Bloody Noses and Busted Lips

15 months

My dearest Aiden,

Happy 15 months baby!  We’ve seen some big changes in you over the the last 3 months, the most noticeable of which  is that you started walking.  First it was just a few steps here and there between mom and dad.  Then you got more bold, doing more walking than crawling.  And now you’re basically running.  And you’ve done all of this without watching for a single second where you are going.  But aside from the beating your face has taken since this little development, your walking has been an extremely welcome change around here.  

Another big thing has been your increasing vocabulary.  I neglected writing about your first words even though it was my intention to do so.  We wanted to be entirely certain of what you were saying before we cried wolf, and sadly your first words were not a cut-and-dry moment for us.  If I had to pick your first two words though, I would say “dog” and “ball” without a doubt.  And now if you hear even the slightest bark off in the distance you will yell “DOG!” and not stop until we find you a dog.  This makes mommy and daddy super stoked that all of our surrounding neighbors have dogs.

But “dog” and “ball” is not all you’ll say.  You actually talk a lot and repeat a lot of the same sounds over and over again.  We just have no idea what you’re saying most of the time, but we’re constantly working on it.  Here is a list of the words that we can make out consistently so far:

  • dog
  • ball – Sometimes you will even say “dog, ball” when you want Zeus to get the ball.
  • book – You love books and I love to see that passion in you at such a young age.
  • cleanup – Although it comes out “nnnup”, you definitely say it when I start straightening up…even if your actual cleaning is still weak.
  • duck – If I ask you what a duck says, you reply “duck” which I think is your way of saying quack.
  • mmm – Mmmm is totally a word and you say it when something tastes good or I ask you what a cow says.
  • dada – Usually with excitement
  • mama – Usually in a pathetic, adorable, I need something kind of way.  And it gets me EVERY SINGLE TIME.
  • bu-bye – Complete with the cutest little wave or if we’re really lucky, blown kisses.
  • beetcha – You say this all the time.  We’re not sure what this really means, but we have our theories.

In addition to the walking and talking, you’re getting really smart too.  You do you’re floor puzzles and delight in books that have flaps for you to lift.  You build.   You clearly understand most of what we ask of you, even if often times it results in you doing exactly the opposite.  You learned how to get off the bed.

There’s just so many little things too:  The way you try to jump where you lift your head up but your feet don’t leave the floor.  The way you back into places that you want to sit.

Your laugh. Always your laugh. The way you hold your fork through an entire meal with one hand and shovel food into your mouth with the other. 

That carrot stayed through the whole meal.

The way you point to where you want me to put your food and show us your empty plate when you’re finished.  The way it hurts so good when you poke at/smack my face right before you go to bed. The look you give me when you’re trying not to smile.

Love this look.

The fact that you’re undoubtedly ALL BOY. 

Couple hours at the park = soaking wet, covered in sand from head to toe.

The seasons are changing now in Georgia, and I’m packing up all of your shorts…the seven or so pairs that I got so tired of dressing you in all summer.  I thought this would be a good thing as I get to put you in your new shiny wardrobe, but something about it is kind of sad.  And I think it just has to do with the fact that you won’t fit in those clothes next year.  It’s so weird wanting you to stay how you are but looking forward to watching you grow.  Please just stay irresistibly sweet!

Love you a million,



2 Responses to “Bloody Noses and Busted Lips”

  1. Dan Louche Says:

    What is your kid doing in the middle of the road in that first video? Where is his father?? Oh wait…

  2. kathy Says:

    His father is without a doubt nearby with his mom, just cheering on anything wonderful that this sweet baby does! Grandma is busy sitting at the computer just waiting for new pictures and videos as well as the wonderful commentary that accompanies these pictures. Thank you doesn’t begin to express the happiness I feel with each new posting. It helps to keep me in touch. I love all of you so much!

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