Collin Cooper is 25 months old today! His first month as a two-year-old has been a big one.
(No pictures today since the dude is recuperating from surgery.)
At 27 pounds and 33.5 inches, Collin is still a peanut. He wears 2t clothes, size 5 diapers, and size 6 shoes.
The past month has been awesome! Collin's personality shines through and his conversation skills surprise us every day. For so long we've been "making conversation" with Collin and playing both parts. All of a sudden, he contributes thoughtfully! It's so weird - and exciting - to ask questions that receive logical responses. (When getting him out of his crib one morning, Daddy asked "What time do you think it is?" and Collin replied "Um, eight.") Smart kiddo!
Some of the funniest things Collin says...
-while holding his hand toward me to indicate he wants to me to stay while he goes: "Mommy, right back."
-"Daddy, own" while pointing at Daddy's drink because he doesn't want to share
"Uh uh Gigi. Mine!" to tell a puppy to leave his stuff alone
New in the past couple days, Collin has started calling us "Mommy and Daddy" instead of "Mama and Dada." He's changed several other words of his this month, which is awesome because his version is getting closer to the properly pronounced version. It's tricky though, because sometimes I forget that he changed his pronunciation. I told Ryan the other day, "If Collin and I are going to speak our own language together, he needs to tell me before he changes a word!" :-)
He's learning about pronouns and it cracks me up. He commonly says "carry you" and "hold you," even though he means "Will you carry me?" and "Will you hold me?" On the flip side, he'll say "sit with me" when he means "I want to sit with you," because that's what we ask. ("Collin, do you want to sit with me?" "Sit with me.")
Collin is an interesting dichotomy of laid-back and regimented. He'll go anywhere with us and is so good at going with the flow when we're doing new things or our schedule is off, yet he prefers his cars to be in a straight line. He giggles and plays along while we tease him, but it isn't ok to put a toy back in the wrong spot in his room. (He'll say "uh uh Daddy" while he moves the toy to wherever it belongs.) His personality is easy-going but his habits are a bit compulsive, if that makes sense.
Collin loves to pretend, and his pretend play is becoming more and more elaborate. He had a toy truck at Shane's house last week that needed a key to work. The key, funny enough, was just pretend and Collin kept it in his pocket. It's fascinating to watch how thorough he is - pulling the key out of his pocket and putting it in the truck every time he wanted to play, and even remembering to put the key back in his pocket when he was done.
Last week he was given a bowl and spoon, and asked to feed a teddy bear. Rather than just feed the teddy bear from the empty bowl, Collin walked to the kitchen, "opened" the cabinet and "poured cereal" into the bowl, and then sat the bowl on the table. When asked why he wasn't feeding the bear, Collin responded, "too hot" while pointing at the cereal. After mixing the cereal and blowing on it, it was finally ready to be served to the bear. Like I said, he's elaborate.
Being a helper is really fun for Collin and assigning a task is an almost sure-fire way to distract him when necessary. He especially likes helping Daddy with tools and helping Mommy in the kitchen. He doesn't hesitate to push his way in to assist Daddy with the fix, and he always says "up please counter please" in the kitchen because he wants up on the counter so he has a better view of what's going on.
Bug likes to copy what he sees us doing and it's cute to watch how awkward it sometimes is. This morning he and Daddy were sitting by the fire. Ryan's legs were crossed and his arms were resting on his knees. Collin tried to copy Ryan's pose exactly, which resulted in having to hold his arms straight out since his legs were too low to rest on. :-)
Collin is quite interested in colors, shapes, and numbers. He knows all the basic colors and most simple shapes. He correctly counts to six before he starts making up words so he can keep going. His favorite color is yellow (just ask him!) and his favorite number must be four because he wants to tell everyone that's how old he is. :-)
We're so proud of our tender-hearted, sweet little guy and continue to be incredibly impressed by him. We are blessed to be parents to such a precious child. Of course we're biased, but we're pretty sure he's the coolest kid in the whole world!