Holy buckets. How is my little baby boy TWO this week? I just don’t know how it happened. But then again it seems like Lars has been here forever. Like what was life before Lars? I have no idea.
I think that’s the magical thing that happens when you have kids. The time goes SO incredibly fast it almost makes me sick but at the same time there are so many afternoons when I’m like HOW IS IT ONLY 5:00?! WHY IS IT NOT BEDTIME YET?!
So, yeah. It basically seems like I had a baby yesterday, blinked, and today he’s 2.
But I digress. It’s been a looooong time since I’ve done an update on Lars. This was done partly to keep his life semi-private and partly because writing about him seems like such a huge task. Like, how do I even do my son justice through words? It just doesn’t seem possible. But here he is, two years old, and I feel like the world needs an update on Lars.
It’s funny because looking back at his first year of updates, there are so many things that have stayed constant.
For example, Lars has always liked to be on the move. Ever since he woke up from his “newborn” phase, he has wanted to keep moving. He never liked to lay still for too long as a baby and that definitely has carried through to his toddler days. He is a very, very active little boy. Honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
His favorite things these days are playing with trucks (alllll the trucks!), riding his Strider Balance Bike, drawing with chalk, finding bugs, playing in the dirt, basically anything outside, and reading books.
As far as his personality goes, he is the best combination of hilarious, super sweet and affectionate, mamas boy, enthusiastic, curious, and stubborn. He loves to sing to himself and in general, likes to hear himself make noise. At the same time, he can also be reserved. When he’s in a new social situation, he typically sits back and observes for a good amount of time before he jumps in. Once he’s comfortable in a situation, he has no problem being the center of attention. So while sometimes I can see him becoming someone who loves to be seen and doing things like theater or performing arts, I can also see him being a little on the shy side for that. Only time will tell what he will become!
I am pretty certain, however, that he will like some sort of athletic sport. Like I’ve already said, he really never stops moving and just has a natural tendency towards being active.
These days our schedule is pretty simple. He wakes up between 6 and 6:30 (he’s an early riser like his mama!), has one nap from 1-3ish, and goes down for bed around 7:30. Now that I stay home with him most days, my main focus is keeping him busy. We typically go to the YMCA from 8-9:30 which is twofold because I can workout/get blog work done and he gets some socialization with other kiddos. He loves going to the Y, so even though I would typically put a gym membership on hold during the summer, I think we will keep going so he can see his teachers and friends.
Between the Y and nap time, our activities vary. Some days we make a Target run and go home to play outside. Other days we go to a park, the library, the beach/splash pad, or have playdates.
After nap time it’s a variety of the activities above, like the park, playing outside, and running errands until dinner.
Speaking of dinner, what does Lars like to eat?! I’d say his eating habits are pretty average for a toddler. He’s not a super picky eater, but he doesn’t just shove anything in his mouth. Like my dad noticed, Lars likes to examine what he’ll be eating before he puts it in his mouth. Some of his favorite things to eat are blueberries, strawberries, apples, peaches, watermelon (can you tell the kid likes fruit?!), macaroni and cheese, broccoli, cucumbers and hummus, goat cheese, corn on the cob, grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas, basically anything with cheese on it, bread, bagels, English muffins with butter or jam, and tator tots, to name a few. Things he doesn’t like? Most meat, raspberries, blackberries, and anything spicy.
On a funny note, Lars learned the word “coffee” a couple of weeks ago and somehow has come to realize all of the different ways you can drink coffee. For example, he knows the coffee maker and coffee grinder make the coffee. He knew that the bottle of cold brew in the fridge was coffee. He even recognized a coffee mug in one of his books and pointed to it and said “coffee.” So now any time he wants something to drink, he asks for “coffee” and insists that we put some of the cold brew in his milk. Of course, we don’t actually do this, we just pretend, but it satisfies him and he thinks he’s drinking coffee. Too funny.
Well, we are off today to do some strawberry picking, cake eating, and lots and lots of playing outside – all of the birthday boys favorite things! Oh and be sure to check back next week because I’ll be posting the recipe for his ICE CREAM birthday cake!
Lars says, “bye bye!”