Look who’s TWO!

Little man –

We celebrated your second birthday this past weekend. (Just a small get-together with family, but you had a blast!) Oh, how are lives have changed of the past couple of years…

I just can’t believe how much you have grown up since your first birthday! You are a SUPER active kid, and you talk ALL. THE. TIME. (I have NO idea where you get that from! lol) You are definitely more social than I imagine your father and I were at this age. It’s really fun to see you interacting with other kids. A few days ago, when I dropped you off at daycare, you went right up to another boy in your class and said “HI!” and waved! It was so cute!

You love being outside, playing with trucks or a ball, and playing “fetch” with the dogs. You are quite artistic, too! Your finger paints of choice are applesauce or yogurt…all over the table…and any other furniture you manage to touch on the way to the sink to get cleaned up.

I’m so excited to see what adventures the next year has in store!

I love you SO much!

~ Mommy

What a difference a year makes!

What a difference a year makes!

Current stats: {as of 9/30/13}

weight: 29 lb.
height: 34 in.

Shorts: 18 months {I imagine 18 month PANTS would be too short now, though.}
Shirts: 24 months-2T
Shoes: Size 6
Diapers (when he’s in disposables): Size 4

Foods:
Likes – Cheese, chicken, applesauce, strawberries
Dislikes – Red meat, most veggies (unless I hide them in something else)

24 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Can name at least six body parts on a doll – Yep
  • Half of speech is understandable – Definitely
  • Can make short sentences – Been there, done that!

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Starts talking about self – BTDT
  • Can arrange things in categories – Kind of.
  • Can walk down stairs – Yep

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Begins to understand abstract concepts like sooner and later – Not really.
  • Becomes attuned to gender differences – I don’t think he’s there just yet.
  • Learns to jump – YES! That’s why my in-laws got him a TRAMPOLINE!

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13 months / 14 months / 15 months / 16 months / 17 months / 18 months / 19 months / 20 months / 21 months / 22 months / 23 months

Wordless Wednesday – A boy and his dog #ww #hugadobie

My little guy and his favorite dog. Dobermans have such a bad rep, but they really are fantastic family dogs! 😀

Wordless Wednesday – Strawberry Monster!

This kid LOVES his “tawbedies”!

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23 months!

Little man,

I can’t believe in one month, you will be TWO. I know I keep saying that on all of these monthly updates. But seriously…it boggles my mind.

That being said, you have definitely entered the terrible twos already. Tantrums happen at the drop of a hat. Taking you ANYWHERE is exhausting, and I imagine it will be that way for the foreseeable future. (I hear three and four is even worse…oh goodie! *sarcasm*) As your father says, it’s a good thing you’re cute.

You’ve been in the two year old class for a few weeks now (the daycare decided you were ready to move up a little early), and you seem to be thriving with the older kids. You’ve sat on the potty a few times after seeing the other boys do it, though you still haven’t done so at home. I was a little concerned about you being a summer baby and always being the youngest in your class, but it seems to work out well for you to have the older children to emulate.

I can’t wait to see what the next month has in store for us!

Love you lots and lots!
~ Mommy

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23 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Can make a tower of four bricks – Yes, I think the highest he has stacked is 6 or 7.
  • Can name a simple picture in a book – Been there, done that.
  • Can use 50 single words – Easily!

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Can make two or three word sentences – Yes
  • Can sing simple tunes – Yep
  • Takes more of an interest in playing with other children – Yes

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Talks about self (likes, dislikes) – Not yet.
  • Asks “Why?” – Not yet.

22 months

Hey little man!

You’re 22 months old, which means in 2 months, you will be TWO! (That’s a lot of twos…) You are definitely ACTING like a two-year old already (MINE! NO WANT! *throws tantrum on floor*) I can honestly say that I don’t remember being two, but it seems very frustrating. lol

The attitude aside, you’re a great kid. You never stop moving. You love do athletic things – run, kick a ball, throw a ball, and Poppy taught you how to hit a ball with a bat (aka: plastic bowling pin). You definitely did not get your athleticism from me!

You can now say “Gigi” (that’s what you call my mom), “Where we going?”, “See ya!”, and “Found it!” among other things. You are so verbal (I guess more so than other one year olds?) the daycare has already started transitioning you to the two year old class, and if things continue to go well, they are planning to move you in July instead of waiting until August!

I love you so much! You never cease to amaze me!

– Mommy

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22 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Can kick a ball forward – Been there, done that!
  • Follows two-step requests (get your doll and bring it here) – Yes
  • Imitates others’ behavior – Yes

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Can do simple puzzles – Yes
  • Can draw a straight line – Almost
  • Can identify several body parts – BTDT

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Can put on clothing – He’s great with shoes. That’s about it.
  • Might be ready for a big bed – Probably, but he’s not climbing out of the crib, so he will stay there for now.
  • Understands opposites (tall and short) – Not quite yet.

Tech-Savvy Tots

As a mom (and a human), there are a lot of scary statistics out there. Anything and everything EVER will severely injure or kill you…at least today. Tomorrow, half of those things will be good for you again.

The same goes for children with television and computers.

I’ll be honest…the TV is always on at my house (which drives my husband crazy). I just leave it on in the background while I’m cleaning playing Candy Crush #thatstupidgameownsmylife! The hum of the TV is my white noise.

When the TV is just ON, Little Man doesn’t usually pay attention. He’s too busy knocking down a tower of blocks, “sweeping” my floor, etc. But there are a lot of educational preschool programs that he does enjoy. He loves Elmo (Sesame Street is a CLASSIC!), Yo Gabba Gabba (this show is AWESOME – especially the bands and music!), and now he’s getting into Blue’s Clues, which is fun. (The old episodes with Steve, of course!)

So, am I “rotting his brain” and “wasting time” with passive entertainment? No, I don’t think so. I’m sure there are some shows I watch that would be considered a time suck *coughRealityTVcough* But, I don’t see the harm in what he’s actually paying attention to – and some people actually agree with me!

Now, let me be clear – I’m not advocating using television as a babysitter. I always make it a point to interact with my son while he’s watching his shows. “What color is that? What sound does a puppy make?” (But sometimes I will step away briefly to go the bathroom alone!)

I feel even more strongly about children having access to computers and tablets. Little Man has “his own” iPhone with kid-friendly apps on it. (It’s my old one – and I’ve disabled Wi-Fi connectivity and phone service.) He also plays games on our iPad fairly often. For the last couple of months, we have had the opportunity to beta test a new app called KidMastermind, which I highly recommend! (No, I’m not getting any perks for saying that! It’s just really neat!)

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He’s not even two yet, and I’m already thinking about our options for his education, whether it be traditional schooling or not. I would be naive if I didn’t include multiple forms of technology as part of his learning process. It is the way of the world today. I’m just trying to give him a head start.

And don’t worry, I make sure he still has plenty of time for other activities!

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Real Kids Shades Giveaway!

Little Man has been rocking his Real Kids Shades this summer! Now your child can be safe and stylish in their own pair, for free! Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a pair of Real Kids Shades (your choice of size and style)!

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Fine-ish print: Giveaway runs from 12:01 am EST on Wednesday, June 19 – 12:01 am EST on Wednesday, July 3. Entering is easy! Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. By filling out the form, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions linked in the bottom of the Rafflecopter. Must be 18 or older, and a resident of the U.S. or Canada only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours after initial contact to claim prize.

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{Real Kids Shades provided me with two pairs of sunglasses in exchange for a review and giveaway. All opinions are 100% my own. The Practically Green Mom is not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Fun in the Sun: Real Kids Shades {Sponsor Spotlight}

In preparing for a ton of Fun in the Sun this summer, it never occurred to me to buy my son a pair of sunglasses! (I know, I know…#momfail!) Luckily, Real Kids Shades came to the rescue and sent me a couple of pairs to try out (in exchange for this review, of course.) They’re also sponsoring a giveaway here beginning June 19th!

Real Kids Shades are top of the line in children’s eye wear, made exclusively for infants to 12-year-olds! All of their products have been strenuously tested to insure that they provide the best protection for your little one’s precious sight. They offer 100% UVA/UVB Protection, and the lenses are shatterproof and impact-resistant. The frames are secured on an adjustable wrap-around neoprene band to fit snugly around your child’s head, while protecting the eyes from peripheral light. (And the neoprene band allows them to float in the water…awesome!) They are also lead-free, BPA-free and contain no phthalates.

Little Man chose the Xtreme Element Shades to try out on our late afternoon walk. The pair we received are made for older children (3-7 years), so he can grow into them, but they’re way too big right now. That didn’t seem to bother him one bit, though! The Xtreme Elements line is also available for infants and toddlers (0-36 months), and comes with foam padding behind the frames for extra comfort.

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The My First Shades Toddler Shades were a much better fit on him. Designed for children 2-5 years old, they were more snug around his head. He wore them the whole time on the car ride to the park, but once we got there, he was distracted by playing in the sand, and the shades stayed mostly around his neck. I’m sure they will take a little bit of getting used to when he’s on the go. The My First Shades line also comes in infant sizes (0-24 months).

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I am confident that these sunglasses will last us quite a while, and provide much needed eye protection year round. As adults, we think of sunglasses as accessories, but they really are necessary gear for everyone, everyday!

“UV rays can damage your child’s eyes anytime of the year. While the harmful effects are three times greater in the summer than winter, there’s still a high risk of sustaining serious eye damage in winter months. UV rays can also do a lot of damage on overcast and cloudy days.”
~ From Protecting Your Child’s Eyes From the Sun: What Every Mom Should Know

{Real Kids Shades provided me with a free pair of toddler sunglasses in exchange for a review and giveaway. All opinions are 100% my own. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

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