Jolly Ollie is now a two-and-a-half year old. He is very insistent that we refer to him as a "big boy" these days and has been know to correct us with a firm "I am not a baby!" when we slip up.
His personality has really solidified itself over the last six months. He is determined, social, funny, and a little bit stubborn. He has an infectious laugh and a smile that can brighten even the worst of days. Oliver enjoys hugging us tight while saying "I got you, babe" in the most adorable voice you've ever heard.
He hates sleeping but loves to cuddle. He loves to dance and will start wiggling to the beat whenever he hears a tune. He likes making silly faces. He isn't a big eater, but has recently really started to enjoy helping me cook. He likes trains, trucks, and fire engines. He loves the color orange. Loves it. Everything has to be orange. His favorite fruit is oranges. His favorite vegetable is carrots. And olives. He loves olives too. He desperately wants us to buy him an orange suitcase for our adventures. He wears orange clothes nearly every single day. I love it and am glad there isn't a contest for who gets the blue stuff in our house.
Ollie is working on toilet learning, singing his ABC's, and learning how to listen. He is quite the little swimmer! He love jumping in the deep end and has learned how to kick up to the surface. He gets a little upset if you "catch" him before he's ready to be caught. He's working on being able to swim back to the wall all by himself. He has this silly laugh that he does in a deep voice that makes Derek in I laugh out loud. He is so funny.
He knows his colors and shapes pretty well and loves to practice counting. Oliver likes to get out of the house and run errands on the weekends with Derek, and he take particular joy in picking our flowers to bring home for me. He loves going to the playground and has finally started to enjoy the swings. He's more of a risk taker than Owen has ever been. His favorite animal is a giraffe. If you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, he'll say "Mickey Mouse." He doesn't like it when strangers try to touch his hair and has started holding up his hand and shouting "No! Stay back!"
He loves airplanes and traveling. He remembers clearly the trips we've taken this year and will mention particulars during conversations. I can't decide if he talks more about the tuk-tuks in Cambodia or Hong Kong Disneyland. He is very excited to take the plane ride to Colorado in a couple of weeks.
Oliver is an incredible little boy. I'm so proud of the person he is becoming and am happy he is part of our lives.