Jude: 2 Years Old

Jude is 2!

IMG_4899In so many ways it seems like he should be a lot older. The things he’s learned in just 2 years is really incredible!

IMG_4847Our 2 year old Jude is rarely ever seen without car or construction vehicle in his hand or close by. Most meltdowns happen when he either: sees a car at a store and we won’t let him buy it,  wants another kids car that won’t let him have it, or when we won’t let him bring 7 cars into the crib with him (usually including his giant dump truck).

IMG_4694We love his enthusiasm and do manage to get him to engage in some non-car related activities like bike rides,

IMG_4707bug hunting,

IMG_5183basketball,

IMG_5029and donut eating.

IMG_5053But he really is at his happiest when he is outside in the dirt with his fleet.

IMG_4882The words are continuing to explode from his mouth. He can put together so many phrases and instructions. He can direct Luke and I during playtime. ‘Dad sit’, ‘Dad push’, ‘Mom do’, ‘Baby NO’, etc. He has picked up so many things from me like ‘how about this’, when we are deciding what to play or eat.

IMG_5043He can play for much longer periods on his own mostly making his cars and trucks talk to each other but a few times this month I caught him going into his room to read alone. This was a first!

IMG_5159_2Our biggest discipline problem with Jude at the moment is him running away from us at the park. I am totally cool with him running but its when he runs towards the street or when its time to go home that I get pretty short with him. He’s fast and I’m usually holding or pushing Toby so it usually ends in my dragging him home under my arm and into time out.

IMG_5093He’s picked up all sorts of funny things like whispering nonsense into our ears, pretending to find bugs and feed them to us, and wanting to play pretend sleep.

IMG_4979On vacation cousin Robby introduced us to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse song and now Jude is obsessed with it and the show. He asks for ‘Hotdog song’ all the time and will often randomly call out ‘Ohhh Toodles’.

IMG_4839When Jude wakes up he’s usually not too hungry. He’d prefer to have a bit of milk and play instead. So we’ve gotten into the habit of stopping at 7-11 for a steamed bun on our way to the market after Dad leaves for work.

IMG_5141Jude is really getting the hang of all the big brother stuff. It’s so awesome watching them together. I won’t ever forget all the tough times we had in the first few months but it has certainly been worth it as these two have already developed a very close and special bond.

IMG_5148Something new this month we have been practicing a lot this month is sharing. If Jude wants something Toby has he says ‘Baby share?’ and then will swap a toy with Toby. It’s been going quite well so far and last weekend he had me help him facilitate a ‘share’ at the sandpit with another toddler.

IMG_5119_2We celebrated his birthday as a family on the weekend before his birthday. I made a cake and then crumpled it up in the back of his dump truck along with frosting, Oreo crumbs, and worms.

IMG_5175_2The cake was a big hit. Jude kept thanking Dump for the cake!

IMG_5191_2We decided the new rule will be one present for birthdays. This year we decided to get Jude a push tricycle and he hates it! I am learning that just because he wants to ride on everyone else’s bike doesn’t mean he wants one. Other people’s stuff is much more desirable! Anyhow, it was a fail so we decided we will re-gift it to Toby on his 1st birthday.

 

IMG_5180On Jude’s actual birthday we had a party in the park with his friends. I’ll do a post on that later as it was such a fun afternoon.

IMG_5241Happy Birthday, Jude! We love you.

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