I haven’t really been talking a lot about Oliver lately. Which, you know, he’ll probably thank me for in a few years. Are only babies interesting? Not at all.
I’ve found an excuse to talk about him – he’s officially 2 and a 1/2 today. And, it’s a cliche, but I do like this age the best so far.
It just seems a lot easier lately, than even just a few months ago. What a difference better communication can make to tantrums and freak outs. They seem to be few and far between, lately. I mean, that might change again, but for now, it’s good. You can reason with him. He wants to avoid the timeout/naughty chair (thanks, Supernanny), and he knows when he’s doing something bad. So normally, he’ll stop.
He amazes me every day when he comes out with these grammatically correct full sentences. Especially when he first wakes up in the morning – he just spouts out these carefully constructed observations, with proper tenses, etc. I didn’t expect him to be able to do that! He’s very observant, you can’t put anything past him anymore DAMN IT, and just seems really clever. Yes, I know, the sun shines out my child’s butt – I know EVERYTHING thinks their kid is smart, funny, etc. But for me, he is.
It’s pretty easy to make him smile. Things that make him happy? Juice (watered down, but of course!!), ice cream, hamburgers, Mr. Maker, colouring and painting, cutting up colouring books with his Dora safety scissors, playing outside on our deck, playing at the park (lately, he picks out an older woman – like a 4 or 5 year old, and hangs out with her the whole time – very interesting), visiting the basement with Daddy, airplanes, choo choo trains, animals, and books. He is still a huge book lover. He’s like the only kid at playgroup who will actually sit down and look at the pile of books for a few minutes. He’s still got his full on energy and needs to be active quite a lot, but he’ll always stop for a book. (Clearly, he’s gotten this from me and not from his illiterate father).
I took this video yesterday. It’s not his best work, but it makes me smile.
Hmm, birthdays, even if just a half birthday, require cake, right? Better go make one.