It's official. My baby is no longer a baby but a full blown toddler. On 11/12, Camden turned 2. Yes 2!!!!!!!! How that's possible I don't even know. But in the blink of an eye our baby is gone and in his place is a smart, sweet, independent little boy who has a lot to say these days!
Camden was so excited to turn 2. We talked about his birthday for weeks leading up to it. He has been practicing so hard on how to hold just his index finer and middle finger up so he can show everyone he's 2! Whenever someone would ask how old he was going to be he'd say 'I be 2!' very excitedly!! :) We celebrated all weekend long and I think he had a pretty fun filled birthday weekend full of laughter and a whole lotta love!!!!
I'll hopefully get the chance to write a post on his birthday celebrations at some point but today I wanted to do a little Camden update. I don't even know where to begin because there's so much to say - so I'll start with the basics....
At his 2 year well child appointment he weighed 24lbs 12.5oz (13%) and was 2'10.25" tall (45%). Oh, and his feet - his feet have been growing like crazy!! I swear he was in a size 4 for quite a while - was only in a size 5 for a very short time - and now wears a size 6 (and probably won't be in them long!!) He wears mostly 18 months clothes - has a couple 12 months pants that still fit - and wears 24 months stuff too - he's really all over the place with sizes actually.
He is your typical toddler and hardly eats anything. Right now he'd be happiest if we only allowed him to eat applesauce, grapes, and black olives every day - all day. He really loves his 'milkie' too. He also has quite the sweet tooth (that we keep in check pretty well I think.) He LOVES donuts more than anything (hint - he had a donut tower cake instead of a regular birthday cake at his party because that's what he wanted!)
The child talks NON-STOP. Seriously. Matt and I are pretty quiet people so this is new to us :) If he's not talking he's singing or humming to himself. He talks in full sentences and has great manners. He knows his ABCs, his colors, shapes, and can count to 20. He has great number recognition (through 10) and recognizes most of the letters as well. He loves Elmo, dinosaurs, play doh and superheroes (especially Hulk!) He loves to watch short You Tube videos on Matt's iPad while he does his treatments (and would totally sit and watch for hours if we'd let him!) He loves to run and is seriously non-stop all day, every day!! He was officially diagnosed with asthma so we do 2 nebulizer treatments a day. He is fiercely independent - it's amazing and frustrating all at the same time :) But I'm also pretty proud of him for it. He is so incredibly sweet - he loves his people so much. One of my favorite things is when he asks for a 'family hug.' That's where either Matt or I are holding him and he pulls the other one in for a 'family hug' :) He loves it - but I love it more <3
He is very attached to his binky (still only gets it at bedtime and nap time - except when he's being cranky at daycare and then she gives in and gives it to him - argh!) and the boppy pillow. He loves to snuggle in our bed in the mornings. He generally sleeps 7:30 - 7 (though some nights he's not asleep until 8 and there are also plenty of mornings he's awake by 6:30...or earlier!!) He takes one long afternoon nap - at daycare it's 2 hours and at home on the weekends we'll occasionally get slightly longer ones as he plays 'catch up,' He still loves to help around the house - helping make coffee, unloading the dishwasher, helping with laundry, putting groceries away, making smoothies and oatmeal, etc. He is seriously funny these days - has a great little sense of humor and makes us laugh every day!! He loves to hide and play hide 'n' seek (and he's actually VERY good at it - will stay there and be quiet - quite impressive for a 2 year old!) He is so incredibly smart - like seriously. I've said it a million times here but it's true. People say it all the time so I know it's not just us. We work with him a lot at home but I also have to give credit to daycare. They do a lot and he's around some older kids (3 year olds) so he learns a lot from them. He loves babies and can't wait for his new baby cousin to arrive. He throws a temper tantrum like no other but is usually calmed down pretty quickly (we usually have him look at us - we tell him to take a deep breath - and then we talk it out/explain things to him.) We continue to talk to him as if he were 6 rather than 2. We've always talked to him a lot, explained ourselves, etc. Right now he does really well when we say 'Ok Camden 2 more minutes.' And then 'Ok Camden - 1 more minute.' etc He also does REALLY well when given a choice in situations where he is upset or could get upset - well really, we like to give him a choice whenever possible - it really helps him.
Pretty much he's perfect in our eyes and is so incredibly loved!! I never get sick of hanging out with him and just being around him. Being his mommy is by far the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. I never thought I could love someone like this - and yet every day my love for this little boy grows and grows.
Camden Matthew - I love you today...tomorrow...and always.
Hey ~ I'm Renée...just your ordinary, 30-something Accountant, new mommy, wife, runner, foodie, & Pinterest addict! Welcome to my newest adventure...stay awhile...look around...and keep comin' back!