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Ashton – 16 months

It’s been a while since I dedicated a post to our newest arrival, Mister Ashton.  Ashton who is now 16 months old, running, talking, singing, and the pure and utter joy of my life.

He is talking so much it is crazy.  He mimicks just about everything.  The other day he pointed out the car window and said “dadda?”  I said “daddy is at work.”  To which he responded “dadda weekkkk!!!”  Now all day long he walks around saying “dadda week, dadda week, dadda week.”  When he hands me something, and this is a favorite game of his to for example take pieces of paper and one at a time hand them to me or to rip tiny pieces of toilet paper off and hand them to me, and  each time he hands me something he says “op-te-gum” and when I repeat “here you go?”  he says the exact same sound “op-te-gum”, and he says it every time he hands me something.  I can’t put into words how stinkin cute it is!

He also will just babble “optegee gupadeegup mamma” or he will come to me all day long and say “mamma?” perfect as day as tho he wants to ask me a question, and when I say “what Ashton” he babbles and so it is like we are having conversations.  He also says “poo poo” very clearly and knows to point to his diaper when he has gone to tell me to change him.  Some other words he says very clearly and at approriate times are “hot” “bite” “drink” “please” “this” “that” “sissy” “down” “help-me” …….  I just can’t believe how much his language is exploding right now.

He also comprehends really well.  Anything we ask him to do, he knows and understands.  Whether it’s “let’s get undressed” or even “take your clothes off” or any version he raises his arms up and knows what we mean.  He throws things away, gets diapers, puts his feet out for shoes to be put on, can put his own legs into his pants/shorts, he is eating with a spoon and fork, he will even take just one of some item of food like if I get him popcorn at target I can just set the whole bag next to him and he tales one piece at a time and eats it just like a little man.

He is also totally obsessed with balls.  He even sees baseball or basketball on TV if we walk through a restaurant with TV’s and yells “BALL!!!”  I mean it, he LOVES balls.  Bats also.  Those are 2 other words he says really clearly, ball and bat.  The “t” sound at the end of words he really enunciates as well.  He can hit a ball off a tee with a bat, he can hit a ball out of someone’s hand, but the most amazing thing since he was about 14 months old is that he can hit a ball that you underhand throw to him.  I am not making this shit up.  His dad pitches to him and he hits it!  He spreads his legs and puts the bat over his shoulder just like a tiny pro player, and Chris throws the ball and Ash swings and 9 times out of 10 he crushes the ball across the room.  They are not real baseballs, they are the kind of balls you use in a ball pit or other kinds of soft balls, sometimes tennis balls, but the kid has this amazing natural ability to hit balls.  And he throws amazingly well too.  So it is possible that finally, after 5 biological boys, 1 step son, and a step daughter, that Chris is finally going to get his little stud ball player!  I would never label my kid, or force him, but he has a natural love for balls and bats, he would play ball for hours.  This has been since he was 9 or 10 months old, his favorite game was for me to drop a ball and him go get it and bring it back to me.  Chris also says the way he just knows how to stand, how to wait for the timing, the hand-eye cordination to actually be making contact with the ball, at this age, is something he has never seen or heard of in all his years with kids coaching or playing baseball.  It’s actually really cool.  It’s neat that he will be basically an only child by the time he could play, and we will be able to put in the time and effort and money into him and his ball playing if that is something he continues to love the way he does now.

Ashton is also very much a momma’s boy, he cannot stand for me to leave him still.  He will play by himself but only if I am in the same room and only for about 10 minutes before he needs to sit in my lap.  He loves to cuddle and he gives the most amazing kisses and hugs, and always when you ask him to!  SOmetimes he will even kiss all by himself as the initiator.  He likes to hug me a thousand times while in the grocery cart.  He needs me to lay with him to go to sleep still and still wakes up a few times a night to be nursed back to sleep, but he does sleep in his own room in his big boy car bed!  He is the cutest, most handsome, sweet, fun, smart, most perfect and amazing little boy and I thank God every day and night numerous times for giving us Ashton and making him healthy.

So there is a rather long update on my son!  Here are some pics to go along with it as a reward to you for reading the whole thing!

Thirsty boy!

Thirsty boy!

Weeeee! Daddy push me higher!

Weeeee! Daddy push me higher!

Na-Nakey boy playing with Zach in the backyard with the hose - still has his crocs on tho!

Na-Nakey boy playing with Zach in the backyard with the hose - still has his crocs on tho!

Football anyone?

Football anyone?

Beach time!

Beach time!

The best big brothers a baby could ask for!

The best big brothers a baby could ask for!

Amazing big sister - Ashton just loves his sissy!!!

Amazing big sister - Ashton just loves his sissy!!!

On our boat, the sound of the motor really relaxes him!

On our boat, the sound of the motor really relaxes him!

All in all, we love you so much Ashton, and could not have dreamed of a more perfect Angel of a son to enter our lives.  You bring so much joy into our hearts every day with your huge smile, your laughter, your sweet loves and kisses, mommy could not imagine her life without you in it!!!

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Busy busy!

I have been so busy I have not had a chance to do much of anything on the computer.  It is so hectic trying to move a family of 7!  Sheesh!!!

One thing that I am excited about that should give me a bit more time is I am starting to get fresh organic fruits and veggies delivered every other week.  I am so excited for this!  We are huge fruit eaters and we try to eat veggies and having them around will make that so much easier.  And it is not that expensive either – for just over $20 a week I will get a large box full of mostly fruit and some vegetables.  Farm Fresh To You is the place we are going to be getting the deliveries from and I will let you guys know how it goes!

Until later – sayonara!

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Well, we are pretty much all moved in.  What is left are those boxes that sit in the garage for the next year when you say “well, we have lived without it for a year, we obviously do not need it.”  Then you load it all into a truck and take it to the dump.  I have been moving non-stop in some form or another since last Wednesday and today I am taking a break.  I am dead tired by the end of they day, I am snapping at people, I am annoyed at my kids laziness, I am irritated at how filthy the old house is, and the sheer work load of moving a family of 7 from a 2500 square foot 4 bedroom 3 bathroom home to a 3500 square foot 5 bedroom 3 bathroom plus full office home is really daunting a task for one woman.  Chris is helpful, but he is moving big stuff and obviously can only help Saturday and Sunday.  The kids helped until the novelty of the move wore off and now they just want to play with all of their friends who live next door and across the street and around the corner.  I think half the student body of their school live witthin a mile of us.

With the kids all living so close, this brings me to my title of this post.  I am surrounded by shoes!  Dirty tennis shoes, old skate shoes, flip flops, etc. line my front door.  And I can tell I have entered the world of higher priced homes full of families who all take their shoes off when entering their humble abodes.  These are 11 and 12 year old boys here, who are all removing their shoes promptly upon entering my home.  Without being told.  It is a different world out here in Mansion Oaks, indeed.

It is sort of surreal living here.  I walk around the wide hallways, the spacious living area, the generous kitchen, and it is such a joy to do the menial tasks of cooking and cleaning.  We have really come about from our humble beginnings as a couple.  When we first got together, when we weren’t living with his parents in their spare room, we had first a 1 bedroom apartment where all the kids slept on the floor.  Then a 3 bedroom house was like a castle to us – with his kids in one room and mine in another.  Then there was our 4 bedroom income-restricted apartment in which we thought we had struck a jackpot!  And now here we are.

Here. We. Are.

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