It seems so fitting that Aidan's first real word is "hi", since he's just so friendly and social. It's really hilarious these days when we go to the grocery store and he sits in the cart saying hi to everyone he can, waving vigorously, then giving them a huge smile when they say hi to him (and of course no one can resist such a cute little boy). He really doesn't get bored of it. We occasionally get "Mamama" or "Addy", but it's never as obvious. He loves picking up phones and saying hi too, except when there's actually someone on it and he freezes!
He's been busy growing lately - he's got 12 teeth now (including 4 molars!) and a big gut. He's definitely looking rounder in the face again, I think he's really enjoying home-cooked lunch at his new in-home daycare. He'll eat chicken noodle soup, grilled cheese, lasagna, sausage, egg-free pancakes, and all sorts of stuff! He really likes starting off with fruit and yogurt every morning at home, which is funny since Isaac and I are both into toast or cereal for breakfast.
The other news is that we weened him off of his bottle almost a month ago, and it's been great. The first day was interesting, he screamed every time he saw the sippy cup and refused it (although he'd already been drinking water and juice from a sippy cup, so we knew he could do it). The next few days he basically refused milk all day, and just had extra water at meal times. Finally, around day 7 or 8, he all of a sudden gave in and drunk milk from the sippy cup! First a couple of ounces, now he'll do a 6 oz cup!
And, the best part of the transition is that somehow not having a bedtime bottle has actually made him sleep amazingly well! In the last few weeks, he's slept soundly from 8:30 to at least 6:30 every night but one, and sometimes it's 7 or 7:30! It's been really great getting to sleep well consistently (although sleeping past 6:30 on a weekend would be nice... maybe in a few years!) Bed time is really easy - just pajamas, a couple of books, and lay him down with his monkeys and blankets. I was worried he'd be upset without a bottle at bedtime.
So, that's the AJ update. I'll get some photos posted tomorrow or over the weekend.
I also realized I never mentioned on the blog - Aidan is going to be a big brother! So, for the baby #2 update: he/she is 3.5 inches long right now, and happily doing somersaults.