Declan had a birthday! It is pretty hard to believe he is two years old. In the last few weeks he has started to seem a lot more grown up, and in good ways too! But in the last week he has kind of been a twerp and has even started hitting. Not cool. I guess I'll brace myself now for a really fun year with him. ;)
All three of us went to get him out of his crib when he woke up in the morning.
This face tells you how confused he was at first.
But then he got to open his present from grandma and papa later when we called them and there was no disgust or confusion. It was his beloved dog from Ikea! We go to Ikea at least every other week. I meet up with a friend there and we let the kids play in the kid section before getting a really healthy lunch of hot dogs and ice cream cones. And Declan will carry one of these dogs around the entire time. He loves them. And now he has his very own and he sure does love it. We've named him Dukey after my dog Duke who died recently. Seemed fitting. :)
Singing "Happy Birthday".
Some things I want to record about Declan at his age:
-He is always saying "help you" when he needs help. It has now carried over into "carry you" and "hold you" etc. I never remember Tatum doing this, although I know a lot of kids do. But I happen to find it adorable and nearly impossible to say no to.
-In the last week or so he has started yelling "I yub you mommy!" from his crib after I lay him down. Over and over and over again. I'm not sure why it started but again, it's just too cute to tell him to stop.
-He remains the pickiest eater alive. Here's the list of things he will consistently eat: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, crackers, grapes, watermelon, pizza, cheese, oatmeal, cereal, muffins, occasionally noodles. He won't touch veggies or rice or eggs. He pretty much lives off of milk. Lots and lots of milk. He calls it chocolate milk because Tatum always asks for chocolate milk (we started putting a little chocolate in hers when we moved here because the milk here is kind of nasty and she would drink it.). I thought he actually wanted chocolate in it the first time so I added some and he didn't like it. He just calls milk chocolate milk.
-Declan has sure learned how to play the role of annoying little brother. The other day Tatum was watching a show and he was being loud and she told him she couldn't hear because he was being too loud. So what did he do? He moved closer to her and got louder. And so it begins. :) Another time he kept saying cockadoodle. The kids were in the other room so I'm not sure why he was saying it over and over. He probably just saw a chicken in a book or something and was trying to point it out to Tatum. But she kept saying "I'm not a cockadoodle!" Then he'd say it again and she'd scream the same response. It went on for quite sometime and escalated to pretty high volumes. But it sure was entertaining.
-As much as he likes to bother her, he still copies Tatum constantly. Everything she says, he says. Everything she does, he does. It's really pretty hilarious. It hasn't started bothering her yet but I'm sure it's bound to.
-He is a mama's boy but loves it when daddy gets home from work. He's always happy to give him a hug and touch his beard and talk to him for a minute. He also always insists a kiss goodbye before Brennan leaves in the morning.
-He is always running and loves to try to keep up with us. "Wait up guys, wait up!" he'll say. Is there anything cuter than their tiny little voices?
-He has learned quite a few primary songs from Tatum singing them around the house all the time. He surprised us on our trip to Bali a couple months ago when he started singing along with her. Now whenever I put him down for a nap or bed he asks me to sing "Jesus walked upon" which is the first line of a new song she learned.
He is definitely a little boy with a mind of his own. Trying to figure out what his mind is all about proves to be quite a challenge, even for him I'm afraid. He seems to often not know what he wants which is frustrating for all of us. But he is a cute, sweet little boy too and we are so happy he is part of our family. It really is a joy to watch him learn and grow!