2yrs 4mos and 3dys

Today Alex is 28 months and three days old.  It is really hard to believe. The last 19 months have just flown by. When he first came to us he was essentially still a baby, but now we have a boy.  It’s just like the song says, “Don’t Blink” because you will miss out on so much!

Here are a few stats on our little guy.

Stats
Alex is just under 36 inches tall and 30lbs. Not sure how that ranks on the percentile charts, but our doctor has never been concerned about his growth, so neither have we.  He is wearing 2T pants and 3T shirts. His shoes are size 7 and sometimes an 8.

Vocab
As I’ve mentioned before, Alex, while he does have his words that he likes to say all the time, he does not have a lot of words. It seems like he won’t say a word until he knows for sure he can pronounce it. As far as comprehension – amazing. Alex knows what we are talking about all the time, and he has an amazing memory. For instance, when in Boston, the day after the whole Puppy being lost saga, we were walking across the street from where we found Puppy when all of a sudden, Alex started pointing at the barricades, saying “Puppy, Puppy”. He’s just amazing.

Here is a list of Alex’s “words” (this is more just for my sake to remember what stage he was at at 28 mos):
puppy, momma, mom, mommy, dada, daddy, dad, pappa, Pat (Matt’s mom), nana (my mom), nana (banana), wawa (water), berry, pool, what, bye, hi, where is ____, food, vrrooommm (train), boat, fish, mine, hoho (Santa), I want ____, bubble, baba, I see, up, walk, yeah, please, bath, wet, hot, cold, apple, berry, broke, stay, Ma (Mason).  Oh yeah… he can say No. He says that a lot. And as of today “Hi Buddy”. I’m sure I’m missing some.

Alex hasn’t had a lot of interest in making animal sounds even though we try to teach him all the time.  He now does neigh, baaa, moo, arf, mew, sssssss, roar, and a funny face for fish.

Teeth
We see this a lot.

Why? Alex’s bottom 2 yr left molar is through! The bottom right is starting to appear as well.  Honestly it hasn’t been as bad as I expected.  The first few days were tough, but some teething drops helped and now the only hint that something going on is Alex biting on his finger.

Potty
For the last few months we have had a potty in the house, and have attempted to get Alex to use it. He has peed on the potty once. But really doesn’t have a whole lot of interest… until now. He has been watching the DVD Elmo uses the Potty and LOVES it! Now he cries if the potty seat isn’t on the toilet. If only he would do something when he sat on the potty. But for now we are just happy that he is getting more comfortable with the seat.  Puppy quite often sits on the floor potty which is pretty cute.

Activity
This boy loves to run, to dance, to sing, to play in the water, to play with trains, cars, the sand box… the list goes on. One fun thing we did this summer was set up the slip n’ slide we bought last year and Alex used it as a bit of a road and would drive his tucks up and down the plastic – with the water running. It was a great way for him to keep cool.  

Alex also loves tv. I’m sure he watches too much… He loves Curious George, Caillou, Chuggington for cartoons on TV. Otherwise he loves to watch DVDs such as Tractor Tom (over and over if the has the choice), Elmo, and Elf. Yes, Elf the Christmas show. I’m sure he has watched a bit of that movie every day this summer. He LOVES it! He loves HoHo… aka Santa. I guess it is ok, there are only 110 days to Christmas after all and the Sears wish book is now officially out.

Socially
Alex loves to play with other children, but he is pretty shy at the beginning.  But once he warms up, he really enjoys himslef. He loves to say Hi to people and wave. But he does keep close to Matt or I when in new locations, which I am so thankful for.   At least I don’t have to get one of those backpack leashes just yet. 

Bottles
We have successfully weened Alex from his morning bottle! Back at the end of July I said enough with this and just gave him his morning milk in a cup. He didn’t like it, but eventually drank it.  The next day, I gave him his milk in a cup, again he didn’t like it, but drank the milk.  Now it is not an issue.  Yeah!!

Sleep
Through the summer we had a rough batch of sleep.  Every night, Alex would wake up around 2am and since Matt and I were so tired, we would bring him into our bed where he would sleep until 7:15.  Alex would also sleep for less than an hour each afternoon. We figured it was due to us going to the cottage and Boston, which obviously messed up his sleep schedule. But the last week of August was a lot better. We have had uninterrupted nights sleep and 2 hour naps. Let’s hope this trend continues…

Alex is still in his crib and rarely climbs out – maybe once per month. We are planning on switching him to a single bed this Fall.  I’m really not ready for that change – it means Alex really isn’t a baby any more…. I know – get over it! Alex’s crib does convert to a double bed, but we are going to use that for a guest room bed.  I must admit I’m looking forward to decorating Alex’s big boy room! I have purchased a couple of prints already (although I can’t find one… ) and have his new bedding picked out.  Now we just need to get the single bed.

So that is where Alex is right now. The twos, while they have had their not so pretty moments (we have plenty of meltdowns and tantrums), they have been really great so far. We can see Alex’s personality coming through and even though I don’t want him to grow up, it is amazing to watch him transform into an amazing little boy.  I can’t wait to see what comes next!

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18 responses

  1. What a great summary! I love getting to know Alex through your eyes. Loved the watermelon photo!! Be prepared for nap time to dwindle down or possibly disappear over the next year. Don’t panic though, some kids give it up at two while others still nap at three. The good news is that sleep goes smoother and typically longer at night once napping is done 🙂

  2. OK – I *love* that last shot! EEK!

    Now that I’ve met Alex, I love reading your updates even more! Especially now that he is doing so many amazing things…

    I love that he recognized the barricades where you found Puppy. There’s a lot of other things I love, but that might be my fave… that and sleep!

  3. So fun to read all that Alex is up to! He seems like such a fun little guy. I am lovin’ what you did with the slip ‘n slide! What a cool idea! ( and I really need to do a longer update post on Noah before a year goes by and I forget all that he is doing at this age. ) 🙂

  4. Great update on Alex! He sounds like a sweet boy, and I love that he remembered where Puppy was found. That last picture is great–so cute!

  5. Our little guys are so similar. I think Jaden is exactly the same height and weight as Alex. He also has the same reaction to the potty. We are also going to do the crib transition this fall and I am NOT looking forward to it. Alex is such a cutie and sounds like he is a perfect 28 month old!

  6. Great update! It’s so hard to think that we don’t have our babies, but little boys now!

    ps – we are going to be in London for X’s echocardiogram on the 6th at 2:15. Are you working that day? Do you want to meet up afterward?

  7. That is one CUTE boy! I love the last photo, too, and it really is amazing what they pick up on, the “Puppy” story totally speaks to how bright he is. And my little guy is also shy at first, too, but once he gets going, whatch out. I will put Elmo’s potty time on my list!

  8. This was SUCH a great update…it is amazing how quickly these little guys change on us. I know for me…getting rid of the bottle was HUGE. Felt like such a relief. I’m glad sleep is getting a little better again for you. It is such an up and down issue, I swear. I love the shot of Alex sleeping…I don’t have hardly ANY of D sleeping…his room is always pitch dark and Lord knows I won’t take a picture with a flash in there…when he is asleep I’m not going to mess with a good thing.

  9. love that sweet photo of Alex sleeping!

    it sounds like our boys are similar in their speech. C is starting to pick up more, but he’s not really into animal sounds, unless it’s a tiger, lion or dinosaur :).

  10. Yay for the bottle! Yay for better sleep! I hope it continues for you. I love, love the fact that Alex says hi buddy. LOL! Too cute! I think we could easily replace Alex with Lucas in the fingers in the mouth picture. Lots of teething over here too! It is hard to believe how quickly our boys are growing. Can’t wait to see you all again next month!

  11. I got way behind on your blog and am finally catching up. This was a great one to start with! Loved the Alex update. He is growing up, isn’t he? Sigh. Love the photo of him sleeping with puppy – so sweet. And the last photo of him eating watermelon in his diaper – that one just screams summer! Since sleep is totally on my mind these days, I’m very, very happy that your sleep situation is going well recently. Amen!!!

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