We celebrated with family, one of his favorite foods (pizza) and an inflatable water slide.
Somehow there are no pictures but Janice, Larry, Anna and Grammy (K&T’s Grandma) partied with us also. Blake loved his pizza (aka “zuh”) and really enjoyed opening his gifts. As he was opening each package he would “oooh” and was very excited. He definitely understood what was going on and that it was his special time. Blake can’t quite climb to the top of the water slide and was quite happy playing in the pool part as the bigger 3 came down splashing him. Tatum suited up but didn’t ever make it to the water.
The birthday cake had tools on it because Blake has been toting around a toy tool box for the past 6 weeks. Every morning it’s the first thing he wants. His favorite tools are the wrench (“win”) and screwdriver (“do-die-er”). He tried to take the tools off his cake while we were singing because he didn’t like that they weren’t in his box.
It was a perfect 2 year old party!
Now to the 2 year old milestones.
Blake’s 2 year stats: 26lbs, 34in
Blake’s language has started exploding over the past few months. He jabbers all the time and sometimes we can figure out what he’s saying. I would estimate he has about 50 “words” (if you classify that as things he says consistently the same way that we’ve figured out what they mean). He still uses sign language a little but I’d say only about 5 times per day. When he does sign, he says the word (the best he can) also. I consider that success, as the point of the sign language is to bridge the communication gap until he’s talking.
At bedtime and nap time he must be joined by his pillow, ruff-ruff, baby and frog and he is still sleeping in a crib (we bought a 2nd one when Madelyn was born). Blake sleeps approximately 7:45pm-6:30am (+/- 30min) and naps after lunch. As of late, the naps are a little tricky if he doesn’t burn enough energy in the morning. About once per week he doesn’t nap for some reason or another. It doesn’t make for an ideal evening or next morning but it’s not too terrible. We aren’t looking at dropping those naps any time soon though. We ALL still need our quiet time every afternoon.
Blake loves to give hugs and pats on the back. He and Andrew continue to share a special bond. They both love it when Andrew gets him out of bed in the morning or after nap time. I often find them sitting together reading. Blake is very sweet with Madelyn (bringing her toys, checking on her, etc.) and that relationship is about to get more interesting as she is quickly becoming mobile. He does love to sweetly give her kisses on the head but he giggles and backs away as her hair tickles his face.
Of course Blake likes to do what his brothers are doing but he also really enjoys playing by himself. His imagination has really taken off and watching him play is fascinating. He collects toys from various buckets/sets and puts them together in a very specific way that doesn’t make sense to anyone else. He particularly likes to place people in vehicles. Blake has make himself at home at the Lego table. We couldn’t keep him away from it any longer and he absolutely loves playing with the things Daddy and Andrew have built! The result is destruction, but it’s great entertainment.
Food allergies are still a challenge, but for the most part they seem to be under control. Praise God for this because the list of foods he should avoid is long! The pantry (which, by the way, is one of his favorite places to seek out in hopes that the door is open) is full of green and pink neon labels indicating if foods are safe for him to eat or not. This system has been very helpful for babysitters, family, or anyone else to easily tell if a food is Blake Friendly. When we began this food allergy journey, we eradicated foods from our house that he couldn’t have but the list quickly grew so long that wasn’t practical for the rest of the family. We try very hard and do our absolute best to make him feel included and not like he’s missing out. However, he is going to have to learn that there are some foods he just can’t have and no, it isn’t fair but it’s the way it is. These are going to make for tough parenting moments.
While we’re on the topic of food, his favorite foods: cheese (he has a special kind he can have), hot dog, pizza, bagel, O’s (Cheerios), pancake, mac & cheese, and fruit snacks.
Gramma spent a lot of time with us in the past 5 weeks (which was fabulously helpful and enjoyable) and she nicknamed him Man on a Mission. We don’t always know what he’s seeking or wanting but he is determined to do/get it and nothing can stop him. For example, a few days ago we were playing upstairs and he kept saying something that we didn’t understand (although I think I would have figured it out had it been in context). Despite my urging, he went down the stairs, into the kitchen and came back up with a handful of spoons. I have no idea why but he was determined that’s what he needed!
Blake’s other nickname is Wildcard. I do think he has made some progress recently in not being a total mess all the time but this name is definitely still accurate!
Part of our night time and wake up routine is opening and closing the shutters in his room. He loved to look out and see Uncle Larry’s truck in front of the house. Although Larry isn’t here any more, after seeing the truck every day for a few months, Blake still occasionally asks where it is. Trucks, hats and airplanes are his favorite things to point out.