I have a 2 year old on my hands!
What can I tell you about my baby boy? He’s a gentle, shy, affectionate kid who loves his mum and dad and Nanoo and Poppy. He loves going to the park (but will only go down the slide if no one is looking at him), also loves the Wiggles and following Emma’s ballet dance moves, watching cars out the window, riding his bike, bubbles, balloons, fans, light switches, this little piggy, play doh, drawing and flowers. Does not like wearing clothes, eating vegetables or going to bed. He is absolute perfection to me and his dad. 💗
Unfortunately August got a shocking cold just before his birthday so it was a bit low-key. We didn’t have a party or anything because we don’t have much of a network where we live and out families live ages away. My dad and step mum were babysitting my niece for a week while her mum was at a conference in Melbourne so they bought her over for the night for a sleepover and then we all went to the Melbourne museum the next day. It’s so amazing for kids, we got a membership and try to go regularly. We also met my sister in law there and had a lovely afternoon with the kids.
I took the day off work on Augie’s birthday and we went to the Melbourne Zoo. It was his first trip to the zoo and he seemed to enjoy it a lot (despite being very under the weather). We bought a family membership so we can go back and also visit the other local zoos and the Taronga zoo when we are in Sydney. His favourite were the meerkats and he keeps talking about “meerkats, meerkats” and watching them on YouTube. I had a lot of fun and it bought back a lot of memories for me of family trips to the zoo growing up.
We came home after and had cake (it’s a 90 minute drive home so it was a long day). Augie did not like when we sang happy birthday at all, he just hid his face. We had been practicing last week and he loved saying “hip hip hooray” but the long day got the better of him I think. Fair enough, I hate having happy birthday sung to me too!
I tried not to spoil him with presents… but it’s so hard! I got him a new birthday outfit and runners (because he lost his on our recent holiday to Uluru), a tambourine, a little matchbox car, a Winnie the Pooh book and a bubble machine. His main present is a donation to charity because he is already a very lucky boy.
I think I mentioned last month that his development is exploding and it still seems to be the case. He surprises me every day. A few days ago he was in bed with me and accidentally smacked my face and then said “sorry”, which I didn’t know he understood. He loves to put rubbish in the bin and the other day he got an empty can of Pepsi Max and instead of putting it in the bin, he crushed it and put it in recycling. Tonight he picked up my bra and tried to put it in and said “boobies”. He’s even starting to become helpful, I asked him to turn the kitchen lights on for me the other day and pass me my pyjamas and he actually did it.
Unfortunately he can be too much of a sponge… Last week AJ and I were talking about something that annoyed us and clearly had a particular tone to our voices. So Augie just pipes up loudly to contribute “shit” and then 20 seconds later he adds “fuck”. We hadn’t even used any swear words but he has obviously picked up that we often use those words when we are annoyed. Oh my god, what fantastic parents!
He has become obsessed with my dad and demands to watch videos/photos of Poppy on my phone all day. He even prefers it over baby shark so that tells you how much he loves him. It’s fantastic because he is so incredibly shy and doesn’t have any bonds with anyone except me and AJ so I’m pleased he’s been able to develop one with my dad.
One big issue of late is sleep. It is seriously worse than newborn sleep. He’s waking over and over all night upset and then I end up putting him in bed with me so I can try and get a little sleep. Of course then he climbs all over me all night so not much sleep is happening. Apparently there is a major sleep regression at 2, so I’m hoping it’ll clear itself up. I’m honestly at breaking point from lack of sleep right now.
I think we also need to reduce his day nap more so he’ll go to bed at a reasonable time. A while back I cut it to 90 minutes, but he still won’t go to bed until about 9.00 pm. I just can’t handle parenting at that time of the night, I need a break. I’m so envious of parents whose kids go to bed at 7.00 pm. What am I doing wrong? 😭
I’m also seriously considering daycare options. I wanted to wait until I felt like he’d get something out of it and he might be close to that point. I found an amazing centre that encourages very long orientation periods (3 months +) to ensure it’s a gentle and stress free process for a kid like Augie who is shy and hasn’t been looked after by anyone else before. I can be there and in their parents room the entire time and it won’t cost a cent until I actually start leaving him independently. It’s also new and so it doesn’t have many kids and won’t be overwhelming for him. I’m terrified and heartbroken (but slightly excited) at the idea of it though.
Happy 2nd birthday to my beautiful boy. You are an absolute delight. 💝