Happy Birthday Jaxson!! Goodbye baby, hello two-year-old! Our little man is two!! These mommies can’t believe just how big Jaxson has gotten, nor can we believe that he’s already two years old. Wasn’t he just born? I think every mom goes through this (and probably on every birthday for the rest of their kids’ lives!) but it literally feels like just yesterday when we first held him in our arms.
Two Year Check-Up: He had his 2 year old well visit and they were surprised how big he is! They think he’s gearing up for a growth spurt here pretty soon, but he’s still healthy and looking great.
He’s grown about 5 inches and gained about 5 pounds from his 1 year check-up (thank goodness his head didn’t also grow 5 inches, its big enough as is!) We had some concerns about him walking on the inside of his left foot, and he keeps tripping a lot lately, with or without shoes on. So we’re being referred to a podiatrist so we can get that checked out. He may just need an insert for his shoes to help correct it since he’s still so young, so I’m hoping that’s all. He even fell the other day so bad that he bit his lip and there was blood everywhere! He was a champ though and Mama J took great care of his boo-boo. He also still has the heart murmur but the doctor isn’t concerned at this point. He’s right on track with vocabulary and skills and overall, everything is perfect with our little boy. He got his Hepatitis shot and did great (he only screams when you’re holding him still for it) and he was very excited about his Iron Man band-aid.
Disney “Fun”: We went to all four Disney parks for his birthday/our anniversary, and while I wish I could say that it was a fabulous vacation and we had a great time…I’d be lying. We have decided that we will not be returning to Disney with children until the youngest is at least 5! It was an intense trip and I think just a little much for our two year old. There were so many people that he couldn’t walk without nearly being trampled and he hated having to be in the stroller the whole time. He didn’t get the concept of having to wait to do something and he cried after getting off a ride every. single. time, so that was rough. He freaked out meeting Sofia the First and didn’t really care for the Disney Jr. show, which was the ONLY reason we even went to Hollywood Studios. Animal Kingdom was fun with the safari ride, which we all really enjoyed, and he absolutely LOVED the Nemo stage show. He refused to take a nap Saturday, so we ended up going to Magic Kingdom that night to see the fireworks, which we all also really enjoyed. The sense of wonder and amazement on Jaxson’s face made us forget about all the crappy experiences of the day (at least for a little while). This was why we came, we reminded ourselves. J had also never gotten to see the fireworks so it was really exciting to share that memory with the two of them. Jax liked the Electrical Light Parade as well and we made our way back to the hotel at midnight for a restless/sleepless night with the three of us sharing a King-sized bed.
None of us are good travellers, we prefer our own home with our own bed and our own stuff. Needless to say, Jax woke up throughout the whole night and I finally got out of bed with him around 6:30 because I hadn’t been able to sleep and wanted J to (try to) get a little rest. We headed back to Magic Kingdom and he met Pluto (sort of, again not a fan) and rode some rides (Dumbo, Small World, Teacups). The line to meet Mickey was over an hour long and we were toasted. A meltdown between all of us ensued because the whole point of coming to Disney was for Jax to meet his favorite, Mickey! We almost skipped Epcot to just come home, but Epcot (of all places) ended up being our jackpot!
You go on school field trips to Epcot because it’s
lame educational what with the country showcase and the Innovations section, but it ended up being our best experience of all. We waited 20 minutes to meet Mickey, Goofy, and Minnie and ended up getting cute pictures! We also went on their Nemo ride and bought Jax a souvenir, a little plastic Nemo which he loves. We ate lunch at Mexico (the most overpriced nachos I’ve ever had LOL) and finally headed home. To be fair, at least Jax loved riding the trams to and from the parking lot, and he really enjoyed both the monorail and the ferry boat ride to Magic Kingdom. So while there were a lot of crappy moments, there were a few moments that made us smile and not completely want to hang ourselves. I think if he’d been older it would have been much easier, and if he’d been a girl there would have been more to appeal to him, since it seems most of Disney is geared toward the Princess stuff. Regardless, J has an extra day left on her pass and we are planning for just the two of us to return for a day for a do-over.
Down with the Sickness: We’ve been super sick in our household since Disney. I’m sure we all picked up something there because there are just so many people and not enough hand sanitizer! Jax was sneezing, had a runny nose, and was coughing for about a day or two and then he was over it. Thank goodness he has such a good immune system, because Mama and Mommy are both still down for the count almost a week later. I’m so glad he didn’t get it this bad, at least.
Interests: I think we have an artist on our hands, whether its music or dance, he really seems to enjoy both very much! He’s loved drums forever now, and he “plays” on everything he can get his hands on. He also really enjoys watching Dance Moms and seeing the girls dance. He will watch, and then get up and start mimicking their motions and dances. It is the cutest thing ever! I used to do ballet and tap so I’ll show him some moves and he loves it and starts copying me. He also loves cars and trains and planes and all the typical “boy” stuff, and loves to pull J and I down to the floor to play with him (Mama, play please!).
Bread! and Other Food Adventures: Jax finally eats bread (sometimes)! It’s only taken two years to get him here, but he enjoys wheat bread and bagels. He’ll eat lunchmeat sandwiches occasionally but only if the meat is warmed up/toasted on the sandwich. He’s been really difficult with food lately, completely refusing to eat anything all day, and the doctor actually talked about it at his check-up that we are not to give him any juice or milk before his meals, because he’s just filling up on milk instead of food. If he doesn’t eat, then he doesn’t get the drink. They reassure us that when he’s hungry he will eat, but most days it just feels like we’re throwing food in the garbage because he won’t eat a thing. Rarely, he’ll branch out and try something we have, but we know better to buy him a meal out because it will just be a waste. Oh, but of course, he always has room for fruit snacks or chips. Typical kid! He also had his very first popsicle while he was sick, and did a great job with it! No huge mess with drippy sticky goo everywhere, so that was a big plus.
Vocabulary: I can’t even tell you how many words/phrases Jax knows now. It seems like every day he picks up 100 new words and he’s repeating everything you say. He also likes to “sing” Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star with other words. So combined, this is not always a good thing! For instance, I said “That guy was a booty head!” when we were driving the other day and he immediately started saying, “Twinkle booty head!” Oh boy. He likes to try to say really hard words too, like calculator and helicopter and chameleon (seriously?). We’ve been doing flashcards with him and he’s just so smart, I can’t believe how much he understands and picks up. I’m also very excited for his sentences so that he can make his needs/wants known (most of the time).
Interaction: Going along with an increased vocabulary is an increased ability to interact with other kids! This is very exciting for us to see, as usually Jax is kind of quiet and a loner, always observing other kids but never really reaching out to communicate. The other day at the Mall play area he made a little girlfriend and they drove the rocket ship together. And then we had a Jax & Mommy day the other day because J had to actually go into the office for work, and I took him to a pirate-theme playground. There were two other boys there and he got right up there with them and started playing with them, saying “Pirates! Yo ho ho!” They took turns steering the pirate ship and all three of them were Yo Ho Ho’ing all over the place. He’s just getting so big and even starting to get more adventurous – he went down both of the big slides and did some rock climbing with no help from me! I couldn’t believe it. It is bittersweet, realizing that he’s finally getting to the point where he’s starting to branch out, find his independence, and feel confident enough to let go of our hands and go have a good time.
Discipline: Despite his blossoming vocabulary, he’s getting frustrated when he can’t communicate what he wants to us, and has mini-meltdowns if he doesn’t get his way. We try so hard not to laugh at him because we will fuss at him for something and he’ll start getting upset/crying, and then throw himself at us saying I LOVE YOU MOMMYYYYYYYY! We hug him back and say I love you too, but you’re still in trouble. LOL He’s also learning consequences now, for instance, he hit me in the face with a toy football, so I took it away and put him in timeout. He had his two minutes, apologized, then immediately wanted to go get the football again. When I told him no and he couldn’t play with it because he hit me with it, he lost his mind. Eventually he gave up, and he got the chance to play with the football the next day. Both J and I try to be really consistent and always explain to him why we are doing/saying something. I know a lot of people look at us like we’re nuts because we explain things to him, but just because he can’t say everything we’re saying to him, doesn’t mean he doesn’t understand what we’re saying, and that is why we have a well-behaved boy.
He Really Is A Wonderful Boy: Jax has got such a kind heart. J and I both wanted a good boy that would grow into a good man and treat others right. Well, we got our wish and he really is such an amazing boy. He always plays well with others and is such a great sharer. He shows empathy and concern when others are hurt or upset and gives hugs and kisses freely! He tells us he loves us all the time and he loves his stuffed animals as if they were his pets. Speaking of pets, he’s so good with them and kind. Most kids will pull their fur or “pet” them too hard – not Jaxson! Plus he’s polite, saying thank you and please and excuse me when he burps (after laughing a little first of course). He is truly, 100%, a good person and we are so blessed to call him our son!
Riding the Pony at the Ren-Fair
Fun at the Park!
What a ham
How he feels about baths nowadays
Enjoying his bagel!
Jax & his BFF MoMo
He wanted me to get a picture of MoMo
I got one hand in my pocket…
Riding the Safari ride
A little terrified of Sofia the First
Disney WASTED (for 10 minutes)
Mommies love Jaxson!
Ready for Magic Kingdom!
Our Future Home LOL
Jax & his favorite
Being goofy with Goofy
Hugs for Minnie
I love this one!
Here we are!
Jax showing off his souvenir Nemo
Blasting off with a new friend!
Rock climbing all by himself!