From day one Matthew has been growing in Leaps and Bounds! His growth and abilities never cease to amaze me! I really am in love with the toddler phase of his life. I adore watching him explore and learn new things about the world around him! Watching his eyes light up and the excitement on his face that follows after he learns how to do something for the first time. He lives for adventure! Completely fearless and always wanting to try new things, he definitely gets that from his Mother! Matthew is such a joy to be around, everyone is always intrigued with his smile and capabilities! Everybody loves Matthew! Its kinda hard not to! He’s a lovable kid.
November 7, 2014
Just like the year before we wanted to celebrate Matt’s birthday on the actual day of his birthday. Hubby took the day off and we decided to do something simple and intimate instead of making a big to-do. I’m 34 weeks pregnant with baby number 2 and didn’t feel up to having people over. Additionally, we were not interested in shelling out the extra cash for a party this year. We went all out for his birthday last year, that should hold him for a while!😀 Further more it was Matthew’s last “hoo-rah” as our only child and so it was a day we wanted to share only with family.
For Matthew’s 1st birthday I decided to start a few family traditions that I would continue on doing each year. Not only for him but for our future children to come. I started what I called “Birthday Pancakes” which consist of a pancake in the shape of the number congruent with his age.
So this year I carried on with the number two! Boy was it hard! I thought to myself “what have I gotten myself into?” However, I was determined to do it! I finally figured it out after about 6 tries! Matthew still has a thing for sweet potatoes, so I decided to make these sweet potato pancakes as well. He devoured it and begged for more, just like last year! So proud of his fine motor skill development. He now cuts his own (soft) food with his toddler knife and fork. Amazing the difference a year makes.
People often ask me what is a “Birthday Bath”? It’s a CatheyFamilyTradition, duh! I guess I made it up! I’m always doing sensory baths for Matt, the bathtub is his happy place. So i’ve often brought a lot of texture and color to his baths and he has always enjoyed it. So, I decided that I would do a sensory bath for his birthday each year and include whatever it was that he was interested in or enjoyed playing with. So this is where the idea for a “Birthday Bath” came from. Its just a sensory bath done on his birthday each year. For his first birthday I did balloons and ball pit balls! He was in heaven! He loved balloons and balls at the time and had a blast in the tub that morning!
Dinosaurs are the way to Matthew’s heart these days! When I say he LOVES them, I’m not exaggerating. He’s obsessed! I bought him a T-rex on a whim while in Wal-mart one day just because. I figured he would like it. Boys like dinosaurs, right? Little did I know I would be starting a future attachment to these reptiles! So without question it was the theme for his 2nd birthday bath!
Matthew was ecstatic when I opened the door and let him see what was on the other side! He gasped and shouted “DINO-STOORREESS”! I adore the way he says that! He stayed in the tube for HOURS! We were supposed to head out to enjoy his birthday festivities around 11am but because he wanted to stay in the bath so long we postponed it to 2pm! The night prior I stayed up way past 4am painting the backdrop for his bath, assembling his gifts and preparing my kitchen and homemade pancake batter for the next morning! I forgot all about the fact that I was 34 weeks pregnant and was like go-go gadget around my house! Running off of pure adrenaline I was focused and determined to get it all done!
After getting dressed and measuring my sweet boy we headed out to Safari Nation. This being one of the few toddler attractions that Matthew had not visited here in Greensboro I was excited to take him.
Matthew & Gavin [my nephew, and Matt’s best buddy]had a blast! Hubby was hanging right in there with them! It was the cutest sight! I watched them play for hours! Never getting tired or hungry, they just wanted to keep going and going! Here and there my sister and I would join them in one of the bouncy houses. I remained seated mostly as not to harm Miss Madalynn, my yummy Nephew Nehemiah wouldn’t let me out of his view. He’s so loveable, his attachment to me since I’ve been pregnant has been adorable. He always seeks me out and gives Auntie all the hugs and kisses! Sweet boy!
We arrived at Safari Nation around 2:00p and didnt leave until almost 6:00p. We stayed so long that my Mom was able to get off work and travel from Durham and meet us there to spend time playing with Matthew. She’s such an amazing Grandmother! It’s not hard to see why her Grandchildren are CRAZY about her!
It was near closing time so we decided to head out and get dinner. We traveled to the closest restaurant we could find seeing as how I was growing weak from being so hungry. We stopped at a Mexican restaurant not far from Safari Nation. We were extremely pleased with dinner, Hubby & I plan to return there soon.
Matthew enjoyed a beef and cheese taco with fries. He ate himself full and then jumped into his Daddy’s arms and exclaimed really loudly, “nite nite”. Within 5 minutes he was out! I think its safe to say that he had an amazing yet tiring day!
Luckily everyone was done with their entree’s. We bagged up the leftovers, paid the bill and headed out. Hubby wanted to take big guy home to lay him down so the two of them headed home. My Mom and I ventured to Maxi B’s to get cake and cupcakes to take back home. While we were out I scored a beautiful dress on clearance at Motherhood to wear in my maternity photo shoot the next day! Win! We went back to the house and waited for Matthew to get up from his nap. We then gave him his birthday cupcake which was chocolate moose with strawberry cream cheese icing. My original thought was to sit him at the table and let him have at it. But, of course his Grandma wasn’t having it! She wanted to feed it to him! She loves catering to her boys!❤
The rest of the night was spent watching Matthew play with his toys and continue to open his gifts. He was so excited and kept ooo’ing and ahhhh’ing! Cuteness! My Mom got him an outfit to wear that Sunday to church and the shoes to match. He was sharp per the usual!
That’s how we celebrated Matthew’s 2nd birthday! 24 whole months he has graced us with his presence! I have really enjoyed being this little boys Mom! All the highs and lows have been worth it, because he is worth it! Happy Birthday Dear Son! Mommy Loves you!❤
Places He’s Been:
North Carolina Zoo of Asheboro
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoles
Dallas Aquarium – Fort Worth, TX
Greensboro Children’s Museum
Winston Salem Children’s Museum
Greensboro Science Center (Member)
Huntington Park “Beach” – Newport News, VA
Wrightsville Beach – Wilmington, NC
Atlantic Beach – Morehead City, NC
Belinda’s Pumpkins and Gourds – Louisburg, NC
Kansas City, MO
Sing his ABCs
Recognize the letters A, B, C, & M
Recognize the colors Blue & Yellow
Climb on a jungle gym unassisted
Swing on the “big boy” swing
Say his family + friend’s names:
Mommy (Mom-meee) Daddy (Dah-dee)
Grandma Arlene (Ma-Ma) Nana Joy (Nah-Nah)
Auntie Grace (Aunt GG) Gavin (Gabin aka Pah-Pah) Nehemiah (My-nah, Miah or Nita-miah)
Chase (Ctase) Chasity (Chat-tity)
Count to 10
Say his Grace
Use electronic devises on his own (Tablet, iPhone, TV)
Clearly speak 60+ words
Use the potty like a big boy! Currently in pull-ups! Not long before we are completely trained!
Remember the words to songs and sing along; current favorite: “Praise the Lord everybody!”
Clap, Stomp and play drum and tambourine on beat
Drink out of an “open cup”
Place puzzle pieces together
Build towers with his blocks
Pretend to cook with his kitchen set
Cut his food with his toddler knife
His favorite things:
Playing in water
He can sign: (Using American Sign Language)
Pictures from this year that I adore