Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Final Post: I have a two year old!

This will likely be my final post on this blog.  I'm pretty sure that I have run out of space to load photos and it's time to transfer this whole thing into a book.  I still haven't decided to continue blogging, but truthfully it has helped me to document my families' memories (although I have missed quite a few from this year already).  Anyway, I at least have to document Asher's 2nd birthday since I will be putting all of his milestone posts into a book for him.

Stats.  He is still small, but the kid burns calories faster than he can eat them and is always on the move.  There were a few times in winter when he was sick and he would just lay on the couch, but for the most part he goes and doesn't stop.  We love that about him!

Weight: 25 lbs (10%)
Height:  33 1/2 "  (50%)
BMI: 15.66 (10-25%)

I just noticed they took his BMI!  That is weird.  I wish my BMI was that low!  Ha!

So, he keeps learning and growing so fast that I don't even think I could write it all down now.  As far as I can remember here is what he does well these days:

-He runs, walks, jumps, skips, prances, rolls, does downward dog (yoga), and is very nimble in general.  He moves easily and can dribble a soccer ball with ease.  He seems very coordinated.
-He express himself and uses words everyday.  Although he still uses a lot of his own words he communicates well.  Some is our favorite words are: "nighty" or "nigh night" = special blanket, "bubba" = sippy of milk, "choo choo" = train, "go" = a tv show, "B" = letters, and "cookie" = cracker and actual cookies.  He also grunts and makes some funny noises for other words which is kind of funny.
-He pretty much knows is ABC's by sight and he can repeat them.  There are a few that he still can't say, but when we get to them he will make that letter's sound instead.  I'm pretty impressed since I haven't been totally diligent in teaching him expect for putting shows like Word World and Leap Frog on for him.  We now spend time practicing with the his alphabet puzzle and some apps that I bought for him.  He can even spell a few words like: Ball and Barn and Hat, but that is mostly from memorization and just in the Word World app.  Still, impressive.
-He loves to play with friends like Rylynn Hill, Grant Stapley, and Chloe Brien.  He can say Chloe's name and its supper sweet.  Grant stayed the weekend with us a few weeks back and the boys loved playing together, laughing and sleeping in the same room.  Asher was so sad the next morning when he noticed that Grant wasn't in the crib next to him.
-He is really good at using the ipad.  What kid isn't these days?
-He loves when Daddy comes home!
-He is a monster at the grocery store unless I give him food.
-He says "No!" and will point his finger at me and shake it.  In fact, yesterday he had a mirror in the backseat of the car and I heard him saying "no, no, no, no baby" over and over again to his reflection!  He was using such a stern voice, so I'm guessing his reflection did something to make him really cross. :)
-He can't say his name yet, but refers to himself as "Baby".  He will point to his chest while calling himself "baby" when he wants to tell me he wants something.
-He still fights getting into the car seat on most trips and fights most diaper changes.
-He sleeps in!!!  Until 8am most mornings or later!  I've been sleeping with him, but when I get up before him around 7am it feels wonderful!  I hope to get back to my 5am runs soon so that I have lots of time before he wakes.  Black out curtains are a mom's best friend!
-He eats most everything but won't eat shredded meat, or anything slimy.  He will eat chicken on a stick though.
-He loves to play with trains, cars (Lightning McQueen is called "MeMe" and loves the movie Cars), crayons and a notepad, and balls.
-He loves to help and do anything that Mommy or Daddy is doing.  Like cooking eggs, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, etc.
-He makes his toys talk.  A lot of the time he has to tell them "no!"  Ha!
-He loves his sunglasses, hats (when Daddy wears one too), and boots.

It really is amazing to me how much he knows and what he loves to do.  He is a lot of fun when he not fighting me.  Definitely a blessing to Shem and I for sure. 

So, for his second birthday we kept it simple.  The weather was fantastic and was in the 80's!  So we wend to Idlywood Beach in Redmond to play with his new sand toys.  He had some friends come and Dad took the day off work!  Later we came home to take a nap and then had Gramma Thompson over for dinner and a small birthday celebration.  He loves all of the attention and his Gluten Free chocolate cupcakes as well!

 He was so sad here because he had touched the flame on the candle and burnt his finger!  I think he lost his excited for cake after that. :(