Last Friday, we celebrated Arthur's birthday! My little boy is already 2 years old!
Since I took the day off, we had all day to relax and play. First, my assistants helped me make a brownie cake:
Then we went to Riverview Park to run and climb and play:
This kid just loves to climb - everything!
And later, after lunch, we had our brownie cake with peppermint frosting:
Arthur loved it when we sang "Happy Birthday" to him, and was able to blow out his candles. The brownie cake was a big hit - it was a lot easier for the boys to manage than regular cake. They even ate the brownie after they licked off the frosting!
Today both boys had their annual check up at the pediatrician, so here are Arthur's latest stats:
Height: 34.8 inches
Weight: 28 lbs 4 oz
So he's not so much bigger than he was at 18 months.
His vocabulary has really grown, though, in the past 4 months. He uses phrases and even some sentences, and is getting really good at communicating what he wants or is thinking. Sometimes he'll say something completely incomprehensible, but his pronunciation is getting a lot better.
Elmer likes to encourage Arthur, often saying things like "Arthur, say loobdaloom" (living room), and Arthur will happily oblige. It's one of their favorite games, and sometimes Arthur will just repeat whatever Elmer says, with both boys dissolving into giggles.
Some of my favorite phrases are:
"Want it big" (when I ask if he wants some food cut for him)
"Elmer first" (usually when it's time to get dressed)
"Hold you" (when he wants me to hold him)
Arthur loves to do whatever Elmer's doing, but he's also pretty independent. He often will pull out toys or instruments and play and sing to himself. He loves singing "Silent Night", and sang "Happy Birthday" to himself all weekend. He especially likes playing his little guitar, but also enjoys the tamborines we gave them for Christmas.
Fortunately, he likes to read just as much as Elmer does, just not always the same books, which means that story time can get complicated as we negotiate what will be read. Arthur's tantrums far exceed anything Elmer produced at two years old.
But he's still our little cuddlebug - we can rely on lots of snuggles throughout the day if we are sitting on the couch. And most of the time he's a pretty happy little guy. I can't believe how much he's grown this past year!