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 little boy – 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.
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:
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!
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!
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.
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.