This year we had a very small celebration for Arosha’s birthday — actually several small celebrations. On Saturday evening we went for a dinner to an Indian restaurant in Bay Ridge — he loves going to “eestauans”. Before getting into the car we took a couple of photographs which came out well.
I probably left a lot of things out of my previous post
about the new things Arosha does, so I’ll add a couple more here.
By now he knows some colors pretty well — red, blue, green, yellow, pink and orange. I’ve been trying to get him to remember some, but he didn’t seem to show any progress. And then one day he just started naming them all properly.
The breastfeeding has completely stopped. So if you give a child enough time they will self-wean without any stress for the child or the mother. For us it happened in phases. First he stopped asking for it before he goes to sleep (day and night) and two or so weeks ago he just stopped asking for it in the morning.
He likes to play games with imaginary things. For example he always tries to feed me all kinds of vegetables (like onions) when I bathe him by extending his hand with fingers closed like he is holding something, even though the hand is empty. He tells me what he is giving me. He does these kinds of things often.
He also likes to say something that he knows is not right and looks at us with a smile waiting for us to correct him.
He was really afraid of the shower for most of his life, but lately he is turning it on himself and tries to get under it against his fear. Washing his head was always a big deal that used to involve a lot of crying, but now he will turn the shower on, close his eyes and get under it. He knows to wait for me to tell him that it’s OK to open his eyes when the shampoo is gone.
He loves drawing a net on his chest with iodine solution (our parents used to do this for us when we would get sick as kids) before going to sleep. Usually it’s his reward for washing his head with shampoo. I love seeing the anticipation on his face and the giggling when I start drawing with a q-tip.
He always talks about something. When we got into the car to go to the restaurant he kept commenting on the whole thing: “Мы едeм на папиной машине. В истаан (рестаран)! Се вместе!” His pronunciation is not great, but Alena and I can make out pretty much everything he says.
Or with colors the other day:
– Ароша, какого цвета эта буква?
– Правильно. А какого цвета эта черепаха?
– Си… Ой, пепутал (перепутал)! Зиёная!
He likes playing on iPad. We bought him several interactive books where he has to perform somewhat complicated actions and I’m amazed with how quickly he figured it all out. For example there is a page where he has to feed the kids. The kids imagine a cupcake that they would like to eat which consists of 3 parts — a cup, cupcake itself and a topping like a cherry or a grape. And he has a bunch on ingredients of different colors that needs to pick the right ones from and build this cupcake. He does it very well.
He also likes playing with a bunch of puzzle boards that he has. There are shape, animal or number cutouts that he has to fill with correct pieces.
He also loves making us use the stairs most of the time. So we have to go down from the 7th floor and back up to the 7th floor only via the staircase. At least we keep repeating the number of the floor to him, so by now he has learned some numbers as well.
Also we prefer to never tell him false things and try to shield him from everything. For example he hates going to the doctor. But we prefer to tell him right from the start where we are going instead of hiding it from him up until we get to the office. This way he is slightly upset, but he knows that if we tell him that it’s not going to hurt — then it’s not going to hurt.
I can go on and on, but these are probably the most memorable things that he does that we don’t want to forget. Kids are a lot of work, but they sure are great!