Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Silas: My 2 Year Old

I really can't believe that Silas is already 2!! It feels like he was just born; that saying is so true that "the days are long, but the years are short."

Here are some stats followed by an enormous amount of pictures:


Silas is "all boy"! He loves to get dirty, make messes, be destructive, jump off of everything, and run towards danger; these parents are exhausted...haha! Silas is also really sweet when he plays though. He can sit and play with toy cars and trucks for hours, he likes to color and paint (creative little soul), and he's starting to like "dress up" when we go to the EarlyWorks or the Depot.


Silas is a great sleeper! He sleeps from 10-12 hours a night and takes one nap a day that lasts between 1.5-2 hours. He has transitioned from his crib to a toddler bed to now sleeping in a full size bed with pool noodles to keep him safe. He has, unfortunately, fallen out of bed a few times, some of which were very scary for us, but no lasting harm or bumps or bruises.


Silas loves to eat! He definitely goes through phases, usually when a growth spurt hits, that he barely touches anything, but I am not a short cook; he will eat what we eat. Some of his favorite foods are hummus, raw broccoli, salad with Ranch dressing, grapes, popcorn, bacon, cheese, sweet potatoes, rice and beans from Rosie's, and anything sweet...he comes by that honestly.


Silas is so sweet! He has a very active, fun loving personality, spontaneous, always ready for adventure, but is also super chill and easy going. He has started throwing quite a few tantrums, but we feel that he's testing boundaries (he is a sinner, just like everyone else) and that he's unable to really communicate what he wants. As his speech has gotten better, I've noticed a decrease. I can say, "Silas, use your words." and he can usually babble something off that only Adam and I would understand, but meeting that need, or redirecting, will calm him down.

Silas has always been a snuggler, but he's been pretty clingy lately and I think it's because of Adam's busy schedule and me encouraging him to do more since I've gotten bigger with pregnancy. I think he knows things are about to change and we are okay with him being more affectionate and needy because this season will pass just as quickly as the others and we will wish he wanted to be held.


We've been encouraging Silas to help with certain chores. He can throw away trash, help pick up his toys, unload the silverware from the dishwasher, "wash" dishes in the sink, and he really loves pushing the vacuum around. Sometimes, cleaning takes longer because he "helps", but we want to instill the importance of caring for the things God has entrusted to us.


Silas and Reid love hanging out at small group each week!

Silas has a lot of little friends from church and daycare and of course all of the girls on our street LOVE him! He has started to be a little possessive with toys, but will, for the most part, easily share and interact. He definitely thinks he is much older than 2 and gets upset when the kids on our street ride their bikes down the road without him or play 4 square in the street, neither of which he's allowed to do, but such is childhood I guess, learning boundaries.

Silas is at such a fun age and we are really excited to see him as a big brother to Elijah!

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