woohoo baby boy is turning two!!
every time we sit back and watch him achieve something a new milestone with such ease, we look at each other and marvel at how far we've come. for the longest time, we were a little disgruntled. in love but definitely a bit whingey. because blake was not the easiest baby. he was demanding, hungry and always eager to do SOMETHING!
but we can totally see how that's turn out in our favor now. we never had to push him to learn something new. he will ask to do it. like how he made me sing the alphabet song endlessly so he could learn it proper. or how he reminds himself of how daniel taught him how to climb "hands first, grip, place your foot and use your foot to help you climb.." and conquers almost anything he sets his heart to. and the eager to do something is perfect for our lifestyle! he's turned out to be adaptable and an easy kid to lug around! and the hungry.. . i love! :)
here are a few things we'd like to remember of blakie at this age.
health :: he's very robust little kid. he's apparently tall for his age but he is a skinny mini. amongst all our little friends, mister is the tiniest hovering around 11kg!! everyone meet him and will say "oh! he looks bigger in pictures!" but what he lacks in weight, he makes up in energy.
:: personality ::
blake is a happy bean. he won't sit in the corner to whinge. if there is something he thinks would make him happier, he will ask for it. he's straightforward and not shy if he needs help reading or needs a lift to reach something. we like that about him. out of respect, other parents or family will come to us asking if its ok to offer him a snack or if he'd like his drink warm or cold, we would always say "please ask blake." and he would let you know what he thinks!!
he's a crowd pleaser. he does what makes everyone happy. what really GETS to him, above time-outs and smacking, is telling him that you're disappointed in his behavior. he'd do anything to stay in our good books.
we have also noticed that he plays like a single child. he has no problems bringing a few books or his toys to the corner to play on his own. also, my mum in law noticed that he's started play-pretending. he rides on his "boat" to pick up milk for us from the supermarket. or will sell us coffee or tea icecream from his store. and will sometimes ask for money so he can buy "something nice". and when muu doesn't want to play with him, he pretends that he is holding muu! lol the weirdest game ever!
:: in school ::
he's doing great in school. it has been a huge stabilizing force for blake. he comes home really happy and enjoys telling us about his friends and what everyone is up to. its cute to hear what's important in his day!
:: loves ::
food. loves his food. it makes going out with him very easy. as long as we have a meal/snack to look forward to (which in singapore, we always do because socially, we like to plan things around coffee or food!), he is good. he has no problems eating off our plate, is learning how to work the fork and knife. loves his sarnies, raisin toasts, pasta as much as he loves his fishball noodles, kuehs and mango sago.
trains. trucks. diggers. boats. bicycle. his favorite thing from taronga zoo was the skytrain. loves riding on an airplane. zooming by on bicycles or on his scooter. which is great and makes him a great traveller.
water. loves water play and swimming!
hanging with older kiddies. i think in his brain, he is a much older child. he enjoys talking and playing with older children. always in a rush to grow up.
frozen. bah humbug.
i had in mind to wean him off his bottle the day he turns two. but this bubba had his own plans for us. when he was ill with a stomach bug, he decided that it was the bottle that made him ill. so he weaned himself!! we were super excited because we were expected a long-drawn ugly battle. but he just decided one day, nope, no more. and now takes fresh milk from a cup! woohoo big boy!
ok we need to go to bed NOW! so we can wake up early and fill his room with balloons (as he requested!).
our dear little baby, bundled in your sleepsack! we love you endlessly and like every night after we put you to sleep, can't wait to see you again tomorrow morning!! its going to be such a special year, my child. and we love you so so very much!
mama, papa and muuskin!