Our little man is a walking, talking, singing little boy. It’s crazy that I now say he is “almost 3” when people ask his age.  He is so much fun right now. (I sound like a broken record…)

  • What Happened?  These last few months have been all about “what happened?”, which we discovered is his way of saying “why”.  He’s transitioning slowly to the toddler favorite of the W’s.  Another fun word mixup is “cannot know” which means “I don’t know”, and is a very good response to “what happened?”
  • The Ledge.  Miles has not tipped into full-blown tantrum mode yet, but he has regular emotional meltdowns over tiny things.  Luckily, it still seems pretty easy to talk him down from the ledge.  It helps that he is relatively rational now. (Ha!  I just called a 2-yr-old rational.  Compared to a 10 month old, I suppose he is)  Something that has helped a lot is being empathetic: “Are you sad?” typically stops the waterworks long enough to say yes, and we go from there.
  • Helper.  Miles loves to help (see above evidence).  He will help with baking, packing, laundry, cleaning, shopping, fixing, etc.  Sometimes he is a bit too eager, but it all turns out OK.
  • Big Brother.  Miles is a pretty good big brother.  Times when they are playing together are rare, and he does spend a lot of time moving the toys to higher and higher shelves to avoid Hazel getting involved.  But he does love his sister.  He will call her any name we give her (“baby thing” is a favorite), and loves going into her room to wake her up should the unfortunate situation of waking a sleeping baby be necessary.  Before bed, he does a little “chuckle dance” for Hazel, gives her a big hug, kiss and a gentle.
  • Favorites. He’s expressing likes and dislikes very regularly. Lots of things are currently “my favorite”.  Recent favorites: the color green, Stellaluna, blue rice, and yellow watermelon.  At least we know he’s not color blind.
  • Rider.  Miles learned to ride a tricycle and is getting there with his balance bike.  He zips around the pool on 3 wheels.  He is also taking swimming lessons and getting more and more confident in the water.
  • Stories.  Evenings are full of stories.  Stories about his day, stories from books, and the favorite: stories from when momma was a little guy.  It’s fun for me too, to remember things from when I was small.  I don’t remember too much from being 3, but I can relate stories I’ve heard.  It’s fun to later hear his rendition.
  • Thanks.  We continue our tradition of saying thanks before a meal, Miles singing his blessing, and he has now started adding in his own things to be thankful for.  Recents: swim lessons, kindy, and candy.
  • Temperament.  It’s amazing to me to see how a 2-yr-old can be a small person.  I see characteristics that will likely make up the man he will one day become.  He’s a saver, hoarding candy in his palm and savoring slowly instead of stuffing it in his mouth.  He’s not aggressive (does this make him a pansy?) and will cry or run away from others who are.  If he doesn’t want to jump in the pool, no amount of bribery or cajoling will get him in; forcing him will have unintended consequence of making him even more unwilling.  I’ll be on the look out for more characteristic signs.
  • Logistics.  I almost forgot to write about the mundane aspects of his day, which I think is telling that they are not at the forefront of my mind.  Miles sleeping and eating are going great.  He is diaper free for his waking hours, which works well for all of us.  He’s been well and is loving kindy.