Jonah at Two and Half Years Old

Two and a half years old? How can that be? Gosh, it seems like Jonah was born just yesterday. Yes, I now how cliche that sounds – but it doesn’t make it any less true! The tiny baby that when first born could barely fill out his newborn-sized clothes is suddenly growing into this amazing littleΒ boyΒ – and it’s completely catching me off guard. I’ll round the corner coming into the living room and literally stop in my tracks at the sight of him. I do it almost daily. Time is every mother’s enemy, it seems.

Jonah at Two and Half Years Old

The day after school let out for the summer, Kevin and I took Jonah outside in the field behind our house for a quick photo session. I had an idea that I wanted to put to life, and it turned out almost exactly as I had hoped; maybe even a little bit better. It took a lot patience, and the merging of two photographs, but here is the end result:

Touch the Moon Photo | Jonah at Two and Half Years Old

He was so excited to climb that ladder you guys. So. Excited. And although Daddy was just a few inches away, (thank you Photoshop) his independence just radiates in this picture. It actually makes me a little teary-eyed.

At two and a half years old, Jonah is learning something new everyday. His vocabulary has grown exponentially. In fact, I used to keep a little spreadsheet of all the words he could say. Now? I can’t even keep up! He can have full-out conversations with you, which totally blows my mind. I love it though! It’s so fun to see his personality shining through! Like a typical toddler, he has some trouble with sounds. Certain things baffle me, though, like his ability to say the word “pool” exactly as it is supposed to sound, but he still says “dee” for please. I’m going to be so sad when he starts saying words correctly! I need to sit down and record him talking over these next few weeks, just so we get it on tape to look back on and laugh in years to come. This list is obviously not complete, but here are a few of the words Jonah currently says “his” way:

  • cankems (pancakes)
  • Cah-Cah (Luca)
  • essie (horsie)
  • how (house)
  • acter (tractor)
  • joo (juice)
  • pems (pants)
  • dween (drink)
  • sowler (flower)
  • wah-nin (wagon)
  • keen (clean)
  • eye-saur (dinosaur)
  • bye-he-cool (bicycle)
  • sire-trut (firetruck)

He is still in size 5 diapers, with lots of room to grow – but hopefully, we’ll be saying goodbye to his “eppers” (diapers) soon! Clothing sizes certainly vary, but for the most part he is in 3T shirts (for length) and 2T pants, which are still slightly big on him. The swim trunks I bought him for the summer are only a size 18 months and they fit perfectly even with a swim diaper underneath! As far as shoes go, he’s pretty solidly in size 8s, but some size 7s still fit him. It totally depends on the shoe! Jonah is very tall, and very lean. I almost think that Luca is going to pass him by in the not-so-distant future!

Jonah at Two and Half Years Old

His food tastes honestly haven’t changed all that much. He still can’t get enough of his fruits, cheeses, and yogurts. Bananas are his fruit of choice, followed closely by grapes, watermelon, apples, and the occasional handful of blueberries or strawberries. We’ve been buying the Chobani Kids Greek yogurt, and he loves the grape and watermelon flavors of that brand. His drink choices are typically either water or milk, but we do sometimes let him have some (extremely) watered down juice, and the occasional glass of chocolate milk. We buy Motts for Tots because it is already diluted, and then we dilute it even more! He also loves corn, green beans, and peppers! Some of his favorite things to eat for dinner are pasta, quesadillas and salsa, fish, mashed potatoes, pizza, grilled cheese, and he loves all kinds of soups. He downs a bowl of beef stew like no one’s business!

Jonah sleeps really well – aside from the fact that he isn’t in his own bed. We definitely need to work on that, but for now, we’re safely bed sharing – so it’s a win-win. Now that are off for the summer, we’re going to start working on getting Jonah to sleep in his own bed. He will take a nap almost every day around 1:00 or 2:00, depending on what time he woke up that morning. Some days it’s a struggle, but most days he goes down pretty quickly.

As far as personality goes, Jonah sure has a big one! 80% of the time, he truly is a happy, smiley, loving little boy. He is very affectionate and loves to please. He loves to curl up on your lap and read a book, smother you with kisses, and help out with absolutely everything. He watches every move we make, and always exclaims, “Ah-nah do it, too!” We almost always try to incorporate him into everything we do around the house, because he loves to help! He helps us with laundry, cleaning the floors, dusting, loading and unloading the dishwasher, and anything else he sees us doing! Now, if we could just get him to pick up his toys – we’d be golden. Hah!

Jonah at Two and  Half Years Old

On the flip side, he does have some behaviors that I suppose many toddlers have, but they are the things we are trying to work on and improve. For example, he is extremely impatient and throws a fit if you don’t respond to something he says or asks two seconds after he says or asks it. We’re definitely working on that one! I’m totally knocking on wood as I type this, but he really has never been much of a biter or hitter – and we’re so thankful for that. Obviously that could change in the blink of an eye, but so far so good. He also hates the word “no” and sometimes will throw some sort of tantrum whenever he is told not to do something – for example, being rough with his little brother.

Jonah at Two and a Half Years Old

Speaking of little brother, Jonah is actually really good good with Luca. It is such a blessing to watch them grow up together. I thank God every day for blessing us with these two miracles! Jonah is very affectionate with him, and loves to snuggle on him, give kisses, and give him huge hugs. Sometimes, it’s a little too much, and I have to intervene – but for the most part, he’s really great with him! He sometimes has issues in sharing his toys with him, but we can almost always convince him to share. Now that Luca has started to crawl, I’m sure things will be getting much more interesting around here!

Jonah’s fine and gross motor skills are very refined for his age. His fine motor skills have always impressed me – he has been able to do things, like moving or manipulating small objects with precision, since he was about 12 months old. It’s always stood out to me for some reason! He also loves to run, jump, climb, and even tumble. He definitely has no fear, and sometimes it scares me that he is so daring!

One last thing I can add to this update is Jonah’s love for music and dance. He is constantly moving to the beat, clapping his hands, singing, or wanting to be sung to. I love that he shares this love of music with us! He loves to play the “tan-o” (piano) and listens intently when Kevin or I sit down to play. Finger plays, chants, rhymes, and songs with motions are some of his favorite things to do!

No matter how fast our little boy grows, he will always be our baby – our first-born. We love you to the moon, sweet Jonah.

31 thoughts on “Jonah at Two and Half Years Old

    1. Thank you so much Laura! I’m so happy you stopped by today! πŸ™‚ I’m glad my two year old isn’t the only one obsessed with climbing things! πŸ™‚

  1. Your photos area adorable. My little niece is 2 and just starting to talk more, it’s so fun to talk to her!
    They do grow up way too fast. It seems like just yesterday that my baby was a toddler, now she’s married!

  2. That photo of him with the moon…beautfiul! I am trying to get my skills up to par so I can be half this good with my kids photos.

    1. Thanks Kita! Keep at it! Is there anything you’d like help with? I’d love to start a Photography series on my blog, but I’m at a loss on where to start and what to include! πŸ™‚

  3. He is adorable!! I love how it looks like he is grabbing for the moon from the ladder. It is so much fun to see how kids grow up and mature over the years especially when they become a older sibling.

  4. Awwww how cute! Absolutely adorable and precious! Loved the one where he is reaching for the moon! Super adorable and would look amazing framed, its a work of art! It’s amazing how fast they grow up isn’t it! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  5. Wow these photos are unbelievable! I love the ladder picture the best. That is some serious talent, and now I want to do that with my girls. I love that you’ve documented how he speaks. One day he will love reading that!

  6. I so wish I had done something like this when my kids were little. You’ll enjoy reading these as years go by. One of my kids just graduated high school. Time flies by so quickly.

    1. Dina, I love looking back on all the updates up until now – I can imagine it will be a great memory to look back on as he grows each year! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by today!

  7. Those are some great photos of Jonah. He’s so very adorable. I love seeing precious photos like this. That’s great that he likes fruits. Wish my kids would eat more fruits.

  8. This is the most precious capture of a sweet boys life I have ever seen. What a beautiful tribute to love. I loved the images but most of all the the love captured. Amazing writing. I enjoyed very much πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Laura! πŸ™‚ I really enjoy photography, and love that I can use it in documenting our childrens’ lives! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Breanna, aren’t kids our biggest blessings? I couldn’t stop saying “awwww” as I read your post. Look at Jonnah and Luca, they are all so adorable. Thank you for sharing their marvelous pictures with us. You are a very talented photographer, but the real talent here is the little boy. πŸ˜‰

    I agree with you; sometimes I wish I could freeze time and just marvel at our kids. They grow big too fast! I have a girl just 2 months older than Jonah. She is definitely a big girl now. It is amazing how similar they are, their personalities and all.

    Thanks again for sharing with us!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Anita! How neat that you have a little girl around the same age. Isn’t it a great age? There are definitely challenges, but I love it πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by!

  10. These photos are just precious!!! I love the one where he’s touching the moon from the ladder. Oh gosh! My son is two and I literally cried and had a bit of a fit about it all. Cliche or not, it really does fly by! It makes me happy that he’s so good with his little brother because I always worry what mine would be like if we added another kid to the mix. This makes me feel like there’s hope! Great post and beautiful family!

  11. I love your photography! I just love how you captured the essence and youthfulness of your tot! His smile is so contagious I am smiling just looking at them!

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