Our Aiden is two years, 3 months old today. After his 2 year old post, I figured I’d wait until 2 ½, but he has changed so much these past several weeks, I felt an update was necessary. Two years old is wonderful, exhausting, silly and challenging, all wrapped up in one little body that never seems to stop. Aiden’s personality is reading loud and clear now and I love that we get to know him better everyday. He has learned how to push my buttons and he definitely has “terrible two” moments, but overall (as long as he’s engaged) he’s a blast to be around.
A few snippets of Aiden at 27 months…
He still wins the award of “Child Who Hates to Sleep.” He does sleep in his bed most of the time now, but he often climbs in with us around 4 or 5am. I also have to sit with him until he falls asleep AND he usually wakes up at least once. On the plus side, he’s an excellent snuggler and is much better at sharing a bed. Napping still has to start in the car. He climbed in bed at naptime all by himself the other day, and stayed back in his room for 20 whole minutes. I will call that progress.
Aiden loves the zoo and playing in the dirt. Not always in that order, but those are his two favorite things to do right now. His favorites at the zoo are the giraffes, elephants and the rhino. He hates the monkeys because they make too much noise. Oh and the train. Thank goodness we bought a pass and can ride this multiple times each visit. And Aiden has yet to find a pile of dirt, a mud puddle or a mulch filled playground that he doesn’t like.
His vocabulary and counting skills have really taken off. He speaks with such confidence, even when I have no clue what he’s saying. He randomly counted to 15 the other day while playing with some toys. Thank you Mickey Mouse and Jake & the Neverland Pirates. I wish I could take credit for his number skills. Although, with so much time outside, our TV watching has decreased tremendously. Probably a good thing for all of us.
Aiden and Audrey. They already have such a complicated relationship :). I wish I could say they are best friends and Aiden just loves to play with and snuggle his baby sister. Not really the case, though. And that’s okay. While most of the time he tolerates her, there are many moments when he reads her a book or holds her hand. I know the past 8 months have been very hard for our baby boy, so I’m letting him take his time. It will be funny, though, in a few short months when Audrey can chase him around. They will be pretty evenly matched!
Current Aiden favorites… trains, his stuffed Giraffe, diggers, watching airplanes take off, dirt, running, Ollie (he calls him Owie), peanut butter, cottage cheese, milk and the zoo.
Current Aiden least favorites…sleep, vegetables, sharing, Target (much to my demise), haircuts and time out.
Aiden clearly has his daddy’s personality with his mommy’s emotions. This makes one passionate toddler, who keeps life interesting. We love you big boy!
Three months in pictures...