When I first started the draft for this post I had the following written out:
Graham is staying so many words now you can practically have a conversation with him. The three word sentences fly out of his mouth and he parrots back a few words from every sentence you say to him. “Let’s pick out some books to put in your bed for nap time.” Becomes “stack of books” and “moo moo, peekaboo”(the title of one of their books).
Oh man how long ago that seems now! Graham is now a full on talker and easily has conversations with you.
Here’s a look at his pictures from his two year birthday.
And then at almost three.
Graham continues to be very social and loves making eye contact and saying hi to people when we’re out and about. At almost three he’s starting to become a little comic too. He’ll say things with a big grin on his face and watch for what your reaction will be.
We talked about what an April Fool’s Day joke was because it was the subject of a Caillou episode. A few weeks later I was in the boys’ bedroom getting them out from their cribs. I said “Good Morning it’s time to get up.” and Graham immediate flopped back down, laid on his back and said “NO Mommy it’s still time for sleeping!”. I smiled and asked Miles if he wanted to get out of bed first. Graham immediately popped back up and said “April Foooools!” It was unprompted and so funny. I laughed out loud and Graham clapped his hands together and giggled. It’s amazing to see him using concepts in the correct situations.
Graham is my snuggly guy. Neither of them will hug you for long or snuggle very much but if I’m going to get snuggly affection it’s definitely from Graham. Graham doesn’t have any toys or objects he’s particularly attached to except his loveys. Grandma keeps our fleece blanket supply fresh with a new batch a couple times a year. Graham will shove one into his mouth when he sleeps and in the morning loves to drag the basket of loveys down to the couch and will proceed to put one in his mouth until it’s soaked from being sucked on, then he tosses it to the floor and starts on the next one.
Graham is impulsive and will grab at anything he wants and doesn’t stay at the dinner table for long. We’re still doing naughty step and he’ll end up on it a few times a week. Usually for hitting or not listening to what Mommy or Daddy are asking him to do. He keeps my anger in check because in the moments when I get angry and start yelling he’ll usually yell right back at me with what ever I’m saying. Like if I’m shouting “No, Graham NO!” he’ll whip around, put his little hand up and shout “No, Mommy NO!” I often find myself stopped in my tracks being reminded that yelling isn’t a very effective discipline tool. But he’s quick with the hugs and kisses afterwards, it’s hard to stay upset for long.
Graham is ALL about numbers and letters. If a book is based on the alphabet it quickly becomes his new favorite. The number song from the Leap Frog Numberland show continues to be in rotation of songs he’ll sing without prompting. You can often hear him falling asleep upstairs, humming a tune or reading books to himself.
Graham is a good sleeper and takes a long nap daily. He’s a big eater when you can figure out what he actually wants to eat and if you’re offering a snack then he’s hungry! His favorite snacks are raisins and craisins, he’ll eat almost any fruit you put in front of him and usually finishes his serving and wants more.
I’m excited to see what his age three growth stats will be, he’s a very tall guy and easily matches height with kids six months older than him.
If you have stories of either Graham or Miles please send them to me, I’d love to capture more about what they’re like at two so I can put it in their memory book.