Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Two-Year Quirks

My not-so-little man turned two a few weeks ago. As a result, there's been a lot of reminiscing happening between these four walls. Around the 9-month mark, I posted a list of some of Brayden's silly quirks. Although many of the items have not stood the test of time, he's still (and always will be) a larger-than-life, silly and joyful guy. Some of his more recent quirks follow...

Man, I love this kid.

1. Imitating noises - especially inadvertent ones

You can't get away with anything around this kid. If you cough, burp, hiccup or sneeze, he's right there to echo the sound effect. My hiccups last week were an amazing symphony of random outbursts. Sneezes are now repeated with increasing intensity until we say "bless you." And coughs? Let's just say we've headed down a dangerous boy-who-cried-choke path here.

2. Sports announcing.

Whenever Brayden sees a sport (in a book or on television), he excitedly points and yells out what sport it is. When it's on TV, the second someone scores (or in the case of tennis, serves the ball), he throws his hands in the air and screams "gooooooaaaaaaallll!"

3. Parading around the house wearing one sock or shoe

Always one. It doesn't matter how many times I put the other back on. It seems like every time I look at the kid, he's wearing half a pair. :)

4. Cute-turned-creepy animals

Lauren plays a game with Brayden where he takes a sweet and cuddly stuffed animal and makes it attack him (often even allowing it to take of the poor boy's pants). 

5. Two of everything

The rule clearly does not apply to footwear, but Brayden always requests two of something. Two grapes. Two pretzels. Two raisins. Occasionally, if it's something he really likes, he'll count on his fingers and ask for "one, two, three, FIVE!" 

6. An herbivore at its best

Brayden absolutely loves SALAD. Even the lettuce. I'm not sure I've ever seen another two-year old devour greens the way he does. It started months ago when he began asking to try my dinner (I make a yummy chicken salad probably once a week). He kept asking... and asking... and asking (and relishing in the bites I gave him). Finally, last week, I decided to give him his own chicken salad for dinner. He was so excited that you would have thought I had actually given him chocolate cake for the meal.

7. Pig-latin re-invented

Toddlers definitely pave their own way along the verbal journey. For Brayden, his route is learning the beginning of words. Give him any sentence at all - and he'll repeat it back to you using only the first sounds of the words. It sounds a bit like a static-filled connection. (Disclaimer: he's actually really good at talking, but this little quirk just cracks us up)

8. Pouncing (and barrel rolls and spinning and sliding)

There's no such thing as boredom with this kid. When he's low on things to do, he simply starts using his body for amusement. He loves spinning in circles with his arms out making helicopter sounds, randomly running and jumping across the living room (future long jumper?), running and sliding into an imaginary second base, or pouncing on whatever (or whomever) is handy. Thank goodness Elissa has escaped this wrath so far.

9. Rocks & Watermelon

His two favorite things in the entire universe. Enough said.

10. Saying hi... to everyone.

One of his parents' favorite things. Every stranger he sees, he waves at and says hello. Even if they're too far away to hear him. Such a sweet boy... ♥

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