Oscar turn 2 last month. 2! Years! It's been over a month since his birthday but I'm still in shock. I mean, we went from this little baby playing soccer:
To this flipping toddler:
To this running, talking little boy:
But wonderfully enough, he has stayed a very happy child through all the changes. He is developing his own unique and wonderful personality. I'd forgotten how much I enjoy this age. Two is generally looked at as the "terrible twos" but I find watching them change from baby to kid is just fascinating. He has plenty of fits, louder and more screaming than I thought possible from him, but thankfully he's usually quick to calm down given the proper response from us (which is as little response as possible).
He's quite an athletic child, who spent most of this last year climbing everything he could from our bed, his high chair, and the latest, the bathroom counter! He's learning to jump high enough on the mini trampoline to scare me. And if he's in the mood, can run for almost half a mile. All of this physical ability is wrapped up in a small little package. At 33.5" (28%) tall and 25 lbs 9oz (18%), he's sitting on the low end of the growth chart. This doesn't concern us in the least since at this age, Sebastian wasn't even on the chart. And Oscar is incredibly healthy, catching many colds that Sebastian brings home from preschool, but never seeming to have more than a stuffy nose and maybe one crabby day from them. He still sleeps like a rock for 10 solid hours at night and a 1-3 hour nap in the afternoon. But he makes up for all that rest by being incredibly active while he's awake.
He is teaching me more every day about life, and just like his brother (in this regard), showing me how amazing life is when you're just happy to be alive. That's why little kids are so wonderful. They're a constant reminder of how great this moment is right here. Not earlier or tomorrow, there's no real concept of time. Just right now and how much fun, sadness, excitement, anger, or love can be had in this one moment. And the freedom to be exactly who you are, which no real restrictions being set by society yet, just total transparency into how they are feeling every minute of the day. It's refreshing and reminds me to care less and less what anyone else thinks. How much happier would the world be if everyone was truly doing what made them happiest each moment? We'd all be like children again. :)