I can’t believe how every stage of baby gets that much better, but I think this has been my favorite stage that William has been in so far. He is so sweet and loving, has quite the infectious personality and is just so joyful. Now that he is talking, I just love hearing the way he phrases things and how he communicates. He talks himself to sleep most nights and it is so much fun seeing how his brain is developing and how things/thoughts are connecting! He adores his little brother and people close to him, but if he doesn’t know you, he is as shy as can be! He is turning into a kind, tender-hearted and full of life little boy and I couldn’t be more proud of him!
Keep scrolling to read his 2.5 year old update and see some pictures from the past few weeks! PS: At the very bottom, I’ve linked our must-have baby/toddler items from the Nordstrom Anniversary for any of you moms/moms-to-be!
William is in the 80th percentile for height and 50th percentile for weight. He’s tending towards tall and lean. He’s tracked that way his whole life so far!
I was worried that we may have some sleep regressions after moving William to his big boy bed, but he did so good! The transition went so smoothly and I was glad I waited until he was ready. He sleeps for about 11-12 hours at night and typically gets a 2 hour nap in during the day. A few months ago, he had a major nap regression – I thought it could be the end of his naps – but, I just kept putting him down for a “rest” day after day and eventually he started to nap again- thankfully!
William is sweet, he is tender-hearted, he is bossy and he is a ball of energy and brings us all so much joy and laughter. He is very protective over Henry and it so sweet to see the two of them playing and laughing together. He is a rule follower (most of the time), likes to tell everyone what to do and keeps me on my toes. His little mind blows me away. He remembers everything and associates different places with different things. He loves puzzles and I love watching him put them together. He’s started to say “one more time, mommy” and then when I say “ok, one more time” he says “two more times, mommy.” Always trying for more!
William eats 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. For breakfast, he drinks a cup of almond milk and either almond butter toast with banana, turkey sausage and fruit or whole wheat waffles and fruit. For lunch, he loves avocado toast, chicken, or a turkey sandwich. I always serve fruit and some type of veggie, too – even if it’s just a veggie pouch. He’ll eat what we eat for dinner, but his favorite food is salmon, or almost any kind of fish, and he really started liking lamb on our trip. We’ve slowly started to introduce dairy products (in the past he has had a dairy sensitivity and eczema). He is not into veggies at all. I try with every meal, but the only veggies he likes to eat are raw carrots dipped in ranch. That’s why I started to give him vegetable pouches. He’ll eat those and at least he gets some vegies that way!
His schedule hasn’t changed much since his last update. He is starting to wake up earlier – typically around 7:30. He goes down for a nap around 2 pm. Bed is usually around 7:30/8 pm depending on if he napped that day!
William finished his first year of Mother’s Day Out in May and it has been so nice having him at home! This summer we haven’t had any weekly scheduled activities. I didn’t enroll him in any camps and it’s been so nice having a flexible summer, especially with our move and traveling. He’ll go to Mother’s Day Out twice a week in the Fall, so I am soaking up all this time while I can. We go swimming most days, the park in the morning before it gets too hot and we spend a lot of time doing floor puzzles. He loves to paint, play with his cars and trains and he goes 90-miles an hour all day everyday. He just recently started to be able to sit down to watch a “show” and he loves to talk about/look at anything to do with ambulances, police cars, firetrucks, helicopters, airplanes etc. He points out every type of vehicle while we are out driving!
- Counts to ten on his own
- Knows the alphabet
- Went from a few words to talking non-stop in sentences
- Moved to a big boy bed
Must-Have Baby Items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
With so many amazing deals going on during the Anniversary Sale – I thought I would share some of my must-have baby/toddler items from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale:
- Dockatot: One of my favorite “new” baby products we used with Henry. We used the Grand size while we were in London for William to sleep in. It worked out so perfectly.
- Chenille blanket: Both of my boys have this blanket in the security size and larger size. They are so soft and have held up well, even though they use them everyday!
- Native shoes: William loves these shoes during the summer – perfect for out by the pool and at the park.
- Convertible car seat: This is the car seat that we use for William and will use for Henry when we make the switch, any day now.
- Humidifier: This is the humidifier we use in the boys rooms. It’s good for keeping their noses clear when the air is dry.
- Hooded towel: This is the softest hooded towel!
- Sippy cups: William used these so much, I’m definitely ordering the blue set for Henry.
- New baby gift set: This is a great gift idea for a new mom or mom-to-be.
- Play Mat: We’ve loved our Nook play mat!
- Swaddling cloths set: Now is the time to stock up on the softest and sweetest swaddles.