December 10, 2015

Oliver is Two!

I know I haven't blogged in a while, and I can't say I'll do it on the regular, but I have to write a little bit about Oliver because two years have gone by in the blink of an eye, and somehow this sweet little baby...
...has turned into a spunky, spirited two year old seemingly overnight.

He is one of the two greatest gifts that Thomas and I have ever been given, and we thank God for him every day, as we're filled with constant awe and wonder of this little man and his developing personality. 

He does not ever stop talking, and he now sings his ABCs (and proudly exclaims "Yay! Impressive!" at the end).  His most frequently used word of the moment seems to be 'probably.'  It's not uncommon to hear things like "Probably needs new batteries" or "Baby Theo probably hungry" or "probably need a band-aid." He is still the most curious little boy, and I love watching his mind work as he asks more and more questions every day.  He asks "What's that?" about every.single.thing in his books and all the things he sees when we're out driving or taking walks, as well as "What's that noise?" about whatever he hears.  He also amazes me with questions he asks about things like where the bubbles are going when they go down the sink. Although he answered his own question and told me they were going to see Mimi and Aunt Hannah. :)  

He hasn't quite gotten the hang of "my" and "your" or "me" and "you" yet, so he frequently asks things like "Mommy want to hold you?"  or "I want to play in my bed," referring to our bed, which always cracks us up when we try to explain or teach him the right thing to say because it actually is confusing when you think of it from his point of view. 

This boy still eats anything and everything, and one of his favorite lunch foods of the moment is a quesadilla...made with hummus, sundried tomato bruschetta, and feta cheese, you know, all the typical toddler things! He loves spinach smoothies for breakfast, and his dinner favorites seem to be chili and spaghetti. He seems to be a lot like me in that he loves his fruits and vegetables, but also really, really loves his sweets. He constantly hangs out in the kitchen, either watching me cook, trying to help me cook, playing with his toy set of pots and pans, or begging for a snack or a bite of whatever we're getting. 

He sleeps hard after trying a bunch of different tactics to get us to let him out of his crib (none of which work), including yelling one time "I want to read a coupon book!" He goes to sleep with three blankets and all of his stuffed animals piled on top of him, and he's recently started saying "Forgot a kiss! Forgot a hug!" to sneak in a few extras.  Like either of us are complaining about that! :) We absolutely love listening to him sing and talk before he falls asleep, and we especially love it when he wakes up giggly when we go to check on him before we go sleep. He almost always wakes up from naps saying "I want to playyyyy! I want to playyyy!" 
As energetic and fun as he is, he's also very cautious. He loves, loves, loves running around on the playground, but he also takes his times on the steps and refuses to go down the slide. He doesn't seem to like heights, and he is absolutely not a climber (although he is recently testing the rules with climbing up on the side of the couch).  He is sweet and gentle, and looks completely fazed when kids on the playground get pushy with him, and looks at them like why in the world did you do that to me?  I hope the rough side of him doesn't come out for a long, long time! 

Other interests? 


The sprinker...

 His backpack...

Flowers (he smells any that we pass)...

Books, books, and more books...

Helping daddy with projects...

Drawing and using chalk...

mowing the lawn (but really the sidewalk)... 

the beach...

...and anything with wheels.  He knows the difference between the UPS and FedEx trucks, is fascinated by buses, garbage trucks, and fire trucks, and runs to look out the window whenever our neighbor starts up his pick-up truck. He loves watching the construction in our neighborhood, and whenever the trucks aren't down there, he asks where the Power Curber and the Digger trucks went. 

It's been amazing watching him grow and seeing his interests develop, but the biggest treasure has been watching him become a brother. We weren't sure what to expect with the transition to a family of four, and we thought there may be some jealousy or regression issues, but we thankfully have not seen any of that (yet). Thomas and I prayed hard for the two of them to be close growing up, and I think we're seeing the beginning of the fruits of those prayers. Oliver has been in love with Theodore since day one, and watching him with interact with him gives visible evidence of Blessed John Paul II's words that the "presence of brothers and [children] to grow in humanity and to realize the beauty of life at all its ages and in all its variety." 
He is fascinated by him, talks to him in the sweetest little voice, and constantly asks to kiss him and hold him.  He is in awe of every part of Theodore, and I frequently see him staring at him or touching his fingers, toes, and nose, saying "Tiny little nose! Tiny little fingers!" When he cries, Oliver usually says "Check on him! Probably hungry!" He loves showing him his toys and books, and the only thing he was upset about when we brought him home from the hospital was that he's too little to play with him. 
Oh, this boy. 
He is playful and gentle, joyful and sweet, and I couldn't be more thankful to have the privilege of raising him. It is such a blessing to witness the beauty of the world around us through this little one's joy and excitement.

Happy birthday to the boy who made me a mother! I love you!


  1. What a beautiful little boy!! He seems so hilariously chatty and I think he and Aaron would be good pals =) Happy Birthday, Oliver!

  2. Happy Birthday to your sweet little boy!!!!
    What a wonderful way to celebrate him!
    So happy to see you here, but know how much you must be enjoying your blessed sweet life with your men. : )

  3. Happy Birthday to my little buddy. I miss "Play Jo Jo." and "Quesa DEE ya" I look forward to being back in both Oliver and Theo's lives but know it will be hard for you Caitlin. Your treasures are mine as well. They fill my life and my heart. I look forward to getting to know Theo better, and being a part of the inquisitive life of Oliver again. Sooooooo grateful to God that He put us together. I love you all. <3

  4. happy birthday to your cutie pie! and belated congrats on theodore!

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