Monday, August 27, 2012

PK is TWO!

This month we celebrated PK's 2nd birthday! We had a small party with family, and had a party with several of PK's favorite things. I can't believe he's two already! Whoa. Let's see if we survive until his third birthday... I'm already questioning that :)

Here are some pictures from his party:
Showing off his birthday shirt- which I appliqued. 
Surprisingly easy! 

Our present to PK!

Which he loved <3 p="p">
His birthday cupcakes. 

Which he loved <3 p="p">
A few days later and he still is playing with his train- success! 

New birthday jammies!

Heading to the pool- he LOVES towers! 
{That's how he says towels)

Trying to help :) 

Now some pictures from a failed attempt at getting any decent pictures of him... it will have to suffice for now :) 

Okay, that last one I like :) 

More about PK and his life: 
He talks! So well! I am so surprised... okay, not. Being home with me all day, he's just trying to get a word in with me :) He says sooo many words! I wanted to right them all down, but there's just too many.  He's very talkative!
He reads the scriptures. Most nights he'll read a scripture for us (where we'll let him repeat all the words). He'll even say Resurrection- it sounds pretty similar actually. 
He prays! He'll repeat all the words we say, and will add in his own people/things to bless. 

Some of his favorites: 
  1. swimming
  2. coloring
  3. reading books/magazines
  4. sweeping
  5. cereal, pizza, peaches
  6. going for walks/getting the mail
  7. trucks, cars,bikes, planes, trains
  8. the refrigerator
  9. the color orange {oh-winge}
  10. Choo Choo show {thomas}
---We've started letting him watch TV- up until now he hasn't cared about it, and I wanted to wait until he was 2 to introduce him to the TV. I've heard so many different reports about TV being harmful for children before 2- which I don't know if it's true or not- but I knew he would watch TV for the rest of his life, so I hoped to hold off on it as long as possible.
I'm pretty much done with morning sickness- but mornings that I wasn't feeling well- he was allowed to watch 15 minutes of TV. Now that we're back to normal, he's still allowed 15 minutes of a show, but only after his nap- so usually around 4PM, and only if the day has gone well. Then, he's allowed to watch TV with Daddy on Saturday mornings while I sleep :) 

---Other things... he plays well by himself now. After some concerted effort on my part, he'll now play in his room by himself. It took awhile for him to stay in there after I left, but now he's fine. He'll also play in  our fenced in backyard by himself- which he does while I'm getting dinner ready. 

---He loves music and we're excited to get him enrolled in Kindermusik! I'm not exactly sure what we'll be doing, but I wanted to get him exposed to music early on. 

---He and I are starting "learning time". I don't really know what to call it. It's just time set aside every morning where we go to the kitchen table and learn. We've starting with colors, letters, and numbers. I'm trying to remember that he is only 2... most of my education focussed on older elementary... so I'm having to reign myself in :) Either way it's been A LOT of fun, and I have been really surprised with how well he does. It's teaching him to sit still and focus, which is paying off in a lot of ways. 

---Which leads me to the next thing... sacrament meeting.
Our goals for sacrament are this: Have him be reverent so that he can feel the spirit {and so we can too!} and so he's not distracting others. Sounds nice, right? haha
Every family home evening for the past few months we've been practicing being reverent and whispering. He's definitely learning- but we have a long way to go. On Sunday, he only had to be taken out one for screaming one time (we're used to like 8 so this was awesome!), and he was reverent for the 20 minutes are so until the sacrament was done being blessed and passed- this was a new record! Usually we're fighting with him after 5 minutes. It will be a long time before I can be fully at ease during sacrament- maybe when all my kids are grown- but for now, baby steps. 

PK has brought us so much happiness. He has the personality of about 5 kids, and the energy of about 10. I love getting to be his momma- he has taught me so much about myself, about who I am and about who I want to be. We're so proud of you, PK. You're gonna be a great big brother :)

Happy Monday!