Friday, May 18, 2012

Marshall Ford, 2 Years

I've put off writing this post for a few weeks, mostly because I'm not fully ready to accept that Marshall is now TWO YEARS OLD. Also because I wanted to wait until after his 2 year check up to get his stats. He's 25.6 pounds and 33.5 inches. Both are the 30ith percentile. So he's small, but not super small:)

His birthday was Thursday, May 3rd and we had a party for him the Saturday after (I'll do a seperate post on that one). On his birthday I took off early from work, left Miller with the Nanny, and picked up Mars for some special Mommy and Me time. I thought he'd appreciate having my undivided attention, but he cried and demanded "Babyyyyyyyyyy Millaaaaaaaaaa" the entire drive from Templeton to San Luis. I guess he really loves that little baby after all!

We parked probably eight blocks from the SLO Children's Museum and I asked him if he'd like to walk or ride in the Ergo on my back. He decided to walk and held my hand the entire way stopping to chat about the cars and bikes we passed along the way.

On the one hand it seems like he was just born, and then on the other hand he already seems like such a little man! He talks SO well. It’s incredible to be able to openly communicate with such a tiny individual. He will tell us what he's feeling and if he's grumpy, happy, sad, sleepy and mad. He'll tell us what OTHER people are feeling "baby Milla's crying? He's sad. Awe it's okay. Can I hold him?"

Sometimes I take it for granted but because I'm used to it but he really is a chatterbox. Its just amazing what he knows and observes and how well he's able to articulate his wants and needs to us. He forms 7-9 word sentences and frequently links 2 or 3 together. "Mama, lets go downstairs and get a snack? I eat the blueberries? Come on!" or "Lets go outside and ride in daddy's truck? Marshall drive it? Go driving?"

His high pitched little voice is adorable. He says/asks almost everything as a question and will repeat it over and over until we say it too. He knows all of his colors including brown, pink, silver and "rainbow." He counts to 20 (always missing 16), and can recognize and say most of his ABC's (which he calls "ABD's").


He knows all of the animals (including things like llamas, octopus, whale, hedgehog etc) and what sound most of them make. He knows the difference (and will correct me!) between bulldozers, backhoes, excavators, and skip loaders.

For the most part he's still rocking in the sleep department. Besides still napping for about 3 hours a day (taking either one long nap or two shorter ones), he usually sleeps around 10 or 11 hours at night. He goes in his room around 7 or 7:30, we'll read a book or two, then he'll play for 15 minutes or so before getting in bed and sleeping until sometime between 5 and 6am. He now will request which book he wants to hear and its almost always one of these:

Goodnight Cowboy

llama llama red pajama
Snuggle Puppy

He loooooves reading and being read to. His other favorites right now are Little Boy, Little Blue Truck, anything with tractors or brothers.

His favorite thing to is go outside which he starts asking for the second his feet hit the floor in the morning. He likes to dig, water the plants, move rocks, play with the dogs, cats, hose, sidewalk chalk... just anything as long as its outdoors.

He loves his play kitchen (and the one at the museum which is the same only red) and talks about the oven being hot and the fridge being cold. He likes to bake things like onions and strawberries together so he might not grow up to be a chef...

He is obsessed with "friends" right now, even though he doesn't totally understand what they are. He gets really excited when I tell him we're going to see friends and sometimes asks "can we go find some friends mama?"

For months now he has been able to operate my iPhone. He can unlock it, find, open, and play the app he wants, or go into the camera roll find and play videos of himself. He can also open the DVD player, put in a movie, and play it, add soap to the washing machine (with a little help), and select the right buttons to turn it on. Same with the dishwasher.

I don't want to say that he's in the "terrible two's" because we try to not label him like that but he certainly has become more... opinionated... lately. I try to remind myself that his little toddler "tantrums" are just him learning about his feelings and emotions, actions and consequences, and what he has and doesn't have control over. 

He loves sitting in the car or truck and driving and always offers to be the one to drive when we're getting in the car to go somewhere:) After we were done at the Museum on his birthday I let him sit in the driver's seat and "drive" until he was done. 45 minutes. Crazy boy!

He's also really into pretending. He'll pretend he's driving to Grammy's house, pretend to feed the dogs, talk to pretend people on the phone, sit in a laundry basket and pretend its a boat, go sit in a chair and pretend its a tractor, or pretend like his food is dirt and his fork is a tractor.

He loves Miller SO MUCH. He talks about him the second his feet hit the floor in the morning and gives him a hundred kisses a day.He loves laying with him on the floor and handing him toys over and over. I have to really watch them because Marshall is always trying to "share" food and drinks.

Also he wants to sit on him. I say "no riding baby Miller!" probably 7 times a day.

Luckily Miller is a good sport about all the "love" that is lavished on him.

Happy birthday Marshall Ford, we love you! 

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