We have a two-year-old! That feels so weird to say, like Alex and I are adults or something crazy like that. I thought I would be more sentimental and sad around his birthday this year because we’re officially all done with his babyhood but honestly I love this stage so much! Jameson and I are becoming such good buddies now. We can play lots of bigger kid games together, we joke around, we have little conversations, he helps me with easy chores around the house. Of course there are things that are harder now that he’s bigger…he’s got his own ideas about how to do things, he’s learning how to share and how to be a good sport, he’s finding out that sometimes things don’t go according to plan and sometimes we have to be patient. But he’s still our sweet and thoughtful boy and we still have many more good days than hard days. He is truly such a blessing and I feel so lucky to have him every single day.
Here’s what’s new for our little guy at two years old…
Weight & Length: At his two-year-old checkup a couple weeks ago he weighed in at 25 lbs, 8 oz and measured 2 feet, 9 inches tall, which is only about two pounds heavier and two inches taller than he was six months ago. This puts him in the 20th percentile for weight and the 22nd percentile for height…such a little peanut! Everything was healthy, though, so we aren’t concerned at all.
Clothing: He’s in 2T stuff now, and size 7 for shoes! I’m currently working on putting together his wardrobe for fall/winter, and gathering stuff for his sister too. It’s a whole new world buying things for two, especially since now I’m buying for a little girl as well!
Sleep: In all honesty he is not the best sleeper. He naps once a day for about an hour and a half to two hours (never a problem) but at night he’s kind of a fitful sleeper. Some nights are fine, others he’s waking up every couple of hours and calling for one of us. Alex usually goes in and Jameson will immediately lay back down and go to sleep without a problem, so I think he just gets scared and lonely sometimes.
Eating: Jameson is still such a picky little eater. He prefers to snack rather than eat full meals, but he’s good about eating what we tell him to even when he doesn’t want to (although it takes him a loooong time. Literally the slowest eater I’ve ever met.). His favorite things to eat are strawberries and blueberries, oranges, French toast, eggs, chicken nuggets, PB&J’s, pizza, rice, yogurt, Pirate’s Booty, and really any kind of sweet (of course). He’s not really into many meats or veggies so we usually have to work a little harder to get those in.
Speech & Language: He’s recently totally taken off in this area! He regularly speaks in six word sentences and copies eeeeverything. He has an amazing memory and can tell full stories about things we’ve done or seen — even from months ago! Sometimes he sounds like a Minion because he likes to fill in the words he doesn’t know with babble, but I understand most of what he’s saying even if I don’t understand every little word. I love having conversations with him and I love reading books as he recites along with me. He knows about 6 or 7 letters by sight now and can sing along to parts of the ABC’s (and lots of other songs too). We’re also working on memorizing some Scripture and some Catechism questions, which he’s doing great with. There’s so much more I can say about this area but I think I’ll save it for another post. Maybe a “Jameson Says” series with all the cute and funny things he says. 🙂
Loves: Spider-Man, the Hulk, wrestling with Daddy, helping me cook/bake, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Curious George, reading, coloring, Play-Doh, playing with his racetrack, playing with his Hess helicopter, swimming, running and jumping and being tough, hide-and-seek, playing his matching games, spending time with his family and cousins, and dancing! His top song right now is probably “Get Back Up Again” from Trolls, but he really loves all music and especially when Alex plays guitar.
Hates: Currently, the wind (random, but he had a terrifying moment last week where a huge gust blasted him in the face and shot a bunch of leaves straight at him haha). Also really doesn’t like eating sometimes, and hates when I tell him he needs to wait patiently and quietly (we’re working on this). And as we discovered on his birthday (whoops) he hates the Rainforest Café.
Things We Want to Remember: How much you love feeling your baby sister kick, the way you say “C’mon Daddy!” in that squeaky voice, the way you shout “Mommy, ARE you?!” when you need me, the way you wrap us in the best hugs with your tiny arms around our necks, how you get so excited and proud when you do the simplest things (“I deet!”), how you try to bargain with us when we tell you it’s time to stop something (“One more time den aaaall done”), how you run around and around in a circle with the biggest smile on your face when Daddy plays guitar or your favorite song comes on, your “Hulk Smash” impressions and the way you pretend to shoot Spider-Man webs out of your wrists with the sound effects and everything, how you like to encourage me (“Wow! Good job, Mommy!”), how you empathize with others when things go wrong (“Oh no, Mana [Madelyn] sad.” and “Poor Daddy!” when Daddy has to mow the lawn in the heat), how you’ve started joking about poop, the way you make fake phone calls (“Hi Daddy. How’s doin’? Okay bye. *click!*”), and how you’re always ready to act goofy with me.
We love you so much, our big two year old! You make us proud every day and we’re so thankful that God continues to bless our lives with YOU! ❤