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Happy 2nd Birthday Conan!

My little man turns 2 today! It seems like it was just yesterday that we were waiting for his arrival. Now he is a big boy and soon to be a big brother too.

Conan has come along way since his birth. And he continues surprising us every day.

The Story of Our High Needs Baby and Now Gifted 2 Year Old

When Conan was a baby he drove us nuts because he refused to sleep longer than 2 hours at a time and always needed to nurse. I nursed him around the clock about every half an hour forty-five minutes because he needed the comfort that only Mommy could give. I did this for about four months.

At two months Conan was already doing raspberries and by that time I knew that he was not like most children. He continued to surprise us when he was 5 months old. Conan, Ciara and Chris were watching a Packer Game and Chris was trying to get our 23 month old, Ciara to say, “Go Pack, Go!” She refused to say it but Conan responded, “Go!” His first word was clear as a bell and not what most people would consider baby babble. He continued to add more words to his vocabulary and by the time Conan was a year old he was talking in complete sentences.

We taught him a little sign language and he knows some Spanish, thanks to Dora, Diego and Handy Manny. Our little man loves to sing and dance, is fond of art, and all his books. We are so proud of Conan and his love for learning.

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We also love his many quirks. It is fun to watch how obsessed he is with counting. He counts everything from the handles on his grandmother’s dresser, his vegetables on his dinner plate and all the rocks in his rock collection. He is also developing some obsessive compulsive behaviors. Right now they are cute and we are glad we caught this early.

Conan has to have his seat and table free from crumbs before he will eat his dinner. When he visits Grandma and Grandpa he takes the handles on his Grandma’s dresser and turns them up as he counts each and every one. If Conan is eating a sandwich or a hot dog he refuses to finish it if it “falls apart.” We have to put the sandwich back together before he’ll take another bite. If he makes even the smallest spill on the table Conan has to have a towel to clean it up.

He continues to surprise, amaze and make us laugh every day. Despite the quirks and his advanced cognitive development we are reminded that Conan is just a two year old boy who loves and follows around his three year old sister, is a challenge to potty train but we got the best bedwetting alarm that alerts me if he has an accident at night, loves to go outside and get dirty and play with his cars and trucks.

Happy Birthday Conan! We love you!

Mom, Dad, Courtney and Ciara

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Cascia Talbert

Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available exclusively on Amazon.

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6 Comments

  1. Together We Save July 17, 2009

    Happy Birthday. Sounds like a sweet little boy.

  2. Kristie July 17, 2009

    Happy Birthday Conan! 🙂

  3. Fruitful Vine2 July 17, 2009

    Happy 2nd birthday to Conan! It's amazing how time flies. My youngest son is 5yrs old moving on to 6 in a few months and I can hardly believe it's been that long.

  4. JamericanSpice July 18, 2009

    Happy birthday to your Conan. I like his name too!

  5. Felicia July 18, 2009

    Happy Birthday sweet boy!!

  6. Andrea July 21, 2009

    Such a doll!!! Even though Logan wasn't high-need as a baby, I read Dr. Sears' The Fussy Baby Book (just because it's so helpful to anyone) which talked a lot about how high-need children often turn out to be the most gifted. It is nice for parents to know those kinds of things now rather than a hundred years ago they might have just given up on their children but now when given an attachment-parenting-like-environment these kids can reach their full potential. So good job to you & your family for giving Conan a home to thrive.