Liam is almost 2 years old.
His is definitely his own little person now – with his own little personality. I say that with such surety, because he is now doing things that his older siblings do not do, and have never done.
He is a little fuss pot. If there is a boy-version for the word PRINCESS, then Liam is it. He is so picky about everything.
And trust me, my first two kids were NEVER like this. They were all relaxed and not-fussed about small things.
But Liam! He doesn’t like sand in his sandals, he doesn’t like to have dirty hands, he doesn’t like to wear certain t-shirts, he only wants to drink from the PINK cup, and the pink cup has to be CLEAN.
It’s kind of annoying, but at the same time very cute. And because he is my last baby, I can feel myself looking past all his peculiarities and going all lovey-dovey on him.
Liam has two big brothers to entertain him all day. He is constantly surrounded by noise and movement and talking. So when the older kids are at school, Liam comes to me looking to be entertained. He wants someone to read him a story, someone to talk to him, someone to wrestle him, someone to just watch.
He’s not great at playing by himself, or with other kids his age.
But again, that’s fine because I just love hanging around the little guy. Did I mention he’s my last baby?
Usually I have to take him out during the day – or else he will trash my house.
I can’t do many chores at home while he plays around me in the house, because he gets bored and “tries to help” by throwing all the kitchen stuff onto the floor, pulling all the books off the shelves and tossing them into the hallway, yanking all the shoes out of the cupboards.
Liam is super active, but he loves his sleep. At night he sleeps, from 7pm to 7am. He needs to take a 1.5 to 2 hours nap sometime during the day. And he drinks half a cup of cow’s milk before bed.
Liam eats whatever we eat. I don’t make him a separate meal. But most times he pushes the meal away and says, “I no like it.”
Some weeks he will refuse to eat anything but corn chips for dinner.
Other weeks (like this week) he will only eat green lettuce, peas, corn and carrot sticks. In fact, yesterday he hungrily ate 6 large lettuce leaves for dinner and kept asking for more. Crazy!
So I figured that within a month, he’ll get enough vitamins and minerals to keep him healthy and well balanced! I hope!
He just LOVES the Mr Men characters.
If there was a hero to sum up his early childhood, it would be his favourite character Mr Messy, followed closely by Mr Bump.
We read Mr Men books ALL DAY, we draw Mr Men characters ALL DAY and he drags around a stack of Mr Men books wherever he goes. He can identify 30 of all the Mr Men listed on the back of each book.
None of my other two kids were particularly interested in the Mr Men series. But I really like them… they’re hilarious!
Turns out that he’s remarkable at identifying shapes. My other kids never did this at such an early age.
He loves his pointing and shouting “SQUARE! SQUARE! RECTANGLE! RECTANGLE! RECTANGLE!” at every single brick on a paved pathway. It takes us forever to walk anywhere.
So I’ve started teaching him shapes, numbers and letters of the alphabet.
He can now point to letters on the street and on signs boards, he can recognise numbers on food packaging, and he can identify his own name. It’s kinda scary if I think about it too much (argh he’s growing up so fast!), but most of the time I’m very nonchalant about it.
Liam is very, very, very talkative. It surprises a lot of people. And he’s like a little parrot – mostly repeating the last three words of everything anyone says.
His older brothers have taught him to say words like “Stupid” and “Disgusting”. Which really annoys me. But I don’t turn it into a big deal, so he doesn’t say it around me. He just says those words (and others!) around his brothers, who respond with laughter and lots of new words.
Sometimes Liam will say something that will totally floor me, like…
“Mummy! Liam watch TV. Despicable me! On TV.”
or “Mummy, play scissor, paper, rock with me!”
The kid’s not even 2 yet!
A few months ago, I wrote a post called, The Relentless Rollercoaster about how Liam’s development was driving me totally batshitcrazy. Well, I can’t believe that was the same kid! Things are peachy at the moment. It is a rollercoaster indeed.