Eddie already has a movie. He asks everyday to watch "shish". He is saying fish, and he means Finding Nemo. He watches to the exact same point (where Marlin takes Nemo to school) every day before he gets up and moves on. If we leave it on, he will watch bits and pieces here and there. He laughs at the same parts every time he sees it (he especially likes when the fish chase each other). He loves parts where the fish are just swimming around. He can mimic the "ah ee ah oh ah oo oh oh" that the aquarium fish say when they are initiating Nemo into their club. He asks for that part in particular. He can also mimic the seagulls saying "mine mine mine". He loves that a mama fish carries her fish to school in her mouth. He talks about that part all the time. He now recognizes clown fish in books and points to his movie. He also points to his movie when he sees a shark in a book. While watching yesterday, he ran to stand by me at a scary part. I am amazed at how much he comprehends, remembers, and communicates.
We bought a new vacuum last week. Our vacuum hadn't been working well for a long time and hasn't really worked at all this past month. Luckily, we were out of town for two weeks of that time. The rest of the time was spent trying to get the vacuum fixed and stressing out about what to do about each failed solution. To make a really long story short, it was going to cost $53 to fix the old vacuum (on top of what we had already spent in attempts). I bought a cheap one, and saved us some money. It has a one-year warranty, so I am not too worried about getting our money's worth out of it. Anyway, Eddie loves the new vacuum and asks to vacuum all the time. He is really helping us keep our floor clean. He now also surprisingly likes his toy vacuum, the one he used to be scared to death of. Here are some pictures (all pre-haircut).
Many people agree it was about time we cut Edison's hair. I have always been nervous to actually do it, not to mention sad to see the curl go. It doesn't look good often, though. So after his bath last night, Ben held Eddie on his lap and distracted him with the hippo song on the computer (thanks, Chad!)while I used normal scissors to cut Eddie's hair. Eddie was a little nervous, especially when I tried to cut around his ears. It was my first time to cut hair. I know it isn't even, and I worry it looks like a cute little girl a-line. Overall, though, I am impressed with our first haircutting experience. before the lost curls after
Eddie has been trying out some new dance moves recently. I've been attempting to film them for the past week, but usually he stops as soon as the camera is out; he wants to see the picture that he hasn't even let me take yet. Anyway, for your viewing pleasure... And, since we don't have sound, it might interest you to know he was dancing to Milli Vanilli.
Eddie now not only runs when I attempt to change his diaper, he also hides. Usually he ducks behind the rocking chair. His hiding spots are pretty obvious. Once I actually didn't know where he was, though. He was hiding between the bed and the wall, and I couldn't find him right away. Here he is hiding between two kitchen chairs.
Eddie began pretending to read the other night. He picks up anything with words on it, stares at the print intently, and says "ummmm", as if "ummm" was what was written. He is really proud of himself every time he reads. I think it's adorable.
Baking, and cooking in general, is quickly becoming one of my favorite things to do with Eddie. He is young still and can be as much a hindrance as a help. Yet the potential is there. He loves to pour, stir, and taste test at every step in the process (he even tells me that plain flour is yummy!). The point is we both have a lot of fun every time we do it. Baking a cherry chocolate cake with Aunt Michelle at Grandma's house. Notice all the "spoons" he uses and leaves in the batter.
Baking Daddy's late birthday cake. See how well he pours while he stirs? It doesn't always go so smoothly!
Eddie loved unwrapping presents this year. Luckily, he only unwrapped presents we told him to unwrap. I was worried about this, seeing as how he got up an hour before his cousins and aunt and uncles. He did spend his hour playing with the unwrapped presents Santa left his cousins!! He very much approved of Santa's selections.
He loved the presents he received and the presents his cousins received. He especially loved all of the balls, of course. He liked his new books. I was pretty pleased to his reaction to the one present we got him, the wooden spoons. He loves to stir! We had a very merry Christmas! We look forward to next year.
If you look closely, you will see Eddie's first scribbles on his body. He was writing on paper until he discovered the pen also worked on his belly. He was pretty proud of his work and insisted on waking Dad (this happened fairly early Saturday morning) to show him.
Today is Eddie's 18-month-birthday. It feels significant, so I want to acknowledge it. I can't believe we have had Eddie in our lives for a year and a half already (and yet I can't imagine not having him.)! These 18 months have been the happiest, most rewarding of our lives.
I never could have fathomed, as I held him for the first time, how much I would grow to love him and enjoy, literally, everything about him. We have the best son in the world. We love you, Edison!
Ben proposed to me with a song he wrote about making a beautiful life together. My life is more beautiful than I ever imagined it could be. This blog is a record of our beautiful children, Edison, Peter, and Creegan. Their growth, accomplishments, and personalities. "It's a beautiful life. We've made a beautiful life. We'll make a beautiful life."