Our little boy is now well into his toddler years, and he has no shortage of personality. Even as he enters the supposed “terrible two’s,” he’s as much a joy for us as ever.
Kellen’s personality and disposition are becoming more and more apparent. He’s talking and expressing himself quite a bit, and his speech is improving every day. He has a lot to say, and we’re able to understand more and more of it.
He’s also starting to assert himself and test his limits, but he has an urge to “help out” as well. He’ll retrieve things when asked; he’ll place items in the grocery cart; and most nights before bed, he’ll help put away his toys.
A Visit From Aunt Cheshie & Uncle Pougie
In February, Aunt Cheshie (Aimee’s aunt, Cheryl) and Uncle Pougie (Aimee’s brother, Doug) visited from New York and California, respectively. Cheryl had a little one-on-one time with Kellen at Aimee’s sister’s place.
Cheryl got Kellen a bubble machine, which was (and continues to be) a huge hit, not only with him, but his cousins as well.
Here, he’s mimicking some of McKinley’s dance moves…
Doug got some one-on-one time with Kellen as well, but ultimately, he couldn’t compete with Kellen’s new bubble machine.
This & That
Kellen continues to be obsessed with ducks—toy ducks, TV ducks, and real ducks.
He’s also gotten quite good at using eating utensils. In fact, when he’s in self-serve mode, he really doesn’t want any help. Again, notice he’s not without his duck.
Somehow, we’ve managed to produce a two-year-old that doesn’t care for sweets. Last time we tried to give him sweets, he tried it and promptly vomited. Around Aimee’s birthday (also in April), we offered him a bit of Aimee’s birthday cake. He inspected it for a bit but decided against trying it.
While we try to limit Kellen’s exposure to TV, there’s one show he’ll devote all his attention to when given the opportunity—Mickey (or as Kellen says, “Ninnie”) Mouse Clubhouse.
We celebrated Easter over two weekends with both my family and Aimee’s.
Kellen got his first taste of dyeing eggs, but he wasn’t too interested. It was a good opportunity to spend some quality time with Nana though.
Knowing Kellen’s love of ducks (and other birds), my parents bought a pair of chicks—like, real, live chicks—for Easter. Of course, he found them very intriguing. After Easter, my parents donated them to our church.
One of the most exciting events this Easter was a surprise proposal. My sister, Tori, and her boyfriend (er… fiancé) are engaged to be married this summer, and bonus—they’ve asked for Kellen to be their ring bearer.
Out & About
Aimee continues to do an amazing job in setting up activities and what not for Kellen each week. Every once in a while, I get to join them if I have the day off work.
Kellen loves fish—almost as much as he loves ducks. Every once in a while, we’ll take him to the nearby pet store and let him watch the fish for a while.
We decided to keep things simple for Kellen’s second birthday. I took the day off, and we spent the day in Galveston as a family, including a visit to the beach, an aquarium, and an indoor rain forest.
That weekend, we had my family over for a small celebration.
Once again, Kellen didn’t have much interest in his cake, but that just left more for us.
Kellen’s First Haircut
Once thing we noticed in looking back at all of these photos was how long Kellen’s hair was getting. He had his first haircut a couple days after his birthday. We took him to a location that specializes in haircuts for kids. The chairs were little cars; they had animal cookies on hand; and Kellen got to watch Mickey while he got his hair cut. You’d never guess this was his first haircut; he handled it like a pro. The only problem—when it came time to stop watching Mickey and go home.
2 Year Checkup
Kellen had his 2 year checkup just after his birthday. He weighs 31.5 lbs. (86th percentile) and measures about 34 inches (48th percentile)—a gain of just over three lbs. and about two inches compared to six months ago. Overall, our pediatrician was very pleased with his development.