At 29 months, Jude weighs 31 lbs (14kgs) and is 36 inches (92 cm) tall.
His second year has been all about language. He can talk so well now. I love having conversations with him and he can even read books to me now, too. Language has really helped him engage more in dramatic play. He will carry on conversations between plastic animals, cars, and miniature people.
There are so many cool things he has started saying this month like:
“Oh! I have an idea, how about…”. (Puts his finger in the air)
“My really hungry.” (Pats his tummy)
“That’s not funny.” (When I am trying to make him laugh when he’s upset)
“How about a really big ice cream?” (I say “how big?) “This big!” (Puts his arms out wide).
“Look Mommy, rain! My wear rain boots outside.”
Playtime between these two is pretty full-on. We have beautiful moments where both boys are playing really nicely together, or along-side each other but a lot of the time they will both want the same toy or provoke each other to do something naughty. Jude gets a lot of time-outs. I also put Toby in time-out but very, very briefly as its mostly important for Jude to see that Toby also gets punished for toy snatching or throwing dirt from the plants across the floor.
Jude has kept a perfect score throughout the month with potty training. Not one accident and has always been very clear in telling me when he needs to use the toilet. We have stopped using pull-ups at nap time and just use them at night as he is still in the crib. Our system is working pretty well right now but we might lose the pull-ups once we move him to a toddler bed (most likely closer to when he is 3).
Jude is such a physical kid. He is always running from room to room at home and on the playground he just runs laps around it over and over. He loves when we do tumbles or cartwheels at home and so I have decided to give gymnastics classes another go.
This month we had a visit from some old friends – Jude’s old friend that used to live in Taipei and was born just a week after him. The parents have since had #2, so it was fun to reunite and have the new babies meet for the first time.
I’ve realized that Jude is at a really good age for baking with me. We made a few things together this month and it was a lot of fun. There is a lot more set-up and planning involved but it’s so worth it as he loves the whole process – from the mixing, to watching the cake rise, to getting to eat it at the end. And both boys really love licking the mixing spoons.
The weather has finally started to cool down and so we are loving our afternoons at the playground. We can easily spend two hours playing there. We have such a great group of friends that are always there, too. They all play so well together.
Everyday after we get back from the park Jude gets iPad time while I cook dinner. He is really into Disney Appisodes. We’ve bought him a bunch of different ones and he gets so absorbed in the different challenges. I really don’t mind him watching TV or playing iPad sometimes because he is such a busy boy. It’s nice to see him sit down and relax.
Mealtime has been a bit of a battle this month with Jude. He can get in and out of his chair on his own now and so he is not so keen to sit and eat. He is always asking to ‘get down’. I admit to letting him watch cartoons just to get him to sit still so I can shovel food into his mouth. I know this isn’t the way to go but at the end of the day when we are all tired and exhausted, I resort to it. I am stopping though as I know it’s not a good thing in the long-run. He needs to sit still and feed himself at mealtimes (like Toby!).
Jude spent a few nights in my bed this month – one night at a hotel while our apartment was being sprayed for mosquitos and another night when he had a bad night cough. I didn’t sleep all that well either night but I must say, it was pretty sweet.