I keep thinking to myself, "Don't grow up! You are so sweet just the way you are!" Then he becomes more fun with every passing day. He still loves to cuddle with me on the couch while reading, and it is my favorite part of the day...even though I am often late to work because he wants to read "Nuther one!" How can a girl resist?
This boy is obsessed with things that move. Every night after we put him to bed, we listen to him talk to himself about, "Fire engines, and the ambwans [ambulance], and police cars, and the dump truck, and the tanker truck, and the jet plane, and the fire engine, and the garbage truck, and the race car, and the fire engines, and the tractors, and a front loader...the motorcycle!" If he hears a siren in the middle of the night, we can hear him in the monitor saying, "A police car!.....zzzzz..."
He is pretty much potty trained with the exception of nighttime and naps. Potty training weekend boot camp did the trick. He still struggles telling the nanny when he needs to go, but he will get there!
Signs of a potty training toddler = nonexistent pants or lazy-mom pants
His latest obsessions (in addition to trucks, tractors, planes, etc.) are coloring with Crayola markers and Pete the Cat. He has 2 Pete books and we read each one at least 5 times a day. In fact, normally when a toddler stops making noise it means trouble is happening; when Everett is quiet, nine times out of ten he is reading Pete to himself.
Everett is also besotted with his pets. He loves playing fetch with Willow, and his favorite game is chasing the cat around the house. Oddly enough, the cat does not seem to mind this game too much. Every night before bed, Everett says goodnight to Willow and tells her that he loves her...and that she stinks, which he thinks is the funniest thing in the world.
Disclaimer: Willow doesn't actually stink. She farted one time when Everett was hugging her goodnight, and the concept has stuck.
Kinder is also pretty into his grandparents. He asks hourly if he can call Grandma, go hiking with Grandpa, or text (video chat) Nana and Pop. He has a couple toy phones on which he regularly talks to himself/"Grandma, Grandpa, Grandma, Grandma, Grandpa."
Ever since he was small, he has been a water baby. He loves playing in the sink, in puddles, in the tub, in a pool. If there is water, he will love it. We are on a few waitlists for daycare (Woe is me!), and one of them offers weekly swim experience, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that a spot opens when we need it. I'll probably present many ranting, word vomit posts in the future over this new chapter of life...stay tuned! Yay, daycare!
Finally, his favorite food is...I guess it depends on the day! He will gobble up something one day, then refuse it a week later. Surprisingly, he most consistently eats oatmeal and Morning Star sausages in the morning. For other meals, sometimes we have to force him to eat, and sometimes he picks raw onions out of a dish, consumes them, then leaves the rest. He is always asking for pizza but never eats it. He likes the crust but refuses to touch the cheesy parts...NOT MY CHILD. Nothing toddlers do makes sense, because last night he ate all the freshly grated cheese on top of his pasta, asked for "More rice...pweeese," then refused to eat the pasta.
To conclude, every day with this toddler is exhausting, but incredibly rewarding. Even though I spend 30 minutes trying to corral him for a 10 minute errand, we have so much fun together that all I can do is smile. This stage of life is busy, but it keeps my heart full.