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Funny Aaron Talk

Aaron’s loving his new computer game. It’s the Fisher Price Easy Link. We got a great deal from KB toys and it came with 3 cartridges. Since then, I’ve bought him another 4 cartridges. That’s probably it for now, since I think he has way too many already.

Anyway, I love how this game is very educational, especially the Sesame Street game. He’s been copying everything they’re saying. And his language structure is developing wonderfully. Many times, I even forget that I’m talking to a 2 year old, because he responds and converses like an older child.

When you would ask him anything, many times he would respond with…”maybe it’s a…” and he would end it with a “…right?” He makes me smile!

The other day, after my parents dropped him home, he noticed that my husband took down out curtains, making our living room seem brighter. Then he looks at me and says, “Wow! there’s more room for me!” hahah! Then, we heard his cousin crying, because Kai (my nephew) often cries when Aaron gets dropped off first. I think he wants to come and play) I asked him what happened. He said, “Kuya Kai needs me!” I was like surprised! His Language structure is amazing!

We can’ t even keep things from him now. So many times, if my husband and I have to talk about things we don’t want him to understand, we spell the words. Talking in Filipino no longer works co’z he’s picked up on that too.

A funny thing happened last night, he ran out of marshmallows. He turned to my husband and said, ”
Daddy, I want A-I-O-E-14″ We were like, huh? Then we started laughing. He was trying to spell. Just like how me and his daddy would spell letters to each other. It was hilarious.

Big Brother

Aaron’s such a great Big Brother!  He’s been entertaining his sister.  He talks to her in such a funny way.  He would always look for her when she’s not around.  He loves to kiss her and give her a hug.

He would walk up to his sister and say, “Hi Sweetie!”
or “Hi Cutie!”

The other day, said, “You have pretty eyes!”
He’s such a sweetheart!

He’s my ear when I’m doing chores and I can’t hear the baby. He would run to me if I’m washing the dishes and tell me if the baby is crying.

I would also catch him do random nice things for Baby Elle. He would try to give her the binky when she’s crying. Or if she’s sitting on her bouncer and she seems bored, he would turn on the music. He would also be the first to turn on her mobile whenever we’re in the bedroom.

Aaron’s such a great brother! I’m so proud of him!

So hyper

Our little man is extremely active and energetic. He can go through his day without taking a nap and still sleep pretty late at night. Where does he get all this energy from?

He’s also been very friendly and social to other kids and adults. Today he stayed in Sunday School the whole time without coming back to me, yay!

Last week, he played with the neighbors for the first time and had such a great time.

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Aaron’s Paintings

Circus and Rainbow by Aaron Kristan Munda

Circus and Rainbow by Aaron


Guitar by Aaron Kristan Munda

Guitar by Aaron

It’s been 1 week

It’s been a week since Baby Elle was born.  So far, it’s been a lot of re-figuring things out (from how Aaron was) and also discovering how she is.

SLEEP

The first couple of nights were easy, I don’t know how that happened but they were. I didn’t even have to wake up my husband at all for anything. The following nights were a little more challenging, but it’s not too bad. Right now, it seems like as long as she sleeps right next to me (around 12:30- 1am), I can easily hear her make her whimpering sounds. (Yes, those whimpering sounds are my warning. Thank goodness she does that before she would go all out crying.) Anyway, she would make those sounds when she would wake up in the middle of the night hungry (about 4:30-5am) , so all I have to do is feed her, change her, watch her stay awake for a little bit and then she’ll sleep again (at about 5:30-6am) and won’t wake up till 8 or 8:30. I think it’s pretty good. A lot better than what I was anticipating.

AARON

Aaron is the reason why I wanted to catch Elle before she started crying. The first time she cried out loud and woke Aaron up from sleeping, Aaron was annoyed and covered his ears. I didn’t want him to think that his sister is bugging him. I didn’t want anything to cause tension between the 2 of them, especially since he’s still adjusting with Elle. But right now, Aaron’s doing really good with having a sister. He kisses her, entertains her, continually acknowledges her and says he loves her. The other day, my parents asked Aaron if they can take home the baby, and Aaron said “No!” He still needs to learn how to be a lot more careful and quieter around the baby, but he’s doing great! I just wish he was already potty trained though =(

RECOVERY

Well, considering that my labor was extremely quick (My contractions started at 5:30 AM and the baby came out at 7:20 AM), I didn’t have an epidural. I was able to move about right away, which I’m very grateful for. I needed to be alert and up to care for my two children now. Especially since my husband has the graveyard shift 4 nights a week. Anyway, the first few days weren’t so bad and then all of a sudden, I started having cramps and felt sore. Hmmmn, I guess it’s like when you go on a workout and then don’t feel the soreness till a few days later. But, I feel better everyday. =) I’m still hoping I’m fully recovered before 4-6 weeks.

GRATEFULNESS

Here are a few things I’ve been grateful for…

…things seem a little easier the second time around
…having some time to be mentally prepared for handling our family with our newest addition
…family and friends for their love and support (visits, greetings, warm wishes, warm meals), they mean a lot to us
…a beautiful and healthy baby girl
…that my husband was home when I went into labor (something I’ve been praying for since it would be so difficult if he wasn’t)
…a wonderful son
…knowing that God will take care of us no matter what…