Last year, you needed some help blowing out the candle on a cupcake version of your birthday cake. This year, I knew you would be able to blow out the candles. You even tried blowing out Robin’s birthday candles a few months ago. So on your second birthday in Japan, when you were first presented with a cake and candles I was very excited to see you blow out your candles. You were about to blow, but then Opa, wanting to help you, did it for you. I shrieked “no” and insisted the candles be lit again to let you have a go, and you did it! We all clapped and cheered, and so did you.
You turned two when we were in Japan, and we celebrated by going to the Anpanman Museum with Opa, Oma, and your great aunt Akiko. We even got to take a photo with Anpanman himself, so it was a pretty memorable second birthday with your Japanesies. Your first birthday we had a little party, slightly dinosaur themed, at home in the UK and we celebrated with your Dutchies and aunt Yasmin. This year, I also wanted to throw you a birthday party. This time a party for you and your little friends. Continue reading
OMG, you’re two years old! You are speaking so much. You sing. You copy. You lead. It just amazes us. Thank goodness for videos, so we can capture your cute voice, words, and actions that way. Keeping track here on the blog with words and photos has become impossible. Your first year, I blogged weekly. Your second year, I blogged monthly. Your third year, I plan to blog quarterly. Still, I’m taking photos and videos of you daily.
The biggest change over this past month was probably your eating. About two weeks into your 23rd month of life you’ve started eating, loads. You’ve never been a picky eater, but you’ve just never eaten a lot, or even a regular amount. I never worry about your eating because you also breastfeed, but it is fun to now see you eat larger amounts and really enjoy it. You also love your vitamins and you seem to think it is treat. You’ve cut down on breastfeeds during the day, as your belly is full of food these days. It’s making me wonder when you’ll start weaning yourself off of the breast. We’ve almost made it to the recommended 2 years of breastfeeding, after that it is up to you how long we keep going.
Your development has taken quite the leap this past month, it has truly blown our minds. I can’t really keep track anymore of all the words you’re saying in your three languages. You’re so clearly communicating with us now, both verbally and with gestures. It is getting so much easier for you to make yourself understood. It feels so good to see you develop so quickly and to interact with you on this new level.
Oh my gosh, all the kisses! And your kisses are proper kisses now, complete with pouty kissy lips and loud smack noises. You like to send them across the room, over FaceTime and most of all you like to plant real kisses on our lips. They’re the best kisses in the world and they make us so happy.
You’re not exactly 20 months yet until Christmas Day, but since we’re traveling to the Netherlands tomorrow I’m a few days early this month. You haven’t gained any weight in the past two months, but you have grown 2.5 cm. A new molar is coming through on the bottom left. You love pears, and still love bananas. Your hair is getting pretty long, especially in the back. I don’t know how long you’ve been doing it by now, as I haven’t blogged about it before, but you like to pull and twist on your hair for comfort. Especially when you’re nursing (which is much better than you pulling my hair, since that’s painful), but I’ve seen you do it while watching TV as well. I also often see it as a sign that you’re getting tired. Just like that sweaty crown around your head that appears when you get sleepy.