What is it about turning two that makes me feel like all of these changes are happening that turn my baby into a little boy. Now that Benjamin is two we are considering converting the crib to a toddler day bed. The only thing holding me back is sleep regression. I had a dream last night he came to my side of the bed in the middle of the night. I just picked him up and tossed him in the bed with us. I can never sleep soundly with him in bed with us, Maybe my dreams are indicative of my fears. If he is in a toddler bed he can get out of bed whenever he wants and he will head straight for our room, I just know it. And if you haven’t noticed yet this is more about my own sleep regression then his. I need my sleep you guys.
We have also considered turning Benjamin’s car seat to the forward facing position. Though I would be totally ok with him riding rear facing until he is three. Plus I can reach back and touch his head and hold his hand but wouldn’t be able to do that if he was facing forward. I know it’s the selfish me talking again.
And don’t get me started on learning to go potty.
I love watching Benji grow into the toddler he is today. I think back often how little he was to me when he was first born. How he needed me to do everything for him and now he is doing so much on his own. It’s truly amazing. Then I think about what he will be like as a school aged kid. What kinds of hobbies and sports will he play? What kinds of conversations we would have. I know every stage of being a kid is special. Even though my little baby is a toddler it’s alright with me because there are so many more special moments we will share that make all of this worth it.
This winter is a little more than half over and we all are craving some warmer days and less precipitation accumulating around us. When the weather hit a balmy 39 degrees we ventured outdoors as if it were a spring day. Puddle jumping and giggles were the best part. And just because my dad and I were playfully arguing about who has gotten more snow, I am posting pictures after the latest blizzard of 2014. (They live less than 30 minutes from us).
This week should be a well deserved break from the snow and winter blues. We will be taking full advantage of it. We all could use a little defrosting around here.
Coconut Oil has many amazing health, skin, and cooking uses! See how many of these uses you’ve tried!
I thought about writing a post about all of the benefits of coconut oil but wellnessmama sums up my love of coconut oil just perfectly.
Why is it that a simple haircut turns my baby into a boy. Still handsome as always.
First official haircut by Carlos the barber.
28 lb 12 oz (75%) and 34 in.(25%). Two year well check growing big and strong.
Benjamin you are two. You love trains and Thomas the Engine “Manama” and therefore we threw you a Train Party. We invited your closest family and friends and enjoyed watching you play with your cousins and friends. You had your first real piece of cake and your very own apple juice box that you gulped down within a minute.
You are wearing 2T clothing and can only squeeze into 24 months in certain brands. You are in size 7 shoe. Size 4 diaper. You are not interested in the potty yet, and I am not forcing the issue. You can tell me when it’s time for a diaper change. You stay dry mostly every night now as long as you don’t have too much water before bed.
You eat so well and still prefer vegetables over meat on a dish. You love bananas, peas, apples, yogurt, raisins, and green smoothies. You sign for more and say “maur” after you are finished drinking yours.
You are speaking more now and your first sentence which is a command, “Mama, bi-down” (Mama sit down). I spoke about your speech development earlier and know that you are following in a generally normal timeline for speech. No worries here.
Your favorite books are Thomas the engine books, a field guide book of Pennsylvania birds (you just love this book and sign bird when you are looking for it to take with you upstairs, out to the car, downstairs…), Llama Llama Red Pajama, and Giraffe’s can’t dance. We asked for more books to add to your collection as birthday presents and we are excited to read some of our friends favorites.
You love trains and love to build the wooden train tracks and play with your trains. You love it so much we bought you a train table that we hope you like as much as we do. It was a great purchase and a well designed piece of furniture. You are great at solving puzzles and have mastered 24 piece puzzles. You like to play with your “spell the word” puzzle game which is a wonderful learning tool.
You are such a patient and kind little boy. A favorite story your dad told me was that when the plumber came to fix a problem in the basement, daddy had to show the plumber what was wrong. He explained to you that it will only be for a moment and asked you to wait for him. You sat down with your legs crossed and just observed the plumber and your daddy chatting about the pipes. I hope you can teach me to slow down, worry less, and live more presently in the now.
I am thrilled to have celebrated your second year with you. I pray that you continue to grow, learn, and love the best way you know how. I pray that I continue loving, teaching and evolving into the best mother for you. Thank you, it’s a privilege to be your Mother. I love you Benjamin.
Benjamin will be two in a few days and I have gone back and forth worrying about his lack of speech. I hate to compare but I know many of us parents are guilty of it from time to time. I taught baby sign language since Benj was 7 months old. It was his primary way to communicate up until he was 22 months old. Over the course of the past two months Benjamin has learned to say words with meaning. Let’s review shall we.
He can say all of our names in the family and the sounds of most common animals.
joo joo= Train (choo choo)
Pear Pear= Percy
Ba laa bah= banana
Bu bu= bye bye
Verr= car (vroom)
Bih-down= sit down, followed by our name. Which totally counts as his first sentence too.
There. It feels much better to see the list growing as I think of more and more words he is learning. Just this week he saw a picture of a pumpkin and I heard something along the lines of what sounds like pump come out of his mouth. And I am pretty sure he hasn’t seen a pumpkin since November. I am enjoying hearing his little kid voice say things like uh oh when he drops a crayon or YAY! when he finishes a puzzle.
Hopefully the next update on words I will have a good video to share. I am working on that interview with him as we speak.
My dad and I took Benji and Taylor to the train EXPO. It was free for kids and they also included a free Thomas the Train ride. I just knew Benji would freak. The EXPO has taught me two things. 1) Train hobbyist take trains very seriously. 2) My dad knows more about trains then I have ever realized. I am amazed everyday about how little I know about men/boys. Benji has so much to teach me.
Benji was fascinated and who am I kidding, it fascinated me as well. There in the first picture you will see actual smoke coming from the engine. One of the train track sets traveled through a village with the most intricate little houses, cars, and people. The one house had a woman on the roof hanging clothes out to dry on a clothes line. The hazard cones placed in the road were smaller then a grain of rice. I mean these people take this train hobby to a whole other level.
Thomas the train took the kids around once and then stopped to drop off and pick up more kids. I thought for sure Benji would have a melt down like I saw other toddlers have during the EXPO. He just asked for “more” and I told him that we were going to see other trains and that the other kids need to have a turn on Thomas too. It worked. I am not sure how much more time I have before the tantrums do start but for now I am enjoying my sweet, well mannered boy.
Steve mentioned that we should have another party for Benjamin at our house to celebrate his second birthday. I wasn’t planning on having a party and thought the first year was the most important one anyway, even if they don’t remember any of it. But I was convinced and shortly after the holidays were through I made Benji’s party invites.
I am so glad Steve wanted to have another party to celebrate one year older Benjamin. If Benji doesn’t remember his birthdays as a young kid, I know I will. It’s not the first year that is the most important, every year is just as special. Magical. Some may think of having birthday parties for young kids selfish, but the memories that we as parents and loved ones make during the celebrations are the most important. It’s also a time where families come together that don’t normally get to see Benjamin or us often enough and that too makes it worth it.
So I say let’s celebrate our children everyday and especially on the day Benji blessed me as a mother.
*this year we are celebrating one day early to not compete with the Superbowl.