Well, isn't this update quite a bit belated? That's what happens when a Spring baby's Momma works on a farm. But truthfully, I've been really enjoying this age! Sam is just SO much fun!
It's kind of funny how once a kid reaches a certain age, the numbers don't matter as much. While I still obviously care that he is growing and thriving, I care less about the numbers and I see by what he eats and what clothes he grows out of that he is doing well.
The last time he was checked he was 18 months old but we did try and do some measurements close to his birthday. Sam is around 34 pounds and close to 3 foot 1 inches.
I love this time of year! It is so easy to get Sam dressed. We encountered a little shirt problem. 2T shirts were too short and his belly would stick out. But 3T would seem massive on him. He seems to be growing into them better now though. His bottoms are 2T and Pj's are 3T. His shoes are size 8 but we are almost grown out of those now. They seem big on him but we had to up his diaper size to 6. The 5's fit better but he was waking up wet every morning.
Still a really good eater. He definitely has his preferences lately though but he is kind of constantly eats. Breakfasts are his biggest meal of the day. I give him a little snack and milk on the way to daycare because he is hungry the instant he wakes up!
He loves sweet things like waffles, pancakes, ice cream and fruit! And any kind of dip! Ketchup, mayo or ranch. He just loves to "dip-dip".
Sam's vocabulary EXPLODED from when he was 18 months old. He is even starting to form little sentences. He really says so much! But the coolest thing is his French. He speaks and understands so much French from what he is exposed to at his Daycare. Which I love! Sometimes he'll come home and be saying a new word and Ryan and I have no idea what it is! But I love that he continues to pick up French because it would be so nice for both languages to come easily to him!
Some of my favorite Sam sayings...
"Wait me" - Wait for me
"No Touch" - When he doesn't want us to touch anything of ours
"Ne pas Hot Dog" - When he was telling us he doesn't want any hot dogs.
Sam's face has thinned out a lot since he turned 2 and he is much more lanky. I find that he is still very much like Ryan.
Treats, anything motorized (trucks, tractor, fire truck, bikes), being outside, playing in the sand, eating, napping, Mickey Mouse, The Wiggles, snuggles, kisses and helping!
Time out, sitting down to eat, being told no, rain, messes, baths and when Mommy or Daddy leave without him.
Sam is still my laid back, kind of shy kid. He doesn't move really that fast but when he has his mind set to something, you can't tear him away. He can have a tendency to be a kind of serious and focused kid. He doesn't warm up to people very easily but is pretty good at new situations as long as Mom or Dad are there holding his hand.
Lately, I have seen his imagination blossom. He is doing a lot more pretend play. Like feeding his stuffies, playing with baby or talking with his trucks. He is really good at independent play now.
Sam is not exactly a fearless kid. There are certainly times when he does something that gives me a heart attack but those are not common. He is actually a little on the cautious side.
Ryan and I agreed that he didn't want to push the whole potty training thing. We didn't even want it mentioned and thought about until after our holidays in September. Sam decided otherwise and has lately been taking an interest in the potty and goes pee on the potty every night and morning. He are keeping him in diapers for the time being though.
We also have Sam in his crib still. I see no reason to move him and keep telling his anxious Dad (Who wants to move him) that. He is sleeping through the night, naps well, his happy to lay in his crib and NEVER tries to escape. The problem is I find he is getting a little long for the crib but again, we have no plans in the near future to move him to a big boy bed! #cribuntilcollege.
I am a planner through and through and thankfully that has helped me transition and balance my work and home life. I was beginning to feel anxious about life. I feel like I have a lot of responsibility at work that sometimes I can't drop when I get home. It's not that I am doing work at home but my mind is sometimes still there. Worrying and planning things for the days/weeks/months ahead. At the same time, I am still trying to be the Mom that I want. I don't want Sam to ever think that I put work before him but I can't lie...sometimes I have. I am working at being able to turn off the "business" mind when I'm at home and just enjoy the time with Sam.
I love this stage with Sam where he expresses his interests and dislikes. I've had to push my own preferences aside and let his develop. Sometimes I've had to turn and look the other way at messes and just live in the moment.
Moments are what I live for. Those rare sleepy snuggles in the morning, the random kisses, and that big smile we give each other. I am trying to soak those in and remember them for years down the road. I know he will only stay little so long.
Even more than me, Daddy is LOVING this stage of life. You are his little side kick and you two are so similar too. You are Dads little buddy and he has really enjoyed taking you for truck/tractor rides, out for special dates, and getting you to help him in whatever he is doing around home.
While with me, you are happy to play independently, with Dad, you would MUCH rather him play with you because he is really good at all the accurate sound effects for all of your toys.
Daddy is really good at getting those good deep belly laughs out of you. You just think he is the best thing ever.
Happy (belated) 2nd birthday my boy! You don't like it when I call you a big boy and insist that you are my baby...and I'm really OK with that. But really, you have grown so much over the last 2 years. You have gone from this little tiny new born to a smart, funny, serious and thriving toddler.
Not a day goes by that you don't do or say something that makes me laugh. There is also not a day that goes by that you don't have some sort of tantrum but that's life with a toddler who is trying to figure out this big world. I'll be there to hold your hand and I'll help you along the way.
Sam, you make the days really interesting, challenging but lots of fun! You bring out the child in both your dad and I and you make me take things less seriously. We are still learning along with you as the days go by but it's been a fun adventure!
I love you!