I can't believe that Alex is already 2!!! It's crazy! We celebrated his birthday last weekend and will celebrate again in a few weeks when Grandma and Grandpa Thompson come. Alex is excited to be able to celebrate twice with cake and ice cream! My parents, sister's family and my Grandma came up to go to Brookfield Zoo with us and then have cake and ice cream. It was a fun time. It was actually the first time that my Grandma saw a lot of the animals at the zoo, so it was great watching her experience some of God's creation for the first time. At one point my mom said, "Does this make you realize how creative and BIG God is?" So true! We came back home after a few hours at the zoo and by the time we got home (only 3 miles) Alex had fallen asleep, so we laid him down while the rest of us ate at late lunch. (I had forgotten to put lunch in the oven before we left. Oops!) When Alex woke up he ate a little and then opened gifts. He got some great new toys and bike from Kent and myself. He loved his "dump-truck" theme of a party. The pictures of him with his cake don't really show how much fun he had since he had just woken up, so trust me when I say, he had a great time! :) He was a little confused on Sunday when I told him it was his birthday because Grandma and Grandpa weren't there. We've just been talking about Grandma and Grandpa coming for his birthday. It's tough to explain it to a 2 year old!
In other news, Alex is making progress with his speech therapy. He now consistently says: Mama, Dada, Bye Bye, and More. On the list of not so regular words: Milk, Ball, Down, Done, and a few others. He's really starting to try to repeat what we say consistently, which is great!! It's really slow, but we're starting to see the fruits of all our labor of speech paying off. Keep praying that he'll continue to make progress. The more he is able to communicate with us, the lower the frustration levels of all involved! :) He does still continue to learn more and more signs. He has to know at least 75 or more by now. Such a blessing!
This is Alex saying "TaDah!"
We also dyed Easter eggs the other day. Alex had a lot of fun, but he did come away with a blue hand. Oops! It faded after one bath, so we didn't have to deal with it for too long.
We were playing at the park the other night and he just thought this was hilarious when we would make a sound when he ran into us on the swing. His laugh was contagious!
I think we have a keyboard perform/dancer in our household. What do you think?
If you listen closely you can hear him sing "Row Row Row your Boat" while playing the keyboard. Talented, right?