Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Jayden's 2nd Birthday

Jayden's 2nd Birthday!

When he woke up, there was a present waiting for him from his friends- the two toddlers I watch.

His friends tried to help him open the box with forks from the play kitchen :)

Watching Happy Birthing Signing Time.

 Jay's favorite toy.

 Adam got out of work early and we took Jay to the museum.

This was Jay's favorite part. He loves Elmo's World and he kept running back to see Mr. Noodle.

Every time he heard Elmo's song, he ran back to dance.

Back to see Mr. Noodle again.

 Sometimes you can work better if you sit on the table.

 Jay loves letters and numbers.

 Grandma and Grandpa came over for dinner, presents, and cake.


Jay wanted to play ball with Diego.

He also wanted to take a picture. He told Diego and Grandma to say "Cheese!"

Elmo cupcake!

It was such a fun day. I can't believe he is two.

At his doctor appointment, we found out he is 34 inches tall and about 22 lbs. On the small side, but completely healthy.

He knows all his letters and numbers 1-10, can count to 10, and can say the whole alphabet. He learned it all without me ever teaching them to him directly. My mom didn't believe me until she did out of order alphabet flash cards with him, hehe. Sure enough, he knew every single one. I am so proud of him. He's talking more each day and I love it.

He is still signing a lot. He knows well over 100 signs. Signing has been amazing for us. He has always had a way to communicate with me and I have learned so much about him from his signing. There were so many times I realized he was making clever connections between things that I never would have assumed he understood. Even now that he can talk more, sometimes I can't understand what he is saying and he will sign it too and then I will understand. I think he will be signing long after he can talk. He is still very interested in learning signs.

He loves music and dancing. There are a bunch of songs that he knows a good amount of the words to that he sings along with. There is nothing I love more than hearing him sing. If a movie is on, he will play and ignore it, but when the credits start, he jumps up and runs over so he can dance. It makes us laugh every time.

He is so funny. He makes all these jokes and does silly things. He has always had a sense of humor- even as a baby- but he's grown into this cool little person that I can laugh and joke with.

He is obsessed with every piece of electronics in our house. I have to hide my Nook from him. I am not allowed to read anything on it. It's full of books and apps for him. Even though I hide it, he still manages to find it. When he woke up the other day he climbed the bookshelf and yelled "Found it!" He was holding the Nook with a huge smile on his face. He can work the TiVo, DVD player, Netflix streaming, phones, radios, and all the remotes in the house. If you leave a remote or phone on a shelf where he can see it, it is the same as giving it to him. He will climb anything to get it.

He loves going to the park. I have to hold my breath because he climbs up so high and goes down really tall slides. His favorite thing at the park is the swings. He loves playing with older kids and will follow them anywhere. He's athletic and can keep up pretty well with throwing and kicking balls, jumping, and running with older kids.

Even though he has grown into this strong independent person, he is still so sweet and cuddly. He falls asleep in my arms for every nap and every night when he goes to bed.

We're still co-sleeping. We changed his crib into a toddler bed because we'll never go back to a crib. Sleeping together was definitely the right choice for us. We all can get sleep this way. Every single night when we get into bed, Adam talks about how lucky we are to have Jayden. The extra time with him is nice. He won't always want to sleep in our bed with us. We're enjoying the extra snuggles while they last.

Sometimes I get really sad thinking about how he's not a baby anymore, but most of the time I am just excited to watch him grow. It's been so much fun so far.


  1. I love all the photos. I think my favorite is the excited look he has at the aquarium! Very cute!

  2. He is so adorable. You must be sad to see him growing up but so proud of him at the same time!!!

  3. Happy Birthday Jayden, looks like you had a great day!!!

  4. This is such a sweet post. Looks like he had an amazing birthday!!! I can't believe it's been two years...

  5. He's so fascinating! I love getting a little peek into his mind, as I also love starting to learn what's on Miss E's mind. (Yesterday she signed "all done!" to the nurse at the doctor's office a dozen times, but unfortunately her wish was not granted.) He's such a smart cookie with all those signs and numbers and letters!!