My boy.

I have been meaning to write a post all about my little boy for a long time, but now that he's officially turned two I'm making myself finally sit down and do it!  Thomas is in this really fun stage and has the funniest personality that I just want to bottle up and keep forever.  

At two, his eyes are still just as bright blue as ever and I absolutely love it.  I feel good about them staying blue forever, and I just hope they hold their brightness.  They really are the prettiest eyes.  His hair is still blond but seems to be darkening by the day.  I never imagined I'd have a blond boy, but now I've gotten used to it and don't want it to go away!  Brown hair genes are pretty strong on both sides of our families though, so I'm sure he'll eventually be brunette too.  I just hope it's not too soon!  The hair that he has grows quickly and sadly has lost the little bit of curls that he had last summer.  It's thickening up all over...except for the top sides.  Poor guy still looks like he has a bad receding hairline!

Thomas has never met a pair of shoes that he didn't want to try on.  He loves to click clack around the house in any that I've taken off, but it's also not unusual for him to just go in my closet to find a pair on his own.  His sister's shoes aren't safe either.  He prefers her hot pink water shoes to his navy ones every day of the week.

The picture below on the right is from dinner time one night when Thomas strolled in with most of a roll of toilet paper.  And he was so proud of himself!  You really just never know what he's up to when he's out of sight.

My boy is really a Daddy's boy most of the time.  He'll settle for his Mama when Daddy isn't around.  He probably says "I want my Daddy" or "hold me, Daddy" or "where Daddy go?" a hundred times a day.

His very favorite food is probably tomatoes - called "apples" - followed closely by green beans.  For the first two years of his life, he has been a really good eater and has tried nearly everything set in front of him.  We are just starting to see the beginnings of toddler pickiness emerge.  Other current faves include grapes, cheese, cereal, gold fish, and ice cream.  If he had it his way, he would drink "bot-lick" (chocolate) milk all day every day.  And in the mornings, he still sucks down his whole sippy cup of milk in one sitting, like a baby drinking a bottle.  

As you can see from the picture below, if I'm too slow on the snack delivery, he takes matters into his own hands.  He figured out WAY too early on (probably from watching his sister) how to pull a chair up to the fridge or counter to get anything he wants.  Basically, nothing is safe. 

There are days when he's 100% ALL boy.  He does not shy away from dirt and mud.  He's happy to run around naked or just in a diaper.  He throws anything that even somewhat resembles a ball.  He gets excited to watch a choo-choo pass by on the tracks and watches for big trucks outside the car window.  He pushes any toy with wheels around while saying "beep beep!" 

Other days, he shows his sweet, gentle soul.  Most of our friends in town have new babies and he LOVES to sit and watch them in their bouncers.  I've caught him petting their sweet little feet and he loves when we hold a baby and let him gently touch their head.  He has told me he wants a baby; it made me sad to tell him "Sorry, bud! Probably not gonna happen!"  He borrows Katie Wynn's babies and pushes them around in her stroller.  And he carts his Elmo and stuffed bunny rabbits all over the house in the mornings.  

Thomas's biggest love is for candy!  Matt and I both love candy too so he comes by it honestly.  He knows that Mimi keeps candy in her cookie jar and that he usually can have ONE piece.  These days, he has his one finger up before we even make it through her garage door and starts asking, "one canny, one canny?"  This mama has learned to use that love for candy to her advantage - he'll almost always pose for a picture if there's a piece of candy promised!

He knows how to "cheese!" for the camera now too, so often I get silly grins like the one below on the left!

I know I've mentioned it before, but Thomas recently went through a big boots phase.  He has his own pair of navy rain boots but prefers this hand-me-down yellow pair of Katie Wynn's.  Wrong feet?  He doesn't care!  Thankfully, he has at least temporarily moved on from the rain boots.  Now, he prefers to wear "lop lops" (flip flops) everyday.  

Thomas's favorite days are ones that Mr. Nate comes to mow the yard.  He LOVES to watch him through the window and wave to him.  On the day we celebrated his birthday, Mr. Nate came to cut the grass AND spread mulch, so he was there longer than normal.  Thomas was in heaven!  We sat on the back porch and watched him mow.  I'm sure Nate hates coming to our house because he always has an audience.  :)  The next morning, the first thing Thomas said when he woke up was, "Where Nate go?" 

Katie Wynn is still incredibly shy around crowds, and Thomas feeds off her energy.  If we're somewhere with other people - a birthday party, for example - and she's not talking and wants to be held, then he's doing the same.  If she's being silly and running around, then he's hot on her heels.  And if she's not around, he's at the window waiting for her arrival.  Another phrase on repeat - "Where Kay-Wynn go?" 

Thomas loves playing with the toy doctor's kit that Katie Wynn got for Christmas.  He often gives shots, takes our blood pressure, and hammers us with the reflex tool.  All while wearing his doctor glasses, of course.  Sometimes, he even gives haircuts with his surgical scissors.  

Now that Thomas is two, he technically has outgrown the nursery at our church.  He has started attending Sunday School and now joins us in the sanctuary for church until the children are dismissed for Children's Church.  It can get a bit noisy in our pew.  :)  A couple Sundays ago, Matt eventually had to carry Thomas out because we couldn't get him to be quiet.  He was singing "Jesus loves me!" - just those three words - on repeat and only sang louder when Matt picked him up.  Sweet guy just loves his Jesus!  :)

Thomas is my very favorite little guy.  Every day all I want to do is kiss his chubby little cheeks.  I can't imagine what our life would be like without him in it.  He brightens our days, keeps us on our toes, sometimes makes us crazy, but always makes us laugh and smile.  We love him big!