Friday, April 18, 2014

Our 2 year old - Update of all things Wesley

Wesley turned 2 in January and has continued to astound us with the incredible things he's learned. His temper tantrums, independence, and strong-willed nature make our life a struggle, but the amazing things make it all worth it.

About a month ago I was wearing a leadership t-shirt. It had a cross on it and Wesley pointed to it and said, "Jesus!" I don't know where he learned that, but I was so proud! Since then we will talk about Jesus and tell him about Jesus. Of course we were doing that before, but now he seems to know what we're talking about. We got a new children's Bible - Spark Story Bible - the best one I have ever seen! We read it to Wesley and tell him about Jesus. He points to pictures of Jesus and says Jesus in the cutest little voice. It's really opened us up to have more conversations with Wesley about what we believe. The other day on our way to church he said, "Jesus is strong!" It was adorable.

Wesley loves to sing. He's always has a love of music, but recently started singing. With passion. I catch him singing his fave - Twinkle, Twinkle - in the backseat on our way home from school. He was too shy to sing in front of people for a while, but it wasn't until recently that he would perform. His favorites are the ABCs, Wheels on the Bus, Twinkle Twinkle, Jingle Bells, and Jesus Loves me.

I'm not sure what is cuter. :-)

I wrote about how Wesley is now potty trained. We still have an accident now and then, usually when he's playing too hard to remember to go potty, but he's doing a great job.We tell him all the time how proud of him we are. It's not perfect - on Sunday he peed on his shoes in the nursery at church. I had to carry him 7 miles to the car in the rain to rush home to get new shoes in time to come back for the end of church and the Easter Egg hunt. Awesome. But he's trying and is 95% potty trained, which is as good as I can expect of just about anyone, right?

Wesley counts. The first time I noticed it was about 6-7 months ago. I figured it was time for him to learn to count and while I was taking his shoes off I said, "One..." His response? "TWO!!!" I guess he learned to count at school! Since then counting has become a huge part of our lives. We count all the time. Wesley typically counts like this, "One Two Three Seven Nine Ten Twelve One Three!" Exactly.

I know there are different opinions about correcting the silly little things kids say, but I'm all for keeping it cute as long as possible. No one will go to college saying "Chickmonk" or "up slide down". (I won't say who I know that has said those things...) Wesley's first word like that is "Gasket ball." He can say his Bs, but he doesn't at the beginning of basket. It's adorable and I'll never correct him. Someday he will start saying Basketball and I might shed a little tear.

There's our update. He's opinionated, stubborn, moved 100 miles/hour during every waking moment, and is the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me.
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