Life with Arthur is always exciting, but it is getting even more so the older he gets. He is bursting with personality and fun. We are always laughing at something that he does or says. It is hard to believe that he is almost 20 months old.
He is also fully into the stage where he is trouble with a capital T. He is getting into everything. He can reach almost everything - things off the table, the counter, etc. He is constantly pulling books off of shelves, and I had to put all my cookbooks up, because he kept throwing them around the room.
In fact, we set up the pack-n-play in the living room to use for his time out spot, since nothing else seems to work. Everything else we have tried, he just laughs and asks us to do it again - sitting on a stool, standing in the corner. Crazy guy :).
Arthur's favorite activity is to color. He LOVES it and is always asking to do it. And I love watching him, especially because his brother and sister were much older before they liked to do it. You actually have to be really careful not to leave any pens or pencils out where he can reach them, as he will grab them and color on whatever he can find.
It makes for a fantastic activity for him to do in the car while we are waiting for the kids to get out of school :).
And he even colored a get well card for his Grandpa Dennis the other day, to cheer him up after his surgery.
Arthur has also discovered the joys of Nutella. He calls it "tella" in such a high pitched voice, it is hard to understand. He loves to eat Nutella sandwiches, and by the time he is finished, he is covered in chocolate.
Arthur is such an awesome eater - so much better than his siblings were as a toddler. I certainly hope he keeps it up, because it is awesome that he eats so many things. The funniest thing, however, is taking him grocery shopping. Even if I take a purse full of snacks for him, he acts like he is starving and asks to eat everything I am putting in the cart. I always have them ring up the bananas and give me one, so he can eat it as we leave the store :).
One of Arthur's favorite new games is to run away and hide any time he hears the word "diaper," because he doesn't want his diaper changed. I have to sing him silly songs just to keep him from running away while I am changing him.
He is getting much better at sleeping. Some mornings, he even sleeps in, like the day he slept in until 8am. It was a miracle. Most days, however, he wakes up before 6am.
Putting Arthur to bed can be an adventure. Kevin and I take turns putting him to bed. We read him stories, scriptures, and then say prayers with him. Then we sing to him or let him listen to music, and usually he goes to sleep pretty well. Some nights, however, he takes forever to go to bed. Oh well. He gets better every day :).
Of all the activities Arthur can do, his absolute favorite is to play outside. Unfortunately, that is not always an option, especially for the front yard, where he likes to run into the street. Because of that, it often leads to scenes like this, where he looks longingly out the window at what he is missing.
Luckily, he does get to play outside quite a bit, especially when his brother and sister are out there to play with him. He has taken to just following Derek around the yard lately, trying to fight the bad guys with his brother :).
And since he wants to be a big kid, he tries to climb on the swings all by himself. He wanted to do the big swings so much, for a while, he refused to let us put him in his toddler swing. I think he is finally past that though.
Any time we do happen to be in the front yard, he has to run to the flowers and tell me what color each of them are, and he always starts with "yellow."
Having a brother and sister that are much older than him, really inspires him to want to be like them. Lately, he has taken to hopping up on the piano bench when they finish practicing. He tries to play pretty music, just like them :).
And just so he can prove that he is just like dad and Derek, he loves to run around with a sword or a golf club. The other day, he decided he needed both at the same time - you know, just in case there were bad guys at the golf course ;).
Arthur also loves to play with his friends, Max and James. Even though sometimes there are misunderstandings, and he might bite one of their fingers, most of the time, they have a great time together.
I sure love this silly boy, and I am so grateful for the extra spark he adds to our family. He adores his brother and sister, shouting their names when they get home and following them around. He loves to play and cuddle with his daddy. And he is my sweetheart companion, to make sure I never feel lonely.
Here is a little video of his latest escapades.