Thursday, July 31, 2014

two years (the boy edition)

Buddy Bear! Happy birthday! I can't believe my baby is two. I'm not sure how that happened. We've all been very busy; I guess life just sneaks up on you.

So what are you like at 2? Pretty awesome. You still have strawberry blonde hair but it seems very blonde underneath. We're letting you keep it a little long these days. Daddy shockingly said it suits you. I thought he'd want to give you a business haircut as soon as possible. I am taking you and your sister for a trim on Saturday so maybe we'll go slightly more dramatic then. You're still a skinny minny. I think you're going to take after me in build except that you'll have your daddy's long torso. My big head, though. And my long fingers and toes. You wear size 7 shoes and still fit best into 18-month clothes. Your well visit isn't until next week so we'll see how you're doing then. (Yep, you're a little thing--34" (48%) and 25 lb 9 oz (20%). But you seem to be following this pattern where you spurt and then level off and right now you're in a pre-spurt phase so we'll see.)

You are super happy most of the time but you do pitch some fits. You're so smily and laugh a lot and are still quite cuddly and affectionate. You still have your deep voice but sometimes you purposefully make it high. You get along well with your sister. You will spontaneously hug her. You tell me you love me, which is amazing. You are also very excited to see me when I come to pick you up at the end of the day. Or if we've been apart for an hour on the weekend. I like it. That being said, you definitely love Daddy. You probably prefer us pretty evenly these days. You call us Mommy and Daddy even though you did say "Mom" the other day. My heart. It can't take it yet.

You love water and being outside. You're in swimming lessons and you generally seem to have more coordination than your sister currently has. You live for walking Maggie. You really like reading books these days (dinosaur bone!) and have recently taken to cars a bit more. You also like trains, alligators, "dinodoors" (your word for dinosaurs), the iPad, watching a bit of a movie, being pushed in this teeny tiny doll stroller that clearly says it's not for real children... You are ok with getting your nails trimmed but now dislike brushing your teeth (still no 2-year molars but it's increasingly difficult to check for those). We're going to celebrate you tonight (with the grandparents and your aunt) and then the big party is Saturday. It's an alligator party since you love them so.

You're a pretty good eater. You like a lot of sweets--gummies, chocolate, etc. but you're less of a fan of ice cream. And, like Mommy, you prefer the cake to the icing. You eat a lot of meat and like pre-packaged fruit cups, bananas, raisins, breakfast bars, cereal, pancakes. You're not a big vegetable fan and really don't eat many fruits that don't come in cups. Interesting how you and your sister are so different. You use utensils and drink out of real cups, although sometimes we use sippies because you intentionally make messes sometimes.

You're still in diapers but (knock on wood) we're past the diaper fail stage. You have recently shown interest in the potty and even pooped in it once. Seriously? You're probably the only kid in the history of the world who did that in the potty first. Ah, my little Buns. I hope the end is in sight for getting rid of diapers although I think it's just a hope at this point.

You sleep very well these days (more knocking...)--ever since you and your sister started sleeping in the same room. First, you started sleeping in the same bed (at opposite ends). Then we got y'all a bunkbed last weekend. You take the bottom, and y'all have been doing great. You usually wake up too early but I think you've been tuckered out from the long days lately. Rarely do you wake up in the middle of the night these days. One day you will know how happy this can make a person.

It seems like you enjoy school and you love your teachers. You and one little girl really like each other. I like her, too. It's funny how you and your sister both had a little boy/girlfriend in Toddler 2. You moved out of the infant room around the beginning of the year and you'll be here for awhile still. You are learning so much! You can count to maybe 10 now, know some of your colors, know a TON of words. You talk SO MUCH. In sentences. So many people warned me that boys are slower but not you.

We recently went on vacation and you were a champ throughout all the driving and flying and more driving and sleeping in strange places. It's nice that y'all just sleep in a normal bed now. Oh, speaking of, when we got the bunkbed we also took down your crib. So sad.

Well, Buns. It's been a big year. So much mental and verbal and social development. I love seeing you and your sister interact and listen to you two chat before bed. You're such a sweet little boy with such an endearing personality. I can't wait to see you grow up. Scratch that. I totally can; it's already going by much too fast.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

three and a half

Oh, little girl. I can't believe time just keeps flying by. You're 3 1/2. As we're planning your brother's birthday party, you tell me that you want a princess party yourself. That is not at all shocking but we'll see what happens over the next six months. I'm also excited because there is a very high probability of a new baby being born today and he'll be exactly 3 1/2 years younger than you. I can't wait for him to get here!

What to say about you? You're a pretty awesome kid. You're so smart and verbal. And very, very chatty. You have such empathy and are really kind to the younger kids. You're going to make a great momma one day since you mother your brother. Sometimes too much but we're working on that. You're really well-behaved and people seem to enjoy you. You do whine more than I'd like and pitch a few fits but those are way down. You are still not the most athletic but you're really enjoying the pool these days. The other day you used the floaty but kicked yourself back and forth down the length of the pool several times. I was tired trying to keep up with you. You're also doing swimming lessons at the Y again and hopefully we'll get you into some year-long ones after that.

You're doing great in school. I had a meeting with your teacher to go over your skills tests. You really love books and you participate well in class. You can do really simple math and have a huge vocabulary. And are super inquisitive. Sometimes to my dismay. You're doing really well with everything except for your handwriting. We hadn't been working with you on that enough, and I think it's particularly hard since you're left handed. But we started focusing on it more and Grandma has been a big help. You've really improved in a short time. You'll change classes in August--Pre-K 4. Holy moly. But I guess you have 2 years until Kindergarten proper. I think you already know more than I did when I started school. Times, they are a changin'.

You're really a girl now. You've thinned out quite a bit and have had a growth spurt recently I think. You're finally into size 9 shoes. You mostly wear size 4 clothes. It's the length that's the limiting factor. Your hair is super long--down to your waist. People can't believe we have, in fact, cut it. You need a haircut now, though. I think you're slightly less blonde and won't be surprised if you have brown hair as an adult. Although, I'll probably still think of you as blonde.

As I alluded to, you love all things princesses (Frozen, especially). And anything girly. Although! You came to me the other day and declared that you like pants again. Crazy. After almost a year and a half of NEVER wearing them, you can now sometimes be found in pants--long or short. You like fancy hair styles which is super fun for me. I've found some pretty impressive things on Pinterest. I'd say you still like pink the best followed by purple. You and your brother also have an interest in dinosaurs and alligators and "nature walks." You do enjoy watching movies, going to the park, walking Maggie, playing dress-up. I think I'm your favorite but I may be just eeking out your brother. You two are good friends. You even sleep together--heads at opposite ends of your twin bed. We may need to make some adjustments to that.

Speaking of sleeping, you are at a stage where going to bed or going down for naps (which you still take--yea!) is pretty easy. Bedtime is usually between 8:30 and 9. You mostly sleep through the night but wake up altogether too early. You had one weird incident of sleep walking. You had made it halfway down the stairs so I'm glad that didn't end poorly.

I think we're finally at an age where I have no pottying updates. You use it. The end. Wee!

You eat ok. You love sweets--candy, cookies, cupcakes, icing, ice cream. Chocolate milk and juice are your preferred beverages but we limit them. Still love fruit, yogurt, cheese. Also really enjoy corn on the cob which is kind of fun to watch.

I'm even busier than normal these days but I'll try to add some pictures to this soon. I love you, Chicken. You're a good egg. Haha. Ha. Um, yeah. This won't be the last time I embarrass you. Looking forward to doing that for many years to come.