June is already more than half over so it’s a bit late for an update, but at the beginning of the month Ollie turned 2 1/2. And when you ask him now how old he is, he says “2 and a half.” He is quite possibly the coolest 2 1/2 year old I know, so I thought I’d give a little update on what’s new in his little world.
He still loves being outside, not much has changed there. He’s really getting the hang of disc golf, I think it’s the highlight of his weekend when we go play. He’s still my water baby, he loves water in all forms. His favorite is getting to help water the garden and flowers and then turning the hose on himself (or mommy and daddy – yikes). He loves getting to help with anything around the house, sometimes it means chores can be extra long, but I love how much he just wants to be part of things.
He’s starting to use imaginative play and it’s so fun to see. He’ll play with his cars and trucks and if you ask him where they’re going he’ll say “Um, Home Depot!” He’s extremely inquisitive, he asks questions about everything – “what’s that? Where’s it going? What’s it do? What’s in there? Who is that?” It can get trying at times, especially if you don’t know the answer to something, but we are as patient as we can be. We have actual conversations now which is also fun. I love seeing the world through his eyes.
Even if he’s halfway through two, he’s still two. He still has his tantrum moments, they mostly come if he’s frustrated and isn’t sure how to ask for help or sometimes they happen when he just plain isn’t getting his way. We deal with them as calmly as we can and Daniel Tiger songs still help most of the time. We use time outs for extreme negative behavior such as hitting or throwing things. Thankfully those aren’t happening often.
He’s starting to become more independent and is entering the “I want to do it” phase. It’s hard to step back and let him try things, especially if I know it might lead to a mess, but I know it’s an important part of his learning and growing, so as long as it isn’t something that will possibly hurt him, we’re letting him do things for himself when he wants. Now we just need this independence phase to convince him that he wants to use the potty!
He is a love bug. He loves so hard. I love how much he loves his people. And I won’t lie, I love that he’s still very much a mama’s boy. I’ll soak up the cuddles and snuggles he dishes out for as long as he keeps giving them. He’s a monkey and a wild one and a free spirit, but he’s a big sweetheart and such a source of joy to us. Love you to the moon and back my Ollie Boy!