Life with a 2 year old…

Two years old. Wow! I was not prepared! Suddenly, my baby is not a baby anymore. Suddenly, my baby, who was still a little wobbly on his feet and speaking in a special kind of gibberish I wish I could have understood, was not so wobbly on his feet, and I was starting to understand what he was saying. Suddenly, he was climbing on bigger things, jumping off of higher things, running everywhere and tackling mom and dad, especially. Suddenly, my baby loves to wrestle and climb all over us. 

Suddenly, he is talking and saying words we didn’t even know he he knew. Suddenly a yummy meal is “eeee-licious”, a particularly good episode of Blaze and the Monster Machines warrants an “oh cool, amazing”, greeting someone includes a “how are you, I’m fine thank you”. How has he suddenly learnt all these big words? How has he learnt the right context to use these words? 

My baby is not a baby anymore. He is a little, toddler boy. He is brave and adventurous. He loves to rough and tumble. He loves to be dirty and playing outside. He loves to be active – running, riding bikes, swimming, jumping, climbing. He love his cars…oh how he loves his cars! He loves to read his books – sitting in his reading corner, on his special little chair, paging through his books. He is a proper little bookworm in the making! 

My little, toddler boy loves so deeply, so innocently. He loves Jesus, he loves to read his Bible, he loves to tell Jesus how much he loves Him. He loves the people around him, those close to him. He loves to say hello! He is affectionate – he cuddles and kisses mommy every chance he gets! I cherish those moments when he wants mommy, when he wants to cuddle, when he holds my face and says “kiss Mommy”, followed by a slew of wet, slobbery kisses! I cherish those moments when he falls asleep in my arms – I could stay in that moment forever! 

Two years old is an adventure – for Noah and mom and dad! Watching our baby boy become a toddler boy has been a privilege. It makes me excited to watch him become a bigger little boy, then a teenage boy, then a young man. But for now, I will enjoy each moment with my two year old. I will continue to make the most of the next 9 months that we have a two year old in our home. Because before we know it, we will have a three year old. What an adventure that will be! 


Baker-Baker and a birthday ring…

Friday 24 February 2017. Also known as the day the second birthday celebrations began! Noah was Baker-Baker, so we decided to have his birthday ring at the same time. 

We kept the Paw Patrol theme for his birthday ring as well. But a little more low-key than the party, because budget! So we made rice krispy treats in the shape of dog bones and a shield, ala Paw Patrol! Because this “baking” involved some electricity, I enlisted the help of my sister. And my lovely friend, Leigh, has a friend who makes cookie cutters, and she made me cutters in the shape of a dog bone and a shield. Bonus! 

The birthday ring was so cute. Noah and his class friends all sang some of his favourite songs. And they couldn’t wait to get stuck into the treats! Noah’s cousin, Emily-May joined us in the celebrations, and couldn’t stop showering her cousin with kisses! 

Noah started school when he was about 17 months old. It has been amazing to watch him grow and learn with his friends. Teacher Maria and Sthoko (teachers assistant) love each child in the Ducklings class so much. I’m fortunate enough to work at the school, in the office, and I love walking past the Ducklings classroom, seeing them singing and dancing, painting handprints and footprints, and generally just having the most fun! Thank you, Maria and Sthoko, for loving our little prince so much! He is so lucky to have you as his first teachers! 

You can read about previous Baker-Baker’s here and here.

Baker-Baker, take 2! 

So, 3 Fridays ago, my Noah was Baker-Baker again! I’m a bit delayed, I know….but life! 

For this Baker-Baker, my plan was to make little cars out of Boudoir biscuits. We had all the ingredients, Noah had his apron on, and we were set to begin baking (sans electricity of course – the safest way for me to bake). 

Noah decided his main (and only job) would be to “taste-test” all the smarties. This was a very important job, of course! In fact, it was such an important job, that he ate an entire box, which meant I ran out of smarties! Job well done, my boy!!

The racing cars may have been a flop, and I may have run out of ingredients, but my boy made the cutest Baker-Baker I’ve ever seen! And yes, I am completely bias. 

Because I work at his school, I was able to sit in on his Baker-Baker. He was so sweet! Every time he handed a class friend a treat, his teacher would prompt his friend to say, “Thank you Noah”. However, Noah would end up saying thank you to himself, on behalf of his friends. It was so cute! And then when he took the last treat for himself, he said thank you to himself as well! Ah, the love I have for my well-mannered child! 

Giving his buddy, Mitch, a treat!

I cannot wait for his next Baker-Baker, this coming Friday! It is going to double up as his birthday ring, and let’s just say, Paw Patrol isn’t just the theme for his birthday party! 

You can read about his first time as Baker-Baker here