(Or as Wyatt learned to say in response to the question of how old he is: "Twooooo!") 

Two years ago, this sweet boy was placed into my arms.

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He stuck out a pouty lip, gave a tiny little cry, and Derek and I fell in love with him right there!

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It crazy to see how much he's grown in the last year!  Also, I can't believe I have a two year old. It feels so weird to say that.  The other day I went to buy him some shoes at Target, and they didn't have his size in the baby/toddler section anymore - I had to check out the little boy section to find some.  That's when it hit me.  To me, I'll always look at him and see my baby, but in reality he's really not a baby anymore - and I'm not quite sure when he turned from a baby into a little boy.  It snuck up on me.

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Here's the stats:

Height:  About 34 inches, I think.

Weight:  To be determined at his two-year checkup, but I'm guessing about 28-ish pounds (actually Wyatt and I had a good time trying to get his weight on the home scale - he thought it was great fun!).

Diaper size: Size 4.  We're still doing cloth too, but he's in disposables at night.

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Shoe size: Size 6.  Ah!

Favorite things: Horses, tractors, and cars.  We spend much of our day talking about these things!

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Favorite toys: Tractors, his light-up cars (they also sing - I think Derek and I have the songs memorized now), and his horses (he has a complete farm set up with a barn and farmers - he loves it).

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Favorite book:  It's not really a book so much as just Bible stories in general - we read one of his Bible books every night, and he loves to look through the pages when we're done.  I think we need to broaden our selection though, because we've read the same books so many times!

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Favorite music:  Wyatt loves music in general, and his favorite is The Donut Man - especially the Good Shephard CD.  He loves animals, so all the sheep noises in that one are fun for him! On January 9th we were riding in the car and he sang "hallelujah" with one of the songs - it was the first time he sang along to a song, and it was so precious!

His favorite bedtime song lately has been "Jesus Loves Me" - he'll rock back and forth while Derek and I sing it to him, and he sings some of the words with us ("Bible", "Jesus", and "so").  He looks so proud of himself for knowing the words, and it's adorable!

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Favorite song: Jesus Love Me.  We sing it to him every night, and he'll try to sing along!  He knows the words, and he'll remind us about his "song" if we forget!

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Favorite food: Cheese - anything with cheese.  He always eat spaghetti.  Crackers and raisins are a favorite snack.  And of course cookies, but you didn't hear that from me.

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Favorite outdoor activity:  Swinging.  He loves the swing.  And I feel so bad because the rope broke, so we haven't been able to use our swing for a while!  I think I need to get Derek to fix it this week.  He also just likes to walk around outside with me, and he gets upset when I say it's time to go in.

Favorite indoor activity:  Bubbles.  Oh my goodness.  I've never see a kid get so excited about bubbles!  It's so cute.  We'll do this more outside too when it gets warmer!  I took a ton of pictures of his facial expressions when we bring out the bubbles the other day, but I'll save those for a separate post.

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Favorite article of clothing: Shoes. He loves putting his shoes on.

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Blanket or teddy bear?  He has a favorite teddy bear, but he is definitely a blanket boy - he won't sleep well without his blanket (it's not good when we forget to bring it with us)!

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Bedtime:  We usually start getting him ready around 7:30 or so, and he goes down at about 8:00 PM.  We read him a bible story, brush his "teef", get him a drink of water, pray together (he folds his hands when we pray and says "amen!" - still working on keeping his head bowed in between though!).  After that we settle him down with his "danket", and sing him his song, then it's bedtime kisses and lights out.

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Favorite movie: Yes, I let the kid watch TV before two years old!  Even though I said he wouldn't . . . but only an occasional half hour.  Anyway, his favorites are his Praise Baby movies, though we've started to expand to his Little Angels ABC's movie too.

Kisses:  Wyatt's kisses have always consisted of him leaning his head toward me so I can kiss him, or pressing his cheek against my lips - that's what he does when I ask him to give me a kiss!  I think it's adorable.  He'll also give actual kisses where he'll purse his lips and kiss my face, but mostly it's the lean-kiss. He always grins when I ask him to give me or Gwen a kiss, and then he'll lean in!

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Big Brother Update:  Wyatt has adjusted really well to being a big brother.  The other day he finally got over his shyness and gave Gwen a kiss!  When he "kisses" Gwen he walks over to her and presses his cheek against hers, and then makes a kiss noise when he backs away - it's so cute!  He gladly obliges when we tell him to give Gwen a kiss, and he'll also randomly walk over and kiss her head when he feels like it.  I love watching him take care of Gwen, and if he doesn't know where she is he'll look all over until he finds her.  He's such a good big brother, and I feel so blessed that the transition has been easy for him.

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Miscellaneous:  My sweet boy is so much fun!  I love that we get to have actual conversations now (even if they are short and to the point).  He's talking so much - I stopped counting his words/phrases.  He has a lot.  Sometimes he'll say something, and I had no idea he even knew that word or phrase.  He's full of surprises!

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Also, have I mentioned that I love his eyes?  I love the color.  They're mostly brown, but they are a lighter brown and have a little bit of green - so technically they are hazel.  I just think they are so cool.  I finally got this picture - I didn't edit it at all, that's just his eye color . . .

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And his smile just lights up a room and brightens my day!  

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He still loves to talk on the phone, so we try to let him say hello to his grandparents when they call.  It's so cute!  I really want to get it on film.  He'll also still pretend to talk on the phone occasionally, and I love it.

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He is just a sweetheart, and I am loving these days together.  He's like a ray of sunshine, and I can't remember what it was like to not have him here!  I feel so blessed to be this little boy's mama, and I thank God for giving him to us!

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My Wonderful Wyatt-Boy,

You are just amazing to me, Wyatt!  I can't believe it's been two years since I first saw your sweet face.  You've changed so much since that first moment, and I love seeing you grow.  You constantly impress me with how much you are learning!  

You also have such a sweet personality - I love how you are so happy, I love your laugh, I love your fun-loving side and your serious side.  I love that you show concern for other people.  I love how you enthusiastically proclaim "Oh noooooo!" when someone gets hurt, or when something goes wrong.  I love how you reassure yourself and others that "It's okaaaay".   You are such an easy-going little guy, and you love to laugh.  You still laugh at all my silly antics, and I love making you smile.  

I think it's so interesting how you love music so much, and you still calm down when I sing to you.  I think it's adorable when you bring me a movie you want to watch and say "Here you goooo." (You always draw out the last syllable in these phrases).  I can hardly resist putting the movie in, because you are so cute when you ask, and I love our snuggle time on the couch.  I love how excited you get about simple things, like bubbles, or swinging, brushing your teeth and spitting in the sink, or reading a "Bible stowy".  You point out every car, balloon, cow, and horse you see, and I think it's adorable.  

You are at such a fun age, sweet boy, and even though I know I'm going to love every stage you go through, I'm soaking up every minute with you right now.  You are my sunshine boy, my "bugaboo", and I love you so much, Wyatt.  More than I could ever explain to you.  I hope you always know that.

Your Mama
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Amanda said...

Happy Birthday, Wyatt!!! It's because of your pregnancy announcement with him that I found your blog and our friendship began! :) When I scrolled down to the picture of Wyatt peeking in the crib, I teared up. He and Gwen are precious. You're so blessed, my friend!

The Clem Family said...

Seems like just yesterday that I was on bedrest reading your pregnancy updates! Can't believe they are now two! Happy birthday Wyatt! Oh, if you need some boy book suggestions let me know. I am addicted! One of our favorites right now is "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site"

Sarah said...

Such a great rundown of being two! I have a question: what are some titles you recommend for bible story books for his age? I feel like all the ones we have are too old for Luke (2y 3m). And don't worry about the TV thing. We started him at 1 year old with Baby Genius and SoSmart dvds, and then moved to Veggie Tales and Hermie & Friends. I didn't want to do it either, but some times they are the best thing in certain situations (at least for us). It is great that you can keep them to only a 1/2 hour!

Emily Powell said...

happy birthday!!!

Alli said...

Happy birthday Wyatt!!

Lauren said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet precious boy!

LOVE the spaghetti sweet!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday wonderful Wyatt!!! Your Mamma sure makes the cutest babies!!!! Have a fantastic day turning two!!!

Lyndsey said...

Happy Birthday Wyatt!! He just looks like the happiest little guy!!

Krystle said...

Happy Birthday little buddy!

Melanie said...

Can't believe our kiddos are turning two this year!! Time goes by crazy fast!! Loved all the pics..esp the one of Wyatt and Gwen sitting next to each other on the funny and cute!! He looks great in those little plaid shirts too! Hope he had a wonderful day!

Brittney said...

Precious pics! What a beautiful boy you have, Callie:) Happy Happy Birthday to Wyatt!!

Meghan said...

So cute! Happy birthday Wyatt!

Anonymous said...

You're gorgeous!

I love the meaning and purpose behind your blog :)

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday to Wyatt! He is adorable! I love all of your pictures!

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