys by name (the plastic alligator and a top), some books (sheep and butterfly book for sure), some household objects (clock, lights), animals (duck, cow) and people (mama, papa, Shublik). I am sure he understands more than we realize! I try to talk as much as I can — hopefully, it will help his language development.
He learned how to say 3 new words – “oooo” (his version of “mooo” — the sound which the cow makes), “booy” (his version of “booh” – the sound we make when he is close to the edge and can fall down) and “ba” (which stands for “na” — the word which we say in Russian when we give something to others). He applies “booy” to a spectrum of activities — when he looks down from the edge, when he drops things, and when he falls down himself. It’s so cute! And when it comes to “ba”, he does not always want to release the thing which he is offering, but he likes the whole process of trying to give something to us (and his favorite person, or rather cat, to give things to is Shublik).
He also learned how to wave — he does not do it consistently yet, but he does it more often than not. I think he almost learned how to clap too!
When it comes to food and sleep, nothing much have changed. He still prefers breast milk to any other sources of nutrition, but I try to give him solids at least twice a day (plus he often does not mind trying a bit of table foods). Aroshka loves hummus! He still wakes up multiple times during the night, but normally he just nurses for 5-8 minutes and goes back to sleep (sometimes it takes a little bit more effort to put him back to sleep in the early morning). His day time naps has become more consistent — he normally naps 1-2 hours twice a day (3 hours of nap time per day on average).
Arosha socializes with other kids a bit on a daily basis — we go to the playground across the street every morning, and there are a few babies his age who we meet there almost every time. They don’t communicate with each other too much yet, but I think Aroshka likes being around other babies even when he is absorbed in his own activities. I did not meet a mom-friend for myself yet, because mostly babies are there with their baby-sitters and grandparents. I’ve chatted with some interesting moms on a few rare occasions, but all of them work full time. Oh well, Aroshka is getting more and more interesting, plus talking to baby-sitters and grandparents is not that bad either. I am just grateful that I have an opportunity to stay home and to spend so much time with our sweet boy.
Another thing that we try to do on a daily basis is to go to the pool. Our building has one, and it is open during summer season only. Aroshka likes going there, but since it’s not heated, the most we were able to stay in the water was 10 minutes (we started with 4 minutes at a time, and has gradually increased the timing). We usually take a nice long 15-20 minutes bath right after, so it’s about half an hour of water activities altogether.
I can’t believe that in less than a month Arosha will be one year old! I remember how hazy and crazy the first weeks (even months) were and how it seemed that one year birthday was SO FAR away. Well, what do you know? It is almost here, and we are absolutely in love with our little ray of sunshine.