This post has been on my to-do list for far too long. And as their birthday was March 27, I’m a little behind! It’s so hard to put into words the huge changes these boys have made since their 18-month update. They are mini people now! Who talk! Who have conversations! Who have rational (and completely irrational) thoughts!
We were not at all ready for the challenges that came with 18-month olds. PHEW! Why didn’t anyone tell us… lol!? I’m not going to lie, the 18-month to 24-month stretch was rough for us, both physically and mentally. Not only did they become 150% mobile, but they’re crazy fast and never run in the same direction. Getting out of the house became hard. And on the mental side, they have opinions, have personalities as big as a house and they entered the world of tantrums.
Their language grew by leaps and bounds over the last 6-8 months and communication has been key to keeping the peace. Early on, when they hadn’t quite mastered all their words (and we hadn’t mastered toddlerhood) we had some rough days. I, too, would be super pissed off if I had to repeat myself over and over and not be understood. I get it! Early on, we ordered Happiest Toddler on the Block and it has been huge in helping us communicate with our kids. Diffusing tantrums is an art and one we practiced weekly during that time. And let me tell you, it makes you feel like super woman to be able to talk your toddler off a cliff. The biggest thing for us has been to validate their feelings (“Teller is mad. Teller wants the toy horse.”) in a way they understand, rather than try to change the subject or offer a distraction. Looking back… DUH!
We also learned how to “toddlerspeak” (which they cover in the book) which is basically talking in short, halted sentences rather than the longer, more complicated ones we are used to using. Instead of “Do you want to go outside and play in your playhouse?” we’ve learned to speak much more simply: “Teller go outside, playhouse?” And a note to all the adults who visit us: I swear we are not lunatics nor have we suffered any brain injuries lately.
The photos for this update were taken during their birthday party in early April. They LOVE Buzz and Woody from Toy Story. They had never seen the movie, but my dad has a Toy Story app on his iPad that they loved. You should have seen their faces when Buzz and Woody were all over their plates, the walls and cupcakes. I may or may not be changing my stance on Disney World next summer. 😉
OK, so let’s talk Teller!
Teller’s 2-Year Update
Weight: 25.8 (21st percentile)
Height: 34 (46th percentile)
Diaper Size: 5
Clothing Size: 2T
Nicknames: TT, Tell Tell, Teller Man, Bubba, TT Glenn
Personality: He’s still my sweet and sour little bubba, but his sweet side is running deeper and deeper. He is a near pro now at hugs and kisses. Chances are he’ll try to plant one on you if he meets you! I distinctly remember when he gave me the biggest bear hug for the first time. We were getting ready for bed—reading and putting pajamas on—and he got up and wrapped what felt like his whole self around my shoulders. I about died… and yes I cried! He’s just a go, go, go kind of guy and so independent that he forgets about his mama sometimes. 😉 Out in public, he’s still a shy little guy and needs a good 2o minutes sitting close to Mom or Dad before he’s ready to join in on the fun. But once he’s over it, look out! He comes ready to party (and squeal).
Words: My favorite thing he does is say “yay” instead of “yes.” It’s the cutest! He also has mastered “stop it” and calls Nixon “Ray Ray” which kills me. He didn’t really pick up on a big range of words until closer to two, but man, the boy talks and talks and talks now! He loves singing his ABCs, naming body parts and every animal he sees! He sings us Let It Go from Frozen, complete with arm movements. There is one night in particular, that as I was rocking his little brother to sleep in his room, Teller stood in the corner of his crib and serenaded us both.
Life With Brothers: Teller is the alpha and boy does he know it! He believes everything Nixon has belongs to him “No, mine!” and normally Nixon dutifully turns it over to him when asked… poor thing! We’re working on it. But beyond that, it has been awesome to see how much Teller loves his brother. In little ways, like wanting to sit next to him on the couch, helping him down the front steps with an outstretched hand, the pat on the back when the other is hurt. He is so sweet. And that applies to Otto, too. He’s living life with his new baby brother like a champ and loves to hold him (Otto is not a fan yet), help put on his blankies and stand by when mom or dad is changing Otto’s diaper.
Likes: Baths, washing his hands, playing in Daddy’s truck, Paw Patrol (which he refers to as “Marshall”), Buzz and Woody, organizing his “things,” pouring food/rice/water from one container to another, going on walks (although he prefers to be held), the big slide at the playground, his teacher Aly at school, wearing hats and sunglasses (“eyes”), chasing Nixon, holding Otto, saying sorry (“sawwy”) on behalf of others, hoarding a myriad of items in his crib and more.
Dislikes: Getting his diaper changed, turning the light down at nighttime, taking shoes off at nap time, sweet drinks, sharing with Nixon, kids falling or tripping (“Oh no! Oh no!”)
We love you so much Teller Glenn!
Nixon’s 2-Year Update
Weight: 26.8 (33rd percentile)
Height: 35 (73rd percentile)
Diaper Size: 5
Clothing Size: 2T
Teeth: 14 (Still waiting on those bottom incisors to poke through… almost there!)
Nicknames: Nix, Nix Nix, Ray Ray, Bubba, Nixy
Personality: Nixon continues to be the sweetest little bubba around. He loves to help people and asking for help (“Nixon, can you help momma do this?”) always go better than, “Nixon, please put XX away.” He gives the best cuddles and loves to sit next to me with his little hand on my lap. And he’s a sneaky one! He’s turned this house into a field of what we call “hidey holes” where he stores his most treasured belongings, like old pieces of toast, fruit snack wrappers, broken toys and the like. He’s like a little squirrel!
Words: Nixon has been talking, talking, talking since around 18 months. This dude is starting to talk in 3-4 word sentences! “I did it!”, “I see you!” and “All right! Yes!” are some of my faves. Just when we think we’ve discovered all of his new words, he surprises us with a few more. He loves talking about shapes and can identify the square, heart, star, square, etc. like a pro. He calls Teller “TT” which is so cute, especially when he’s reminding Teller “no touch” when it comes to the lamps and other fragile things. He excitedly points to signs with big letters and shouts out the letter names as he recognizes them.
Life With Brothers: Nixon is a rough and tumble kind of guy. He loves to wrestle! Teller will be sitting on the floor and Nixon will run and plop down on him. He think it’s hilarious and luckily, his brother is ready to take part. Nixon is a dare devil and has zero fear. Just last night he stood on top of the ottoman and attempted to dive headfirst onto the floor below. And then Teller sees him and wants to try. My nerves are shot! 🙂 Nixon is less interested with Otto versus Teller, but is nevertheless sweet and always gives him a good night kiss at bedtime.
Likes: Baths, putting on lotion, the silky tags on his blankies, washing hands, anything sweet!, Paw Patrol, Buzz and Woody, “tattooing” his arms, hands and feet with ink pens, gathering sticks, walking down the big steps at school by himself, running at full speed down the street (he’s a runner!), playing in Daddy’s truck, chewing on foam letters, chasing Teller around the house, wrestling, zooming around on his zebra car, singing, dancing to the “Hot Dog” song from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, playing with little cars, climbing on the big kid’s playground at school, dumping his food at dinner and more.
Dislikes: There isn’t much this boy doesn’t like! I honestly had a hard time thinking of things. I’d say plates, when Mom and Dad won’t let him dump his milk and going to bed!
We love you so much Nixon Ray!!
Two year olds so far are a ton of fun. Yes, so exhausting, but they are growing like crazy in so many ways every day. It seems like every day they do something new and exciting. And being able to have conversations with them? So, so awesome. Here’s to another great trip around the sun!