Ayden has grown a full 2 inches in the last 6 months, so is 37 inches tall and falls in at 75% on the growth chart (a full 10% more than at his 2 year well check up!). He weighs 34 lbs and is at 88% on the chart. The doctor didn't seem too concerned at his weight, but did ask if he was eating a balanced diet and asked what type of milk he drinks (2%). She was pleased that they don't drink a lot of juice (only a couple times/week). The thing is, this kid doesn't carry a lot of extra fat on him, but he does feel like a ton of bricks when you pick him up! I guess the best way to describe it is that he's just thick. He has a cousin that is the same way.
Ayden is wearing size 6 diapers. We'll be tackling potty training with him in September. We have a big road trip coming up and we'll be gone for a week. Between moving and that trip, I decided to wait. I don't think potty training is going to be an easy fete with him, so why make it harder by throwing a 12 hour (one way) road trip, where we'll be away from home and Daddy for a full 8 days? We'll wait.
He's in size 3T tops, but is actually starting to wear some 4T. He has a long torso, so he usually ends up outgrowing his shirts length wise. He's wearing size 2T bottoms, but is starting to wear some 3T now too. He's in a size 8 shoe.
Ayden has always been a climber, but he's really starting to become so much more athletic. Just recently he has mastered some of the park playground equipment. He's really quite impressive actually! He used to make me soooo nervous just climbing up the steps on playground structures, but now he's taking on the climbing walls successfully! He's also started climbing trees.
|He's so proud of himself!|
|He was legitimately stuck in this chair!|
Ayden loves to play in water, but he HATES with a passion to get wet from a sprinkler or a shower, sprayed with a hose, or to be splashed. If he's not getting wet on his terms, then he is not a happy camper. We are currently taking swim lessons (parent/tot class). He absolutely loves to go to the pool. He's very good at climbing both in and out of the pool, but is currently not a fan of jumping in (a change from last summer). He's good a blowing bubbles and listening to the fishies (ear in the water), but greatly dislikes having his head under water.
He's also a bug kid. He loves to terrorize ants and beatles by chasing them around and catching them (repeatedly). The poor bugs don't usually survive (I'm not really sad about that). He points out all butterflies, flies, and bees, but doesn't actually really get the difference between them unless he's pointing them out in a book.
|"Look Mommy! A bug!"|
Me: "Ayden, it's time to eat breakfast."
Him: "Of course, Mommy."
Me: "Ayden, let's put your shoes on."
Him: "Of course!"
Me: "It's time to put your cars away."
Him: "Of course."
You get the idea.
He has a very soft voice and doesn't talk very loud at all. He's quite a little cuddle bug and loves to be held and hugged. He is most definitely a momma's boy, which can be very difficult sometimes. Hard on me, because I sometimes never get a break. Hard on daddy, because he wants to be able to comfort him too. Ayden loves his daddy and will snuggle up with him sometimes, but if he's in a mood at all, I'm the only person he wants.
Speaking of moods.... That is our biggest struggle with Ayden. He whines. He whines a lot. A LOT!!!! There are days that he spends the majority of the time whining/crying/screaming about something or other for hours. He is not very good at not getting his way. If he can't play with something he wants (such as another kid's bike/ball/toy), he throws a major temper tantrum. We have to make sure he doesn't get too hungry ever, because that's when it gets really bad. And if he's tired AND hungry, oh milanta. It's exhausting and it's my biggest struggle as a mother to keep my patience. I know people could say it's a normal 2 year old thing, but he takes it beyond that normal range. We are hoping it's a phase. (Please let it be a phase!) We are hoping that as he continues to learn how to talk, that the whining will subside. We constantly try to encourage him to use his words rather than the whining/crying.
Okay, more favorites. Ayden loves Nemo and Dory, anything with Mickey Mouse and friends, and Buzz and Woody from Toy Story. His favorite book is Llama Llama Hoppity Hop and What a Wonderful World. He likes the first because it's action based (jumping, stretching, clapping, etc.) and the second because I sing it to them (and so far they don't hate my singing voice, haha!). Ayden also really loves hanging out at his grandparent's farm, where they get to see a pig named Peppa, a horse, and several cows. They love to explore the property, ride on the tractors, and ride the zip line their Grandpa rigged up.
|Ayden, the cow whisperer|
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