Oliver Patrick: Two Years Old!

Posted by Amy O. , Sunday, August 28, 2016 3:41 PM

Our little guy decided to go ahead & turn two, whether we like it or not.  I knew I was having a hard time with it when we walked into the zoo gift shop after our day at the zoo for his birthday, and the sight of a Mama Bear/Baby Bear t-shirt display forced a hard-swallow of a quickly rising sob.  Later that week, back in California, I steeled my face over when Patrick (proud of his getting-something-done) announced that he'd taken down the crib.  I mean, he hadn't slept in it for two months, but taking it down...just so final.  It's not that two is all bad, it's just that it's so grown up, and so much about growing up and not being a baby anymore, and Mamas like babies.

But Oliver is just as sweet at two as he's been all along and so we boldly (and/or weepily) go forth into this new year.  He makes us smile and laugh every day and although the strong will is rising and the limits are being tested, there's so much cuteness to balance out the fits of temper.

Oliver at Two:
~ He weighs about 28 lbs and is about 36" tall as of his checkup last week.  So if that thing about doubling their height at 2 yrs to get their future height is true, we have a 6' gentleman on the horizon.
~ It's hard to say what his favorite food is...(ummm, fruit snacks?)  He does consistently go for the olives and/or blueberries on his plate, and, a little funny, he loves salad, but I suspect it has a bit to do with the ranch dressing.  He is not a picky eater necessarily, but he's not a big eater either...and I'm trying to cherish this time before he's a teenager and the grocery bill triples.
~ He loves, loves, loves to sing!  He pays very close attention to lyrics and often will start singing along after just one or two listens.  He spends a lot of his day singing, usually a medley of ABCs, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (which he calls Teedle Teedle), and also loves Jesus Loves Me, Peace Like A River, and now sings along to my Homespun CD, since we used that for nighttime for a few weeks.  Last week, I started him on Sing Over Me for bedtime, which Vianne has been using for about 3 years.  I have never once heard her sing along to it though, or sing any of the songs throughout the day, but Oliver is already singing along!  He also listens intently when there's music on in the car and often sings along to Sara Groves & Steven Curtis Chapman now, too (much to my delight!).
 ~ He still loves his books.  His favorite book is anything that you will read to him pretty much, but he's always had a special place in his heart for My Pet Book by Bob Staake, and he loves Put Me In The Zoo and books where you can feel textures.  He loves Bear Sees Blue and Little Green and The Very Hungry Caterpillar and his Richard Scarry books.  He also really likes look & find books.
~ He has his front eight teeth, about four molars, and is presently working on all four canines, which have been slowly making their way out for several weeks.  He has quite a thick head of hair at the moment, too, and I may need to YouTube some haircutting tricks soon.
~ His vocabulary continues to multiply daily and he copies a lot of what we three say.  It's so cute to trace back his phrases to Vianne, which he often uses out of context.  At bedtime, I ask them what song they want to sing and he says, "I pick...I know!" Because that's what Vianne always says, but he didn't pick up on the part where she actually then names a song :-).  He is pretty good at pronouncing words correctly but there are still moments when I have no idea what he's saying, and he calmly and persistenly repeats them, with a sort of pitying look in his eye, as if to say, "Silly Mama, it's perfectly clear."
~ Although he is still quite the Mama's boy (not that I'm complaining, sweet little snuggle-bug), he seems to thrive on outings and loves to get out and explore the world.  He does great in the car (once we get past that initial struggle into the car seat) and is a pretty good sport wherever we take him.
~ He loves family & friends and often talks about family members and friends from church (his favorites are Addi & Kaliyan). Since being back from Oregon, he often asks "Grandma's house a bit?" - he gets this from Vianne who always asks in stores if we can "look at the toys a bit?" :-)  After a recent visit from Patrick's family, he often asks about Granma, "Papa", & Uncle Jon, and loves to play along when Vianne declares that we are "Rebekah, Ava & Ian" or "Emily, Bea/Margot & Edmund."
~ He's pretty much got the alphabet song down, and is starting to learn 1-10, and is getting pretty good at his colors, and even a few shapes.
~ He loves to play dress-up with Vianne.  He's often the Anna to her Elsa, is quite fond of her Wonder Woman costume, but is now branching out into Olaf, super heroes, and cowboy with the acquisition of some more masculine options he got for his birthday.  He generally adores his big sister and they are starting to have quite a lot of fun playing together, especially since he's so often willing to go along with whatever she comes up with.  They love imagining together and playing in the sandbox & playhouse in the backyard and riding around the house on one of their many bikes or riding toys.
~ He's just now starting to show some interest in television, but still won't watch for more than a few minutes.  And, to be honest, most of the interest is in pushing the buttons of the remote.  He usually wants to see Sheriff Callie, and more recently a show called Dive, Olly, Dive!, but if there's talking and no song, he loses interest pretty quickly.
~ He's having a rough time sleeping through the night since the transition to the big bed.  So he comes and gets me half way through every night and I, too tired to care or do differently for now, have been sleeping in his room for most of the summer.  He often cries out in his sleep, seems to be having frequent bad dreams or something, so it's hard to find the motivation to get all firm about sleeping alone for now. (yawn)  He also has effectively given up his nap, or rather I've stopped encouraging the taking of one, because when he does, he has a very hard time going to sleep at bedtime.  So, down time for me is complicated at the moment...but...we press on.
~ He is a very affectionate little guy and still loves to snuggle & be held and gives lots of hugs and kisses.  He also is very sensitive about hearing the word "no", mostly from people other than me, and getting in trouble, and has this signature jutting-bottom-lip pout that turns to a heartwrenching sob in slow motion when he's upset.  It's so cute that it's hard not to laugh in his distress.
~ He loves Elmo, Mickey Mouse, and Winnie the Pooh & friends (he sleeps nightly with his Tigger). He also loves to look at "pip-bers" (pictures) - on the phone, on the computer - and if I stop, he says, "More pip-bers!"

This is the photo shoot we did on his birthday while we were at Grandma's house in Oregon - our sweet little sailor!

 Love this smile!

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