Thursday, December 26, 2013

Cohen - 2.5 Years Old

Cohen is 2 1/2 years old! He was been growing and changing so much over the last few months.

He talks a lot and understands even more. The last time he we checked his weight he was 29 lbs and 3 feet tall. He has been a potty training champ. We tried a few days here and there but he was over it partway through the days. I didn't want to push it, especially with a new baby on the way. One day he said "no diaper!" and never looked back. He still wears diapers at nap and bedtime, partly because he sleeps about 12 hours at night and also because he is still sleeping in his crib and couldn't get up to go even if he wanted to. Yes, he's still in his crib. We haven't made the change yet because his crib has always been his "safe place" so I'm not terribly anxious to rush him out of it. He does things in his own time, we'll know when he's ready.

His favorite things are stuffed animals, tractors (twactos), trains and cars (caws). He also likes to help out mommy and daddy. Whenever we are making dinner he likes to "help". We found him sitting on the floor with a bowl and a whisk and he told us he was making cookies. He always asks to take toys to bed and sometimes we let him pick one (or twelve). He got a new tractor for Christmas and wanted to take it to bed so we let him. An hour later he was still awake in bed playing with it so I sent Danny in to take it away and tell him it was time to sleep. When he got up in the morning, he saw the tractor sitting outside his door and said "Daddy take da twacto" and kept repeating it all morning. It was so sad, poor little fellow. His other new hobbies include washing his hands, turning lights on and off, and playing in his room.

Cohen still goes to OT twice a month and we have been seeing some pretty cool growth. I realized one day that I hadn't seen him startle to a noise in several months! This is pretty big for him because as a baby he startled all the time and then up until recently he still jumped at a lot of noises and got really scared and anxious about them. He has also been doing lots of swinging and gaining confidence in his physical capabilities.

Cohen and Ezra are starting to interact a little more. We make a conscious effort to include them in things together, Ezzy helps say goodnight to Cohen, Ez "gives kisses" to Cohen. It's so cute to watch them start to notice each other a little more. I can't wait to continue to watch their relationship grow, I hope they are good buddies.

He is still our sweet, sensitive boy. It has been so fun to watch him grow, gain confidence, and become a "big boy" lately. I still can't believe how grown up he is getting. Sigh. The NICU journey seems like a lifetime ago. So proud of this boy and we love him with all our hearts.

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