Thirty-fourth Month (July 14th
- August 13th)
really getting into imaginative pretend play. He has been going
around saying he is a Space Ranger, like Buzz Lightyear in the movie
ToyStory. He pretends to hit a button on his chest (like buzz
lightyear) and puts his wings (arms) up in the air. Then he
politely asks for permission to "fly" around the house. Then
when he's done flying he presses the button again and his arms go
down. He does it with sound effects and all. Then he presses another
button and he says "Buzz Lightyear to a rescue!" He is sooo
funny. He also enjoys playing the Memory game and Don't Spill the
Beans. Aidan is also learning to actually play with other kids,
not just parallel play. Aidan enjoyed playing "Treasure
Hunt", a game made up by our friend's daughter Emma, who is 4
1/2. He is also beginning to remember people and places, more and
Thirty-third Month (June 14th
- July 13th)
now fascinated with letters. He knows most of his letters and
loves to spell words all of the time. He can even sweetly sing the
ABC song. He loves to be read too. Daddy set up the
fish tank in Aidan's room. He loves having them in there.
Every night before bed, he says "night fishies, sweet
dreams" He is fascinated by the two baby mollies that have
Thirty-first Month (April 14th
- May 13th)
Grandpa, and Uncle Neal came to visit us for Easter.
Thirtieth Month (March 14th
- April 13th)
can now count to 20. He is starting to understand basic addition
and subtraction. He will count his cheerios, eat one, and then
count again to see how many he has. He is really starting to enjoy
story time. We go on Wednesdays to the First Colony branch and
again on Thursdays to George Memorial. He likes the one at George
Memoiral best because Ms. Susan the librarian brings out a slide after
story time and a bubble machine for the kids to play with. He also
loves to play with all the puppets. But he especially likes all
the singing and dancing during storytime. He has a
Twenty-ninth Month (February 14th
- March 13th)
has learned how to count to 8 this month. He says "one, two,
hee, whore, hive, six, heaven, hate". Can you see a pattern
here? He has this thing with H's! He sounds so cute when he
counts. He's getting a little obsessive with it though. He
counts everything! He absolutely loves to sing. He can
sing along with "Itsy Bitsy Spider", "Wheels on the
Bus", and "5 Little Monkeys." And he's turned into
a radio DJ in the car. He's quite particular about the music that
is playing in the car and if a song comes on that he doesn't like, he
says "No like this music." And he'll complain until you
change the station!
Twenty-eighth Month (January 14th
- February 13th)
quickly turning into a big boy. He even likes to tell people
that. "Mine a big boy." He says "mine"
instead of "me" or "I." We're working on
that. We also made the big move to Texas this month. Aidan
got a little upset when the movers came to pack up the old house.
He was concerned about all of his toys. He tried sneaking a
few out of his room as the man was packing. He was afraid he
wasn't going to see them again. He kept repeating "Race cars
on big truck, new house" Staying in a hotel for a month
was quite an adventure for all of us. Aidan learned how to climb
out of the porta-crib while we were there. That prompted us to buy
a new "BIG BOY" bed for Aidan. It is going to be a
custom made cowboy bed, complete with Texas stars and cow hide.
Twenty-seventh Month (December 14th
- January 13th)
my little chatterbox. It is absolutely amazing to watch him learn
to talk. He picks up new words and phrases everyday. Some of
my favorite are: "Morning mommy", " wash-a-mooey"
(watch a movie), "sit your booty down", "I do it",
"Merry Dismas" (Merry Christmas). His favorite movie is
Monsters, Inc. Whenever he sees a big truck he thinks it's
Grandpa's truck, and he says "I see, I see, Auntpa's
truck!" Santa Claus was very good to Aidan this year.
He received a Thomas the Tank Engine train set, race cars, little
people, matchbox cars, and a big Hess truck with working lights.
He loves it!
Twenty-sixth Month (November 14th
- December 13th)
really enjoying his little sis. Aidan and Fiona are actually
starting to play with each other now. The cutest is when Aidan
makes Fiona laugh. Those sweet moments melt my heart. Aidan
is still fascinated with cars, both big and small. He can spot
Mustangs from a mile away..."Mustang Daddy's!!"
Twenty-fifth Month (October 14th
- November 13th)
even write down all the new words Aidan has. He's had a vocabulary
explosion. He even has a lot of 3 word sentences too. We
have to be really careful about what we say. The little bugger
repeats EVERYTHING! Aidan turned 2 this month!!! He
loved blowing out the candles on his cake, over and over and over
again!!! Happy Birthday, my love!
Twenty-fourth Month (September 14th -
words: door, key, seeds, pruned (he says this when his fingers get all
wrinkly after a bath), shoes, Daisy, Ness (Guiness), bite, blue,
doo (two). If you ask him how old he's going to be, he puts up his
whole hand and says "doo". He can "neigh" like
a horse. He can also say "sis" for Fiona. It
finally happened. He learned how to say "No." It
was cute for the first two days, then it wasn't! By the end of the
month, he learned how to say belly, blue jeans, bright, ick, gross, and
bushaloe (buffalo). He also said his first sentence, "bless
you sis." Favorite toys are still matchbox cars and the
bubble mower. Aidan celebrated his 2nd birthday this month.
We had a little birthday party for him while we were in New York.
Aunt Denise made him a "Bob the Builder" birthday cake.
He loved blowing out the birthday candles and all of his presents!
Twenty-third Month (August 14th -
has a lot of new words. Dee-Dee's (McDonald's), more, oh no, blue,
vroooom, mine, bob-bob (spongebob squarepants), wa-wa (water), moo
(moon), dar (star). Funny story about McDonald's...whenever we
drive past one, Aidan gets all excited and yells
"Dee-Dee's." If we tell him to put his shoes on at home
and say we are going out, he automatically assumes we are going to
McDonalds! He loves to make sounds effects with his matchbox
cars. He makes siren noises with his police cars and fire
trucks. He's just a little sponge lately. And he loves
to "moooo" like a cow! Aidan received his birthday present a
little early. Daddy bought him a huge battery operated Power
Wheels Monster Truck. It is huge!
Twenty-second Month (July 14th -
||Aidan likes to copy the
latest Dell computer commercial. In it, a kid strokes his fingers
on his chin and says "hmmm." Whenever that commercial is
on TV, Aidan immediately starts stroking his chin with his
fingers. If you ask him if something tastes good, he says "mmmmmm!"
He has some new words...bubbles, Bob (as in Bob the Builder), down.
Twenty-first Month (June 14th -
||Aidan is a big help
around the house. He loves to help mommy dust, sweep, and throw
things away. He takes great pride in throwing away his and Fiona's
diapers when mommy is done changing them. He especially loves to
console Fiona when she is upset. Whenever she cries, Aidan comes
over and pats her ever so gently on her tummy. Grandma Lane
came to visit this month. We had a great time. We took Aidan
and Fiona to the Baton Rouge Zoo.
Twentieth Month (May 14th - June 13th)
||We took the kids on a
camping trip for Memorial Day up to Petit Jean State Park in
Arkansas. He loved being outdoors, playing with worms, chasing
daddy long legs, and swimming with Daddy. He had a blast!
Grandma Lane also came to visit us for a week. Aidan loved going
for walks in his wagon with Grandma. All of Aidan's canines are in
and his 2 yr. molars are all just under the surface waiting to pop
through. He had his 20 month checkup and he is now 25 lbs 4 oz and
35 inches tall. He is the 95th percentile for height. I hope
he'll be tall like his Grandpa. He likes to say "wheeeee",
"cheese", "bow-ing" (bowling), . He also does this new thing with shrugging his
shoulders. So cute.
Nineteenth Month (April 14th -
||One of Aidan's newest
tricks is sticking his fingers in
ears to block out his sister's crying! He also wiggles his
ears. Aidan really adores Fiona. He wants her to be big
enough to play with him NOW! His first canine tooth popped through
on April 19th. 1 down, 3 more to go.
Eighteenth Month (March 14th - April
||This month was quite a milestone in
Aidan's life. On March 28, 2002, Aidan became a big brother.
He loves to give his baby sister, Fiona, lots of hugs and kisses.
So far he seems to like her. He is the ***BEST*** big
Seventeenth Month (February 14th -
||Noticed his first
freckle. His favorite toy is a play ball. And if he could,
he'd spend the entire day outside playing with them! He also loves
bubbles. He's teething again. His canine teeth are
trying to make their way through. Now signs of them yet, but Aidan
has been chewing on his fingers and drooling like crazy.
Sixteenth Month (January 14th -
||Aidan now has all four molars in his
mouth. He has learned how to play ring-around-the-rosey and London
Bridge is falling down. He especially likes to climb through Mommy
and Daddy's legs. He likes to imitate Daddy playing soccer by
kicking his soccer ball all over the house. A future Pele???
maybe. He has added more words to his vocabulary.
"Uh-oh", "ball", "pu-ease" (please), and
Fifteenth Month (December 14th -
||Aidan has shown great interest in
all the presents that keep arriving. He loves to play with the
ribbons and bows. We are hoping that he doesn't open any before
Christmas! We put our Christmas tree up and so far Aidan has not
touched any of the ornaments. He just runs up to the tree, touches
it, and says "tree." Christmas Day: Looks
like someone hijacked Santa's sleigh and brought ALL of his presents to
OUR house! Aidan is one lucky kid! It took us 3 days to open
all of the gifts. Aidan would get overwhelmed opening and playing
with all the new toys. He really seems to enjoy his xylophone,
Tonka trucks, telephone, and blocks. Aidan is getting so close to
talking. He just jabbers all the time and carries on
"conversations" with us. It won't be long! He can
say "tree", "doggie", and "guhight"
(light). He walks on his tip-toes all around the house and can
even walk backwards! His first molar appeared on January 5th and
the second one poked through on January 12th. The other two are
not too far behind. He has been chewing on his hands and drooling
Fourteenth Month (November 14th
– December 13th)
||Aidan's new thing is
barking at the dogs. He barks at our dogs, dogs in books,
and dogs on TV. Should I be worried?!? He loves to play hide-and-go
seek. His favorite places to hide are along side the bathroom
vanity and in our bedroom near the closet. He just giggles when
you "find" him! Loves to finger play itsy-bitsy spider. Likes to
"honk" our noses and his nose too. He loves to mimic what we do.
He "brushes" his hair and ours. And he loves to brush his teeth.
Aidan got to ride on an airplane again. We went to visit Grandma, Grandpa, and Uncle Neal
in Geneseo, NY for Thanksgiving. He had a great time.
Thirteenth Month (October 14th
- November 13th)
First clapped his hands on October 19th.
Mary Rivas had taught him how to play the cymbals 2 days prior and he
finally put it all together! Aidan
went for his one year checkup on October15th.
He got three immunizations. He
weighed in at 22 lbs 9 oz (50%), 30 ¼ inches tall (75%), and an 18 inch
head(50%)! Four days following his
vaccinations, Aidan came down with his first fever.
It was a reaction to the MMR vaccine.
The next day he broke out in a measles-like rash, red bumps all over his
trunk and face. It took 5 days to
clear up. Poor baby.
We also took him to have his 1 year portraits done at Allen Breaux
Studios. He was a ham as usual and
they turned out great! He no longer
looks or acts like a baby. He's now a little boy. Aidan does
the cutest thing. He runs in place
when you say “run, run, run”. He
got another tooth this month. His 7th
appeared on November 2nd. Great-Grandma
Stein came to visit us on November 1st.
It was the first time she saw you in person.
She fell in love! We went to
the Texas Renaissance Festival in Houston and you had a blast.
Twelfth Month (September 14th
- October 13th)
||Aidan continues to walk better and
better. We bought him his first
pair of shoes on September 17, 2001 from Stride Rite.
They are a pair of white sneakers. For
the first few days of wearing them, Aidan would look down and watch his feet as
he walked. He didn’t know what to
make of those heavy things on his feet! Aidan
also got his first bloody lip, a result of walking with a pacifier in his mouth,
then proceeding to fall. Mommy and
Daddy freaked out with the sight of blood but we got through it, barely!
October 13th!! Happy
1st Birthday, my son. I
am having a really hard time believing that you are one already.
The most glorious year of my life flew by.
You have gone from a vulnerable tiny newborn, to a most happy, playful
Eleventh Month (August 14th
– September 13th)
||Aidan’s balance has been getting
better the more he practices standing and walking.
He even let go for the first time on August 15th and stood
alone for 5 seconds. He is eating
only people food now. He has
learned how to get himself into a seated position all on his own.
Sometimes he surprises me in the morning by sitting up in his crib, big
smile on his face, and ready to start the day. TOOK HIS FIRST STEPS ON SEPT. 13th during
our trip to San Antonio, TX. He had
fun walking between Daddy and Mommy all night long!
Tenth Month (July 14th
– August 13th)
||Aidan loves to stand.
That’s all he wants to do. He
can cruise the furniture. When he reaches the end of the coffee table he reaches
for our hands to help him navigate through the rest of the house.
He now has his 2 upper teeth. The
first one appeared on July 14th and the second on July 21st.
He’s become a little disinterested in regular baby food.
He has tried a lot of regular people food and seems to like most
anything. He especially likes
Daddy’s ice tea. On July 29,
2001, we found out that Aidan is going to be a big brother sometime next March.
Daddy and I are excited. Aidan still is not crawling but he does manage
to scoot a bit on his butt. At his
9 month check up he was 20lbs 10oz, 29 ½ inches long, with an 18 inch head.
He’s growing up so fast.
Ninth Month (June 14th
- July 13th)
||Took first assisted
steps on June 15th while holding onto Mommy's hands. Started
pointing on July 12th. It's the cutest thing I have ever
seen. He started it last night and I thought it was a fluke, but
this morning all he's been doing is pointing and saying "uhhh"
at everything he sees. I'm amazed. aidan and I flew to New
York. It was his first plane ride and he did fabulously. He
slept for most of the trip. Saw the Atlantic Ocean for the first
time on June 20th.
Eighth Month (May 14th
- June 13th)
||He’s started saying
Loves to talk really loud and squeal like a dolphin.
Had his first haircut on June 9th.
First sipped from a straw on June 12th. His pincer grip has
gotten really good. He’s been
practicing by picking up Cheerios. He loves to feed himself.
He still is not interested in crawling but he loves to stand.
He’s learning how to pull himself up, but needs our help to do it.
He’s learning to “walk” while holding onto our hands.
He started to take his first assisted steps on June 15th.
Makes motor boat noises all the time and loves when you put your hand to
his mouth to make Indian noises. Whenever
he is tired or upset he waves his hands around in circles.
He can move all over the kitchen in his walker, forward, backward, and
Seventh Month (April 14th
- May 13th)
||7 months old.
Where has the time gone? Aidan
got his second tooth on April 28th.
You can see both of his bottom teeth when he smiles.
He looks so cute. He can sit
really well now. I still keep a
pillow behind him just in case he falls over.
The hardwood floors are not very forgiving. Ouch! He has
been eating more solid food now. Aidan
has had peaches (yum!), pears (just ok), apricots (yum!), prunes (yum!), plums
(just ok), sweet potatoes (yummy!), squash (yum!), sweet potatoes and corn
medley (yum!), green beans (ick!), and peas (really icky!). He has been taking 2 solid naps now. One in the morning and one in the afternoon.
He usually naps at least 45 minutes and sometimes 2 hours.
He is learning how to wave “Bye-Bye”.
He can pass toys from hand to hand, babbles non stop, rotates his wrist
to look at a toy, drops toys and looks to see where they went and he can throw
toys. He loves to fling Cheerios
off the high chair. The dogs circle
like sharks hoping to catch a few! He
also gives big wet open-mouthed slobbery kisses!
Sixth Month (March 14th
- April 13th)
||6 months old today.
He’s getting to be such a big boy.
He is talking more. He’s
added La-la, ba-ba, and “Da-Da” to his repertoire of sounds.
His favorite plaything is the doorway jumper.
He bounces, squeals, and giggles with delight!
He is also beginning to sit unsupported.
He lasts a few minutes then topples over when reaching for a toy.
But the biggest news is that Aidan cut his first tooth on April 8th.
His right bottom tooth is poking through. It looks like the one next to it will be making an appearance
soon. He handled teething pretty
well. There was a lot of drool and
endless chewing on EVERYTHING. He
has been sleeping better at night. Asleep
by 9:00pm and sleeps all night until 7:00ish.
Fifth Month (February 14th - March 13th)
||He can now roll both front to back
and from back to front. He is
beginning to realize that he can reach what he wants if he rolls to it.
He is enjoying his walker and can even make it move.
He said “mama” for the first time on March 6th.
Aidan has tried rice cereal with bananas and applesauce it in to make it
more palatable but he doesn’t seem to like it.
Aidan has such a hearty laugh and is a very HAPPY baby.
He sleeps from 10pm to 8 am waking once or twice to eat.
And he only takes a few catnaps of 10-15 minutes during the day.
Fourth Month (January 14th
- February 13th)
||He reached out for mommy for the
first time. He put his arms out and
melted her heart. He laughs big
belly laughs and smiles all the time. Found
his feet on February 6th!
Third Month (December 14th
- January 13th)
||Aidan has changed so much in the last
few weeks. He laughs. He's rolling
over, grasping for toys with both hands, and he even learned how to make
"raspberries!" It is so cute! Spit goes flying everywhere! He's even
trying to sit up on his own. He loves it when you help him to sit up then he
manages to get his feet underneath him and springs up and stands! And he stays
there for about 15-20 seconds until his legs give out.
He is almost big enough for his exersaucer.
Aidan went on his first big trip to New York. We
drove with Aidan, the dogs, and us!
Second Month (November 13th
– December 13th)
Aidan’s umbilical cord stump finally fell off after 5 weeks on November
16th. He had his first tub bath on
November 17th. Since birth, he has
had good control of his head, but it’s even better now.
He likes to be held facing out so he can see the world.
He doesn’t take to being cradled like a newborn.
Took Aidan to the Pediatrician on Nov. 15th for a rash on his
back and chest. Turned out to be prickly heat. I guess I've been dressing my
fella a little too warmly. Either that or he's just hot blooded like his daddy.
I talked to the doc about Aidan's diaper rash that wasn't getting better. It's
thrush but on his tushie. Fortunately my nipples are not affected and Aidan has
no signs of thrush in his mouth. Being treated with Nystatin cream.
First Month (October 13th -
Highlights: His first car ride was on October 14th, the drive home
from the hospital. His first outing
was to Albertson’s grocery store on October 15th.
Aidan smiles in his sleep and when he toots, but smiled his first real
smile at Daddy on November 7th.
Coos/talks to his “friends”, the Winne the Pooh characters on his
mobile. He falls asleep when he
dances with Daddy. Daddy’s
favorite song to play for him is “I’m going hungry” by Temple of the Dog.
(see the “Notes” for the reason!)
Grandpa Lepsis and Aunt Denise traveled from NY to see Aidan for the
first time on October 31st.
Aidan had his first visit to the emergency room when he was just 4 days
old. He cried incessantly for 6
hours and was only consolable when nursing.
We suspected something was wrong. It
turns out that our little man was hungry. My
milk never came in. We went to see
Paula, the lactation consultant at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, on
October 19th. She did a
pre-feeding weight check and a post-feeding weight check.
After 35 minutes of nursing, Aidan only took in 12 cc’s of breast milk.
He should’ve received 30-40 cc’s.
I was prescribed Reglan to help induce lactation and also rented a
hospital grade breast pump to encourage my milk to come in.
We supplemented with formula until my supply became adequate, at about 3