Cody is still obsessed with anything with wheels! He loves cars, busses, airplanes, trains, tractors, "big" trucks, bikes, bulldozers, garbage trucks and motorcycles! Seriously, he loves driving around town and spotting these things and most of the time he sees them before we do. He gets so excited from the backseat and squeals with delight as we pass something exciting! We have often taken a detour to follow a garbage truck or driven slow to watch an 18 wheeler. We took Cody on the dart train ride the weekend before his birthday and he was so excited to see and ride a "choo choo". This summer he will get to ride on an airplane (for the 5th time) and a cruise ship! He knows the sounds each vehicle makes too!
Cody talks all the time and really clearly! He is able to communitcate his wants and needs and we are enjoying watching him learn. If he sees a number he starts counting and if he sees words or letters he says "A". He can count to 7 but skips 4. He counts everything. He also is learning the letter sounds and the alphabet. We have started to work on colors using his match box cars. Now he says "blue" for any car. When we are driving he will say "go that way" and point in whatever direction he wants us to go. He says mommy (monny) and daddy all day long!
Cody would rather walk (or should I say run) everywhere (and he has the calves to prove it) instead of sitting in a stroller or shopping cart. He's really good at staying close to us...but now we are teaching him how not to touch things while shopping. He loves to be out and about which make his homebody mommy and daddy have to get a little creative. If we ask him if he wants to go to the store he says "see cars". Which either means he wants to see cars on the road or go to the toy isle and look at cars. He understands that he doesn't always go home with a car but definately enjoys looking. His eyes light up when he sees the toy isle and he said "there it is" as we approach as if the whole time we've been shopping he's been looking for the toys.
He has some really cute phrases. Some of our favorites are "where'd _____ go?" while holding up his hand in a curious pose, "there it/she/he is!", "there you go", "I'm gonna get you", "do you see/hear that", "oh, no!" and many others that are just too stinking cute to hear every day! He is really in to asking us to "play" and will often place a car in our hands and say "daddy/mommy, play?" He's learned how to say "that's mine" and we are working on how to say it politely. He enjoys reading books and naming every object on the page.
Cody loves to watch the garbage truck come pick up the trash and can hear it way before we do. It's the highlight of his Friday sometimes! He has several toy garbage trucks and trash cans and these are his favorite right now! Most of the "trash" that he puts in the garbage trucks are his matchbox cars! He has learned out to jump and wants to jump off curbs and down the stairs! He uses his whole body and it's so funny to watch. He likes to jump "like tigger".
Cody loves loves loves to be outside! He enjoys playing at the park, in the backyard, walking around the neighborhood and feeding the ducks at the pond in our neighborhood. We here the phrase "go outside" a lot and often have to explain that it's dark or raining and teaching him that he has to wait sometimes. Cody calls all other kids "boys" whether they are little kids like him or teenagers like our students....and whether they are girls or boys. We are trying to teach him to say "girls" and learn that there are girls and boys.
Cody is still our picky little eater! I haven't quite decided if picky is the right word or just that he isn't interested in food that much. He is not a big eater or into snacks or treats that much at all. He is definately not motivated by food. It's rare, although we try, to get him to eat new things. Sometimes I wonder if he has a texture issue but I haven't quite figured it out. He definately has a sweet tooth but unless he's has a good "meal" then he doesn't get sweet treats! I'm trying to get better at going with the flow on what he eats but some days I do get frustrated. He is not a big breakfast eater for sure and is better at lunch or dinner. He's learning to sit at the table and not in a high chair and how to stay at the table until everyone is done...a hard task for our boy that doesn't sit still.
Cody LOVES music! He has started singing along with songs...especially in the car or if he's watching a show or video and he recognizes the tune. At church he's the highlight of the JAM time that his little class goes to and is in constant motion the whole time. He loves to dance or shake the instruments and run in circles. He does not sit still for long at all! He loves church and will run straight into his class. Cody is extroverted and LOVES to play with other kids. He says his to kids in stores and playgrounds. It's not fun for him if he's the only kid somewhere and lights up as soon as another kid comes to wherever he's playing. He loves when we have friends over or he gets to go to their house! He often asks for his friends!
Cody is a great napper and sleeps well! We have started to wake him up from his afternoon naps so that he'll go to bed at night! He's definately a morning person and wakes up perky, happy and ready to start the day. Although, I can get him to snuggle while drinking milk and watching Micky Mouse for a bit. We end our day snuggling with him too!
Cody smiles and laughs all the time! We love having a silly little boy and the joy that he has about life! He loves to wrestle and for us to chase him. After every bath he likes to run naked down the hall while we chase him with a towel. He thinks this is hilarious and if we put the towel down, thinking we are done and ready to get him dressed, he brings us the towel and says chase! Although we can't get him to pose for a picture very well he will say "cheese" when he sees a camera.
He says please and thank you really well. He will often still use his sign language for more, please and eat. He loves to help us in the kitchen and has recently learned how to crack an egg! He wants to help stir and even taste whatever we are making. He often will stand at the pantry and ask for an oreo. That is probably his favorite "sweet treat" but he only eats the inside. He also likes to only eat the inside of cheese or peanut butter crackers and sandwhiches. He will eventually he the cracker/bread but usually eats the inside first. He loves animals and can name most animals...even a Moose! He has started being interested in watching bugs!
Cody is wearing 18 or 24 month short/pants and 24 month, 2T or 3T shirts. He wears size 6 diapers.
Weight: 24 pounds 14 ounces (10-25%)
Height: 34.5 inches (50-75 %)
Head: 19.5 Inches (75 -90%)
Train Number 19 for May 19th being Cody's 2nd birthday! We can't believe our boy is TWO but we are having a blast with him and being able to do "big boy" things with him!!