Yes, he’ll always be my baby William. He is TWO! 2 years old! That is still crazy to me. I haven’t done one of these updates for an entire year when William turned one. I think I intended to do one when he turned 18 months, and then I just missed the boat on that one. Oops. Two is too big of a deal to skip! These days, William is a real boy, definitely not a baby anymore, but when I ask him if he’s my baby, he still says, “Yes.” Just how I like it! But seriously, how big (and cute?!) is he:
photo courtesy of stephanie cotta photography
Height & Weight: 25 pounds 8 ounces and 34 3/4 inches
Eating: William is definitely in the toddler stage of eating. He can be super picky, love something one day, and hate it the next. Here is a day’s typical schedule:
- Breakfast: scrambled eggs, pancakes, or French toast and a banana
- Lunch: pb&j sandwich (sunflower seed butter for school), turkey, leftovers from the night before
- Dinner: chicken, salmon, pizza (we make our own by getting whole wheat crust from Trader Joe’s, marinara, and mozzarella cheese), soup, noodles, salad, and vegetables
- Snacks / Other Favorites: avocado, sweet potato, cheese sticks, carrot apple pouches from Trader Joe’s (these are a treat and not given daily), grapes, blueberries
William is definitely pickiest with vegetables. I try to offer them at every lunch and dinner, but he doesn’t always touch them. He does LOVE my grandma’s beef barley soup which has a lot of vegetables in it. When I’m in a pinch and don’t have any other food to send William with to school, my “emergency” foods are turkey meatballs and spinach kale balls from Trader Joe’s. They’re definitely not an everyday thing, but he will usually eat them. He’s great at using utensils and drinking out of an open cup.
And… we’re still nursing. But I’ll save that for another post. 😉
Sleeping (naps): William continues to nap better at school versus at home. He typically sleeps for a couple of hours at school beginning at 11:45 / 12:00ish. A big change is that a few months ago he transitioned from the pack n play to a cot at school! I was REALLY worried about it (even met with the wonderful preschool director), but the transition went so smoothly!
Sleeping (at night): Ha! So… about two months ago William climbed OUT of his crib while wearing his sleepsack. Yeah. He did it safely, too. Twice. Well, a lot of mommas said if it was a one time thing he may not do it again for awhile. So I kept him in his crib and he did it again, but fell out (thankfully he was fine!) a couple weeks later. At this point, it was a safety concern, and I knew I could not risk him staying in his crib again. I took off the fourth side of his crib, so his mattress is just a few inches off the ground. My dad attached a crib rail on the side.
Now, he’s not sleeping through the night anymore and I plan to sleep train him again in a few weeks, but am waiting for some additional information before beginning that process. It’s been rough over here at night!
Clothing: 18 / 24 month or 2T
New this year: So much, where to begin? William sings along to the alphabet (misses a few letters here and there) and can count to ten (though usually not on command). He’s great at jumping and anything sports related: kicking / catching / hitting / throwing a ball in particular. He knows his body parts, colors, animals, and animal sounds. William seems to understand just about everything and follows directions really well (most of the time, he IS two…).
William likes: William loves any and all things related to sports. He also loves books and likes to “read along” with me to his favorites. He likes singing and making music. He likes playing in his kitchen and on his tool bench. He really likes school buses and often shouts, “Where are you school buses?” in the morning if one hasn’t driven by. He likes running and being outside. He likes vacuuming, sweeping, and doing laundry. He likes all kinds of art including chalk, paint, markers, stickers, crayons, etc. He likes cars, trucks, trains, and boats. He loves playing with bubbles. William loves loves LOVES his cousins Jacob, Audrey, and Jackson, Yaya and Pops, Mama and Papa, Poppy, and our dog Zoey.
William dislikes: William tends to be shy in new situations, often burying his head in my shoulder. It definitely depends on the situation though. For his birthday party, his cousins Jacob and Audrey were in the gym playing around and William was quick to join them. However, we went on a walk the other day and stopped at our neighbor’s house. (We’d never played there before.) William insisted I pick him up and wouldn’t even look at the girls. It takes him awhile to warm up and definitely takes comfort in his momma!
Mommas – tell me what to expect during the “twos!”