Saturday, August 24, 2013

Evan's Eight : My 2 Year Old

I have a 2 year old!  I can't believe how time flies and how precious this little boy is.  With Zoe, I was in a state of exhaustion during the end of her 1st year and into her 2nd a lot of Evan's actions and milestones feel new to me.  I just don't remember some things all that well and I am being reminded....oh ya...that happens about now!
Evan is a talker!  I mean...this kid has a lot to say!  He speaks in full sentences, expressing every little thing that pops into his head!  He asks questions, makes commands and he even has developed a little stutter trying to get everything out of his mouth before his brain can process.  Evan can count to 10 easily and knows numbers after just not in order.  Evan knows the whole alphabet and is starting to recognize letters.  I love how vocal he makes life a lot easier now that he can tell me exactly what he wants.

Evan has a crazy love for music!  If he isn't talking, he is singing!  He knows many songs and tunes...sometimes he keeps the tune of a song but puts new words in.  He has a song for almost every landmark we pass while driving.  He sings "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" when we pass CoolRay Stadium.  When we pass the carwash, "I've Been Working at the Carwash".  He loves to sing "Hit the Road Jack" and "Trouble, Trouble!"  He sings the lullaby his Grandma taught us and he loves to sing the blessing over our meals.  Any song you sing to him a couple times, he will repeat to you. He even sings my favorite songs, Matt Maher's "I need you" and David Crowder's "How he loves us".  He loves his instruments and the triangle is his favorite right now.  I can't wait to fuel this little love more as he gets older!
Evan fits the role of Little Brother very, very well.  He is quite the little pest and loves, loves, loves to pick on Zoe!  He is constantly into something whether it be toilets, the trash, messing with the computer or our phones and always in Zoe's hair or sitting on her...making her whale that lovely scream that just pierces.  And he does it all with a grin and a little giggle....pest to a tee!
Evan is measuring perfectly for his age!  He is about 30lbs, in size 2T or 24 months clothes, size 5 - 5.5 shoe, and size 4 diaper.  He was in the high percentages on the charts which has never happened with my kids.  At our check up, Dr. Evans was so happy with his progress and couldn't believe how much he had grown since his 15 month check (we missed his 18mth...opps).  We are now all caught up on his vaccines and will head back for a well visit at 30 months.
Evan almost always has a car, truck or train with him wherever we go.  He loves to roll them around and pretend with them.  He finds any flat surface and loves to crash his toys off the edge.  He makes the car sounds or choo choos.  Some other toys he is into right now...He is loving his water table when it isn't raining out.  He is starting to like to color more.  He really likes the Doodle Pads!  He is great at independent play and often times just shuts the door to his room and plays by himself...which no one minds ; )  He loves to be outside and do all things boy.  He is starting to really like kicking and throwing balls.  But if we are outside, most of the time he is finding a mudhole or digging in the dirt or collecting rocks.  He takes baths nightly.
Evan is an up and down sleeper right now.  Some days he takes a 3 hour nap, some just an hour.  Some nights he goes to bed at 7:30, others at 9.  Some mornings he wakes at 6:30 and others 8.  He is very flexible and goes with the flow.  He has become very attached to his stuffed tiger from his Aunt Laura and he calls him Tiggie and his train blankie that was a gift when he was born from relatives in Wisconsin.  He is also still very, very attached to his pacie...I don't look forward to the day we say goodbye to it.  Just this week, we have moved Evan to a toddler bed.  Each naptime or bedtime he gets better and better.
Evan is learning all about time out and discipline.  He has the most pathetic little face when he gets in trouble, but it is all an act and never lasts very long.  He does great apologizing and loves to give make up hugs and kisses.  Still working on him staying in time out though and not putting himself there for "fun".
Evan is an amazing eater.  He eats anything and everything.  His favorites are grapes and chicken "nuggies", but really will eat almost anything you put in front of him.  When there is something he doesn't want to eat, he says "Mommy, I don't like it"....but he always tries things.  Eating is always a war zone and a complete mess.  The cleaning that takes place in Evan's area alone after meal times is just ridiculous!  We have also come to love OxiClean for all washing needs.
Watching Evan grow has been such a joy!  Even with all the tough moments in the day, the great ones are far greater!  He is funny and loving and really is such a sweet boy.  I am feel so blessed that God gave me this little guy!

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