The Boy is growing so fast. He has already outgrown two of his 24-month sleepers (Carter’s apparently runs smaller than Children’s Place) and is likely due for a new pair of shoes very soon. I weighed him the other day and beamed with pride when I saw the scale read 28 pounds. No wonder I can’t carry him for very long!
He has a lot of toys and cycles through all of them each week, but he certainly has favorites. A day doesn’t go by without his Thomas the Tank Engine set getting set up for play. Thomas and Friends has also replaced Yo Gabba Gabba! as part of the nighttime ritual, though Yo Gabba Gabba! is still an important part of our play routine (and Brobee, Muno, and Toodee sleep in his crib every night).
The Boy is very good about picking up after himself. Well, inasmuch as one can expect an almost-two-year-old to do, anyway. He puts away his toys, puts dirty clothes in the hamper, puts away his shoes, and is generally very helpful. I read somewhere that children are, by nature, very helpful, and I’ve found that to be true with The Boy. We all cheer and praise him when he cleans up after himself, so I’m not that surprised that he applauds me when I sweep cracker crumbs up off the floor.
We still have some problems with food sensitivities, particularly dairy, but it’s nothing that can’t be controlled with bit of vigilance. I send him to school each week with a list of foods he is not to have and map out, according to the published menu, what foods will need substitutions. It’s worked out well for everyone, and The Boy is clearly thriving without milk or cheese.
It’s really little wonder that he is growing as quickly as he is. He typically sleeps 11-13 hours a night and takes a 2-hour nap most days. He also eats quite a bit and has been known to eat multiple bananas in one sitting. His vocabulary grows a bit larger each day, though he can understand us far better than we understand him, and his curiosity is limitless. It’s often difficult to answer his questions with words he can understand, but this interest in how the world works is so nice to see!