Well, it’s that time. Another Jackson update. Because he’s two. TWO!
Ugh. Stop growing kid.
I can’t even believe I’ve been writing these little updates for two entire years now. If you want to catch up on Jackson’s growth from the very beginning (and see all of the adorable photos) you can click here. Or, if you really want to get crazy, you can see all of my bump updates from when I was pregnant with him here.
Stats: At his two-year well check this week, Jackson weighed 28 pounds (64th percentile), and he’s 34 inches tall (28th percentile). His head is 20 inches, which puts him above the 95th percentile…no surprise there.
Clothing size: He’s definitely slowed down a bit on his growing and he’s still in 2T clothing. He has my long torso, so some of his shirts are getting a bit short, depending on the brand, but most of his 2T pants are still falling off of him! Clothes have gotten more and more fun as he’s gotten into the toddler sizes, and I enjoy shopping for him entirely too much.
Sleep: I, once again, have to say that we have a champion sleeper. At home he naps from 12:30 to about 3:00 (less at daycare), and at night he sleeps from 6:30 until about 7:00 (sometimes earlier, rarely later). He recently ditched his sleep sack and he now insists on sleeping with three different blankets (one Aden + Anais lovey, one Aden + Anais swaddle, and one blanket my grandmother knitted for him), and three stuffed animals (two that were mine when I was younger and one Cookie Monster that he got for Christmas). He’s still using his pacifier to sleep, and as long as we’re done with it by the time he’s three, I’ll be happy.
Eating: Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn’t. He loves peanut butter crackers, fruit snacks, and goldfish. You know, toddler food. He loathes anything vegetable-related unless it comes in a pouch. He’s gotten pretty bad about refusing to eat meat, and there are definitely days where he eats nothing but fruit, carbs, and cheese. I can’t blame him, I’d do the same if I could. He talks about pizza all the time and would be happy to eat it on a daily basis. Oh, and cookies.
Milestones: Talking. Oh, the talking! He sometimes surprises strangers with how chatty he is, and he’s consistently speaking in sentences. He knows what he wants, and he knows how to communicate it! He’s turned into a rambunctious, silly toddler and he loves to jump, throw things, and sing songs. He’s constantly surprising us and making us laugh with his antics, and I feel like he does something new every day.
Things we want to remember: I never want to forget the way he says “hold you, mommy” when he wants me to pick him up, or how he rests his head on my shoulder and wraps his arm around my neck when he’s tired. I never want to forget how almost every time he has a snack he tries to shove the whole thing in his mouth and shouts “om nom nom, Cookie Monster!” I never want to forget the sound of his sweet little voice singing Jingle Bells, Slippery Fish, and The Itsy Bitsy Spider (oh, and I can add “Let it Go” to that list since I recently introduced him to Frozen and we have watched it no less than 7 zillion times).
Special outings or adventures: We went on his first giant adventure this summer when we went on a cruise! He started a new class at daycare this year and handled the transition like a pro, and he experienced a lot of Christmas-y firsts this year (like going to look at lights, making gingerbread houses, and eating Christmas cookies). We have taken a few trips to visit friends in other cities over the last few months, we’ve taken weekly trips to the library, and we’re always looking for new things we can try out around town!
Favorites: He’s obsessed with Elmo, Super Grover, and Cookie Monster. Oh, and (much to my chagrin), he loves Caillou. He’s infatuated with Legos, playing with his new train, and helping me clean the house. He loves dinosaurs, garbage trucks, and monsters. He loves to listen to music, and he loves to go shopping (though he always shouts “no cart, mama!” as soon as I mention anything about going to Target). He is fiercely attached to his blankets, his dogs, and his Papa (my dad).
What we’ve learned: We have learned patience. We have learned the magic of providing choices to toddlers. We have learned many new children’s songs. We have learned how to juggle 17 million things at once, all while keeping a toddler entertained. We have learned that 99% of the time when we’re in the car and trying to have a conversation, Jackson will start shouting “Mama! Mama! Mama!” only to simply say “Hi” when he finally gets my attention. We’ve learned that toddlerhood is equal parts frustrating, exhausting, hilarious, sweet, joyful, and absolutely perfect.