Dear Rhys Michael,
How is it that you are already two years old? You are so smart, so grown up, so kind. It boggles my mind how much you already have stored up in your brain, how much you already understand, how much you make connections, how much fun you have exploring and learning.
The past three months, we’ve been living with my parents. You have loved all the attention you’ve gotten from your aunts and your grandparents. Grandma is definitely your biggest advocate. We attended Aunt Maddie’s wedding, Momma got pregnant, Daddy lost a job, and we found a new job in Texas and will be moving there in a few weeks. You also went to a water park for the first time and had a blast. We were so happy that you liked playing in your water wings.
Height: not sure
Weight: 28.5 lbs
Hair: super blonde and super fine
Teeth: 16 (you have all your teeth except for your 2 year old molars)
Sleeping: You love having your bottle at 7 with Grandma, rocking and reading train books. You go to bed at 7:30 and we think you have started your 24 month regression the past two weeks. But, besides that, you go down without a hitch. You wake up anywhere between 6:30-7:30. But, on weekends, when Grandpa doesn’t have to get up early for work (we hear his footsteps above us in the kitchen), you sometimes sleep in until 8! Naptime is right after lunch, around 12:30. We let you sleep on the couch and watch a bit of TV until you fall asleep. You nap until around 2:30.
Eating: You have three square meals a day. You love cereal for breakfast–whenever we put fruit in it, you’ll always pick the fruit out first before using your spoon for the rest. You’ll eat any type of lunch meat for lunch, (or tuna), or soup. We make you eat what we are having for dinner, but sometimes Grandma overrules and just gives you cheerios if you resist. You also have two snacks during the day. You have a pretty good appetite. You also have quite the sweet tooth, but we limit your sweets.
Favorite Foods: strawberries, fruit snacks, oreos, chips, cashews
– bath time, especially if Grandma is giving it in the sink
– playing outside, especially with the watering cans/guns and the sprinklers
– Uncle Dallin
– playing with cars (especially ramming them into each other)
– Toy Story 2&3 and Monsters University
– PAW Patrol, Lion Guard, PJ Masks, Team Umizoomi, Blaze and the Monster Machines
– fire trucks, construction, planes
– bed time
– going to time-out
– being told no more going outside
– going to the doctor’s
– when you don’t get your way
Words and Communication:
– ASL signs: more, thank you, please, sorry, help
– all the animal noises
– Momma, Daddy, Eehs (Rhys)
– Nana (grandma), Bapa (grandpa)
– Tuga (Tucker), Neenee (Winnie) my parent’s dogs
– Mmh-ma (Amen)
– chug chug choo(train)
– no, yah, uh (on, off, up)
– hi, uh-oh
– I luyu (I love you)
– GO! (your current favorite)
– boo (blue)
You are learning other words, but they are only clear and intentional once in a blue moon. However, you are very good at communicating your thoughts, opinions, and wants.
Learning and Recognition:
– You recognize and can point to all the parts of your body.
– You can make animal noises correctly for: cows, sheep, horse, chicken, duck, dog, cat, elephant, snake, lizard, fish, rooster, lion, dinosaur, wolf, owl, duck, pig, bird, and dragon.
– You can sort into colors and shapes.
– You know Itsy Bitsy Spider, Patty-Cake, Ring Around the Roses, Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam, and If You’re Happy and You Know It, as well as the hand-motions that go with each.
– You can show 1, 3, and 5 on your fingers.
– You recognize what letters are and when you see them, you point to them and say “A, E, A, E, A, E”.
Other: You are such a big, helpful boy. You love helping around the house. If someone is doing a chore, you want to do it, too. You love playing with the dogs and pretending to be one yourself. You love playing with anyone. You have definitely decided that hiding is the funniest thing in the world. You have become quite aware of when you fill your diaper, so we’ve bought a little training potty for you. You like sitting on it, but you’ve only peed in it once. We aren’t really trying to potty-train you just yet, but we are definitely getting you introduced to the concept. Sometimes you will intentionally disobey because you think it is funny–like if I ask you to look at me, you’ll close your eyes and smile. Farting and burping is funny to you.
I can’t believe you are already two, but it seems like you have been with us forever. You are such a flexible little boy and you always make us so very happy. We are so excited for you to be a big brother–we know you just smother your little sibling with love. You try my patience sometimes, but you definitely are a wonderful teacher about patience. This is my favorite stage right now. I love seeing you explore the world, it’s one of the best things about being a mom. I am so happy you are growing up…just don’t give up cuddling with me!
Momma and Daddy