30 Months

There is very little mouth-shutting going on around these parts. Evan’s volume is constantly set at eleven. He repeats everything, shouts everything, sings everything he hears. It’s ear-splitting joy from morning to night, with a few two-and-a-half year old tantrums thrown in. I’ve started pretending I’m deaf when he shouts at me, which is going to become a reality if he gets any louder.

I’ve been trying to write this monthday post for three days now and am finding it almost impossible. He’s such a little person, an actual recognizable human being – how can I sum that up in words? He loves routines and sameness (he not only has a favorite blankie, but a favorite corner of his favorite blankie) but isn’t afraid to try new things (like roller coasters and sweet potatoes). I talk WITH him instead of at him, and am amazed when he understands complicated concepts like hours and days and where daddy is when he’s not home). He often tells me that he’s sad that he doesn’t get to go on the boat anymore this year, but that he will be happy when he goes on the boat next year. I want to buy him all the boats in the world.

Despite what feels like a constant stream of parenting mistakes on my part, he’s a wonderfully kind little boy. He says please and thank you unprompted and I get teary eyed every time he says “I sorry mama!” and throws himself around my legs after doing some naughty. I can’t even be mad when he grabs his toys away from Caroline, because he immediately hugs her and says “I sorry baby! No sad, no. Here!” and gives back whatever he took so she stops crying. Best brother ever.

Food update: My former picky slash non-eater now eats anything. I only got three bites of the quinoa I made last week because he (and the baby) snarfed it down. Don’t be too impressed though – last night he had Cinnamon Toast Crunch for dinner.

TMI Potty training update: The poop goes in the potty about 50% of the time. The pee, not so much. Don’t get me wrong, he LOVES using the potty and goes every time we put him on it. But he also goes in his diaper, especially when he’s sleeping. I think I’m just holding onto hope that when I actually buckle down and TRY (probably using the 3 day method) he’ll be totally on board, but I hate to TRY and have it not work. But the siren song of having only one kid in diapers is getting stronger by the day.

At 30 months Little Evan is wearing a 2T consistently, with some 3T shirts thrown in to make sure he doesn’t outgrow ALL his long-sleeved clothes before spring. He has some comfy new size 7 velcro shoes from Target which are very convenient but end up thrown on the floor more often than not. He’s only had 2 haircuts ever and isn’t even close to needing another one. He sleeps from 7:30 pm to 6:30 am and takes a 3 hour nap in the afternoons because he wants to, not because I make him. He bites his fingernails, just like I do.

Likes include boats, carrots, The Fresh Beat Band, dinosaurs, noodles, garbage trucks, milk, fake driving the car, running fast, dancing, friends, baths, climbing things, dogs, and his sister.

Dislikes include falling de-noun (down), hangnails, being interrupted when he’s watching Nick Jr, and when Caroline jumps on his face.


Throwing rocks into a creek: all day fun.

I WANT YOU!...to go get me a string cheese.


...taking a break to bust a move...


EVAN RUN FAST! Don't get too far from me, sweet boy.

30 Month Milestones (from BabyCenter, as usual)

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)
• Brushes teeth with help – Yes, and I’m even teaching him to spit so we can move up to real toothpaste
• Washes and dries own hands – Part of potty training is LETTING him wash his hands. It’s almost as good a bribe as the lollipop.
• Draws a vertical line – Yes, but he’s also started drawing things like “T-Rex” or “bebeh” or “Backyardigans” and telling me about them.

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)
• Draws a circle – Yes, and also the letter C. He gets them confused.
• Balances on one foot – We’ve moved on to hopping on one foot. I’m counting on a sports scholarship of some sort since I’m blowing all his college money on elaborate children’s parties.

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
• Puts on a T-shirt – Still questionable. He’s about 50% accurate with dressing/undressing.
• Names one color – Blue, green, red, yellow, and white are all colors he names. I’m a teeeeeny bit worried he might be colorblind since his accuracy seems to be getting worse.
• Names one friend – Still 2 best friends, “Triss and Ayahyah”, still runs out the door to see them almost every morning.

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9 Responses to “30 Months”

  1. Robyn says:

    Everytime i read one of Evan’s monthdays, it reminds me that mine is just a month behind, and oh my god, why are they growing so fast?! i my humble opinion, if he’s going potty on the potty the majority of the time you offer it, he’s totally ready for some more serious training. Rory is completely potty trained during the day, but wears a diaper at night. In the morning, if she’s still wearing her diaper, she will pee in it, because she knows it’s ok. so i think, the fact that he’s still peeing in his diaper doesn’t mean he’s not ready…just that he knows it’s ok to pee there. just ditch the diapers and go for it! (at least during the day). it was a little more scary to leave the house without diapers, but i just brought extra pants and undies, and made sure we went potty before we left the house and as soon as we got where ever we were going. I took her seat reduced with me for a few months, but now we don’t even bother with that, as she will go on a public potty if i hold her.

    • bebehblog says:

      We never bothered with the potty seat. He actually pooped on a public toilet the other day – we were at lunch and I thought he needed a diaper change so we went to the bathroom. But his diaper was clean and he said he wanted to so I just plopped him down and he went!

      Honestly, it’s mostly a matter of having Caroline to deal with when we’re out and about – too much stuff to juggle in too small a space where just setting her on the floor for a second is NOT AN OPTION.

  2. About the color-blindness: When he gets colors wrong, is he getting the same ones wrong the same way? Like always mistaking green for brown? Ask him what color the stoplights are. Is the green light green or white?

    Tim is colorblind (both red/green and blue/yellow but he isn’t mono-chromatic; in a box of 64 crayons, he sees about 20 unique colors), so we have a bit of experience with this ;)

  3. Cole says:

    Daddy is color blind, so Mommy thinks I might be, too – I generally mix up red and purple, b ut I can pick out blue and yellow pretty easily… Also? Two and a HALF? I’m sorry, you’re child is going to have to stop growing so quickly!

  4. Miranda says:

    My daughter (28 months) still wets her bed at night so I’ve moved back to pullups at nighttime. She tells me immediately she needs to go when she wakes up so I’m not worried. Evan is so smart, I can’t believe all he can do!

  5. Kimberly says:

    I love the favorite blankie & the no sad & the friends. And wasn’t his birthday like yesterday?
    (AND I’m jealous of the 3 hour naps!!)

  6. Sarah-Anne says:

    wow, you have one AMAZING 2 1/2 on your hands, mama :) you are so proud and love him so much suz i can feel it through the computer!

  7. Jennie says:

    Don’t worry so much on the color thing. Bellie did that too, not sure why (it started as purple and yellow- I think because both are two syllables). Part of me thought it was because of our reaction to her “mistake,” and the other part simply because it was a lot to remember. I lean toward the former because she too got progressively worse (black and blue, pink and orange) with the occasional sly grin tossed in. She still at 4 gets black, grey, brown, and white often confused.

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