Two years old! A big boy now!!
I was sort of shocked even just in looking back at his 18 month post; it’s crazy to see just how much more of a BOY he’s become in the last six months! We’re a little late with the update this time around, but hey, better late than never.
Two has probably been the most fun so far (I think I say that with every new update), but it’s also been equally challenging. I’ll get to more on that in a minute, but here’s a few updates!
Weight & Height: At his 2 year old check up, Lucas weighed in at 31.5lbs (85th percentile), and measured 37″ (95th percentile) — although when we measured him at home, it looked to be closer to 35-1/4″. One of the first things that anyone says when they see/meet him is, “Wow, he’s such a big boy!/He’s so tall!/Wow, he’s solid!” so I guess that’s all pretty fitting!
Eating: Ay yi yi. Lucas, you sure now how to drive your mommy and daddy crazy at meal times! Eating is completely different from one day to the next around here…one day, he’ll eat two bites of pasta for dinner and call it a day. The next day, he’ll eat 3 turkey hot dogs, a small bowl of pasta, and peas. Dinner and lunch are definitely the most challenging for us, but we’ve recently been making some progress.
For the past two weeks or so, we’ve been doing meals very similar to this…
Breakfast: Smoothie made with banana, milk (his doctor told us we could switch to 2% instead of whole), peanut butter, a mini scoop of chocolate Shakeology (probably less than a tablespoon), and ice.
He LOVES helping put everything in the blender, getting the ice, and pouring the drink into his cup, so I think all of that helps.
Lunch: This is one we’ve been struggling with, mainly because of the timing, due to Lucas’s nap being smack dab in the middle of a typical lunch time. When he’s home with us, we will usually make him an omelet right before his nap, and then give him a snack when he wakes up (Nutrigrain bar, fruit, cheese, PB & crackers, raisins, etc.). If he’s going to daycare, we’ll send PB&J, pasta, or just wing it with a bunch of random stuff, since we never really know what he’ll eat.
Dinner: Some of his favorites lately (although they change regularly) – turkey hot dogs, regular hot dogs, meatballs with sauce, pasta (“noo noods” haha) with sauce OR butter and parmesan cheese, peas and corn (two of the only veggies he’ll really eat), and rice. If needed, we’ll go with PB&J or eggs again.
Sleeping (naps): Most days, Lucas will go down for a nap anywhere between 11am-12pm, and will nap for probably 2-3 hours, usually longer on weekends to make up for less during the week. We try not to let him sleep much later than 3pm because then it messes with his bedtime a bit.
Sleeping (at night): Lucas is a great sleeper, and we are incredibly lucky in that department! Since moving in with my parents, his bedtime has gotten a little later — most nights between 8-8:45pm — although we usually like him into bed by 8pm. He typically likes his 12ish hours of sleep, so he’ll tend to sleep until 7-8am in the morning.
Clothing: Mostly 2T’s or 24 months, and a couple 3T’s here and there, although they’re a bit on the larger size. Shoes are size 6, with a 7 not far behind I’m sure, and he wears a size 5 diapers during the day, and a size 6 at night.
Teeth: Oh, we’ve got a bunch, but I think we’re still dealing with a few pesky canines. Every once in a while he goes through phases where he can’t keep his hands out of his mouth and the extra drool starts. But thankfully (knock on wood), they haven’t been bothering him to the point where he’s up at night or anything like that.
What does Lucas like and what’s new lately? Oh my…where do I even begin?
I’ll start out with this…my child has more energy than I could have ever imagined. At first I thought, well yeah, of course he has energy, he’s a toddler boy! But then I see him around other toddlers, and as they’re sitting all chilled out, mine is running around screaming like a wild man. I can already see the phone calls coming in now once he’s in school…“Oh hi Mrs. Horan…Lucas didn’t want to sit still in his seat today/Lucas fell off the monkey bars on the playground.”
I’m preparing myself now. ;)
With the weather being so nice, I try really hard to get outside with him once we’re home and just let him run….and run, and run, and scream, and run. Go ahead buddy, get all that energy out!
Lucas also appears to have embraced the “Terrible 2’s,” which makes me nervous, considering everyone I talk to tells me that 3 has been the worst. Some days, I really find myself at my wits’ end and on the verge of tears because I’m just at a loss with what to do (for one, he does this high pitched screeching thing sometimes that drives us nuts, and when he’s in the “zone,” we just cannot get him to stop…). I feel like some days we’re saying “no” more than anything else and redirecting like crazy, and some days I find myself yelling more than I’d like.
I’ll admit, I still have a lot to learn with the whole discipline thing, and it’s also been challenging with not being in our own home/on a solid schedule. So I’m hoping that once we can get into a regular routine and establish some new rules, maybe we’ll make some progress. But I’ll tell ya…this parenting thing can be tough.
But more than that, it is so incredibly rewarding. And fun. And exciting. Because don’t get me wrong…I love this little boy more than life itself, and he is just the best. He’s such a happy guy (especially in the mornings!), and is learning new things every single day. A couple highlights from these days…
- He adores cars and trucks. He will sit for what seems like hours (it’s not, haha) and just drive them around.
- He also loves any and all construction equipment. Bulldozers, dump trucks, you name it…he gets SO excited playing with them and seeing them around when we’re in the car (“Dig! Dig!”)
- He can (just about) count to 13, which we practice every single day as we walk down the stairs. I practice counting everything with him (ice cubes in the blender, cars, stars…) and he’s been doing awesome.
- He knows most of his ABC’s! He loves singing the alphabet song with me, and typing on the computer (I just open a blank Word doc and he goes to town saying the letters as he types them (“Type! Type!”).
- He can recognize many different colors (he now likes to point out the colors of all of our cars).
- He gives hugs and kisses and LOVES doing role call when we’re all around (“Nan nan! Papa! Dada! MOM! Doo Dee! Ma-mite (Grammy)! Paaaa-T!”)
- He’s starting to become much more vocal; he wasn’t all that interested in speaking up until the last couple of months, and he’s attempting new words every day. Most of the time I can figure out what he’s saying, but when he can’t, I just feel terrible!
- He still loves Big Block Singsong, along with some random “show” he found on YouTube called “Fergie” (it’s a tractor…so weird, but he loves it).
- If we gave him an iPad or iPhone, he’d easily sit for an hour. Quietly. And although we try not to give him too much screen time on it (just because he is so enthralled with it), some days, we need it more than others.
I think I said to my dad the other day, “I don’t know if I’ve ever had something in my life that simultaneously makes my heart melt and makes me want to pull my hair out at the same time.” Sure, it can be tough…he’s a toddler. It’s going to happen! But then I just look at this face and think, man…
I have got to be one of the luckiest moms in the world to be able to call you my son. <3
Comparison: I still can’t believe he was ever that little!?