My son Rafael is just over one year old now, and each day holds so much discovery and learning. Every day, he learns a new word, and shows me a new dimension of love. I never knew a child this age could show so much affection.
People often comment that Raffi is the happiest child they've ever seen, always smiling and peaceful. Of course he fusses sometimes, and can get very upset when he doesn't get his way. But for the most part, he is a funny, playful, curious, and cuddly boy.
He recently began walking when pushing a baby walker, and his vocabulary and words he understands is growing at an amazing rate.
The words he says in German are: Mama, Papa, Oma (grandma), Auto (car), Nein (no), Da (there).
The words he says in English are: Up, Again, Hat, Yum, House, Apple.
Things he understands: Hair, Nose, Eye, Mouth, Lion, Fox, Cat, Doggie, Horse, Bird, Airplane, iPhone, Music, Dance, Ball, Tree, Boston, Kiki, Nurse, More, Careful, Open, Stinky, Sleepy Time, Bath Time, Come Here, Where Is It?
Things he says in his own language: Eela (flowers), Ata (iPhone), Hiya (clothing and accessories like belts and scarves), Papamama (banana), Appa (any kind of fruit or berry).
Funny things he does: Smacks his lips when he sees food or someone eating; turns his head and waves to me to come to him when he is pushing his walker; throws himself on me and his Papa for cuddles; dances to music; does a little happy dance when he is eating; 'visits' the dogs on the couch and points them out to me (but still hasn't said their names); tries to put socks on his feet; bites the toothbrush when I try to brush his teeth; wrinkles his nose when I say 'stinky.'
My little boy loves cars and animals and books; chicken, noodles, cookies, fruit; and his family.
He hates hats and shoes.
It is incredible watching this person unfold day by day. Being his mother makes me feel so special, and makes me want to do and be my best.
Thank you for sharing in my parental joy. :)