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Aiden: one year!

Aiden is one year old.

One. Entire. Year.

Things that are gone forever: that toothless grin, him staying where I put him, the tiny flailing fists going *whap* on my breasts as he nurses, the stormy blue eyes.

In their place we have a little boy who likes to eat dirt, is starting to wave to people and say "Mama" and "Dada" (though not yet with actual meaning, we don't think, though he's close), gets into everything and wreaks havoc once there, and has a repertoire of wry, serious, giddy, and devious facial expressions to rival his father.

A day or two ago he started to get into the kitchen trash. I said "Aiden, no!" loudly and got up to pull him away. But as soon as I said "no" he turned away and started to toddle towards me, whining loudly just as if I had actually pulled his hands off of it. I believe we have signs of linguistic comprehension!

He *really* doesn't like it when his people leave. He has some moods where he'll pitch a fit if Andrei or Nicole leave, but usually it's still me. Surprisingly, he still shows no signs of stranger anxiety - he loves people, and will flirt with any- and everybody.

He's eating solid (well, or pureed) food on a fairly regular basis, just in the last week or so, usually one meal of it a day. And pretzels. He loves pretzels. Loooooooves. Them. (I'm sure it doesn't hurt that the bag is all fun and crinkly.)

He has six teeth now! Though he's been cranky enough the last few days I suspect another one or two may be coming through real soon now.

He flew cross-country this month and back again, and did wonderfully! He got a lot more sleep on the red-eye than any of us did, that's for sure.

Interestingly, he's shown no real signs of attachment to any objects. He has a few stuffed animals and blankets and the like, but they're all pretty much the same to him. (I'm actually not sure if this is something that generally kicks in by this age, or only if they don't have sufficient attachment to their people, or what.)

I forget what his exact measurements were when we went to the pediatrician on Wednesday, but he's staying solidly around the 75th percentile for everything. He also had his iron tested, which was just fine - he remains an astonishingly happy and healthy little boy.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 7th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
That's such a flirty-cute picture of him!
Sep. 7th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
teh cute! congrats on the astonishingly healthy and happy part :)
Sep. 7th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
You have a beautiful son.
Sep. 7th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
Aiden has serious coolness. This year has been fascinating to watch.

We should still get together sometime, ne?
Sep. 7th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
Having a happy, healthy baby is a substantial part of what the world is all about. Mazal Tov!

BTW, watch out for the pretzels, particularly if they're very salty. My first memory of getting violently sick to my stomach resulted from salt poisoning from an unsupervised pretzel binge at about 3-4 yrs. I was off pretzels for about 25 years after that.
Sep. 8th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
Cute pic. Enjoyed the 1st annual write up. Methinks you'll like looking back on it.
Sep. 8th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
Aiden is a very special child, he is surrounded by so much love. May that never change.
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