My goodness, the time has flown! On Friday, Arthur was one and a half, and I swear, he was just a tiny baby. (And yes, he is missing one of his shoes in the picture :). He was napping before church, and so I didn't get any pictures. I had to take them after church, and so by then, there was only one shoe on.)
He is learning so many things, and so quickly! I swear, he learns ten new things a day, and we love to just sit back and watch. One thing he recently learned about, was Nutella. He LOVES it, and will gobble up Nutella sandwiches.
Arthur also got his first real haircut. I had been cutting his hair since he was four months old, but it was time for the professionals to do it. (And from the above picture, it was obvious he needed a haircut.) He would not hold still, and even with him on my lap, he was hard to keep still.
He sure looked handsome when it was over. What a cutie! And he loved his sucker - it was his first one of those too :).
Because he is getting so big, he outgrew the Pack-n-play. I wasn't quite ready for him to be in the twin bed in his room yet, and so I put a crib mattress on the floor for him to use for a while. He really liked it, and got pretty good at staying in his bed.
He was doing so well on the crib mattress, I decided to move him into his real bed. I have a bed rail on both sides, just in case he rolls around, and he sleeps so well in it.
In fact, he has been doing a fantastic job of staying n his bed all night, and if he wakes up, he will go right back to sleep in his bed. It is wonderful :). One day, he even slept in until 7:30, although most days he is up by 6 am.
Arthur has finally transitioned to taking only one nap during the day. This has been great, especially because he takes a 2 hour nap most days. the problem is, the random day when he takes his nap too early. And sometimes, he will snuggle with me for a nap. He is so big, we don't stay like that for long, but it sure is sweet :).
Unfortunately, every once in a while, he will fall asleep around 5pm for a second nap, and it is a nightmare. It means he is up until after 10pm. One night, when this happened, he got hang out with Kevin and I and eat popcorn. He thought he was pretty awesome :).
Some days, he wakes up a little too early in the morning. When he gets up too early, he stays pretty sleepy all morning. It is the funniest thing, because he will just lay down with his blanket anywhere - in the hall, on the bathroom floor, the kitchen floor, etc.
One of the most fun things that Arthur has learned recently, are animal sounds. He says a bunch of different animal sounds, but a cow is his favorite. He will wake up in the morning, and "moo" will be the first thing he says. I love it!
He has also started learning his colors. He knows red, yellow, green, and blue, and he can tell them apart really well, although he mixes up green and blue sometimes. The way he says yellow is adorable!
His very favorite thing right now, is playing outside. He loves to draw with sidewalk chalk, have someone blow bubbles for him, or have someone put him down the slide. He has also been trying to climb onto the swings lately, which is so cute! His sister, Lily, is fantastic about taking him outside to play.
And on Sunday, because Arthur is finally 18 months, he got to go to Nursery at church for the very first time. It is a very exciting milestone, and you never know how your kid will react. Arthur had been looking in the nursery room longingly for months, and so we thought he would do well. When Kevin put him in the room, he stood back for a while, and then got brave enough to try out a toy. He ended up doing great and loving it :).
Although Arthur is sweet and funny most of the time, he has discovered that he can throw a tantrum with the best of them. He will get so mad he will look for something to throw. It is pretty awesome - funny and not funny at the same time.
It is really fun to watch him try and figure things out. He is really working on his problem solving skills, and seeing him in action is amazing.
Everywhere we go, he is noticing things and trying to label them. He just learned the word "flowers," and so he loves to point them out. So fun!
And speaking of nature, he loves rocks! Especially the big ones we have in our landscaping. He loves to grab one and carry it around saying, "Rahh" for rock.
He gets excited about so many things - his favorite TV show (Little Einsteins, aka: "Rahh" - for Rocket), going outside ("Outsigh"), playing with bubbles ("brroombrroom"), taking a bath ("Baaa"), or a cup of milk ("Noo"). And he is saying more every day - even if the words aren't perfectly clear, or the same word means more than one thing.
He has a fantastic sense of humor, and is always making us laugh.
I can't begin to describe how much we love this little guy. He fits so perfectly in our family, and we couldn't imagine life without him.
*Here is a fun highlight video of Arthur from the past month.