My baby is 2 years and 4 months now. He is suddenly so, so, so grown up. He feels like a little friend. A crazy friend, but a good one nonetheless.
I am loving this age. It’s ridiculously cute. I finally feel like we can have proper conversations. Some funny things he’s saying right now:
We are teaching him about Christmas and he’s really getting the hang of it. He loves Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas and calls it “the good one Christmas song”. Requests “Santa Clause is Coming to Town” “Rudolph”, “Two Turtle Doves” (12 Days of Christmas) and “Jingle Bells” and can sing along in some parts. He tells me that “Santa is bringing me a present and daddy a present and mummy a present”. This week he’s told me Santa is bringing him “toys”, “a piece of cake” and “pink”???
“Mummy be right back”- this means go away mum. He says this to me when he is playing with AJ and doesn’t want me there. 😭 This has come from me saying, “I’ll be right back” before I leave a room so he thinks it’s a good way to get rid of me. Kids can be so mean. Lucky he also says “mummy come too” many times a day.
The other day we were looking for his dummy and couldn’t find it. Then 10 minutes later we walked into his bedroom and he saw it and he said “wait a second!” in the funniest voice, like he’d just uncovered a major mystery. It was just hilarious. Now he says it all the time and it cracks me up every single time.
He asked to see his cousin Polly the other day and I said we’d see her at Christmas. Then he said: “Polly Christmas, uncle working (he calls his Aunty Connie “uncle”), Ashton (my brother) asleep, Poppy pick me up (for a cuddle) and Nanoo go to the toilet.” So he just listed out all the things he thinks they do and was quite accurate.
Everyday he tells me which park he wants to go to: pirate park, footy park, beach park, blue park or pencil park. He’ll choose one and then regret he’s not going to another park and say “footy park today, pirate park tomorrow mum”.
He watched a little bit of Peppa Pig and found the snorting hilarious. Now he’s obsessed with what he calls “piggy noses”. He asks me to tell him a bedtime story every night about “piggy nose” and he holds my nose as he goes to sleep. Lately he wants me to tell him a story about piggy nose going to Bunnings (hardware store). He is a strange child.
Augie has inherited my sweet tooth and every bloody day he asks for ice cream, lolly poles (icy poles) and cupcakes. FML. When I let him have a treat, he just wants more and more. So he’s also inherited my lack of boundaries. Poor kid.
The best thing that’s happened lately is Augie has dropped his day nap. I know it sounds horrendous, but it’s actually for the best. He was taking ages to get down for his day nap and then not going to bed till 10.00 pm. It was exhausting. Now he stays awake all day, but he goes to bed by 6.00 pm or 6.30 pm at the latest and sleeps through till about 7.00 am (sometimes a bit earlier). Plus he goes to sleep so easily, instead of the battles we’ve had every night for the past 12 months. It is LIFE CHANGING! I have my evenings to myself for the first time since Augie was born. I needed this so badly.
His confidence has picked up a lot. He’s climbing everything at the park now and a lot less shy around people (unless they interact with him, then he gets shy). He even went on a jumping castle and has been on a few miniature train rides and just loved it. He’s also been confidently running around play centres and doesn’t seem to care if I’m there or not for a lot of the time. The carousel was not a success though… he’d been asking to “ride the horsies” several times when we saw a carousel, we finally went on one and he wouldn’t sit on a horse, we had to sit on a bench seat and he just gripped my hand and said “almost done” over and over.
Well I had no intentions of toilet training Augie right now. I wanted to wait until he was 100% ready so we’d have minimal mess and I also didn’t want to have to ask him a million times a day if he needed to do a wee. But then he decided to start removing all his clothes and nappy every afternoon so I had to give him a potty to use. The first two days he seemed to not give a shit and just pissed on the floor. 🤦🏻♀️ Then after two days it seemed to come together and he just uses it now and we’ve had no accidents (he even does number twos in the potty). This has only been when he strips off naked around the house. I’m not ready to brave being nappy free out in public or in the car yet. So many places you go do not have public toilets, it looks terrifying! 😳 Plus we are going on a huge road trip over Christmas and staying in 4 different locations across 3 states so I don’t want to manage toilet training during that crazy time.
It’s not all fun times. He’s going through a destructive phase where he tips every toy out of every drawer and box and just walks away. He loves pulling everything out of every bloody cupboard, especially things he shouldn’t be in. It’s seriously doing my head in. He’s what you politely describe as a “busy kid”, which means he’s into fucking everything. He’s always been like this and he’s not slowing down. I guess all two year olds are hard work, but he seems extra hard work. This morning he tipped out my brand new bottle of expensive face oil on the floor and I felt like crying. Ahhhh, toddlers. Lucky I love him so much. 💗
Ummm I’ve been trying to write this for a month and haven’t been able to remember what I wanted to say. All things in life are very Augie focussed right now so I just don’t have much to talk about. Sorry to bore you with my Augie tales. 💗