Letters to L: TWO

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Dear L,

You turned TWO at the end of January. We didn’t have a party this year, but you ended up having some visitors throughout the day: Grandma and Granddad, and Uncle M and Aunt A. We also went out to lunch at a buffet where you enjoyed peaches, Jello, and drinking soda out of Daddy’s cup. You weren’t content sitting at the table so you and I walked a few laps around the buffet. After dinner we cut into your Minion cake (I didn’t want to; I loved how it turned out!).

TWO Minion Cake via MuddyBootsandDiamonds.com

You had a blast trying to blow up balloons, which made me happy because it was an excellent way to work on strengthening your facial muscles.

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Your second year of life has been a busy one, medical-wise. You had your lip and tongue ties corrected. You’ve been tested for allergies and found to be allergic to peanuts, coconuts, dogs, and ragweed. We need to avoid all things nut and we have an epi pen. You’ve been to the nurologist for your hypotonia and are in the Early Intervention program for physical therapy and speech. You’ve been to the ER for bronchiolitis a couple of times and were admitted to the hospital for it once, and we both got our first ride in an ambulance.

All these doctor visits means you now how to use the temporal thermometer, blood-oxygen monitor, stethoscope, and auroscope. You will grab these instruments out of the doctor’s and nurse’s hands and to use them on yourself. You’ll sit in our laps and insist on holding the Dino mask by yourself for your breathing treatments. It all makes you seem very Big Kid-ish!

You’re still go with the flow which makes traveling nice. In the last couple of months you started with tantrums. They aren’t as intense as your brother’s were, but when you are upset you tend to seek hugs. It’s the complete opposite of how I know how to handle a tantrum, so I’m still figuring out what works in disciplining you.

Your speech therapist says you’re a sensory seeker and she’s going to start helping me figure out how to find ways to help you settle down when you’re upset as well as to help keep your fingers and toys out of your mouth (the one area you’re constantly seeking input from). We’ll be starting with sensory bins at her next visit.

You pout when someone tells you “no” and if you’re told “no” in front of an audience you’ll sometimes cry too.

You hit your verbal explosion just after the new year at 23.5 months. You now have 50 words in your vocabulary, though it’s hard to understand a lot of them still. You still prefer to talk through your nose, making the sounds of the correct syllables but not actually saying consonant or verbal sounds. The speech therapist has mentioned this could be from the low muscle tone in your face.

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During this verbal explosion phase, you also started comprehending what we said to you better. This was such a huge milestone for you to meet. You now understand most of the one-step commands we give you (“Get Mommy your cup” or “Put this in the trash”). We still need to work on you telling us what an object is when we point it out to you.

Pooping gives you a hard time, I think because of the hypotonia, so we’ve been sitting you on the potty when we see you trying to poop. This seems to help make things a lot easier for you. I’ve started giving you a bit of privacy, but if you’re having a particularly hard time you’ll reach out your hand to squeeze my finger. It reminds me of what you’d do when you were an infant; you loved holding onto my finger when you needed to do something unpleasant, like shots or blood draws. There have been a few instances when you’ve walked up to me and said “Poo!” to let me know you needed to poop. We haven’t taken the Potty Training Plunge, but we may start trying more seriously with it in a few months because you’ve started grabbing your diaper when it’s wet. You’re on your way to being ready!

You’re walking, running, and climbing; something you weren’t doing until you were 16 months old. You’ve outgrown your AFOs and we’ll be seeing the pediatric orthopedist in another month to discuss getting you new ones.

You’re down to one nap, usually from 1:30-3:30; however, if our scheduled allowed it, you would probably nap in the morning. I cannot tell you how many times we’ve gone to pick up G from school and you are sound asleep by the time we get there. You’re sleeping through the night from about 7:30-6:30, though you’re content to lay in bed until 7:30/8 in the morning. You’re still in a crib; you’ve only climbed out once and that was because I was late getting up and you were sick of waiting for me to get dressed.

Speaking of school, I think we’re going to put you in preschool 1-2 mornings a week in the fall. Now that you are understanding us better, I’m feeling more confident that you’ll be okay starting at 2.5. You get pretty upset when you can’t go into the classrooms and one of G’s teachers from last year cannot wait to have you in her class!

Two Year Stats

Weight: 26lbs
Height: 34″
Clothes: 2T everything, though some shirts are a little short in the sleeves, depending on the brand, and all pants are long.
Likes: Food, cuddles, watching TV, airplanes, trains, trucks & cars, everything that belongs to G, copying G, sleep, Minions, playing “night night”
Dislikes: being told “no,” feeling left out

We love you so much Lil’ L! I can’t wait to see how you grow and progress this year.

Love,

Mommy

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