Our sweet baby boy is now a two-year-old. He is a ball full of energy and love. He hates to sleep but loves to cuddle. His language skills have really exploded over the last couple weeks, and he can speak more Vietnamese than anyone else in our family. He loves trucks, airplanes, trains, boats, swimming, oceans, and climbing places he shouldn't. Nearly every day, he cups my face in his hands and asks "Airport?"
He has finally learned to sit and listen to stories at bedtime--he particularly enjoys books about animals or modes of transportation. He cuddles on my lap, and holds his glow-worm "Baby" and points and answers questions. He is really starting to show his personality now.
Oliver is starting to sing songs. He has the patience to color. He loves dancing. He loves to play chase and "roar" at you. His "roar" is surprisingly loud and deep. His favorite animals are turtles, monkeys, and geckos. He loves the color orange. Really loves it. His memory surprises me; he knows who made him which blankets. He loves going to school and is their number one "clean up" kid.
He loves to follow Owen around and try to do everything Owen does. Bath time is one of his favorite times a day because he loves the water so much. He does not always love wearing pants. He loves being able to do things all by himself; we hear "Me do!" many times a day. He's figured out how to get his pull-up on and his shorts.
He has grown so much, and I am so proud of the young man he is becoming.
Oliver was super excited for his birthday this year and has been talking about it for weeks. He sings "Happy Birthday to You" every time he sees candles or balloons. Derek's birthday was a few days ago, and Oliver was genuinely hurt we were singing for Derek and not him.
When we asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he only said "Orange 'boon." He got a truck pulling a speedboat, a lego train, and a bedtime book in addition to a few orange balloons. We had a very small party for him at our apartment with a few friends that have kids about the same age as Ollie. Even with just a few kiddos, it ended up being very loud, but everyone had fun. Ollie scored some trains, a wood-block transformer thing, and an adorable teddy bear he named "Ella." Our amazing nanny also brought him a gift: a super cool ride-on cart that plays incredibly loud Christmas music. The batteries might get lost pretty quick on that thing, but the ride-on part is awesome.
We got Oliver a lovely orange cake and dozens of balloon--including some orange ones. He got a little nervous when everyone sang to him, but then he blew out his candle on his very first try. He only took a few bites of his cake and then hurried back to his new toys.
He was a pretty happy guy all day for his birthday. He really enjoyed being the center of attention and he is excited to bring cupcakes to his school tomorrow as well.