Ranger turned two today! I still find it a little bit crazy that he can seem so big and yet still be so little.
He’s big in that he can do so much more than he could a year ago, or even 3 months ago. He can communicate things like needing a diaper or food or water. He knows how to do so many things.
It is so much fun watching him learn and figure things out.
But it is hard to balance that bigness with how little he actually is.
He still needs hugs and cuddles and reassurance (who doesn’t, actually?). And everything really. What he has learned up to this point really just makes it easier for us to take care of him.
And really the hardest moments happen when I expect too much of him. Sometimes I expect him to do the right thing with little attention paid just like a little grown-up. He see through and knows he’ll get more attention if he does the wrong thing.
He’s bigger, yes, but he’s still a baby. He does things on his own, but he still needs us to be close and available to him. Struggles happen when I want him to act older than his age.
He’s only two. After all.
With that being said, though, he really is the funnest little kid that ever happened. He has started making up little games and playing pretend.
He has a little blue duckie that he puts diapers on, give it ‘ up’, puts to bed, gives airplane rides, feeds, wipes, and just takes care of, oh so adorably. :) it is so much fun. He also came up to me the other day pretending to nurse a baby doll we have. So cute :)
He and Ali have so much fun together. Coming home from running errands one day they were making each other laugh. I’m not sure what they were doing but it was adorable.
I tried to get a picture or two of them together, but Ranger would not hold still! The closest I got to something good was after he had toppled them over in a failed “Ali on Ranger’s lap picture” attempt. Haha :)
Still super cute, but not exactly what I was going for. I have to figure out how to get something better! :)
Ranger loves to “hold” Ali. He’ll hold out his arms and give her a hug while I support her weight (there’s no way to predict when he’s going to be done and just drop her). They wrestle. Ish. With close supervision.
He loves to play outside. As always.
He loves to run.
Like really. :)
He love me.
It’s pretty flattering :)
He loves his daddy.
They like to tromp. A lot. :)
—–Ranger’s Guide to FUN: How to Have Fun Outside if You’re Two—–
First. You find The Dirt.
Then your bring The Dirt places.
Then you find a rock.
And practice looking strong and awesome.
Then you get a twig.
Give your mom looks for taking too many pictures and stick the twig in the fence.
Then you drop everything into the garden.
The chairs might get stuck.
Placate your mom with a couple more money shots.
Embrace your inner Blue Steel.
And then you have to inspect your dirty toes.
It’s like a rule.
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