Monday, January 9, 2017

11 months

It just hit me as I typed the title of this post that this is the last time I will write about Aldo as a baby.  My next monthly post about him will be because he is one year old.  I think I may want to cry. :(

Anyhoo, our little guy has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few weeks.  It's amazing how quickly they go from being babies to toddlers.  Aldo is still nursing but has quickly decided that there are better things he'd like to be doing most of the time.  I give it another few weeks before he completely decides he's done with that.  He typically eats more food than Eliel at each meal and usually sneaks in an extra snack or two as well.  It won't be long before the boys are wearing the same size clothes!
Aldo is very social and very communicative.  He signs all the time to tell us what he wants or needs and has even started to make up his own signs.  We have no idea what they mean but he's definitely trying to tell us something by using them. He's also very good at pointing which helps to figure out exactly what he wants.  Aldo wants just about whatever Eliel has and oddly enough, Eliel wants whatever Aldo has.  It's a never-ending cycle over here.
Aldo took his first steps on January 2nd and is quickly getting stronger and braver.  He will start walking any day now.  He still likes to use his walker but as soon as he realizes he doesn't need it, he'll be off.  That's when the real fun will begin!
Now that the holidays are over, we typically spend our days crawling from room to room playing with just about every toy we have.  Even though we got a ton of new toys for Christmas, it seems like Also enjoys playing with most things that aren't toys.  Namely my cookware, stacks of towels, books and anything in Eliel's room.  He LOVES Eliel's marble run game and loves putting the marbles down the ramp.  He claps and cheers as they go down the ramps.  Aldo also loves anything with cows lately.  If he sees a cow in a book or one of his farm toys, he gets excited and starts mooing.  It's pretty funny!  Once in a while he'll make a snort like a pig but so far, he's only done it for me.  He also loves ducks and can say the word duck which coincidentally was Eliel's first word too.  Although, he said it closer to 14 months!
Oh, did you need this paper that said 11 months?
Aldo is truly a happy little kid makes me smile every day.  I'm kind of sad that we've only got one more month of having a baby in this house but I'm so excited for the adventures we're going to have with our boys!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy 2017

Whew!  What a whirlwind week that was!  So much prep and it's over already.  It will be nice to be to get back into a schedule again though!  Hope everyone is having a wonderful start to 2017!

We had a wonderful holiday season with lots of celebrating with family!  We shared lots of fun moments but also shared colds! :(  Eliel came down with a bug Christmas morning and unfortunately shared it with the littlest members of the family (at least so far).  Not quite sure where he caught it from but it was probably at one of the holiday parties we attended before Christmas.  So, needless to say, it's been an interesting and exhausting week!

Santa was very good to the boys and Eliel got just what he asked for, a new marble game.  He was quite excited about it and it has proved to be a challenge for him!  We've built about 4 or 5 different runs so far and I'm sure it will be just a matter of time before Eliel can begin doing them on his own.  Aldo received a musical train from Santa and he seems to like it.  His favorite gift was from Adam and I and it was a bag of plastic balls for a ball pit we already had.  He loves sitting in the ball pit and eating all the balls! :)

We're so lucky to have such wonderful family and friends and we thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the end of 2016. Looking forward to an amazing 2017!

Now, on to the best part... pictures!
Santa showed up at the Thoma Christmas party!

Aldo is excited to open gifts

So happy!

I love seeing the boys interact with each other

The best picture we could get on Christmas morning

The bag is bigger than Aldo!

So excited for balls!

Me and all the boys! (the only pic we got on Christmas)

Aldo doing what he does best... eating.
Had to take a picture of Eliel eating too 

Hanukkah family picture

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays!

As all of you are preparing and celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah, I just wanted to take this moment to thank each and every one of you for being a part of our lives.  This year has been incredible and each of you played a part in making it so.
By now, you hopefully received our holiday card.  The picture on it makes me smile every time I look on it.  But, do you know what it took to get that picture?  It's definitely good for a laugh!  So here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah.  Enjoy the show!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

10 months

Aldous had his 10 month doctor visit last week and he continues to be a strong, healthy boy.  His is twenty pounds, 8 ounces which is the 55th percentile.  He is 29 inches tall which is the 56th percentile.  Although he is almost perfectly 'normal' (which would be the 50th percentile) he still seems SO much bigger than Eliel.  Once I looked it up, I realized why.  Eliel didn't weigh this much until he was 15 months old! :)

Aldous is an eating machine.  He loves food and loves to eat.  He's starting to show preferences for certain foods and just like Eliel, fruits are a definite favorite.  He also loves noodles, especially with any kind of cheese sauce.  He's beginning to not love meat but luckily I can still get him to eat ground meats, especially turkey and chicken.  Turkey meatballs with noodles and tomato sauce are a huge hit right now!

Aldo is learning to walk and prefers it to crawling.  If there is something near near him he can push like a walker, he will use it to get around.  Chairs and step stools are current favorites!  In the last few days, he has successfully tried to stand by himself without holding onto anything for about 3-5 seconds at a time.  I'm sure as he gains strength and balance he will stand for much longer stretches at a time.

Aldo loves to communicate and does so through trying to 'talk' as well as sign.  He signs WAY more than Eliel ever did and tries to communicate often.  His latest 'talking' sound like this.  Aldo's Got It.  Aldo can sign: more, all done, milk, help, Daddy, eat and doggy.  He also waves goodbye (albeit backwards) and will wave at anyone in the store if they say 'hi'.  He's also made up a sign that he does with both hands and Adam and I have yet to figure out what it means.  He tries to bark like Nugget and tries to say 'play' by making the 'puh' sound.  He really just wants to be like his older brother and talk!  I'll try and see if I can get a video of him doing some of his signs.  It's really cute!

He's a pretty special little guy and the older he gets, the more fun we have with him.  The holidays are going to be so much fun!  Can't wait to share them with you all!