I can’t believe Cooper is already 2 1/2! He’s growing into such a big boy.
We’re struggling a bit with potty training. He does great at home. In fact, we can leave him in underwear and as long as he’s not playing outside, he goes on his potty whenever he needs to without reminders most of the time. He even takes naps in his underwear and is able to go all night long in underwear, without an accident and even knows to go to the potty as soon as he wakes up. Unfortunately, its not like that at daycare, nor in any other public setting. Although he did give me hope 2 weekends ago while we were at the zoo with friends, he told me he needed to potty and he actually went when I took him, no accidents at all that day. That hasn’t happened again. At least we are completely out of diapers.
With potty training has come that ability to take off clothes and run naked if he feels like it. He’s mastered putting his shoes on and off…socks, he’s slow but can do it. Shirts and shorts come off with ease although shirts don’t go back on and shorts are hit or miss, he is able to do it though. Its cute right now, although the daycare frowns at taking off your pants while on the playground as Cooper found out.
Watching how his mind works is just amazing. He has his routines. He watches for the construction vehicles at the jobsites we pass on the way to daycare each day and loves pointing out the front loader, the excavator, the diggers, the dump trucks or bobcats. He tells me if the guys are working or not. If we time it right we get to see the train go by right before we get to daycare and he especially loves when we’re the first one in line so he can see it up close. At the end of the day as we approach the house he watches for our neighbor, Ms. Peggy’s car. If its there he wants to go over and say hi or show her his backpack, he’ll make up any excuse. When we arrived home yesterday he saw her car and asked to go over, I told him she was probably resting and he said “She might let me come in anyway.” He knows she always has a snack for him, with milk and that he can explore her backyard and when Mr. Larry comes home, he’ll get to talk to him and see his motorcycle. We love Mr. Larry and Ms. Peggy!
Cooper is doing great in his own bed. He’s started getting up by himself in the morning instead of crying for us. Since he has the monitor in there we can hear him turn on the light above his bed, climb down his ladder, you hear his door open and close and then we wait for our bedroom door to open and as it does, he automatically turns on the overhead light…it sucks when he does it at 5a.m. though.
Independence has become his middle name.