Wednesday, April 20, 2011

24 month (2 YEAR) updates on Lil J

So Lil J is now 2 years old.  The big 24 months is upon us.  Time has certainly flown! 

He is now 35" tall ( 50-75%), weighs 30.8 lbs ( 75-90%), & has a head circumerence of 20"  ( 90-95%).

He is now old enough to do the height predictor calculator, so I did it--just for fun really.  The prediction is that he will be 6 feet tall at the age of 18, but it comments that most boys continue growing slightly more until the age of 21.

I have to say that the 23rd month was VERY interesting.  He is definitely in the midst of the so-called "terrible two's" now, I am dealing with LOTS of temper tantrums on a regular basis now.  But I am just blown away at how well he has learned to communicate his wants & needs at this point.  And I am even more blown away at how much he is comprehending.  I will give an example of this in just a moment.

He is totally obsessed with cars & trains ("choo choos") & trucks & planes these days.  He seems to have forgotten all those flashy noise-making toys, at least most of the time.  Occasionally he will pull one out & play with it, but not very often.  He does still like the alphabet bus one, but that's mostly because it has wheels & looks similar to a train.  He also really enjoys the "wheels on the bus" song that it plays.

He also really enjoys his books now.  He likes to look at them & say the words to what he recognizes in the book.  He can clearly recognize the word "clap", there is no question about it, he can look at just the word & no photos or anything else & will respond by clapping & will sometimes say the word "clap".

I haven't focused a whole lot on colors & numbers yet, but I think I need to start that soon.

As for that example I was going to give: for a while now he likes to turn his cars upside down & then I say "whaaaat?" "cars don't go like THAT!!"  It's just a silly little game that we play & he LOOOVES it so.  So the other day hubby, J, & I were out having lunch & I was telling hubby about the game & how much I enjoy it & how much J enjoys it too.  I can't believe how he laughs when we play this game.  J usually initiates the game himself & he originally started it too, but now sometimes I initiate it too.  So I'm telling hubby about it & suddenly J gets this huge grin on his face & he turns his snack cup upside down & starts LAUGHING, waiting for me to react.  It was clear that he knew exactly what I was saying to hubby, which totally shocked both of us!

This is what we got him for his birthday:
Lil J's birthday present

And here's a pic of his birthday cake I made for him: (sorry it's side-ways, don't know how to fix that on here....)

Yesterday I had to put him on a time-out.  After a time-out I always hold him in my arms & talk about WHY he had to go on a time-out, what he SHOULD have done that would've prevented it, & what he can do NEXT time to prevent it.  And of course I reassure him of how much I love him.  But yesterday was the first time ever he looked up at me & said "I sorry".  It was soooo touching. 

I think that's all the updates I have for now......I am wondering how long I should keep up these monthly J update anyone still interested in reading them?  Input would be appreciated.


Calfkeeper said...

That's a really cute cake, did he recognize what it was?

Funny how they invent their own games isnt' it? Ellen mostly loves word games, rhyming words...etc. She learned most every little kid songs from CDs that I have when she was younger. Now she loves to sing them "wrong;" as in put in the wrong words. We totally mess up a song a couple of times then sing it "right." They say doing stuff like that helps their cognitive development.

It's great he recognizes words already.

I'd say keep up the updates, if not monthly then quarterly. I like reading them, though I don't always comment. But do it more for his sake than anyone else's. Some day he may want to go back and read what you wrote about him. You never know.

Anonymous said...

The first 24 months there's so many changes, so things will change, but probably not so quickly....maybe every 3 months? Or when you notice a big change. This is such a great thing for you to have when he grows up....Our parents didn't have all this technology-digital cameras, blogs, about a memory book!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to Joseph, blessings to all of your family. Imagine 2 years with Joseph,
Thanks be to God because He says in His Word..Psalm 139, Message Bible
"13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother's womb.
I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I'd even lived one day."
Every year is another gift.
Thanks, Diane for sharing Joseph's life with us.

Frau Guten Tag said...

First, my apologies. I was forced to set my blog to comment moderation, BUT I had expected to NOTIFY me when there's a comment awaiting moderation, which it never did for any of these 3 comments.

Rebecca: yes, he did recognize it! He looked at the cake & exclaimed "choo choo!" that made me feel really good; I hope to eventually get better at cake decorating, I think I need to watch videos on youtube or something like that, so far I just keep looking at photos & trying & it's just not working LOL.

Not sure who this comment is from: but thank you for the comment; one thing I had thought of doing while I was still pregnant was to get a 5 year diary or something similar to that (do they still sell the 5 year diaries with the little lock & key??) & that I would just jot a VERY BRIEF entry every single day of his life for the first five years of his life. I never got around to finding a diary & now it's over 2 years into his life so I guess I won't bother now. I sometimes stop to consider that I have the baby book, the journal book, & all these blogs & it's then that I feel like I really didn't need the diary, LOL. I actually doubt he'll ever take the time to read all of this stuff. Although if I ever die while he's still young I'm sure he'll cling to this stuff, it'll be all he has to KNOW his mother.

Jo: Thank you so much.

I'm still undecided as to how often I will do a blog update, but at some point I will continue with it.