Prepare for the gush. Prepare for the over-the-top lovey dovey stuff. Nothing makes a mama more sentimental than a birthday! Last year, on his birthday, I was filled with vivid memories of the day he was born. This year, I was filled with awe that our baby is a big boy! Two somehow feels like a tipping point into the huge world of big boys. Thrilling and a little emotional all at the same time.
It has been six months since I did a Liam post! So that means I’ve got a lot to get into this one. Ha! As if the others have been short.
First, I’d just like to give a little plug to the company I used to make a picture book for Liam. I am not a very experienced picture-book-maker so there would have been a learning curve for me with any company I used. But Blurb is now one of my very favorite things! They are set up for the customer to create a mini-book all the way up to self-publishing his own real book. So – I think that makes them a tad more professional and I am in love with my final product. It covered the entire first year and a half of Liam’s life – so yeah – it’s a bit of a monster. You should check them out though! Here’s a few shots of the book:
Life with Liam – where to start? My brain is leaning towards one category at a time so here we go:
Talking Whoo! We are off to the races with language. It keeps me on my toes actually! I would say there is still about 40% of what he says that comes out as babble – frustrating for him when he is being as clear as he can possibly be and I still don’t get it! But there is oh so much that I do understand and it is one of the most amazing things to get to communicate more every day with him. Some of my current favorites from his mouth are: My deed it (or my do it, do it by myself, etc…you get the point), Daddy watch this!, yeah…sure (said in the sweetest little voice possible – like ‘Liam do you want to go see Mimi? ‘Yeah, sure!’), I be right back (as he scurries off to do something and scurries back), Dear Jesus I la you…thank you…amen., Daddy – play choo choos!, I go to Yaya’s house/Mimi’s house/Grandma’s house, etc., Mommmmmmmy where arrrrrrre you?, one two three four five six seven eight nine GO!, Mommy are you ready?, MOMMY A FIRETRUCK!!!, Daddy’s home!!, I play music, n-n-n-n-n-n-no!, okay that’s good!, Bye bye – I go to church, and the list goes on and on. Preciousness.
Right now, he’s into repeating everything. Yesterday when we were taking a walk, Zion and I were talking. For about five minutes – he would repeat everything that came out of my mouth from the stroller. He couldn’t see me but he was totaling derailing my train of thought and would die laughing when he could tell that he was. Part adorable – part oh my word.
It’s particularly fun to drive in the car with him right now because he is on radar alert for every vehicle he can point out – a firetruck, an ambulance, a bike, a motorcycle…but the best find on the road is by far the huge yellow crane at St. Francis hospital. Once we see it, we talk about it for a few minutes straight. Thrills his heart!
This was the one thing I wanted to record about Liam at twenty one months that never happened since I didn’t do one! Zion and I, um, love Les Miserables. We like the new movie a lot but we LOVE the stage production. We have the twenty-fifth anniversary concert performance of Les Mis and we like to play it loud from time to time. Well…Mr. Liam learned to love it too. At twenty one months, he would out of the blue say ‘Les Mis!’ and make us put it on. Heart melting stuff for Les Mis lovers. During the big anthems he likes to point both index fingers into the air and march/run across the room to the music. Can’t make this up!
We climb, we run, we jump – in fact, we jump a lot. Our couch has become the site of physical feats of wonder by Liam Spencer. I am fairly amazed that there have been no real injuries and thankful for it! By far his greatest highlight of the day is when Daddy comes home from work. It’s on the second he comes in. Whether it’s chasing each other in circles, rough housing on the couch, playing choo choos on the floor, or singing Twinkle Twinkle in the microphone, everyone rejoices when Daddy returns to us. In fact, Liam has started modeling himself after Daddy – who happens to like to take his shirt off as soon as he comes home from work. Liam now says ‘MY SHIRT OFF!” the second he sees Daddy do it. Or – he’ll take the lead, do it first and then insist that Zion follows suit. I have been prohibited from documenting this with pictures so just trust me when I say it’s one of my very favorite things.
Liam got his first bike for his birthday. Man oh man is it a winner. He can wheel that little thing all around the house and insists on wearing his yellow construction hat while doing so. Safety first.
Some of the classic two year old moments have definitely surfaced, but there are also the sweetest moments. He will still come up to me in the kitchen about once a day with a pained face and arms stretched as high as they can, insisting that he be held. Now sometimes he just wants to see what’s on the counter that he could get his hands on (LOL!) but often he just wants to be close for a minute or two.
One of my other favorite things is our bedtime reading. We will often hit three or four books and the last one is almost always Goodnight Moon or The Going To Bed Book. Little man seriously has them memorized. He can fill in most any blank and laughs as he helps us read them.
When I’m rocking Liam before he goes to sleep, I’ll often ask him if I can pray with him. He usually says nothing but instead thrusts out his hand to hold mine while we pray. Moments to cherish.
Things We Love
Where to start? There is so much that he loves about life at two years old:
Treats and sweets. I wonder where he got that??? You don’t dare say the word treat unless you are ready to pony up and produce. We try to limit sugar but there’s a time and place for everything :).
Bathtime! Perfect place to practice swimming and to splash, jump and squeal.
Swimming…which mostly consists of jumping. He loves to jump off the steps in Mimi and B.Bo’s pool and could literally wear your arms down to rubber.
Building towers. He’s a great builder AND a great tear-down-man. 🙂
Playing trains. Toby and Diesel were the newest additions and for a few weeks they nearly had to go to bed with him each night.
Playing with Isaiah. There is nothing quite like playing with his cousin Yaya. They always play until they are both in a full sweat and screaming in joy. So thankful for their friendship.
Coloring…or having me color that is. Whether it’s chalk, magnadoodle, or crayons he loves a good minute or two but then insists on having me draw things for him: a circle, an oval, a star, a truck, an airplane….I’m brushing up on those drawing skills!
His Grandparents. He may love nothing more than having Mimi/B.Bo or Grandma/Papa show up at his house and say that he gets to get in their car and go with them. He is immediately ready to hit the road and quickly and confidently says ‘Bye bye Mommy/Daddy!’.
I love this boy of mine and wouldn’t trade him for the world. His heart is precious, his personality is bright, he’s becoming pretty funny!, and his eyes show how much he cares. We are truly blessed to have him as a part of our family and we continue to ask God to fill us with wisdom to parent him the way he needs to be in order to fulfill his destiny.