It seems like every post in the last 2 months has centered around Madison so I thought I would do one just about Hunter. He is getting so big and so smart it just blows us away sometimes! He is SUPER sweet with Madison, almost shockingly sweet. There has been very little jealousy issues if any at all. In fact the jealousy he does show is he doesn't want anyone touching HIS Madison. When Kaitlyn was here last week she went over to Madison and touched her and leaned down and kissed her and Hunter ran over and said "NO, MY MADISON" and then leaned over and kissed Madison on top of where Kaitlyn did as if erasing Kaitlyn's kiss. It's pretty sweet to see actually, and funny.
Hunter loves entertaining Madison
He's so curious about her
and sweet with her
It's obvious he absolutely adores her
Jordan tells him all the time that he has to protect Madison and take care of her as her big brother. I love to see how he is with her and I hope he always feels protective of her.
It's been really nice to have such a big helper these days. He has really taken to that role nicely. He loves to fetch diapers, wipes, give Maddie her paci (whether she needs it or not), attempt to share his food and drinks with her, cover her with blankets and tell her night night (even if she is just playing on the floor with her toys), rub her back to wake her up from her naps, watch her get her diaper changed and most of all he loves to burp her and gets mad if I help...he even uses sound effects.
He asked to push her in the stroller the other day and then suddenly wanted to get in it as well and have me push them both. He insisted I buckle him in too :-) This kid LOVES to go places. They look so cute side by side, he looks so big compared to Madison.
He loves going on play dates and will usually wake up in the morning telling me he needs to get dressed, go in the big black car and see Caden and get chicken nuggets. It changes everyday though, some days it's Elijah and Jonah he needs to go see and some days he needs to go to the grocery store or the beach or get in the stroller. Either way he wakes up with a full day planned in his head. Sometimes I hear him practicing telling me his plans over the monitor before I go get him out of his room. He is still a great sleeper and sleeps about 12 hours a night usually 8-8 but he will play quietly in his bed for 30-45 min when he wakes up so that makes it nice! He naps from 1-4 or 1-3:30 depending on what we do in the mornings. He will nap 3 hours if we get out and do something to burn off some energy...if not it's more like 2-2.5 hours.
He plays at the beach like its a job...so serious...so much sand to be moved
He loves his play room with ALL of his toys, I got tired of seeing toys all over the house so it is ALL in ONE room now. He is very polite for the most part, says please, thank you, bless you, I'm sorry, yes m'am (to me AND Jordan haha). For the most part he is very mild mannered and has an easy temperament. He shows typical "2" year old signs when he plays with other 2 year olds....has trouble sharing, steals toys and says "MINE" really loud but shortly after they leave he is back to his usual easy going self. I say all the time Hunter can play with ANYONE so long as there aren't any toys. If he is left to being outside and using his imagination he gets along BEAUTIFULLY with all kids, it's actually more fun to watch because I feel like he learns from other kids when he has to use his imagination.
Hunter loves to pretend to fall down...here he is waiting outside of Toy Story 3, no toys to fight over just Hunter and his friends running around playing together. Hunter "fell down" and his buddies followed suit (an example of them playing with their imagination, it's just so cute!)
He is somewhat interested in potty training. We haven't pushed it because I know they are ready when their ready. He asks sometimes to use it but has yet to follow through. If we ask him he responds VERY enthusiastically "YEAH I WANT TO" but he doesn't do it...he doesn't REALLY want to yet.
He is still really into cars, trains, helicopters, planes pretty much any toy that moves or is suppose to move. He LOVES the beach and being outside.
His favorite foods are broccoli, plane meat (not a big fan of casseroles or things with sauce), shark goodies, cheerios, waffles, pancakes, bread of any kind, jelly, rice, carrots, blue berries, grapes and still loves his milk. He started doing the holding the food in his mouth thing that I hear a lot of 2 year olds do. Sometimes I think it's a power thing..."I will eat it but I won't swallow" or "I will hold this in my mouth as long as I want to" and sometimes I think he actually just wants to hold stuff in his mouth.
Case in point
The first time we saw him do this was at Disney world last month. We had been out all morning and came back to the hotel for naps. We ordered room service for lunch and Hunter ate great! He had a sandwich and grapes and then went down for a 3 hour nap. When he woke up he was talking with a lisp. I asked him what was in his mouth and he wouldn't open it. After much prying I finally was able to retrieve the object from his mouth...it was a HUGE grape like the diameter of a silver dollar that he had stored in the roof of his mouth for a 3 hour nap! YUCK...it was still in tact though believe it or not.
Other times its chewed up food that he stores...disgusting....we are afraid he will spit it out somewhere or choke on it (he usually does it at the end of the meal on his last bite) so Jordan has had to force him to spit it out by holding his nose because he REFUSES to spit it out! I have no idea why he does it or when this phase will stop but it actually hasn't happened in last 4 days which is the longest stretch he has gone since he started it last month. Either way we aren't sure how to approach it other than to make him spit it out. It's usually stuff he likes too so I don't think it has anything to do with him not wanting to swallow it because he doesn't like the food.
On that note he LOVES gum. This kid can find gum anywhere. The first time I gave him gum was on a plane during decent. I tore a piece in half so now he thinks all pieces must be torn in half. He will bring me a piece of gum and ask me to "fix it" which means tear it for him. He takes 1 half and gives me the other whether I want it or not. But then he proceeds to do this with 3 more pieces so by the end he actually has like 3 pieces in his mouth :-) I usually just let him have the 1 piece though.
Jordan and I laugh hysterically at this kid on a daily basis. I just love listening to him talk and tell us things. He just says things in such a literal way and he loves to repeat any and every thing we say. It's funny to hear him say part of normal adult conversation. It seems like he will pick out the most complicated word or group of words to repeat and it sounds cute coming from him.
When Kaitlyn was here last week we had a good time watching them interact. They each have their own routine and way of doing things. At mealtime when we would pray Hunter would bow his head in his crossed arms as he always does and Kaitlyn would try to hold hands with him as she always does. So the first few seconds of every prayer Kaitlyn was yelling at Hunter to hold hands and Hunter would give her a weird look and bow his head in his hands. It was cracking us up...they are such creatures of habit and routine they COULD NOT break it for each other.
Hunter is such a joy in our lives and makes us smile EVERY SINGLE DAY. We cannot imagine our lives without him and wouldn't want to!