Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Colin is 2 years old!

Colin at 2

This post is so late! However, starting now we are moving to a quarterly update so by making it late, there won't be as much time in between now and the next update (I know you were worried!)  So from here out you'll only see one of these posts every 3 months.

I will try to only include things in this post that occurred prior to Colin's birthday, but I'm not making any promises, it is hard to remember.

On to the Facts:

Colin had a weight check at this doctors visit:

Height: 36" -  85%ile (based on this measurement he is projected to be 6' tall according to 'legend')
Weight 28lb -50%ile.  I had hoped he would be closer to 35lbs this time so that we could turn his car seat around, but no. He will stay rear facing for a bit longer. He actually fits a lot better in our "new car" (more on that later) so it isn't as difficult thing to keep him rear facing. He was pretty schmushed (which apparently isn't a word) in the Focus, frankly we ALL were.
Colin opens a birthday gift.
  • At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Baseball! That is pretty much the only thing he has asked to do all month. He played a lot of baseball when we were visiting my parents. My mom would hit the ball across the yard and together they would chase it and discuss whether it was a single, double, triple or home run. Then pick it up and do it again facing the other way.  He couldn't get enough. Now when we play in the house he will hit the ball (he is surprisingly good at making contact) and then 'run the bases' essentially running down the hall into our bedroom and then back again. It is adorable. I look forward to when we can play catch with a little more predictably of where the ball will go when it leaves his hand. It's is more of a game of dodge ball than catch at this point.
Playing with his new Buckley Cat
  • Riding bikes: both his own tricycles (he has two now one at my parents and one here) and riding on the front of our bikes in the Safe-T-Seat.  My father also takes him in a wagon that gets pulled behind the bike. Thanks to Grandpa, Colin doesn't stop requesting "bumpy ride".  Not always something that is a safe option when you're sharing the road with cars (our street has a bike lane but it is still urban riding).
  • Watering the garden: Colin was at my parents house twice this month and got to spend a lot of time outside helping Grandma water the flowers. Colin loves using the hose and loved being able to do so with purpose. 
  • Along those same lines Colin loves being outside in the yard at either of his grandparents houses. He really misses being able to eat and play outside when we are at home. Someday we will have a big yard for him to play in, but for now he is limited to enjoying those things at his grandparents house. Everything is a trade off, here we have tons of nearby activities for him to enjoy, so all of NYC is our 'backyard' but that is difficult to explain to a 2yr old when he just wants to 'eat outside!' and that isn't an easy task.
  • Time-out: Colin really seems to enjoy being put in a time-out. Odd as that is. 'Time out' for him is being put in the chair in his room by himself with the gate closed. I have never specifically told him he has to stay in the chair, frankly I just wanted him to stay in the room. I assumed he would throw a total fit at being secluded for bad behavior but he just sits there by himself, occasionally grabbing a book off the shelf next to him. He is happy as a clam. Now this is great when I have to put him in time-out because he needs to calm down (usually because he is still crying and carrying on 15 minutes after I told him no blues clues), but not so great when I'm really trying to punish him for bad behavior (usually throwing food). He doesn't get that it is a punishment.  If you ask him if he wants a time-out he usually says yes!
  • Fancy Shoes: Colin has a pair of dress black shoes that are a hand me down from Lukas. If he had his choice they would be the only shoes he wore.  It can be quite the battle getting him into other shoes to go say to the playground where dress shoes would be entirely inappropriate. I used to try to let him choose his shoes to foster his independence but now I make sure I don't ask for his opinion unless I'm prepared for him to wear those shoes. That is not to say he doesn't give his opinion if it isn't asked for but 10% of the time I might get away with it.

At my parents, watering Grandpa, not the garden, if I remember correctly
  • Getting something he is asking for, but doesn't want. Make sense to you? because it doesn't make any sense to me!! Colin asks for something (typically something to eat) you get it for him and as soon as it is in front of him he flips out waves his arms and typically sends whatever it was flying off the table. Not my idea of a good time. This is typical two year old behavior from what I am told. 
  • Meat. Still.. now even the few things I used to be able to get him to eat he refuses.. I keep offering it to him and putting things on his plate, any other suggestions I'm all ears!
  • The vacuum. Colin is still not a fan. He tolerates it much better than he used to but he prefers to be in another room if it is on. Honestly, he plays by himself in his room very nicely while I vacuum the rest of the apartment, so I'm not complaining about this one at all. It works well in my favor. 
  • A plush pluto (the dog) magnet on our fridge. This is funny to me since it is the most random object to be afraid of. If he see's it he will ask me to put it away (meaning on the side of the fridge by the wall.
  • Water over his face. Still not good with this at bath time, but to be honest, I've gotten really good at holding my hand in such a way so as not to let water drip in his face. Honestly it have very little to do with blocking his eyes and more with creating a barrier. I spent a lot of time trying to cover his eyes, but he just gets mad if he can't see so if you hold my thumb and index finger tight to his forehead, tip his head back as far as he will allow (usually not very far) I can pour the water near my hand and then quickly move my hand toward the back of his head to direct the water backwards. He is a far cry from Lukas, who will just dump buckets of water over his head for fun. 
What a happy kid!
New and Notable things:
  • Colin has some new phrases to add to his recent "Maybe next time" favorite.  He now says "Not yet", as in "Colin are you finished with your lunch", "Not yet Mommy!" It is adorable.  Also, "What ya doing Mommy?" or "What Daddy doing?" if he isn't talking directly to the person in question.  
  • "NO". We have mostly been very lucky in the department. Colin very rarely flat out said "NO" to something we were asking him to do. He just recently started realizing the power of this word. I try not let the surprise show on my face when he all of a sudden comes out with it, but it is still infrequent enough that I'm surprised. I know, we are lucky, most kids discover this much earlier. I have to figure since he uses "maybe next time" and "not yet" with much more frequency, that Sean and I must use those phrases more often as well. This isn't something we set out to do (well I suppose I shouldn't speak for him) but it appears to be working.
  • Thank you/Bless you. Obviously this isn't new, but I don't think I've discussed it as much as it deserves. Colin is AMAZINGLY polite for a 2 yr old. A few weeks back we were in church and he dropped his car. The lady in the pew behind him picked it up and handed it back to him and without ANY prompting he said "Thank you". I can tell you her jaw practically hit the floor and I have never been so proud of my baby! She followed us out and exclaimed how wonderful he is and how good he was in church  (he has a problem understanding whispering but other than that he sits through a service with little incident, the last time I had to leave the church because of him he was maybe 6 months old). He will also unprompted say "Bless you [name]" when someone sneezes. This child is just innately polite (for now!).
  • Pronouns have made an appearance. They aren't always the correct one e.g. "What's him doing?" or "Me want to climb" but he is actively attempting to use them.  I try to not correct him every time he uses the wrong one, rather try to use it properly not too long after he has used it improperly. I read somewhere that correcting a childs speach too often can lead toddlers to stop trying to use these new words. Heck it would annoy me if every time I spoke I was being corrected so I try not to do it to him either.
  • Potty Training: No better no worse at this time. Pee's on demand every night before bath, and if I keep a diaper off of him he will give warning signs that he is about to pee and will allow himself to be escorted to the bathroom. Rarely does he ever tell us he has to go.
  • Up to no good!
  • Teeth: I'm going to cheat here but since the next update is four months away I'm going to tell you that two more molars are working their way through his gums right now. The lower right and upper left. I only know because he was extremely cooperative the other night while I brushed his teeth and let me pull back his cheeks to look. No way I'm sticking my fingers back there to feel them, he is known for biting down hard.  His mood has been very unstable lately because of these intrusions. Sometimes I'm not sure what is toddler behavior and what is teething.

Love this photo!


Elaine and Brandon Carder said...

Two things:
1) you got a new(er) car....what kind, when????

2) Have you used this cup? http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2793366
I got it for my shower so I don't know how well it works but it seems like it would work at keeping water out of his eyes during a bath.

Erin said...

Awww, Colin! Such a big boy now -- what happened to our tiny babies??

Becky said...

Elaine, I have not used that. I haven't used the bath 'caps' either. For some reason I'm very against catering to this problem by buying things to shield him from the water. I'm only making it harder on myself but I just feel like he should get used to it! I don't want a kid who is afraid to put his face in the water until he is 12. I'm sure I'm being unreasonable but sometimes you get something in your head...

Elaine and Brandon Carder said...

Becky-I don't think you are being unreasonable. I registered for one because I thought it looked fun, wasn't expensive, and could be used years after the baby needed it (I could use it to give Abby a bath). If your method is working than stick with it, just wasn't sure if you had tried something else if you wanted to. I know you do a lot of research so I assumed you knew this cup/type of thing existed.