Edward at TWO!

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Lauren holding Eddie

Our sweet and unpredictable little boy Edward John has turned two! It has taken me a few weeks to write everything I wanted to document down on ‘paper’ (ha!)  and I didn’t want to forget anything! So here we are, celebrating my sweet boy in all his 24 month glory. We love you Eddie!

Edward came out cute as a button and was my hardest baby out of all three kids. Hard because he just never really had a sleep schedule. I would try and try and try and it wouldn’t matter. He would wake up when he wanted to wake up and scream and scream and scream. Crying it out never did really work for him because he wouldn’t stop and would wake the entire house. So, once I got over the fact that I just wouldn’t sleep very well until who knows when, I started to enjoy him more. THANKFULLY now he is sleeping relatively predictably…10 hours a night most nights! Typically it’s 7-5, sometimes 6 if we’re lucky. We will give him a warm bottle of milk when he wakes up to drink in bed to try to stretch his wake up time out an extra 30 minutes. Most of the time it works, so hallelujah for that! But still, 5am is an early wake up time. At least it’s not 12, 2, 4 and 6 like it once used to be.

At the doctor a few weeks back he was 24 pounds and in the 11th percentile for height. He’s a little one, but quite the little fire cracker.

Since day one, Ed has been a great eater, not really sticking his nose up at anything, which is a dream for me! Willing to try just about anything, but definitely has come to love (and hate!) certain things.

Eddie at a table Eddie at the table Eddie at a table

Food loves include: pasta, yogurt, bananas, cucumber, chocolate, peanut butter toast, pancakes, blueberries, popcorn, tomatoes, chick peas, black beans, chipotle salads and of course those bottles of warm milk.

Food hates include: meat. Most of my kids hated meat, but have come around to it mostly. He still is on the fence.

He loves being able to give and get hugs and kisses from anyone. Melts my freaking heart every time!

He’s a real Houdini when it comes to changing his diaper. He HATES it with a passion because it means he has to sit still for two minutes. So, lately, I’ve gotten him to sit still by giving him a toothbrush with a tiny bit of that Elmo ‘training toothpaste’ on it. Works like a charm! I have to work quick, but at least I’m not getting poop everywhere like days of yore, before the toothbrush came into play.

Speaking of sitting still, he HATES sitting still for just about anything. I’ve tried to get him to color, read, cuddle, etc.. but he just doesn’t like to because he’d rather be jumping up and down on the ground or jumping off of the couch or window sill. He is my little heart attack waiting to happen, basically.

One of his first words was “ipad” (except it sounds more like “ipaaaaahhh”) and he will laugh hysterically at those darn minions. He also is getting into Elmo, which is adorable.

And, yes, it was a proud and embarrassing parenting moment when I told the pediatrician one of his only words he knew was “iPad”. She looked at me like I was a horrible mother but I DON’T CARE LADY BECAUSE HE IS STARTING TO TALK! I’m not picky about the words he says, just that HE’S SPEAKING!

I’ve been taking him to speech therapy twice a week for about a month and its slowly working! He can say

  • car (caw)
  • yeah
  • yes
  • Mama
  • Dada
  • Push (pusss)
  • Ball (bah)
  • Up (but really upupupup!)
  • Cracker (cack-ow)
  • and of course ipad (ipaahhh)

Can also make the following letter sounds as well: M, G, S, B, P and K. He struggles more with vowel sounds than anything, as well as putting the sounds together to make words, so obviously we’re working on that.

He LOVES playing with his new cash register from his grandparents, stacking blocks, playing with his train sets and is amazing at figuring out any kind of puzzle.

Also particularly loves helping with the recycling (carrying boxes and cans to the recycle room on our floor), switching laundry from the washer to the dryer, being silly, making funny faces for a laugh and cheesing it up for the camera.

On his second birthday (January 28th) we took his pacifier away for good, exactly like we did with the first two, and we were bracing ourselves for really bad sleeping, but I’d argue it only made his sleeping better. He has a lot of comfort items, including his green blankie and a stuffed dog named Rosco. Once the binky was taken away, he had two other items in bed with him, so it was a total non-issue which was such a shocker for Gordon and I. Blake put up a fight over his binky. Not Eddie! He’s had no problems with it being gone, thank goodness! Everything with him since he’s been born has been harder than with the first two, so this was a really nice, happy surprise.

So, in a quick, 1000 word summary, that’s my Eddie! Can’t believe that I’ve survived as a mother of three kids on such little sleep, but there you have it! IT CAN BE DONE! We are so in love with this boy and love having him in our family. Happy birthday son!

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26 Responses
  1. Krystal

    Happy Birthday Eddie! I love seeing your family posts as my little guy is just a couple months younger than Eddie. I also love how you keep it real.

  2. Caryn Lance

    Those pictures of Eddie at the restaurant, especially that last one!!! What an adorable smile he has!!!! I honestly don’t know how you made it through the last year. Kudos to you Lauren!!

  3. Courtney

    I hope Eddie had an amazing 2nd birthday and I have enjoyed watched him grow, I know he has been a challenge for you but those big blues must make it hard to be frustrated with him, even when he is waking you up at all hours. Just wait until he really starts to get chatty and has the New York accent because he wont remember living anywhere else.

  4. Shana

    Eddie is just the cutest! He reminds me a lot of my 3rd who also just turned 2. Most difficult of the 3 but also the sweetest. He is also slow to talk just because he’s a stinker and doesn’t want to yet. 😉 My Sawyer loves following your instagram when Eddie is on. 😉

  5. Camille Davis

    What a sweet boy! I love watching him and your cute family grow up! I’m always in awe of how well you’re handling living in NYC! I don’t think I could do it!

  6. Bailey Davis

    Happy Birthday Eddie! My two year old is a very picky eater, so it’s been great to see what Eddie eats and gives me lots of great ideas to try! Love keeping up with your beautiful family! 😊

  7. Leigh

    Happy Birthday to your sweet boy, he is so cute! Love the table pictures. Our daughter is 3 and she just started speech therapy through the school. It’s a great thing and they make it fun! They will both be talking non stop before we know it. Love all your family updates and recipes. I’ve been a fan of your blog for a while! 🙂

  8. Rebecca

    Love reading about your beautiful family! My daughter turned 2 on February 11 so it’s so fun to see where Eddie is at, what he’s eating and all the struggles all Mom’s go through at 2!!

  9. Tiffany A.

    I’m glad to see Eddie thriving with speech therapy. It’s nice to watch Eddie grow up because my youngest son Landon & Eddie are the same age (1 month apart).

  10. Judy DeLacy

    ♫ ♪ Happy Birthday Eddie ♪ ♫

    I’m so glad the speech therapy is helping out. It’s great to see the progress your efforts are producing. He’ll be talking up a storm in no time.


  11. Cindy Pierson

    I am in awe of your family living in NYC! As a kid, we lived in NJ and took folks who visited us to NYC. It was always fun. I enjoy the pictures you post. I also can understand your need to get out of the busy city noise in this last post! Keep up the good work!

  12. Hannah H.

    Happy birthday, Eddie! Yay for more sleep – that makes SUCH a big difference! I have a two year old also. A challenging age, but so much learning and growth and cuteness!

  13. Dana

    I love keeping up with Eddie! My little guy will be two in a week so they are so close in age. It’s so interesting to see their differences and similarities. I wish mine was as adventurous with food as Eddie is!

  14. polly sullivan

    I totally get what you are saying about judgment from the Pediatrician…never experienced it my old self 🙂 but the stories my daughter tells after taking her 14 month and 2 1/2 year old to the doc make me shake my head! iPads rule when trying to get something done!

  15. Pat

    The pictures of Edward….Eddie….. at the table are beyond cute!!!! Happy Birthday, Eddie! You are very much loved and we all are so glad you are progressing in speech therapy so well.