Avi is starting to talk more and more and it is really interesting to see his personality coming out. One thing we've learned is that he loves family. We visited the Mendozas last week (thanks again Mendozas) after Avi asked for them for days. He really enjoyed the time with them, he was just a little too excited to eat. On the way home we passed the exit we would have taken to see grandma and grandpa. We were heading north, and haven't taken that exit in ages so we didn't expect that he would know where we were but as we passed it he got really upset and started asking, "What's the matter?" We asked and he said, "I...want...grandpa...pwease!" Every morning he wakes up and says, "Want Uncle Robin" or Uncle Tom, Aunt Sheri, Uncle Jon/Jonny, Aunt Heather, Aunt Valerie and even Aunt Tinnanny (Tiffany) He hasn't seen her that much compared to the others, but it doesn't change how much he wants to see her.
Another thing he is started to do is "read." He loves looking at his shirts, signs or whatever else has letters on it. The first time we saw this was at Costco. It was really cold out so I went to get the car while Debbie and the boys stayed under the heat lamps. While I was bringing the car around Avi was staring at the sign over the door. Finally he pointed and said, "E-N-T-R-A-N-C-E." Debbie wasn't sure whether she had heard him correctly so she asked what and he repeated it. Since then he has "read" his shirts, a shopping cart at Kohl's, books and more.
Avi doesn't have a lot of friends so he gets very excited about having kids his age around, especially boys. When Neil and Annie came over (and a BIG thank you to them for taking so much time out of their busy holiday schedule to visit us) Avi couldn't have been more excited. He ran up and said, "Hi! Hey! Hi!" Then he turned to us and said, "See boy!" He kept saying it and kept signing boy until we taught him Boston's name. He's waiting for more friends to come and visit. The waiting room at his speech therapist's was more crowded than usual. Normally we arrive and it's just us. Yesterday there were two little boys playing when we arrived. Avi smiled brightly and said, "See boy!"
That's it for now, but stay tuned for more Avi-isms and new Itai-isms.