Ian-yr021 yearOkay, so I’m a little behind with this post.  Granted, Ian is now officially 25 months and technically closer to 26 months, but it’s been a rough two months.  Ian spent his second birthday with his head over a bowl and mama and daddy laid up in bed.  Since his birthday fell on a Thursday this year, we were so looking forward to celebrating with our Mom’s Group, but that didn’t happen.  I think we made it up to Ian though with the three various birthday parties and the ton of loot he got.  He also had his first pool party with Gramps, Aunt Lori and Uncle Jayson and had a blast.

But now, on to the good stuff.  Normally, I include a current picture along with the last birthday post, but I’m doing the one year vs two year shot.  Hasn’t my little monkey changed a lot?  At his 2 year well check up, Ian weighed in at 27.25 lbs, which puts Ian about 3 lbs heavier than he was this time last year.  The monkey is  now 34.5 inches inches long, which puts him 4 whole inches above last year. This all puts him in the 25-50 percentile for his weight and the 50 percentile for his height. His head is 19.5 inches, which is only about a half an inch bigger than last year and it puts him in the 75 percentile.  Ian didn’t receive any immunizations this time around, which I am positive he was extremely thankful for.

So what has happened in the last year?  Oh lots, but it really doesn’t seem like that.  Not like it did the first year.  Ian had mastered the walking by his first birthday, but he moved right into running as soon as summer started.  It’s so cute watching him run.  Some times he even prances a little.

We spent a lot of time at the zoo last year, well, more than I have in the past 10 years.  We went to the Cincinnati Zoo with Aunt Lori and Adrian and we spent a couple of days at the Detroit Zoo.  I’m so totally planning on taking him to the zoo more this year.

Ian is definitely talking up a storm now.  It really doesn’t seem like it’s that big of a change, but considering this time last year he was just mastering mama and dada (while referring to us) as well as hi and bye and then compare that to what he’s doing now…it’s huge.  We no longer have to guess what Ian wants and his vocabulary is growing every day.  He’s already up to simple sentences.  Plus he knows anatomy now too.

The other huge thing that I’m loving his is alphabet recognition.  Ian can not only say his ABCs, but he recognizes them too.  I can hold up a letter G and he’ll say “G”.  He even sings his ABCs (although he’s not crazy about G-P).  He’ll just randomly start singing and he’ll even do the “now I know”, but he’ll end it there waiting for us to join in.  Jesse and I are ecstatic about this and I kind of hope that we’ll get him reading by his third birthday.

Over the past year, Ian has so totally fallen in love with books.  He loves to read and will constantly bring books to us to read to him.  Every night and before his nap, he gets read to and he gets mad if we can’t do it one night.  He’s even gotten to the point where he’ll recognize the library and loves going there.  We started going there when he was just 4 months old and have made bi-weekly, if not weekly, trips to the library ever since.  Just in the past couple of months, he’s gotten to the point where he’ll pick out his own books to check out and wants to help me when I take them up to the counters.  Seriously, he loves books and loves going to any kind of bookstore.  We were just in Borders today and when I mentioned going there, he was all ready to go and took off without me.

Ian has also fallen in love with Sesame Street.  We had introduced him to the Muppet Show when he was still crawling around, but we started showing him clips of classic Sesame Street skits and he fell for the Count!  My god did he fall for the count.  Then I started getting DVDs from the library and he fell for Oscar, although his name is Phooey.  We were watching a Telly the Monster and Oscar the Grouch do Siskel & Ebert and all of Oscar’s remarks involved “phooey”.  So he is forever going to be phooey for Ian.  Ian is loving the other characters to, especially Cookie Monster, but Jesse and I are thankful he hasn’t fallen for Elmo.  He does like Elmo, but he doesn’t keep Ian’s attention like the Count, Cookie Monster or Oscar does.

Ian has also been going nuts for Thomas the Tank Engine and Disney’s Cars.  We’re liking the idea that he’s going crazy for more than one icon at a time.  Ian is constantly switching between the three, but it’s giving us a bit of variety.  He has his Grover and Cookie Monster that he sleeps with at night, his Thomas train set that he plays with during the day and his movie of choice is Cars.

Ian finally made it into the snow for the first time this past winter.  We really never took him in while we were at the apartment (stupid dogs), but he had the snow pants and the whole ensemble, so in he went.  He had fun with it.

Remember when I said Ian had figured out the running idea?  Well, he also figured out how to jump.

We did start potty training right after Thanksgiving, but it wasn’t really the time to do it since it tapered off during the Christmas travels.  Ian was doing awesome for awhile there, but then he jumped off the band wagon and we’re just now getting back into it.

Jesse decided he didn’t want to have to mess with his hair anymore, so he went out and got a hair trimmer.  Now we do both Ian’s and Jesse’s hair with it and all of Ian’s curls are gone.  I tried growing them out again recently, but Ian decided he wanted his hair like daddy’s and went even shorter than the last time we did it.

Oh wait!  I completely forgot, Ian graduated to a toddler bed right before his birthday.  How could I forget that.  He had been ready to go that route around Christmas, but we were holding off a bit, but by the end of January, we knew we had to do it.  One weekend, we converted the crib to a toddler bed and Ian has been loving it.  There was a while where he wouldn’t get out of bed until one of us came to him, but he soon learned that he could get out when he wanted.  We’ve actually started putting the gate back up in the hallway and leaving his door open at night.  This way, if he does need to get up, he can run into our room instead of crying until one of us gets in there.  It’s been working out well.  By the time he makes it to my side of the bed, I’m awake and will usually carry him back to his room, where we’ll rock for a bit.  We have had barely any problems with him getting out of bed instead of going to sleep at either his naptime or bedtime.  There are occasions, but I was expecting that.

I know both Jesse and I have been slacking quite a bit when it comes to adding posts to Ian’s site, but hopefully we’ll start getting better about it.  I feel like I’m forgetting something, so I’ll leave you with links to his 18th month and 15th month posts.  If I have missed anything, it’ll appear in those.