Well it happened....he turned 2.
And I'm kind of still in shock.
Do I really have a 2 year old???
That first year dragged on and on, but the second year? Gone in the blink of an eye.
Every day I'm amazed at what he can do and what he can say and just how much of a PERSON he is even though he's only 2.
I mean...we have entire conversations him and I.
Somewhere around 20 months he really started talking and every day he has a new word. He repeats almost anything and is getting better and better at getting his point across.
His vocabulary is huge but he still has a tendency to use one-word sentences. Saying two words separately rather than together to say what he's trying to say.
"Shoes.....outside" Rather than "shoes outside".
He's working on his colors and will randomly say something is blue, because he thinks everything is blue, and when you tell him the correct color he will repeat it and then start saying everything is the new color. A work in progress.
He's also REALLY working on jumping. Almost any chance he gets he starts hopping around, trying to get both feet of the ground at the same time. Who knew jumping took such practice! One day soon both feet are just going to come flying off the ground and it's going to shock the hell out of him!
He basically runs everywhere. If you get him in a store he spends the whole time RUNNING up and down the aisles...good times for mama. I call him Forrest, as in RUN FORREST RUN!
He loves anything with wheels. Cars, trucks, 4-wheelers, trailers, motorcycles, bikes, all are equally awesome as far as he's concerned.
We bought him his own battery powered 4-wheeler for his birthday and he's been riding it around the property everyday. Here it is towing his new bike. Things. With. Wheels.
Same goes for tools. Tools are amazing.
He's such a BOY I can hardly stand it. My parents, who had all girls, are constantly amazed at just how different little boys are from little girls.
As with all toddlers and kids in general, he's a little sponge, just absorbing everything around him. I was floored the other night when he stopped nursing to point out not just Thomas in his book but Percy, Gordon and James as well, saying each name as he pointed to them...I had no idea he knew all the trains and their names!
He's finally started eating better. I've fallen into a terrible habit of letting him watch TV while he eats but it actually works to keep him SITTING STILL long enough to finish a meal. If you stick him at the table he eats just enough to not be starving and then makes a big fuss about getting down. I've decided he's still young enough to get away with this behavior...I'm not sure at what age I will enforce the eating at the table or we're not eating rule...but it's not now. Especially when it's just me and him while my husband is traveling, I kinda like sitting in front of the TV and watching Caillou with him while we eat our dinner.
He's still nursing 3 times a day, but we're definitely heading toward cutting out our pre-nap nurse. And even the morning nurse has been shortened most days as he's too excited to play with toys to nurse. Night time he still wants LOTS of milk before bed. Baby steps to weaning, baby steps to weaning. We'll get there some day.
Basically, he's awesome...and I really hope this isn't it and that I am able to have another one.