My little boy is 2!
I cannot believe how quickly this year has gone by. We got pregnant with Holly, bought a house, sold our house, moved, travelled to NJ for Thanksgiving, hosted Christmas, survived Brian and Travis getting the flu, and baby sister was born. So much has changed with Travis since my last update that I don’t even know where to begin!
His day starts with him getting out of his crib around 8:30-9….even though he wakes up around 7:30. He plays so quietly in his crib that Mommy and Daddy can’t help but take advantage of some extra sleep. For breakfast, Travis is a big fan of waffles on the couch while watching an episode of Bubble Guppies. :) For a period of time, he would only eat oatmeal squares cereal, but then Mommy quit fighting the high chair battle and succumbed to a couch breakfast. That is what being pregnant with a highly active toddler will do to you! He also will finally eat his Flintstones vitamins, which we call “candy.” It took awhile, but his Daddy finally got him excited about these. Thank goodness, too, because his diet isn’t always the best!
We loved our morning playdates with friends, library story times, or Gymboree classes. Travis really thrived at Gymboree, physically and socially. I loved watching him learn how to climb new equipment and overcome his fears of tackling new things alone. He still reached for my hand if he was unsure of himself, which I adored. I loved knowing that he still looked to me for help. Travis is such a kind soul at our Gymboree classes, waiting his turn and sharing any of the toys that were passed out. Even if he can seem like a crazy man at home, he always behaved incredibly well at Gymboree class. He loves bubble time and getting stamps on his hands and feet at the end of class.
After our morning adventures, I would try to get some sort of a lunch down before nap. My go-tos were yogurt, cottage cheese, peanut butter sandwiches, and hummus with pretzels. If we were out too long, he would get a string cheese, cracker, and squeezie (fruit/veggie squeeze pouch) quick lunch. I still put Travis down at 1pm, and his naps started shrinking from three hours to 1.5-2 hours. Not a fan over here. But I am thankful that he still naps at all! Until Holly was born, I still napped while he napped almost every day. That was really important for me to be able to get through the day, especially during my third trimester!
After nap, we would run errands at Target or have play time at home. Travis has started eating what we eat for dinner, which makes my life much easier. Prior to that, he was a big fan of hot dogs (at least 2 at a time), chicken nuggets (off and on), fish sticks (rarely, but sometimes), or linguine with veggie sauce (holla hidden veggies). I got really tired of making two meals, especially knowing that he might not even eat what I made for him. Since Brian was home for paternity leave, we only offered Travis what we ate (a huge thank you to so many friends and family for providing us multiple meals). This has gone really well, and I hope to stick to it!
Travis still gets a bath on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and he LOVES bath time. When he was sick with the flu in January, he got a bath every night. He had a rough cold in December prior to getting the flu from his daddy, so we had a rough month with him health wise. Once he got diagnosed with the flu, I quit going to gymboree and tried to isolate him from other kids as much as possible. That was not a whole lot of fun, but he stayed healthy when his sister was born. I did enjoy giving him more baths though, because he is so happy in the bath tub! Brian has taught him how to squirt me with his bath toys, and that is such a hit. Daddy is the bath giver, unless he is at work late. That is a special time for the two of them, and he is a pro! Bedtime follows bathtime, and we shoot for 8-8:30pm. After getting a diaper change and jammies on, Travis gets his teeth brushed (speaking of teeth, he has all of them but his 2 year old molars) and three stories read to him. He then turns off the table lamp, turns on the sound machine, and gets plopped in bed! He sleeps with his beloved puppa (his blue dog lovey blanket), Boo, Scout, and Dog Dog.
Travis’ current likes: puppa, Bubble Guppies, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Super Why (new finds on PBS), all things carb, pink and yellow squeezies, going to play outside, climbing on the pieces of equipment at playgrounds that are way too old for him (and thus giving mommy and daddy multiple heart attacks), chasing/terrorizing Sugar, playing chase, sitting on our shoulders, opening every door possible and getting into mischief (hence the new child proof door thingys that I have put on almost every door in our house), stealing our phones and “talking” on them, putting things in and out of containers, playing golf and soccer with his daddy, giving mommy hugs and kisses, reading stories before nap and bed (and using this as a procrastination tool-ONE MORE BOOK!), sucking his left thumb while holding puppa, having the cutest blonde curls around :)
Even though you have hit your “terrible twos” fast and strong, we still love your wild man giggles and are so excited to see how much you will change in the next few months. You have gone from saying a few words here and there to putting together multiple word “sentences” (“uh oh baby crying” is a frequent one). Some of the words that you used to butcher now are clear as day (appe is now open, all duh is now all done, wa wa is now yo-grut, i do is now vacuu). You make progress with your language every day, and even during your wild conversations with yourself, I can still make out a ton of words. For a while, you would add “too” after everything that you said. “Momma, too-Daddy, too-Shishi, too, Puppa, too.” It was so adorable, and Brian and I started copying you when you weren’t around. You love to point out exactly where you want things “right there.” You certainly know what you want and when/where you want it!
You love your friends and family, and you have gotten really good about pointing out the right names with faces in a picture. You try to use the remote and our iPhones, and you aren’t too far off track. You “read” stories to us, and you actually kinda make sense with your descriptions. You can point out so many different types of animals in books that it blows my mind. You can count to three consistently (usually ending with “go!—-tonight it ended in “bread” because Daddy said he could get a piece of bread if he counted to three, so cute) and you are working on counting to five. You can do 5, 6, 7, but you have a hard time getting from 3 to 5. You can point out W. M, and A when you see them, and you pronounce “w” as “double yay.” That is one of my favorites. You pointed out a “9” the other day when you saw it on the vacuum. That was a surprise. Even if you drive me wild, I love you like I never could have imagined!!!
At his 2 year old well check today, he weighed 29.8 pounds (80th percentile) and was 35.75 inches (80th percentile). His head width was in the 75th percentile, so he is a very proportional little boy!