Sunday, January 8, 2012

Arosha — 17 Months

Aroshka eating an orange and smiling.Today our sunny boy has turned 17 months. He’s grown so much since my last monthly report!

Arosha is making a lot of progress in language development. He tries to repeat pretty much everything that we say, and even though for strangers his speech probably does not make a lot of sense, I can understand almost every word that he tries to say.

One day I was singing a song about a Christmas tree (“Маленькой ёлочке холодно зимой”) and he started to kind of sing along. It’s just a few words (or rather syllables), but he definitely tries to imitate a process of singing and he definitely remembers what word should go where. Too bad I can’t make a good video of this.

We did manage to make a short video (not a very good one, but still) of Arosha helping me to recite a verse by Korney Chukovsky (“Телефон”). I feel proud of him and can’t wait for him to start saying actual words and not just syllables.

I am reading “The happiest toddler on the block” by Dr. Karp and he introduces the idea that there are 3 different kinds of children’s temperament (and a limitless variations of the mix between them) — Easy, Cautious and Spirited. I think Aroshka falls under the latter category. He is extremely active, not always predictable (he can go to nap, for example, at any point between 12:30 and 14:30), and is not afraid of anything (well, almost anything). Sometimes looking after him gets so tiring, that cooking and cleaning seems like a relaxing activity by contrast. I do love him just the way he is though, and would not change him a single bit.

During the last 2 months Aroshka’s got 2 new teeth and it looks like another 2 will pop out soon! I think sometimes teething bothers him, but I am a strong believer in avoiding medication when possible, so I don’t give him anything for pain (except for the boob, I guess).

Aroshka is still drinking the breast milk. We’re down to 3 feedings a day — after he wakes up in the morning, before his afternoon nap and before night sleep. He wakes up occasionally at night too, and in this case I feed him too and he just goes to back to sleep.

Aroshka is stll eating an orange.He is quite an adventurous eater! He likes trying new things, and he especially loves eating during family dinners at a big dinner table at Danya’s parents. He also gets bored with the same food pretty fast (this includes fruits and veggies), so I really try to vary the menu as much as I can. Good thing is that after he gets some rest from a certain food (for example bananas), he will eat it again with pleasure for some time.

Aroshka likes drinking teas. I try not to add sugar to his beverages, but sometimes I do it for tea with lemon. He likes drinking tea with milk as well (I try to do a 40%-60% ratio of tea vs milk), although he usually does not drink plain milk from the cup.

We are nowhere on potty training. I guess, it’s not his time yet, plus diapers must feel pretty dry (compared to cloth diapers that our parents used to put on us). I try to sit him on a potty from time to time, but he just would not stay still for more than 10 seconds.

We also made very little progress with using utensils. I guess, it’s my fault, but I am just worried that he’ll stay hungry if I don’t feed him. I do encourage his using a spoon, but he is still very clumsy with it.

Aroshka loves doing somersaults! He knows the word for it too and does them when I ask him.

Busy bee (Aroshka and orange peel).He shows his temper more often and can start screaming, or crying, or stomping his little feet, or waving his little hands, or doing it all simultaneously when something does not go according to his wishes. I guess, this is a totally normal stage of development and he’ll learn to better control his emotions when he gets older.

Aroshka loves to watch videos of himself, especially ones where he does something fun. I think he re-lives these activities this way. Often when he sees my iPhone he starts demanding “Ai-ai-ai-ai”, which in translation means “show me Arosha” (he’s been calling himself Ai for a few months already).

He loves being around people. When there are no other kids on a playground, Aroshka usually does not want to do anything, but sit in my arms. When there are other children around, his mood is usually good. He still likes Daniеla a lot, but also recognizes a whole bunch of other little ones.

I made a short video of Aroshka on a slide 2 days ago. The spiral one is his favorite!

And in the end I just want to say that I love this little boy so very much! I love seeing his bright face in the morning, I love holding him, I love hearing his voice, I love smelling his big head, I love that he is so curious and courageous, I love that he learns so much every single day. Taking care of a child takes a lot of dedication and energy, but as many mothers before me said — it’s all worth it!
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